Humanology, a Center which promotes Transpersonal Psychotherapy Application and Training, in collaboration with world-class professors specializing in the transpersonal model of psychotherapy, is promoting and launching for the first time for Greek and European data a certified training from the Hellenic Counseling Society and the International Organization for Transpersonal Psychotherapy on the Transpersonal model of Counseling & Psychotherapy.
What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy?
In the late 1960s in California (U.S.A.), Maslow and other leading humanistic
psychologists, such as Charles Tart, Tony Suttez, Stan Groff, Ken Wilber laid the foundations of transpersonal psychology, founded the first transpersonal scientific society and published the first scientific journal of transpersonal psychology. In the context of transpersonal psychotherapy, beyond the purely scientific perspective of modern discoveries of quantum physics and psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches, emphasis is placed on ancient and new spiritual paths from around the world.
The spiritual paths of transpersonal psychotherapy have been followed and taught by enlightened masters from every culture, complete human beings who have left an indelible mark on the history of self-awareness – a fact that creates an extremely strong basis for “seeing far because we stand on the shoulders of giants”.
Why should I choose this training?
The Transpersonal approach differs from any other type of psychotherapy as it is a holistic and existential method, based on which the person is perceived as a set of mental, physical, psychological, spiritual functions and needs. The ultimate goal of transpersonal psychotherapy is to connect the person with his/her spiritual self.
Modern physics & Transpersonal psychotherapy
Modern physics is rapidly revising the stereotypical image people hold of the nature of reality. Quantum consciousness is the unity of everything. At the same time, the catalytic effect on Western culture of numerous spiritual traditions has given birth to new ways of looking at life and the human condition. The amazing thing is that both of these factors quantum physics and spiritual traditions converge to build a new model for man and the universe.
Transpersonal psychotherapy delves into the secrets of esoteric traditions and the latest discoveries on the structure and treatment of the human psyche, as well as the principles and findings of modern physics.
It is a marriage of psychotherapy and spirituality as ancient wisdom is rekindled through the accumulation of modern scientific discoveries on the nature of reality and how it interacts with the human psyche. This – in an original and impressive way – creates the extremely strong basis for spiritual development and mental health. The potential benefits of a modern approach to mental health treatment based on nature’s ancient quantum know-how are enormous. This quantum know-how creates biochemical phenomena in all flora and fauna, and above all in humans.
Man affects the quantum field through thoughts and emotions, which create the corresponding biochemistry in his body and the quantum field in turn responds, creating spatiotemporal events that simulate the inner dimension of the individual. After the person is structured and composed mentally then the center of gravity is placed on his spiritual self. In this way, the common unity we all share is recognized. Although common psychology emphasizes the foreground only, Transpersonal Counseling & Psychotherapy emphasizes both the foreground and the background. The therapeutic purpose extends beyond the completion of the individualized self and includes the conditions for establishing a relationship with the universe. This is achieved through a methodology that is two-way and directed from the cell to the nervous system, body organs, muscle tissues, thought, emotions, energy and spirit. And from spirit, to energy, thought, emotions, muscle tissue, body organs, central nervous system and cell. This approach makes the difference, as it emphasizes the global treatment of man, that is, treating him as a whole and not in pieces..
The science of psychology, however, considers that the human soul is only thought, feelings and chemical processes in the body: if something cannot be proven and measured experimentally, for science it does not exist. This approach is a very restrictive model of understanding life and the human condition. How is it possible, after all, to measure absolute emptiness, as the Buddha claimed, or absolute fullness, as Jesus said? The answer to this question is that these transcendent states can only be experienced.
Psychotherapeutic systems are based on the medical model of disease and focus on psychopathology by investigating the person’s past and seeking to identify the dysfunctional cognitive and emotional patterns that lie at the core of psychological problems. However, with new information about the fuctioning of the brain and nervous system, traditional psychological methods are being called into question. Today, it is realized that the once-held view that if one knows what has gone wrong in a person’s life, one can also know how to help them resolve their difficulties, is incorrect. When one focuses on pain one runs the risk of strengthening it and becoming addicted to it, enhancing one’s ability to feel lack.
The analytical process that science advocates, dividing reality into smaller and smaller pieces and trying to find the truth through this orientation, may have results for tangible things, but not for the human condition and the solution of the riddle of self-awareness. It’s like someone deconstructing the television and looking for the TV presenter inside the device.
Classic psychotherapy can help – to a certain extent – a person to understand some dynamics, to perceive some emotions and to make some changes in his character, such as to set boundaries, to improve his interaction with his environment. The concept of self in psychotherapy stops, however, at the history of the individual which the therapist tries to repair in some way. It stops at thought and what is known as mind.
This becomes noticeable if one simulates the human being as a puzzle that has been disconnected in some of its parts. What psychotherapy tries to do is to connect the pieces of this puzzle to the original form and thus make the image of the individual Ego. In other words, this is what elementary school and high school are like. However, if one wants to go to university one needs to transcend the Mind. Approaches, of course, from the East do not give any importance to the Ego. All they care about is the creator of the human Ego.
Both of these paths are limiting. A comprehensive view on this matter is the harmonious marriage of the two seemingly opposite approaches – as mentioned above – which shed a lot of light through the view of modern physics (Quantum Physics), which brings new data and has confirmed the ancient wisdom born in Greece , India and China, that everything is one, that we live in an ocean of energy and that we are all connected to each other so that everything
influences each other “David Bohm”. The fluttering of a butterfly in China for example may be associated with a large earthquake in America.
Summarizing: Transpersonal psychotherapy is not for everyone, it is for people who realize that there is some meaning in life that perhaps they have not yet found, that is, that there is something more to this life beyond thoughts and feelings. At the same time, however, it expands the concept of therapy by answering essential existential questions about human nature, such as “Who am I”, “What am I doing on thisplanet?”, “How can I give my life more meaning?”
Influences and theories that synthesize the Transpersonal Counseling-psychotherapy model.
Psychoanalytic- psychodynamic psychotherapy / Somatic Psychotherapy / Systemic Representation / Humanistic / Person-centered psychotherapy / Gestalt psychotherapy / Drama therapy / Developmental Trauma Therapy NARM / Peter Levine on Somatic Experiencing / Psychogenic / N.L.P / E.M.D.R / Taoism / Zen / Yoga / Shamanism / Dzogchen Buddhism / Platonic philosophy / Existentialism / Chinese Medicine / Phenomenology.
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