Our planet is going through a paradigm shift, in which more and more individuals are becoming aware of who they truly are as Spirit. I had such an awakening in my early twenties which I write about in my book, Living Binge-Free and talk about extensively when I give presentations. That moment and subsequent series of incidents caused me to question everything I had built my life on up to that point. It was then that I made the decision to heal my eating disorder spiritually. When I became a psychotherapist, it was my intention to use my spiritual tools to help other women do the same. Along the way, I got partially sucked into the mainstream way of doing things but never lost my commitment to Spirit and spiritual principles of healing. After creating BodyWay, the first spiritually-based program for healing Eating Disorders, I’ve gone on to focus all my work on helping individuals live integrated spiritual lives.
What is Spiritual Process Therapy(tm) and How is it Different from Regular Psychotherapy?
The key difference is that the therapist has a larger context in which to do her work. When someone is leaving an old paradigm and entering into another that is larger, more comprehensive and inclusive, and demands old conditioned limited beliefs be dissolved, it can be disorienting for the individual. Who we are becoming lies somewhere in the unknown and the client as well as the therapist have to be willing to be patient enough to allow that process to unfold naturally without much interference.
I have had clients classified as Borderline Personality Disorder, DID and Developmental Trauma Disorder and treated as if something was majorly wrong. This is incredibly harmful. These fragile egos, which are trying to understand themselves and where they are going now begin to believe that who they are is “not okay.” That is the last thing we need to do to each other. The spiritual integration process can activate older traumas and developmental issues, and those need to be handled in a way that is trusting of the psyche’s unfolding process. Spirit knows how to heal it’s less evolved parts. The therapist needs to trust and teach the client how to trust this Sacred process as it bursts out of its limited shell. We need to be witnessed in that evolution. And the main job of the therapist is to send a message of trust, trust, trust!!
There are techniques that can be used that deepen, support and ground that trust. Spiritual Process Therapy works with somatic processes such as Somatic Experiencing, and Integrative Body Psychotherapy that allow the body to use it’s own innate wisdom to heal itself. It also draws on the work of Byron Katie, Lester Levinson, ThetaHealing, and Agni Yoga, to help individuals shift old conditioned beliefs that are no longer useful. Book learning can support the process and can be helpful in validating and developing new understanding.
Past life work, ancestral healing, shamanic practices, nature and expressive art therapies can be used to further assist when needed.
When I was in my twenties, having what appeared to be a ‘psychotic break’ but which was really a spiritual emergence there was no one to turn to to help me process what I was going through. I got through it okay, but when I look back on that time I know I could have benefited from a conscious and spiritually aware therapist who would have understood the bizarre experiences I was having. And during the sixties, when many of us were experimenting with LSD and other hallucinogens it would have been beneficial to have had someone safe and on my side to help me process those experiences as well.
I can help you as you integrate your evolving spiritual emergence and experiences with Sacred Plant Medicines.
Witnessing and honoring are the two ideal states for individuals going through spiritual emergence. We need to be witnessed, mirrored and honored. We need to feel seen and understood. I have chosen to be that person and have developed this Process for others now. I work with people who are going through experiences the mainstream therapist may not understand. I do integration work for people going through spiritual healing processes including those connected to sacred plant journey medicines, such as Ayuasca, MDMA, LSD, Ibogaine and Iboga. Although these substances are illegal in the United States it doesn’t mean people aren’t doing them. And if you are one of these people, you might want a therapist to help you integrate your experience into your life. I am also willing to accompany you to a place such as Mexico or Canada where there is less restriction.