Spiritual Coaching and Direction is a process of self-development and unfoldment across all areas of life experience. It is a holistic approach to knowing the Self in all its dimensions – biological, psychological, social and spiritual.
It helps you make sense of your life-span development by being able to look at how your biology influences you, how your psychology guides your perceptions, awareness and understanding, how your social interactions and relationships have shaped your relating function and your spiritual practices and knowledge give a greater awareness and understanding of your bigger picture of life and purpose.
Spiritual Direction is for anyone of any faith or philosophy – Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Platonic, Humanistic, Yogic, Atheistic, Wiccan or Jedi.
Deep and evolving relationship with the Self requires a knowledge and practice of techniques and approaches:
- Energisation techniques
- Introspection and self-exploration approaches like journaling
- Relaxation practices and right-breathing technique
- Meditation techniques
- Devotional singing or chanting
- Group meditation
- Expressing spiritual, mental and emotional material through writing, art, poetry, dance, drama, music, singing
- Maintaining a healthy body and mind
- Eating well
- Drinking lots of water
- Avoiding unhealthy foods and over-eating
- Moderation, conservation or sublimation of creative instinct
- Strong will-power development
- Willingness to serve others freely
- The development and practice of prayer
- A realisation that the environment and its resources are all sacred and cannot be exploited for greed and thus harmed
- Regular reading and immersion in the writings of Self-realised saints and sages
- The desire and willingness to find a Self-realised being in body or spirit to guide the process of Self relationship
- The willingness to persevere with all these practices and approaches even when external circumstances challenge, test and cause immense pain, either mentally, emotionally or even physically.
The relationship between Spiritual Coach and Client is a symbol and external form of the deep and whole relationship you already have with your Self within.
The external relationship with the Spiritual Coach is only a reflection of the one you already have with your Self.
Joy is the nature of the Self – beyond all forms, beyond all race, gender, religion, ability, intellect, political ideology, wealth, sexuality, language or any other label of physical or mental trait or characteristic. Joy is our nature and is the essence of the journey we find ourselves in and so we move ever closer, ever together in the unity of that One Ocean of Joy.
The Differences Between Life Coaching and Spiritual Coaching
The source of mental overwhelm, confusion and emotional dysregulation may be identified in both approaches: life coaching and spiritual coaching. It may be past experiences, trauma, relationships, loss and bereavement, divorce or separation, addiction and attachment, anxiety and depression, quarter life review (adolescence to adulthood), mid-life review (usually around late 30s to 40s), or three quarter life review (retirement), to name a few. The exploration of these may form the substance of life coaching, but in spiritual coaching they may be a catalyst for a spiritual awakening.
In coaching a deeper analysis of past events, emotional experiences, presenting issues and mental beliefs can be rationalised, reviewed and reintegrated with specific strategies, changes to lifestyle and adjustments in relationships.
In spiritual coaching a spiritual technique is applied, such as affirmation, concentration technique or meditation so you can connect to the Self within – the Sage, Wise One, Real Self.
Where life coaching often works in one hour sessions every week, spiritual coaching is offered every 2-3 weeks and then practice tasks to be conducted between sessions, then followed up for exploration in the following session. This is because spiritual coaching is more experiential in its nature, not just intellectual or mental. It is for a seeker who wants to experience their whole being, their whole self including their spiritual nature. The Real Self is beyond mind, intellect and dogma. It is existence, consciousness, bliss. It is inner, whereas coaching is an outer activity and therefore has more limitations. An inner approach like spiritual direction is limitless because it expands as it explores from self to Self, separateness to Oneness.
Email, Phone or Online Exploration
You can contact me by email if you would like to have a free consultation to see if Spiritual Coaching is for you.
This Agreement for Spiritual Coaching underpins the creative process and my Ethical Commitment to you.
Crisis Support for Mental Health
Unfortunately I cannot provide 24/7 support. If you need support immediately please contact The Samaritans by calling 116 123 or visiting their website at Samaritans.org. Also you might find this fact sheet crisis-_teams useful which explains what support is available for you. It is published by the Rethink website and provides a great deal of information. I also provide lots of support and links in this website to issues like depression in the resources section.
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