T ranspersonal C ounselling and P sychotherapy
P ersonal S upport and G uidance
L inks to R elated S ites
A C oncise E xplanation of the W orld's S piritual T raditions
I f you, or anyone you know, would like some help with a question relating to a spiritual matter, or some prayer for your well-being, healing, or recovery, you might like to browse through this page. It offers you links to free and commercial sites that provide spiritual healing and/or counselling. You will also find links to sites more generally related to the spiritual journey. The counselling section includes an archive of selected past correspondence concerning problems commonly encountered along the spiritual path. It also has a guided Counselling Meditation that enables your own inner guides and wisdom to serve as your counsellor in helping you resolve your concerns. The healing section includes a powerful Healing Meditation whose essence is universal in scope and which derives from the spiritual teachings found in all religious traditions. The help offered on this and the linked pages is mostly non-denominational, usually free, and certainly, no one is excluded from asking for it.
Please consider reading the disclaimer section before you surf off to ask for some advice or support. It will help you understand what support you might reasonably expect.
Y ou may especially enjoy the section entitled, "Spiritual Teachings", and find it useful background material. Whether you are new to the adventure of spiritual life or simply wondering why spiritual healing should work, this section can give you a concise and clear understanding of the entire rainbow of spiritual reality and experience.
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What is Spirituality All About Anyway?
Spirituality is the fundamental part of all of our religious and philosophical systems. It is the core of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and all other religions. It is also at the core of every thought system that we as humans have ever created: modern physics, communism, atheism, humanitarianism, and all the others too! This is because we, as humans, all have the same basic needs and wants. Like it or not, we all wear trousers or skirts, and eat a meal or two (if we're really lucky) each day. So, spirituality is concerned with our deepest and most important desires for happiness, peace, and a bit of fun.
The spiritual part of our nature is subtle and ordinarily quite difficult to fully experience. It is usually so deep down inside of the heart that, most of the time, one can barely hear it. The many experiences and sensations of mind, body, and the external world also tend to drown it out. Thus, spiritual practice is all about learning to get in touch with our most precious part, our spiritual nature.
Spirituality builds upon personal psychology and well-being. But it is not the same thing.
For more information about the basic ideas underlying spirituality, you can read the next section.
What is Spiritual Healing?
Any technique that uses subtle energies for healing.
Such energies are only now starting to be recognised by western medicine. Most eastern medical systems have acknowledged and used such forces for hundreds to thousands of years. "Chi" and "prana" are two of the better known names for these energies. They are related to, and can be directed by, a person's consciousness. Because of this, one can receive such healing forces either in the presence of, or at a distance from, the healer being worked with.
A Healing Meditation
Sometimes, if we are not completely swamped under, problems can indirectly bring about a deepening of our own wisdom and compassion for others. This can occur if we remember that life is a mixture of both good and bad circumstance, and that there are many others who have very similar--or worse--problems with just the same issues that we do.
One thing that you can do is to offer up your own pain for the benefit of others. A good technique derived from Tibetan Buddhist practices is as follows:
1) A cknowledge the problem and your pain; open to being with it; you don't have to approve of pain, but to best handle it, you need to experience it fully so that you are in a position to let go of it.
2) R ealize that pain--along with pleasure--is a fundamental aspect of this world that we live in: it's a package deal--they come together.
3) U nderstand that lots and lots of folks have it as bad, if not much worse, than you do with exactly the same problem.
4) M uster up a little (or as much as you can) empathy for all those other folks; wish that somehow you could help them too.
5) D evelop the wish to take on their sufferings with this problem through a kind of transference. Imagine that your very real pain now somehow includes a portion (if even only a tiny one) of their sufferings and thereby relieves them of some of their pain.
6) V isualize that, as well as taking on some of their suffering, you also give them some of your happiness to help them as well. You can imagine their problems coming into your heart as thick black smoke, and your goodwill streaming out to them as pleasant white light.
7) Y ou should feel that the black smoke also helps to utterly destroy your own confusion and unhealthy relationships with your problem. This should lead to a feeling of joy.
8) I f you would like, you can coordinate this visualisation and imagination with your breath. Breathe in their problems and breathe out your happiness. Breathe naturally throughout.
9) C ontinue with this for a while until you feel a sense of completion.
It is a wonderful practice and can help balance out the personality. And don't worry, it won't bite! It may seem practically ludicrous to go asking for more trouble on top of all that one already has, but due to the interconnected nature of the world at physical and metaphysical levels, this practice helps to open the heart and can literally contribute to physical and emotional recovery.
How to Get Free Spiritual Healing
Typically spiritual healing is used to shift subtle energy patterns that may be obstructing the healthy functioning of life in the ordinary world of mind, heart and body. Healing is usually directed to an individual but it can also be helpfully sent to practically any collection of beings or situations. In general the more specific the target for healing is, the more energy that is available to promote recovery and well-being.
Healing is not counselling! It can be used as an aid but most practitioners do not have access to sufficient power or good merit to literally shift the mental state of a client. The most practical approach for emotional and mental work is to supplement counselling with spiritual healing. The counselling helps slowly shift a person's thoughts and feelings, and the healing shifts energy patterns so that the overall change process is facilitated and quickened in a gentle way.
Methods that are commonly used for spiritual healing work include:
- Visualisation (understanding, caring, healing, protecting)
- Channelling of spiritual energy (for instance: qi, prana, reiki)
- Devices that transmit healing forces (for example: radionics)
- Channeling of Spiritual Helpers and Guides
- Personal spiritual realisation
- Advanced levels of concentration
- Psychic abilities
- Bodhicitta (Universal Compassion)
There are some very good sites on the Internet that will help you to find the resources that are appropriate for you. For prayer support and metaphysical healing some phrases to search on include: "absent healing", "distant healing", "psychic healing", "prayer", "healing prayer", "reiki", "spiritual healing", "alternative medicine" and "complementary medicine". You will find that many churches and organisations provide free prayer support! Some links to help you get started include:
What is Spiritual Counselling?
Advice and support for a person to more fully experience her or his spiritual nature.
This counselling usually only lightly touches upon areas that are normally dealt with in personal psychology (such as relations, self-image, self-worth, habits and behaviours). The major focus is upon aspects such as: faith, devotion, wisdom, compassion, spiritual techniques (eg. prayer and meditation), and spiritual experiences.
In general, counselling works best through respect. The person giving advice is at heart, really not that much different than the person asking for it! Only, the counsellor usually has had more experience about the topic being discussed. When that topic is spirituality, the aim is to empower a basically well-adjusted person to further his or her growth towards recognising and becoming part of the larger experience that we call life (or Life, depending on our way of thinking).
Spiritual Counselling FAQ
The S piritual P ath threads its way through our lives from beginning to end--whether we realise it or not. Because of this, it encompasses all levels of our gradually awakening consciousness. At first, spiritual issues revolve more around the personal level. But gradually we begin to address areas that become transpersonal and universal in scope. This is just the nature of the journey. The following link, Taking the Spiritual Path. provides some tips and
ideas for working with the challenges that we occasionally encounter along our road to wholeness and well-being. You can also access free spiritual counselling via this page.
How to Get Free Spiritual Counselling Many of the spiritual counsellors you will find via the web can help you with a broad range of topics related to spiritual and psychic life. The general areas covered usually include:
- Problems affecting spiritual practice
- Personal Relationship Social
- Problems affecting spiritual practice
- Personal growth
- Personal / Humanistic Transpersonal / Holistic
- Modern Western Eastern Metaphysics
- Transpersonal Psychotherapy
- Opening the Heart
- Love, Devotion, Surrender, Compassion, Contentment
- Mindfulness, Concentration, Visualisation, Energy Work
One way to ask a question or request counselling is through working with your own inner resources. Parts of your being "inside" are wise, capable and do believe in you fully and whole-heartedly. The guided colour meditation available on the following page, Counselling Meditation,
will help you to honour this inner spirit and find a way to make space and quiet for it to share with you. You can actively meet with your inner heart and discover what all parts of your being have to share. Through this, both your whole and your hurt inner voices can have expression to cooperate and discover a fair solution for your entire self.
Other Places to Check for Free Spiritual Counselling
For spiritual guidance and support, some phrases to search on include: "spiritual counselling", "mental health", "spiritual teachers", "self-help", "psychotherapy", "humanistic", "transpersonal", "positive thinking", "psychosynthesis", "power of mind", "psychology" and "guidance". You will find there are many sites related to spiritual counselling, mental health, and guidance. Some links that you might want to check with include:
Commercial Sites Offering Spiritual Healing and Counselling
W hy N ot F ree? Well, ideally spiritual services such as counselling and healing should be free. It is a little like selling water by the riverside. Why would anyone want to sell water when the very essence of our existence is the river? Unfortunately, as you realise too, this world is often far removed from such understanding. Most of us choose to live within the bounds of civilisation and its rules. And this brings us back to the hustle of money and marketing and selling and buying.
Just use your ordinary common sense when doing your esoteric shopping and you should do fine. The same rules of business apply to these services as for any others. So, you will find a broad spectrum of people offering you counselling and healing. And the range is enormous. It spans from those wanting simply to make a living to those that are mainly intent on spiritual development but find themselves in need of an income. It is safe to say that most people you may choose to work with will fall somewhere in the middle of this range.
One thing you should be aware of is that psychic abilities or healing powers do not necessarily equate to spirituality. Thus, try to keep a clear boundary in your mind regarding what is on offer. Judge healers and counsellors in terms of their ability to heal and counsel. This will help keep you from being disappointed or disillusioned as many a very capable psychic healer may be very ordinary in other regards. As long as you get the service you require this will not matter too much. But be wary of assuming advanced spirituality where it may not be present. You can use your experiences in the presence of genuine and traditional teachers to evaluate what similar--if any--effects your healer or counsellor may bring to your heart.
Spiritual service as commercial enterprise is not all bad since an adequate income frees the professional to fully focus on providing the very best quality service. And because some people in this field are really more interested in spiritual development than making money, you can at times get excellent value for your investment. Shop around. As with all things, quality varies and often word of mouth is the best endorsement. Try to use your discrimination and trust your heart when choosing such services. If you have access to friends who are knowledgeable in these areas, you might like to check with them before you buy.
Disclaimer: What Results Can You Expect?
Spiritual Healing can be tricky. Sometimes it can work, sometimes not. You can rest assured that the healers and counsellors available to you through the links on this page will do the best they can for you. But they can't promise you a complete cure. At the least, you will have some goodwill sent your way and perhaps your day will be a bit better. They wish that for you.
It is important for you to understand the strengths of the two major schools of healing practice and how they should be used. Standard (also called conventional or allopathic) medicine often provides direct and immediate relief for disease and illness. But it can be quite invasive and drastic in its approach, and often deals with the symptoms and not the causes of a problem. Still, at times, a conventional approach can be the treatment of choice. For instance, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed for a threatening bacterial infection.
Alternative (also called complementary or holistic) medicine tends to have a much broader view of health and human nature. Thus, treatments are mostly directed toward the underlying causes of sickness and discomfort rather than surface symptoms. As an example, a client presenting with stiffness in the neck and a headache might receive a conventional diagnosis of headache due to neck tension. In contrast, an acupuncturist might consider both the headache and neck tension as symptoms of an underlying imbalance in specific subtle energy flows. At times, alternative approaches can be as effective, or even more effective, than conventional methods. For instance, cranial osteopathy, acupuncture, homoeopathy, naturopathy and electronic medicine all have excellent results in particular applications. Because holistic medicine treats the whole being in a non-invasive way, it is preferable in many situations. Also, it is almost always useful as a supplement to conventional techniques.
Thus, there is a balance that needs to be made. Both conventional and alternative methods have a legitimate place in health care. Selection of an appropriate style of treatment depends on which approach offers the most effective, and least disrupting, way to regain health. At times, a combination of both approaches--allopathic and holistic--works best.
In contrast to healing work, spiritual counselling is more certain and manageable. That is, as with all psychotherapy, success in spiritual counselling can be predicted fairly accurately. The most important factor is your motivation! Studies have shown that, overwhelmingly, client motivation makes or breaks therapy. The second most important factor is the personal quality of the therapist. Look for someone whom you will feel comfortable being around. A good therapist will be empathic and caring. She or he will accept you as you are and encourage you in your growth. Nevertheless, it is good to remember that much of the result will come from your own efforts and steadfast perseverance. A counsellor can provide you a sounding board for your ideas and offer some advice, but it is your life, and in the end, only you can make things go the way you would like for them to.
Links to Spirituality
The web hosts a veritable ocean of material on spirit-related topics. Phrases to search on include: "spirituality, mysticism, psychic, spirit, soul, oversoul, higher self, consciousness, higher consciousness, cosmic consciousness, universal consciousness, subtle awareness, enlightenment, gnosis, transcendental experience, samadhi, satori, buddhahood, clear light, mahamudra, dzogchen, insight, mystical union, emptiness, cloud of unknowing, dark night of soul, infinite mind, bliss, ecstasy, compassion, wisdom, love, devotion, surrender, service, dharma, truth, eternal verities, reality, esoteric law, divine, celestial, heaven, pure land, causal dimension, angel, deva, dakini, dharma protector, spirit guide, inner guidance, ascended masters, God, Allah, Yahweh, Great Spirit, Vajradhara, Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, infinity, saint, prophet, world teacher, messiah, shaman, kahuna, guru, lama, rinpoche, sufi, fakir, monk, yogi, karma, afterlife, reincarnation, transmigration, past lives, vipassana, zen, yoga, faith, meditation, concentration, visualisation, mantra, prayer, rosary, inner work, toning, bhajan, kirtan, chant, tantra, energy medicine, complementary medicine, alternative medicine, holistic health, subtle energy, vital energy, radionics, aura, qigong, chi, qi, ki, prana, astral body, subtle body, chakra, timeless, dreamtime, transpersonal, humanistic, psychotherapy, cognitive psychology, collective unconscious, alaya, archetype, parapsychology, psi, modern philosophy, theology, mythology, new physics, neural network, associative, synchronicity, hologram, parallel universes, morphogenetic resonance, multidimensional, biofield, bioenergy, kirlian, mental health, positive thinking, self-help, self-actualised, power of mind, mental power, lucid dreaming, supernatural, occult, theosophy, spiritism, alchemy, kabbalah, mysteries, miracle, magic, atlantis, lemuria, pyramid, ufo, esp, extrasensory perception, extra-terrestrials, obe, out of body experience, astral travel, alternate reality, channelling, lightwork, clairvoyant, clairaudient, remote viewing, psychokinesis, telepathy, distant healing, absent healing, religion, paranormal, astrology, new age, gaia, one world, earth change, ascension, crystal, interconnectedness, inter-relatedness, holism, dimensional shift, higher octave, sacred, holy, blessed."
Some links that you might enjoy visiting include: