The Infinite Meaning of Symptoms
Spiritual Psychotherapy is the process of learning through my symptoms and suffering how to appreciate the awesome fact
that everything in this intelligent, compassionate, and purposeful universe is exquisitely designed for my Self-realization
Spiritual Psychotherapy occurs when you address yourself not simply as a social/bodily ego or a reactive stimulus-response
machine, but as an infinite spiritual being, a god in the disguise of a human body and personality,who has, through forgetfulness
and mis-imagination, created a flawed and incomplete self-image and worldview, and is now suffering the pain of some form
of unconscious symptomatic self-victimization
Furthermore, this symptomatic self-victimization is understood as an invitation by the Creator of this intelligent, compassionate,
purposeful universe to transcend our temptation to repress or self-medicate our pain, and rather to inquire and look within
it for the path to wholeness. This inquiring and inward- looking process of self-realization is called spiritual psychotherapy.
Sight is our outward-looking conditioned ego story which results in the victim experience and leads to symptom formation.
Vision is our inward-looking unconditioned non-story which results in true spiritual knowledge and to the transformation of
Spiritual Psychotherapy addresses the suffering seeker as an infinite spiritual being in a finite physical body and a
social-psychological personality system. Spiritual Psychotherapy seeks to help the seeker identify the true meaning of their
symptoms and suffering, and to erase the main cause thereof. The seeker, however, unconsciously addresses himself/herself
and the world through the eyes of victimization.
Jesus is perhaps the best model for spiritual psychotherapy since his entire effort was devoted to the release of the
human being through forgiveness from the experience of self-victimization.
"Poor Me" and "Ain't it Awful" are the two major games people play in relationships which set the
stage for suffering and symptoms. The victim experience is held in place by three beliefs (judgments): separateness, lack
and entrapment. These three assumptions form the seeker's psychological story about the self and the world. This seemingly
true story is illusory, dualistic, limiting, fear-driven and toxic. Any religion, philosophy, science, medicine, politic or
psychotherapy which unwittingly supports this dualistic story about human identity is, to that degree, unhealthy and sick
in its approach to diagnosis and treatment of the human condition.
Victim symptoms arise because ultimately we ignore our spirituality and divinity. The anxiety which arises from this ignorance
drives the compulsive search for comfort and control, but such solutions cannot be found within the story, but only as we
awaken from such dramas. The techniques of Spiritual Psychotherapy are techniques of awakening through shock, disillusionment,
letting go, and a radically penetrating awareness of the difference between our story and the truth. Spiritual Psychotherapy
teaches and demonstrates the awareness that there are only two processes in life: fear and love, and that one of them is not
real. It is the simplicity of this awareness which cuts through mis-diagnosis and mis-treatment and lays bare the purpose
of all symptoms and suffering, which is Self-realization.
Are We Still Stuck in Our Old Theory Box?
It is the theory which decides what we can observe
While it is true that we are moving into a new paradigm in the 21st century, in many ways psychological and religious
thinking is still stuck in an old theory box, especially in the area of diagnosis. Even though Jesus brought us A Course in
Miracles in the 70's to address this theory dilemma, psychotherapy is still floundering in the same de-energized story as
the culture in general. . Spiritual Psychotherapy is an attempt to address this story deadlock in a direct and forthright
manner that challenges both religion and psychology to take a calculated leap into the rich territory of infinite imagination.
The final frontier is not outer space, but the human imagination
Infinity theory is an an-depth inquiry into this stuckness, particularly about diagnosis. Diagnosis is not an armchair
speculative matter. Everyone self-diagnoses his problems on a daily basis and prescribes his self-medicating solutions, and
experiences the consequences therefrom. Spiritual Psychotherapy is a much a challenge to the patient as to the doctor. Both
patients and doctors assume they know what causes symptoms, but according to my research this is questionable. It has been
my experience that we don't know what causes our symptoms and that we treat the assumed cause with the wrong medicine. A Course
in Miracles says that all illness is mental. While cognitive therapy has made some important strides in this direction, there
is still a spiritual leap ahead that has rarely been taken.
( Please do not be offended by the word "you" in this document; it is just my shorthand for "my ego.")
The Imprisoned Splendor
Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate're you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception;which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error; and, to KNOW,
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.
Spiritual Psychotherapy is a revolutionary new psychotherapy system, which if you study and apply it to yourself, can
be mastered in about two years. The infinite meaning of symptoms requires a total re-orientation to your spirituality and
psychological/social dilemmas. If you are satisfied with your current pace, and the consequences thereof, this approach may
not be of sustained interest for you at this time. This radical awareness has to be practiced on a moment-by-moment basis
or else the victimization story will continue to dominate consciousness. Waking up from our hypnotic cultural conditioning
is life's greatest adventure. Nothing else is seriously worth your time. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God" is
no mere shibboleth. This kingdom is your home and your true nature. The ego story about our low self-esteem identity is a
necessary experience on the path to radical awakening to our infinite potential.
Do what you will, this life's a fiction, and is made up of contradiction.
The key identity question for all seekers: "Am I a stressed out victim with an impossible dream or an infinite spiritual
being with a flawed story?"