When we heal past traumas and fears, when we open to self and the world, out of necessary but limiting childhood and adolescent adaptations and beliefs,
we can begin to honour what we have always been- Spirit.
My own journey is like that. I have spent many years trying to heal psychologically, and as my healing unfolded, I have began to feel longing for Spirit.
Sivananda yoga and Buddhist philosophy and meditation helped me experience blissful and open states in the body and mind, and introduced me to practices of calming the mind.
When the mind stills, we begin to feel and sense with our heart and body, thus connecting to the depth of our experience of the world, beyond inevitably limited capacity of the mind.
Practice of Hakomi, helped me learn mindful ways of sinking yet deeper into human unconscious and gently guide my clients towards deeper self- knowledge and healing. I am grateful to this practice for very practical ways of helping myself and people I am working with to enter a state of loving presence, without which therapy and spiritual search is reduced to a set of techniques and mental notions.
In the last few years, I have been very fortunate to be held and guided by the wisdom of Siksika/Blackfeet elder, Duncan Grady, who's medicine wheel teachings and personal presence has been profoundly touching for my heart and soul. One of the important aspects of his teaching is relentlessly finding one's seat, I.e bringing attention back to the body, welcoming everything in our " lodge" with kindness. Through Duncan's teachings, I am also learning the ways of the sacred ceremony and honouring ancestors.
last but not least, I have been grateful to indigenous plant medicines- incredible teachers, who can inspire us by helping us glimpse of the Spirit world, which meditators can reach only after long many years of regular practice.
With all these influences, I gradually open more and more to deeper self, Spirit, away from the habit of identifying with the "all knowing " mind, step by step towards direct experience of Great Mystery. As my journey deepens, I am able to guide other seekers to places I have traversed already and sometimes beyond.
Spiritual guidance or better put, spiritual midwifery, is in my view about ability to tune into Spirit and allow Spirit to come through. In order to do that, we need to address and heal everything in ourselves that create separation from Spirit, including our shadow.
Often, it surprises people, who seek transcendental and blissful states, how much shadow work (dealing with difficult, dark, disavowed aspects of ourselves) they end up facing in order to open to direct experience of Spirit.