Transpersonal Psychology

Transpersonal Psychology

“There’s a field called transpersonal psychology that’s popular these days. But,” reveals Shunyamurti, the spiritual guide of the Sat Yoga Institute, “it’s kind of a misnomer because psychology deals with the personal. When you really get transpersonal, you are also transpsychological. . . . There is that which is trans or metapsychological within us—that’s what we call the spiritual.” And the first mistake that many people make on the spiritual path is identifying with the personal rather than the transpersonal. The personal/psychological realm is a labyrinth but “you can transcend that whole dimension of your being if you’re willing to disidentify from the person.”

Shunyamurti explains that it’s similar to watching “a movie that you really like, and you identify with the character. When you’re watching that movie, you’re not in your seat in the theater anymore, you’re in the screen. You’ve identified with the character. And you’re going through what the character is going through, and you’re feeling all the anxiety, you know, ‘Will the villain defeat the hero?’ or whatever is going on. And yet, the moment the film becomes boring, you’re back in your seat, and you’re saying, “Wow that’s a lousy film,” and you’re out of it. All you gotta do is realize your ego’s a lousy film.” It’s as simple as that. “And the moment you realize, ‘I don’t need to do that anymore. I’m free. I’m done.’ Then you’re out.”

“That’s what all the spiritual paths are about. It all comes down to that. You can read a million books, but it all boils down to that very simple thing: You are that, just stop believing in anything else—and silence the mind that continues the labyrinth and this merry-go-round of suffering that you’re on—and the moment you do that you’re free. So that’s all we’re doing in meditation, is liberating ourselves from an illusion that was never real in the first place.” Recorded on the evening of Thursday, November 19, 2009.


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November 6, 2010 / 25 Comments / by / in
  • How did we get into the labyrinth in the first place?

  • @GnosisMan50 Through forgetting the Self. It was a gradual process of entropy. And now, through remembrance of the Self, our soul battery becomes recharged, and we can ascend out of the labyrinth once more….

  • Is it possible that what he describes as a trans-personal awareness, liberated of all constructs, is also a construct?…

  • @viorelagocs Awareness is not a construct. It is That which can never become a construct. Words are only used on a true path to deconstruct the constructs that are already there, blocking the way to silence. The point is not the concepts, but the practice. Be without constructs. If that is a construct, then it is so because all words are constructs. But one who is intelligent will not confuse the moon with the finger that points to it. All blessings.


  • @satyogainstitute Thank you. Looking forward for your inspiring videos.

  • This is great, great, stuff!!!!

  • If I have worked my entire life in this construct, trying to better the me that is within the construct, only to accept that me is an illusion, then what is the the point in my existence outside the construct? I'm afraid your lecture has left me with more questions than answers…

  • "When you get transpersonal you are transpsychological" — nah. That is true of the psychology you to talk about, but it's not true of all psychology. Many psychologies do teach disidentification, which is why they call themselves transpersonal. Transpersonal psychologists would agree with what you say about identification with a construct.

    It's pretty easy to say "psychology has nothing to do with spirituality" if you then ignore all the psychology that contradicts what you're saying.

  • The point is you have no existence outside the construct. When all constructs fall away, there is only pure awareness, egoless presence, deep peace, spontaneous effortless joyous creativity, and the realization that only the Supreme Being Is.

  • (Part 1) Disidentification is not the same as Self realization. The transpersonal psychologies you speak of remain within the triputis, the naive common sense structure of knower, knowing, and known. They do not question the reality of the world or the individual, only the symbolic structuring of the individual psyche. The premise of being a psyche within a world remains unexamined.

  • (Part 2) That is why they are called psychologies, and they grant themselves the right to diagnose other people's psychological states. Their common ground is the very paradigm that nonduality questions. The Advaita path requires piercing through the pseudo-reality of a world or an individual psyche, regardless of whether it is a psyche identified with particular signifiers or not.

  • (Part 3) It still remains a speaking subject. And Advaita requires not only a theoretical transcendence, as many psychologists settle for, but a one-way ticket to the Absolute. The stakes are infinitely greater.

  • i wanna smoke a joint with this guy

  • Psychology is concerned with human behavior. Transpersonal psychologists are simply concerned with the behavior of the mystics in the world; they inquire into how the human's behavior is animated by nondual consciousness. Transpersonal does not mean transpsyche. Am I off with this?

  • (Part 1) Transpersonal psychology is concerned with subjectivity more than with behavior, although it includes behavior as well. I would not limit its concern to mystics, either. So, for example, transpersonal psychology studies near death experiences, which occur to non-mystics, and in which no behavior of the organism may be involved. It is an empirical question whether the NDE is caused by, and occurs in, the brain, or if it is truly an event occurring to the disembodied soul in another

  • (Part 2) dimension. I do not know exactly what you mean by "transpsyche" so it is difficult to comment on that. If by psyche, you mean soul, then transpersonal psychology does deal with that level, but it also explores the level beyond, that is often called Spirit. But from an idealistic paradigm, all is psyche, in the larger sense, that all Being and beings arise as expressions of the infinite Mind of the Absolute.

  • You haven't wasted any time. Your process of "self" betterment is merely a preparation for letting go.

    I suggest spending some time with Nietchze's "Thus spake Zarathustra"; the pivotal point to study is the emergence of the ubermensch, which occurs when man observes the lack of inherent meaning and truth in the universe, and realizes that this is the basis for total personal liberation – because "nothing matters" you are free to do anything or be anyone.

  • Love this…be the witness, Yes? 🙂

  • this guy is like a cross between Kevin Costner, Antony Bourdain, and Moses.

  • finally God is talking to us 🙂

  • Thank you for your explanation. I understand and live this life called by transpersonal psy. Meditation and positive focus help us get there.

  • Genius. He knows the truth. All you other idiots just praise Justin bieber or Obama and cry about your bills.

  • Just started to watch all your videos, wanna see them in order. You look very different here. I think as the years go by you look much better and wiser of course. Thanks master. Hugs

  • amazing

  • These Teachings would shut down mainstream counselling clinics around the world

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