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The Four Pillars of Universal Spirituality and their Clinical Application


Brian Hooper

Streaming Video Recording

Recorded October 26, 2015

© Copyright Melissa Roth, Roger Moore, and Abundant Living Resources, LLC

Brian Hooper:
The Four Pillars of Universal Spirituality and their Clinical Application

People often say that they are spiritual but not religious. For too many, this remains an unexamined and  nebulous notion that provides little opportunity for application in their lived experience. The Four Pillars of Spirituality provide a frame by which to harness the underlying intention to participate in divine love while grounding the participants in awareness of self and the world around them. These four pillars are congruent with the great western and eastern traditions while not teaching any religious doctrine. Brian Hooper is a state licensed clinical pastoral therapist, a certified hypnotherapist, and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. He holds  a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Psychology degree.  Brian integrates the insights of clinical counseling, the social sciences and the wisdom of spiritual tradition to help his clients ameliorate emotional pain and maximize wholeness and well-being. He often utilizes hypnosis in his counseling practice assist his clients to gain insight and accomplish their goals.

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Our goal for you is that you enhance your skills and that you be the greatest expression of yourself. To facilitate maximizing your experience, please do the following:

  1. What is your Medical Hypnosis goal for the next 12 months?
  2. What is your Medical Hypnosis goal for the next 3 months?

Your goal can be what you want it to be related to the topics in Medical Hypnosis Coaching and the Medical Hypnosis Class. Do you want to increase your income? Do you want to work in a cancer center? Do you want to specialize in IBS or Autoimmune Disease?

Your goals need to be specific and measurable and they must have heart – they must have passionate conviction. You must be so motivated to achieve your goal that you are willing to stay up all night or work all weekend to achieve it.

Answer these questions:

  1. What is Brian’s definition of spirituality?
  2. List at least 3 questions about spirituality that should be part of every client’s assessment.
  3. List the 4 pillars of spirituality.
  4. It is only through meditation that we affect change. T or F
  5. What is at the heart of spirituality?
  6. What is a universal theme among all religions?
  7. What is the theme of the Hero’s Journey?
  8. What are the three foundations of Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
  9. In behaviorism once a stimulus/response is set it cannot be undone. T or F
  10. The cognitive part of behaviorism invites the client to do what?

Recommended Reading:

Center for Action and Contemplation, Richard Rohr

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr

Hero’s Journey

Hear Christianity and Hypnosis with Brian Hooper on Hypnosis Health Radio

Medical Hypnosis Resource Library:

This library is constantly being updated with new information so check it frequently.

Continuing Education

1.5 CEs are available for this class through IMDHA. To obtain CEs, you will need to complete the assigned reading and the 10 question exam.

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Brian, Melissa and I thank you for your participation and your support.

Feel free to call me at (206) 903-1232 or email Roger Moore at with any questions. I look forward to seeing you.

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