Spiritual counselling

Counselling: Growth of the spiritual

During the last 50 years or so there has been a growth in interest in all things spiritual. High profile events such as the Flower Power movement in the 1960s and the visit of the Beatles to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi were early evidence of this.

The same period has seen a resurgence of interest in Druidry and the growth of the Brahma Kumaris, World Spiritual University, and the National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH), which trains people to be spiritual healers. Also there has been a surge in the production of self-help books which have increasingly had a spiritual basis.

Recently a large number of these books have been channelled by spiritual beings through earth based authors such as Neale Donald Walsch, “Conversations with God”, Esther and Gerry Hicks, “Ask and it is Given” and other books which speak the words of ‘Abraham’ and Sonia Choquette, “Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose”.

There have been a number of people who have reported near death experiences which has encouraged others to believe in reincarnation and multiple lives. Psychologists Brian Weiss and Michael Newton have written about their work, in which they regress patients into past lives and the times between lives to help them uncover things that have been affecting them in this life.

At the same time advances in scientific knowledge, particularly quantum mechanics, have made it easier to accept what the mystics have been telling us for years and have spawned a number of books. Biologist Bruce Lipton wrote ‘The Biology of Belief’ about the beliefs he came to hold as a result of his researches. Pharmaceutical scientist David Hamilton’s book, ‘It’s the Thought that Counts’, resulted from his researches into the mind-body link. Dr Deepak Chopra has written many books and produced inspirational tapes/CDs which incorporate the developments in psychology and quantum mechanics over the last 50 years.

Books like ‘The Celestine Prophesy’, by James Redfield and ‘Cosmic Ordering’ by Barbel Mohr have popularised the subject area but they still leave people with questions. Increasingly people are coming to talk with a counsellor in order to find the answers they themselves are looking for in the face of the patterns that exist in their lives.

Broadening perspective with counselling

Often the difficulty that people have is that they are so close to their issues that they cannot ‘see the wood for the trees’. Part of the work of the counsellor is to help their clients to broaden their perspectives and through that to find for themselves the way forward that best suits them.

Whilst it is possible to find new perspectives within the confines of the physical world, the ability to distance oneself from the immediate problem and see it in another way is hugely enhanced when taking a view from a spiritual position. Counsellors with that sort of interest and experience are equipped to help clients with a wide range of issues.

If you come with spiritual questions, or with issues that have caused you difficulty in your daily life, if you are interested in your spiritual side, or open to working with a spiritual perspective, you may wish to look for a counsellor who expresses an interest in the spiritual aspect of life.

Counselling and Life Coaching in West YorkshireAbout The Author

Dave Barthram is a fully qualified Counsellor and Life Coach located in Otley, Ilkley and Skipton.

Dave draws his clients from the surrounding areas of Bradford, Leeds, Harrogate, Grassington, Settle, Barnoldswick and Keighley

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