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Inner Realm Magazine: Inward Bound

Adapted from an article published in the June 2005 issue of Inner Realm Magazine the ultimate adventure
© 2005 Lorraine Antine, All rights reserved.

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“Your real voyage of discovery lies not in seek-ing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

Great master teachers of ancient wisdoms and poetic truths have historically sighted inner landscapes as prime locations for launching journeys to discover the realities of ourselves, our purpose, our connection with the universe.

You see, it is after all, about us. Not the self-focused, self-involved little us, devoid of interaction and regard for others. Rather, the Us that seeks to find our true function among humanity. The Us that will allow Spirit’s urge to move toward our divine, ideal expression of life at Its fullest, most joyful condition.

Let’s equate this joyful condition to chocolate. Consider the relationship between this dark, satisfying substance we crave, and the simi- lar seeking for dark, satisfying connection to the soul. How can we savor the sweetness of the shadow (chocolate), inherent in soul jour- neys, while acknowledging, yet not indulging in, the fear, guilt, and shame possibly encountered while diving deeply into this bit- tersweet chocolate of our soul?

As we begin this journey inward, longing for the depth of experience, we can safely engage with these bittersweet moments, as the practitioner gently guides this chocolate experience. We are assisted in accessing our inner intelligence which transforms old traumas into wholeness. Like water for chocolate, life itself supports this bittersweet journey.

This chocolate process is particularly useful for:

  • resolution of shock trauma
  • addiction recovery
  • rediscovering the Creative Self
  • relief from anxiety, depression, fears and phobias
  • spiritual attunement
  • enhancing personal relationships
  • couples counseling
  • past life regressions

The practitioner supports the process by assisting us in discovering what was once hidden. Trapped energies can be transmut- ed and integrated back into the river of life – our flow strengthens. As we are guided to source; insights, healing and joy await our arrival and may delight our senses.

Holistic Psychotherapy, as practiced here, is based on the principle that life is a metaphor. The whole body, or being, which includes the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies, is seen as a bridge to the soul, and a vehicle for personal transformation. This work focuses on developing spiritual maturity and psychological insight, allowing needed space in which to make life choices, allowing needed space in which to live freely.

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