Having A Spiritual Career

September 5, 2017

At the World Congress of Illumination hosted by Patricia Cota-Robles

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Many of the people I talk with who’ve taken my Spiritual Counseling Intensive Training, or who are considering it, have told me the same thing:  they feel called.

They feel called to share their passion for spiritual growth and development.

And they feel called to go deeper.

Here’s something you might not know:

I had 2 years of classes just preparing to enter the training to become a Spiritual Practitioner at Agape;

I had 2 years of training to become a Practitioner (which is a spiritual counselor);

And then, I had 5 more years of training until I finished my ministerial studies.

I had 9 years of training – and none of that training included some of the most helpful components of the program I offer in my Intensive one-week training for counselors.

What I learned in those 9 years taught me a lot.  And, I learned EVEN MORE in the years after my Spiritual Practitioner training was done and I became a licensed counselor.

Over the last 17 years, I’ve talked with many ministers, spiritual teachers, yoga teachers, therapists, healing professionals, and teachers of all kinds.

One of the most important and valuable things that I’ve learned is that those who wish to be a spiritual teacher of any kind, those who are committed to being truly helpful, will find that the active practice of counseling people, talking with them, and sitting with them, holding the space, holding the “high watch” of Love for them, will deepen their own understanding of God, the nature of the Universe, and the power of thought …

    … far beyond anything they ever could have learned any other way.

When sitting with clients, holding that space of Love, YOU will also have a healing.

When sitting with clients, even in a practice session, YOU will deepen your understanding of spiritual law and how it works in this world.  Which makes your life MUCH easier.

And this is WHY people feel so strongly called to do this work – because they are deeply healed in the process of doing it.

I’ve certainly seen this in myself.

Let me just tell you, I’ve worked with many ministers and healing practitioners, teachers, coaches and counselors who secretly, in many ways, didn’t like being around other people.

That’s right!  It’s true!

It sounds crazy, but it’s SO common.

I felt the same way.

When I went into the Practitioner Training at Agape, I had ZERO interest in counseling anyone, EVER.  The thought of sitting with people and listening to their problems made me want to turn away and walk away.  I had an aversion to the very idea of counseling people.

But I felt called.

I had an aversion to my calling!

I didn’t want to listen to people’s problems and complaints.
I didn’t even want to spend time with people who had problems.
I felt inadequate to help people with their challenges when I had so many issues myself!  Good Lord!  How could I help anyone when I was so messed up?

I didn’t know the answer to that question – but Spirit did – and THANK GOD I listened to Spirit.

What I’ve seen is that often the very best teachers and speakers are the ones who have had hundreds and thousands of one-on-one sessions with clients.

Have you ever listened to a spiritual teacher/speaker who was only recycling what they’d read in books and who really didn’t LIVE what they were talking about?  I have heard so many of them and I vowed not to be that.

Spirit teaches us through each moment of each session.  That’s the beauty of being the two or more who are gathered in the name and the nature of Love.

Michael Beckwith said to me, “God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies those who are called.”  I was willing to believe him.  He was right.  I saw it for myself and for those who have been participating in my program.  It’s miraculous.

Real people, real miracles.

We’re intended to live a miraculous life.
We’re designed to live a miraculous life.

Doing this work has been one of the reasons why I really understand A Course in Miracles and why it doesn’t feel cryptic or mysterious to me.  ACIM comes alive through the experience of sitting with clients.

For me, doing this work has profoundly taught me. The main thing I’ve learned is that it’s ALL pre-installed.  The Kingdom IS within.

We just have to be willing to answer the call and stop being reluctant and resistant.  Be willing to trust.  I know it’s not easy, believe me, I know so well it’s not easy.  Still, it is the one and only thing that will turn the tide.  You will be lifted and carried on that tide of Love if you ALLOW it.

Decide to do it.
Trust that you will be guided.
Allow it to unfold.

My strong intention is to support and inspire those who have the courage to answer the call.  I invite you to trust me and to be willing to know that the reluctance, the obstacles and the resistance will be undone and will fall away if you ALLOW it.

Earlier this year, someone in Masterful Living told me that they were going to come to my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive.  They said they didn’t know how they would ever be able to pay for it because things were so financially tight it was ridiculous.

But they were willing to hold a vision and to open their sense of worthiness.  They had the courage to be willing.  And guess what?  Someone actually offered to give them the gift and pay for, not just the Intensive, but also all the related travel expenses.  WOW!

A miracle is when we align with God in our mind.
We change our thinking and then, of course, our life changes.

It takes courage to hold a vision.
When you are holding a vision for your clients, you learn VERY WELL how to hold it for yourself, too.

Here’s how to HOLD a vision:

Decide to do it.
Trust that you will be guided.
Allow it to unfold.

The hardest part is to ALLOW it to unfold and not get in the way of Spirit.

And that’s where my support comes in – helping you to give up that resistance and reluctance, to hold the vision, to ALLOW what’s pre-installed to unfold and be revealed.

If you’re called, you know it.
If you’re willing to allow yourself to be led and guided, you will be.

Resisting, being reluctant, procrastinating, and delaying are painful.  I learned that lesson, too.  It was very painful for me.  I resisted for MANY years.

You’re the one who decides.
You’re the one you’re waiting for.

I can help you trust, and I can help you allow it to unfold, but you’re the one who decides.

Even if you have no idea HOW to let it unfold or what the next step is, please find the courage to have the willingness to decide to answer your call as fully as you can and then practice trust, practice allowing.

This is the way.  It works.  It starts with your decision.

If you’re interested in my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive this October, you can learn more about it by clicking here.

If you feel deeply unworthy of your calling, you might consider coming a few days early and also doing my Forgive & Be Free Retreat, and that’s why I have a discount for attending both.

I can give you an extended payment plan, if you need it.  If you’re willing to decide, I’ll do everything I can to support you in allowing it to unfold.

If the timing isn’t good for you now, I’ll probably offer an Intensive Training in the spring of next year – AND you can still answer the call and make that decision now.

You are a gift to this world.
You are a treasure.
The Kingdom is pre-installed and only requires our willingness to activate!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today my topic is Having A Spiritual Career.

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