"Too many people jump into spirituality as a shelter to escape from reality. That's not the way it works. The way it works is for the spirit behind you to follow you wherever go, and show you how to face up to adversity."
— MALIDOMA SOMÉ, African shaman and indigenous rituals teacher
We live in trying times, in which global and personal crises are becoming harder to tell apart. Conventional therapy, counseling, or support groups may help us cope or feel better about certain issues in the short term. But the times demand an ongoing spiritual evolution within ourselves, a process that can be very difficult to pursue without experienced assistance from someone who has "been there, done that."
D. Patrick Miller offers short-term and sustained individual coaching on the challenges of personal spiritual development. The topics below show a few of his areas of expertise based on his published books, although sustained coaching may range over an even wider range of knowledge and insight.
Write firstname.lastname@example.org for information on setting up a brief series of consultations or a long-time coaching relationship. See the fee schedule below.
THE ENDURANCE OF BURNING or, The Art of the Spiritual Crisis. The experience of "spiritual awakening" is seldom easy or blissful, and may include such experiences as:
- Mysterious physical symptoms or eruptions of illness that are difficult to diagnose and/or treat by conventional medicine
- Recurring bouts of depression or emotional disorientation, particularly involving issues of life purpose
- Fits of irrational anger or grief that are difficult to source to any particular grievance or sorrowful event, and may be globalized
- Interpersonal difficulties that arise from an abrupt change of direction or purpose for oneself
If you are experiencing these or other puzzling & profound challenges as part of your spiritual discipline, it can be helpful to have an experienced coach to guide you through the rough spots. Read Patrick's feature story "The Endurance of Burning" for more insight before getting in touch for a consultation.
LIVING SPIRITUALLY WITHOUT RELIGION: It's been said that "religion is for those who fear going to hell; spirituality is for those who have been there." Drawing on the four principles of his most recent book How to Be Spiritual Without Being Religious, Patrick offers coaching and inspiration on Releasing Guilt, Gathering Trust, Practicing Patience, and Learning Transcendence in all realms of life, from personal growth to career to relationships. At a time when more and more people are identifying themselves as 'spiritual but not religious,' it can be helpful to receive expert, experienced guidance on just what constitutes a real spiritual discipline — and what kind of 'real-world' results can be expected from it, without falling into fantasy or egotism in various spiritual disguises. Patrick's own experience draws from a wide variety of studies, experiences, and disciplines (see bio, below) to help his clients and students benefit from what he calls a "practical faith."
THE FORGIVING EDGE: Many people may think that forgiveness is a nice thing to do… or something they should do but really don’t want to… or a last resort when they can’t deal with a painful situation any other way. But very few understand forgiving as an invaluable key to personal clarity, improved communications, and enhanced effectiveness. Drawing from the Seven Steps of Forgiveness in his classic work The Forgiveness Book, Patrick leads workshops and coaches individuals on the practical application of forgiveness in personal life, and its strategic advantages in group work, business, and corporate life. See more information here.
EXPERT INSTRUCTION ON 'A COURSE IN MIRACLES': As a student of ACIM for over thirty years, Patrick has authored two significant books on its history, principles, and applications to everyday life. He has also spoken on the subject at numerous conferences and group gatherings, and served as a publisher and literary agent facilitating the publication of manyy books by other authors in the field. He offers a veteran, non-dogmatic perspective on the most profound alternative spiritual teaching of our times, focused on the experience of "living with miracles" instead of merely thinking about or praying for them.
FEE SCHEDULE: $75/hr • 2 sessions for $140 • 4 sessions for $250 • 10 sessions for $600
Fees are payable in advance and nonrefundable. Organizations of all types are invited to purchase 10-session packages for promotional or employee benefit purposes. Consultations are conducted by phone, Zoom, or in person in the San Francisco Bay area (travel expenses may be added). Reserve sessions by writing email@example.com or calling 510 684-9531. Group workshops also available by arrangement.
"My Forgiveness process with Patrick has been eye-opening and a much more intensive process than I imagined. It's more than a 'head' thing, or just saying 'Okay, I forgive and let's move on.' It's really a life-changing process of shifting how I think. Even still I struggle with letting faulty childhood beliefs trigger me. Through it all, Patrick is helping me with strategies to shift to a healthier, stronger emotional state with weekly tune-ups. I wholeheartedly recommend Patrick's work. His natural gifts of insight infused with quick wit and humor help me to get in touch with my higher self." — SYLVIA RYKER, Accountant
"Patrick Miller’s work with individuals provides a remarkable opportunity to find a way back to our true natures and to rebuild bridges with those we imagined we had lost forever, including ourselves. His coaching is intimate, rigorous, respectful, results-oriented — and revolutionary. From the perspective of our many years of marriage, up to the present where we collaborate as professional colleagues, I can assure you Patrick knows firsthand how forgiveness and self-awareness enable the renewal of relationships. He has the knack of creating customized disciplines that are as simple as they are powerful and life-changing." — LAURIE FOX, novelist and literary agent
"My soul knows that Patrick is a powerfully masterful and wise teacher. He is a generous and loving soul. He is my brother. I love him, and I love his work." — IYANLA VANZANT, host of "Iyanla Fix My Life!" on the Oprah Winfrey Network
D. PATRICK MILLER is the author of a dozen books, two published by Penguin Random House, two by Hampton Roads Publishing, and the rest under the Fearless Books imprint. First trained as an investigative journalist, he began writing about spirituality, human potential, and creativity after a seven-year illness initiated his spiritual path. Since that time he has intensively studied A Course in Miracles, the Enneagram system of personality, Jungian depth psychology, shamanism, and other realms of contemporary spirituality. He has also applied spiritual principles and disciplines intensively in his own life, and written about the results. As a magazine and online journalist, Patrick has written over 100 articles for Yoga Journal, THE SUN, Elephant Journal online, and many other media including this website. He is also the founder of Fearless Books and Literary Services, a business which has inspired and facilitiated the work of many other spiritual writers for two decades.
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