I work as a hospital specialist and have just come from a Clinical Directors’ training day where the speaker invited to talk about coaching saw no problem with liberally sprinkling his talk with the assumptions that mindfulness, Buddhist thought and meditation and yoga were unquestionably useful and acceptable (and possibly advisable) resources to be used in the process of coaching. The presumption is that the “coachee” should be led to find within themselves all the required insight and resources to improve. Whilst everyone else listened in probably unquestioning silence, I pointed out that we do not all have these required, sufficient and untapped resources. Indeed I certainly feel inadequate for every task, but that the Christian worldview talks about a God who gives from His greater resource to His people whom he created to be in dialogue with Himself and to ask for what they need. I also stated that I often need to give to those I am encouraging light that they do not have. “Ah!”, he said “so you are a GURU - one who gives light.” I concurred.
The first person to come to talk to me after the session said that whilst he valued my interjection, his worldview was entirely different. He was an ardent atheist.; I said how pleased I was to know and how I looked forward to dialoguing with him, since as we both believed there is only one truth, the debate should end up in a positive and more advanced position than this initial status.
It is tragic that the prevailing majority of secular coaches and trainers in my experience make the assumption that we can do without God. However, it is wonderful to have divine weapons to pull down such strongholds and indeed to have the obligation to use them.