How has this affected you? Do you feel that you belong and that you are valued? Do you feel safe and respected? Are you and other people able to communicate clearly and freely? Do you feel that there is a spiritual aspect to your current situation? Would it help to involve a chaplain, or someone from your faith community? What needs to be understood about your religious background?
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What do the next few weeks hold for you? What about the next few months or years? Are you worried about death and dying, or about the possibility of an afterlife? Would you want to discuss this more? What are your main fears about the future? Do you feel the need for forgiveness about anything? What, if anything, gives you hope? How could you best be helped to get it?
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Is there someone caring for you with whom you can explore your concerns? Over recent years there has been increasing interest in treatments that include the spiritual dimension. Spiritual practices can help us to develop the better parts of ourselves. They can help us to become more creative, patient, persistent, honest, kind, compassionate, wise, calm, hopeful and joyful. These are all part of the best health care. This means that the giver and receiver both get something from what happens, that if you help another person, you help yourself.
Many carers naturally develop spiritual skills and values over time as a result of their commitment to those for whom they care. Those being cared for, in turn, can often give help to others in distress. Spirituality is deeply personal.
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Try to discover what works best for you. A three-part daily routine can be helpful:. You can find out about spiritual practices and traditions from a wide range of religious organisations. Secular spiritual activities are increasingly available and popular. For example, many complementary therapies have a spiritual or holistic element that is not part of any particular religion. The internet, especially internet bookshops, the local yellow pages, health food shops and bookstores are all good places to look.
There is also a wide range of papers about spirituality and mental health that can be downloaded from the publications archive of the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group. Times have changed. Hospital chaplaincy now involves clergy and others from many faiths, denominations and humanist organisations.
Buy this leaflet Print this page Share this page facebook twitter linkedin. Disclaimer This webpage provides information, not advice. What is spirituality? How is spirituality different from religion? What is spiritual health care? What difference can spirituality make? This has enabled them to accept and live with continuing problems or to make changes where possible. A spiritual assessment. Sometimes, a professional may want to use a questionnaire. They will want to find out: what helpful knowledge or strengths do you have that can be encouraged? Setting the scene What is your life all about?
The past Emotional stress is often caused by a loss, or the threat of loss. The present Do you feel that you belong and that you are valued? The future What do the next few weeks hold for you? Spiritual practices. These span a wide range, from the religious to non-religious. Spiritually-informed therapies. Spiritual values and skills. How to start.
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Education and research. Further information. Further reading Barker P. Butler-Bowen T. Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Cook, C. Eds Spirituality and Psychiatry. RCPsych Publications. Coyte M. Gilbert, P. The inner subjectivity of life is most valued and genuine relationships become more important than social life. The focus is primarily on the subtle body, but through experiencing deeper layers of the psyche, the causal body can also be included. When we enter the gate of this level, the seed has begun to sprout.
As we encounter deeper archetypal places, a bridge from the psychological to the spiritual is formed. The forces of energy called gods and goddesses support us along the way. And when we pass through the final gate of this inner space, beautiful wonder buds are everywhere. The third stage can be called the spiritual. Through our struggles, meditation, service and seeing, deeper purification proceeds. Momentary sparks of joy and unification lead us toward inner steadiness and mental concentration, ever linking the mind to universal energy.
Gradually, devotion to Truth comes to dominate every aspect of our lives. And mind melts away without losing its capacity. The thousand petalled lotus is open. We can be plucked out of the mud at any time in accordance with our inner tendencies. But there can be a definite place for psychotherapy in the purification process. It must be acknowledged however, that although there are areas of overlap, therapy and spiritual work are not synonymous.
For spiritual work originates from a higher level.
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Therapies with a spiritual orientation can serve only as a prelude and a link. Therefore, in this age of melange and questionable alliances, the therapist should not take on the role of spiritual teacher. Spirituality should not be connected with money; for then it ceases to be spiritual. If the therapist reflects compassion, human values and a genuine inner presence, this in itself can aid healing no matter what the theoretical orientation of the therapist.
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Meditation helps us let go of agitation and detach from our conditioning, through forming a link with a more subtle part of ourselves; beyond thought, beyond matter. Depth therapy helps us go into our emotions and receive the images that emerge from the unconscious, both personal and collective. Although the mind and emotions are considered unreal, they do prevent us from experiencing the Real. Therefore they are a force, which is to be taken seriously.
Both the personal and transpersonal levels ever interact and influence one another. When therapy is rightly experienced, it should serve as a container for the deeper healing energies to emerge and permeate the ego. This can bring emotions to the surface, induce conscious suffering and pave the way for a new quality of energy, as well as initiate more balance between emotion and thought. It can also begin the healing process of parental and societal wounding, and lead to more authentic self-expression in the realm of creativity and relationship. But therapy alone cannot fully heal as it does not address issues of desire, attachment and universal love from the vantage point of Knowledge.
Nor does it induce deep adaptation to life as a whole. Contact with the Self as synchronistic happening or dream image can be a harbinger of wonder and numinosity that has a healing effect, as it is a link to the higher. This induces faith based on experience. Any connection with deeper layers of the psyche is fundamentally a spiritual process.
In my experience, only ongoing, steady spiritual work contains the seeds for completing the process.