What is transpersonal psychotherapy

And is it for you?

The primary goal of the transpersonal approach is to help you feel better about yourself and your life.  

Transpersonal psychotherapy differs from other methods of talk therapy because it adds a spiritual aspect to your exploration of self. The approach incorporates the energy release of inhibitory memories from the body as well. 

This approach helps the participant reach a state of identification with the whole (body, mind and spirit) that gives him an experience of access towards a broader consciousness as he has never known before. The experience of accessing a broader consciousness allows for an inward flow of energies to which he did not previously have access. 

The truly enlightened person, according to transpersonal psychology, is the one who lives with access to the inner Light and feels happy because he knows how to affirm himself on a daily basis.

Why do we need spiritual development?

In the process of opening a portal to spiritual development, first of all a process of "moving a boundary" begins to take place. Life also brings constant crises and challenges, since every boundary facing them is the focus of internal debate that creates a duality between "fear and faith", between "me and what is not me". 

Moving the boundary often involves psychological discomfort. The goal is towards the experience of unity, in which the ego is stretched to the limit, identifying everything that exists as part of the new self.  

It is the transition beyond a worldview of opposites and duality. The enlightened person understands that the whole world is one fabric, that life and crises are one great lesson of a higher force waiting for us to be ready for what has received our potential with all its might. 

The main difficulty in developing beyond the ego, or in expanding the boundaries of the ego, is that alongside the knowledge that there is something greater than ourselves, to which we aspire to connect, there is also a basic fear of the ego of losing its identity in the process of unification. This fear creates a constant internal struggle between moving away from the consciousness of unity and getting closer to it.

Those who agree to develop spiritually have access and occurrence of deep healing to parts that experience a feeling of being stuck, a sense of dead end, getting lost, feeling that nothing is right, loneliness, insecurity, lack of success, obsessive thoughts, lack of love, inability to make decisions

A change in feeling only when the ego surrenders and the resistance to the connection to the whole ceases.  Then the separation from the world will disappear, consciousness will expand in all directions and direction, and enlightenment will come.

Where did the fourth force in psychology come from -

At the end of the 1960s, a new stream developed in the world of therapy – transpersonal – combining psychology with spirituality. The meaning of the term transpersonal is "beyond the personal." This field of psychology studies human development beyond the ego level. Conventional psychology studies the person as an individual, defining the limits of the self sharply. Any situation in which the perception of these boundaries is undermined is considered a pathological condition. Spiritual psychology, on the other hand, sees the limits of the self as something more flexible and the expansion of the ego as a natural and even desirable state, due to its potential for learning and development. For this reason, researchers of the transpersonal approach place spiritual experiences and alternate states of consciousness at the center of their research. Transpersonal psychology draws heavily on Eastern philosophies and has made meditation a primary therapeutic tool. Carl Gustav Jung is considered to be the first transpersonal psychologist. Other theorists of this current include Abraham Maslau, Stanislav Groff, and Viktor Frankl. All were influenced by the spiritual awakening in the West inspired by Eastern teachings, and incorporated principles from Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism into their theories. Another source of inspiration for them was the transformation of scientific paradigms, such as quantum theory, which paved the way for a new view of the universe and man's place within it. 

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