Humans do not form in a vacuum. Rather, different faith and form traditions impact formation as cauldron contexts. As a person moves throughout their day, different traditions impact their spirit, each at its own level of influence. And the deeper the influence, the more impact the tradition may have in coloring all other levels of traditional influence. In Formative Spirituality, we construct pyramids to represent the levels of traditional impact; the closer to the base of the pyramid, the more the impact. Ideally, in a healthy spirit, relationship with the divine mystery should be at the bottom. In this way, one’s relationship with the forming mystery ought to define and give meaning to less impact form traditions.
What might yours look like? What forces shape you the most?
Life with Christ