The Benefits of Spiritual Counseling

Early in my counseling practice I sensed that the true cause and cure of most all disease, especially emotional and mental dis-ease was mind-based or spiritual. After over 25 years in practice, I now feel certain of it.

Here is a Psychiatrist that came to the same conclusion…

“After half a century in psychiatric practice, I know without a doubt that the source of addiction is spiritual deficiency. Irrespective of whether we are religious or atheist, all human beings are spiritual by nature and spirituality is the cornerstone of our recovery.”  ~ Dr. Abraham Twerski

And here is Plato from over 2000 years ago…

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.” ~ Plato

And the master poet Rumi about a 1000 years ago…

“The wound is the place where the light enters.” ~ Rumi

This is also similar to what Jesus, Buddha, and many spiritual teachers were trying to tell us:

The answer is within. All healing comes from within. There is a greater force or divine energy that we all can call upon. We are One with that greater force or Source/God. We are already whole. Illness, unhappiness, anxiety, confusion, depression all have one thing in common: We are out of harmony, out of Oneness, out of alignment, not living whole, holistic, holy lives. We have become separated from our Source/God/Divinity; we are not in alignment with our true nature, are deepest core selves.

Psychotherapy, Modern Medicine, Science Often Complicate and Deny The Simple Truth

Healing, happiness, health, wholeness, resolution to our fears, problems, anxiety, depression, confusion, trauma and pain, can and will ultimately come from the depths of our deepest self. At our core we are all spiritual beings.

Modern medicine has relieved a lot of suffering, though pharmaceutical companies also cause a lot of harm by pedaling drugs as the answer to anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues that are curable without drugs. It is often the same with chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Is A Symptom, A Call To Attention, of a Deeper Trauma

According to the Betty Ford Foundation 2014: 97% of chronic pain sufferers experience emotional or physical trauma prior to chronic pain:

  • Sexual abuse: 26.7%
  • Physical abuse: 29.7%
  • Childhood accident: 32.6%
  • Family drug abuse: 36.8%
  • Emotional abuse: 48.2%
  • Loss of loved one: 75.2%

There is plenty more research clearly establishing a connection between chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses to emotional, mental, and physical trauma that occurred in prior years and childhood.

What Is Really Needed to Heal Emotional Suffering and Chronic Pain?

Medication should be used rarely, and only temporarily. The underlying issues are best addressed through psychotherapy, counseling and coaching. The benefits are numerous with this approach, life changing and transformative. Rather than suppressing symptoms and ignoring the cause, deep, lasting healing, personal and spiritual growth are the greatest benefits of taking the counseling approach.

Ultimately, spiritual connection and spiritual growth are what bring lasting recovery, long-term peace, personal and relationship growth.

Aspects of Spiritually-based Psychotherapy and Counseling:

  • Taking an inventory of one’s life and relationships
  • Assessing one’s health and happiness
  • Identifying goals and dreams
  • Processing, healing and transforming past traumas, losses
  • Discovering or learning to deepen connection with one’s own spiritual source
  • Deepening meditation and focusing skills
  • Learning mindfulness practices
  • Building a positive mind
  • Building skills of conscious co-creation
  • Coming into harmony with one’s true nature
  • Finding true forgiveness and freedom from the past
  • Finding wholeness of self and holiness in life

Action Steps

To begin and to strengthen your healing process, here are some suggestions I have personally found helpful in my own life as well as in the lives of my clients:

  1. Read spiritually inspiring books
  2. Watch spiritually uplifting movies and videos
  3. Join a church or uplifting place of worship that calls to your heart and soul
  4. Pray often. Open yourself to a full, authentic relationship with your Creator
  5. Discover your relationship with God is two ways; speak and listen; engage in a dialogue
  6. Connect with friends and family that support your spiritual awareness and growth
  7. If you are suffering with any form of pain, physical, emotional or mental, find yourself a spiritually-minded therapist, counselor or coach
  8. Clear out of your life all toxic people, activities, media, foods, drinks and drugs that separate you from your deepest whole self and Spirit
  9. Spend quiet time each day being still and inner-focused. Include conscious breathing, inner meditation, somatic sensing, writing in a journal, and quality time in nature.

After suffering for many years with considerable PTSD and anxiety disorders, I found healing and a complete life transformation through a combination of transpersonal and mindful-based psychotherapy, alternative health, meditation, and my own personal spiritual and creative practices.

Wishing you peace, healing and happiness,

Timothy Long

Offering Complimentary Discovery Sessions for anyone interested in exploring personal counseling or coaching.

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