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“A Greeting of the Spirit”: Spiritual Counseling and Creative Encounter

By Ben Tousley

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #484 (December 2023)

Price: $7.50


This reflection considers spiritual counseling as a form of creative encounter by drawing parallels to poetic process, spiritual psychology, and mysticism. As a spiritual counselor and poet, Ben Tousley offers insights into “the holy time of annunciation” when dreams, pending fragments, or memories appear and client and counselor move them into fuller meaning and coherent narrative – much as the artist might greet the germ of a poem, song, or story. By enabling a “Soul Friend” relationship, the spiritual counselor can foster the client’s relationship with their Inner Guide, nature, other people, and the visitations of Spirit.

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #484