What is Spiritual Life Coaching?
Spiritual Life Coaching can apply to two different areas. It can involve coaching someone in the area of their spiritual life or using a spiritual basis to coach someone in any area of their life. The two areas overlap extensively.
To distinguish between the two, I will use the terms “Spiritual Growth Coaching” and “Life Coaching from a Spiritual Perspective.” Spiritual Growth Coaching concentrates on assisting the client to better understand the spiritual nature of all of us. It has often been said that we are spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience.
I also make a distinction between “Spiritual” and “Religious,” and you can read more about this in my blog post on this subject.
While we spend considerable time and money “dressing up” our bodies, most people pay little attention to development of their spiritual selves. Spiritual Growth Coaching will help you to better understand your spiritual self, how to influence that spiritual self and how to access the spiritual power which is at the basis of all existence.
You may refer to this power as the Infinite, the Universe, collective subconscious, God, the Great Spirit or any number of terms that have been used historically and within different cultures. While Spiritual Growth Coaching is directed specifically toward spiritual growth, growing spiritually will help you in all aspects of your life.
Life Coaching from a Spiritual Perspective is using that spiritual power which is both within us and beyond us to assist in our daily lives. It can be applied to our personal or professional lives. It could involve changing careers, improving relationships, being a better parent, financial success, losing weight, getting a job, retirement planning or almost any other aspect of daily life. Using spiritual techniques to enhance practical outcomes will always result in spiritual growth.
What is involved in Spiritual Life Coaching?
Coaching is not counseling or therapy. Coaching is using proven techniques to facilitate the client moving from point “A” to point “B.” We will analyze where you are in relation to where you want to be. This may be moving from unemployed to employed, bankruptcy to financial success, spiritually yearning to spiritually fulfilled or any other area that needs improvement. After identifying your starting point and your goal, we will develop a plan to attain the goal and then follow the plan to success.
Spiritual Life Coaching works for five reasons:
1) Unbiased Listener. How often have you had someone to truly listen to you? In a typical conversation, each party is thinking more about what they are going to say next than what the other person is saying. As your Coach, I will focus solely on you. In coaching, it really is “all about you.”
2) Realistic Goals. Together, we will determine what you really want to accomplish. The desired outcome will be realistic and achievable.
3) A Plan. We will develop a reasonable plan to accomplish the goals that have been set. The plan will be measurable and time-specific. Intermediate steps toward that goal will be established and accomplished through proven success techniques.
4) Accountability. As your coach, I will hold you accountable for completion of each step and assist in removal of any barriers encountered.
5) Spiritual Support. As a Spiritual Life Coach, I will be assisting you to achieve a maximum level of Spiritual Empowerment.
What Is Spiritual Empowerment?
Spiritual empowerment is the realization and utilization of the spiritual abilities that we all possess. We are, above all, spiritual beings. It is very easy to think of ourselves as these bodies that we inhabit but the body is merely a temporary vessel with numerous limitations.
If you ask someone how old they are, the response will be the length of time that the physical body has existed outside of the mother. But when does life actually begin? Some would say at conception. Others would advocate that our lives began centuries or millennia ago and have lived several physical lives.
Regardless of when our spiritual being began, we are living spiritual lives now and, most people believe, will continue beyond the death of our physical bodies.
Spiritual empowerment requires conscious acceptance of this fact and a determination to learn as much as we can about our spiritual nature. It has been accepted science that we exist on three levels. Freud referred to these as the Id, Ego and Superego. Today, they are more commonly called the Conscious, Subconscious and Superconscious (or “higher self”).
The conscious is our intentional thought processes, our reasoning ability and intellectual capacity. The subconscious is the “behind the scenes” force that keeps our body functioning, controls our emotions and retains information from our experiences but the most powerful function of the subconscious is the influence it has over our thoughts and behavior. If we wish to change our behavior (bad habits, motivation, weight loss, etc.), we must change our subconscious. Fortunately, there are several well-proven methods of doing that.
Another function of the subconscious is that it is through the subconscious that we contact our higher self. It is this part of 0ur spiritual nature which is most controversial. The higher self is our connection to the universal force that is the substance of all existence. It may be called the Infinite Mind, the Universe, Nature, the Force (Star Wars), the Collective Subconscious, God or numerous other names. It is our connection to this force that connects us to all other beings.
In summary, spiritual empowerment is our ability to influence ourselves and others through use of our spiritual abilities. As your Spiritual Life Coach, I will assist you in acquiring this spiritual empowerment.