1. Knowing and Un-knowing: Extending the Spectrum of Meaning to Include what Really Matters

Environmental Spirituality and Wellbeing - Integrating Social and Therapeutic Theory and Practice - Jeff Leonardi

Jeff Leonardi [+-]
University of Wales Trinity St David
Jeff Leonardi is a retired Anglican priest who was for 17 years Bishop's Adviser for Pastoral Care and Counselling in the Lichfield Diocese of the Church of England. He has been a qualified Person-centred Counsellor for the past forty years, and has a PhD in the spirituality of Person-centred Counselling in relation to Christian spirituality, and the implications for Christian ministry and pastoral practice. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow of the Religious Experience Research Centre at the University of Wales Trinity St David at Lam-peter, undertaking a joint research project into relational spirituality with Professor Bettina Schmidt. He has chapters in J.Moore and C. Purton (eds.) 2006 Spirituality and Counselling: Experiential and Theoretical Perspectives, PCCS Books, Ross on Wye; and C. Lago and D. Charura (eds.) 2016 The Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: Origins, Developments and Current Applications, Open University Press, Maidenhead. He is the editor of The Human Being Fully Alive: Writings in Celebration of Brian Thorne, 2010, PCCS Books, Ross on Wye.

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As a student of spiritual experience I am much exercised by the question of the status of such experience: on the one hand it is often seminal and transformative for the life and understanding of the subject, and on the other it can be dismissed as purely subjective, as if this decisively reduces its validity in any wider sense. The issue raised here goes beyond spiritual experience as such, into the human sense of relationship - or not - with our bodies and the environment. Both contemplative spirituality and psychotherapy seek to guide the subject from alienation to integration, from a divided self to a wholeness which includes all the dimensions of human being and awareness. In this chapter I shall suggest that these insights demand a wider consideration of the value of subjective experience, feelings and intuitions, and that this in turn suggests the need for an expanded paradigm for what counts as truth.

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Leonardi, Jeff. 1. Knowing and Un-knowing: Extending the Spectrum of Meaning to Include what Really Matters. Environmental Spirituality and Wellbeing - Integrating Social and Therapeutic Theory and Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jun 2025. ISBN 9781800505841. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=45131. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.45131. Jun 2025

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