ORIENTATION

What is Contemplative Soulwork?

The heart of a human being

is no different than the

soul of heaven and earth.

Your heart is full

of fertile seeds

waiting to sprout.


O-Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba

(1883-1969), Founder of Aikido

THE SCHOOL

OF SOFT-ATTENTION


Taking its name from my first book of poetry, the School of Soft-Attention is a way of inner work. It is not a school with an actual physical building, but rather is an approach to sacred inquiry. It is a form of spiritual co-walking and soul-tending, not psychotherapy or mental health counseling.


Each person is related to as a traveler on a journey and seen as a fellow Wayfarer, not as a student or patient. There are no doctors or gurus here. Your own soul is the path and my role is to walk with you along the way.

Through this work, a learning process is activated and unfurls, collaboratively, toward greater awareness, integration, and life-path congruence. The journey flows at a natural pace, honoring the themes that arise — which may apply as much to matters of creativity, lifestyle, and present-day life choices as it does to spirituality, the impact of these times of seismic change, or past experiences of heart-mind.


The perspective of this process is shaped by my academic studies, my graduate-level training in counseling psychology, my spiritual training, and the Jungian psychodynamic view, which holds that each of us has a soul that actively moves us toward wholeness. The view here is that the soul has its own ancient, autonomous intelligence whose unfolding process and wisdom is always available to us to offer insight in gradual and often pivotal ways but is often concealed in the subterranean depths of who we are.



To access the wisdom of the soul

requires an ongoing practice

of slowing down

and paying attention.

I call this practice

contemplative soulwork.


FRANK INZAN OWEN


Through deep listening, dialogue, and sacred inquiry, which occurs through both face-to-face video sessions and written dispatches ("soul reports"), we cultivate fluency in your soul's unique language of arising themes, images, dreams, stirrings, somatic processing, and revealed instructions.


A core premise of this approach is that each human soul is a microcosm (a holographic mirror reflection) of the active principles of the soul of Nature. In this way of working, we are on a spiral journey together, one that has its seasons and cycles that call for both inward times of solitary introspection and outward times of path-crossing, comparing notes, addressing challenges, and mapping the overall process.


Both of these facets — times of solitary inner-looking and times of connecting — are consciously woven into the rhythm of this work. Holding space for the overall process (conscious, unconscious, and what is gradually being revealed) is what the exploratory inner work of the School of Soft-Attention is all about.


INDIVIDUALS WHO BENEFIT MOST:


+ People traveling through the sometimes confusing terrain of midlife (or other life transitions)


+ Individuals exploring themes of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and spiritual discernment


+ People undergoing the challenging, sometimes destabilizing states of the creative and initiatory process


+ People seeking to develop a deeper relationship with their inner world and dreams


+ HSPs (highly-sensitive persons) and empaths just beginning to learn about their traits


+ Leaders and managers in organizations navigating inner and outer change


+ Those fellow travelers interested in cultivating a meditation practice and contemplative life


+ People who have actively chosen to follow a hermit path of spirituality (but who still need support on their way)


+ Artists, writers, and poets (or would-be creatives) working through creative blocks or seeking to establish an art practice


+ Individuals deprogramming from religious abuse, fundamentalism, or other forms of energetic confusion related to human dynamics




Click to learn more about The Journey of this work.