To my great surprise, when I started to study psychotherapy I discovered that the pragmatic model designed by the founder of the school was inclusive of the spiritual dimension.
The spiritual dimension was actually the end of the process used to check if the all process did make sense at all, if it was worth moving forward with it or not.
That pleased me. I recognized from my personal experience that if there isn’t a deep sense of purpose behind what you do, the chances of success are limited, the growth opportunity and the pleasure in the pursue are also severely compromised.
Simplified to the bones, the process applied in therapy starts from a problem and finishes with a solution. The problem is investigated and understood so that the client can grasp what is the issue at its core and based on that core issue, a core solution is designed.
At the core of the problem and of the issue, is a feeling. If the clients was not feeling as he/she does with regards to the problem he/she is experiencing, the problem would not be perceived as a limiting issue. The same applies for the solution, if the feeling that needs to accompany the solution is not in place, it won't feel as a solution, it will still feel as an unsolved problem.
The solution needs then to reflect the deep desires and needs of the client on an emotional as well as intellectual level and more. When you include the spiritual dimension, the solution needs to clearly been defined in spiritual terms. It needs to take into account 'the why' behind that solution and what the meaning of creating that solution adds to the life of the client.
Let me explain with an example how this may look like.
Imagine a client that struggle with a work project. The problem turns out to be that there is a feeling of insecurity that is in the way of an effective collaboration with colleagues.
The insecurity has to do with personality and the effect that past experiences has had on the client. The solution for this clients’ needs to include the healing of what has created her/his insecurity.
The deep importance moving the attention to the spiritual objective (healing of past experiences) is that once that is achieved, the client is able to blossom, use all his/her talent with ease in his/her work, but also his/her private life will be transformed. All the relationships in her life are now affected positively and her sense of self is incredibly enhanced.
The past negative experience that had not been addressed had led the client to the believe that he/she was not suited to take control and leadership of projects, that she/he was going to fail and for this reason was better to lay low and avoid risks. Once this was transformed and healed, all the talents of this clients became available. All the knowledge and experience could be channeled in her/his work project successfully. And the best part is that he/she can enjoy much more and feel close to her purpose in life.
This client has tapped into the spiritual side of things and used the deeper meaning of her much desired transformation to grow as an individual, not just to complete the work project.
Whenever there is a objective to achieve, a project to bring to completion or a problem, a really important question to ask yourself is:
Why is important for you to achieve that/solve that problem?
And then use the answer to ask again: Why?
They say that if you ask why 5 times you come to the essential meaning.
When the why is clear, the spiritual dimension is visible and achieving your goal/solving your problem is easier.
When you are aware of your deeper purpose with regards to the process of therapy that you are taking part to, you have a more present, grounded and motivated perspective. You could say that tapping into the spiritual dimension activates a valuable inner resource in you.
I want to mention to close that, of course, this cannot be applied with the same ease described in the example above when the ‘problem’ a client brings to therapy is depression, anxiety or similar disorders. There is however, also in these cases, a resource to be found in tapping into the spiritual dimension and the deeper meaning of things, that can, also in these case help in the treatment.