Personal Growth & Spiritual Growth
A workshop exploring differences and similarities
Do you want a fuller integration of spirituality in your personal and professional life?
The workshop addresses question such as
- What is spirituality?
- How does it relate practically and theoretically to psychotherapy?
- Where are the choice points between each approach?
- What are the similarities and differences?
- How does spirituality help the practice of therapy
- How does therapy help the practice of spirituality?
These topics are explored through 3 lenses
...using an experiential group format.
We also explore the topic of Religious wounding, and demonstrate how to work with unfinished business using a Gestalt approach.
You will take away with you
- A useful & elegant model for examining spirituality & therapy
- An increased insight into the place of spirituality in your personal and work life
- Greater clarity about your own belief systems
- Support for your own understanding of spiritual experience
- Inspiration and practical means to ground your spirituality in action
- A variety of ways that therapy can incorporate the spiritual
- An increased understanding of the differences and similarities between therapy and spirituality
- Some healing of your own emotional blocks to spiritual growth
Areas which will be addressed include
- Spiritual experience
- Religious wounds
- Blocks to spiritual growth, and the relationship of these to personal growth
- Flowing with the Tao
- Existential choice
- Awareness training
- Exploration of the place of the spiritual in the patient’s field
- Integrating transpersonal experience
- The existential search for meaning
- Relationship with one’s Higher Power
- Dialogue on the topic of the spiritual
- Spiritual as figure
- Working with existential crisis/Spiritual emergencies
- Peak experiences
- I-Thou moments
- Personal transformation
- Living fully in the now
- Agape (Unconditional Love)
The workshop consists of presentation of a model of relating spirituality to therapeutic work, small and large group discussion, exercises, and experiential work.
Spirituality and Psychotherapy
Overview of the workshop
Life is a journey involving the evolution of our soul. The fields of both spirituality and psychotherapy offer support in this process; but what is the difference? What does spiritual growth really mean, and how is it related to the personal growth achieved through therapy?
These questions will be examined and answered in this workshop by looking through the lens’ of principles, practices and experience.
Because it is so easy to get lost in esoteric ideas, the emphasis is on achieving clarity through heightened self awareness and movement into dialogue on the topic of spirituality.
Transformative experiences hold the key to a personal understanding of the topic, so these are shared and explored in small groups. A safe container is created in the groups, so the intimacy of self revelation can be supported, building connection and an I-thou experience.
Participants are guided to examine their own beliefs systems in regard to personal and spiritual evolution. Core values and experiences reveal the deepest parts of ourselves, and often lead to conflict or misunderstanding when shared. The workshop creates a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to examine each person’s deepest questions and reflections.
It is essential that abstract and esoteric ideas get grounded through application; the aim in this domain is to energise practical action for partipants lives as a result of the workshop. The practices for transformation that each person uses are identified. Spiritual and therapeutic practices are compared and contrasted, and then linked to the previous explorations of personal beliefs and experiences.
On the second day, the workshop provides an opportunity to experience the application of Gestalt process in working with religious wounds.
Religious wounding occurs when the spiritual realm is contaminated with oppressive and hurtful experiences, often stemming from the abuse of power in relationship. People come to therapy to deal with their pain, but rarely consider religious wounding to be a subject for therapeutic work.
By using therapeutic practices to work with spiritual issues, blocks to both personal and spiritual growth can be cleared. Doing so in a group context creates a setting for profound healing and transformation.
The workshop provides a clear template for work with clients; exploring the topic step by step, using a Gestalt approach to address unfinished business, and promote dialogue.
Below is page one of a map using the lens’ of beliefs, practices and experiences to uncover similarities and differences between therapeutic and spiritual approaches to growth and development.
This is one part of 7 videos from a workshop in Mexico on the topic. Its a little slow, because its from a 2 day workshop, but the videos explore the topic of how to work with spirituality in a therapeutic context.