What we're about:
For fifteen years or so our main work has been the teaching of psychotherapy skills within a context of spiritual training.
As elucidated here, ‘psychotherapy’ may not be the best name for what it is we teach because the essential nature of our work is older and deeper than the approaches associated with that twentieth century term. Whatever the best name for it, our practice is distinguished by an approach to human suffering that recognizes that our deepest impulse is to awaken to and fully realize the truth of our human condition. As such, our process finds more of an affinity with the time-tested spiritual traditions of enlightenment and liberation than with the chemical solutions of psychiatry or the more superficial fixes of conventional ego psychology. At the very least, this core truth is the context in which our work is grounded.
Therefore, while our work involves techniques of modern experiential psychotherapy, these practices are used in a context that acknowledges the significance and depth of the human soul and spirit. Indeed, we consider those therapeutic approaches that do not recognize these depth dimensions to be ill-founded.
The enlightened sages and buddhas of the past came - despite their independent paths - to a quite remarkable unanimity about the underlying nature of existence. We consider that their unanimity was a result of the accuracy of their insight, and that the spiritual realization to which they attested is as available today as it ever was, and that it is still through the wisdom of the 'Way' they revealed that life at its best is attainable, and indeed that a similar realization to theirs may become ours.
Starting with ourselves, then, this transpersonal work endeavours to heal us from neurosis, move us through Freud’s ‘free-floating anxiety’ and ‘ordinary human misery’ into Jung’s ‘individuation’ and then into the liberating awakening of Sat-chit-ananda (being-consciousness-bliss) that the Oriental traditions maintain to be both the wellspring of our condition and of the Way itself. By seriously engaging this depth process in ourselves we also cultivate our ability to facilitate it in others.
And to borrow from the spirit of Zen: while the attainment of ‘life at its best’ is no simple matter, it may also be the simplest matter of all.
This, then, is the fertile field of transpersonal psychotherapy.