Seeking is supposed to clear things up for the mind. But it sure can be confusing to step into the world of spirituality or therapy when so many terms are tossed about. Terms such as: coaching, therapy, psychotherapy, psychology, inquiry, teaching, guiding, facilitating, focusing, unfocusing, nonduality, mindfulness, realization, awareness, emptiness. The list is almost endless (see below for even more examples).
The terms bleed into one another where the lines of division between the concepts start to seem blurry. There are even more hybrids such as: “therapy with a nondual component,” “inquiry with a psychoanalytical element,” “Nonduality that doesn’t negate duality” and “waking up and down.”
*All of the following listings were all on one site …(no disrespect to said site; we know it was done in an attempt to organize all these [contemporary] offerings. But it really is crazy though (when looked at from a seeker/potential client or basic readers view):
Professional Service Coaching
Work With Individuals
Nondual Coaching Sessions
Nondual and Transpersonal Psychotherapy
Non Dual Coach Memoir & Transformational Writing Teacher & Coach
Nondual Transformation Coaching
Nondual Dialogues “Nothing to Know. Nothing to Do”
Nondual Therapy (with individuals or couples)
Nondual Therapy and Dream Work
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Result Level Teaching
Archetypal Psychotherapy: Archetypal, Integral, Body Centered and NonDual
Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples
Coaching & Mentoring For Couples: Awakening the Intelligence of the Heart Personal Coaching
Archetypal Shadow Work: Integrating shadow aspects with spiritual discoverers
Transpersonal-Buddhist-Nondual Based Work with Individuals and Couples at Opening To Life
What do any of these terms really mean?
Is Webster’s the answer?
Or maybe Wikipedia?
The internet has brought so much online that terms start having less objective meanings. They become more about how one chooses to define a term subjectively. And maybe that is OK! Maybe that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for our postmodern culture. Maybe what awakening (yup, another term!) shows us more and more is that words are not fixed targets. Their definitions are constantly changing and being redefined as the world grows larger while our internet lives become even more connected and, therefore, perhaps smaller.
Maybe the answer is to peruse this vast field of spirituality/therapy like one peruses a smorgasbord, reading the names of the flavors or even having a little taste here and there until something resonates or hits the spot. And then one can dive deeper into that term or the teaching or method that uses it.
Maybe all of this ends up being like choice paralysis or maybe it is just more freedom of choice in a world that is becoming empty of inherent meaning. Maybe we are able to shape our therapies or spirituality in a way that works for us individually, as we throw dogma and old languages out the window or begin reinventing or redeveloping them. Maybe the blurred lines between concepts are starting to show us that they are all just concepts. Perhaps whatever is truly happening ought to be left to the reader, or the seeker.
After all, isn’t that what seeking is—isn’t it the search for something that will satisfy or will end the seeking altogether… What do you think?