The role of spiritual counseling is to address our nature as spiritual beings living in a material world.
Life is a journey and we each have our own individual paths. While each journey is unique, we still can find others who have faced similar points of interest, obstacles, and cross-roads. In sharing our path, we frequently find comfort in our common experiences but at other times may face challenges in our relationships that impede our progress and our joy.
It is important to remember and recognize that we are the creators of our journey; we are not the journey itself. We are spiritual beings living in a physical dimension. We have experiences, but our experiences are not who we are. We may not be able to control all of the experiences we have, but we can control how we respond to these life events.
The key to a joyful journey is recognizing the obstacles, and how we respond or react to these obstacles. Some common obstacles include but not limited to are:
Ego defenses which cause an emotional reaction such as fear, anger, sadness, aggression, etc