Religious Personalities: Self-Understanding

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Over the last month, I have been talking about religious personalities in relation to one’s spiritual journey. The following spiritual exercises can be used to help rethink past experiences with the new lens of religious personalities. It might be helpful to review the religious personalities of the Shaman, the Prophet, the Priest or Elder, and …

Religious Personalities: The Yogi

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The last religious personality I want to mention is the yogi, who performs an ascetic discipline, yoga, which produces a state of non-doing apart from the world. The word, “yoga” comes from its Sanskrit root, meaning “to join or unite.” The yogi discovers the eternal, trans-phenomenal self, purusha, by deliberating suppressing the phenomenal self, prakriti. …

Religious Personalities: The Priest or Elder

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The third religious personality I want to talk about is the priest, derived from the Greek word for elder, presbyteros. The priest or elder is one who is sanctified by the community to enter the unapproachable domain of the divine, offering one’s self to God. The rise of the priestly type is associated with the …

Religious Personalities: The Prophet

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Another personality type is the prophet. All of us have a prophetic voice that effects change in the social and political order because the prophet’s words carry the power of its divine source. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, and other social mystics, as example, were contemporary prophets. The prophet has an encounter …

Religious Personalities: The Shaman

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

This month I will address the contemplative aspect of personality through the lens of religious types, such as the shaman, prophet, priest, and yogi, rather than psychological categories—Enneagram, Jungian, or Myers-Briggs. The reason for this is twofold. In the spiritual life it is helpful to recognize how your personality contains elements of a shamanic or …