(Spiritual Care/Pastoral Care)
What is Spiritual or Pastoral Care?
Spiritual or pastoral care is NOT psychological counseling, but rather reflective listening and faith-filled prayer, that helps remind an individual that we are immersed in Spirit and God is always present in every situation, as a constant resource and a mirror to guide us in what needs to be healed or learned. Spiritual Counseling helps an individual relate spiritual principles and law to stories and situations that they find themselves in. Through this internal processing, blocks are removed from our awareness, revealing a deeper understanding and connection in our life. You can search the world for your answers, but until you truly understand yourself and the way you silently, and unknowingly, engage the laws of the universe, the happiness, self-love, inner wisdom, peace, and enlightenment you seek will most likely evade you. Let’s affirm, “I am open and receptive to the Infinite One’s inspiration, guidance, and healing, flowing through me at this moment now.”
How Does Spiritual Care Work?
While listening, your spiritual care provider will ask you gentle questions and reflect thoughts you. This will help you clarify in your own mind the issues before you. Your spiritual counselor does not offer specific solutions, nor will he/she attempt to “fix” your problem. Instead, you will be encouraged to reach within yourself to your own inner guide to find your own best solution. As with other kinds of counseling, spiritual counseling allows you to talk in confidence with someone who will hear you fully without exercising any form of personal judgment. Simply by being allowed to tell your story in your own words, you will begin to feel great relief and comfort.
You are immersed in God’s Presence, and with each breath, you take the Wisdom and Life of God fills you; therefore, you are never separate from God. In God’s eye, you are filled with infinite potential and blessed with the abundance and wonder of life. This Infinite potential fills your being is a creative power that can solve any problem you face. Simply shifting your attention away from the “external problem” to this “inner potential” will allow this wonderful, creative power to bring forth solutions that are in your highest and best interest. A Spiritual Counselor assists you in tapping into this “inner power.”
Have More Than One Problem?
As you are reminded of your divine inner potential and connection, you will be guided on how to use your own internal resources to find solutions. You will see that the key to every problem is an awareness of the presence of God in your life. Your spiritual counselor will support you to know this truth. They will show you how to access your “inner potential” – where all your answers reside, anytime and anywhere.
How Many Times Can I Receive Spiritual Care?
One to three sessions should be sufficient to awaken you to your own internal guidance system. If the spiritual counselor, or you, feel that you would also benefit from another kind of counseling, you will be offered the name and phone number of a local therapist, who is trained to help you explore your problem in a psychological way.
Will My Spiritual Care Provider Keep My Confidence?
EIOC ministers and EEIOC/EE Church Licensed Teachers are certified as spiritual counselors and have received extensive training. As such, they are bound by a code of ethics, which requires total and absolute confidentiality. The only exception to the confidence requirement occurs when you tell the spiritual counselor something that violates the laws of the State of California and requires them to report to law enforcement officials –this includes all forms of abuse especially child abuse.
What does it cost?
Ekklesiá Iwigá Orthodox Church members are invited to leave a Love-Offering. Spiritual counseling and our entire ministry are supported entirely by the responsible giving of those who receive their spiritual inspiration and nourishment from this center.
The Non-Iwigá member fee is $40 per hour. You may leave an appropriate gift with your counselor at the end of your visit.
“Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, it will be put into your lap. The measure you will give will be the measure you get back. (Luke 6:38)
*Iwigá means "soul/spirit" and "breath," in the Rarámuri native language (Mexico) and is from the Hebrew word Rua, for breath, specifically in Genesis when God breathed into Adam and made him a man.