The Chakra System

A Christian Understanding

The encounter between Eastern forms of mysticism and Christian spirituality is one of the most significant "signs of the times." One extreme response to this is syncretism, in which various elements from different traditions are extracted and synthesized into a new spiritual tradition. This seems to characterize much of what is called "New Age" spirituality. The other extreme is to minimize the importance of the East-West interaction, or to view these traditions as inherently contradictory. Some of the far right of Christian thinking tend toward this view. Finding a middle ground which respects the uniqueness of differing religious traditions, while learning what is useful in them to enhance one's spiritual growth is a difficult challenge.
In this workshop, Dr. Philip St. Romain avoids the extremes of syncretism and triumphalism as he reflects on the significance of the Hindu/yogic metaphysical view of human nature. Similarities and differences between this paradigm and the traditional Western, scholastic view are noted, along with parallels between the powers of the chakras and various developmental theories. Practical implications for growth, healing and spiritual direction are noted, while helpful resource handouts are provided.

Your Instructor

Philip St. Romain, M.S., D. Min.
Philip St. Romain, M.S., D. Min.

I am the author of 25 books on prayer and spirituality, with a background in retreat work, spiritual direction, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and biology. Publishers of my books include Crossroads, Publ., Ave Maria Press, Liguori Publications, and Pelican Publishing Co. During the past five years, I have also ventured into publishing on demand with Lulu Press. Current employment is at Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, KS, where I present retreats, workshops, and spiritual direction.

Degrees include a M.S. in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (1974) and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation (1996).

I am married and the father of three grown children, with four grandchildren as well. My wife and I reside in Bel Aire, KS, which is just outside of Wichita.

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