Dec 25, 2016

The Basics of Spiritual Psychology

Spiritual psychology

Spiritual psychology, also known as transpersonal psychology, connects broad spiritual ideas to the field of psychology. It can be best explained through the term “transpersonal”. The “personal” aspect refers to psychological ideas about human emotions and behavior. The “trans” means transcendent. So in other words, spiritual psychology transcends the individual’s psychology to a broader metaphysical view.

Spiritual psychology combines science with spirituality, so it’s appealing to a wide number of people. There are some universities that offer programs in spiritual psychology. Spiritual psychologist is a valid career position too.

In this article, we’ll discuss the main tenets and principles of spiritual psychology.

What is spiritual psychology

In a typical framework, there is the physical reality, which is also known as the goal line. It conceptualizes our main goals in life, such as acquiring money, relationships, and products. We want to acquire more things, and thus move along the goal line.

On a separate realm is the spiritual reality, referred to as the soul line. This is fundamentally different from the physical reality.

Spiritual psychologist

In order to understand human experience, spiritual psychology looks at it in 5 layers. The positive (+) and negative (-) signs illustrate that we want to move negative feelings towards positive things. The first four layers – physical, mental, emotional, and unconscious, represent a basic existence that we all live. The authentic self is what is sought after in spiritual psychology. Some of its characteristics are: unconditional love, joy, compassion, beauty, and acceptance.

The essence of the human soul

In spiritual psychology, the soul is the center of attention. But the attention is not directed towards the soul, it’s directed outwards. The intent is to explore the nature of an individual’s soul, both conceptually and experimentally.

The goal is to achieve a so-called spiritual awakening, which means different things for different people. In general, it’s an enlightened state where the individuals feels free from harmful aspects of life, and they have a peace of mind which they have control over. People can get to this stage through sets of processes that are creative, experimental, and transformational.

Spiritual counseling

The main aim of spiritual psychology is to help people going through hard times. Much like a regular psychologist, a spiritual psychologist counsels their patients through therapy. The difference is that the spiritual psychologist gives spiritual advice to the patient. Examples include:

– Guided visualization, which is about visualizing the energies and feelings that one is experiencing.

– Controlling the energy inside your body to keep your mood stable.

– Educating one about alternative belief systems, such as Buddhism and Hinduism.

– Spiritual meditation, which is about exploring your inner self and coming up with a purpose for your life through meditating.

– Spiritual awakening: The idea of detaching yourself from the toxicity around you and letting go of things that disturb your peace.

Programs & Careers

If you want to become a spiritual psychologist, you’ll at least need a degree in psychology. Here is a great resource from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology that lists all the different schools across the world that offer a program in spiritual psychology. There are career opportunities in schools, hospitals, clinics, and churches.


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