I want to begin tonight by telling all of you how much I appreciate you. Each person who opens their mind and heart to creating more happy, loving relationships is an inspiration to me, and a blessing to humanity.
Today I met with a new client. His courage, and his willingness to embrace change, to explore possibilities for authentic relationship, just blows me away. I have a certain expectation of those who have been studying conscious connection, that they will at least try to improve the quality of their friendships and intimate relationships. But when someone whose life has been focused on business/corporate realms shows up with brilliant openness to interpersonal transformation, I am truly amazed and grateful.
Let’s talk about the question from a local couple asking for suggestions on how to use some of the Christmas spirit to strengthen their marriage. O.K., the wife asked the question, but she did say that if she’s smart about picking a time (not when the husband is hungry, or watching the big game), her guy is actually interested in doing things that bring them closer emotionally and physically. It doesn’t hurt to remind the man that one often leads to the other.
I heard a wonderful suggestion for deepening and enlivening the relationship between couples who have been together for awhile from Patricia Albere, who founded EvolutionaryCollective.com. (Patricia is offering a 5-week on-line course on Evolutionary Relationship the beginning of January, for a very reasonable cost. She is a pioneer on the cutting edge of evolving mutuality in relationships. I strongly recommend going to EvolutionaryCollective.com and checking out this opportunity.)
The suggestion for couples seeking more genuine mutuality in their partnership, is to each write down a list of what they are passionate about, and what they would like to have more of in their lives. Then they both share their lists. Together, they make a new list, ranking all their passions in order of how important each one is for the happiness of their marriage.
Keep in mind that a healthy marriage has a wide range of needs, from spiritual depth and alignment of life purpose, to emotional connection and sexual satisfaction, to just plain, G-rated fun. Really, make sure having fun makes it into the top five.
When the couple has their list ranking passions most important to their marriage, they carefully look at each one, exploring it’s role in their relationship. Where is the passion working to bring them closer? Where is it creating uncomfortable distance? Be honest with your mate. The fastest, most effective way to change is to accept the truth about how things are now.
Explore how each passion might be enjoyed in a way that is most rewarding for both partners. Just throw out ideas, don’t worry about getting it right. See yourselves on an adventure of discovery, with the good and noble purpose of more ease, understanding and pleasure between you. Ask who is more able to change/enhance how each passion is enjoyed/experienced. Agree to be teachers/coaches for each other, “I’ll show you how to have a better time with this, if you’ll help me appreciate that.”
Again, explore with the spirit of adventure. This isn’t about duty, about obeying external rules and meeting standard expectations. This is about the two of you, those two people who met and liked each other a whole lot, that couple who had such a good time together, they decided to hook-up every day.
The heart can open at Christmas in a very tender way. We celebrate the birth of Divine Love in human form. Surely the new possibility of conscious love that Christ embodied can help couples become more conscious about sharing the passions that bring their love alive.
Love and blessings,
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