Together with other types of therapy, I practice Integral/Transpersonal Psychotherapy, encompassing mind, body, and spirit, as they are inseparable parts of the whole human. The mind affects the body, and the body affects the mind. If all of these connected parts are not in alignment and working together in concert for your wellbeing, you are likely to experience discomfort or disease.
Transpersonal psychology is a sub-field or "school" of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology. It is also possible to define it as a "spiritual psychology."
The transpersonal is defined as, "experiences in which the sense of identity or self extends beyond and through (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche (soul in Greek), or cosmos." It has also been defined as, "development beyond conventional, personal, or individual levels."
Issues considered in transpersonal psychology include spiritual self-development, self beyond the ego, peak experiences, mystical experiences, systemic trance, spiritual crises or spiritual emergencies, spiritual evolution, religious conversion, altered states of consciousness, spiritual practices, and other sublime and/or unusually expanded experiences of living. The discipline attempts to describe and to integrate religious/spiritual experiences within modern psychological theory and to formulate new theory to encompass such experiences.
Transpersonal psychology has made a number of contributions to various academic fields, such as the studies of human development, consciousness, and spirituality. Transpersonal psychology has also made contributions to the fields of psychotherapy and psychiatry (as well as many other fields from business to architecture).
(adapted from Wikipedia)
Below are some videos that explain much of the history and thinking behind Transpersonal Psychology and include contributions from eminent figures in the field, many of whom were my professors and friends at the, now defunct, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California.
The Story of Transpersonal Psychology:
A robot-thing explains Transpersoanl Psychology:
A lecture about Transpersonal Psychology given by R.D. Laing (1927-1989) and Leo Matos, presented 10 February 1982 as a St. Görans Lecture in Stockholm, Sweden.
The short introduction by Dr. Matos, equating Transpersonal Psychology with Quantum Physics is brilliant.
Stanislav Grof: A New Paradign for the Unconscious
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