Today’s blog explores the ancient mentoring practices that preceded modern-day psychotherapy, still exist today and in many ways are more effective than traditional therapy.
Life before Freud
I know it is hard to believe, but psychology was not born with Sigmund Freud. Neither did it only come to exist thanks in part to Greek philosophers. I know this is what is what academia teaches as the roots of psychology, but there have been psychologists throughout human history – perhaps as far back as our human origins. Before Freud, however, these remarkable women and men were not called psychologists, instead, they were called such things as spiritual director, teacher, abbott, abbess, priestess, priest, elder, medicine woman, medicine man, guru, oracle, and shaman. Throughout human history there have been powerful women and men gifted and then trained to assist people in becoming their truest self and helping individuals to find healing and transformation from their inner ills. Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, worry, grief, loss, vocational discernment, even physical maladies were tended to through these wise and gifted teachers. These women and men held places of honor within their communities and their needs were provided for by the community in exchange for the generous sharing of their gifts.
In a person – Descartes. With his masterful separation of God from reason and matter, mystery was divorced from science – so much so that anything of mystery came to be set aside or disregarded as something only for the ignorant and foolish. With near surgical precision, the transcendent was excised from the treatment of the human person and in the Western world, the spiritual director, shaman, medicine woman and man lost their place and psychotherapy stepped in.
It All Comes Back Around
Not anymore. People have grown frustrated with the limitations of traditional psychotherapy – and the medical model in general. People are tired of being reduced to something that must be “scientifically verifiable.” Women and men are looking for depth, meaning, fulfillment and wholeness and this can only be accomplished by reconnecting with mystery. While there is still an important place in our world for traditional psychotherapy, many are searching for more.
Authentic Freedom Mentoring
This is where Authentic Freedom mentoring comes in. As a trained spiritual director and Reiki master, I have honed the necessary skills for leading people through the mystery and for empowering them to become self-actualized. In doing this work, many of the everyday issues of anxiety, depression, panic attack, the effects of trauma and grief, are healed and released so that the individual is free to be their original self – the person God made them to be. As there is no talk of God or mystery in traditional psychotherapy, this might not be the path for all – but it is an effective path for many – even those who consider themselves to be atheist – for even in atheism – the mystery remains.
Lauri Lumby is available for one-on-one mentoring over the phone, via Skype and in person. To schedule a session call (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click HERE to learn about being trained as an Authentic Freedom Facilitator or Mentor.