My Story: How I Found the Bridge to the Divine

"Everyone," says the great poet and mystic Rumi, "has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart."

As a boy, not yet 10, waiting in the dark for sleep, I wondered and worried about my particular work. Nothing I saw attracted me or even made sense to me. My father was a businessman. What he did baffled me and exhausted him. I thought time would reveal my work.

School and university enlarged my range of vision but revealed nothing about my particular work. And when I landed a job, it was not my heart's desire. So began a life of active searching, punctuated by periods of settling for less.

I sat for while at the feet of a guru. I traveled to India, the land of many great mystics. I spent several months at a monastery on the island nation of Sri Lanka. I practiced yoga. I meditated, quit meditating, and returned to meditating. I tried going back to the religion of my youth.

In my quest for meaning and fulfillment, I also threw myself onto non-spiritual paths. I lived abroad. I returned home. I changed careers. I earned a PhD and taught at colleges and universities, achieving what I thought was my dream. I had, in fact, achieved my father's dream, the one he abandoned.

I relinquished my father's dream and began to find my own. "It was already late enough," says the poet Mary Oliver, "and a wild night and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little … the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds."

I began to hear and to trust a new voice, which, to paraphrase Oliver, I slowly recognized as my own and which kept me company as I strode deeper and deeper into the world.

I left the university where I taught to get trained as a life coach and to launch a private practice. I discovered that I had a gift for helping people come into intimate relationship with themselves. This was like discovering that I was a magician, a real magician, a sorcerer.

Yet, after a few of years, something was still missing. Though I loved what I did, though I was more satisfied than I had ever been, my heart still ached for something more. I wanted a deeper, more precise understanding of my particular work.

Over the course of my life, I had shot many arrows. Some sailed wildly off course, especially in the beginning. From my current perspective, however, I can see a pattern. Over time, the arrows landed closer and closer to the target. Now, with the discovery of coaching, an arrow had lodged in one of the outer circles of the target. What would it take to hit the bull's eye?

What it took was clearing a path through the natural defenses of my personality, so that I could have a direct connection with a source of wisdom beyond my everyday mind, a source that saw me in much larger perspective than I saw myself, a source that understood who I really was, undistorted by the veils of limiting beliefs.

I entered into a two-way conversation with the Divine, and I learned my soul's purpose. I am, I was told, "a bridge to the Divine." I bring people who are at or past the midpoint of their lives to the bridge that carries them over the chasm of doubt, fear, and suffering and into the presence of what they have been longing for, even when they thought they had stopped longing.

Here, on the other side of the bridge, they discover, as the Spanish poet Antonio Machado writes, "that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures."

Do you want to make white combs and sweet honey from your old failures? Please call or email me. It is my honor to serve you.

 

Credentials etc.

Profession

  • Co-founder and lead trainer, Transformative Coach Training track within the Master of Arts in Consciousness Studies, The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT.
  • Senior faculty, Coaching for Transformation, an ICF-accredited coaching school.
  • Former faculty, True Purpose™ Institute, a global organization that develops change agents, messengers, and visionaries.
  • Creator and leader of many groups, workshops, trainings, and courses designed to foster personal and social transformation.
  • Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Certified True Purpose Coach, True Purpose Institute.
  • Certified Co-Active Coach, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
  • Trained in Internal Family Systems, Voice Dialogue, Pyschosynthesis, Four Archetypes Coaching, Lucid Living, and Co-Active Leadership.
  • Previous careers: university professor, journalist, book publishing.

Education

  • PhD, history, University of Connecticut, elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
  • BA, English, Princeton University.

Personal

  • Married with two stepchildren and three grandchildren, who bring the light of love into my life and into the world.
  • Favorite sitting activities: psycho-spiritual study, poetry, theater, movies, long-form dramas, Shakespeare, and laughing.
  • Favorite non-sitting activities: body surfing, tramping in the woods, cross-country skiing, and laughing.
  • Spiritual practices: meditation, yoga, active prayer, ritual, reading, and laughing.
  • I love drinking premium coffee and reading poetry to my wife and, of course, laughing.
  • Live in Bloomfield, CT, but I work over the telephone and Skype with people around the world.

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Guthrie Sayen
Guthrie Sayen