Psychotherapy and A Course In Miracles

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I wrote this article to summarise what A Course In Miracles has to say about psychotherapy and the principles upon which my wife and I base the therapy we provide at our own Private Hypno-Psychotherapy Practice here in the Isle of Man.


Change 's of the mind

The goal of psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is to aid people to change their minds about the reality of illusions. Illusion is a physical manifestation of a mind in need of healing.The illness we perceive exists in the mind and therefore such illness needs to be addressed by the mind.

In many cases people do change their perceptions of what they call reality but that is normally as a result of a shift in how they perceive some interpersonal relationships and extraordinary experiences that leave them no alternative but to question their beliefs about reality.

Psychotherapy offers formal structured help to people which affords them the opportunity to question their reality in a safe and non-judgemental setting.

Reality and a delusional belief system

Most people are unaware that the cause of the problems they experience lies in their delusional belief system about reality.They are completely unaware of the relationship between cause and effect upon which their delusional system is based.The goal of psychotherapy therefore is to guide people to giving up a delusional belief system that sustains the suffering they experience.

Body identification

Most people identify with the body and use it to attack and to defend against perceived attack.What they don’t realise is that the body like everything else we perceive in the world is a concept made up by the mind.The victim we see ourselves as is something we make up in our minds and even defend and this gives rise to a situation where the individual feels at the mercy of spurious events and relationships that make them feel helpless and incapable of making their own decisions.

The purpose of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy aids in restoring people’s awareness of their innate ability to make their own decisions.To do this they have to be willing to turn upside down the thinking that has brought them to this state of helplessness.

Psychotherapy helps people to understand that what they perceive as an attack from an external source is nothing more than their own projections reflecting back to them.Until people accept that the world they perceive does not really exist they remain incapable of making their own decisions and remain at the mercy of effect rather than the cause.

Psychotherapy serves to help people separate truth from illusion.The degree to which they can do this determines the progress of the therapy. The therapist and the patient are at the mercy of a delusional belief system so by calling on a higher consciousness they both avoid being directed by each other’s ego. They then can trust to be directed by a higher consciousness to rescue them by healing their minds.

“Psychotherapy, correctly understood, teaches forgiveness and helps the patient to recognise and accept it.And in this healing is the therapist forgiven with him”.

Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process, & Practice: an Extension of the Principles of A Course in Miracles Helen Schucman (Author)

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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Thank you Spirit Whisperer. I went through A Course in Miracles sometime back. I discovered many truths I could agree with and some I could not manage. But, I refer to the book when writing and searching still.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you tsmog and yes, the course is is a lot for any one person to fully appreciate in a single lifetime. It is a miracle that such a text even exists and has not been edited or changed in any way from the original as the bible was. I appreciate the time you have taken to read the hub and to leave a comment.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well I always arrive here with an open mind and to learn from you my friend - as you inspire me to think outside the proverbial box, so to speak; I have missed you as of late and have been thinking of you - I sincerely hope you've had a happy safe and productive summer and I am sending you warm wishes and good energy from the epi-man at lake erie time ontario canada 5:09pm


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you for your visit and as always your very kind comments.I too send my warm wishes to you epi-man.


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Slarty O'Brian 5 years ago from Canada

Glad to see you doing hubs again, my friend. ;)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Good to see you visiting and thanks for the comment.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I think a good dose of psychotherapy would be good. Enjoyed, Thank you.....


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Your hubs SW - make me think so much! I'm still stuck on thinking that if everything is an illusion then what have you? Ok, ok...I know there's an answer somewhere...!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

always exploring, thank you for reading the hub and I am glad you like it.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

RealHousewife, lots of people get stuck when they are presented with the idea that what they believe to be real is in fact a perception or interpretation and is perceived internally. Once you realise this then all the things you used to think of as ultra important and worry about don't seem so important any more and you start to experience a much happier existence. I am not saying that it is an easy path but if people want change then they have to be prepared to change their minds. There is no other way to affect change in your life.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I thought this was about actual miracles and so I was hoping to share with you an actual physical healing I witnessed of one of my family members at a church service.

Still, I enjoyed your article and I am glad you are able to help people with their problems.

I do have to wonder about this one sentence. Perhaps you can explain it to me:

"the body like everything else we perceive in the world is a concept made up by the mind."

Uh . . . Do you mean if I chop your arm off with a machete you won't mind since the machete and your arm are only illusory?


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

James, I would certainly mind if you chopped my arm off. I sense a lot of aggression in that comment so I am wondering what lies below the level of your conscious awareness. LOL!

Can a mind exist without a body? Can a body exist without without a mind? The problem is with the interpretation of the word illusion. "A Course in Miracles" is not what the title might lead most people to believe it is about and explains far better that I could the concept of illusion that I refer to in this hub.

Thank you for reading the hub and taking the time to comment. And you can now put your machete away LOL!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

SW - I do agree with you - and especially about it being the hard part too! Ha! I have to laugh at James' comment! Glad he's not going to cut his or your arm off! Lol


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I was, of course, joking about the "chop! chop!"

The body can exist without the mind yes. And the mind will exist without the body.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Wow Spirit Whisperer. Even being in the mental health field, I still had to read over a couple parts. I know this topic can seem complex but brought down to it's simplest form, it's really about changing our delusional belief systems and letting go of control. Once we realize we can learn in new ways and let go of what we can't control, life is so much better and easier.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Minnetonka Twin it is obvious that you get itand that makes me feel happy!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I am still not understanding this fear of the ego which you and "A Course in Miracle" seem to have/ speak about. (I do own the book and have read from it ...)

When you wrote: "Most people identify with the body and use it to attack and to defend against perceived attack", can I not say that through this piece of writing or through "A Course In Miracles", someone is using their body to attack ...

I think I am more like the Natives of North America: I use everything and anything which helps me. So, I use the ego when it is needed and I put it aside when it is not. I tend to think now that a lack of control over one's ego, may indeed result in a fear of it and a perceived need that it has to be eliminated.

I'm still trying to understand this ... there are too many contradictions ...

(Just some thoughts ...)

Cheers!


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Mr Happy for reading this hub and taking the time to comment. I am unable to see how you you have come up with the idea that the ego should be feared. It was never my intention to portray the ego as something to fear and I certainly did not read that in ACIM either. Perception is a slippery thing isn't it?

The idea of perceived attack is to do with projection so I think there too you may have misperceived the message.

You speak of "I" and ego as separate and that you in some way are above ego and use it when you will. Who then is seeing the "I" or the ego you speak of?

Seasons greetings my friend and may the man in orange continue to guide you and watch over you. Thank you.

ps please check out my latest meditation:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meditation-for-the-...


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"A Course in Miracle" certainly goes after the ego: "The ego's definition of anything are childish", "The ego does not know what a real question is", "Do not accept anything else as your will, or you are denying what you are."

The last quote best explains my concerns. Yes, we are Spirit but we are not just Spirit - there is flesh too. The ego is my personality, my dislike for ginger, my excitement for a good game of soccer ... yes, they are follies but it is where we find ourselves, for one reason or another.

I did find in its beginning (I have not finished it and I am not sure when I will) that "A Course in Miracles" went after the ego in a not so nice way. When the author said that "one must not accept anything else as will" except for the Will of God ... I guess my main problem is with channelers. I am not so ready in taking a human's words, as the words of any God.

"Those who attack do not know they are blessed." - Did the author not take her own advice? She seems to fully dislikes the ego and from the little I have read, she seems in need of convincing others of her beliefs. I am always wary of people who preach the word of any God.

"Perceive any part of the ego's thought system as wholly insane" ... I would say that constitutes as an attack on the ego and on individuals/individualism for that matter.

Regarding the perceived split between the ego and spirit is something we have discussed before but I obviously failed at giving you an understandable response. I will try again, not to convince you of anything but to let you know of how I see things. That way, you can maybe understand why I perceive things the way I do.

I can see this three dimensional world without Mr. Happy. I exist through the Source, the Root. I always will, that way. When I put the Ego away there is Light, Power, Peace. We are all the same Mr. Spirit Whisperer, you know that. It is all the same energy force, in everything.

When we meet on the street, we say: "Hi, my name is blablabla ..." - Thus, we use the ego. It is there for us to use - not for It to use us (which is the case quite often).

Splitting away from the ego is what sorcerers call "taking the God form". It is not easy. It can result in megalomania and I think only very strong willed people should attempt anything of that sort. I would never write a book about what I learn when I take the God form. That would be too egocentric : P (lol)

Our Spirit is Godly. Our Ego is necessary. As I have said before, I can not only accept things as true but I can accept them as necessary.

I did enjoy your meditation photos : ) Thank You.

P.S. Overall the book is good, sort of like the Bible. It is sitting next to my copies of the Bible now. Another decent philosophical book.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thank You for the many great discussion Mr. Spirit Whisperer! All the very best.


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Very interesting hub and video. Thank you for sharing.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you carolinemd21.

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