Why and Then the How of Life
psychotherapist Steven Warren brings his new seminar and workshops
to London in 2014. Sophi Buckan talks to him about his unique
approach to healing.
bubbly, with a twinkle in his eye and a habit of crackign jokes
every other sentence, Steven Warren is a far as you could imagine
from a sterotypical shrink - or, for that matter, a cultish guru.
Both these latter sterotypes are liable to provoke cyncial mockery
from we reserved Brits, less prone than our American cousins to
go in for public soul-searcing, workshop-style.
Steven's talks, seminars and workshops, like those staged all
over the world, are a sell-out success every time; and Steven's
approach, the Power of Caring, has by all accounts brought deep
spiritual and emotional transformation to thousands of people
- plenty of reserved Brits included.
is it that makes the Power of Caring such a powerful agent for
change and healing in so many peopl's lives?
35 years working in counselling have certainly given Steven Warren
an insight into the problems of the human condition and beneath
his humour and informality lies a serious aim: a quest to "bring
understanding of the spiritual healing aspect to the everyday
person on the street". He was intially much inspired by the
seminal work, The Power of Caring , he created in 1989
and his approach remains "unabashedly spiritual".
plays an important part in Steven's work. "I began to find
some very quick methods for reaching into the subconscious to
find the root of problems. And if you can get at the root - the
whole tree grows!"
too, is vital - of life as it could be, free of old, self-destructive
patterns: "If you're not living a visionary life, you're
living a life dictated by the past Sophi with old, unfinished
the Power of Caring has similarities with many different parts
of psychotherapy practice, there are significant differences.
One is the focus on the crucial importance of relationships: "Anything
that is untoward in our lives is actually a relationship problem
- whether it's health, or money, or whatever."
if someone is single Steven?
Ah sorry Sophi I should have pointed out at the beginning my knowing
one simple fact that the only relationship we will have throughout
the whole of our life is with our self. Get that happy and dynamic
and life flows. Here is not the how of life but rather the why
and once you fully embrace the why then the how becomes so much
important aspect is that which Steven terms "leadership"
: helping others. "there is a way of helping others that
can get through any problem when you're suffering. By stepping
past your problems to reach out to others , you go into
flow - so leadership helps you and it helps them: everybody gets
and his wonderful team are preparing the next two years timetable
and diary dates as we speak.