Mudrashram Institute of Spiritual Studies
Evocation in Psychotherapy and Spirituality
©2002 by George A. Boyd
The client in therapy is in a state of evocation. He/she is actively seeking help after trying and failing to find resolution. This evocation, in return, draws from the therapist ministry to assuage the pain, guide through the tangles of confusion, assist in integrating the aspects of nature which have become split-off and repressed, and empowering the individual to master the issue.
This ministry can take several forms:
COUNSELING the communication of advisement, clarification of clients situation and options, giving necessary information for optimal decision-making.
PSYCHOTHERAPY the emotional resolution of painful issues of life, leading to self-understanding, integration, and mastery.
HEALING the clearing of the etheric channels to permit the active working of the life force to resolve conditions of malaise, fatigue or disease. Healing modalities may include pharmaceutical drugs, herbal and nutritional remedies, massage and bodywork, chiropractic, acupuncture and light immersion (spiritual) healing.
ART the communication of understanding, guidance and healing through affirmations, images or tones by an artistic medium which can be readily understood and related to by the client. This can alternately take the form of guiding the clients self-exploration and discovery through an artistic medium.
TEACHING imparting conceptual information that allows the client to make sense of his/her situation and understand what and why he/she is experiencing what he/she is at this time. May also involve the training in relevant social skills, stress reduction methods and insightive techniques, or informing about relevant community resources.
CHANNELING the transmission of guidance to the personality, attentional principle, spirit and soul through the spoken word (satsang) and the radiation of spiritual Light/Fire energy through the vehicles of the Superconscious mind and/or the physical body of the minister (shakti).
INITIATION the confidential instruction in spiritual techniques, which allow active transmutation of karma and unfolding of the Souls potentials (diksha). This may also take the form of the active acceleration of spiritual evolution through translation of the active spiritual principles, e.g., the attentional principle, spirit, Superconscious mind, and Soul through the Overshadowing of a Master Soul (Shaktipat).
Evocation, or asking for help, is important for several reasons:
If one cannot genuinely assist a client in need who is in a state of evocation, then one needs to refer him/her to one who has the requisite skills to assist him/her. Often, a team approach may work best, where therapists with expertise in different disciplines collaborate in a common effort to assist the client.
A thorough assessment will help reveal what types of intervention are indicated for the client. Determining the intensity of the clients sense of the problem and its urgency will give clues to what modalities need to be utilized first. Often, where one intervention has not been successful, another may lead to breakthrough and resolution. The therapist must be persistent and actively work to marshal the clients inner resources to understand, resolve and master the problematic life issues.
The first five forms of ministry primarily address concerns of the personality. In contrast, the last two address the concerns of the spiritual faculties of a human being; as such, they are transpersonal forms of ministry. These Transpersonal forms of ministry are germane for those who have begun the Great Work of self-transcension embodied by the aspirant, disciplic and intiatic stages of the spiritual path.
According to his/her natural gifts and tendencies, the therapist may be drawn to develop one or more of these ministerial pathways to be of service to others. Learning ones avenue of ministry is an ongoing academic and experiential educational process. In those imbued with the desire to be of service, this ministry typically becomes his/her avocation or career.
Such a career is one of both satisfaction and frustration. But in embracing the ministerial path, he/she also finds healing, understanding and answers to his/her life questions in the process: for in seeking to heal others, the healer may also find inner healing for him/herself.