Metaphysical Mentors: An Existential Journey of Personal and Professional Development


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Abstract

Personal and professional development is a journey everyone takes in one way or another. Offered herein are some insights as to how to facilitate that process. The material is embedded within some phenomenological/first-person experiences of the author and includes a list of references to empirical and philosophical/theological sources for further enrichment after reading the article. A specific philosophy/spirituality known as the Salesian charism is introduced as well through some of the personal experiences and teachings of the “metaphysical mentors” who founded this approach to living. Like any work of merit, human development on both the helpee and helper side of the dynamic requires time, attention, and work, as does being a productive supervisor or patient. It is a humanistic project not to be passively experienced but rather an active journey with many crossroads and choices, every one of which can lead to new life flowing from the diminishment of prejudice and violence born of fear and personal blind spots, thus fostering the positive evolution of the individual and humanity.

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