What is a Spiritual Creative?
The world is changing rapidly, more information and more choices are now possible than ever before. In the not too distance past, one’s family, ethnic background and country would automatically determine your world view and your religion. With the advent of the internet, expanding choices in spiritual and religious literature and books and more mobile populations, people now realize they can break old patterns and search for meaning in their lives in new ways. These people are Spiritual Creatives.
• Do you still practice your family’s faith but have added new things to your own understanding of it?
• Have you broken with family tradition entirely and moved on to an outlook from a totally different culture or perspective?
• Are you Agnostic, Atheist or Humanist and seeking to find a new sense of connection to meaning in your life?
• Are you “unchurched” but read spiritual books and seek to put together a meaningful but individual outlook on the world?
The Unique Challenges of Being a Spiritual Creative
Pioneers of all sorts have their own challenges; certainly Spiritual Creatives are no exception. Breaking family tradition can be difficult, even if it’s adding meditation to a well known religious path. For those who shift to a new faith, families may make support difficult or non-existent, adding to the stress.
For the supposedly “non-religious” paths of Agnosticism or Humanism it can be difficult to find like-minded people who share values for knowledge and science and expressing the uniqueness of human existence. Often there is an assumption that without a firm belief in Deity, there can be no moral structure (but you know differently).
For those without a church, finding a spiritual path and the social support that can go with it can be challenging. Many find a church to be too constricting, but that structure can also provide mentors and guides on the path, something that can be missing for those “going it alone” in their quest for truth and meaning.
Being on a unique path can also bring new joys into your life. You can find potential that you didn’t think you had, new understandings can be found in different cultural and religious viewpoints and the wonders of scientific discovery lead to a special quality of life that many don’t even know is possible.
Yet, the world and our lives can bring challenges that are new to us. Stresses and strains such as marriage, job loss, the birth of a new child and loss of loved ones bring Spiritual Creatives to try to find new ways to cope and even thrive through adversity.
Spiritual Creatives know that the old way of thinking in simple black/white patterns or “the devil made me do it” only leads to more of the same problems in the world. Each situation is unique and demands a careful understanding of the decisions we make and their implications.
While you are one of the fastest growing groups in America, finding guidance can be complex. Knowing that you won’t be judged for your beliefs and spiritual seeking is important to you.
Counseling and Coaching for Spiritual Creatives
Alan has been a seeker all his life, starting from age 12 when he was reading books on Zen, Yoga and Chinese philosophy. An avid fan of science, he keeps up with the wonders being discovered by those oft neglected seekers of truth: dedicated scientists.
Alan has studied with Tibetan lamas, dined with Wizards,science fiction writers and particle physicists, trained in hypnosis, the Enneagram, astrology and astronomy and been certified in such diverse things as NeuroLinguistic Programming and Reiki. He is a part owner of The Chicago College of Healing Arts a school of massage and herbalism, where he has to taught mind/body issues to massage therapists.
While holding Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Michigan, he continues to add to his expertise in spirituality and religion by constant reading, workshops and courses. He also has a knack for finding interesting and unusual people to inspire him.
His specialty is working with Spiritual Creatives to help them find the right resources, counsel them through life’s challenges and encourage continued growth and connection to meaning.