The Higher Aspects of Being Human
One of the guiding assumptions of The Center for Psychological and Spiritual Development is that being human is more mysterious than we often allow ourselves to comprehend. People often take one of two approaches to this, both of which we want to avoid. In the first group, people have their eyes so fixed on the ground that they miss the mystery and beauty of the world that surrounds them. In the second, people can search the heavens so expectantly and eagerly that they run the risk of tripping over the obstacles in their path. At The Center for Psychological and Spiritual Development we hope to see both the beauty and dignity of what is real behind appearances, but also live in the real world.
Another guiding assumption of The Center for Psychological and Spiritual Development is that each individual brings something of unrepeatable dignity and goodness into the world, no matter who they are or, where they come from. Much human suffering occurs because we don't realize who we are.
Many of us benefit every day from the advances made in medicine. But these disciplines as they are currently conceived are only part of the story. They are rooted in an overly materialist understanding of the body and the brain. We will be limited in our capacity to help people until we can enlarge our vision and understanding of the true nature and needs of the human person.
Personal Development and Research
At this point, there are two main goals at The Center for Psychological and Spiritual Development. The first has to do with providing practical assistance to those who want to further their own inner development. To that end, we are offering classes and workshops in Heart Centered Meditation, exploring the higher capacities of mind and heart. You can click on the links above to find out more.
The second goal is to survey and provide research for clinicians who employ this process-oriented approach to treatment with clients and patients. We invite researchers to contact us with your interest and proposals.
If there is something wonderful that happened to you that you would like to share, we would like to know. To start off, we are most interested in stories where some kind of medical or factual evidence exists that proves that the unlikely event did exist and did occur. Please Share Your Experience on the link above.
The Person Is What Counts
The next evolutionary step for both medicine and psychology is to explore and point the way towards what it will take to develop a rich, vital life of courage, faith and love, ultimately defining health itself. This means that we need to allow the capacities of mind and heart to stand on their own terms, and not be reduced solely to the language of biology and physics.
Yet, from a spiritual perspective, who the person is and how they live their life is what counts. It’s from some kind of deep development in the heart, relevant to the mind of the person, that healing events seem to occur mentally and physically.
Ancient practices of meditation and prayer, religious rituals and philosophy are built upon centuries of oral tradition and disciplined exploration of the inner life. We seek to cultivate these hidden capacities and realize their impact on our personality, physical body and relationships with other people.
Through connection to the heart, we are provided practical ways to access the wisdom concealed within each of us.