Are You tired of feeling emptiness, fear or lack of meaning?
Boost your Wellbeing, Connection & Spirituality
with Spiritual Counselling
“I’ve reached out to John because I’ve gone through a few psycho-spiritual crises in the past and I needed some direction on related issues. It was great to simply talk about this with someone who understands and he also provided excellent guidance in a simple and clear manner. I highly recommend him!
In my own life I remember in my early twenties when everyone I knew was making a new career or setting out into the world I was struggling. I had experienced my first heartbreak in a relationship and was carrying a lot of personal and family baggage. I went through a number of years with depression, feeling lost, experiencing numbness, touching addiction and emptiness. Throughout this time I always had a deeper sense that underneath everything there was more but I just couldn’t access it.
It all came to a head one night after trying recreational drugs and having a bad trip. I fell into the void and would have disappeared completely except I was caught in a safety net. That safety net was my faith, my belief, my knowing that there was a Divine Power looking after me.
And so at the later end of my twenties I began my Spiritual healing journey back to myself, back into life and back into purpose. I have spent many years untangling the web of the suffering and challenges life has given me and out of this experience I vowed to offer something back.
Today, I am a happy married father of three boys in a conscious relationship. I have spent all my adult life studying and exploring the areas of personal and spiritual development and am drawn to be of service to my fellow companions along the road. If you are as I was and struggle with the weight of the world and are looking to free yourself and awaken to deeper meaning, connection and awareness then let me help you.
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“I had no idea what to expect when I started to work with John though I knew his work from a previous retreat I attended on The Power of Now some years ago. He is completely non judgmental and utterly compassionate and may I say has as lightly irreverent sense of humor which I like and I did not expect this in a Spiritual Counsellor . Although I was aware of the mind body connection there was always something missing for me , I yearned for the Spiritual . John not only helps you to move forwards in a very practical way but also to move inwards and connect with the Divine, with Love . I am learning that everything belongs , all the bits of me that are broken imperfect and which I thought to be unlovable . This is real joy happiness and freedom. I trust John completely and am grateful for his help support and love on this spiritual journey .”
Why Spiritual Counselling?
There are many reasons to support yourself with Spiritual counselling. At times, we are faced with overwhelming challenges in life that bowl us over, or as we get older we can feel an emptiness inside that feels lonely or unfulfilled. For many people there is a lost-ness, an anxiety or a frustration that is hard to pin down. People can settle for less, can become apathetic or even go to the dark side with addictions to try and fill this void. We try and distract ourselves enough that we never have to sit with the emptiness. Busyness can become an escape from the banality of everyday drudgery. We can move in and out of negativity sometimes spiralling into unhappiness at the least, and dark depression and suicidal thoughts at the worst.
The Good News
The good news is that there is a pathway back into connection. A way to find meaning with life’s brokenness and possibly our own shame and guilt as a human being. This is the Spiritual journey as defined as an inner exploration taking you into yourself and finally into Oneness. It has many layers and aspects to it often starting with the awareness that your life isn’t working right now the way you intuitively know it could be. Learning to befriend yourself sounds easy but spending time and sitting with your thoughts, emotions and feelings can be quite daunting. That is why it is so important to have a guide, someone who can help you to lean into your self and take this “road less travelled”.
Whatever your belief system this is a Grace journey in the sense that even though you may feel broken, numb or dispirited you are never alone. There is a power in the Universe that comes under many traditional names like God / Goddess, Allah, Buddha and many new ones like Higher Power, Divine Mystery or Oneness. This power is always present, always co-creating opportunities in the darkness for us to take this journey home and let the light of illumination enter our consciousness and wake us up to our True Self.
Darkness into Light
With darkness comes an opportunity to go deeper into yourself. At some point, or every so often we will “break through” and awaken to our true nature. This True nature or Authentic Self is alive within us and is connected to everyone and everything. It is a state of presence, connection and love that arises as a backdrop to our everyday life. Imagine being so held in this state of presence and love that no matter what is happening in your everyday life around you – you feel rooted and grounded. Experiences come and go, emotions and thoughts surround us but underneath it all is a sense of peacefulness, presence and well-being. And that is only the beginning….
I offer a program of 1-1 sessions where I can help you to reflect and explore where you are in your life and Spiritual journey. During a session we explore and talk about how life is challenging you? We look at your beliefs and how they are changing and impacting on your everyday life or vice versa. We can talk about your spiritual path, the steps and stages of growth as well as help to deepen the process of your spiritual living. The Spiritual Counselling I offer is inter-spiritual and open to anyone searching or looking to deepen their relationship with the Oneness, God / Goddess, The Divine Mystery (whatever word You use)
John is an associate member of AISGA (All-Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association)
and a Full member of SDI (Spiritual Directors International)
He is registered and as a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister
“Stop looking for answers
Hold instead the question in your heart
The questions taken inwards
unfolds into a stairway
that guides you down
into the centre of your soul
where the wonder, mystery and grace
of the unknowing
light a candle in the darkness
where majesty and mundane
can exchange notes
that only a silent listener
(c)2008 John F. Doherty
My group – The Open Door Centre for Spirituality – in Melbourne Australia, has enjoyed professional, caring, informative interaction with John Doherty for a number of years now. The great percentage has been on Skype – accommodating the time gaps between northern and southern hemispheres. We count ourselves lucky to have access to such great formation and excellent supervision. Thanks John
Joan Howard – John of God Sisters @ The Open Door Spirituality Centre
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