Advice for Prospective Students

The courses I offer are intended for well-grounded adults who are willing to take responsibility for their own issues and who are deeply committed to their own personal and spiritual growth as well as wishing to be of service to others. It is assumed in the classes that the student recognizes that practice of any of the helping professions requires continued and consistent work on ourselves and our personal issues. We cannot expect our clients to face and resolve their issues if we are unwilling to do so ourselves, and it is also vital that we learn to avoid the common psychological traps (such as projection et cetera) as we work with others. We can only succeed in this if we follow the ancient injunctions "know thyself" and "physician, heal thyself".
Like many spiritual teachers (please see below for a link to my page explaining some of my attitudes and beliefs about the "spiritual teacher"), I do not necessarily teach in conventional ways. Occasionally (but not often), my intention may be to challenge you in some way when I feel you would benefit from that. Usually I don't have to do that - by their very nature these courses are full of challenges. Some of the "tests" are obvious and expected; some of them are more subtle. Completion of these courses requires a certain willingness to face and, hopefully, heal the more uncomfortable bits of ourselves.
As far as I am concerned, enrollment in these courses is an agreement on your part to face and work on your own issues. In part, this means that you need to have some kind of support system in place - a therapist or other competent person to help you deal with issues as they come up. Class work may bring up things that can be worked on in class, but quite often the issues that arise are too complex to handle in the context of a class situation. Most of the courses are about learning techniques to help ourselves and others, but they are not therapy groups, except as such therapeutic work is incidental to the learning process. Because of this, it is most important for you to have someone to help you work through these issues outside of class. I do, and I expect you to do so, too. This is very important for your own comfort, mental stability, and growth.