It was a pleasure interviewing Robert V. Taylor about his new book entitled ” A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive.” This book is not just about another way to find your spiritual path. Through Robert’s story you get to learn about his own personal spiritual path, which by the way is truly fascinating.
Robert was born and raised in South Africa and had the distinct pleasure of working along side Desmond Tutu’s during the apartheid movement. He also graduated from seminary school at Union Theological School and become the highest ranking openly gay clergy person in the Episcopal Church. As you can already imagine his own personal spiritual journey makes him uniquely qualified to write and speak on this topic.
One of the important things that Robert advocates within “A New Way To Be Human” is to share your own story. As he states sharing your story reveals the Holy present in you, speaking through your story to yourself and others. If , on the other hand, you choose not to share your story, you choose to dishonor, devalue, and disbelieve the truths that your life reveals. How right he is about stepping into your own and being proud of your story–it is the foundation of who and what you are, it is your authentic-self being expressed.
Robert makes reference within the book about stepping stones, and you will hear us speak about these stepping stones throughout the interview. He discribes Stepping Stone Two as: Accepting the Invitation. He states when you are secure in your own story, you discover that the stories of others offer you an invitation. As you accept these invitations, the vibrancy of the Holy at work infuses your life as you love, live, and celebrate your connection with others. Transformation happens.
Throughout the book Robert has provided the reader with wisdom and invitations to explore their own spiritual life at a very deep level. He also provides “Spirited Practices” designed to inspire you to awaken to your own spiritual expression and path. These are just friendly reminders at the end of each chapter that jolt you into awareness about your spiritual journey and practices.
If you are on a spiritual path, and want to explore “A New Way To Be Human” I encourage you to read, practice and open up your heart to the ideas and stories that Robert has carefully crafted into his book. If you would like more information about Robert V. Taylor you can click here to be directed to his website, or you can click here to be directed to his Facebook page.
Enjoy my wonderful interview with a great author and spiritual leader-Robert V. Taylor.