Calling to Our Future Selves

The Blog of Baphomet

Recently I’ve been ploughing through some of the dustier tomes on my bowing book shelves in order to discuss with a group of counsellors how we might work with spiritual themes in therapy. I have been revisiting some of psychotherapy’s heavy hitters and wrestling with the maps that they devised and what relevance they have in understanding approaches that might broadly be called “Transpersonal”.

On a superficial reading Freud was a good rationalist/scientist in presenting his psychoanalytic insights to the world. He viewed religion as repressive and as a result of psychological immaturity: God being an illusion that is improvable and that faith in him/her is a defence against “the crushing superiority of nature.” On closer analysis, when we reflect on the degree to which he relied on the mysterious realm of the unconscious, we still have to consider that he faces similar problems around provability that a religious person…

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~ by Sable Aradia on January 28, 2014.

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