Perhaps you seek to understand yourself, your situation, your relationships — even life itself — more deeply. You may be searching for your true path and purpose in life.
Perhaps you’re already on a spiritual path, and you aim to master or clear away all that challenges your progress.
You may have a problem or concern, such as anxiety or difficulties in love, which could be eased or resolved by psychotherapy — and you may feel that a spiritual perspective would help provide the right conditions for your comfort and success.
You might want to use spiritual methods to pursue your personal goals, such as creating your ideal career or the right relationship.
Or you may seek help with a spiritual concern, such as the desire to connect with someone you love who has left this Earth.
Spiritual therapy is often called “transpersonal,” which literally means “beyond the person.” In transpersonal psychology, we realize that we are more than our physical bodies, more than our personalities, and more than our minds as we usually experience them. We are individuals, yet we are more than individuals. We are all connected profoundly with one another, and with the Universe itself. We are capable of far greater consciousness, of many experiences and abilities which are not yet fully recognized or honored by mainstream Western culture.
Spirituality is our experience of and relationship with the Divine. We may identify the Divine as the Cosmic Essence, the Oneness of which we are all a part. We may conceptualize this Oneness as an infinitely knowledgeable and powerful Supreme Being, or as Beingness itself. We may experience ourselves as cells in this Divine Body, sharing its attributes – such as consciousness, creativity, love, and power. We can understand it as the ultimate Source of all that is.
Spirituality is knowing, feeling, developing and acting on our connection with the Divine. We can relate to the Divine essence within ourselves, in each other, in nature, in our own creative and loving actions, and in any number of spiritual beings. We might experience nature itself, and even matter itself, as spiritual. We can see nature as a living manifestation of Divine intent, a part of the body of God or Goddess, a crystallization of the omnipresent divine energy. Perhaps we believe in, or feel a connection with a multiplicity of nonphysical beings. These beings might include the souls of persons who have let this plane of existence through physical death, and souls of those yet unborn. They may include beings of a more evolved or intrinsically higher nature, beings whom we might regard as ascended masters, saints, angels, or (for example, in Hinduism) gods.
Spiritual psychotherapycan take many forms. To a large extent, this depends on the perspective of the therapist.
Here are the most essential points:
Of course, clients bring their own beliefs, perspective and experiences. This personal spirituality may be exactly right for the individual. In general, I honor each client’s own sense of spirituality in all of its dimensions, unless I see a problem here. Perhaps someone is too harsh and rigid with her/himself. Or I may sense that a person could benefit if I suggest a few expanded or alternative possibilities, or guide him or her towards new experiences – perhaps to begin to access the feeling of cosmic love and true connection between all souls.
My methods take many forms: pragmatic, deep, and esoteric. For example: