The Hidden Power Of Spiritual Yearning with Connie Zweig

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There is a yearning within each of us to obtain higher levels of consciousness and a realization of the divine. And yet, sometimes our yearnings take us in the wrong direction, where longings may become cravings. Connie Zweig, a Jungian-oriented therapist, believes that no matter how strong the cravings are, the holy yearning will not let us linger long on the wrong path. It begins to whisper to our hearts and we find ourselves moving once more toward spiritual enlightenment. "What I am trying to encourage people to do is to actually have the faith to doubt, to have the faith to question authority, religious and spiritual authority. Allow our own intuition, our own feelings and instincts to guide us. If we learn to live with the mystery rather than the certainty, life opens up to us," says Zweig. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Connie Zweig is a Jungian-orineted therapist, non-denominational minister.

Her books include:

  • Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow (coauthor)
  • The Holy Longing: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Yearning (Tarcher/Putnam 2003)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the yearning each of us has that keeps us on the spiritual quest
  • How can you recognize your holy longing
  • How do you recognize when your holy longing has gone awry
  • How meditation by itself cannot get you to enlightenment
  • What are the positive payoffs and questionable payoffs for staying in a spiritual community
  • How can you belong to a church, or spiritual organization and still keep that holy longing alive
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 4/7/2003      Program Number: 2980