Many people think the term spirituality relates to religion only, but it doesn't have to. For some people, exploring their spirituality simply means exploring their higher purpose.
The premise behind most models of spirituality is that we are all here for a reason. Uncovering this reason and living according to your desires is something many feel leads to true happiness and well-being. This is something spiritual coaching can help with.
On this page we will look into the concept of spiritual coaching, including what it can help with, how it differs to other types of coaching and what a spiritual coach can offer you.
What is spiritual coaching?
Life coaches look to create a plan tailored to your specific goals and desires, supporting you as you put the steps into action. Any time you feel demotivated or unsure, they will be there to guide you, providing valuable accountability.
Spiritual coaching aims to help you transcend any previous limits to tap into your higher purpose. Helping you to both discover and embrace your true self, this form of coaching tunes into your own spiritual journey.
Spiritual coaches may differ in their approaches and methods. Some may look to religion, others may look to energy or even spirit guides. Many take a holistic approach, looking at every element of your life and noting the links between these and your purpose.
What is important is that you find someone who resonates with you. If you make an appointment with a spiritual coach who believes in something you don't, it will be very difficult for you to stay motivated. Look for a coach who has a similar outlook to you, someone who you feel you can build a relationship of trust with.
What can spiritual coaching help with?
Spiritual coaching looks to help in any area in your life where you're feeling unfulfilled, stuck or uninspired. It also looks to resolve problems that keep repeating themselves over and over again. Take a look below for some examples of what spiritual coaching can help with:
- Feeling unfulfilled in your career
- Confusion about what you should be doing with your life
- Having a busy, stress-filled lifestyle
- Suffering from self-doubt and fear
- Feeling unable to achieve your dreams
- Longing to find a meaningful relationship
- Feeling like a victim of your to-do list
- Experiencing the same problem repeatedly
- Feeling lost or stuck in a rut
- Wanting a more harmonious family life
- Feeling as if you aren't reaching your full potential
- Feeling burnt out.
Even areas of your life that you wouldn't normally associate with spirituality can be addressed with this type of coaching. This is because many spiritual coaches see a connection between not fulfilling your higher purpose and areas of struggle in your life.
It is important to note here that coaches are not the same as counsellors or therapists. If you believe past experiences may be accounting for your feelings today, it may be beneficial to see a counsellor who can help to uncover this and heal from within. Life coaches (including spiritual coaches) generally look at your present situation to help you craft a better future.
What makes it different?
All coaches will work with you to explore what you want out of life and create a plan to help you achieve your goals - so what is it that makes spirituality coaching different?
Discovering who we are and what we are here to do is an integral part of our lives. Spiritual coaching puts life into the context of this journey, connecting with the wisdom and power of the spirit as a guide. This enables you to draw on inner resources you didn't even know you had to transform.
Coaching in general is all about looking within, building confidence and finding the motivation to realise your dreams. Spiritual coaching looks at forces both within and without to help you get there. The aim is to align your inner resources with the flow of the universe/spirit to actualise your goals and transformation.
What can a spiritual coach offer me?
In today's world we are bombarded daily by messages, from the media, the Internet and even by society. These messages tend to tell us what we 'should' be doing to be happy and successful. We may be confused and unsure about what it is we really want and need to be happy.
A spiritual coach will help make these messages fade into the background, allowing you the time and peace you need to connect to your inner voice. This helps you understand what your core desires are and what your true purpose is.
Once these are established, your coach can help to tailor an action plan to achieve whatever it is that you want. Part of this may include identifying any obstacles that may be holding you back. These could include fears, limited beliefs and old habits. Tapping into your own spiritual power, your coach can help you overcome these.
Another key aspect of spiritual coaching is to help you believe in yourself. When you doubt yourself or have low self-esteem, it can be difficult to make progress. This can lead to fear, something that commonly holds people back from achieving their true potential.
Your spiritual coach will use motivational tools to help you develop inner confidence. Motivation comes thick and fast when you have unshakeable confidence in your abilities.
Uplifting you, offering a supportive hand and encouraging you to experience everyday joy are other qualities many spiritual coaches possess. Feeling positive about life, even when things work out differently to how you expect is paramount.
A key aim for most spiritual coaches is to help you live harmoniously with your life's purpose. This means understanding what your purpose is, eliminating any stumbling blocks you've come up against in the past and realising your inner power. Once this is achieved, amazing things begin to happen.