William Henry O’Brien, M.A., M.Div., is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC and holds Graduate degrees from St. Louis University and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Bill is not a psychologist; he is a mystic.
Bill has made a conscious and amazing journey from being a Jesuit for 20 years (in his twenties and thirties) to Jungian analysis as a client, to shamanic practice, and finally, at least for now to a paradigm best described as Universal Consciousness . His life experience makes it easy for him to relate to and converse with virtually any client.
In one form or another Bill has been helping people ascend the Holy Mountain of consciousness for half a century. He has spent over 200 days of his life on silent retreat.
He welcomes clients of any age or walk of life, any religion or no religion, spiritual seekers, world changers, any gender, any sexual orientation, any religion or none, any experience or no experience. Bill will offer you whatever guidance you may need to reach the next step in your evolution. Fundamentalists likely will not mesh well but Bill is always open.
Those who have been influential in Bill’s journey, either through their writings or in person, in roughly chronological order through Bill’s life are: his parents, Jesus, many Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Nathaniel the apostle of Jesus, Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, the poetry of John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK and RFK, Dorothy Day, Morton Kelsey and John Sanford, Carl Jung, James Fowler, Stan and Christina Grof, Ram Dass, Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Campbell, Persian Sufi mystical poets Rumi, Hafiz, and Kabir, Bill’s wife Linda, Karen Armstrong, Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, shaman psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Sharon Salzberg, Matthew Fox, Mahatma Gandhi, Ken Wilber, the Bhagavad Gita, visionaries George Tripodi and Christopher Largent, and guides from the invisible shamanic realm of animal, plant, mineral, mythic, and human spirits. In addition Bill’s journey has been richly blessed by friends and lovers, teachers and students both past and present and by the mysterious Spirit that wafts like the wind through our human endeavors and guides them to what is best for us.
Bill has travelled a good part of the world, has lived among the poor in both the United States and Mexico, has lived all over the United States, has taught in university classrooms and prisons, has been interviewed live on “Family Matters with Dr. Paul Gottlieb” (Philadelphia Public Radio) and “Dennis Wholey’s America” (DC Public Television), Shepherd University’s Sunday morning interview radio program, and been featured on NBC NEWS4 Washington’s “God In Washington” series..
His home base for decades was inside Washington DC. In 2005 Bill and his wonderful soulmate Linda, decamped to Shepherdstown WV, home of Shepherd University and a beautiful, spiritual, friendly town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about two hours drive from the U.S Capitol. Some semesters Bill teaches “Psychology & Spirituality” at Shepherd U.
Bill is essentially a mystic and his passion in life is helping others on their ascension to higher consciousness. The touchstone in Bill’s work is one’s own experience as distinct from doctrine.
Consciousness Coaching addresses the spiritual hunger that many are experiencing but do not know where to find help.