In these last few posts I'm describing the fourth stage of spiritual growth. It's a stage of profound growth that requires competent spiritual guidance. The loosening of old certainties is not a loss of your faith, but an invitation toward deeper, though different conviction. Your search for direction and meaning in life doesn't need to lead you away from the church but can lead you into a deeper life of faith. Your disillusionment with God or religion isn't a sign of their insufficiency or failure; rather, it signals the necessary break from static attachments and religiosity so that you can open up to a new experience of spiritual abundance through faith. This, in turn, leads you to new expressions of service that flow from inextinguishable inner resources rather than from the shoulds and oughts of duty or obligation, or the zeal of newfound enthusiasm.
Along this path, you'll need the guidance of a soul friend to help you keep your bearings.
To be continued . . .