Spiritual counseling is not the same as religious or faith based counseling. Though these parts of you, whether it be God, the universe, a higher power, source, etc, can absolutely be integrated into this type of work if you desire, the best way I can describe spiritual counseling is to think of it as working with the spirit within you. Some people may refer to this as your soul, your higher self, or your core essence. But, it’s the core of who you are.
Spiritual counseling aligns with energy work. I have found deeper and more transformative healing to take place as a result of integrating these approaches to traditional talk therapy. Energy work uses the lens of viewing things as energy, which also includes emotions as “energy in motion” and helps you heal and clear those energy blocks that are building inside of you that may lead to chronic illnesses, both physical and psychological, if they remain suppressed. Some films that I like that speak to this approach and the scientific evidence behind it are E-Motion 2.0 and Heal.
If you think of phrases such as “we vibe”, “I feel high vibe today”, “I don’t like his vibe”, that all speaks about energy and vibrations. The Law of Attraction states that you attract what your vibe is putting out, so this is something that can be integrated into this type of work as well, as we look into your subconscious vibes and do healing work.
Spiritual counseling also helps you re-examine your beliefs and challenge the fear based ego (head space) thoughts and replace with the love that’s at the core of your being. It is also about self love, which is learning to love yourself wholly and completely and feeling comfortable looking at the “shadow spots“, as stated by psychoanalyst Carl Jung, within your subconscious that are needing love. It is also about mindfulness, being present in the moment, and learning to release expectations and control. You are working to heal the subconscious blocks that are preventing you from being in alignment with what you want! As the poet Rumi states, “what you seek is seeking you” and “your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
There’s a phrase that I like that says “you’ve gotta feel to heal.” When you are talking about what’s going on in your life, many times you are really avoiding feelings those feelings. You can rationally explore different options, which is still helpful, but, with spiritual counseling, you are confronting those feelings, feeling those feelings, releasing those feelings, and healing the underlying triggers.
We also look at triggers in spiritual counseling. When you feel you are hurt by others, they are just triggering a wound within you that needs to be looked at. They may be showing you an area where you need to value or respect yourself more, identify your worth, engage in self love, judge yourself less, heal rejection or abandonment wounds,etc. This also includes inner child healing as many wounds are rooted between the ages of 0-7 years old. When doing subconscious work, the subconscious doesn’t know the difference between a past event or a present event. So, reliving a past event through talking about it without healing it causes your subconscious self to feel like it is happening all over again. But, healing things from your past is effective as the subconscious views it as though it is happening now, so although you can’t change what happened in the past, you can heal the wounds and upsets from the past. And when the wounds and upsets are healed, you are no longer triggered! It’s really powerful work!
Spiritual counseling is my passion! If you have questions about this, please let me know, or if you’d like to get started working on this, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with me!