You are a
Poet

You connect the dots to integrate faith

Poets are Paradoxical believers.

People with paradoxical faith are multi-perspective believers.

They re-examine faith, embrace paradox and seek deeper truths.

Core Quality

Poets seek to connect the dots of their faith journey to integrate the seemingly paradoxical aspects of life and faith.

Purpose and Goal

Poets explore the truths about life through opposing ideas. The ideas in other worldviews lead them to take a fresh look at their own current ideas about life and faith. Poets explore problems from different perspectives to help them see the complexity. They are open to contradicting proposals for diverse sources when making decisions.

Poets are at a stage in their lives where they seek to connect the dots of their faith journey. They seek to combine the seemingly paradoxical aspects of life and faith. They want to embrace the paradox that is life and re-examine truths they previously embraced as eternal. When making decisions they are open to contradictions.

Poets do not reject the “plain” understanding they had earlier because it is untrue, but because it is not true enough. They have discovered that there are truths and mysteries embedded in reality that can only be grasped through paradox.

For Poets discerning, realising, discovering and knowing are all an integrated process. They use intellectual experiences as well as personal life experiences to sense the truth. For them truth is multidimensional and organically interdependent. Poets may find truth in many faith traditions.

 

Faith Drivers

What are the next steps for Poets on their journey of faith?

Poets need practices that help them connect the dots. Habits like daily meditating on a sacred text could be of great value. Their relationship with God matures not only in understanding and reasoning about what they believe, but also in embracing truth in mystery. They need to move beyond reading the Bible, and let the Bible read them too. For them the tradition becomes an open field to enjoy, meditate and explore up to the edges. They would also do well to sit at the feet of teachers from traditions they are not familiar with. 

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Poets are
Paradoxical
believers

Other roles in your faith style:

Core Quality

Mentors welcome widely different perspectives and hold onto the tension between them.

Purpose and Goal

Mentors are at a stage in their lives where they are becoming more aware of the Mystery in all of life. This awareness leads to a deep sense of okay-ness. They feel completely whole and at peace. This feeling of being adequate enables them to accept and believe what cannot be fully understood or explained. This makes them experienced and trusted advisers. They are not trying to convince everyone to agree with them. They receive all widely different perspectives and hold onto the tension between them. They feel less and less driven to defend their own perspectives.

Core Quality

Pioneers find their way through many different systems, putting their faith into action, challenging the status quo and working towards justice in the world.

Purpose and Goal

Pioneers can find their way through many different systems, some even contradicting others for their faith is multi-faceted. Pioneers see evidence of God being active in the world almost everywhere. For them social and political affairs, religion and faith are all the same. They work with an integrated understanding of everything.

Core Quality

Pilgrims are deeply centred in their simple calling. Their deep connectedness to all other living things guides their path.

Purpose and Goal

Pilgrims’ faith goes hand in hand with an ability to rest in solitude. It also leads to compassion, even with people who are very different from them. Their calling goes deeper than playing a role in the institute, even deeper than creating their own future. They find meaning through feeling connected with all other living things.

Core Quality

Wounded Healers are comfortable living with the contradictions and shortcomings in themselves and others. They deeply accept themselves and are comfortable knowing that some answers might never be found.

Purpose and Goal

Wounded Healers are comfortable living with contradictions. They are less unsettled by the shortcomings in themselves and others.

Core Quality

Artists support themselves on their journey towards meaning and significance by exploring a wide range of angles, viewpoints, approaches and perspectives.

Purpose and Goal

Artists have given up on seeking explanations. They support themselves on their journey towards meaning and significance by exploring a wide range of perspectives. They let go of the need to understand everything.

Core Quality

Hosts are open to other people’s opinions, way of doing and perspectives. They enjoy others for who they are. 

Purpose and Goal

Hosts enjoy others for who they are. They spend less time on individual self-reflection. They have a sense of the importance of other people and relationships on their path of growth. They appreciate others for who they are.

Core Quality

Guides have discovered that rhythms and a wide a range of spiritual practices are the only way to live with mystery and in uncertainty.

Purpose and Goal

Guides are discovering that mystery and disciplines are helping them put into practice what they believe. They embrace a range of spiritual practices that help them to have multiple perspectives. Guides are no longer seeking one unifying system to order all their ideas. They are comfortable with diverse practices from many traditions. They have discovered that rhythms are the only way to live in uncertainty.

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