The Inward Arc - Chapter 3 The Transpersonal Self by Frances Vaughan
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Reading for January 21, 2016 THE INWARD ARC Healing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality by Frances Vaughan CHAPTER 3 THE TRANSPERSONAL SELF Key Points I. What is the transpersonal self? a. A self-sense that transcends egoic and existential (physical, existing) identifications as a universal dimension of experience associated with subjective experiences of authentic transcendence in all cultures b. It is an experiencer. It experiences. c. Organizing Principle and emobodiment of higher values d. What are qualities of the transpersonal self? i. Recognizes interrelatedness of events/phenomena ii. Not defined by personal aspirations or projections iii. Does not avoid or pursue any emotion, impulse, etc. ; it is just present iv. Is a manifestation of absolute spirit II. What is the soul? a. awareness at any level of consciousness b. subtle separate self-sense that travels spiritually c. What is the relationship between the soul and the transpersonal self? i. The transpersonal Self includes awareness of the soul, it does not identify with it. ii. The soul can be identified with levels of consciousness, but the transpersonal Self has disidentified from contents of consciousness iii. “Awareness of the transpersonal Self, then, designates the specific stage of development wherein the soul remembers itself and its prior unity with the Absolute.” 1. Simple terms: Being aware of the transpersonal Self chooses the specific stage of development wherein the soul remembers itself and its unity with a higher power. d. Opinions from Notable figures: i. Freud: uses psyche and soul interchangeably; says the soul is the seat of the mind and the passions ii. Needleman: the name for a principle within human nature that binds intellectual, emotional, and instinctual aspects Reading for January 21, 2016 of the human being to a relationship with the highest order of the universe. iii. Wilber: the task of the soul is to remember III. What is the psyche? a. Psychological self-awareness at any new level of consciousness IV. What is the transpersonal shadow? a. In analytical psychology (Carl Jung influence), the transpersonal shadow is the unconscious aspects of the personality that have been repressed b/c they are not fitting to our ego or persona b. The collective shadow i. evil as it appears in the world at large ii. Can not be ignored, must be confronted to heal existing conflicts. iii. If ignored it is projected on to other people and eventually engulfs you V. What is no Self? a. When Self as subject knows itself as nothing, as emptiness or pure awareness to which no qualities can be attributed, it can no longer be called Self
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