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"We re still very juvenile as a species. When I say juvenile, when we are adolescent, body parts are important. We are still as a humanity, we are still in that condition. Body parts [material world] are super important. This is why spiritual process is important. When I say "spiritual", once again this is another most corrupted word on the planet. If I say "spiritual" people are thinking I am looking up, looking down at heaven, whatever. No. spiritual means your experience of life has transcended the limitations of physiological and psychological processes" ~ Sadhguru

#spiritualty #sadhguru

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"We all need a drop of something which is beyond your body, which is beyond your mind. Something within you that is not a concoction of your mind. A place to stand beyond psychological and physical process must be there in every life." ~ Sadhguru

#spirituality #sadhguru

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"How letting go can help you cultivate inner stability and connect to greater meaning during uncertain times....One practice that brings us closer to strengthening our inner stability is letting go."

1) Let go of story.
2) Let go of stuff.
3) Let go of busyness.

#psychology #wellness #wellbeing #detachment #spirituality

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"Thich Naht Hanh, the Zen Buddhist master, has some interesting advice about what it means to truly let go. Many people mistake detachment or non-clinging to be a form of aloofness, or emotional disconnect from others, but as Hanh explains, truly letting go often means loving someone more than you have ever loved them before."

#spirituality #detachment #thichnahthanh #buddhism
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Latest from +Steve Taylor

"A near-death experience is when a person appears to be clinically "dead" for a short period — when the heart stops beating, the brain registers no sign of activity and other vital signs indicate death — and yet they report a continuation of consciousness. This may happen following a cardiac arrest, for example. For a few seconds or minutes, a person may show no biological signs of life, and yet when they are resuscitated, report that a series of unusual experiences."

"Typically, near-death experiences begin with a feeling of separation from the body (or out-of-body experience), sometimes with a humming or whistling sound. Then there is usually a journey through a dark passage or tunnel towards a place of light. There is a feeling of serenity and intense well-being, a sense of calmness and wholeness, which is often so pleasant that some people are reluctant to return to their bodies, and even feel disappointed when they regain consciousness. Often people meet deceased relatives or beings of light. In a smaller proportion of cases, there is a "life review," in which the significant events of a person’s life are replayed."

#psychology #transpersonal #neardeathexperience #transformation #stevetaylor

Transformation Through Dying
Transformation Through Dying
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"Singing bowls that are believed to originate from the shamanic Bon tradition preceding Tibetan Buddhism, started to spread across the modern world approximately 25 years ago. Their sacred sounds are now widely used for healing, meditation, and transformation, and the vibrations emitted through Tibetan singing bowls facilitate a holistic, whole body healing effect. This includes improved functioning of the immune system, pain reduction and lowered amounts of stress and anxiety in the mind, body and spirit."

#spirituality #wellbeing #singingbowls #buddhism

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"As a transpersonal psychologist, I’m very interested in the spiritual aspect of the human condition. During my training, I was fascinated to learn about the term spiritual emergency. While the concept has similarities to that of psychosis, in my mind it seems to have a more positive and beneficial vibe connected to it, in that it may lead to transformation or a sense of empowerment."


#psychology #spiritualemergence #spiritualemergency #transpersonal

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Early shamanic practices may represent the foundation of all spiritual and religious thinking among humans. Shamanism is the FIRST spirituality, the FIRST religion of man. In many ways, the human mind's ability to enter altered-states of consciousness revealing transformational, transcendent and transpersonal realms beyond the constraints of ego, is a UNIVERSAL PSYCHOLOGICAL CAPACITY.

"Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.”

~ Terence McKenna

We are all fundamentally interconnected and interdependent - this is the ONE REALITY revealed through ancient spiritual texts, eastern contemplative practices, entheogenic rituals and even quantum physics - UNITY.

The NATURAL psychological and behavioral reaction to such an awakening (realization of UNITY), is COMPASSION.

"Shamanism is a path of knowledge, not of faith, and that knowledge cannot come from me or anyone else in this reality. To acquire that knowledge, including the knowledge of the reality of the spirits, it is necessary to step through the shaman's doorway and acquire empirical evidence."

~ Michael Harner

Being open to the idea of trans-personal (beyond ego) states is step one. Next, foster a life-style and way-of-being which opens up and reinforces the beyond-ego self and the foundation of UNITY:

(1) SERVICE (to something more than yourself)
(2) COMPASSION (towards all living things).

Although we Westerners should never refer to ourselves as "Shaman", we can respectfully embrace the teachings and methods through our own "shamanic practices" since they represent a basic human capacity for spiritual and psychological transformation.

"It isn't that a warrior learns shamanism as time goes by; rather, what he learns as time goes by is to save energy. This energy will enable him to handle some of the energy fields which are ordinarily inaccessible to him. Shamanism is a state of awareness, the ability to use energy fields that are not employed in perceiving the everyday-life world that we know."

~ Carlos Castaneda

"The sheer magnitude of our shamanic ancestry means one of two things: either shamanism originated once prior to the human diaspora some 70,000 years ago and has been preserved since, or it has arisen independently countless times in premodern human cultures. If we consider that preagricultural human societies are each experiments in how to run a village, with each competing in the evolutionary market of survival and reproduction, then we must ask: what good is shamanism?"

"The answer is a lesson in both the psychology of problem solving and the construction of meaning. In order to get there, we first have to understand what the prominent explanations of shamanism are in contemporary anthropology. These explanations all rely upon a common set of psychological and evolutionary principles, and these principles in turn explain the adaptive value of shamanism."


#shamanism #psychology #transpersonal #transformation #spirituality #awakening

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I very much agree with Scott Barry Kaufman's scale and characterization of self-actualization. No time to expand beyond YUP. :)

“There is now emerging over the horizon a new conception of human sickness and of human health, a psychology that I find so thrilling and so full of wonderful possibilities...” –Abraham Maslow

"Maslow's emphasis was less on a rigid hierarchy of needs, and more on the notion that self-actualized people are motivated by health, growth, wholeness, integration, humanitarian purpose, and the "real problems of life.""

"...Maslow increasingly became convinced that self-actualization is healthy self-realization on the path to self-transcendence."

1: Continued Freshness of Appreciation (Sample item: "I can appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others.")

2: Acceptance (Sample item: "I accept all of my quirks and desires without shame or apology.")

3: Authenticity (Sample item: "I can maintain my dignity and integrity even in environments and situations that are undignified.")

4: Equanimity (Sample item: "I tend to take life's inevitable ups and downs with grace, acceptance, and equanimity.")

5: Purpose ("I feel a great responsibility and duty to accomplish a particular mission in life.")

6: Efficient Perception of Reality ("I am always trying to get at the real truth about people and nature.")

7: Humanitarianism ("I have a genuine desire to help the human race.")

8: Peak Experiences ("I often have experiences in which I feel new horizons and possibilities opening up for myself and others.")

9: Good Moral Intuition ("I can tell 'deep down' right away when I've done something wrong.")

10: Creative Spirit ("I have a generally creative spirit that touches everything I do.")

#psychology #spirituality #selfactualization #selftranscendence #maslow #scottbarrykaufman

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"When you allow yourself to be in a sangha the way a drop of water allows itself to be in a river, the energy of the sangha can penetrate into you, and transformation and healing will become possible." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love. When you do not see these in a community, it is not a true sangha, and you should have the courage to say so. But when you find these elements are present in a community, you know that you have the happiness and fortune of being in a real sangha." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"The Buddha said that the water in the four oceans has only one taste, the taste of salt, just as his teaching has only one taste, the taste of liberation. Therefore the elements of sangha are the taste of life, the taste of liberation, and we have to practice in order to become the salt. When we say, “I take refuge in the sangha,” it is not a statement, it is a practice." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"I don’t think the Buddha wanted us to abandon our society, our culture or our roots in order to practice. The practice of Buddhism should help people go back to their families. It should help people re-enter society in order to rediscover and accept the good things that are there in their culture and to rebuild those that are not." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"The presence of a sangha is a wonderful opportunity to allow the collective energy of the sangha to penetrate into our body and consciousness. We profit a lot from that collective energy. We can entrust ourselves to the sangha because the sangha is practicing, and the collective energy of mindfulness is strong. Although we can rely on the energy of mindfulness that is generated by our personal practice, sometimes it is not enough. But if you know how to use that energy of mindfulness in order to receive the collective energy of the sangha, you will have a powerful source of energy for your transformation and healing." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

#spirituality #buddhism #sangha #thichnhathanh

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