Are you ready for psychological healing? This book is your liberating guide to psychological growth, including self-understanding, self-transformation, healing psychologically painful inner conflicts, as well as achieving psychological and spiritual fulfillment. Some aspects of psychological health and fulfillment clarified in this book include, authenticity, sincerity, integrity, creativity, intuition, empathy, inspiration, vitality, courage, strength of character, unselfish love (or warmhearted caring), emotional security, inner wholeness, and fulfillment.
Readers will discover a new understanding of effective psychotherapy, groundbreaking diagnostic psychological testing research, as well as the distinction between the ego self-concept, the experiential self, and the transpersonal self (the real self, the relational self, or the holistic self).
The authors deeply explored their own psychological pain and experiential truth to write this book, as a way of helping readers achieve greater self-understanding, fulfillment, and liberation from psychological pain. These principles of psychological self-understanding and healing self-transformation can also enhance the development of interpersonal relationships, as well as facilitate effective and fulfilling ways of living in society. Self-transformation at your fingertips!
Targeted Age Group:: Adults and Teens
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
We were inspired to write this book because we compassionately wished to give readers insights that could help them resolve emotional pain and inner conflict, and achieve significantly greater levels of inner peace, happiness, genuine self-understanding, psychological wellbeing, spiritual awakening, and fulfilling, loving, interpersonal relationships.
The primary key to resolving psychological inner conflict and emotional distress, as well as undoing toxic fixation in inappropriate, maladaptive, overly restrictive, habitually predetermined modes of perceiving and functioning is to permit uncomfortable feelings or painful experiential states to flow freely, spontaneously, into your conscious awareness, so that they can play themselves out without interference internally, or “speak” for themselves to conclusion, within your conscious awareness, and thereby drain out into their underlying base or substratum in pure conscious-life energy. This undoes the painful, self-conflicted, psychologically unhealthy momentum or feeling tone of your energy. This process of emotional/energetic self-healing through self-reunification with your previously rejected, repressed, feelings and experiential states, so that the energy invested within them can be released, and no longer be blocked, can occur only if you relinquish all sense of reactive, judgmental, preconceived interpretation, control, and censorship with regard to your own uncomfortable feelings and experiential states, but instead permit them to flow or speak for themselves within your nonreactive pure conscious awareness, without speaking for them, i.e., without superimposing any kind of predetermined presumptive interpretations, expectations, or goals upon the feelings. Following the winding trail or thread of the actual experiential truth of yourself wherever it may spontaneously lead from moment to moment liberates you from toxic blockage and misdirection of your energies in persistent, often habitual patterns of self-deception, self-rejection, self-division, and self-conflict. Perhaps the psychologically liberating, healing, beneficially transformational effects of being open to the actual experiential truth of yourself, without superimposing any kind of biased, predetermined interpretations, expectations, goals, or agendas upon it, may be epitomized by the Biblical maxim, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
Being open to the full range of your actual experiential states, without making divisive positive and negative value judgments or presumptive interpretations of them, also has a psychological healing effect by restoring the natural wholeness of the psyche through the reintegration of previously rejected or subconscious experiential states. The principle that psychological healing involves reunifying the psyche by nonjudgmentally accepting and consciously reintegrating previously estranged experiential aspects of the psyche, as well as reunifying the inner and outer or subjective and objective aspects of reality by engaging in deeply invested caring communion with other individuals, phenomena, and activities, is epitomized in Max Hammer’s dictum, “Wholeness Heals!”
Psychological Self-Healing or psychotherapeutic healing processes should involve letting go of restrictive self-definitions so that you can access and integrate experiential aspects of the psyche that abide beyond the parameters of those preconceived, restrictive, divisive self-definitions. For example, psychological, social, philosophical, or religious theories are overly restrictive or reductionist if they automatically exclude aspects of human experience beyond the scope of their particular interpretive model, such as, denying validity to the spiritual, transpersonal, numinous, or non-materialistic, non-rationalistic aspects of the psyche.
Following or being open to the actual experiential truth of yourself as it dynamically, spontaneously, often unpredictably unfolds from moment to moment, also involves developing the ability and willingness to discern and function consistently with the sense of integrity, self-consistency, or good-will that spontaneously arises from the deepest core of your own being. Your core integrity intuitively alerts you to whether or not, or to what extent, in your current situation, a particular option of perception and functioning is basically consistent with the distinctive vibratory energy tone and inherent energy qualities of your own being, such as the intrinsic genuineness (realness), sincerity, compassion, life-affirming goodness, constructiveness, self-consistent wholeness, inner strength, courage, wholesome purity, and rightful quality of your being.
The process of developing psychological maturity, involving genuine constructive self-responsibility and ethical responsibility toward others, necessarily involves learning to intuitively discern and heed the distinctive energy vibration signals arising from the core integrity level of our own being, alerting us to what options of functioning and perception ring true or false, or seem rightful or queasy to the intrinsic soundness, constructive goodness, rectitude, or rightful purity of our being. The development of relatively high levels of integrity makes us a self-consistent self, a cohesive, holistic, integrated, or integral self; a transpersonal, non-egoistic, relational, connective, or nonexclusive self, where all aspects of ourselves are unified by the indivisible self-consistent wholeness of the essential core of our individual being, connected to the transpersonal, spiritual, or relational whole of being. In contrast to the transpersonal or holistic self, the experiential self can be divided by conflicts between various impulses and experiential states, and also be distanced or divorced from other individuals and from the relational, spiritual, or transpersonal ground of being; while the conceptually defined egoistic self, the conceptual self, can readily be divided between various conflicting, presumptive, self-definitions and self-evaluations.
Furthermore, achieving psychological maturity also involves developing strength of character, or true courage, involving the willingness and ability to tolerate the risk or actual experience of psychological pain, discomfort, stress, frustration, uncertainty, or lack of premature closure, when such risks can truly have an adaptive, beneficial, or transformational impact upon us, or upon other individuals toward whom we feel a genuine sense of ethical responsibility. Developing true strength of character and integrity enables us to feel inwardly substantial, secure, and self-confident, rather than feeling like an inwardly hollow, fragile, easily collapsible, “house of cards.” The only effective way to develop genuine psychological maturity, integrity, and strength of character is to consciously face, rather than escape, deny, and cover over painful feelings and uncomfortable experiential states, which often tend to be rooted in the conceptually self-defined
ego-personality’s basic sense of inner emptiness, nothingness, insubstantiality, insecurity, and lack of self-consistency.
Following the trail or thread of the actual experiential truth of ourselves in these and various other ways, gradually leads us away from presumptive egoistic ideas of ourselves to the discovery of more experientially genuine natural inclinations, talents, and potentials, that are intrinsic to our own being or conscious life energy force. As we outgrow what is psychologically immature and inauthentic in ourselves, and grow in the discovery and development of what is more experientially genuine in us, our conscious awareness gradually progresses or penetrates beyond the momentary experiential truth of ourselves to the awakening of our permanent being, the deepest source or core level of our conscious life energy force. As our consciousness gradually penetrates into deeper levels of our own real being or life energy force, we begin to develop a clearer, more vivid, profounder experience of the qualities of unconditional wellbeing, inner peace, security, creativity, love, beauty, and true grandeur, that are intrinsic to our permanent being. Consciously awakening, discovering, or uncovering the essential core of our being also enables us to tap into a potentially limitless inner source of benign energy-power, creative intelligence, inspiration, abundance, and enhanced functioning within ourselves. Metaphorically similar to a gardener or farmer planting healthy seeds in fertile good soil, consciously awakening the essential “ground” level of our being facilitates the perhaps limitlessly growing fruition of the seed-like potentials that are rooted in our own conscious life-energy force. As our consciousness maturely develops the openness and clarity to penetrate into deeper and deeper levels of our being and experience, we thereby gain greater liberating and transformational insight into the experiential truth of ourselves, other individuals, and life or reality as a whole.
Thus, we envision a process or continuum of psychological maturation from the relatively weak (deficient-and-insecure-feeling) ego to the relatively strong ego (having a conditional sense of proficiency and security based on having developed relatively greater coping skills and somewhat greater tolerance of psychological pain) to the experiential self, conditionally united with our painful and non-painful experiential states, as a relatively undivided, undefined, wholeness of being, to the fully holistic, transpersonal, relational, or real self, experiencing the sense of unconditional fully integrated wholeness, security, and fulfillment that are intrinsic to our changeless permanent being, and to our immersion in the relational whole fabric, network, web, or matrix of being. In contrast to the conceptually defined ego identity and the experiential self, which can both be overly selfishly oriented, the transpersonal self experiences the intrinsic fulfillment of its being by sharing it with others through expressions of unselfish caring and serving others by actualizing our fullest range of individual and relational potentials.
Discovery and actualization of the natural life energy potentials of the real self are evoked through relational communion with other individuals, phenomena, and activities, as well as self-exploration. But as long as the experiential self continues to be somewhat identified with the separate egoistic self-awareness, its capacity for communion and its level of related experiential self-discovery will typically tend to be somewhat shallower and more distorted in the self-discovery of their real life energy-based potentials and natural inclinations, covered over by deficiency-based psychological needs and predetermined self-interpretations.
The ongoing discovery of what is experientially real in us, including the unending process of actualizing our natural potentials and abilities, provides us with genuine self-knowledge, in contrast to the ego’s presumptive ideas of itself, involving conceptual self-definitions and self-interpretations, which can never be conclusively proven or definitively established, because they are not intrinsic to our being or life energy force, and can always be invalidated by their relative opposite counterparts, such as, the actual experience of being weak and ineffectual undermining the ego’s presumptive definition of being powerful. Whereas the ego’s conceptual self-definitions usually tend to produce a continuous process of narcissistic self-preoccupation and extreme experiential separation or energetic disconnection from others, our real being or conscious life-energy is intrinsically a relational self, so many of its potentials can best be actualized through a process of responsive empathic communion and cooperation with others rather than through introspective self-isolation.
Perhaps consciously awakening the most essential core or power-source level of our being may eventually enable us to individually, relationally, and collectively gain greater mastery over various kinds of inner and outer predatory, destructive forces of negativity that exert a more powerful, more frequent, and more enduring harmful influence upon us when our level of psychological maturity or conscious awakening of our life energy force is less advanced or developed. This seems to suggest that there may be a basic innate purposive ontic intention for individuals, relationships, and collective society as a whole, to develop greater levels of conscious experiential awakening of our intrinsic being or life energy force in order to heighten our immunity to various kinds of malign forces, be they visible or invisible, inner or outer, physical, psychological, or societal in origin.
Until we human beings gain greater master over inner and outer malign forces, so that we are not perpetually victimized, it is like having the Damocles sword of disaster always suspended over our heads, preventing us from feeling deeply secure and from deeply enjoying or savoring the many treasures or delights that life has to offer. Consciously or subconsciously, we all have a natural innate urge to fully experientially awaken our inner energy-power source so that it can serve us as a protective, abundance-providing, wish-granting, guiding inner beacon, inner genie, or true genius in us. Following the winding trail of the momentary experiential truth of ourselves to its source in the permanent reality nature of our awakened being, as our inner source of limitless real power, wisdom, grandeur, and abundance, is metaphorically symbolized in many stories and myths, such as the story of following the “Yellow Brick Road” to its source in the Wizard of Oz, seeking the “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” the quest for the “Holy Grail,” climbing Jacob’s ladder or “Jack and the Beanstalk,” as well as songs such as, “To Dream the Impossible Dream,” or “When you wish upon a star.” The wish granting star, hidden treasure, or powerful Wizard of Oz symbolically represent the core level of our own being, beaconing us through the “still small voice of intuition” to come home to itself (our own true self) by following the winding trail of our own core integrity.
Perhaps the development of greater conscious mastery over often subconscious or unconscious malign energy forces may be symbolically depicted by the transition from the Piscean Age, represented by fish swimming in water, to the Aquarian Age, represented by a person holding a pitcher of water, with water representing inner and outer turbulent forces that contain and control us when we have not yet consciously awakened and maturely developed the most powerful, genuine, core level of our own being, whereas a psychologically maturely developed consciousness can contain, tame, or overcome less conscious wild energy forces. Like purifying a muddy or polluted river, our own conscious life energy force has a natural urge to restore its intrinsic purity, beauty, grandeur, regenerative vitality, inner peace, and wholeness, by overcoming or constructively resolving various kinds of unwholesome addictions, stagnating regressive fixations, and inner conflicts. Like a strong, sturdy tree that is deeply rooted in the ground, and cannot be blown away by passing storms, we must be deeply rooted in our own core integrity to overcome the opposing resistive force of disintegration, division, and discord, not necessarily by actively opposing it (we tend to energize and magnify whatever we focus our conscious attention upon), but rather by remaining courageously true to what is experientially real and constructively good-natured in ourselves, even under all opposing conditions, circumstances, and temptations, such as intense fear and greed.
Consciously awakening the source-energy-power level of our own individual, relational, and collective humanity or societal being may also serve to heighten our ability to unfold and magnetically attract greater levels of inner and outer abundance. Whereas the ego’s basically unrealistic sense of self-aggrandizement or grandiosity often comes from feeling superior to others in the competitive arena, or even through various subtle or overt predatory ways of functioning (be it through physical violence, financial, sexual, social, or psychological means), our intrinsic real being or energy-force is consciously or subconsciously/subliminally urging us to awaken in ourselves the experience of a more genuine, more experiential, profounder, more enduring, sense of inner grandeur, as a life energy presence, by unselfishly sharing it with others, or generously expressing it to others. That is how we function as energy-givers, energy-enhancers, rather than as an energy-drainer or “energy vampire” in our relationships with others. Whereas the narcissistic ego often seeks to enhance, embellish, or aggrandize itself through extreme, exaggerated, positive self-definitions, the development of our real being or life energy force flows in greater depth, height, and breadth as we unselfishly share our caring energies, talents, and gifts or resources with others, because the process of sharing or giving reflects the principle off inner abundance rather than inner paucity or scarcity.
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