Episode 105: How To Engage in Spiritual Friendships

Dawn delved deep into the essence of spiritual community, contrasting it with regular community, and shared her personal experiences that underscore the significance of vulnerability and authenticity in the therapeutic realm.

Quote by Henri Nouwen 

9/27/1996, 3 weeks before his death (Sabbatical Journey):   “We who offer spiritual leadership often find ourselves not living what we are preaching or teaching. It is not easy to avoid hypocrisy completely because we find ourselves saying things larger than ourselves. I often call people to a life I am not fully able to live myself. I am learning that the best cure for hypocrisy is community. Hypocrisy is not so much the result of not living what I preach but much more of not confessing my inability to fully live up to my own words.”

The Essence of Spiritual Community

Dawn emphasized the profound depth of spiritual community and how it stands distinct from the regular community. She stated, “We need to be vulnerable. We need to have trust. But we have to really be real.” This sentiment resonates with many therapists who often find themselves in leadership roles, facing the challenge of being authentic while maintaining a professional demeanor. As Dawn shared, “Allow our brokenness to be seen,” it’s evident that embracing one’s vulnerabilities can pave the way for genuine connections and deeper therapeutic relationships.

Creating Space for a Spiritual Community

Dawn’s initiative, “Soul Care for Therapists,” offers a unique platform for therapists to explore spiritual themes in their practice. She mentioned, “We combine the business and we combine the sacred space of the spiritual questions.” This holistic approach ensures that therapists not only address their clients’ psychological needs but also their spiritual well-being. By intertwining business insights with spiritual exercises, Dawn champions a comprehensive perspective that caters to the modern therapist’s multifaceted role.

Challenges and Overcoming Them

Every therapist faces challenges, and Dawn is no exception. She candidly discussed confronting fears of rejection and past traumas, urging individuals to face these barriers head-on. “We see this all the time in therapy,” she remarked, highlighting the universal nature of these challenges. However, with the right support and spiritual grounding, therapists can navigate these challenges effectively, ensuring they provide the best care to their clients.

Tips for Integrating Spirituality in Therapy:

  • Acknowledge Vulnerabilities: Recognize and embrace your vulnerabilities. As Dawn mentioned, “Holding space for our false self and calling out the real self as God sees us” can be transformative.
  • Seek Spiritual Exercises: Incorporate spiritual exercises into your practice. This not only benefits the therapist but also provides a holistic approach to client care.
  • Engage in VulnerableConnections: Allow space for people who know you to challenge and call you into a “Higher” way of living with a deeper sense of purpose. 

Links and Resources

  • Sacred Space Community Groups – with Dawn
  • Soul Care Retreats: Exclusively for therapists who want to recharge in a deep and fulfilling way. You will engage in your own spiritual journey, find some release from the work you do, as well as connect with other therapists all while enjoying the beauty of Colorado at a secluded and peaceful retreat center. Limited to 6-8 therapists.