Foundations of Spiritual Psychology

Foundations of Spiritual Psychology

Training and Immersion Programs for Therapists and Helping Professionals

INTRODUCTION:
FOUNDATIONS OF SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY
TRAINING AND IMMERSION PROGRAMS
FOR THERAPISTS AND HELPING PROFESSIONALS
WITH PAUL WEISS

This training is designed to fill a void for the growing body of therapists who are drawn to bring a stronger spiritual foundation to their practice, but who want to proceed in a way that is intellectually discerning and clinically sound and relevant.

Distinguishing between dogma, mythos, cultural artifact and core spirituality, Paul Weiss depicts the truly spiritual as an evolving awareness and “sanity with the universe” which not only has the potential to open us to the deepest experiences of transcendent insight and love, but which also offers a template for healthy psychological functioning across the full dimension of our life and our relationships. As such, he offers an integrative model of spiritual psychology that accesses the deepest gifts of Eastern and Western spirituality in a way that is directly relevant to everyday issues of mind/body function and of mental and emotional health.

Paul Weiss helps us to see the evolutionary journey of all human beings – ourselves and our clients – as falling within the context of our fundamental – but not fully awakened – capacity for conscious loving presence.

This seminar will enlighten and cut through the intellectual confusion around the subject of spirituality while offering an experiential grounding – and two days to process together – that will immediately enhance your ability to integrate spiritual perspectives into your personal growth and clinical practice.

(For further perspective on Paul’s understanding of spirituality and its relationship to the therapeutic process, see Reconsidering Our Mission ll in the Writings sidebar.)


“Paul Weiss is pivotal to our times. On the one hand, he carries with him a substantial architecture of thought. On the other, he is able to breathe into that architecture a vibrant breath of presence. In this new day, when both psychology and spirituality must be transcended by what I would call ‘soulology,’ we need the contributions of those who, like Weiss, are masters of both.”

— Albert J. LaChance, Ph.D.
author, The Architecture of the Soul and The Modern Christian Mystic


“Paul is a dharma teacher with lots of heart wisdom. I truly believe that his presentations and teachings are going to benefit anybody. I want to recommend that his work is going to be very transformative.”
— Lama Anam Thubten Rinpoche
author, The Magic of Awareness and No Self No Problem


A WORD FROM PAUL WEISS

We experience today a grave crisis in the flattening out of the dimensions of what it means to be a human being. For all our technology, our scientific investigation, our psychological and cultural activity, and our economic development, we are creating a world that leaves us poorer in the depth of our inner life, and in our relationship to the natural world and our sense of the holy. In fact, the rampaging growth of technology and economic expansion not only drives the nature and pace of change in the modern world, but also has the power to shape our vision of ourselves to suit its own momentum. And this momentum has nothing to do with human relationships, with nurturing the core self, or with community or spiritual values. At the mercy of these powerful trends, and despite our popular ideologies of progress and democracy, we feel the pain of this flattening of our lives in both the community and personal dimensions. We begin to realize that we have abandoned the richest part of our spiritual inheritance, that which can uphold the fullness of our humanity, address our modern psychic pain and dysfunction, and help us in charting a humane and sustainable future.

We are intelligent beings; we are feeling beings; we are vitally energetic beings. And when we recognize that our cognitive, emotional, and energetic natures find their fullest harmony and integration, not in the drive for accumulation, power or enhanced identity; not in the service of either rationalist or non-rationalist dogmas and conditioning; but rather in relationship to the open-ended, full-feeling dimensions of being – in which the known and the unknown, the bounded and the unbounded, are equal partners in the fruition of our human faculties – then that is to acknowledge that we are also spiritual beings.

Hence our growing interest in a spirituality that is not dogmatic, but that supports our authentic growth, higher awareness and exploration of reality, and is capable of bringing added integrity and enlightenment to our psychological functioning. And we seek to open modern psychology to the therapeutic truths, and to the transformational insight and practice, present at the essential core of spiritual traditions.

It is often easier to appreciate this essential and non-dogmatic core when we look at spiritual traditions outside our own culture. We easily recognize the profound and pragmatic spiritual teaching in Taoism and Buddhism, for example, shorn of cultural context. Buddhism is especially accessible to us because it uses a fundamentally psychological language to convey its depth of meta-psychological understanding developed over millennia. But such study may also mirror back to us the psychological depth in the teachings of Jesus, for example, and at the heart of Western traditions.

I have spent the last thirty-plus years at The Whole Health Center designing and delivering programs in whole health and spirituality, integrating my own spiritual journey – and study in India and China – with my training in counseling, communication, emotional process work, meditation, and the transformational practices and psychologies of the East. These programs put a premium on cohesive intellectual structure; practical and experiential immersion; and transformational intent and results.

I am pleased to bring the fruits of these years into a new, comprehensive experiential training program specifically for therapists and health care professionals. This training includes the introductory weekend featured here, supplemented by a constellation of programs offering greater experiential immersion and personal development.


“Paul Weiss is a great teacher and healer with decades of experience and proven results. I find his work scientifically informed, pedagogically sound, clinically relevant and personally fulfilling. With a true marriage of heart and head he is able to offer us, from his unique and authentic perspective, a broad and compelling vision of how to bring a vital spiritual dimension into psychology.”
— Stephen L. Chorover, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT


About Paul Weiss:

Paul’s unorthodox training began with his early interest in human potentiality that led to a 1967 graduating thesis entitled “Towards a Non-Dualistic Psychology,” which built a bridge between Freudian psychology and the yogic psychology of the East. He subsequently devoted years to intensive training in zen meditation as well as immersion in other yogic and spiritual systems under several noted teachers. His studies carried him on four visits to India and on seven visits to China, where he was eventually certified to teach by three different schools of qi gong – the ancient mind/body system of practice that incorporates the principles of Taoist philosophy and traditional Chinese medicine. Paul returned to school for counseling psychology with a minor in clinical health education, and pursued supplemental training in nutrition and bodywork therapies.

He founded The Whole Health Center in Bar Harbor, Maine in 1981 as a nonprofit education and treatment center dedicated to providing holistic and integrative approaches to personal wellness and spiritual growth. His study of the communication and mind-clearing work of Charles Berner, and several years of emotional process work and subsequent years of training, added to an unusually integrative practice of mind/body and spiritual and emotional healing with individuals, with couples, and with groups.

Today he brings his growing incisiveness of vision to his expanding teaching work, including training programs for therapists, small community learning groups, and transformational retreats. His True Heart/True Mind Intensive draws people from all over the world for this dynamic integration of contemplation and communication processes that promotes self-realization and spiritual growth.