What is Spiritual Psychology & the Healing Principle Education?
“The movement from mind to experience is the most critical shift in self-development. In that moment, we open the means to express who we authentically are, and who we need to be.”
Plato suggested that the brain is the center of mental processes. Aristotle disagreed: the center, he said, is the heart.
Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain how we think, act and feel. The general field of psychology evolved out of both philosophy and biology. Discussions of these two subjects date back to the early Greek thinkers, including Aristotle and Socrates. The word psychology is derived from the Greek word psyche, meaning ‘soul’.
While the therapeutic field of psychology has taken many twists and turns through many schools, the core of the science is found at its origin, the cultivation of a deeper, more alive and integrated feeling connection with the depths of our being, the area the ancient Greeks called “soul”.
Spiritual psychology, unlike traditional psychology, takes a paradigm shift in its focus on areas of experience in the moment. While we are conditioned to believe that experience follows the dictates of the mind, spiritual psychology opens another possibility. By bringing attentiveness to the most authentic areas of experience, including emotions and feelings, spiritual psychology lets the mind follow the movement of what is there, rather than trying to dictate through repression or diversion what it has learned “ought” to be. As such, it is closely related to the emerging schools of Positive Psychology and Somatic Experiencing.
It is important to understand, that left untrained, the mind tends to follow the logic of survival, determined by a variety of fears – of death, illness, social rejection and/or insanity. Our capacity to contain these fears is reflected in our ability to grow, manifest ourselves and to find happiness and success in our lives. Movement beyond fear also releases layers of stress and mental unrest which can affect our physical health and happiness, as well as our full ability to function as a loving individual in unity with the whole.
Carefully structured exercises and meditations handed down through a lineage of teachers have proven their worth and offer a grounded, integrated system for inner growth that liberates old fears in order to create a deeper connection with our qualities, deeper needs, and chosen direction. The more we are able to develop ourselves within this process, the greater our unique wisdom, vitality and ability to support others through our work.
The Healing Principle education and the International School of Spiritual Psychology are not affiliated with any religion or belief system and have no agenda other than the promotion of well-being. Students have included professionals from all walks of life and all backgrounds – from judges and top business people through to social workers and holistic therapists.