Mentor of the Soul

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My students become acquainted with the inner, intuitive and experiential aspects of the perennial wisdom traditions. Human transformation is aimed at unfolding our full potential through self-transcendence. Self- transcendence involves removing barriers, avoidances and obstacles to our growth and stepping outside of our limited ego consciousness. Much of this work demands simultaneous recognition and integration of unconscious contents and helps to build a more conscious and authentic life.

My Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Mentoring

Highlights

My psycho-spiritual approach assists in integrating a conscious and intentional life with what all of us tend to resist or avoid, which generates feelings, thoughts and behaviors that hinder our internal growth and sense of success.

Fear is overcome—not through aggression or intimidation of others, but through self-acceptance and love. This begins the path of self-mastery, culminating in mastery over the world through creativity rather than through domination or competition. My psycho-spiritual approach prepares students for the long road toward union with our deepest, most inner self.

The psycho-spiritual model of growth and “shadow work” includes the following stages:

Stage 1: self-awareness (shadow: self-consciousness)

The student begins the psycho-spiritual process with honesty, openness, and willingness to observe without judgment the limited ego’s beliefs, values, thought patterns, and behaviors. The accompanying shadow of self-awareness is self-consciousness. When a person is self-conscious, they reflect shame from the mirror of the environment, lose focus, become distracted, and struggle against the demands of the world that values high-performance and competition.

Stage 3. self-compassion (shadow: self-indulgence)

After acquiring certain self-management skills, the student learns “models of forgiveness” that are not shame-based, and learns through unconditional acceptance of self, pathways of self-healing and compassion.

The accompanying shadow of self-compassion is self-indulgence. Often, self-love is mistaken for self-inflation and vanity, whereby the person under its influence is obsessed with meeting its own unhealthy desires for immediate gratification, often at the cost of the needs of others.

Psychological and spiritual conflicts may arise on the inner quest due to various types of blocks:

Energy blocks arise from mistaken assumptions and immature beliefs, misdirected desires and unresolved emotions, and negative habits and unbalanced lifestyles. Energetic blockage results in ambivalence and periodic detours on the inner journey.

Emotional blocks arise from repressed or suppressed issues that hinder one’s ability to trust in a benevolent principle governing the universe and guiding one’s progress. Emotional blockage leads to viewing oneself negatively as a helpless victim of fate, doomed to struggle against insurmountable odds, instead of being able to appreciate and tap into one’s inherent potential both as an authentic individual and as an ensouled being.

Mental blocks arise from inadequate conceptual models for appreciating one’s potential for growth and integrating them into daily living. Mental blockage causes anxiety and confusion, either deterring or deflecting one from being purposeful in life and seeing one’s journey as a series of fulfilling numerous purposes. Our deepest purpose will become clearer as we proceed along these lines.

“Transformation 1” by Gary Miller
Stage 2. self-responsibility (shadow: self-willfulness)

Having achieved some level of awareness of the limited ego, the student begins to take responsibility for their own growth and acquires a measure of self-control over acting-out behaviors or compulsions.

The accompanying shadow of self-responsibility is self-willfulness. When a person is self-willful, there is not only little or no regard for the needs of others in society, but this person most often does not have a balanced and adequate self-appraisal of both the limits and potentials of their own personal power.

“Transformation 2” by Gary Miller
“Transformation 3” by Gary Miller
Stage 4. self-transcendence (shadow: self-avoidance)

Now that the psycho-spiritual student has acquired skills of awareness, self-responsibility, and self-compassion, he or she is now more prepared to establish the pre-conditions for authentic self-transcendence, accessing more easily the Higher Self within through the cultivation of intuition, which is the practice of balancing the mind with the heart.

The accompanying shadow of self-transcendence is self-avoidance. This is one of the most wily of shadows because it is fostered by unconscious denial of what the self wishes to reject about itself, rather than accept and integrate into the broader context of its own growth and development.

“Transformation 4” by Gary Miller

Yesterday

I’ve taught courses in philosophy, literature, psychology, and spirituality in academic, medical, corporate and spiritually-based settings for over 20 years. I’ve led seminars, workshops, and retreats exploring spiritual hygiene and the relationship between psychological and spiritual health, incorporating music in my work.

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Beyond Faith Universal Laws

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Determining One’s Spiritual Path

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Meditation & Prayer An Intro Lesson

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On Losing and Finding Soul

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Recovering Healthy Solitude

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Spiritual Turning Points

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The Divinity of the Unconscious

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Today

I’ve had a private practice for over twenty years in the field of human development and transformation. I continue to work — primarily with individuals and couples — on how to acquire increased levels of awareness and love, offering guidance on conscious and authentic living.

I have recently completed a book that is part one of a three-part series, a compendium of my life teachings. I participate in a regular blog activity to many readers, sharing what I am continually learning as regards preparation for living an authentic life, incorporating a mature and healthy mystical approach to living in the world. I am also involved in tele-seminars with published authors involved in the inner transformation movement.

A short while ago I participated in my first tele-seminar on mystical poetry hosted by Janet Conner, author of Writing Down Your Soul. A full range of poetry from mystics East and West — from God-Realized ones to semi-enlightened seers—was heard. I shared a song I had written to one of William Blake’s gems and recorded on my Diamond or Stone cd, called “As it Is:”

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is, infinite.”

Tomorrow

My goal is to complete a three-volume series of teachings Adventures on the Path of Love within a two- year time frame, and continue to communicate my ongoing work through the internet, as well as through the tele-seminar, book and public appearance mediums.

I’ve been involved with Janet Conner (Writing Down Your Soul) and others in sharing my teachings on the mystical states, utilizing poetry and music. In an upcoming tele-seminar in the fall a number of contributors will explore how souls express themselves through the portals of the senses. Leonardo da Vinci once wrote, “The senses are the sentinels to the soul.”

Janet Connor writes:

“Neale Lundgren Ph.D. is a musician, songwriter, poet, novelist, therapist, and ex-Benedictine monk. When I went hunting for the perfect expert to help us explore the joys of sound, I was torn between playing with words in poetry or notes in music. Neale embodies both. He started out as a rock musician, but left that world to enter the monastery where he fell in love with mystical poetry. In addition to a vibrant career as a psychotherapist and novelist, Neale writes music to bring mystical poetry to life.”

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