There it was! That moment of palpable guidance! The words came from a deeper, wiser Source. The guidance was for me as much as for the client listening on phone.
“Pray for an experience of Holiness to remove all your doubt.”
A long Spirit-impregnated silence followed. I felt the ripples go through both our souls as the powerful words hit the still water at the center of each of our hearts.
Moments like that usually happen at least once and often several times on a coaching call. It is the magic of the presence of Spirit. I love it.
In my years of coaching I have seen how the client’s intention and my willingness can open a portal within me. It is a door to an ever-growing inner emptiness, an absence of self, which allows Spirit to come through.
It is Spirit coaching through me. I pray for and give thanks for this many times each day.
There are four distinct ways we seem to respond to Spirit coaching:
• One is the “normal” response, like the one that followed the guidance to “Pray for an experience of Holiness to remove all your doubt” mentioned above. It was, “Yes, I see. It is doubt that keeps me fighting with life. Pray?… hummm.. I can’t quite picture it…I could say the words, but….Perhaps …” Then comes a review and comparison with another ‘technique’ in the spiritual archive. Finally…. “I need time to ponder this.” This response tweaks the soul in a subtle way in its long evolutionary process. The rhythm of coaching, the steady impact of ongoing sessions illuminating our daily life, has a unique power to gradually transform.
• Often, however, the response is an attempt to side- track this expansive Spirit contact to our soul, a response from the ego-mind. It very carefully encases the guidance in a kind of intellectual plastic, creating an inanimate adornment for our spiritual ego, which is the aspect of our ego-mind that prides itself on its spirituality. In this way, the ego-mind appears to preserve the guidance while actually depriving our authentic Self of the real, heart-felt power of spiritual communion and truth. Ego-mind provides the resistance necessary for our authentic Self-awareness to become strong, much like using weights at the gym builds muscle. Its cleverness includes assuming the role of being our spiritual advisor. In this way, it often successfully keeps us deluded for some time, until the deep hunger of our heart awakens us.
• Another response I call the ‘radical exterior’ response. Ego-mind may tell us we need to ‘make a decision’ and take radical external action. It may have ‘the story’ that to truly follow our spiritual path we need to: leave our home, our relationship and our job or take some other ‘decisive’ external action. Then, once’ that’ happens the story line goes ‘we will be free to follow our true spiritual path and calling.’