Dr. Judith Miller teaches graduate psychology students at Columbia University’s department of Human Development. She also is a psychotherapist, and a spiritual teacher who facilitates training groups and retreats for seekers around the world. She is an international speaker and writer, and an author of two books, “Healing the Western Soul,” (Paragon House, 2015), and “Direct Connection,” (Rutledge, 2000).
The main theme running through all her work is that deep inside, at the core of our being, we are One; and consciousness evolution can only come about when people realize that they are part of a spiritual reality that encompasses us all. Miller believes that knowing and experiencing this directly has the potential to radically change lives and our world. Her work over the years focuses on healing the splits and divisions within people that keep them divided from themselves, from each other, and from God.
She began her career treating individuals who were suffering from psychoses and schizophrenia. The deep religious experiences of her mentally ill clients were perplexing to her. “Why,” she consistently asked, did almost all of these people report similar spiritual conflicts and divisions within themselves, irrespective of whether they were religious, agnostic, or atheist before their illness? How can it be that the religious hallucinations and delusions of millions of people deemed mentally ill are virtually no different from spiritual experiences documented through the ages by saints, mystics, and indigenous healers?
As a psycho-spiritual guide for the last twenty-five years, she creates opportunities (through Breathwork, psychotherapy, and meditation) for contemporary seekers to engage in deep inner work. This enables them to access states of spiritual consciousness as described in sacred literature. For many years, she travels to Germany to co-lead groups in order to heal the painful divisions that still exist between Germans and Jews some seventy years after World War 2. As a Jewish woman, co-leading groups with a German man, their work together is an expression of unity and Oneness, proving transformational for all who participate. The dissolution of deep mistrust creates unconditional love and forgiveness, which is the essential message of our Judeo-Christian heritage. As such, Miller suggests that the long-standing rift between Jews and Christians also cries out for healing.
Dr. Judith Miller has taken her work to all corners of the world – into fundamentally different societies and cultures, and has closely interacted with many people from different religious and spiritual traditions. She co-facilitates psycho-spiritual training groups with her German colleague that bring together people from S. Korea, China, Europe and the US. No matter one’s spiritual path or tradition, she emphasizes how all human beings can make a direct connection with God, without the mediation of institutions and external authorities. What better way to overcome splits and misunderstandings, she says, than to engage in deep spiritual work together.
Today, America is severely polarized and divided over ideologies, belief systems and politics. As our country continues to face unprecedented challenges, Miller calls for a new worldview; namely, one that acknowledges Oneness as natural and separation as unnatural, that realizes how the Western soul needs healing, and that accepts how spiritual development is a necessary and evolutionary process. Breakdowns and breakthroughs are part of it all. Her work continues.