Spiritual Psychology: A Short Introduction

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Today human evolvement has reached its highest peak, and everything seems to be only at an arm’s length.

However, it’s an undeniable fact that we are in a more desperate need of inner peace and satisfaction than ever before. This is where Spiritual Psychology comes in.

When we look around ourselves in our society, everything appears normal at the surface, but you face the sufferings and pain if you put on a  more discerning lens.

All the materialistic possessions that apparently bring fulfillment, fail at the very core of their purpose.

Because the ultimate sense of fulfillment that brings tranquility comes by a spiritual awakening.

So, let us go in-depth on Spiritual Psychology.


The Meaning of Spiritual Psychology

Spiritual psychology or Transpersonal Psychology is knowing your inner self at a higher level than individualistic ideas or experiences. It aims for a self beyond the ego.

The study embraces a wider aspect of human life, and its purpose is to achieve what we call true inner peace.

While there are many meanings and definitions to spiritual psychology, if we look up at the literary meaning of the word ‘psychology’, it is studying the human soul, mind, and body.

The American Psychological Association has defined psychology as the study of mind and behavior.

Now we come across innovative concept-Spiritual psychology, a blend of spirituality and science.

Spiritual psychology is a deeper dimension than conventional psychology.

Conventional psychology studies and works upon the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of a human being.

This approach does not fully satisfy the true essence and purpose of healing.

Spiritual psychology has added a new aspect which is the authentic self.

It means the very nature of a person, his ideas, beliefs, and the set of rules a person has decided concerning life in general.

When there is something wrong churning at an individual’s core, working on the outer physical, mental, and emotional aspects cannot heal a person completely.

A person’s authentic aspect defines a person’s nature and stays the same from the cradle to the grave.

Until and unless a person meets someone who can touch this inner mantle of the human soul brings in the light of Love and true self-acceptance.

Hence an ideal psychology program covers all four levels and heals a person inside out. Such a person is ready to face life challenges with a strengthened emotional and cognitive version of himself.

Without working on this fourth dimension, the very concept of psychology stays incomplete and hollow.


Why The Need for Spiritual Psychology

From the very start, when we were young, the principle of striving for more is ingrained in us.

We have been taught to study more, work more, earn more, to achieve more.

We are so caught up in the process that we fail to identify our true selves and the requirement of our souls to achieve true peace and a sense of contentment.

And in some other times in the journey of life, we often get tangled up in toxic relationships which leave us scarred for a lifetime.


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Hence various factors are because a person, despite having everything, may feel hollow from the within.

A void that never gets filled, a scar that never gets healed.

Hence, spiritual psychology comes to the rescue.

Spiritual psychology is about enlightenment, about self-awareness, about attaining a sense of contentment that comes from the knowledge of the transcendent self.


The Role of Spiritual Psychologists

Spiritual psychologists use spirituality in their psychology models to treat patients and heal their damaged souls.

These psychologists help the patients navigate their own beliefs and perceptions of life and various events that a person experiences.

They help them recognize the barriers which hold them from attaining the sense of happiness they seek for.

And provide them alternate beliefs to consider and eliminate all the toxic ideas that had been unintentionally imbibed in their attitudes.

A spiritual psychologist provides an altered state of consciousness using meditation and helps the person overcome his own demons and make him feel good about his real self and achieve a divine experience.

The process of internal transformation may require a lot of courage and discipline.

To get over your past, you may have to bare your soul and face the same pain and suffering that you had buried somewhere deep. But which does not fail to surface up in some form or the other. So to get done with it once and for all would have to dig deep in your soul.

The famous Sufi poet of all times, Jalaluddin Rumi, has very aptly said:

When someone beats a rug,

The blows are not against the rug,

But against the dust in it.

The poet cannot do more justice with what a person may have to attain a complete inner transformation and face life with a new spirit.


Religion and Spirituality 


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Science and religion are two very important aspects of any civilization. Religion has always shown a strong impact on human cultures and our mindsets.

For many, religion is an inseparable part of their life and a key attribute that shapes their lifestyles and beliefs.

A person finds peace in faith and hones in generosity and altruism when he seeks spirituality.

There have been notable contributions from ascetics and religious philosophers to psychology over a period of time.

The fact is that spirituality is something that infuses religion with science.

William James, an American Philosopher, and psychologist have earned the title of ‘Father of modern psychology. He was strongly inclined towards the psychology of religion.

According to him, the psychology of religion “keeps religion in connection with the rest of the science”.

Hence spiritual psychology focuses on proposing religious principles while strongly tying them to scientific language. 

So modern spiritual psychology uses a person’s religious sentiments in attaining a peaceful and tranquil environment in which they can further carry out psychotherapy and help a person get rid of their emotional baggage and fix their wounded souls.

Without psychology, only meditation or other religious rituals, a complete mental and emotional treatment is impossible.

To overcome the trauma which has caused the spiritual crises in the first place, it is necessary to bring together spirituality and psychology.

We have a very good quote from a famous philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

This can summarize the entire concept of spiritual psychology.

When we manage to attain that ultimate level of self-awakening, we can connect with everything around us, be it nature or humans.

We can feel pain, compassion, and love for everything around us while we let go of our very own sufferings and the elements that cause distress and sorrow.


Graduate Programs for Spiritual Psychologists.

Spiritual psychologists need to study their cases with scientific knowledge and a spiritual approach.

They constantly walk on eggshells as they deal with individuals with a very fragile emotional and mental state.

Apart from years of studying psychology, they also need to have experience in their respective fields.

They are involved in scientific research and applying it in their daily practices.

A person who would want to pursue a career in spiritual psychology first needs to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  However, there are various courses that a person needs to take up, like developmental psychology, clinical psychology, transpersonal psychology, creative consciousness, and counseling psychology.

To practice spiritual psychology, a person earns a master’s degree or a doctorate and needs to study theology and religion.

Spiritual psychologists carry out an imminent task of research, observation, and analysis.

They serve in various sectors depending upon the nature of the field they have specialized in.

Many professionals have personal clinics, and many serve in government organizations like rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and health care organizations.

They serve human society either at individual levels like clinical psychologists. At the same time, they are working for human welfare at a much larger platform in developmental psychology, health psychology, rehabilitation psychology, social psychology, and so on.

Spiritual psychology today has become a huge stream of scope.

There are constantly changing lives, guiding teenagers, counseling families, treating chronic diseases like schizophrenia, depression, and other mental health-related ailments.


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Spiritual psychologists can serve in government agencies and primary health centers, motivating people to make healthy choices and take the road that does not lead to self-destruction and collapsing families.

Furthermore, when we look at a broader range of the spectrum, communities like the LGBTQ+ and other minorities sometimes need special treatment and attention. Here also, the spiritual psychologists have a role to play.

Spiritual Psychology is all about mental health and overall well-being, and depression is the main culprit here.

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