God, says Paul Sibcy, is everything that is. All of us—faithful seekers or otherwise—have some area of confusion, hurt, or denial around this word, or our personal concept of God, that keeps us from a full expression of our spirituality. Healing Your Rift with God is a guidebook for finding your own personal rifts with God and healing them. Sibcy explains the nature of a spiritual rift, how this wound can impair your life, and how such a wound may be healed by the earnest seeker, with or without help from a counselor or teacher. Healing Your Rift with God will also assist those in the helping professions who wish to facilitate what the author calls ultimate healing. The book includes many personal stories from the author’s life, teaching, and counseling work, and its warm narrative tone creates an intimate author–reader relationship that inspires the healing process.
Paul Sibcy is the cofounder of Integrated Healing Arts (IHA), a holistic health clinic in Palo Alto, California, where he counsels and teaches classes in meditation, Kriya Yoga, Process Acupressure, and self-development. He is also the founder of Pathways to Self Healing, a not-for-profit spiritual service community offering classes and programs for God realization. He also publishes a quarterly newsletter sent to the hundreds of students and clients of his twenty-two-year career and thousands of patients, clients, and students of IHA.
An adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Paul is a supporting member of many of California’s spiritual and holistic organizations. He has done public relations and advertising writing, taught composition at universities, and worked as a farmer, factory worker, and carpenter. These experiences, as well as his own startling spiritual awakening, provide rich material for his writings and talks.
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (April 13, 2007)
"In our quest for spiritual connection, many of us feel blocked by spiritual wounds, some inflicted by abusive home environments, others by religious authorities. Whatever the source, we cannot experience the satisfactions of spiritual life until we heal these past abuses. Sibcy addresses these controversial issues frankly and constructively, lighting a path all readers will welcome." —Hal Zina Bennett, PhD, author of Spirit Circle
"Every Thrusday night for the last five years, I have joined a small group of companions to sit with Paul. He offers a simple wisdom of the heart; he points to that which is divine and essential within each of us. He also demonstrates a persistent compassion for our particular personalities and life stories. His unique combination of simple wisdom and persistent compassion has benefited me both personally and professionally. It has been a catalyst for my discovering the divine wisdom that resides within patients, colleagues, friends, family, people on the street, and within me. To sit with Paul is to experience compassion in action." —Amy Saltman, MD, Board of the American Holistic Medical Association, Medical Director of the Health and Healing Clinic at California Pacific Medical
"Paul Sibcy tackles a problem that robs so many of us of hope and our own inner spirit: the spirit that gives life. If we can truly heal our rift with God, then we can heal our rifts with each other. A great person writes a great book. Good for him and good for us all." —Maggie Rose, President/CEO of Avalon International