Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – Today’s Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry in Contrast with an Enlightened Society
Except for a few souls in this world who are mystically aware, the practice of psychology and psychiatry will not create a truly mentally healthy society. As it currently stands, the world standard for mental health is collective neurosis. The occupation of the clinical psychologist and psychiatrist is to adjust the mind to be functional in a dysfunctional society. In other words, what is called mental health is the ability to function within that which is collectively dysfunctional. The illusions of one’s personal isolation must be made to fit into the illusions and trends of whatever is considered reality in present-day society.
The basis of identity as viewed by clinical psychology and psychiatry is that the self—one’s identity—is that of a personal ego identity. That is, it’s a product of an organism bumping up against its environment through a long period of time—first to form a simple awareness of itself, and eventually to evolve into an environmentally created identity or ego. Put enough egos together and you form an ego society. For whatever reason, if one ego cannot function within the collective ego society in which it dwells, it is then considered dysfunctional, and the role of the mental health clinician is to adjust it—to get it back into step with the collective thinking or the neurosis of today’s ego society.
The flaw in all of this is that a society comprised of personal ego identities is still a society of persons isolated from each other by the virtue of believing themselves to be separate, isolated entities. And separate, personal egos are fragile at best. They can be shattered in moments by an outward life-changing event. When individuals do find common ground together, or when groups rally around some common belief of heritage or ideology, this fragmentary sense of separateness can seem diminished. This sense of belonging can seem to flourish under the banner of religious, nationalistic, or lifestyle beliefs. Each, in its own way, encourages the collective illusion of meaning in personal ego existence.
But in truth, these personal egos still have no foundation—no reality in truth or in fact. They are not seen as part of an Eternal Whole, but rather as fragments of an illusionary existence. When identity is viewed as a personal ego identity—even if it functions within its societal group—it is still an isolated entity unto itself. For a time, it may function well within the collective group. But given the right (or wrong) set of circumstances, one day it may find itself in conflict with others or with the collective group.
Of course, clinical psychology and psychiatry will defend itself by stating that it is not in the business of philosophy or religion; it is in the business of making people functional within the collective framework of society. And, as clinical psychology and psychiatry currently stand, that is a true assessment. The problem is that psychologists and psychiatrists become the spokespersons or standard bearers for what society is to believe about the mind and—most importantly—about human identity. In this manner the illusion of personal ego identity is perpetuated, continuing the kind of ego-centered, fragmented society that breeds conflict and wars.
In contrast, in an enlightened society occupied by enlightened souls, clinical psychology and psychiatry as they are currently practiced would—at best—be considered primitive. Why? In an enlightened society, personal ego identity would not exist. The mind would be considered a channel through which Universal Consciousness can be expressed. All members of an enlightened society would know themselves to be individualized expressions of some unique attributes of the Universal Whole, of the Universal Presence, Mind and Spirit—or God.
Souls incarnating into such a society would not have to be taught about the relationship to the Universal Whole or Presence, for they would incarnate with a knowingness of their Reality. They would incarnate not to serve temporary rules, but to be consciously co-creative with Universal Presence. For these reasons, in such an enlightened society of soul minds, clinical psychology or psychiatry would not exist. Religion, as it is now known on the physical earth plane, would not exist. They would not exist because, from whatever frame of reference one would choose to think about an enlightened society, such a society would be a collection of Christs, Buddhas, Krishnas, and so on. The common denominator for all persons would be Universal Consciousness Identity—created forms embodying One Universal Mind.
What Is the Bottom Line?
There is no doubt that Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry do play a major role in society by attempting to care for those who are severely mentally ill, and they should be thanked and acknowledged for their efforts. This commentary is about working with people who are not suffering from some type of psychosis, but rather from a psychoneurosis. With that in mind, let’s go on to what can be done.
We must keep in mind that, with few exceptions, those who enter the field of clinical psychology and psychiatry are basically illusionary personal egos attempting to treat other illusionary personal egos, so that they may function within an illusionary society comprised of inwardly fragmented and fragile, personal ego-centered identities.
Such a society is a virtual breeding ground for further isolation in the future, until an egotistically driven maniac collects groupings of people who are unhappy and unfulfilled by their existence, and directs them into another war—feeding them with the illusion that such a conquest will fill the void within their souls. Such has been, and will ever be, the repeating history of this physical earth plane.
To be of value, clinical psychology and psychiatry should have two objectives:
The first is to do what they have been doing, which is to make a person functional within the neurotic whole. This would then serve to facilitate communication for the all-important second objective.
The second objective would be to lay the seeds for a new concept of identity—that of Universal Identity with Oneness. To be certain, for the vast majority of persons, Universal Identity and Oneness with God would just be a concept, and they would not suddenly be transformed into enlightened mystics. But, the seeds would have been planted to grow in the soil of future lifetimes.
To meet the needs of those who are functional in a collective ego-based society, but who feel an inner God Presence prompting them to move beyond a personal ego-based psychological understanding of the mind and consciousness, I created for the International Metaphysical Ministry a Doctoral Degree Program in Theocentric Psychology.
Theocentric means God-Centered. Through a course of study called The Theocentric Way of Life, the focus of Theocentric Psychology is on completing one’s understanding of the Mind and Consciousness, emphasizing that consciousness comes from One Creative Source—namely the Universal Mind and Spirit of God—and that one’s true identity is being aware of this Oneness and the cooperation of the outer human with the Inner Spirit. In this way, the soul is freed of the collective neurosis that binds it, bringing forth Universal Consciousness and its God-provided potentials.
The Universal Process has been served.
The Universal Embryo has been nourished.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ Book, “Mystical Insights: Knowing the Unknown,” Pgs. 104–108. Copyright © 2016 by the International Metaphysical Ministry.
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