Episode:Reaching High: The Psychology of Spiritual Living, with Marvin and Francyl Gawryn

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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.

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