What is Transpersonal Psychology?
Transpersonal psychology integrates the study of spiritual and transpersonal experience with traditional psychology. It has opened up new frontiers in the science of the mind, stimulating innovative cognitive research along with highly effective therapies that help patients resolve deep personal issues.
Transpersonal means, “beyond the personal” –Trans’ in Latin means ‘beyond’. ‘Personal’ refers to the consciousness level of personality. A transpersonal level of consciousness is any level beyond where the normal personality operates.
Transpersonal psychology legitimizes the existence of human experience that is beyond the physical. It is a sound, holistic platform that focuses on positive elements of human faith and spirit as they affect moral motivation, behavior, self-identity, states of higher consciousness, and the concerns of the human soul.
To define transpersonal psychology as the study of humanity’s highest potential implies the conscious integration of all of our various aspects – body, mind, and soul – with the unrelenting challenges of everyday life. In real terms, it means that by learning how to function everyday as an increasingly integrated being, we becomes an empowered participant in forming our world – rather than just someone to whom the world is happening. On one one level, this is the epicenter of self-actualization. On another – a reasonable definition of good mental health.
In a transpersonal therapy session you can tap into your own higher awareness and creative capacity and discover the meaningful and sacred connection to one’s own life and to the world. I can guide you through actual transpersonal experiences in the therapy room. I can take you through mindfulness and guided meditation to a state of calmness bringing greater perception, quicker reflexes and a sense of harmony. We can use music or art therapy to assist the healing and insight to occur.
The goal of transpersonal psychology is self-actualization
Transpersonal therapy considers self-actualization as an ongoing process of self-fulfillment. Psychologist Abraham Maslow said, “what a man can be, he must be…it is the desire to become more than one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.” Each person’s capability is different.
It is not new age or affiliated with one particular religion.
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