Stephen Ledyard MA MFT

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Stephen Ledyard MA MFT

Some thoughts about what I do.

Something happens in my office when I sit with another person whose presence is motivated by a sincere desire for change. As we commit deeper to the question before us–without knowing the outcome —something happens in that space. The “In-between” I call it; The “Sacred Garden,” where the depth of one’s intention for growth and healing begins to warm the heart, that place where, as your guide, I have learned to trust the wisdom to be found there. My job is to help you trust that wisdom and follow it to wholeness.

I believe in the paradox of life’s inherent capacity to knock us down in order to give us the truest opportunity to become whole. Rilke, the German poet, taking up the human fear of change, came to his own understanding of the necessity of facing it:

What we choose to fight is so tiny!

What fights with us is so great!

If only we would let ourselves be dominated

As things do by some immense storm,

We would become strong too, and not need names.

Transformation comes into our lives not by the power of personal control but by discovering our capacity for faith in life to reveal our true nature. As we consciously face the darkest, most unexpected challenges—feeling great helplessness—we begin to form a relationship with that which my Navajo brother Robert refers to as our Grandmother and Grandfather alive in the universe all around us—that which connects us to the precious wisdom of our own human heart: The immutable and indestructible light of love.