No two life paths are the same, and this is also true with spiritual ones. Here at Latter-day Faith, we talk a lot about “inner work” and practices that are often associated with Christian mysticism. Yet, as Marty Erickson, this week’s guest, points out, not everyone wrestling with Mormonism or struggling to discover their own spiritual way relates to a mystic’s path. Where are they to go? How might they discover the spiritual practices and stories and journey that is right for them?
This episode discusses certain ideas that might prove helpful in this discovery process, but even more than that explores such liminal spaces–their difficulties as well as the gifts of the wrestle. Toward the end, Marty draws wonderful and illuminating parallels between spiritual and social justice work.
You will love this conversation! Listen in!
Emily Esfahani Smith, “There’s More to Life than Being Happy,” TED talk, September 2017
Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Model (Mormon Stages, 2015)
Rick Jepson, “Godwrestling: Physicality, Conflict, and Redemption in Mormon Doctrine,” Sunstone, November 2005