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What Is Spiritual Psychology?
 
  What Is Spiritual Psychology
Spiritual Psychology is based on an understanding of humans being multi-layered entities with a Mind, Body and Spirit. Commonly known as integral, transpersonal, or spiritual psychology, it is a method that seeks to explore the full range of human potential in relationship with the soul.
 
As the Age of Reason evolved the science of psychology separated spirituality from the human condition as behavioral scientists tried to understand the mind separately from the soul. When you separate the mind from the soul you are left with an insufferable complex of emotional neuroses, which is why the Freudian psychologies focused almost entirely on neurotic behaviors and their roots in human infancy. Additionally when you separate the soul from the mind, you are often left with an infantile spirituality that cannot relate to the physical world, the responsibilities, relationships and complex emotions within it.
 
The movement to merge psychology and spirituality together again has been progressing for decades. It seems our modern times have finally accepted or broadened the definition of 'spiritual' to mean more than just mainstream religious beliefs. Today more alternative beliefs are coming out of the closet and working to reconcile the spiritual and physical aspects of our human self for healing the whole of a person; mind/body/spirit.
 
Long after the Freudians a new concept of psychology began to develop known as Existential thought. This therapy starts with the belief that although humans are essentially alone in the world, but we long to be connected to others. People want to have meaning in each other's lives, but ultimately we must come to realize that we cannot depend on others for our validation. The result of this revelation is anxiety in the knowledge that our validation must come from within and not from others.
 
Making Choices At The CrossroadThis perspective is widely held in Metaphysics as an accurate hypothesis for discussing the responsibility of the soul to the choices and conditions of the individual spirit. In other words, we cannot blame others for the choices we have made, nor the spiritual choices we selected to work through in this incarnated embodiment.
 
It's no longer taboo to talk about karma, reincarnation and the affects of our past and past lives upon the issues and trials we face today. Spiritual Psychology takes the step beyond scientific psychology and tries to merge the wisdom of both the physical and spiritual experiences together again. Regardless of what that spiritual path is. After all, when more than 80% of the worlds population holds some type of spiritual belief, why wouldn't we try to understand the human condition from both a physical and spiritual perspective.
 
Spiritual Psychology, seeks to understand the three layers of the human being. The person we display to the world, the person we see our self as, and the person we really are within our spiritual existence. This process of understanding helps an individual gain insight into the trials we feel that have moved us away from our spiritual path, created karma, and consequently caused us to feel separated from the Divine force within our life and our own Higher Self. Through spiritual work and therapy, we can let go of these pains and fears to gain understanding about the lessons our soul seeks to acquire and to see ourselves in a new light. To bring about a holistic healing for the whole being of mind, body and spirit.
 
Due to the United States Constitution and its principle of the separation of church and state, religious activities are not subject to regulation by the government to the extent secular businesses are regulated. Many states forbid prayer as a form of treatment by state licensed practitioners while most Spiritual Psychologists will readily discuss the matters of Spirituality with clients to address problems in their lives.
 
Communications between minister and penitent are maintained in confidence. The "priest penitent privilege", also known as the clergy privilege, is an application of the principle of privileged communication that protects the contents of private communications between a member of the clergy and a penitent, who shares information in confidence. This condition of communication stems from the principle of the Seal of the Confessional. And it carries over to consultations through Spiritual Psychology sessions.
 
Divine Empowerment & Inspiration  Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling
The chaplain and other ministers are available to meet with you privately for the ministries of spiritual direction and pastoral counseling.
 
Spiritual direction is a process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey and helping them grow closer to The Divine force in their life; what ever that is to the individual. Spiritual direction helps people learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, acceptance and tolerance for all from spirit within.
 
In spiritual direction, you reflect deeply on the experiences of your daily life. Gradually, as you contemplate, you may begin to recognize the Divine presence and grace in your life. You may come to realize how The Divine spirit is truly within you every day and everywhere. You begin to live in balance with spirit in the physical world around you.
 
Spiritual direction isn't about giving you direction, it's about empowering you to find your own direction with confidence, encouragement and support. This is your life and you must be the one who makes the choices and takes the accountability to live it. 
 
You might come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to
  • Identify and trust your own experiences  
  • Integrate spirituality into your daily life
  • Discern and make difficult choices
  • Share your hopes, struggles, and losses
  • Live the essence of your spiritual affiliation with integrity
 
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Pastoral Counseling 
Pastoral counseling integrates traditional theological training with the practice of psychological counseling. Pastoral counseling often begins with a sense of crisis, or a situation in which a person feels stuck, burdened, distressed, confused, conflicted, or isolated. Alternatively, a person may seek pastoral counseling out of a desire to seek better health or to have the benefit of another person’s perspective who can offer wisdom from a spiritual tradition and personal experience.
 
You might come to pastoral counseling for a variety of reasons, including to
  • Respond to a personal crisis
  • Deal with a conflict
  • Discuss issues in a relationship
  • Understand the processes of forgiveness, reconciliation, repentance, and amendment of life
  • Seek advice on how to help a colleague, friend or loved one
  • Understand what your faith and spiritual teachings may say about your issues
  • Request referrals for professional services to deal with addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts
 
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