What is Spiritually-Oriented counselling?
Spiritually-oriented counselling is an invaluable therapy for everyone but particularly for the yoga aspirant because practicing yoga often breaks open doors of an emotional and psychological nature.
It is a special service by Hamid Ebadi offered through Santosha for students and the wider community. The counselling can take place at our Yoga Teacher trainings or is accessible wherever you are in the world over Skype or email.
For most people, the true causes of malaise and emotional distress requires a journey of self-discovery and inner quest along a healing and transformative path. Psychological conflicts, emotional disorders and the suffering they engender are often caused by disconnect from our true nature and unconscious identifications with early patterns of conditioning. We cannot free ourselves from what we are unaware of just as we cannot heal ourselves form what has not presented itself to be healed. Spiritually-oriented counseling aims at integrating psychological and spiritual work so that the light of awareness permeates the hidden recesses of our personality and allows for a transformative process to unfold enabling us to pursue more freely our unrealized potentials and live fully.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed
everything would appear to man as it is, infinite” - William Blake.
Spiritually-oriented counseling opens a gateway for developing and embodying deeper, hidden resources within ourselves and enhancing our sense of awakening and growth. It helps integrate and heal unresolved psychological issues through acceptance of our whole being which is simply opening up to the totality of our experience and ultimately finding our sense of peace there. In this approach we try to build a bridge between psychological reflection, which facilitates self-knowledge, and the deeper awareness that comes by simply being present to the totality of our experience as it unfolds in meditative states of the mind.
This counseling is all encompassing, taking into account both the psychological and spiritual dimensions of a person, both the conditioned personality and the unconditioned being that we all are. It encourages people to become aware of their responsibility as creators of their personal destiny and to manifest the full scope of their own lives. It helps them experience their true nature, serenity, internal peace and be in harmony with their environment and in their relationships.
Hamid practiced meditation until he encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda in 1998. In 2000, he was ordained as a monk and subsequently authorized in 2010 by his master to teach and pass on the ancient teachings. In 2005 he finished a three year training program in counseling at ETAPE (École des Praticiens de la Psychothérapie) in Nice, France and has been in active practice since then.
Hamid is able to integrate much of Western psychotherapy with Eastern wisdom and meditation traditions. He spends a good part of the year in India and has taught meditation, philosophy and
comparative spirituality. His own life experiences have helped him gain empathy towards the difficulties of others. He understands that a trusting and accepting relationship is essential for it is the relationship that ultimately heals. His counsel has proved to be invaluable help for many Santosha in the past.
Today a growing number of people are turning to the internet for counselling. Hamid uses both Skype sessions and e-mailing in his work. If you wish an initial free counseling session to determine if this is what you are seeking, contact him on Skype or at his email address. All contacts with him are private and covered by confidentiality.
For more information or to arrange
a free initial session, contact Hamid: