One of the first questions people ask us when they come on our website: Is your coach training school based on a certain religion? The answer is no; we are not associated with any one religion but rather we honor and are unconditionally accepting of all paths. Spirituality, to us, is a way of life, a joyous celebration of everyone’s innate spiritual nature and power.
What do we mean by “spirituality”?
First, we believe everyone has the divine within them and it manifests itself in our uniqueness, our authenticity and our unlimited power to create. But most of us unintentionally turn away from our innate divinity as we grow older and we unconsciously create a Conditioned Self, the limited self- to fit into our environment and adapt to the outside world.
In spiritual development, we believe our job and purpose in life is to call forth that divine within each of us. Since there is not some outside entity controlling us from a far, we believe we all create our own lives, whether we do it consciously or unconsciously. “Spiritual” means establishing an intimate and loving relationship with yourself. You know yourself so well that you can unite with this divine within and create, just like the divine. The only Divine you may ever know is the one inside of yourself.
Secondly, we believe in everyone’s inherent goodness rather than expecting individuals to be sinful in nature. We don’t have certain rules or dogma in becoming more spiritual; it is always up to each individual to begin to learn to take responsibility for the creation of their own lives. Becoming spiritual need not mean believing in certain doctrine or creeds, but through doing our own internal work, learning to believe in and develop our best self: giving, kind and compassionate.
Thirdly, instead of worshiping something outside ourselves, we work on knowing ourselves. We believe that the divine is inside and outside of us showing up in the kindness of a stranger or the beauty of a sunset or the gratitude that wells up inside of us with the healing of a loved one. All are the divine.
We see spiritual figures like Christ or Buddha or Billy Graham as examples rather than exceptions of what we can also become if we work on ourselves long enough to bring forth the divine within.
We do not judge others who may have their own certain religious beliefs. We accept all people for what they are: an indivisible part of the unlimited mind of the Divine.
The following chart below may help you understand what we mean by spiritual in contrast to religious:
|Belief that the divine is within us all.||Belief in a superhuman power, the creator and governor of the universe.|
|Personal Belief / Value System||Dictated Beliefs / Conditioned Minds|
|People’s inherent goodness||People’s inherent sinfulness|
|Authentic Self||Conditioned Self|
|Joyous living||Narrow creeds|
|Science / Spiritual Laws Based||Faith Based|
|Present Oriented: Heaven is a state of mind||Future Oriented: Heaven is a place you go when you die|
|Human relationships||Brick / mortar temple|