Philosophy & Spiritual Growth/Counselling

Session 1

Hello and welcome to the first session on philosophy, spiritual growth/counselling. Sounds grand but what does it all mean? Let's concentrate on the counselling side of things first. As we live in an essentially materialist world, we can forget that we are all spiritual beings. Life has a habit of throwing us challenges which we can soon become all consuming. So, it's our intention to provide that little bit of light at the end of our earthly tunnel by working through each of these challenges as they arise. This counselling means listening and reflecting back to the person what he/she has said. It requires active listening. This is not what we think of as listening on an everyday level. During active listening, our whole attention is focused on the other person. Because of this, it will be helpful during these sessions to post topic requests on the message board prior to the session. That way, the particular topic can have our undivided attention without interruption from the "free-for-all" approach.

My counselling is used to help individuals clarify issues in their lives, make difficult decisions and come to terms with traumatic events through a spiritualist point-of-view & philosophy. That philosophy is derived from my spirit guides or other guides previously documented my academic/professional qualifications or simply my point-of-view. I'm here only with the purpose of advising or helping, not as an all knowing guru (which I am most definitely not) so there may be times when we will just agree to disagree.

For this first session, I'll open with my first bit of spiritual philosophy and leave it open for a Q&A session. My first bit of philosophy comes from the great Spirit Guide, Silver Birch on the trials and tests during spiritual growth: "It is not possible to achieve even the first steps in spiritual mastery unless you are ready to do so by a process which means that you must suffer. Suffering is the crucible." For example,

"Those on whom the Great Spirit, with infinite wisdom, has bestowed the gift of healing must experience difficulty, sorrow, crises and trial so that they can have compassion for the ones who will come to them in their suffering and ask for healing". However, "There is NO suffering so strong that you do not possess the inner strength and can call upon an outer power to enable you to overcome it." Paramanhansa Yogananda wrote on winning the battle of everyday life... "A lump of sand cannot withstand the erosive effect of the ocean's waves; an individual who lacks imperturbable inner peace cannot remain tranquil during mental conflict. But as a diamond remains unchanged no matter how many waves swirl around it, so also a peace-crystallized individual remains radiantly serene even when trials beset from all sides."

Philosophy text


UNLESS you allow a very small child I to do things for itself, to feed itself, to walk, to dress itself, to write, to draw, to express itself, it will never develop and become independent and be able to stand on its own feet and make its own decisions. You have to stand back and allow it to make mistakes and to take a long time to master what it is learning to do. You have to be very patient and wait and watch, no matter how tempted you are to do it for the child to save time. Open your eyes and realise that life is a classroom in a school, and you are learning all the time. How often do I have to stand back and very lovingly watch you fumbling and struggling with life so that you can learn a vitally important lesson, a lesson never to be forgotten once it has been learnt and mastered? I have infinite love and patience.

Session 2

Some questions were raised from the first session that I felt needed answering. I am aware that
members of this forum come from many diverse and different sets of beliefs. It is not my purpose to
discount or discredit anyone's beliefs (or opinions). However, my teachings, guidance and philosophy
comes from a spiritualist perspective.

Unlike most other major religions, Spiritualism does not tie its adherents to a creed or dogma.
Rather, the philosophy of Spiritualism is founded upon seven basic principles which were developed
and derived through the mediumship of one of Spiritualism’s greatest pioneers,
Emma Hardinge Britten, inspired in 1871 by the communicating spirit of Robert Owen (the founder,
when alive in the physical body, of the Co-operative movement).

These Seven Principles, which act as guidelines for the development of a personal philosophy of how to live one’s life,
are stated as follows:-

The Fatherhood of God

The Brotherhood of Man

The Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels

The continuous existence of the human soul

Personal responsibility

Compensation and retribution hereafter for all
the good and evil deeds done on earth

Eternal progress open to every human soul

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