Spirit-Body Exploration

Spirituality is about being fully alive. “Living forward whole” is one way of saying that we are not separate beings; but rather our aliveness is possible because we are connected to and participate in the ever flowing openings of life itself. I  believe that our It is possible to directly sense our wholeness, in a space felt within our bodies, even while our problems or issues are present. Connecting to our wholeness directly through the body enables a different kind of change process.

My approach to Spirit/Body Exploration can help you address the issues that block the natural way in which your body is guiding you towards spiritual openings. As the issues are released, your body opens. As your guide I will help you learn to listen for the signals forming in your body that move you towards spirit. Spirit is then free to work through both of us to bring healing, love, and compassion to whatever situation we are in.

Below are four ways I offer help to address obstacles along the way and to nurture the integration of your personal and spiritual development.

Spiritual Discernment

For people seeking to deepen their spiritual lives learning new ways to listen within may make a difference. Many people experience a taste of being fully alive; yet, it is difficult to bridge these experiences to make a difference in meeting life’s challenges. My approach includes finding a Clearing within, a Space that opens directly from the body where you feel free, a sense of coming home to yourself.  Forms of meditation could also be part of our work to develop a mindful presence towards your inner experience.  These processes nurture your capacity to live from your deepest purpose. A growing ability to feel self-love and compassion for others occurs. You will discover the many ways in which life invites your spiritual transformation.

Spiritual Crisis

Moments in our life journey can bring with them a spiritual crisis. Perhaps in the midst of worldly success, you sense an inner emptiness or lack of meaning. Sometimes the death of a loved one, or a hurtful betrayal brings the pain of injustice and leads to questions about your faith or religious beliefs you have held dear. You may wonder whether life has any meaning at all. You may rage at God. At another time, you may suddenly be overcome by a profound experience but don’t know how to integrate the meaning of this experience. Finding a safe place to openly explore the significance of these events can make the difference between merely coping with these events and participating fully in a spiritual transformation.

Spiritual Bypassing

In order to grow as a whole person all aspects of our living need attention with an invitation to grow. Many of us value our spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer, ritual, or worship, and are actively contributing to our community. while at the same time avoiding deep-seated issues, which usually function outside our awareness.  

For example, Ben meditated every day and experienced calm and wellbeing yet didn’t understand why his marriage remained problematic. Susan got up every morning to read the Bible and pray and yet, when she went to work her anxiety continued to interfere with her ability to concentrate. Sam finally realized that he was idealizing his pastor to make up for his own doubt about his value as a person. Marge didn’t want to face the consequences of the verbal abuse from her husband and her meditation practice helped her to dissociate from the intense emotions that overwhelmed her.

My approach will help you to sustain the ‘right’ distance from difficult issues so you can find new understandings rather than relive the problem or just being upset. This kind of exploration can enhance your spiritual practice and help you to be true to what is most precious to you.

As my spiritual guide, Doralee helps steady my path and open new dimensions in my meditation practice.

Each meeting I share with her whatever has arisen in my practice during the prior week or two, and she helps me to be aware of the difficult, as well as the loverly rich, places without judgment. As my role model, she supports my patience and commitment to Awareness in all its directions and dimensions. Here sharing from her store of Buddhist wisdom and experience opens my practice in always surprising ways - expands / deepens my sense of being in and being held by the Universe.

Her caring, peaceful and knowledgeable presence is a gift from the Universe.
— CK

Spiritual Intimacy

Something very profound occurs between people who are listening for the movement of the spirit in their lives.  There is a gift to be given and received through open communication that includes the courage to be spiritually vulnerable. Many of us seek this kind of connection; yet, often spiritual practices are done alone or in silence in a group. Less emphasis is placed upon the potential for spiritual intimacy; yet, in our encounter with each other something alive is freshly emerging in the shared moment. You may want to foster relationships in your life that nurture your spiritual life. Spirit/Body Exploration may help open these doors.

This approach may be helpful to you if your spiritual life is important to you and:

  • You seek an embodied spirituality and want to listen to how the spirit is at work in your life.
  • You are asking questions about your life purpose or about your religion.
  • You are aware of repetitive patterns arising in meditation with no relief or shift.
  • You want an integration of your personal life in order to live a life centered in your deepest purpose.
  • You long for a spiritual connection yet haven’t 
  • found it.
  • You continue to struggle with a sense of unhappiness.
  • You want to discover the richness of relationships that nurture your spirituality.

 

How do I describe my experience of exploring spiritual issues with Doralee? A sense of what it feels like to be in a wide-open space, such as the spectacular ‘big sky’ of the South West...but at the same time a sense of being in a very intimate space. As I recall this, many weeks later, the sense of being in that special space sneaks back on me — a gateway into that expanded and intimate space. It is an experience of the spiritual which is not in opposition to daily living, but actually a sense of becoming more conscious of the connection between both.
— S.P.