Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:11

Sat Yoga & Psychoanalysis

Questioner: How were you able to unify the approach of psychoanalysis to bring it to be more humanistic?

Shunyamurti's Reply: Our intention has not been to make psychoanalysis more humanistic, but more true, more open to the transcendent dimension of consciousness, to the realization of non-duality, the drive toward kenosis, emptiness, and in fact, toward theosis; and the mystic recognition of the unreality of the ego and the true nature of the Absolute Self.

Psychoanalysis has evolved greatly over the last hundred years since Freud. Many of the more recent psychoanalytic innovators, like Bion, Winnecott, and Lacan, have been mystics as well. Lacan did a lot of study of Indian philosophy, including both Kashmir Shavism and Buddhism, and much of his theory of interpretation and even of the goal of psychoanalysis was based on the idea of traversing the realm of maya, which he referred to as the plane of fantasy. The project of psychoanalysis is an important part of the puzzle that fits in very well with the greater paradigm known since ancient times as the Kundalini, the complete map of psychic reality and the way to manifest its total power.

The psychoanalytic paradigm is compatible with that of Kundalini Yoga, which is part of Sat Yoga. But yogis are less interested in the lower unconscious, the first three chakras, that psychoanalysis focuses on, and far more concerned with the higher chakras, which most psychoanalysts don’t believe is anything but another fantasy, with the exception of Jung.

But even Jung limited himself to the archetypal level of consciousness and did not venture into the precincts of the Atman. Yogis use the psychoanalytic tools to detach and disidentify from the ego illusion, in order to attain our inherent super-consciousness. Using the full Kundalini map, we can guide someone from psychosis or neurosis all the way to enlightenment and the supreme liberation.

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