"Your vision will be become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
This mandala painting & quote by the groundbreaking psychotherapist Carl Jung now hangs above the writing desk in my office. It’s the best reminder I could ask for at the start of each day as I begin my work as a spiritual life coach & writer. Both mandala & words remind me of my purpose: helping people find their own path to wholeness.
Jung believed that mandalas, found in a variety of religious traditions, were powerful symbols of wholeness and the integration of the Self. He began drawing and painting his own mandalas in 1916 as a way of representing his inner life and exploring the mysteries of the psyche. Of this daily practice of drawing mandalas, he wrote: “It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation.”
The essence of my work as a life coach is empowering clients to discover their own unique path to the center. The path to your true self.
It’s not the path everyone expects you to walk. It’s not the eight-lane highway leading to a safe, predictable life. No, it’s the tree-lined path through a quiet forest that leads to the mountaintop. The trail may be rocky and the map non-existent, but this is the path you were always meant to walk. It is a path to call your own.
When we look outwards, Jung writes, we live according to dreams - but not always ones of our own making. We frequently live the dreams of others, the expectations of others, the stories of others. When we look inward, when we look into our own hearts, our vision clears. And we awaken. We awaken to who we truly are. And the life we are meant to live.
If you are searching for your own path, I would love to talk with you about my work as a spiritual life coach & how I can support your journey. I’m offering free introductory calls right now to anyone who wants to learn more about the coaching process. Message me today to set up a call to discuss your path to wholeness.