For the Client…
a spiritual guide can only point the way. A spiritual guide can instruct, but you, as the client, must also become your own teacher. To gain true insight, you have to do your own investigating, observing, discovering, and investing in yourself. As the client, it falls to you create your own success by applying the insights you gain during your sessions in your daily life.
To observe reasonably objectively, without much distortion or projection*, is to experience things (life, yourself), for the most part, as they truly are. This leads to the possibility of profound understanding, which can lead to transformative integration and wholeness, which lead to joy. To help you in your process of transformation, always feel free to ask questions and follow your innate curiosity because tIt is you who is in charge of your journey, not the spiritual guide.
First and foremost, trust to your own inner wisdom. Never let the guide overrule what you feel in your heart. Suggestions that don’t agree with you, try on like you would a shirt at the store. See if it fits, if the color compliments you, if it’s right for the intended occasion. You may discover you were wrong in your assessment, but that is part of the process on your journey and can be as, or more, instructive than getting it right from the start.
Code of Ethics for Spiritual Guides
- The spiritual guide practices and serves with humility and compassion to help the client cultivate insights, such that they lead to wellbeing for the client.
- Sessions are designed and conducted in ways that respect the common good, with due regard for safety, health, and order.
- The spiritual guide respects and seeks to preserve the autonomy and dignity of the client.
- Participation in any spiritual practice must be voluntary and based on prior disclosure and consent given by the client while in an ordinary state of consciousness.
- The spiritual guide understands that the client may experience periods of vulnerability during sessions that may make the client susceptible to suggestions. The spiritual guide takes care to remind the client of their autonomy.
- The spiritual guide assists with only those practices for which they are qualified by personal experience and by training or education.
- The spiritual guide refrains from allowing their own belief systems, values, needs, and limitations to unduly affect the session.
- The spiritual guide informs the client in the event the guide becomes temporarily unable to remain reasonably unbiased. Client and guide will formulate a response that, to the best of their ability, serves the highest good.
- The spiritual guide practices openness and respect towards differing beliefs that may be in apparent contradiction to their own.
- To prevent harm, the spiritual guide informs the client in the event that the guide becomes unable to remain unbiased towards and supportive of the client.
- The spiritual guide refrains from any attempts to artificially prolong work with the client when it becomes evident that the client’s work with the spiritual guide has arrived at a natural conclusion or when the client expresses the desire to end the working relationship.
- The spiritual guide brings to an end, in a conscientious manner, spiritual guidance relationships when it becomes evident that they no longer serve the client.
*projections: an assumption that something is going on out in the world that is actually going on within yourself.
Adopted and modified from gurdjieffwork.com