Many philosophers, artists and mystical teachers have reminded us of the existence of other realms of reality, whether in nature, in the cosmos or within the core of our own being. I have found that in the healing process, it is imperative not only to address the external influences on the development of our ego but also work on developing and accessing the higher self or the soul. It is my belief that the future work of psychology and healing will focus more on the development of the soul and the awakening of higher consciousness within us.
Most therapies that include “soul work”, will encourage clients to develop some form of meditative practice, or work with altered states of consciousness. Besides meditation, the therapist may utilize hypnosis, past life regression, energy work or spiritual inquiry as a way to expand understanding and tap into inner guidance, healing and personal transformation.
Sometimes when we day dream or meditate, we may get flashes of another time and place which seems strangely familiar and real to us. Is it possible, these flashes are memories of our past self, in another lifetime? The belief in past lives has been documented in the contemplations of many well known authors and philosophers. It is not merely a religious or spiritual question, it is a question of every human being that is seeking a connection to something higher. This soul searching contemplation often translates into a a feeling that this body is merely a vehicle that is lent to us temporarily as we journey to our next destination. Many of us have come to a belief that our most sacred inner being, our soul or our higher consciousness has survived physical death. A part of us is eternal. Jack London describes this knowing beautifully. He wrote, ”I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born.” Similarly Herman Hesse who wrote the novel Siddharta came to this same realization …”He saw all these forms and faces in a thousand relationships become newly born. Each one was mortal, a passionate, painful example of all that is transitory. Yet none of them died, they only changed, were always reborn, continually had a new face: only time stood between one face and another.” Continue reading