Brian Relph | Spiritual Counselor
The traditional name for the work I do is Spiritual Direction. This term dates back many centuries and in that time, the practice has evolved. In actuality, spiritual directors typically do not do much "directing" anymore — particularly those like me who use a non-directive, interfaith approach.
I don't tell people what to think, what to believe, how they are supposed to feel, or what to do in any specific circumstance. Rather than offering easy answers or quick solutions, this process focuses on the challenging questions our lives present and helps us to make inspired and soulful discernments, supported by a compassionate companion.
I do this work because it fills my cup. It is my purpose, my passion, and my unique gift. I do this work because it is the best way I know how, to create the kind of world I want to live in, the kind of world I want my daughter to live in. A world that prioritizes presence in our productivity, patience in our use of power, love and compassion in the face of fear.
I came to this work by a circuitous route. When I was young, I wanted to be a rock-star and made music my priority and my passion. Then I fell I love with the art of film and got a degree in cinematography, working in the Northern California film industry for over a decade. In all that busyness, I became a husband and a father. And, with the birth of my daughter, something unexpected happened. I learned what love really means.
Seeing her come into the world inspired me to reimagine my own life, to reach for dreams I had not known I had. I left my secure, well-established career as a film-maker to begin again. This time as a practitioner of the healing arts.
There is no such thing as a license in Spiritual Direction. What can be obtained is a certification and I have not one, but two such certifications. I graduated from both the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, CA which teaches an interfaith approach to spiritual direction and from the Haden Institute in Asheville, NC which teaches a Jungian style.
I am a certified teacher of Radiant Heart Qigong and have taught hundreds of classes in this moving meditative form. I have been reading the Tarot for over 15 years and find it to be indispensable in times of change and transformation. I am trained in reading Soul Contracts, projective Dream Interpretation, and Akashic Records, a practice which brings tremendous comfort and insight.
All of these trainings would mean nothing, without my own personal investment in the work. I would not invite you to walk a path that I myself had not been down. I can help you, not only because of my knowledge of spiritual practices and traditions, but because I have been there. I have been through the darkness and found the light again. I have experienced what true transformation feels like because I have lived it. I invite you to live it with me.