Who Is It For?
I’ve come to believe that Spiritual Workout is primarily for people who are sick and tired of something being the way it is and/or the way its been and who are seeking real, lasting change. Issues related to relationships, careers, physical health, money, personal identity, grief, and trauma often top the charts but everything is on the table.
It is also very much for people confronting a crisis of some sort -- something major that has suddenly appeared in one's experience and about which they are unsure how to navigate.
It can be used by individuals to explore any issue whatsoever and similarly by couples at any stage of their relationship; it can be used by specific kinds of individuals who share particular challenges such as entrepreneurs or artists or moms; it can be used to look at specific topics like those listed above.
For businesses and organizations and teams within businesses and organizations, the work can be had in somewhat different form via my consultancy, The Consciousness Company.
If you see your Self as a spiritual being having a human experience and you nod in agreement with the 15 concepts that make up this practice, you will love Spiritual Workout.
How Did It Come About?
Spiritual Workout exists because I am a man obsessed with using higher consciousness to solve problems. That's because it works every single time. I got here, it seems, after first earning a Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, after which came a license as a psychotherapist (M.F.T.) in the great state of California. A regular path.
Yet while I was in that multi-year extravaganza of a process, I was also asking all those questions we seekers ask about who I was, what life was about, and what the hell it was I was supposed to be doing with mine. I started reading a number of New Age, self-help, and personal development books, going to workshops and seminars, listening to audio lectures and before long it seemed clear that they were all pretty much saying the same things. To me, it all boiled down to a collection of The Concepts.
When it seemed like everyone else was quite eagerly hopping like frogs on lily pads from one teacher to the next, one book to the next, one retreat experience to the next, I felt like I was catching up to the caboose of speeding train. I mean, if books about what a soul was or why intentions are so important were best-sellers whose author/teachers sold out events in cities worldwide, then clearly I needed to catch up and catch up fast.
So I went about the business of integrating these ancient teachings into my own personal experience and began seeing deep and meaningful changes taking hold in my life. I then began to bring the concepts into my work with clients until I re-made my entire psychotherapy practice into a practice of these 15 ideas. Over time, I voluntarily gave up my license to practice psychotherapy for several reasons, not the least of which I wasn't practicing psychotherapy anymore. And then, Spiritual Workout was born.
Why I Do What I Do
I do what I do because I have learned, unequivocally, that we humans don't have to suffer. None of us, for any reason. No matter who you are, what race you are, what gender, if you have one, no matter what religion or socioeconomic background you come from, no matter what your struggles are, you can change your life and make it a happy one with this practice. That's because none of this practice is made up or new. It's ancient. It's what all the gurus and authors and teachers and religions and philosophies and spiritual disciplines have always said. I do this work because it's time to anchor it all into our daily life experiences.
More personally, I do this work because it feels like a calling. When I listen to inspiration, as we do in Spiritual Workout world, I feel excited and energized and enthusiastic about my work; I feel connected and on purpose; I feel confident and buoyant and engaged. See that ridiculous picture of me with my arms spread, head tilted back, apparently enjoying life as much as any human could? I used to be so turned off by pictures of people looking this way. All that joy! All that light! It made me nauseous because I believed I wasn't like them, that I couldn't and wouldn't ever be happy like them, and that I'd never have what they had.
But now I do and I know anyone can too. It's not about feeling like this 24/7, although I certainly feel like this way more often than I used to -- and way more often than not. But with some sustained effort -- it's called a workout for a reason -- we can all learn not only how to solve problems and issues but, most importantly, how not to create them in the first place.
It's a privilege to do this work. It never ceases to amaze me that people will invite me into their inner worlds and allow me to do what I do best: diagnose the issue(s) and present a crystal clear path to resolution. That is, complete, total resolution. We don't learn in Spiritual Workout how to manage anger or manage anxiety, we learn to not create anger or anxiety in the first place. We don't learn here to want only what we think is possible, but to follow deeply the calling of our hearts. We don't simply "try" to change, we engage in actual transformation as in, I was once that, now I'm this. I was once a victim, now I'm empowered. I was once incapable of relationship, now I'm married more happily than I ever thought possible. I didn't used to know who I was, now I know for sure who I am.
Mostly, however, I do this work for an incredibly selfish reason: I want to live in a world that works for everyone. And it is blatantly clear and obvious that we know exactly how to make that happen. In this manner, my clients are actually recruits.