“Dedicate yourself to love in its infinite mystery, so that whatever love requires of you, you accept.” Andrew Harvey, Institute for Sacred Activism
Why did I become a counselor and soul work mentor?
This role is something I have grown into and been called to do. I feel indebted and deeply grateful to my counselors and spiritual teachers who include (in order of appearance in my life) Elizabeth Burt Lukather, Lucia Capacchione, Merrill Goldstein, LPC, Linda McCallum, Chuck Barr, LPC, Pie Frey,Psy.D, JoLee Wingerson, and last, but certainly not least, Helen Lordsmith. I appreciated my educational mentors as well. I have derived great inspiration from many philosophers, poets and spiritual writers over the years. Having learned to process emotion quickly and effectively, I am eager to pass on the gifts of understanding. This ability to feel fully, to observe the thoughts holding the feelings in place, and then to let go of the inner critic with self love has increased my inner peace, freedom, love and joy. I am less tolerant of anything that holds me from those qualities for long.
There is always more opportunities to apply the lessons – ever new frontiers to cross. My yoga teacher, Matt Kapinus, once said: “We stand at one end of the pool scooping out the leaves while there is someone at the other end dumping garbage bags of leaves into the pool.” The moments of clarity offer us a reference point, but ego is a part of being human and evolution is a ongoing. (It would be like developing great biceps and expecting them to last the rest of our lives without doing any work.) The journey is unique to each of us.
“I truly value the work with you as an integral process not only for my healing but also for my spiritual practice. Thank you for being such a caring and powerful guide.” DT
My Spiritual Journey
During the late 70s/early 80s, I experienced about 7 years of depression. While I was able to climb out of bed in the morning and do most of what was required of me, the minute I opened my eyes I was under the illusion of being oppressed by a giant cast iron anvil. I was continually sabotaging, self deprecating, judging my every action. To be free of that self, that voice, that way of being (and it was an inexplicable shift I felt one day and that has continued to fall away layer by layer) was heavenly. It required seeking help and doing the work/play to change. Now, I am flooded with gratitude for my family, my children, my ex-husband, my friends, my home, my companion animals – this beautiful life. It was not something I could make myself feel by positive thinking my way into it. The brave journey into (and through) emotions opened me to more spiritual revelations that inspired a desire to give back, to create, to serve, to live my unique soul’s purpose as part of the whole. Prepare your hearts, minds and souls for love by doing the work and you will be free.
“The mystic is a spiritual practitioner, seeking not merely to understand the principles of spiritual awareness, but to embody them as best he or she can.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Have you ever longed to establish a morning routine of meditation, prayer, contemplation and/or grounding visualization that is unique to your perception and expression of the Higher Power? Or do you struggle with your current practice? I would appreciate the opportunity to be your guide as you commit to a practice that will brighten your light and support you through the darkest times. The morning practice heals, and it begins the day with the feeling state you would like to carry throughout the day and expand into your life. Spirit inspires inner peace and leads us into joy; the ego (often manifesting as the inner critic) lures and bullies us out of our natural state. Learning about the split within can help you to choose meaning and joy over sabotage and shame.
When you get out of your own way, you become a channel for the Highest Good.
Initiated as a child, I have been steeped in Transcendental Meditation for over 40 years. Growing up Catholic, I read both the King James and New American Bibles and while I prefer not to identify with any specific religion, my early years taught me the value of prayer and gave me a channel to experience the magnitude of a Loving God. Over the years, I engaged in many forms of meditation including: A Course in Miracles, Dr. Sha’s Soul Healing Miracles Meditations, the rosary, Deva Primal’s chanting, and Shinzen Young’s style of meditation. I have taken workshops with numerous masters. I have been called to spiritual and religious studies my whole life. Email me (jen@owlhearthealingarts) if you are interested in making changes that will grace your life and benefit your holistic health.