About psychological recapitulation
To confirm our theories about how spiritual reconnection is accelerated and empowered through psychological recapitulation and understanding how energy works, I highly recommend the movie, "What the Bleep do we know?"
In a nutshell, all emotions are chemicals produced by our bodies. While pleasant or repulsive physical stimulation (including sounds and sights) can cause a variety of emotions, most emotions are unleashed in response to our thoughts and judgments about events and people - especially ourselves.
If we truly think or believe that something is bad, our body releases the chemical that makes us feel emotional pain, whether or not it is actually bad. If we truly believe something is good, we feel delighted about it, whether or not it is actually good. Most upsetting or dysfunctional emotions stem from unchallenged exaggerations people tell themselves, consciously or subconsciously. It is the continual repetition of those exaggerations that creates and sustains emotional problems.
"If thou art pained by an external thing, it is not this that disturbs thee, but thy own judgment about it. And it is in thy power to wipe out this judgment [and therefore your pain] now." The Meditations , Marcus Aurelius (121-180) , Roman "Philosopher" Emperor (161-180).
Within the Psalm core teachings - 'Psychological Recapitulation' is key. Psychological recapitulation in group sharing situations is used to confront denials and clear unwanted emotional baggage by challenging irrational, exaggerated attitudes, beliefs, and expectations. On retreat you are shown how to replace these self limiting patterns of behaviour with sensible (rational) ones. This improves emotions and makes for happier, easier, healthier, more fulfilled lives.
The irrational beliefs, attitudes, etc. are always based on shoulds, oughts, musts, and "I can't stand it. When people give them up, they acquire h igh frustration tolerance, which encourages them to accept in detachment (not like) life's hardships and other people's imperfections. This leads to less emotional pain and greater perseverance, patience, and the ability to get along with others. We have little power to change others. But if we seriously determine to change ourselves and practice true intimacy with regular psychological recapitulation, we all have the power we need to change ourselves.
"It is foolish to see any other person as the cause of our own misery or happiness" Buddha (c. 566-480 BCE)
Psychological recapitulation is a realistic approach that doesn't try to eliminate all unpleasant feelings; rather, it understands that in important areas of one's life, people are actually empowered when they can identify knee jerk egotistical reactions and be in touch with feeling appropriately sad or regretful at failure, rejection, or frustration. The most important thing to learn is to deal with this feeling in the moment and transcend it.. Thus reacting in ego is replaced with responding from spirit to any given 'bad' situation.
When you stop to see what the pain is that you are feeling it's never normally about just what's happening now. You are clearing old toxic emotions from similar rejections or failures of the past. Clearing denied or repressed emotions is core to good health and spiritual mastery. Spiritual principles applied to any perceived feeling of loss, rejection or failure, soon bring you to a place of acceptance and detachment. This is the work of PSA Life Mastery, showing you the how to of all this and this is what my retreats and workshops are all about. Obviously, it isn't enough to do a workshop to learn all this and that's why I offer the extended retreats and group sharing.
PSALM psychological recapitulation aims to smooth off the sharp edges, the exaggerations that cause self-defeating, sometimes traumatizing, self-destructive emotional pain. This work trains people to accept themselves and others unconditionally, whether or not they are "successful" in life, whether or not they behave as they "should", and whether or not anyone else in the world loves them. Why worry when you can meditate and learn to respond in mastery in moment to moment awareness?
PSALM affirms the value of achievement and helps people to give up their upsetting demand for total success at all times. Instead, this work encourages a more realistic and satisfying system of values: One that encourages people to work toward their goals, but never to condemn or damn themselves when they fail. All the great spiritual teachers will tell you that, 'Mistakes are teachers, great opportunities for learning and growth!'
Can you accept two basic concepts.
False programming in the media, loss of spiritual meaning to life, human genetics - all make us emotionally dysfunctional. Cognitions, emotions, and behaviour are not distinct, separate functions. They are intertwined and interactive.
All parents, being human and having been subjected to above programming, are imperfect and have caused or at least passed some irrational, self-defeating, upsetting thoughts on to their children.
Also, know this.
Emotional dysfunction can be acquired at anytime in life, even if one thinks one had an "ideal" early upbringing.
Individuals make assumptions, misinterpret or take personally the thoughts and feelings of others and consequently feel and behave inappropriately.
In conclusion, in order to be emotionally resilient and happy we need to forgive everyone and everything, practice detachment and be discriminating rather than judgmental. You will learn what this means and how to be it on retreat.
Thorough work on the self with the psychological recapitulation techniques learned on retreat will support you to change within yourself all unhealthy inner dialogue to something more appropriate, which promotes happiness, peace, contentment, well being and good health. Then something magical begins to occur.
If I no longer resonate with someone's beliefs, attitude or behaviour, I will choose to be with people who reflect my newly formed more positive beliefs.. If I do have to be with people whose beliefs no longer resonate with me, for some practical reason, it is perfectly OK if they don't behave the way I like. I didn't die before, so I can stand it now. Calmly and without condemnation, I will do my best to convince that person to change. If I succeed, fine. If I don't, fine and I am still alive... It is really just unpleasant or irritating, never harmful to my overall health or terminal. Moreover, what this person does has no real affect on me. I can live happily and successfully in a world where this attitude, and many people's behaviour, is not as I like it or believe it should be. AND in detachment I am OK because I no longer take it personally! Furthermore, if I don't take what you just said or did personally, I can still love you."
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned." Buddha (c. 566-480 BCE)
About Psychological Recapitulation