This course was originally offered in 2010 and again in 2012 and January 2019; since a group of people signed up at the same time, those offerings had online Practice Circles. The course is now available only through our on-demand system where you choose your own start date and how often you want to receive the emails; there is no Practice Circle.
To sign up now for Catalysts for Change, go to this page:
In your day, you've probably made a lot of resolutions — large and lofty goals covering all aspects of your life — and then watched them fall to the wayside one by one. Perhaps you've written spiritual aspirations for the future or set an intention at the beginning of a new project . . . and you've missed the mark on these, too, as old habits, addictions, fixed ideas, and other resistances have blocked the road ahead. So how do you change your life?
Change is a fundamental premise and promise of the spiritual life. As Sam Keen put it: "The great metaphors from all spiritual traditions — grace, liberation, being born again, awakening from illusions — testify that it is possible to transcend the conditioning of the past and do a new thing."
Sometimes this transformation is dramatic, but more often it comes through small steps. We shift our perspective, for example, and those irksome resistances become pointers to where we need to work. Our challenges become our coaches in perseverance. We seek advice and learn from the experiences of great spiritual teachers about other approaches. What are the best catalysts for change? Daily, simple, and consistent spiritual practices.
Recovery programs say that it takes three weeks to break a habit or start a new practice. So here is a 21-day journey on the path of change. Each day you will receive an email with a short reading from a spiritual teacher and a spiritual practice to do to help you firm up your resolve and make small steps for change. You will also receive access to the Practice Circle, a forum open 24/7 so that participants around the world can share their experience with and reflections about this e-course.
(3 CEHs for Chaplains available.)