For over 50 years now traditional Psychologists have worked with Bowen’s theory of “Differentiation of Self”. Spiritual Differentiation appears to be an opposite scale. In Self Differentiation pertains to the separation of Self and Emotional Attachment. A lowly differentiated person tends to be attached to their emotions and has a difficult time separating what they feel to their own identification of self. A highly differentiate person can feel emotions yet not be attached to these vibrations.
In spiritual differentiation the soul and self are vastly separated in lowly spiritually differentiated persons. This state of differentiation can be found in people claiming to be atheists. Where the traditional outlook is that they are simply this physical shell without part of them that extends beyond their physicalness.
As the spiritual differntiation rises they experience a closeness increasing between the self and the soul. People who are religious extremists are actually here. They do not have a personal connection to their soul. They therefore require a devotion that is beyond the norm. Evangelical or Pragmatic religious persons also fit into this category.
Rising up the scale of differentiation these people tend to follow traditional religious avenues. These people look for a connection to their higher self, or God in churches and places of worship. They do not have a personal relationship with their higher self or God and require an external building or external connector (priest) to provide this connection.
Higher up the spiritual differentiation you will find spiritual people. These are people who tended to experienced a transition from the traditional dogmatic religious forms. People here experience a level of connection, yet this connection tends to be fleeting. They continue to look externally for assistance to regain their connection to source.
At the top of the spiritual differentiation scale are those who are connected with Source, their higher self, or God. These people do not require any external location to become connected to the Divine. These people are source orientated and are divine teachers. These are found around the world and are increasing with each and every new generation.