SpiritualCounseling

What follows is a table of contents, withexplanations, of the various documents available at thistime.

    There is only Good Spiritual healing presumes an inherent perfection in creation, including so-called evils, such as illness--somehow it serves a spiritual purpose.  
    Transformation Required for Healing Spirituality in healing presumes a homeopathic approach because the illness must be serving a purpose--"the illness heals."
    Shapeshifting My Life  To practice healing from a spiritual perspective usually means the healer is a "wounded healer," a shamanic model of the healer's origin. Here is one healer's story.
     No Enemies Within Here is a introduction to a book on the theme that if we befriend our troubles, they become our teachers. This theme is a variant on the spiritual principle that everything has a purpose, thus "resist not evil."
    The Grail Within To find the healing in the illness requires looking within, asking, as did Parsifal, "What ails you?"
    I listen to myself Healer: Heal Thyself! We have to learn how to "self-reflect" before we can offer this to others. Here two learners demonstrate a journal method of self-reflection to better understand oneself. A third learner uses the method to process a feeling about the presence of a camera in class.
   Self-Reflection with Commentary Two learners demonstrates the self-reflection journal exercise and provides a commentary on the process, resistances and benefits
    Avoiding Judgment Self-awareness can be threatening if there is an underlying judgmental attitude toward oneself. Consciousness, as light, can burn the eyes if we don't see with love. This learner provides a lesson on the appearance of judgment in self-reflection.
    Listening is a Prayer Indigenous humans appreciated the reality that the Creator needed to receive "reflection" in the prayers of the people in order to exist. So then do humans require reflection in order to come into being. The value of listening is often overlooked, not only in everyday life, but also in the exhalted realm of spiritual healing.
    Healing Communication "When two or more are gathered, there I am also." What is the spiritual significance of communication in healing? Perhaps the purpose of "illness" is to create a need for a new connection with other people.
   Reflections on Receiving the Gift of Listening Maybe it seems like listening isn't "doing" anything, yet it actually is a very powerful gift.

Learners had the assignment of giving listening to someone, and to receiving listening from someone. They exchanged roles. They then used the self-reflection journal technique to process their feelings. This transcript demonstrates the impact upon a person to receive listening.

    Reflections upon Giving Listening This transcript demonstrates the aftermath of giving listening.
    In the links that follow, learners present their "book digests." Some long, some short, some incomplete, these digests offer the reader a chance to explore some of the best books related to the theory and practice of spiritual healing.
    On Becoming a Person Carl Rogers was first a minister, and then a therapist. He revolutionized psychology with his "client-centered" approach. He raised listening to a spiritual meditation. Here is a digest of a small piece of his writing most related to a spiritual vision of counseling.
    The Art of Compassion To give listening, to "be with," which requires that the counselor, the listener be comfortable with a full range of self-experiences, makes compassion possible.
    How Can I Help? What does it mean to help another person? How can we avoid the "separatist" notions of illness vs. health and helper vs. helpee? Ram Dass explores the mysteries of helping.
    Power in the Helping Professions Can we look at the dark side? There is a dark side to being a healer. It is a quest for power. Until the healer has developed a relationship with the fear of helplessness, there will always be an element of power hunger in the desire to "help" another person. This book, written from a Jungian perspective, is deeply disturbing. People who think of themselves as "spiritual healers" should not overlook this book on the grounds that ideas from psychoanalysis do not apply to their "spiritual" pursuits.
    Healing is an Interaction In a power mode, we see healing as an operation. But when we drop the power, and allow ourselves to be a channel of loving presence, then healing is an interaction, a dance between the participants.
   Spiritual Healing has Psychology in it Spiritual healing, physical healing, psychological healing--all these events are dimensions of the same thing. It's good to realize the psychology of the spiritual approach.
    Nurses Awareness of Self in Spiritual Healing Nurses are at the forefront of the role of spirituality and intuition in healing. Here is a brief statement about how the nurse must have one's SELF present in order for healing to take place.
   Compassion is the Essential Interpersonal Ingredient in Healing How is compassion involved in healing? How does this quality of presence in the "healer" help bring about healing in the "patient"? Maybe it helps bring alienated parts of the self back into the human family. Acceptance heals.
   The Lost Art of Listening Listening is so fundamental, we can always learn more about it. This book is a good text on listening-- not just for healers, but for anyone who cares about their relationships.
   Transpersonal Approach to Counseling A textbook summarizes the main philosophical and psychological ideas behind transpersonal counseling and reviews the use of meditation, fantasy and dreams. Wilbur's model is discussed.
   Awakening the Heart This book is a series of chapters by different individuals outlining a spiritual approach to various aspects of healing, including especially the role of emotions in healing.
    Healing and Wholeness Jungian therapist and minister John Sanford explores the meaning of healing. First Chapter Only.
    Focusing: The Power of Awareness Some of the simplest methodologies have the most powerful spiritual implications. Carl Rogers, one of the founders of "Humanistic Psychology," showed the spiritual power of listening. One of his colleagues, Eugene Gendlin,  developed another method of listening, less oriented toward words. A good therapist learns how to focus within oneself, then can teach it to the patients. Here is the book by Gendlin.
    The Power of Focusing Here is a rendition on Gendlin's focusing technique by a woman whose later book on "Drawing on the Light Within" brought attention to the healing power of mandalas. The learner who digested this book provides a personal commentary that gives some further idea on what it is like to learn this method.
    Caring Communication A leader in the field of nursing explains the concept of "caring," a prime spiritual dimension of healing, and shows how this attitude is expressed through communication. This book is a prime example of the feminist approach to the "relationship" paradigm of being and healing.
    Making Contact A skilled therapist sharpens our awareness of "contact." Ultimately, the sense of being in contact with another underlies the healing process. Skilled awareness in these fundamentals is important even to the "spiritual" healing who may work wordlessly from a distance.
    Therapeutic Communication Psychotherapy began as the "talking cure," and has contributed a lot to our understanding of healing, especially the role of relationship and communication. This book is by a therapist of the "field" between patient and therapist.
   Spiritual Guidance Once the learning therapist has mastered the fundamentals of "being with" the patient, through a relationship based upon communication, then the therapist is ready to entertain what it might mean to elevate this therapy to a spiritual level.
    Stories are Healing In contrast to a mechanical view of healing (fixing) a more spiritual understanding is to use the viewpoint of meaning. The prime example of this approach is to appreciate the story. When a person discovers their story, tells their story, and has their story heard and understood, often there is healing. This book is by a master storytelling of instances of healing.
   Dreams and the Growth of Personality Everyone has within a source of spiritual healing--dreams. Here is the story of healing through dreams. It gives some hints as to healing landmarks in dreams, culminating in "lucid dreaming."
    Metaskills: A Process Approach to Spiritual Therapy As we have progressed from the 1960s and the beginnings of "humanistic psychology," which led to the creation of "transpersonal psychology," and now there is a blossoming of ideas about spiritual counseling. The Mindells have led the way in what they call "the process" which is outlined here.
    Feminine Principles in Psychotherapy Spirituality and the feminine are very much related. For one things, spirit connects everything and the feminine is a matter of relationship. Learning to "be" rather than to "do" is often an important part of the transformation involved in spiritual healing. Transformation itself is a feminine principle, and fundamental to the opening of spirituality.
    The Ethics of Caring The feminist principle of relationship creates a new vision of ethics, not based upon rules, but upon caring. Here is but one chapter of a very important book.
   Thoughts without a Thinker Meditation can be an interesting bridge between therapy and spiritual development. When therapy is looked at from a Buddhist perspective, then both the goal of meditation and therapy take a new look.
    Spiritual Emergency or Spiritual Emergence Spiritual healing transforms our perspective on troubles: we make lemonade from the lemons life sends our way. This approach has become part of the spiritual "mainstream" in the idea of "spiritual emergence," which treats life crises as opportunities for spiritual awakening or transformation.
    The Healing Power of Depression Recalling our first principle, that everything has a purpose, this book shows that one can learn from depression some important spiritual lessons. Using an art therapy approach has special spiritual significance, as in beating swords into ploughshares, to be able to transform pain into something of beauty, perhaps something even enlightening to others.