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Another Article about Stages of Faith
(Reprint from http://www.janethagberg.com/critical_journey/index.htm; to make it easier for me to find in a future)
Stages of Faith and Spiritual Formation
A work in process: Janet Hagberg
We need all the stages of faith for full spiritual formation
The six stages of faith and the Wall that are highlighted in The Critical Journey are all important in our spiritual journey. Each one has a profound impact and role in our lives. For instance,
- Stage One humbles us
- Stage Two grounds us
- Stage Three rewards us
- Stage Four unsettles us
- the Wall unmasks us
- Stage Five transforms us
- Stage Six transcends us
So in using this guide, bear in mind that each stage is active in us and even though our “home” stage is at one of the stages, we need the other stages for the gifts they bring us as well. Our home stage is the stage at which we are residing at this time, where we spend more of our time and energy at this point in our lives.
An example of the intermingling of stages is a person whose home stage is Stage Four and for whom the questions are more prevalent than the answers. Although the sureness of Stage Two is elusive at this time, the sense of belonging and community that Stage Two represents is still vital to a person at Stage Four since too much isolation at this stage can stunt the journey.
The same activity may have a different effect at each stage of faith
The following suggestions for spiritual formation are designed to support people at each of the home stages. The idea is to present things that will support them at their current stage and give them a glimpse of the next stage that is developing within them.
The suggestions for each stage are not intended to imply that the same activities do not work for people at other home stages, only that the impact will be felt more deeply for the person at that stage. For instance, walking the labyrinth may be awe inspiring at Stage One, devotional at Stage Two, a spiritual accomplishment at Stage Three, a visceral and compelling experience at Stage Four, a brokenness/healing experience at the Wall, and a spiritually intimate experience at Stages Five and Six.
The developmental aspect of the stages
While we are able to access isolated experiences and ideas from each stage, even those stages that are farther along on the journey, we are able to fully integrate only our current home stage and those stages through which we have passed. The stage directly ahead of us is enticing and challenging. However, those stages that are two ahead of our current home stage seem too unusual, undesirable or difficult to be accessible.