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Why Spiritual counselling?

 

Spiritual Counselling responds to the experience of feeling lost, living without self-worth and meaning, as well as experiences of isolation and complicated grief, by helping us reawaken to the core of our own life narrative while acknowledging and honouring the Creator and life-giving Spirit within and around us. In this way, we prepare for the transformative process of becoming fully ourselves - loving, courageous, kind human beings receiving and sharing Light. 

Spiritual Counselling cultivates the spiritual practices such as ceremony, prayer and meditation, because it is these practices set with proper intentions that create conscious and sustainable spiritual relationship, inviting that deep sense of belonging which we seek. 

Spiritual Counselling understands spiritual relationship as an axis point or a totem from which we can begin to face ourselves fully, helping us break habitual patterns, discover our sense of worth, meaning and purpose, and find space within ourselves for community. Our artwork or journey, then, is not chasing an experience, but creating a conscious and sustainable way of life.  

ABOUT ME

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Emerging from the ‘womb’

My name is Michael Politano-Bowles. I have a BA in Religious Studies and Psychology, and a Masters of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology. I am a Spiritual Health Practitioner (Chaplain). I have worked in Critical Care, Medicine, Addictions, Mental/Urban Health, and Hospice. I received my certification as a Specialist in the field of Spiritual Health in April, 2018 through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (www.spiritualcare.ca). On a less professional note, I love to garden, play banjo, explore the natural world, and go on road trips. Also, I am learning how to skateboard, which has been a very humbling experience! However, my passion is working with people. In particular, I love seeing others (or myself for that matter) come to know themselves better, face their fears and painful emotions, embrace the Spirit, encounter themselves in new ways, and begin to live differently, courageously. There may be no greater beauty than seeing real change in fellow humans.

My changes began when I was 19 and attending university in Guelph, Ontario. I was deeply lonely, depressed and had this tendency towards isolating myself even at social engagements. I remember one night I was sitting on the floor in my room in utter despair, when suddenly I felt a radiant and loving presence of pure light flow through me. I couldn't understand how in the moment of such darkness I could experience such an incredible moment of love. Within a few weeks I quit school and began my journey exploring myself and the world around me, inspired by this new found connection with Spirit. Though real, active relationship with the Teacher wouldn’t develop until much later, those first steps led me to hitchhike throughout North America for years exploring myself and my 'backyard'; to live at Dorje Denma Ling, a Shambhala Buddhist retreat centre in Nova Scotia; to walk the Camino de Santiago several times in both Spain and Portugal; to re-attend university with a passion for study; and those first steps motivated me to use my experience and education to help others rediscover Meaning, Worth, Light, and Belonging. I currently live and explore just outside Nelson, BC.