Must You Be Holy to Become a Spiritual Coach?

First, what does it mean to become a spiritual coach? Well, if humans are spiritual beings in physical bodies operating in a material world, and our coaching addresses the whole person then, to some extent, we are all spiritual coaches. Let’s take a closer look at this idea and then get back to that “holiness” business, in a minute.

The Operation Was a Success, but the Patient Died

Like it or not: if you want to be a successful coach you have to take care of the whole person. And again, like it or not, there is more than the superficial going on here. You simply have to open your mind and expand your thinking. This applies if you are talking about business coaching or health coaching or financial coaching. It’s not just the topic. It’s the person. It’s the being.

Spiritual Coaching Is all about Focus

So if we all have to deal with the spiritual side of humanity, what does it mean to become a spiritual coach? Just as there are business topics, and there are health topics, and there are financial topics, there are also spiritual topics. These include our relationships with others, our relationship with our self, and our relationship with that “higher power” that we may sense and which transcends most completely our ever day world. These are very personal and profound connections that impact each of us at the deepest levels, and so they are areas of coaching that can have the greatest impact. And which, as such, must be respected and dealt with, with the greatest sincerity.

To Become a Spiritual Coach Is a Little like Becoming a Doctor.

Yes, to become a spiritual coach is a little like becoming a doctor. You don’t have to have the disease to treat it in your client. And if you have a disease, doesn’t mean that you can’t cure someone with the same disease. In fact, the empathy and insights that you develop may just help. So don’t worry about being “holy.” Worry about being “human” – and if you do, the spirituality of it all will take care of itself.

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Dave Iuppa
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach

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