An Evening with Jonathan Gustin

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” — Frederick Buechner

Serendipitously, an email popped up in my inbox about an event with Jonathan Gustin, a respected Integralist, meditation teacher and psychotherapist, who heads the Purpose Guiding Institute, specifically designed to (train guides to) help people find their purpose.

It felt reassuring to know that a long lineage of people (including Bill Plotkin and Rod Stryker) have contributed to developing the field of finding purpose, particularly in the Integral / developmental contexts.

Other gems from the evening include:

  • “Sacred Dance vs. Survival Dance” (originated from a book by Bill Plotkin)
  • I’m intrigued to learn more about the Purpose Octagon
  • Honing in on our purpose requires us the courage to say “no” to many other paths. This is particularly hard in a culture where we’re taught that “you can be anything you want”
  • Terry Patten (special guest) spoke with eloquence and heart about the importance of more people acting from the place of alignment with their soul purpose, as the key to solving our civilization’s challenges.
  • The diagram below shows the progression (in the clockwise direction from the top) – including the gifts and challenges – that happen to us at different developmental stages, from childhood to eldership: