Close Your Eyes – Look with Something encourages that we restore the ‘invisible’ dimension of heart as compass. Many of us describe this quality as spiritual. It is in our hearts that we know, before anything in life happens—we are feeling beings. As the culture folds in on itself, we are witnessing the harm of forgetting this. While the heart puts us in touch with what really matters, the ego consumes our thoughts and emotions. Any hesitation, any moment to take a breath when we don’t know what to do, this is how our compass speaks to us. If the ego is professing right from wrong, then the heart is discerning true from false. This distinction, more than any other, captures why inner lives matter. The new wisdom on human suffering tells us that the heart’s intelligence is as important as the brain. It is these inner subjective experiences (when understood) that actually help us navigate our lives. Often, with our eyes open the ego forces us to pick a side. We know what happens next, we’re pitted against each other. Closing our eyes for a moment and feeling our way through something, we move away from judgement and touch upon a softer quality. This book advances the notion that when we remove ego as the default compass and restore the heart, compassion grows. This highest of human qualities reminds us that the ego is an ‘adaptive function’ not a guiding principle. Often, it is the heart that helps us see what is hiding in plain sight. Meanwhile, the ego has an infinite number of ways to take us off course, knock us off balance, and trick us to remain asleep.
Much has been written about human suffering but few succinctly answer the ‘why’ question as it applies to our daily lives. Western culture concerns itself with relief, moral conduct, and emotional advancement through self-imposed trials and salvation. Eastern culture considers suffering as something that can be transcended or eliminated. Those who feel ‘life isn’t fair’ consider suffering as fate or an extension of their victimization. Feelings and Reason – An Integrative Psychotherapy lifts the veil on why human beings suffer, while answering several other questions that define the human condition. Introducing professional helpers to a psychospiritual context that covers the human lifespan, students learn that what happens first absolutely determines what follows. Students will be introduced to Intentional Guided Evolution and Gifted Compassionate Therapy, a philosophy and therapeutic context that integrates methods from existing psychological and counseling theory, while also including the often neglected spiritual (not religious) dimension of what it means to be human. Feelings and Reason offers this psychospiritual perspective: ‘Suffering is and always has been a self-correcting mechanism.’
Meaning of Life – Or, What I Would Say To Oprah is a book that examines these questions and more when asked of todays leading spiritual teachers literally—by Oprah. The answers given are not just my own. They are drawn from thousands of trauma patients undergoing a crisis of faith. Not just their faith in God, but an exsitential crisis of meaning. The context of suffering human beings is contrasted with answers from Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Maya Angelou, Thomas Moore, Pema Chodron, and many more. The reader will be able to reference these interviews online and compare answers. You will be delighfully surprised that there is, in fact, incredible hope in being human. Your inner life will be ignited, valued, and remembered as only a heartbeat away. In these answers, the reader will find the soul’s wisdom very familiar because its guidance is coming from, for, and to—US!
Some of the worlds leading spiritual teachers are saying that technology and fears of extinction have overshadowed our spiritual growth. In the same breath, they reference consciousness as only available to the enlightened or paint a picture that the whole of our reality is nothing more than a mental construct. Normal human suffering is merged with victimization and its worth lost in anger and frustration. Is it any wonder we are confused? Words and context matter when we are speaking of something as important as: Why are we here? What is our purpose? Or, how do we heal division in an increasingly polarized world? This writing offers a valid way to make our #innerlivesmatter.
Big Questions: Life Changing Answers offers a fresh take on the oldest of human inquiries. The last chapter concludes with Life Conversations That Make Sense and folds the new thoughts together. Imagine, a spiritual practice that not only answers who, when, and where you are but – what and why! This book reveals pieces of the soul’s wisdom that affirms why #innerlivesmatter.
Discovery, invention, and experimenting are born out of someone trying to solve a problem. However, today it seems we’ve hit a ceiling when looking at the human experience. What if answers to life’s biggest questions underwent a similar investigation? What truths would be revealed? Like most disciplines, we would get a complete and full story of our subject—us! But, we must literally question everything. It seems we’ve stopped self-inquiry at a time in the culture when generations of young people are lost. In an aging society, how do we move the dialogue in a direction that best fits the future? This book will answer that question.
At a time in history when we have worn out the fated “why” of life, The Astonishing Dream of Job, offering a glimpse into Job’s inner experience, gives deeper meaning to what it means to be human and offers clarity to those seeking self-understanding along the spiritual path.
When a valuable piece of twelfth-century pottery resurfaces, it’s discovered that the real treasure lies hidden within its walls in the form of an ancient text. Reimagining the biblical story of Job not as a real event, but rather as a dream stemming from Job’s reaction to internal stress, the text has the potential to change how human beings relate to suffering.
Longtime friends Pieta and Lou glean profound insights from the text. Though love is the ultimate and highest goal to which humans can aspire, the text sheds light on a distortion about self-love—the one that says that loving oneself is narcissistic. This is a belief that ultimately only hinders the universal quest for self-love. Pieta and Lou discover the text’s final message: that soul, spirit, ego, and heart have a symbiotic relationship that is only known through transformative suffering.
The Soul’s Intent teaches that spiritual maturity is a personal struggle toward presence ? toward living in the now, ultimately leading those seeking a more meaningful life to spiritual development.Together, our ego, emotions, and soul work simultaneously to help us understand personal struggles through symbols. Vecchio offers the message that life is most meaningful when we can view our experiences from a larger perspective. This in turn allows us to live life in the present without focusing on the pst or fearing the future. He teaches his methodologies for self-discovery and healing through a question and answer format that offers insight into:Building a bridge between the spiritual and emotionalRecovering intimacy and realizing forgivenessHealing and restoring the soulThe Soul’s Intent guides those on a spiritual journey to realize their true nature and the joy of presence through an innovative way of viewing the inner self.
Gifted Compassionate Therapy (GCT) is a ‘beyond ego’ guided approach to emotional problem solving in which the therapist adopts a direct teaching role, helping clients to activate their full navigational capabilities when dealing with life problems. GCT is integrative in that therapists encourage clients to use a variety of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and transpersonal techniques to facilitate awareness. GCT therapists consider ego the culture’s ‘default’ compass and know when clients realize their complete and true guidance potential, life will improve. In this context, therapists routinely encourage clients to practice using these additional capabilities (i.e. soul, spirit, and heart) to guide the ego to consciousness. Understanding and applying the symbiotic relationship of these four functions is the key to emotional, psychological, and spiritual health.
The Preferential Approach to Self-Care (PAS) accompanies the Gifted Compassionate Therapy Primer. Test items should be protected regarding confidentiality to assure the reliability of the items. The PAS) is core to GCT and is based on Carl Jung’s theory of the tension between opposites. It is a projective exercise that helps make sense of personality functioning and how clients deal with the ambiguity of egoic division.