Transpersonal Counselling Course - Module #1
Regardless if you work in traditional counselling, or aim deeper, into the transpersonal realm, there are a number of Basic counselling skills that must be well understood for any in-depth work to be safe.
In this chapter we cover some basic rules for safe and ethical conduct of therapy – not least the extra need for integrity that is a part of working transpersonal.
What is a Trauma? Anything that drastically exceeds the flexibility of the mind. The less flexibility you have in your mind, the more your life will be filled with traumas.
Stanislav Grof (born 1931 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a pioneering researcher into the use of altered states of consciousness for purposes of healing, growth, and insight. He operates with the following layering of the human psyche: The Biographical layer - Our personal history and our personal unconsciousness; The Perinatal layer - The encounter with birth and death, as they occur in the birth-trauma; The Transpersonal layer The consciousness expanded beyond the usual ego boundaries.
If an object vibrates at a certain rate of vibration, everything in its vicinity that has the same vibration as a dormant possibility will start vibrating at that frequency. This scientific law applies to everything, from subatomic particles to cosmic proportion.
The Quabalah attempt to describe the ladder from unmanifest unity with God, to individualized Man, dividing the path up in 10 stages or Sephyrots. The Sephyrots are ideal organising principles for the Major Arcana tarot pictures. They too are a ladder from God to matter.
List of literature that we consider important when learning about transpersonal psychology and counselling.
Transpersonal psychology started off within humanistic psychology, and then became more distinct, with its own separate journals and conferences. Yet if we look at a map of the transpersonal, such as the one given to us by Ken Wilber, we can see that it overlaps with the humanistic. Transpersonal experiences involve an expansion or extension of consciousness beyond the usual ego boundaries and beyond the limitations of time and space.
What constitutes PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), what are warning signs for possible psychosis in deep therapeutic work.
All atoms on earth is created in distant stars, and thus all that is on earth owes its existence to the stars. The laws that created the universe is also behind how atoms and molecules etc. behave here on earth. Maybe life originated elsewhere than Earth, the “Panspermia” theory.
An archetype is a resonance figure, a “chord”, formed in the long course of human evolution through resonance from repetetive, typical themes of existence, to a degree and intensity, so that it has become “standing waves” in the unconscious depths of the psyche and has almost generated a life of its own.