The dilemmas of our postmodern civilization make it necessary for us to adapt to new ways of being in the world. One might experience this in everyday life as their reaction to horrors of war and violence change or even diminish after increased exposure. We become used to it in a sense. This adaptive function is critical and necessary in order for us to handle the biggest challenges of humanity.
Extreme challenges, such as the suffering caused by poverty and ethnic discord and also the challenges faced by the human spirit, challenges like abuse, physical and emotional, addiction and its consequences, have for the most part never been overcome despite great efforts. Solving these matters or eliminating such challenges cannot be done with our existing attitude of thought.
One major contributor to our lack of success in solving these challenges has been the method challenges are approached with. For decades healers have worked within the context of traditional Psychotherapy alone, relying on mental analysis as a starting point. Current affairs, however, require a shift in how we distinguish this mental reality and coping with them requires a shift in the global consciousness.
We cannot generate a healthy, functioning society with knowledge that is only gathered from our human experience. This knowledge which stems from our human mind is essentially inadequate and gravely incomplete. There is an urgent need to expand knowing as human beings so that we can begin to effect change of a sort that will better equip us to tackle the gravest challenges of society.
It is readily observed that people who are seemingly very healthy often live in a state of immense dissatisfaction. Many live in a state of depression, with feelings of frustration, resentment, jealousy and insecurity. One would normally assume that these feelings are unique to those who aren’t healthy, however in most situations this is not the case.
We tend to think that people who aren’t biologically or physically healthy are in a state of tremendous suffering, often in the face of illness or death. How is it that a human being who is dying from cancer can function from a place of peace while a human being who is seemingly healthy in every way functions from a place of turmoil, sadness and dissatisfaction with life?
The adaptation of our human experience, the joining or connecting of our physical body to our energy body allows our mind to experience a metamorphosis of sorts, a natural change in our thinking, one that can allow a human being to find peace against extreme adversity. It is a change which allows a human being who is dying of cancer to feel joy and experience peace.
In spiritual traditions, this is regarded as the highest stage of human development and is recognized through numerous expressions. Moksha, nirvana, and revelation are some of the many terms which explain the process of living in a state of oneness and moving from illusion to realization, imprisonment to liberation, and death to rebirth.
In the course of human existence, important questions come to mind: What is at the fundamental core of human development? What is the foundation of spiritual realization?
To answer these questions, we can look to the study of transpersonal psychology. transpersonal psychology was founded and based upon the idea that on a trans-personal, mystical, spiritual dimension, the essence or Self exists within human beings as humanity’s true nature.