Seminary Program

This is where we post the essays from many of our Universal Life Church Seminary students. When students finish a ULC course, they write a comprehensive essay about their experiences with the course, what they learned, didn't learn, were inspired by, etc. Here are their essays.

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Spiritual Development Through ULC

     I would like to start with a huge thank you to Dr. David Crouch.  The class on Spiritual Development was an outstanding weekly experience of learning, enlightenment and a personal pursuit of higher self awareness.  Overwhelming at times - perhaps - always uplifting!  Dr. Crouch's teaching style is right on target for bring home the point for ease of understanding.  I appreciate his ability for writing in a manner that hold your interest and leaves you wanting to gather more information, leading to research subjects in depth in some areas.

      Starting out with the first lesson of "Where the Body meets the Spirit", my interest was peaked and going.  The opening lesson title could be contemplated forever.  The mind seems to wiggle between the two worlds of physical and spiritual.  I personally struggle with this daily, my heart is in the spiritual, my mind is with soul and yet the physical needs need to be met.  This is where meditation brings satisfaction.  Knowing we can not live in La-La land continuously, we begin the act of balancing both worlds, watching the constant change that happens within each. 
     As Dr. Crouch moves through each session, the magick of the Universe unfolds to the logical mind and the use of NLP.  With this we learn to communicate with the God-world and the spiritual realms.  Following our energy fields and patterns, using the power of intent.  Looking to the daily affirmations and how they change with our own personal growth.  What served yesterday, may not serve today.  Perhaps the reason is that one specific goal has been met or has been re-positioned to a higher meaning.  Either way we can make new goals and affirmations as we need them.
   I enjoyed the class on Huna immensely and particular the statement 'energy goes where attention goes.'  Realizing and using this energy can be life changing.  I had a ground school instructor (for my pilot's license) who once told us that if the air space had roads everyone would fly.  I see a similarity with energy.  If we could physically see energy exchange, everyone would use it quite differently (for good or evil?).  Locking into one of our senses can be limiting.  Trust and the use of how one 'feels' can enhance the way we use and could use, the energy fields that are all around us.  I obviously know it is here, we take energy for granted in our daily lives.  Thinking of our own energy fields takes us into something intangible.
   The last lesson on the Six Step Re-frame was a terrific ending for the Spiritual Development class.  The steps left me with a practice I will be able to follow through with in my life time, with also being able to share with others.  There are behaviors that need to be modified in all of us at any given time.  With the 6SR and NLP we can begin to work on these modifications.  NLP is somewhat new practice for me.  I have heard of the principles, with the explanations that Dr. Crouch gave throughout the course I have a better understanding and the curiosity to further explore the possibilities of using this tool to enhance myself and surroundings.
   Thank you ULC for offering this course.
Rev. Constance J. Hitts

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