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Spiritual Support and Dying  

When the role of Spiritual Support Coordinator emerged at the hospice where I work I decided to apply for it. This Catholic organisation, wisely and courageously, decided it was time to change the role of chaplain or Pastoral Care Coordinator to Spiritual Support Coordinator. In doing so they opened the position for someone like me who is not a minister. Although I am familiar with religion, I am also passionate about including all spirituality and sentient beings in our care of the dying.

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Driving Asleep at the Wheel: Process Oriented Leadership Awareness

In this paper I will outline some of the concepts from Process Oriented Psychology, or Process Work, which are helpful in developing awareness in a leader. Many of us search our whole lives to find some sense of meaning, connection and purpose. Developed by Jungian analyst, physicist, author and facilitator Arnold Mindell, Process work is based on the premise that dreams and dreaming are not only happening at night. We're also dreaming when we are awake. The obstacles and challenges that we encounter during the day are all signals that are a part of our dreaming process. These signals, when unfolded are opportunities for awareness creativity, transformation and growth.

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happinessYearning For Happiness

By Sherry Marshall (www.sydneyprocesscounselling.com.au)

 

The latest mainstream thinking on happiness has developed in the last few years with happiness being researched and new therapies such as Positive Psychology, Laughter Therapy, Mindfulness Core Therapy, etc. emerging. There are many different viewpoints which I include here.

The things we expect will bring us lasting happiness, rarely do. Most of us have a happiness’ set point, depending on temperament and early life experience. However we can ‘turn up’ our wellbeing by changing how we think about anticipation, expectations, memory and the present moment. (Carlin Flora, article in Psychology Today)

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Being a Process Psychology Student by Vanessa

I first discovered Process Psychology in 1995, and was instantly impressed to discover that it helped me to develop, without making me wrong for being the way I was. I have been a keen learner of Process work ever since, and became a formal student in 2006. I love my studies; they stretch me in ways I never thought possible, and introduce me to aspects of myself that are really helpful for living a full and enriching life.

Studying Process work partly involves learning a large variety of different tools and skills that are helpful in any aspect of life - in relationships, decision making, navigating work problems, managing people more effectively, etc. The communication skills I learn make a significant difference to my professional and personal relationships. I also now have a much better capacity to understand and unlock dynamics inside me and around me, and to work with them more effectively.

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conflict-resolutionSome Tips for Communication  and Conflict Resolution

  • Make a conscious decision to talk about an issue – agree to a time and length of time (people usually get tired after about 45 minutes)
  • Avoid using: “you always…” and “you never …”. (Be more specific: “at the times when …”  “especially when. …happens “ “Did you ever notice that when … you?”)  Rather than blaming and criticizing, your comment now becomes information the partner can deal with.
  • Avoid using third parties. “I think … and Bob says so too…”. It is a way of making coalitions.
  • Avoid dragging things up form the past. It is a way of sabotaging change and adds fuel to your side.
  • Stay in the present and be specific with your complaint – say how and when and in what situation the issue arises and explain exactly why it irritates you.
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critisimTips on Dealing with Criticism

Have an open and curious attitude. Think, ‘how interesting that person thinks that about me.’

Use the criticism as a spiritual warriorship exercise to find out more about yourself and how you react to other’s perceptions of you. Tell yourself, “The criticism is this person’s opinion about this behavior at this time.”  See the critic as a ‘role’ or dreamfigure trying to give you some information that may have meaning or be useful for you.

Say to the person, ‘I actually don’t think that about myself,’ but I appreciate that is your perception. ie. Use conflict resolution skills with the person criticizing you, be on your side, go on their side, etc.

Get support, find someone to help you with that person or their viewpoint.

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Process Work With Addictions, Altered States, And Social Change - By Arny Mindell

Given at the 11th International Transpersonal Conference, September 1990, SPIRITUAL QUEST, ATTACHMENT AND ADDICTION. (Thanks to Stan and Christina Grof for creating this, and other conferences, from which we’ve all benefited.)

I came across the idea of the dreambody 9 or 10 years ago. At that time I was working with a man who was dying of a metastasized cancer of the stomach. He was in the last stages of his life, and had just undergone another failed operation. They had sewn him up without removing anything because he had too many metastases. He leaned over toward me grinning and said, “You know what the real problem is, Arny? It is still growing!” And I said, “Well, don’t worry about that.” I tried to repress the problem that he was talking about. I wondered if it was the anesthesia that was making him grin. He grinned again and said, "It is growing, it is getting bigger and bigger . . . in my stomach!" And I thought, Gee, that guy's weird! Maybe he is just crazy from the anesthesia.

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