Spiritual Direction

Years ago, living a rather average agnostic way of life (with only a vague curiousity about metaphysical things), my world began to turn completely upside down. Following an intuitive inner call I couldn’t shake, I became completely engrossed in the work of self-discovery. I didn’t quite know it at the time because it showed up in a completely secular way, but I was being introduced slowly to the spiritual life. With great uncertainty but a pretty clear mandate, I embarked on a path that lead me all the way to monastic solitude, asceticism, and contemplative practice.

Guided constantly by significant (mostly unbelievable) external and internal forces, I was led experientially across the spectrum of the field of mysticism. My work took me through the heights and altered states, through incredible philosophical depths of consciousness, through ever-unfolding ancient doctrines and mythological systems, but most importantly, through years of significant purgative (terrifying) darkness. 

Throughout the course of a great deal of debilitating and unrelenting suffering, I was given a number of fundamental tools and practices, which helped me navigate the work properly and effectively. I spent the last five years refining and developing these methods significantly, and later found similar approaches in a vast array of esoteric traditions. These practices and teachings make up a kind of universal mystical toolbox, each expressed in their own ways in various traditions.

My work began in the esoteric tradition of the Toltecs, later taking a broad turn into Christian mysticism, both of which I’ve written about on this blog. Today, I view them both as launching points rather than religious systems. The real practice of mysticism is much broader than any one tradition can capture, and requires a flexible adaptation of many different, sometimes contradicting, philosophies, as well as some new understandings. The closest modern day expressions of my own work and experiences I found in the philosophical structure and approach of the Pathwork Lectures.

I have been offering guidance and instruction, loosely as a form of spiritual direction, to others engaged deeply in mystical work. I teach the methods and practices that are specifically appropriate to each individual person, for their phase of development. I follow the basic tenets and implementation of spiritual wisdom and mystical philosophy, mostly via a form of contemplative inquiry. The focus is always facilitating discovery at depth, with a view toward expansions of consciousness.

All of the practices I use and teach promote mastery of awareness and reflection, proper alignment between the polarities leveraging natural temperance, self-confrontation and personal responsibility, the cultivation of virtue and emotional equanimity, substantive transformations of consciousness through the transmutation of fear and digestion of pain, accessing and resolution of past life material, and the authentic implementation of universal principles – humility, courage, fortitude, prudence, discernment, and forgiveness.

Because of the intense nature of my own work and my personal sphere of interest, I offer instruction exclusively to advanced practitioners – those people who clearly demonstrate a significant life commitment to spiritual work and practice. 

If you’d like to discuss working with me, please email me at fromheretolove@gmail.com.

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Please note: I am not a licensed mental health professional. I do not practice any form of psychological therapy or counseling. If you are in need of therapeutic care, please seek a qualified professional.