Session Focus: Transcend
When our self work has brought us to inner peace and clarity, our final phase of our growth journey will be to transcend the needs and desires of the ego and focus our intention on improving the world around us.
Let's explore a path together that encompasses reaching new levels of self awareness and self growth, that ultimately leads to taking actions that help you discover and hone into your interests, talents, and passions.
• Self-transcendence is finding purpose in something bigger than self. Some find their purpose in parenting, others in helping people.
• Some find purpose in their career, others in their communities. There is no right or wrong answer, but the goal is to find our own meaning in the world around us to align with an empowering purpose.
• Start to connect with the mystery, beauty, and awe of life.
JOURNAL PROMPT: Spiritual Exploration
What were your early religious influences, if any?
How did these evolve over time?
Did you undergo any spiritual trauma that made you see the world in a negative way. (Trauma, abuse, neglect, tragic loss, religious abuse, health issues, etc)
How was your introduction to death? (Gentle like a pet or grandparent, or traumatic?)
What are some unexplainable things about the world that you appreciate?
When is the last time you felt an awe or appreciation for nature, the earth, the stars, or the universe?
What did it make you feel?
Do you believe there is an energy that exists beyond the physical in which science cannot fully understand? If so, what have you noticed about this energy?
What is your interpretation of how the universe started, what happens after we pass away, and why are we alive?
JOURNAL PROMPT: Purpose
Aligning our unique interests, experiences and skill sets into a sense of purpose and meaning can help improve the way we approach for our daily lives.
What did you enjoy doing when you were a child?
What were some of your favorite hobbies and activities in the past?
What did you love to learn?
What currently lights you up?
What are topics you want to learn more about and why?
Experiences What were you habitually doing as a child?
How did you spend time with your family, at home, at school, with friends?
What was your first job like?
What other jobs have you held, who were you around, what did you learn?
Where did you grow up, live throughout the years, and how did those environmental influences impact you positively?Who in particular or what kind of people do you want to spend more time with to enhance your experiences in the future?
What solo experiences do you want to increase in the future?
What responsibilities and chores were you assigned as a child?
What did you get good at over time through childhood and adolescence?
Did you have any apprenticeship roles throughout your life?
Consider your parental figures, older family members, teachers, coaches, neighbors, employers, and anyone who may have imprinted their knowledge on you.What did you specialize in throughout your responsibilities, academics and extra-curricular activities?
What did you learn to do uniquely through your jobs and career path?
What skills sets do you want to improve, learn, or practice in the future?
Summarize the overlaps you notice from the above questions.
How can you align these areas of overlap to create a sense of purpose in what we are currently doing and what we can add to our lives?
Finding a sense of purpose in something bigger than self can lead to enhanced fulfillment. Some define spirituality as the practice of focusing on something bigger than self. Spiritual beliefs demonstrate the relationship between our understanding of the world and the unanswered questions of life. For our mental health, it’s important to explore these intimate beliefs, knowing there is ultimately no wrong or right answer.
PRAYER EXERCISE: Transcend
Prayer does not have to be religious. It is a connection and communication being put out into the universe to help align your mindset and spiritual beliefs. We encourage prayer in the forms of finding gratitude, creating manifestation, assigning forgiveness, surrendering control, or simply being present and acknowledging the world around you.
Gratitude Prayer: Focus on one relationship or experience in the past you are grateful for. Focus on something you are looking forward to in the future. Focus on something in your immediate present that you are grateful for. These 3 prompts will allow you to rewire your focus on the past away from regrets and guilt. It will allow you to refocus your future thinking away from worry and fear. Finally, it will allow you to realize there is so much in our surroundings that if we were present to, we would find awe and appreciation.
-Please make sure to incorporate at least 1 prayer prior to every treatment, and switch it up occasionally to keep things neuroplastic!