Transpersonal Psychology & the study of Consciousness
Transpersonal psychology is the study of how we can use Eastern practice and spiritual insight, for health and well being in our individualistic culture. To remember that individual means indivisible. Transpersonal Psychology is the study of how ‘I’ can be realised in its wholeness, rather than grasped at in its isolated reflection that is merely the shadow of our true state.
Transpersonal Psychology grew out of Humanistic foundations laid down by Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers in the 1960s. With its focus on the potential of human development and
self-transcendence, Transpersonal psychologists are interested in the mechanics and function of mind and how the individual can rise above its limitations.
Transpersonal Psychologists are interested in taking control of the ego, rather than being driven by it. Transpersonal psychologists are particularly interested in non-ordinary states of consciousness, such as peak experiences, near death experiences and out of body experiences. Transpersonal Psychologists are interested in how the perception of self is formed in our mental and emotional bodies and how we can use this knowledge to surpass typical human challenges, experience spirituality, while these theories are driven by scientific evidence.
In the 1960s psychedelic drugs were widely distributed to researchers in universities, as mainstream science grew interested in non-ordinary states of consciousness. However, many of these states were also accessible without the use of drugs, for example, through holotropic breathwork, meditation, chanting, drumming, sensory deprivation and fasting. It was interesting that these practices and the use of psychodelics were not just throwing up random experiences.
It has long been claimed that our perception is flexible, while filtering out and tuning in to information in a way that
experiences could be shared between people, life forms and even machines. Science may one day refer to these phenomena as electromagnetism. But, it will try to deny that there is any point to understanding the humanistic meaning of this. Electromagnetism is after all, just a word, it says nothing about its purpose. However, a spiritual science will acknowledge and honour this fully.
One reason for this devaluing of function, is that mainstream science is currently at the stage of the 'mind-body' problem. Our subjective experience is without material basis yet it interacts with our physical body. How can the two coexist in unity as they do? How are body and mind able to interact if they are two different things? The mind exists as fields of potential outside of and within our energetic environment that also comprises the physical body. We refer to the body as physical, as opposed to material. While our brain filters information and creates our own meaning of events, that is our conscious experience, the body itself unfolds as conscious awareness, intelligence. This is separation from the whole, from the heart, as the first embryo to form in the human body. This is the realm of eg, non-transpersonal experience, as our separation in to two directions (upper and lower half of the body) is the platform of self- awareness.
To understand how a clock ticks, rather than the function of a clock we can look at the mind-body problem in the same way. It is my opinion that the mind-body does not interact as two separate things, rather form is the expression of mind-in-potentia, unfolding from the blueprints layed out in the unifield, morphic field.
Mind and matter are two sides of the universal coin, but if you disregard mind we will be without meaning.
And a human being without meaning, may as well be a zombie.
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