Clarification is the lifelong joy of the "eternal novice," learning more and more every day, yet always a beginner. Its four rhythms (Study, Identification, Dialogue, and Examen/Reflection) offer different modes of deepening one's understanding of one's own path and the paths chosen by others.
At the "rim" of a religion live its history, narratives, and founding precepts. Clarification provides us with a factual and normative understanding of how the outer, or exoteric aspects of that religion present themselves in the world. Each religious/spiritual tradition can be thought about in terms of a set of unique characteristics defined by: Excellence Master Story Ritual Pattern Ethical Norm Do these characteristics help to clarify the way you think about your own, or any other religious/spiritual tradition? And/Or... can you share an insight that you might have experienced as you focused your thinking through this lens?