Recovering the Essential Self
What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy?
"Psychotherapy is the only form of therapy there is. Since only the mind can be sick, only the mind can be healed. Only the mind is in need of healing. This does not appear to be the case, for the manifestations of this world seem real indeed."
-A Course In Miracles
Transpersonal Therapy focuses on the Essential Self. The word "transpersonal" comes from the Latin "trans," meaning beyond and through, and "persona," meaning mask or personality. Transpersonal therapy is truly holistic, encompassing all levels of human experience, including the spiritual, seeking to reveal the person behind the personality. Transpersonal psychology draws it's methodology from the spiritual traditions of the world, including eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, the Yogic traditions of India, and Western Contemplative traditions, and integrates them with contemporary psychology.
In transpersonal therapy, it is essential that the therapist recognize that he/she is equal to the client and in fact, on the level of pure consciousness, there is no separation between them. This shift in ideology changes the whole nature of the therapy. The therapist is not in a superior position to the client, and listens with suspended judgment and an attitude of deep respect. While each person has their own thoughts and beliefs and feelings, their experiences cannot be completely separate. The consciousness of one has a direct impact on that of the other. It is in that shared consciousness, where true empathy and insight can take place for both therapist and client. While it is still important at times for the therapist to be discriminating and analytical, the primary mode of being with the client is with an attitude of open-mindedness, wonder and innocence, (what is referred to as "beginners mind" in Zen Buddhism). It is as if everything that is said, and felt, and thought, was for the first time ever. The therapist strives to be completely genuine, "authentic," and "present" and coaches the client to do the same. Both aspire to be self-aware, honest, and "real." This makes for a powerful therapeutic relationship in which tremendous healing and growth can take place.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be a very effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Its premise is that our thoughts and deeply held assumption and beliefs, influence our emotions and perceptions. However, CBT does not address the deeper questions of consciousness and the Essential Self. Combined with transpersonal therapy principles, CBT takes on a different tone. Utilizing certain techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I emphasize the importance of Self-acceptance, and the recognition that one's outer appearances are but temporary shadows. When we mistake these shadows of the mind as our true self, we suffer greatly. We fall into guilt, shame, fear, and depression.
The mind with all it's constant chatter and analysis, filters the Truth and distorts the perception of reality. The mind is incapable of knowing the Essential Self, just as the mind is incapable of imagining the number of stars in the sky or drops in the ocean.
Energy Psychology and Transpersonal Therapy
Energy Psychology is a relatively new field, but I believe that within the next five years it will be the gold standard of mental health treatment as well as be accepted as a medical treatment for many physical conditions.
There is a vast and ever-growing number of techniques within the field of Energy Psychology. One of the most popular, effective and widely accepted methods - Meridian Tapping (EFT), is 1) non-invasive 2) highly specific and 3) has virtually no known negative side effects. By tapping on specific points on the surface of the skin as you focus mentally on specific target symptoms, the nervous system is gently stimulated and the chemistry of the brain and body can instantly shift. This simple process allows deep, instantaneous and usually permanent change to take place. Unwanted emotions can disappear, destructive habits and behaviors can cease, and your capacity to experience joy, peace, love and positive relationships can be greatly enhanced. Energy Psychology is the perfect method of healing for the Transpersonal model, as it gracefully and easily eliminates the barriers to a deeper state of peace, clarity and empowerment.
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"Mind negates the inflow of Higher Knowledge..."
-Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath
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Ben Schwarcz, MA, MFT
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