Holistic psychology brings an important focus to the counselling process. Many forms of psychology focus just on the thinking mind, but we are far more than the thoughts in our mind. We have an emotional life and a soul life, and we live in a physical body. We need to learn how to connect with and manage each of these aspects of our being if we are to experience wellbeing and satisfaction. Holistic psychology takes all of these aspects of our life into consideration.
Most of us receive very little education about our emotions and so we expend a lot of energy trying to avoid painful feelings. I encourage people to come to an acceptance of their own inner emotional experience and develop emotional self-mastery so they can become more balanced and emotionally mature.
Love is the foundation of human life and there is an Ageless Wisdom that teaches us that the source of this love is inside us. I therefore assist people to connect to their soul through their inner heart so that they can feel the warmth of their own love within. This is the foundation of soul psychology.
Connecting with and developing our true self may involve gentle meditation and body focusing. This assists the process of releasing and healing stored emotional issues. Holistic psychology encourages clients to connect with their body so they can access the deeper wisdom within.
There is a point to living in the physical world; it is to evolve and bring more of the soul’s love into life. It is pointless being spiritual in isolation; any spiritual practise needs to be embedded in our everyday life – we need to bring ourselves fully into the world. This is the intention of holistic psychology.
There is a soulful approach to life that has existed for centuries and is sometimes referred to as the Ageless Wisdom. Its first proponent was Hermes and the essence of this tradition continued through people such as Patanjali, Pythagoras, Buddha and Christ to name a few. This wisdom is the foundation of spiritual psychology.
The essential component of this tradition says that we all have access to divinity within us. As human beings we need to connect with this source of love within our inner heart. Separation from this source brings suffering in its many forms, and so the way towards healing ourselves and humanity as a whole, is to reconnect to this source within.
A spiritual psychology inspires people to reconnect to their own source of love within themselves.
Spiritual psychology encourages something I call heartfulness, or what some call a cardio-centric approach to life. This means that we engage with life with an attitude of gentleness and compassion so that we develop a loving quality of presence. This quality of presence is naturally healing for our body mind and spirit.