The Alchemy of Awakening

Sitting in front of your computer now, you have access to more computing power than existed in the entire world in 1950.  Your cell phone allows you to speak to whoever you like anywhere in the world, from wherever you are.  You can flick a switch and have light, heat, entertainment and comfort.  You can turn on a tap and out pours hot or cold water which is drinkable.  You can open your fridge and there are delicacies to delight: nuts from Brazil, coffee from Columbia and chocolate from Belgium.

We live in an age of plenty, but our desires create a need for more.  Inside many of us is a scared and unloved child who needs attention.  The fears and needs of the wounded little child become the insecurities of the adult ego.  These insecurities create a wanting mind; a mind that projects its need for happiness and fulfilment out there onto things, people and experiences.

We don’t need more.  Who we are and what we have is enough.  We are not separate from life – we are Life. The wisdom teachings of old have an important message for our modern condition, which is characterised by a sense of lack in a sea of excess.  The teachings call us to question our conditioning that says happiness is to be found outside of ourselves.  When we awaken to, and feel our completeness in this moment, we realise that lack is an illusion and that the fear-based ego will never feel fulfilled. 

It came to me the other day that if I had to label my work I’d call it ‘psycho-spiritual therapy’.  Offering sessions that are held and informed by spiritual teachings of non-duality, I allow the wounded inner child a chance to access and release his or her fears and self-limiting beliefs.  Yes, we all have personal stories of pain and suffering, but the story can never overshadow the Spirit, that endless capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness and joy.

I am honoured to meet people where they are, and to work with whatever is troubling them, facilitating an alchemical process of turning the base metal of psychological suffering into the gold of spiritual awakening.

Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet
Through Love all that is copper will be gold.
Through Love all dregs will turn to purest wine
Through Love all pain will turn to medicine.
Through Love the dead will all become alive.
Through Love the king will turn into a slave!

                                                                                                                                    a poem by Rumi

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