This is an invitation for the mind and the heart to cross the threshold into another dimension in time and explore the parallels between Existential Psychotherapy concepts and Fenelon’s Christian Spiritual Letters written 300 years ago. Christianity and Existentialism are “individualistic” approaches focused on self-awareness, self-responsibility, and ownership to facilitate personal change; both ask for commitment, and none of them offer easy ways or painless quests. Christian spiritual letters as a personal growth tool are centred on Jesus, a self-actualizer, who fits every characteristic described by Maslow.
Levy, M. (2008). An authentic human being with a 17th C. flair: Fenelon spiritual letters and existentialism. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture 2008: God, freedom and nature. Catholic Institute of Sydney, NSW, 3-5 October, 2008.