Jenna Lilla

The Upanishads say that the eternal truth is found within the lotus of the heart; to know this truth 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 consider myself spiritual, but not religious. I have no religion, save the One at the root of them all. I have no teacher, save love.  I am guided by a deep truth instinct, a passion of the heart. I try to make room for dreams and sacred symbols to guide my exploration. The object of my exploration is spiritual enlightenment, as a realization of the eternal truth known in the heart.

I started this blog in 2010 as a space to contemplate the sacred dimesions of psychic life, drawing extensively from Carl Jung’s theory. My aim was to understand Jung’s perspective on the aims and instincts (telos) of the soul. I am currently working with the ancient Sanskrit texts called the Upanishads (Vedanta), seeking to understand the telos of enlightenment as contained therein. I will be publishing more when I have integrated this understanding.

Much of my 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.

My journey also involved going inward, into the heart– untying the knots of ignorance. For me this process has focused on meditation, mindfulness, heart awareness, and contemplation of 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.

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

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.

Although I hold a PhD in psychology, I am not a licensed psychologist. I live in the State of Oregon. In Oregon, the practice of psychology is defined as “the treatment of diagnosing or treating behavioral, emotional or mental disorders” (OR 675.010).  Although I discuss the theory of depth psychology, I do not think in terms of a ‘disorders’ model. I make use of my psychological education and training in service of understanding spiritual development and enlightenment. My work blends spiritual teachings and the theories of depth psychology so as to clarify the path and process of spiritual enlightenment.

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.