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Discover your Spiritual Type

When someone once asked Jesus what is the most important thing to do in life, he said it is to love the Lord your God with all your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength (Mark 12:28-34). Each of us should grow to love God in each of these four ways, but there is often one way that comes more naturally for us. This is our "spiritual type" and knowing which type we are can be very helpful in learning which prayer practices work best for us and as a starting point for personal growth. Follow the steps below to discover your spiritual type, learn more about that type and the other types, and begin your journey towards a deeper faith life.

The first step is to take the types test. It's an easy 12-question quiz. After you've filled it out and discovered if you are a Heart, Soul, Mind or Strength based type, scroll down to read about each type, watch a video, and begin to try out some of the prayer practices listed.

Primary concern: Justice

Primary motivation: Making things how they should be

Primary spiritual question: How can I improve someone else’s life?

 

Heart spiritual types are people who are moved by action, making a difference, and justice concerns.  This type relies upon their passion for their spiritual energy.

 

Heart spiritual types are often called into vocations that advocate for justice, improve living conditions, or generally seek to improve the welfare of others. Consequently, they can grow by looking at their opposite quadrant, Mind, and finding ways to ground their action in adequate reflection and rooting of their actions.

 

Suggested spiritual practices: 

Heart - The Center of Action

Primary concern: Connectedness

Primary motivation: Awareness of the divine indwelling

Primary spiritual question: How can I help foster relationships and the oneness of humanity and creation?

 

Soul spiritual types are people who value relationship, oneness, and mystical union.  This type relies upon felt experience and connection for their spiritual energy.

 

Soul spiritual types are often called into vocations that care for others and seek to foster peace and wholeness among people. Consequently, they can grow by looking at their opposite quadrant, Strength, to practice more self-care and presence.

 

Suggested spiritual practices: 

Mind - The Center of Worldview

Soul - The Center of Relationships

Primary concern: Wisdom

Primary motivation: Perceiving with the mind of Christ

Primary spiritual question: How can I help bring about a kingdom of God worldview?

 

Mind spiritual types are people who connect using their intellect and the verbal or written word.  This type relies upon beautiful language and sound belief for their spiritual energy.

 

Mind spiritual types are often called into vocations that require reflection, innovative ideas and attention to details. Consequently, they can grow by looking at their opposite quadrant, Heart, to move from always being “in their head” and get their hands dirty a bit.

 

Suggested spiritual practices: 

Primary concern: Incarnation

Primary motivation: Being fully present in the now

Primary spiritual question: How can the gift of our bodies be better used to bring full consciousness? 

 

Strength spiritual types are people who get the most meaning out of doing something with their bodies.  This type relies upon activity or bodily movement for their spiritual energy.  

 

Strength spiritual types are often called into vocations that either engage or care for the physical self. Consequently, they can grow by looking at their opposite quadrant, Soul, to care not only for the external self but also the inner self.

 

Suggested spiritual practices: 

Strength - The Center of Presence