“…I believe that the presence of a higher power is available here and now and does not require anyone else than ourselves to access it. My core values are compassion, tolerance, patience, and understanding…"
My general direction in terms of values and treatment philosophy:
- Although I may discuss principles found in most religions and in esoteric teachings, I do not proselytize and I do not actively promote or suggest any specific religion, teaching or philosophy unless invited to do so by my clients.
- I do believe in the existence of a higher power, but I do not promote or represent any organized religion, church, cult, sect or any other formalized belief systems, such as temples, gurus or teachers.
- The principles I use are found in the Judeo-Christian tradition, but also Buddhism, Hinduism as well the Baha'i faith, in the Sufi tradition and in Zoroastrianism. In contemporary writings they are found in the teachings of "A Course in Miracles", "The Way of Mastery", the books and lectures of Eckhard Tolle, Joel Goldsmith and David Hawkins.
- I believe that the human spiritual energy is connected to a higher power which can be experienced as an immanent “presence within”, and as a presence that is manifest in all aspects of the world around us. This creates an ever-present dialogue we find ourselves in.
- I believe that the key to successful growth and healing is to be able to read- and interpret this dialogue in a positive and productive way. I call this “the language of the higher power”.
- I believe that all challenges in our lives are spiritual in and that true relief from suffering can only come from a process of overcoming patterns of perception that result in unproductive thoughts, feelings and actions.
- These patterns are the results of our underlying level of consciousnesses and our "spiritual state of being", so in order to overcome them, it is not enough to actively change our behavior. In order to be effective, a therapy has to result in an elevated level of consciousness and heightened spiritual energy that is at the origin of our perceptions. This is why we developed our practice in "Spiritually Integrated Dialectic Behavioral Therapy" (SI DBT*).
* Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) focuses on learning skills to increase emotional regulation, distress tolerance, increase frustration threshold, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. It is particularly useful for individuals who experience negative emotions that are excessively prolonged, frequent, intense, and unpredictable.
The "spiritual" component:
Therefore, my approach contains a spiritual component, and it integrates conventional concepts of psychology such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Analytical Psychology, and Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) with spiritual principles.
The spiritual component of my coaching process is aimed at developing an understanding of the nature of consciousness and ones spiritual essence. I help my clients to develop an awareness of their own evolution from the conventional understanding of oneself as a “persona” or "ego-based-self" that is separate from the world towards understanding oneself as a spiritual being which is a fully integrated part of all that exist.
Over time, this higher level of understanding together with a daily spiritual practice and cognitive behavioral tools allows us to see our experiences as a dialogue with a Higher Power which leads us to transcend persona-based perceptions, aversions and attachments, and, as a result, end our suffering over time.
“…trying to resolve challenges in our lives without addressing their spiritual component is like taking a medication to cover-up the symptoms of a disease. One can gain short-term relief, but true healing can only come from addressing the spiritual root-cause…”
Who inspired and influenced the practice:
The practice was influenced by the teachings and traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism, the books and teachings of David Hawkins, Joel Goldsmith, Eckhart Tolle, and Thomas Keating, as well as the many books and teachings that resulted from the book "A Course in Miracles", and the book “The Way of Mastery”. You can find other suggested readings and topics on the bottom of this page.
Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D
(June 3, 1927, Milwaukee, WI – September 19, 2012, Sedona, AZ)
Other than the great spiritual teachers, prophets and enlightened beings of humanity such as Jesus Christ, the Buddha, and Joel S. Goldsmith (of whom you can read a biographical summary in our Healing Ministry Services), one of my key teachers was Dr. David R. Hawkins.
Dr. Hawkins is one of the most accomplished psychiatrists, authors, speakers and enlightenment teachers of the 21st century. His books and DVDs are available from his estate at http://www.veritaspub.com/
Dr. Hawkins’ work has been translated into more than 17 languages. Apart from his numerous lectures, he made public appearances on the PBS News Hour, the Barbara Walters Show, and the Today Show. Dr. Hawkins lectured at Westminster Abbey, the Oxford Forum, the University of Argentina, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Harvard. He served as advisor to Catholic, Protestant, and Buddhist monasteries.
He won the Huxley Award, and he was knighted by the Sovereign Order of the Hospitaliers of St. John of Jerusalem. He is a nominee of the Templeton Prize, and he was honored in Korea with the title “Tae Ryoung Sun Kak Tosa” (Foremost Teacher of the Way to Enlightenment), and in the 1970s, he co-authored the book “Orthomolecular Psychiatry” with Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, which revolutionized the field of psychiatry by identifying the relationship between nutrition and psychiatric symptomology.
The uniqueness of his contribution to humanity comes from his advanced understanding of the workings of the human mind while at the same time being at a very high state of spiritual awareness known as "Enlightenment", "Self–Realization", and “Unio Mystica". This sate of consciousness rarely occurs in human beings, which together with his understanding of the human mind made Dr. Hawkins uniquely qualified to present a spiritual path that is compelling to modern society.
Apart from his numerous books and lectures, some of Dr. Hawkins' most important contributions to the enlightenment journey of mankind is the development of the "Map of Consciousness" in which he scientifically calibrated the levels of consciousness of different states of living beings, as well as the development of his teaching of the pathway to enlightenment which he called “God-devotional-nonduality”.
Joel S. Goldsmith
Joel S. Goldsmith (1892–1964) is one of the leading spiritual teachers and healers of the 20th century. He could be referred to as a “Christian Mystic”, and although he referenced and interpreted the Bible in his writings, he was often critical of conventional Christian church practices and teachings, and judging and vengeful notions of a Higher Power (so-called anthropomorphic projections of the lower instincts of the human ego onto a deity, which was the hallmark of belief-systems of antiquity, which unfortunately to this day govern many religious doctrines that follow the Judaeo-christian tradition).
His messages and teachings are non-denominational, and he did not promote a specific ritual, dogma, or ceremony in his practice.
He produced a significant number of books, tapes and open letters to the students of his practice which was called “The Infinite Way” school of enlightenment. In it, he taught the realization of God’s presence within human consciousness through complete transparency that is attained through the abandonment of the “ego-persona” and the surrender of the judging mind. He discovered that this state of consciousness had the capacity to produce spontaneous healings, and over the course of his life, he developed a large and highly successful healing practice.
Joel's books and tapes are available at on-line bookstores and at http://www.joelgoldsmith.com/
Eckart Tolle is one of the most known contemporary, authors, speakers and enlightenment teachers of our time. His numerous videos are available on Youtube and his website at https://eckharttolle.com/
Eckhart Tolle's book "The Power of Now" although initially not widely recognized has since been translated into 52 languages and has reached millions of people world wide who are looking to expand their conventional consciousness beyond the conceptual conditioned mind. The New York Times has described him as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States,” and Watkins Review has named him “the most spiritually influential person in the world.”
Part of Eckhart Tolle's great contribution is that he brings the value of non-judging, non-thinking (overcoming "form-identity"), and present-moment awareness that has been the hallmark of many far-eastern spiritual practices for thousands of years to the general public in the western world of the 21st century.
In his books, videos, live-meditations and interviews, he illustrates how our convectional state of consciousness (the so-called conditioned mind, also called ego, or carnal mind) and identification with "form-identity" has taken over our existence.
He teaches how quality of life can be improved by transforming the thinking mind which left at its own devices is constantly reviewing the past, planning the future, and aimless wanders. He describes this as the process of wakening from the illusion of form identity in which we realize the spaciousness of unattached non-judging bare awareness in which all that exists arises. This leads to the transmutation of the primary conventional experience of separation of the observer (subject), the observed (object) into a single state of presence in which one can know oneself as "I Am" ...the source of all that arises. This state has been described in many religions and advanced spiritual teachings as enlightenment or awakened state of mind. He describes how this higher state of joyful alertness is achieved by focusing on the sensory perception of the present moment without editorially commenting or judging. [In my own practice I call this state "senses-without-thought", in far-eastern traditions this state is called "bare awareness".]
Western audiences also greatly benefit by his ability to re-interpret and re-connect the messages of the Judeo-Christian religious traditions into the timeless truths of far-eastern teachings and practices and thus bringing the ever-present, never-changing and universal source of all existence to the forefront of existence.
Suggested Readings and Topics
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Baer, Greg: Real Love in Marriage: The Truth About Finding Genuine Happiness Now and Forever, Avery, 2007
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Berne, Eric: Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis, Ballantine Books, 1996
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Bernstein, Gabby: The Universe Has Your Back, Hay House, September 2016
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Butcher, Carmen Acevedo, The Cloud of Unknowing, Shambala, 2009
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Dahlke Ruediger: Das senkrechte Weltbild, Allegria Ullstein, 2005
Dass, Ram, Levine, Stephen: Grist For The Mill, Bantam Books, 1995
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Davis, Roy Eugene: The Book of Life, March 2000
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