Jenna Lilla

lilla fox hollow (2)“The Divine Self, within the lotus of my heart, greater than the earth, greater than the heavens, greater than all the worlds.” –Chandogya Upanishad

The Upanishads say that the Divine is discovered within the lotus of the heart; to know this Divine we must untie the knots of the heart. This truth is echoed in religions from around the world. Spiritual awakening is coincident with heart opening. This is the path I am on, and I seek to share this path with others.

I started this blog in 2010 as a space to contemplate the sacred dimensions of Being, drawing extensively from the theories of Carl Jung. My aim was to understand Jung’s perspective on Spiritual Life. After years of research, I came to understand that deepest and most profound instinct of psychic life is an impulse toward knowledge of the Divinity of Being. If we follow this instinct– if we do not repress it or deny it— it will lead to realize the joy inherent in our existence.

Much of my personal journey has been focused on the study of psychology and interpersonal relations. I hold the following degrees: a PhD in psychology, a MA in rhetoric and communication, and a BA in psychology. I wrote my PhD dissertation that addressed Carl Jung’s notion of the transpersonal. Beyond my academic work, I participated in various trainings and certifications: Gestalt therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis, depth hypnosis, life coaching, medical Qigong. I trained in a form of spiritual development for a few years via the teachings of an Apache shaman by the name of Art Runningbear.

In practice, I have provided both spiritual counseling and coaching. I have taught college level courses in interpersonal communication. I am currently a ‘Board Certified Coach’ through the Center for Credentialing & Education.

My journey also involved going inward, into the heart– untying the knots of the heart. For me this process has focused on meditation, mindfulness, heart awareness, and contemplation of  the world’s spiritual teachings. My parents taught me to meditate as a child and I’ve continued to meditate throughout my life. Of all the endeavors I have engaged in throughout my life, meditation is the most fruitful along with reading and contemplating ancient spiritual texts.

I am dedicated to enlightenment for myself and all beings. I am aligned with the insights of the yogis, the shamans, the artists, the dreamers, the spiritual mystics and counselors all those who endeavor into symbolic life for the purpose spiritual growth and transformation.

My writings on this blog are intended to inspire spiritual thought, Self-reflection, and mindfulness. Please consult a qualified professional to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation or if you have any questions.