RSVP to the new book, “Evolutionaries”

For my Blog readers I share what I wrote an acquaintance today.  It is a recommendation as an aid to the hard work  of changing yourselves, whether called to by difficult necessity or by conscious choice.  {{Embrace change!  Do it best with a life coach.}}

” I suppose  my impulse formerly shared with you is to gather my subjective resources and channel them through the objective Integral structure via my experience as minister, speaker, teacher, consultant, counselor and coach.

What I’d like to see happen, enable, empower or build is the means for people of evolutionary awareness to take the risk to invest in the implicit goal of Integral.  As I see it, that is, give a worldview to the “leadership factor” within us, the “secret impulse of evolution,” as K.Wilber calls it, what I trust is the Kosmos of sentience I identify with the Holy Spirit, SO THAT our decisions are both healing to us and of support to others.

This confines me to the path of the “spiritual journey,” traditionally so-called.  What form can my work take in the outline my query put to you?  Its raw name is “Future Church,” wherein “God” is the future and all our orientation is toward answering the quest of how do we commit ourselves to the future and move ourselves into it by our best thinking and trust or faith in our own stories, first individually, then collectively, corporately, etc. from what ever position we stand it presently.

I’m prompted today by having just bought and consumed Carter Phipps newly published book, “Evolutionaries.”  I recommend it as a great summing review of up-to-now influences on the Evolutionary Movement, if we are to call it that.  Its end however only meets me in my present, and the reader’s.  The end asks, do you have the guts and the commitment to risk changing yourself into a person with a new worldview?  We both know it is easy to challenge or inspire or educate people about possibilities.  It’s more difficult to lead, motivate and equip people into doing it for themselves, to themselves. How,” is the fair question that confronts us every time we “leave the church,” leave our sacred spaces to return to the pragmatics of living, as in career or in relationships.

In the cycle of life certain deaths do always precede new life.  The psychologist part of me attunes to the many forms of fear and pain that keep people from facing into the hard part of change.  How to acknowledge and affirm the fears while informing the hope in people and equipping them to do their ‘homework’ is the challenge a coach addresses as his forte’.  Fundamentally a pastoral theologian also, I am called in my former inquiry to you to serve others’ desire and need to do this, for their benefit, healing, health and security.

best wishes for your ministry,

Chas Benz


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