An Introduction to Expressive Spiritual Practices

~ Merritt

We’ve surveyed the most well-known of the Classical Spiritual Practices, but there is much more to be said on the subject of Spiritual Practices because the Classics are not the only ones. There is a whole different category of spiritual practices, many of which have been going on for as long as the Classics have, but that are seldom discussed as such: The Expressive Practices.

To be honest with you, I’ve never heard or read anyone saying why the expressive practices aren’t often taught, but if I were to venture a guess, it would have something to do with the fact that many of these involve talents, not to mention spiritual gifts, that not everyone has, yet this view overlooks the fact that there are a great many types of expressive practice that don’t require a special gift or talent.

An Expressive Spiritual Practice is a practice in which we draw closer to God by expressing our relationship with Him, to His glory.


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