Trust, love, and faith are expanded and grown in the therapist at a rate that is sometimes hard to comprehend. The challenges of love, the tests of faith, and the vagaries of trust come thick and fast sometimes. If you want to accelerate your own personal growth, it seems, become a therapist.
A primary split in the client is the conscious-unconscious one. The way we use the three terms conscious, unconscious, and subconscious in Sacred Attention Therapy is like this: conscious pertains to the client's present awareness, unconscious to what the client does not know or is entirely unaware of, and subconscious to what is just below the surface of consciousness, not entirely unconscious but not yet conscious.
Therapy and inner work are enticements to the unconscious, which is why the subconscious can be full of dawning, arising, insightful material. The sensitive therapist responds to this in a number of ways. First, she listens -- not merely aurally, but with her whole body, emotionally and energetically -- to the client. This listening yields intuitive leaps and insights, fantasies and visions, vague imaginings and sometimes crystal-clear images.
Trust the Process
Can it be said enough times? -- either to the new upcoming therapist or the therapist who is experienced -- you can trust the process. Those times will come in therapy when that trust is tested. Consult the gauge -- your heart. What does your heart say? If you are in any way uncertain about your work with a client, if you find yourself vacillating or concerned, consult your heart first. If you are in any doubt about the heart's effectiveness in this, try it out in your own life. In relationships, friendships, professional and working life, financial issues, in times of challenge and crisis, your heart will tell you what to do. It is the practice of silence -- of silent listening to the heart's clear message... and there is always a message.
Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected]
Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [...]