For almost 30 years I have been seeking the answers to the deepest quandaries of the human soul:
Who am I?
To whom do I belong?
What are my gifts and how am I called to use them?
For me, the answer to these questions turned out to be quite simple: LOVE. I am love. I belong to love. I am here for the purpose of love. Period.
I discovered these answers through a Soul-led search through resources that fell into my lap and which I then brought within through deep reflection and prayer which then came forth in what I share with you here. Every book I have written, every course I have developed have come out of this search and have been tried and tested through me and through my local community many times over.
This is what I share with you here. Online courses which have come out of my own journey of coming to know myself and my place in this world. ENJOY!
Let’s get right to it:
Authentic Freedom™ is my trademarked protocol for transforming the fears that keep us from knowing our true selves and living that out freely. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH that I have incorporated this protocol into everything I do. Authentic Freedom is literally life-changing and altars/alters the landscape of our life. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
In fancy words, Authentic Freedom™ integrates specific tools and practices of Western Psychology with those of Western Spirituality, resulting in a powerful process through which YOU are supported in becoming self-actualized and then empowered to share YOUR unique giftedness in service to the betterment of the world. CHECK IT OUT!
In addition to Authentic Freedom, I have found a whole bunch of other tools that help to support us in knowing ourselves. These tools have also been interwoven into everything I do – but most especially in my 12-18 month training programs. Some of these tools may sound familiar to you, and perhaps you have had some experience with them, and I promise the approach I use with these tools will be nothing like you have experienced elsewhere. The processes I have developed came through magic and are magic! And if you are not familiar with St. Ignatius of Loyola, he is one of my heroes! He was a psychologist before psychology was even a thing – closely observing human growth and development and then creating a process that actually facilitates that process – kinda like me! 😉
Specific Tools used in Authentic Freedom™:
- Western, Eastern and Indigenous Mindfulness, Contemplation and Journey practices
- The Spiritual Exercises and Rules of Discernment of St. Ignatius
- Creativity Practices
- The Myers-Briggs Personality Profile
- The Enneagram Temperament Tool
- The Spiritual/Personal Gifts Inventory
- The Authentic Freedom™ protocol
Speaking of psychology, psychology plays a HUGE role in the work I share with you here – specifically psychology which moves beyond pathologies and supports human development. Having studied with and learned from the following masters, I cannot help but draw from their theories and practices:
From Western Psychology, Authentic Freedom™ draws from:
- Carl Jung’s creative imagination, archetype and shadow work
- Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and theories of self-actualization
- The humanistic theories and creativity practices of Carl and Natalie Rogers
- The stages of spiritual development of James Fowler and John Westerhoff
- Bill Plotkin’s development of the human Soul
Then there is Jesus (gasp!) Unlike some, I feel no reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater! The problem with institutional religion is not Jesus – it is humanity’s need to manipulate the message of love to serve their own purposes. I am one of the fortunate who found love beyond the constrictions of dogma and the source of that knowledge (for me anyway) has been Jesus. I think of Jesus as a really cool dude who came to know himself and who discovered peace in that knowledge. He then went on to teach others how to do the same. Hidden within scriptural text and even deeper within our hearts is the truth Jesus came to teach. Why not look to and learn from the master?
From Western Spirituality, Authentic Freedom™ has its roots in the original teachings of Jesus* which were then formalized into the meditation, contemplation and service practices of Western Monasticism, specifically those favored in Benedictine, Franciscan, and Ignatian spirituality.
*The original teachings of Jesus are those rooted in the universal (and non-religious) call of love:
- love of God (the God of your own understanding)
- love of Self
- love of Neighbor – recognizing that all of humanity is our neighbor
- lived out through acts of compassion
- working for justice
Authentic Freedom has applications in:
- Personal Development
- Relationship Support
- Interpersonal Communication
- Business Management
As a tool for professionals in the fields of:
- Spiritual Guidance/Spiritual Direction
- Reiki, massage, acupuncture, and any other hands-on healing protocols
Training Programs which include the Authentic Freedom Protocol:
FREE Self-Knowledge Assessments:
FREE Enneagram Assessment HERE.
FREE Myers-Briggs Assessment HERE.