Whose Experience is More Valid?

Applying the Spirituality Wheel

On Sunday, May 31, we gathered in Calvin Hall and engaged in the “Spirituality Wheel” exercise, creating snapshots of our current spiritual preferences and perceptions. Based on the book, Discover Your Spiritual Type, by Corinne Ware, we took a test that revealed most of our participants tested as “type 2” spiritualities.

What are these types about?

Well, briefly, there are four spiritual types discussed in Ware’s research:

Type 1: Decent and in order, type 1’s value predictability and dependable forms. Type 1’s always pray with words, even when praying silently, and they value traditions.

Type 2: Type 2’s experience
emotional connection easily and are often the most “in the moment” people in the room. The Spirit leads type 2’s regardless of time constraints and worldly expectations. In Ware’s language, Type 2’s need an emotional connection during a worship service and value extemporaneous prayer and speaking.

Type 3: Contemplation and stillness are predominant for type 3’s. God is a mystery and unnameable. The journey is all important, and their quest is an inward one toward union with the Divine.

Type 4: Peace and justice activism — type 4’s are prophets who tell it like it is. Type 4’s do not wait for consensus but rather lead from their strong inner convictions, intending to usher in the kingdom of God. For 4’s, their lives are their prayer.

Any of these types can go too far, and rarely is someone purely one type. It takes all types to complete the “Spirituality Wheel” and create a robust community.

If you’d like to take the Spirituality Wheel test, email me at victorfloyd@calpres.org or let me know in person.

Rev. Victor H. Floyd

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