Reclaiming Authenticity: A Psycho-Spiritual Process of
Transformation and Transcendence  
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When we reclaim our authentic selves, we also reclaim our connectedness to all living things.  All of Creation is attuned to the heartbeat of God.  It does not matter what generation we were born into, the fact is that we have been preceded in death by millions and will most likely be followed by countless future generations.  As a result, we are mere stewards of what the Creator has entrusted to us.  Living authentically requires us to understand that we are not our own; our thoughts and actions do have a direct influence on all living beings.  Humility teaches us that when we do not honor our natural and/or spiritual resources as gifts from God, we tend to believe we have a right to dispose of them (and perhaps people) as we see fit.  Throughout history such arrogance has slaughtered millions, left lands barren, and perpetuated generations plagued by emotional trauma.  Authenticity on the other hand, produces tangible humility that is lived out in healing and wholeness, as well as plants seeds of peaceable redemption in past, present, and future generations. 



James A. Houck Jr., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of the Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Program at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. He is a licensed professional counselor and an ordained elder in the Susquehanna n Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is also the author of The Apostle Peter: His Words Should Be Red Too! (Xulon Press) and Redeeming the Bereaved: A Spiritual Model For Healing Our Woundedness (Xulon Press).   (search by title)


Dr. Houck's research interests include integrating religion and spirituality into mental health, loss and grief, after-death communication (ADC), healing intergenerational trauma, near-death experiences (NDE), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Native American traditions and spirituality.

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