In this chapter, Zukav defines psychology in the first sentence, “Psychology means soul knowledge. It means the study of the spirit, but it has never been that. Psychology is the study of cognitions, perceptions and affects. It is the study of the personality.” He says in general terms, it is based on the five senses. However, I think that there are studies after studies these days that are coming to grips with more than the five senses and these studies are looking at consciousness, energy, quantum physics and how this all relates to the brain, heart and personality.
He does go on to talk about spiritual psychology which is what I got my masters in at the University of Santa Monica. On page 196, he writes, “A spiritual psychology is…a new discipline of the spirit that is truly of the spirit, that has as its focus the soul of the human being….When certain necessary processes of the maturation of the union of matter and spirit are not honored, the spirit breaks down. Psychologists have attempted to explain these breakdowns in the terms of psychology. We can continue to use that language but let psychology then expand to include a language of the spirit. This will eventually become its first tongue, so to speak, and all psychoses and psychotic breakdown will finally, eventually, be put into its proper language, which is shattered spirit.” I’m not so sure that talking about the spirit has become psychologies “first tongue” yet but there is progress.
For instance, my teachers, Ron and Mary Hulnick who both have their Ph.D’s in psychology, have written an entire book on spiritual psychology. It is called Loyalty to Your Soul: The Heart of Spiritual Psychology. They have created a curriculum around this subject. So it is interesting that Gary Zukav was writing about it over 25 years ago as well. And as it goes, Zukav interjects what intuition has to do with spiritual psychology which I agree with him on these ideas. He writes, ” The exploration and understanding of intuition will be a central part of spiritual psychology. Intuition is the voice of the nonphysical world. It is the communication system that releases the five-sensory personality from the limitations of its five-sensory system, that permits the multisensory personality to be multisensory. It is the connection between the personality and its higher self and its guides and Teachers.” This word “intuition” can mean different things to different people as well. It can mean connection to your higher power, a gut feeling you may have, divine interventions or miracles that may happen to you, or even a simple thought that comes to you just at the right time. We’ve all had these coincidences and there are many skeptics that think these are not coincidences but I like to think that there is someone or something bigger than myself helping me out. It gives me comfort in knowing that maybe I can rely on more than just myself to make better decisions. It is all learning though.
What do you think about spiritual psychology and intuition and matters of the spirit? What do you think about this chapter? I’d like to know what you think.
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav is in this series of the Spiritual Book Club Book. It was published in 1989 and many of his ideas are still relevant and philosophized to this day. We are exploring how his ideas have expanded in the last 30 years and how he was on the cusp of new-thought ideas even then. Thank you for participating. I would love to hear your ideas on this book.
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