What’s the purpose of spiritual mentoring?
Nothing in the natural world functions alone or independent from anything else. It’s all connected—it’s all living, breathing, and functioning as one. Everything is informing and cooperating with everything else. Nature is a community in which living wisdom is constantly shared among all it’s many life-forms.
Are humans an exception to this interconnected and ceaseless reciprocity of living wisdom?
Feeling ready for deep transformation?
How would it be to feel secure in the knowing you have a mentor deeply dedicated to the well-being and empowerment of your Spirit?
Why is training important?
In my youth I had a desire to learn martial arts. Did I pursue this by reading books, reading lessons online, or watching videos? Whilst all these forms of information may have proved useful, to an extent, what I knew to be true is that I had to find someone who had mastered the art I wanted to learn. He then mentored me in that art form, helping me to bring forth my capacity for Kung Fu, as was the case in this example. Of course, his own Sifu was an even greater (more accomplished) master than he was, so I may have felt inclined to seek him out. Yet, in recognising that my chosen teacher’s accomplishment far exceeded my own, so I was honoured to have him as my teacher.
The same would hold true if I wanted to learn the art of yoga, or the art of carpentry, playing the violin, or traditional German baking. If I am fortunate enough to cross paths with someone who has mastered more of that art than I have, and they are available and willing to share what they know with me, then I would be wise to jump on the opportunity.
Our Natural State
In his or her natural state, MAN deeply knows the answer to three fundamental question:
Who am I, as a spirit?
Where do I originate, as a spirit?
Why am I here, as a spirit?
The answer to these questions is not intellectual. It’s not mental or emotional. It’s a deep and direct recognition of what is most fundamentally real in you.
Training the spirit
A human being is first and foremost a spirit—a Presence in Consciousness. Spirit animates the human being with Life. We are living spirit, in infinite consciousness, experiencing a body and a world of physicality. The mastery of the spirit, is the mastery of Life. Spiritual mentoring is the mentoring, the training, the coaxing forth, of the spirit. To master the spirit is to recover the art of living from our Heart. It is to restore our sense of kinship and reciprocity (giving and receiving) with all life—both the form-side of life, and the formless-side of life.
Because all of life originates in Spirit, any time we approach life, and life situations, from the perspective of Spirit, such an approach is unavoidably holistic. The many forms of life can appear separate and distinct from each other, yet in Spirit all is interconnected. So to address any situation, malady, issue, or problem from the spirit, is to address it holistically. That will mean taking into account the full spectrum of what the subject at hand embodies and represents. Physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually—from the gross to the subtle. This may include everything from nutrition and life-style, to clearing the energetic debts you inherited from your ancestors, who failed to.
Training with Jonathan
Why do people ask me to train and mentor them? It’s been spontaneously occurring since I was a teenager.
Since the early 1990’s, in my late teens, people have come to me seeking greater clarity and consciousness in their lives. In the years since, people have mostly approached me for help in their spiritual development; knowledge on natural and holistic healing and methods for improving health, and for Yoga training. My work as a mentor and teacher has been in demand in many parts of the world, including New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, and Panama. It has not come about through advertising and promotion. Rather, people have met me, and felt drawn to ask for guidance, workshops, training, and advice.
I have an extensive background rooted in traditional yoga (traditions rooted in India, Tibet, and China), a broad range of holistic healing practices, traditional naturopathy, and a number of authentic lineage based spiritual traditions—Western, Eastern, and Indigenous. Since I was around 15 or 16 I’ve deeply focused on a spiritual and worldly investigation of holistic human well-being and our relationship with the natural world. Over the years I progressively remembered and, by invitation, started sharing what I refer to as the Wisdom of the Heart.
In early 2013 I entered into an 8 year apprenticeship with a highly accomplished Andean spiritual master. He has since guided me in a profound process of intensive spiritual training and initiation in the ancient solar arts of the Andes—some of the most original spiritual wisdom on the planet. During my training I realised the “Wisdom of the Heart” is in fact the original and universal spiritual inheritance of MAN, infused into every human being by the original Mother/Father Power that creates us. In the Andes it’s known as the Original Living Wisdom of the Divine Mother.
This is what I share with people through workshops, retreats, articles, books, and private mentoring. The greatest benefits are derived through mentoring and personal training.
I don’t claim to have all answers to all things, and I’d be wary of anyone who did.
My role as a mentor is not one of simply providing answers to questions and concerns. That would only make people dependant on me in ways that are disempowering. My approach is to share consciousness expanding perspectives and genuine practices of self-enquiry and sacred reciprocity. That way you are empowered to find the answers you already contain, in your heart (your spirit). These answers are what you already know to be true. The Power that creates us has infused into our Heart supreme and unfailing wisdom. It’s that wisdom I assist people to bring to the forefront of their perception and daily living.
If you are genuinely interested in experiencing this, you are warmly encouraged to submit an enquiry. I will respond just as soon as I am able, with information on the next natural step.
What does mentoring involve?
The methods employed by a mentor can take many forms, in direct response to your needs and circumstances. Often it involves the sharing of perspectives that are broader, deeper, and more life-encompassing than those perspectives you may habitually live by and identify with.
Ultimately, it’s about helping you to reach into the depths of your Heart, and bring forth what is truly alive in you. If there are challenges and “wounds” standing between you and the essence of your heart, you’ll be guided and assisted in identifying and resolving those challenges, and healing the wounds. The work will not be done for you. It’s not “therapy” or “counselling,” although the results can be deeply therapeutic, and deeply healing. Instead of something being done to you, you will be assisted to do for yourself what life demands you must do, in order to bring forth the full expression and consciousness of your spirit.
After an initial introductory session, participants are typically asked to commit to at least 5 sessions if they feel moved to go deeper into what is offered.
Meetings are generally conducted online, or in person when possible.
The financial reciprocity for Jonathan’s services varies, based on various factors including the personal circumstances of those seeking his assistance.
The first 20 to 30 minute introductory session is free.