Transpersonal Psychology .. a simple metaphor of the use of 'the word' to illustrate the Transpersonal nature of Psychology in terms of the transcending individual personality
Personality and Individuality in the transpersonal relationship
The word that you are
relates to all other words
in all other languages of the Universe.
A word has a meaning greater than its individual letters. What so many people do in theireveryday lives is hold onto one word or personal idea and see themselves as that individual word - or world.
The Word as a Transpersonal Metaphor
Transpersonal is the transformation of your singular view of you.
identify your personality ...
which is your limitation ...
transcend the personal limitations you (and others) place on you ...
any spiritual belief is a limitation
One word written on a page can convey only so much of the truth of the message. If other words are added to it, the meaning and wholeness of that word is enhanced. It gains shape and form, thus giving a more complete communication and wholeness.
Each word you read leads to another. If you look at any one of the words here, written inisolation, by itself, you cannot gain an understanding of the whole text.
in the beginning was the word
Let us view the word as a human being. Some are short, some long, some complex, some simple, some easy to read, others more difficult. A word (a person) has meaning and value. It fulfils a function. It is a means of communication and relating. Yet on its own, a word is limited.
Next, looking at a sentence as a human being. It relates to the words that are next to and around it, just as a human relates to family, friends and society.
But within that grouping, one word has one concentrated, tunneled meaning, a little more expanded than when it stood alone, but still not its complete scope of expression.
Now see the word - human being as a paragraph. The word may be repeated in a pattern several times, fitting in where it is needed, its meaning given different shades. Its scope to convey communication is increased. Soon the page is filled with words.
To see yourself as the single word is isolating and limiting, yet this is what the human race does. To see that you are a word in a paragraph and the paragraph is but one of several on a page, again increases the scope of wholeness. To allow yourself to relate to family and friends gives ag reater scope of wholeness.
To relate to all of society, again increases the scope.
If one word is omitted from a page, then the essence of the whole page has been distorted. So, when you say that you do not matter, that you are unimportant, that it is O.K. for you to stay confined on your everyday path, then you are not fulfilling the completeness of yourself or your potential.
The word that you are relates to all other words in all other languages of the Universe. To move within these words, to flow laterally beyond the confines of the personal you is the opportunity that you are taking when you commit to take the journey into Transpersonal Psychology.
When you say that you do not matter, that you are unimportant, that it is O.K. for you to stay confined on your everyday path .. or that your spiritual beliefs are all that matters, limitations ,then you are not fulfilling the completeness of yourself or your potential.
Transpersonal Psychology looks at wholeness within the transpersonal relationship.