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March 9, 2023

Spiritual Psychology: Merging Spirituality and Science in your Life

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Spiritual Psychology is a concept and a way of life that focuses on your spiritual health or spiritual wellness. It brings your spiritual well-being to life when it comes to both your psychology and spirituality. We are all spiritual beings, and we should embrace that fact about ourselves no matter the cost.

Spiritual Psychology works with people on three levels: physical, mental, and emotional. These three levels, which form the foundation of traditional therapy, are all predicated on impermanence. What you do (physically), what you believe and think (mentally), and how you feel (emotionally). All three levels will change as you grow, mature, learn, and progress.

Use Spiritual Psychology to treat the underlying core issues that have thrown your life off-kilter. Expect an intellectually stimulating, engaging, and fruitful month of learning how to overcome the issues causing the behaviors that are preventing you from living the life you want. Given such, are you ready to discover your spiritual psychology?

In this article, you’ll learn about:

  • Defining what Spiritual Psychology is in your life
  • Exploring the inner depths of Spiritual Psychology 
  • Discovering your authentic self in Spiritual Psychology
  • The 4 Ways to incorporate Spiritual Psychology into your life

What is the importance of knowing your authentic self in Spiritual Psychology?

You must explore the essence of who you are; that way, you can experience unconditional love, harmony, serenity, joy, and oneness with our cosmos, acceptance of others, and compassion for yourself when you have reached this level. It is not a coincidence that when a person’s connection to this level is reduced, life might feel meaningless, empty, unsatisfied, and hopeless. 

Depression, discontentment, anxiety, despair, self-loathing, and many other disturbing feelings, including our will to live, are some of the problems that might occur. Many of us seek temporary solace in the form of substances or behaviors that are addictive or dangerous, while others simply learn to live with the nagging thought that “there must be more.” A good treatment plan should integrate all four levels to permanently resolve the underlying core issues preventing you from living your life to the fullest potential.

Imagine how different your life would be if your foundation were love and support for yourself rather than being built on the disappointment, despair, anxiety, rage, embarrassment, hopelessness, and resentment of your past. How would that change everything? Very distinct. It’s simple to state, but to effect a change of this kind; you’ll need to put effort into learning new things and unlearning old ones.

What is the origin of Spiritual Psychology?

Carl Jung, a psychiatrist from Switzerland and the founder of analytical psychology, is credited with initiating the conceptual process that eventually led to the development of Spiritual Psychology as we know it today.

In the early 20th century, Jung was Sigmund Freud’s protégé. However, as Jung began to expand his work with the “collective unconscious,” he and Freud parted ways and headed in separate directions. Roberto Assagioli, regarded as the inventor of a psychological technique known as psychosynthesis, concurred with Freud that his theories were too restrictive.

Freud theorized that people experience life on three levels: the physical, the cerebral, and the emotional. Jung and Assogioli were the forerunners in recognizing a fourth level, which they called the level of the authentic self.

What are the Spiritual Psychology Counseling Strategies?

#1: Patient-Centered Therapy

When people sense that they are being listened to, respected, and loved, they can access the natural resources within themselves that allows them to recover.

#2: Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)

To make simple adjustments to what we think and believe, we need to examine the criteria by which we evaluate the happenings in our lives and the guiding principles we have established for ourselves. When we become conscious of how and why we behave this way, we may experience a sea change in the thoughts and beliefs that guide our behavior.

#3: The Gestalt Approach

To learn and develop as a result of a traumatic emotional experience, it is imperative that we thoroughly process the feelings as a result of the event.

#4: Developmental Psychology

Everyone goes through stages of emotional development that are consistent with their age. A traumatic emotional experience can prevent us from developing emotionally to our most significant potential. Working through the traumatic experience in a safe and loving setting will allow us to fix this problem.

#5: Reality Therapy (Behavioral Therapy)

It is commonly believed that mental illness is the cause of dysfunctional habits of conduct. The objective is to come up with a plan of action that is more functional and to be able to segment this plan into manageable components.

#6: Family Systems

This method analyzes the limiting patterns passed down across multiple generations in a family. Participants come away with an awareness of the familial dynamics that are currently active inside them. This awareness ultimately leads to the identification of issues, the comprehension of those issues, and acceptance of those issues, with the end objective of one becoming their unique individual who is comfortable being who they truly are.

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Spiritual Psychology: Why isn’t psychology alone enough?

There is no question that psychology is beneficial. To varying degrees, we have been subjected to harmful forms of societal conditioning, experienced trauma, and suffered fundamental wounds. Therefore, we must investigate and find solutions to these problems to lead lives more at peace (and not infect our children, family, friendships, and work connections with our unresolved matters).

However, more than psychology on its own is required. When no spirituality is present, psychology becomes inert, self-centered, and devoid of meaning. Although we may become more valuable members of society, there is a noticeable decline in the breadth, vigor, and depth of our engagement with life.

On top of that, we might even consider asking at what point we are truly free of all our baggage. When it comes to knowledge, psychology is a lot like a rabbit hole: the deeper you go, the more there is to discover. The more psychological sewage you uncover, the more probable you will begin pathologizing yourself, becoming mired in the narratives that the mind has concocted and becoming trapped in a never-ending cycle of misery.

In this regard, psychology has the potential to act both as a drug and a treatment at the same time. It highlights how we are “not good enough, emotionally unstable, damaged, and not well-adjusted enough,” etc. On the other hand, it equips us with everything we need to “get over” these pathologies.

The 4 Ways to Incorporate Spiritual Psychology into Your Life

#1: Shadow Psychology

It is essential to investigate your shadow self. When we use spirituality as a crutch to avoid confronting our suffering and our shadow sides, it inevitably leads to problems like as blind faith, loss of discernment, mob mentality, spiritual narcissism, a “we versus them” mindset, grandiosity, and just about anything else you can think of. 

Asking yourself, “In what ways am I utilizing this practice to ignore or numb something within me?” is an excellent place to start. Explore your ulterior motives. You could also seek the candid advice of a person you trust, such as a loved one, friend, or spiritual counselor.

#2: The Power of “Why?”

The question “why?” is easy to ask—almost too easy to ask—but it is a question that enables us to see through any illusions or delusions that might be in our way. We can ask “why?” in virtually every circumstance. For instance, we could inquire, “Why am I devoting such a significant portion of my time to this spiritual practice?” 

“Why do I crave happiness with such a fervent passion?” or “Why do I choose to dress like this?” or even “Why do I need to investigate this aspect of myself?” The practice of spiritual discernment involves making it a habit to question “why?” We need to bring this into both the psychological and spiritual realms of our lives.

#3: Get in touch with your Inner Child

The part of you who still feels exposed, curious, and amazed by the world around you is your “inner child,” which plays a significant function in your life. If you have a damaged inner child, it is highly likely that you will turn to spirituality to dull the agony that you are experiencing.

Spiritual bypassing is frequently the result of an inner child that has been neglected and who has been led to believe that if they could only be “perfect enough,” their lives would be “blissful.”

A shadowy aspect of the inner child is the haughty reluctance to see life, others, and oneself clearly because “God/Spirit Guides/Higher Self thinks I’m special/intuitively right/empathic. For those with a profoundly damaged inner child, spirituality may be utilized to harden oneself into a static, dogmatic, black-or-white way of living life. This is especially true if the person believes they are more holy than others.

Please don’t ignore the child who still lives inside you. Making friends with the vulnerable side of yourself is an essential component of doing inner work.

#4: Incorporate Psychology into your Daily Life

Examine the way you are going now to bring about equilibrium. Consider getting a piece of paper and folding it in half lengthwise. On the one hand, jot down all the religious or spiritual activities you partake in. On the other hand, be sure to document all the psychological routines you follow. Which do you engage in more frequently, spiritual practices or psychological ones? This exercise is a straightforward method for determining which of the two sides you lean toward more than the other.

You may write on the spiritual aspect, covering meditation, yoga, visualization, and reiki topics. On the other hand, you might have journaling as an option. You might benefit from engaging in further psychological practices in your daily life.

Final Word:

Spiritual Psychology entails getting in touch with your spiritual being and taking good care of your spirituality and spiritual well-being. The combination of science and spirituality will help you in your daily life.

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