Q: How can God let this terrible thing happen?
A: It depends what you think God IS
In many religious traditions, God is believed to be responsive to the needs of believers, and in difficult times, believers turn to their religious beliefs for comfort, security and guidance. When God is viewed as a protective parental figure that can shield us from harm if we are pious or devoted enough, what happens to faith -- and healing -- when God fails to provide that protection? How do we help our clients cope with the cognitive dissonance they experience when their religious beliefs – whether inherited or chosen – do not match up with their lived experience?
This presentation examines the ways in which religious beliefs can be more harmful than helpful for traumatized or bereaved individuals, and explores therapeutic tools and healing practices for assisting someone in spiritual crisis.
It is difficult to imagine mourning a severe loss as anything but a terrible, life-shattering experience. But if we consider the possibility that tragedy and upheaval offer us an invitation awakening, vast new horizons of spiritual growth are opened up to us.
Grief cuts to the core of everything that defines us, and exposes places in our relationships, belief systems, family structures and social values that have been crying out for illumination and healing. Grief shakes us loose from our spiritual lethargy and creates an opening in us that is highly receptive to growth if we recognize the tools and choose to do the work. If we nurture that opening, if we honor it and work with it, stretching and strengthening it a little bit each day, we can discover previously unimagined worlds of wisdom, and choose enlightenment over annihilation.
This workshop provides a rare experience of transformational learning, interactive processes and sacred rituals for navigating the grief journey. Participants will be led to deeper healing by moving toward an internal shift rather than focusing on external events. We do this through guided meditation and gentle body work, along with ritual and ceremony, which gives form to the formless and converts unseen healing energies into practical tools. Through guided visualizations, story sharing and sacred ceremony, you will learn to transmute trauma and grief into new forms of love, acceptance and spiritual awareness by embracing a sacred perspective in which grief can be viewed as a gift of growth rather than a meaningless tragedy. For more information, visit www.SpiritualityandGrief.com
Below you'll find descriptions of several different presentations that can be customized for a variety of different formats, from a 30-minute lecture to a full-day or weekend workshop.
The presentations listed here will be of particular interest to those on a spiritual path -- as students or teachers -- who are exploring out-of-body journeying, after-death communication, mystical rituals & practices, evolving theologies and a metaphysical understanding of loss and bereavement.
For a list of workshops and classes specifically designed for clinicians and end-of-life professionals, please click HERE.
We've heard the stories and we've read the research. We know consciousness continues after the body dies, and we, as a culture, have been intellectually and spiritually elevated by learning about these life-altering experiences. So what's next? How do we teach and support conscious dying and a metaphysical understanding of birth, death and beyond?
Since the 1970s we have collected an enormous body of evidence that validates NDEs, deathbed visions and after-death communication. But for experienced spiritual seekers, that's old news, and it's time for a new generation of teachings to take us to the next step.
Workshops and Classes for Spiritual Seekers and Teachers
We know we're supposed to forgive, but have we ever been given any actual techniques for doing so? Most people believe that forgiveness means condoning or accepting transgressions that have been committed against us by others. But when viewed through a metaphysical lens, one realizes that there are no "others" in the universe.
Based on the understanding that we create our experiences on earth according to the lessons sought by our souls, this workshop explores the energies of judgment, fear, projection and attachment that cause us to experience spiritual pain and the illusion that we are separate from the divine. Using guided visualization, interactive exercises, storytelling and ritual, we'll work with higher guidance to assist us in "un-judging" ourselves and others. By releasing blame and re-framing fear-based beliefs, a new form of forgiveness can emerge in which there are no victims and no perpetrators... only souls journeying together on a path to wisdom and awareness. Click HERE for more info.