When people ask me what I do for a living, I often wonder how to respond. As my friend Derek says, “It’s……just…..Lauri. She’s awesome and you have to try her classes and services.” Thank you Derek, and as we have both observed, this is usually not enough to get people to make the call or show up for the class. When my Board of Director’s and I came up with my mission statement: Through compassionate listening and attentive presence, I partner with those longing to find meaning, purpose and connectedness in their lives, this at least explains the benefits that you receive from working with me and how I do it…..but still, what the heck is Spiritual Direction and why am I person you might want to work with?
Yesterday, I revealed a little about the “what.” Today, let’s talk about why me? And just because I sometimes like to have fun….I’m putting it into the language of Spiritual Gifts.
Why Working with ME (Lauri Lumby) differs from other forms of counseling, therapy, recovery work, spiritual direction:
- Speaking in Tongues: While my background is Roman Catholic and my guru is Jesus, I speak AND understand all forms of religous, spiritual and even non-religious language. More importantly, I speak YOUR language. If you are Buddist, we’ll speak in that tongue. If you are Christian, we’ll speak that language. Athiest…yep, I can speak that one too. Bottom line: differences in religious beliefs and practices are NOT an obstacle to the work we will accomplish together.
- Discernment of Spirits: I can identify in you when something is coming from your truest self. More importantly, I can see, feel and hear the fearful, anxious, worried, stunted parts of you. The fear in you waves like a red banner that I see and help you to identify so that it no longer has power over you.
- Prophecy: Prophecy is the ability to hear, see and evaluate the sign of the times. In one-on-one work, it is the ability to HEAR, SEE, and PERCEIVE, the truth beyond the words. You say one thing….but your heart wants, desires, reveals, something else. My job is to be attentive to this and help you to see it too. And trust me, I CAN see it. 😉
- Teaching: It has been said that more than anything, I am a teacher. A teacher’s job is to INFORM, SUPPORT, UPLIFT and most importantly…..TO EMPOWER you to be your most authentic and most fulfilled self. Effective teachers also hold us accountable. I will let you know when your ego is in the way, when you are clinging to your need to be right or harboring resentment against yourself or another. I will also let you know when you need to grieve a loss instead of wallowing in the guilt over your depression or sorrow. And finally, I will encourage you to BE GOOD, GENTLE, TENDER and KIND toward yourself. And, I will give you the tools to help you do all of these things.
- Healing: The work we will do together is HEALING. I give you the tools you need to heal your unhealed losses, hurts, disappointments, wounds and more importantly, the tools to help you MOVE THROUGH your fears so that you can live a life that is joyful, happy and free.
To schedule your session, call Lauri at (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lauri is available for appointments over the phone, via Skype and in person.