At the same time, if the client is open for it, the transpersonal approach is absolutely an added bonus. When you include transpersonal approaches in your work, you basically stand up for the fact that as humans we are much more than a kind of intelligent, post-ape species we are essentially cosmic, or quantum physical beings. In practice it means that you can have a much more multifaceted approach to the complexity of the client and the problems you are working with.
In essence, when you work in the transpersonal dimensions, you are opening up for hidden dynamics in the psyche which can be more powerful than you or your client expect. That may be exciting and beneficial, just remember that you are also the one to bring your client safely back again to a normal, grounded state of mind, so - just as an example - your client when the session is over are able to navigate safely through the traffic on the way home, and can continue to have a well-functioning life.
Sometimes people who are attracted to the transpersonal are searching for something extraordinary as antidote to what they may feel are the of-putting banalities of everyday life and not, if you look deeper, necessarily to transform themselves.
Remember, that the measurement for the real value of transpersonal counselling is not how magnificent the inner journeys or experiences are that you facilitate in the sessions, but rather - down to earth how your clients life in reality is improving as a consequence.
And this is how we differ from many other providers of training out there, because our view is cemented in what works and the results you get rather than experiences that you can have during our sessions.
My favourite analogy here is that of the car mechanic, because when you take your car in to have it serviced, or to fix a specific problem what's important to you in most cases is how quickly (and affordable) your car is fixed. Unless you are really interested in how cars work you don't particularly want to know which bolts where changed, or what specific settings the mechanic changed in your vehicles computer chip. Instead you want to know more general information so you can judge whether you got a good deal or not, and most importantly, you want to really see, and FEEL the difference.
Now its pretty easy to see how this applies to your counselling practice or just the way you think about transpersonal counselling because your clients want results, they want to be able to look at themselves in the mirror and notice that they have changed for the better, they want to hear their friends tell them how impressed they are over their improvements and most importantly they want to FEEL BETTER.
Now they may be curious to know all the little details of how you assisted this change, but for many people they just want to know they don't have that phobia any more, they feel good in social situations or the myriad of other issues you will naturally help clients through in your practice. ~ Erik Sandersen, Teacher, Counsellor & Co Author of this Online Correspondence Transpersonal Counselling Course
Now it may appear strange that we seem to be discouraging you from learning more about transpersonal counselling; a major passion of ours for the past 30 years. And we want to make it absolutely clear that nothing could be further from the truth, its because of the power that lies in going beyond the ego and into the transpersonal that we warn you to step into the shallow end of the pool instead of diving straight into the deep end for your first swimming lesson.
If you have already had some experience with transpersonal counselling, then we apologize for this rant, and hope that you can appreciate its necessity because it is through following these guidelines that you will be able to help your clients to transform and expand, just in the way you intended it to be.
In traditional psychoanalysis, you will trace the individuals history back to the time of babyhood, which is seen as the earliest we can remember because according to psychoanalysis, the brain is not sufficiently developed before that.
So in traditional psychotherapy the deepest emotional problems are based in the breastfeeding period. Freud talked about the good breast and the bad breast as conditioning for our further rate of happiness in life. Human consciousness begins at the breastfeeding stage, and ends with physical death. There is nothing more to it in the Freudian world.
In Transpersonal Psychology you will learn that the individual's life thread does not start at the good or bad breast, because human consciousness goes further back, to the trauma of birth, and even further back, to the time in the womb!
Many people can be brought to re-experience their time in mothers womb, and remember their own birth, even if the physical brain is not fully developed at the time of birth.
Stanislav Grof`s research shows how problems during one of the four different birth matrices or stages of birth as defined by medicine, form a meaningful way of categorizing of deep issues following us for the rest of our life.
Grof`s famous work is an excellent example of transpersonal psychology. Included in psychology beyond the ego is also the commonly accepted idea of reincarnation, karma and past lives.
Transpersonal Psychology spans many topics, such as Jung and archetypes, the collective unconsciousness, initiation, red light symptoms, Patanjali`s famous sutras and kundalini which we define as light unhindered, ascending in the spine whenever a person is balanced, transparent and strong enough to contain it.
It is completely beyond the ego to start or to control kundalini, and it is a double-edged sword: it can lead you to bliss and omnipotence, or in the worst case scenario - to illness and total disaster. We go through important points for you to know in case you find yourself with somebody who displays characteristics of an awakened kundalini, and we suggest ways that make you reasonably able to distinguish between phenomena of prana energy and the real thing.
Finally there's the topic of Initiation and to what degree it relates to kundalini because much is speculated yet much less is actually known.
Its easy to find information about rituals, candlelights, and the various highly decorated garments you are supposed to wear at such ceremonies, yet it can be hard to find a well grounded source as a real life-initiation process seems to be more arduous and less romantic.
In this correspondence online transpersonal counselling course we present an overview of the first five initiations with their challenges and privileges, and refer to one of the true classics on the subject: Elizabeth Haich`s book of the same name; Initiation.
I have been passionately pursuing to further my knowledge, skills and understanding in the field of Transpersonal Psychology over the past 30 years and during this time I have run many different self development workshops and one of the main tools I've used has been music. I have over 500 tapes and CDs from a wide range of different areas and music disciplines so that I can tune into the group Chakra during my workshops and pick the perfect piece for the participants to meditate to.
Getting the right bit of music for the right moment has facilitated profound experiences and positive changes in many of our workshop attendees. In this online transpersonal counselling course we have an entire chapter devoted to how I intuitively use music in our workshops, in fact in this particular area of the transpersonal interests you we have an entire intuitive use of music course dedicated to this topic alone ~ Erik Sandersen, Teacher, Counsellor & Co Author of this Online Correspondence Transpersonal Counselling Course