Psychology in the Light of the East

Posted by JaamZIN on 9:38 AM
In this world-gone-mad, an understanding and means of reaching well-being beyond medicated adaptation aided by prescription meds provides a pertinent and refreshing change of paradigm. The predominant uni-dimensional approach to well-being and human potential might mask our suffering but it can be harmful to the body and psyche. What’s more, it may leave the soul wanting. Integral Psychology, a holistic approach, addresses the well being of body, mind and emotions and also the evolutionary potential of tuning in and aligning to the soul. Margot Borden, Psychotherapist and author of Psychology in the Light of the East explained in a recent interview how she works from a spiritual perspective. This opens up a rich potential for both our psychological and spiritual healing and development.

"Addressing the spiritual dimensions in our therapeutic approaches helps us make meaning from our ordinary and spiritual experiences alike. We develop a healthy relationship with our whole self, including our spiritual aspects."

Psychology in the Light of the East explains a view of psychotherapy that is holistic, addressing, as Ken Wilber put it: body, emotions, mind, soul, spirit and, our relationship to nature and society. Holistic (incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts, in theory or practice: holistic psychology)- psychotherapy takes into consideration the entire individual, mental, social and spiritual dimensions rather than reducing our understanding and treatment of all issues and disorders to merely physiological or mental causes. Psychotherapy, when approached from an integral perspective empowers clients to overcome emotional wounding, trauma, difficulty or disease by first identifying the core cause and then by working with each issue from the level of consciousness from which it stems. By bringing both psychological and spiritual dimensions into her work, Borden makes a powerful cocktail for holistic healing and development.
Benefits of Holistic Psychotherapy
Every human being has a greater potential. Whether it is to heal and overcome basic life issues, inner or outer conflicts, emotional disturbance or to address the far reaching dimensions of spiritual issues or spiritual quest. Integral Psychotherapy can be sought to address a wide range of difficulties and challenges:

• Dealing with emotional difficulty such as anger, depression, anxiety, stress and more
• Recovery and living with sickness/illness
• Relationship issues
• Sleep issues
• Pre and Postnatal help
• Existential crisis – search for meaning, feeling lost, feeling blocked
• Personal development – exploring potential, overcoming blockages
• Spiritual/religious issues and imbalances
• Spiritual development

Integral Psychotherapy aspires to addressing and working with the full range of human experience. This includes issues arising from the subconscious mind (all of the experiences of this lifetime from conception onwards), the conscious mind (thoughts, attitudes, behaviors—which may stem from subconscious motivations too), the superconscious (all of our memories from all of our lifetimes, family and ancestral karma and subtle level disturbances) and the supraconscious (our consciousness, and ultimately, realisation of the indwelling divine).

Addressing human potential from a multi-dimensional perspective (body, mind, soul, spirit) evokes the need for suitable treatment modalities. In her book, Borden, goes beyond a one-size fits all approach and covers an exhaustive description of issues, the levels of consciousness from which they stem and recommended treatment modalities ranging from ordinary person-centred counselling and behavioural interventions to further reaching approaches such as breathwork, mindfulness and past life regression. Above all, Borden points out that while choosing the right technique for the right client and issue are important, the consciousness and intent of the therapist are key. Mindfulness and yoga add further strength to a truly comprehensive and multi-dimensional worldview and therapeutic approach that opens up possibilities for personal and collective evolution. Borden’s vast knowledge spans more than 30 years of research and clinical practice as conveyed in numerous vignettes that appear throughout the book, bringing to life the concepts she artfully conveys.

"We must delve into the deepest and sometimes darkest places in our heart, and psyche. When done with compassion, humor and as much wisdom as one can fathom, this leads to finding the light at the depth of our being." 

Psychology in the Light of the East invites the reader on a journey of self-discovery through the history of psycho-spiritual belief systems in the East and West through to the possibilities of a new healing paradigm, a road map for wholesome, meaningful and soul-centred living.