Episode:Reaching High: The Psychology of Spiritual Living, with Marvin and Francyl Gawryn
Marvin and Francyl Gawryn joined as we continued our Secondary Works series. Francyl and Marvin, parents of twin daughters, have been married 25 years.
Marvin, a counselor, gleaned insights from his book, Reaching High: The Psychology of Spiritual Living. Employing a unique blend of psychology and spiritual insights, he dives to the heart of the major spiritual issues of our times: Human Will and the Unified Personality Will and the Emotions; Loving Wisely; Family Life and God Concepts; Changing Self-Dislike to Self-Respect; Putting Failure and Guilt Where They Belong; The Purpose of Inner Conflict; Building Spiritual Habits.
Having studied The Urantia Book since age 17, Marvin has been active in The Urantia Book Fellowship for more than 35 years, and has been a dedicated study group leader over the past 25 years. He has practiced as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 30 years, engaging in an extensive amount of spirituality work (Centering Meditation) with clients.
As a vital part of her spiritual journey, Francyl has used her poetry and music writing as a means of articulating her evolving sense of the sacred. This journey has included episodes ranging from feeling supreme moments of being saturated by God's love to wandering through lost-in-transition spiritual deserts to practical hands-on ministry with children and teens. She also gained great insights from a four-year period when she lost her singing voice. Currently she is exploring the universe of writing orchestral and choral music through an Interdisciplinary Program at Marylhurst University while working part-time at a non-denominational Christian church. Francyl's latest CD, Songs My Father Taught Me, is a magnificent collection of old and new songs, some previously released, which gather insights from these different periods and spiritual perspectives, giving musical wing to her poetry.