Church of Tzaddi

Experiencing the infinite, loving, co-creative presence of the Divine

10. Active Compassionate Listening HC

Partnering Lesson 10. Active Compassionate Listening HC

Summary of skill

  • Creating a transformational space through silence, using hospitality, curiosity, discernment, and joining with others in celebration of perfection of being: this is a ground of being for practicing spiritual counseling, and a technique in its own right
    • Energy skill
    • Personality attitude
    • Body language


  • Discussion about spiritual counseling/transformational shifts
  • Partner exercise
    • Practitioner prepares energy
    • Practitioner greets client
    • Client fills out registration forms
    • Client presents issue
    • Practitioner prepares energy
    • Practitioner offers transmission, drawing on earlier trainings/in the ways most natural for the practitioner
    • Practitioner closes the vortex
    • Practitioner checks in with client
    • Take a break.
    • Write up your experiences as client and write up your experiences as facilitator, using the Practicum form (download it using the link below)
    • Switch roles and repeat the exercise

Resources for reflection & discussion

  • Core Lesson 006, Amy Skezas, Offering Spiritual Counseling, “Seven Basic Skills” and “Attentive LIstening with Compassion,” pp. 7 – 21
  • Anne & Charles Simpkinson, “Feeding One Another” in Mark Brady, ed., The Wisdom of Listening, pp. 40 – 45
  • Karen Armstrong, Twelve Steps to Living a Compassionate Life, pp. 8 – 23