Navigating the Soul’s Journey: A Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Growth

Juggling work, family, and personal struggles like cancer in the hustle and bustle of daily life often makes caring for our souls difficult. The repercussions of neglecting our spiritual well-being can manifest in stress, overload, discouragement, relational conflicts, and even burnout.

Join us as we delve into the stages of emotional and spiritual development, discover the power of prayer, and explore the significance of working with a spiritual director.

Meet Kristi Gaultiere:
A doctor of psychology and co-author of the bestselling book “Journey of the Soul: A Practical Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Growth,” Kristi has dedicated her life to serving Jesus. With three grown children and two grandchildren, she engages in speaking, training, counseling, and leading retreats, alongside her husband Bill. Together, they host the weekly Soul Talks podcast.

The Power of Prayer:
Kristi offers prayer as her favorite health tip because it can benefit every area of a person’s life and healing journey.  Various forms of prayer, including breath prayers, have played a pivotal role in Kristi’s overall health. Breath prayers involve pairing deep breathing with a simple phrase or scripture, creating a profound connection with God. Kristi emphasizes the impact of breath prayers on mental health, offering a tangible way to cast cares on the Lord and experience emotional release.

Journey of the Soul: Stages of Emotional and Spiritual Development:
Kristi introduces the C H R I S T stages model, offering insight into the different stages of emotional and spiritual development. The stages—Confidence in Christ; Help and Discipleship; Responsibilities in Ministry, Wall, Inner Journey; Spirit-Led Ministry; and Trust—are explored with a focus on the unique temptations and graces associated with each stage.

In the journey of self-discovery and spiritual well-being, the C H R I S T stages emerge as guiding principles, offering a roadmap for nurturing and caring for the soul. Each letter in C H R I S T represents a crucial facet of personal and spiritual development, providing a holistic approach to soul care. From gaining Clarity about your purpose to fostering Harmony in your life, building Resilience in the face of challenges, setting clear Intentions, engaging in acts of Service, and embracing personal Transformation, these stages weave together to create a tapestry of spiritual growth. Join us in this transformative exploration as we delve into each stage, unraveling the profound impact they can have on the well-being of your soul and the richness they bring to the journey of self-discovery.

Part One Podcast Episode:

Here is a breakdown of the C H R I S T stages of development:
C – Clarity:
Gaining a clear understanding of your goals, values, and purpose.

H – Harmony:
Seeking balance and alignment in your life, finding harmony between different aspects of your personal and professional life.

R – Resilience:
Developing the ability to bounce back from challenges and setbacks, building resilience to face adversity.

I – Intention:
Setting clear intentions and goals, focusing on what you want to achieve in various aspects of your life.

S – Service:
Engaging in acts of service and contributing to the well-being of others, recognizing the importance of giving back.

T – Transformation:
Embracing change and personal growth, allowing yourself to evolve and transform over time.

As we embark on this exploration of emotional and spiritual growth, we’ll continue the journey in part two. Stay tuned for deeper insights into the Spirit-Led Ministry and Trust stages, along with practical guidance for those navigating their own soul’s journey amidst life’s challenges.


Part Two Podcast Episode: