Psychological Crisis, or Spiritual Awakening

After reading the article on the Dark Night of the Soul (please see previous post), I had two clients come in who expressed great depression, and I realized that depression can often be one form of the dark night of the soul.  Then it came to me that depression often Logo Affirmationrepresents a spiritual crisis.

Just as every crisis also presents an opportunity, so also a spiritual crisis presents an individual with the opportunity to awaken, to choose to begin a spiritual journey, or even to become enlightened.

Then it came to me how to work with these clients to help them see their own journeys as uniquely gifted with certain truths or spiritual experiences.  One client has such grave concerns about her work place environment, its relationships, and its values, that I realized she has a crisis of realizing that her own internal value system is out-of-sync with the materialistic values of our culture.

By materialistic values, I also mean professional values, because expectations of “professionalism” often force us to deny, repress, and silence our own internal value system.   Deep within each of us are values such as truth, integrity, caring, emotional intimacy, self-giving, generosity, humility, cooperation, kindness, compassion, and empathy, that are so often silenced and even dishonored in the work place.   Whether in business, academia, or government, a work environment may be a place where our own compassion, generosity, kindness, emotional intimacy, empathy, and cooperation are often seen as weaknesses and may be betrayed, silenced, or denigrated.

When we become aware of our own inner values that may seem at-odds with the world around us, we become aware of the deep, inner truths within us.  That inner wisdom at the core of who we are causes us to have either unsettled feelings when the wisdom is ignored, or a sense of peace when we act according to these deep inner truths.

This is the beginning of our spiritual journeys:  when we recognize that deep, inner wisdom as who we truly are and what we truly value.

The next step on our spiritual journeys is to honor and appreciate that inner voice of wisdom.  Many of us at this point begin to recognize that this inner voice of wisdom is divinely-guided.

The next step is recognizing that the inner wisdom exists for the highest good of all, followed by the step of choosing to live out these inner values for the highest good of all life around us.   This living out of the values can require courage – having the heart to be true to ourselves and what is best, most loving, the truth, etc.

So, whenever we experience ourselves as upset, anxious, or depressed, we can choose to reflect on what deeper values seem threatened or violated, and choose to get in touch with our own deeper value system.  When we know our own internal guidance, we can begin to make choices that bring us peace.  This choice to find and choose our internal values guidance system represents a spiritual awakening.  This awakening is the early stage of liberating our souls from the lesser values expressed in the world around us.

If you are feeling upset about areas of your life, may you find your own inner barometer of truth, peace, compassion, love, and bliss, so that you and others will benefit from the ways that you alone can incarnate those values in the world.  Welcome to your spiritual journey!

Love and Light,



About selfrealizationtherapy

I am a healer, life coach, author, and spiritual teacher. While I am ordained in the Christian tradition, I have also studied Eastern spiritual disciplines and practices, including Raja Yoga Meditation; Intuitive Coaching; Reiki; Falun Gong; and other forms of energy healing for both people and animals. I am available for distance healing and spiritual coaching via phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime; please email me at: to schedule a session. My goal is to assist you in connecting with your Higher Self to find fulfillment, peace, health, and happiness in life. I typically work with people for about six weeks, and then they either take classes with me and advance more, or simply go their happy way. While I cannot guarantee results, many clients find that in a few short weeks, more is accomplished than could be with years of traditional talk therapy. Born on the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I grew up moving back-and-forth between Africa and the United States my whole childhood and youth. We lived in three different countries in Africa, and three different states in the USA. I now live in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I was widowed at the age of 28 when my 34-year-old husband died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm that hemorrhaged, leaving me with an infant and a toddler. This crisis led me to believe that God loves us even when "bad" things happen, and also led me to pursue spirituality and become a minister. In 1996, thanks to "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, and a meditation class called Raja Yoga, I started on an Eastern spiritual path, a journey which included becoming a healer and a mystic. On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I experienced what I call an Enlightenment Vision, in which I ascended and was blessed by Ascended Masters of many faiths: Master Lao Tzu, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, High Priest Melchizedek, Lady Kwan Yin, Master Usui, and then by the Seven Archangels of the Seven Rays. After this vision, the teachings in Higher Consciousness began. Apparently, my crown chakra was opened, and direct contact with the Ascended Masters has been possible ever since. My message to everyone is: this is possible for you to achieve as well, although getting there is not necessarily quick or easy. With a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I perceive a unity in my readings in Eastern religions and in Biblical studies. As a result, I believe the original message of Jesus Christ was and is a call to Self-Realization, which may also be called following The Way (a term used in the book of Acts by very early "Christians," although they did not call themselves "Christians;" they called themselves Followers of the Way. The Way, or the Tao consists of the practice of peace and love in every moment, honoring the Divine Presence within ourselves as well as within others. The Way of early Christianity was a spiritual practice which similarly focused not on the material world, but on the practice of Divine Presence within the earthly realm. When we practice The Way, or The Tao, we become one with Divine Peace, Love, and even bliss. When we attain this, we experience the "Kingdom of God" or Reign of God, within ourselves, Nirvana or possibly Samadhi. Achieving this Way within each of ourselves is the only way we will be able to usher in the Reign of Divine presence among us all here on earth. The ultimate goal of The Way, and of Self-Realization, is the attainment of unity with the Divine Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness or Christ-Consciousness, within, and beyond our normal mortal mind. This Unity-Consciousness is eternal, but begins in the here and now. May it be so.
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