Holding Sacred Space: Honoring the Subtle Ecologies of the Spiritual Emergence Process (Paperback)
Spiritual Emergence is an ongoing process of deepening inquiry, opening to more aspects and gifts within ourselves, and releasing what has been completed. This may be soft and gentle like waves drawing us back into the sea, but more often then not, it is a purge through the fire. There may be pain, devastation, raw emotion, overwhelm, and surrender ever more into trusting the process and the support of our guides and helpers. So it is as much a deepening of our faith in the orchestration of the Universe, as it is a letting go of the old stories and energies that no longer serve us in these new octaves of awakening. Across time, we are shedding the old contracts, vows, and energies and trauma from past lives, and from our ancestral lines in this incarnation's own DNA and body. This initiation is an activation of soul purpose, gifts, and capacities to be of service in the unique ways that only you can. Being a midwife of this type of soul birth, facilitating the unfolding of the psyche, is an honor and requires deep levels of attunement and sensitivity. We can orient through lenses of Existential/Humanistic, Transpersonal, and Jungian psychology to offer frameworks on clinical practice. But if we do not continue to evolve as practitioners to feel into and integrate this wave that includes Spiritual Emergence, Neurodiversity, Cognitive Liberty, and the new ethics that these lineages demand from us all, we will not be able to adequately serve those who are on the very crest of the upsurge, where co-creating and manifesting something entirely new is possible. Join me in this exploration of my lived experience and clinical practice, of the story and its deeper message, of calibrating our instruments to another octave of resonance and integrity, in Holding Sacred Space.
Michelle Anne Hobart, MA, SEC, AMFT is a teacher, writer, and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Holos Institute. She trained as a Spiritual Emergence Coach® with Emma Bragdon, works closely with the Gnosis Retreat Center project, and has an online Spiritual Emergence course with Kyle Buller, MS, SEC entitled "Awakening Healers", among her other collaborations. Michelle offers individual, couple, and group therapy and leads community wellness workshops and retreats. Her love for the Earth, spirit, and education was demonstrated in her past as a high school Biology and Health teacher working in the Baltimore parochial school system, after receiving her BS in Biology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Deeply longing to immerse herself in the subtle realms, she was drawn to the Bay Area to continue her studies. With her MA in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from CIIS, she experientially and scholastically continued her own personal journey of healing and the joy of sharing that path with others. Michelle studied bodywork, energy medicine, had her spiritual emergency, and then went back to CIIS. She graduated from the Integral Counseling Psychology program in May 2018. Now, she is completing her MFT hours and studying for the clinical exam, and is in awe of the beautiful opportunities that the Universe provides her to support others through her writing, being a therapist, and her other healing modalities.