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By William West

Problems with spirituality are gaining expanding prominence in the healing professions. Written via a number one determine during this rising area, this booklet presents a distinct and inventive concentration for therapists wishing to think about how spirituality might tell or form their very own perform. William West innovatively attracts jointly narratives from own adventure (both his personal and that of alternative top figures on the planet of therapy), learn and perform to deal with such important questions as "how can the healing come across be a secure position for spirituality to be thought of" and "how can the non secular lifetime of the therapist be engaged of their work?" scholars and practitioners will locate this ebook either thought-provoking and encouraging, yet eventually hugely functional and as such a vital perform better half.

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1. Notice that 76 per cent of those questioned now say ‘Yes’ to at least one of his questions about religious or spiritual experience. Hay concludes: not that people are having such experiences more but that they are now more willing to disclose them. He tells us that such experiences seem to be universal, and correlate with good health. There is some correlation with Church attendance but many people having such experiences do not attend. He regards such experiences as being biological and cross-cultural, and he speculates that they are a necessary part of our survival as a species otherwise they would have died out.

A period of real work followed as I came to terms with this new aspect of myself. This involved facing a lot of fear, a lot of crying, becoming more compassionate and less PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AS SHAMAN 39 emotionally involved with people’s troubles. Gradually there was also a spiritual shift, a deepening of my awareness of my place in the order of things, a spiritual quest that led me to continue my exploration of heretical Christianity and eastern ideas of karma and reincarnation. All this challenged my deeply held and sometimes rigid humanistic therapeutic view of things.

Profound and healing energies are present. (Kirschenbaum and Henderson 1990a p. 137) The implications of this approach of Rogers have been well explored in a recent book by Brian Thorne (2002) who argues that person-centred therapists can take on the role of being both secular priests and prophets. He argues that such therapists need to adopt a spiritual discipline in order to be able to work with transcendence and the energies involved. I find much to agree with in this stance of Thorne’ though it remains deeply controversial within the personcentred world.

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