As we move into later stages of adult faith development, we continue to engage the world but now from very different values, perspectives, and beliefs.

We have been transformed; therefore, our ways of engaging the world have been transformed as well. We still seek to influence, disrupt, and transform our world, but now post-egoically, more openly, non-dually, and as mystics.

OPEN POST

As we move into later stages of adult faith development, our focus turns inward. Experience, listening, and deep knowing become more important than what others tell us about how we “should” confess our values, perspectives, and beliefs.

OPEN POST

As we shift into the Second Half of Life, we experience a shift in perspective from either/or dualistic thinking to one comfortable with paradox, mystery, and both/and. James Fowler, a developmental psychologist and pastor, explains it this way:

[Life in later stages of faith development], as a way of seeing, of knowing, of committing, moves beyond the dichotomizing logic of [earlier stage’s] ‘either/or.’ It sees both (or the many) sides of an issue simultaneously.

OPEN POST

As we live through decades of adulthood, we learn to cope with complexity. Life doesn’t overwhelm us as it once did. Some early challenges such as raising a family, finding a career, and fitting into groups no longer overwhelm us. We come to a stage in life, the Second Half, when “one experiences a larger capacity to hear more, include more, and accept more.”

OPEN POST

It takes most of us decades of experience to complete this process. When we do so, we are ready to enter later stages of adult development. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar, described the process well: “You ironically need a very strong ego structure to let go of your ego.”

OPEN POST

You may be a person who is growing into later stages of development. If so, it will explain a lot. What if, just what if, what you are experiencing is not an indication that something is wrong, that you are off base somehow? What if the changes in your life are actually a sign of healthy growth? What if your fresh way of seeing and relating is something to be celebrated and explored more fully?

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As we move into later stages of adult faith development, we continue to engage the world but now from very different values, perspectives, and beliefs.

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As we move into later stages of adult faith development, our focus turns inward. Experience, listening, and deep knowing become more important than what others tell us about how we “should” confess our values, perspectives, and beliefs.

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