Re: Religious or Spiritual Problem is a new diagnostic category
- --- In PulseDiagnosis@yahoogroups.com, Luke Terry
>-forms of distress
> impetus for the proposal came from transpersonal clinicians whose
> initial focus was on spiritual emergencies-
> associated with spiritual practices and experiences.Lonny" I like Ken Wilbers statement, "Psychotherapists are the pimps
The only real spiritual dilemma is the ego's objection to having
more integrity and having to live up to what has been seen beyond ego
and in the realm of spirit. Psychotherapy deals only in the world of
ego......the goal is to try and help the ego feel better about itself
and it's cynicism. The main psychotherapeutic dilemma seems to rest in
asking the question, "How do I feel about doing the right thing?
Shouldn't doing the right thing always feel good? I'll do the right
thing when I feel better about it. Please help me feel better about
not doing the right thing."
A few of us CM practitioners have been trying to help people
with their neurotic notion that psychotherapy is a form of
spirituality for years ,and it makes sense that the APA would
eventually counter. Could any field be less qualified to deal with
spiritual issues than psychotherapy?
All I know comes from the passages in Unschuld's "History of M in C" (or
maybe some from the seminar with him at Korngold's place in N. Calif.
several Summers ago?) noting that several different scheme were
circulating around in pre-Han times, with various numbers of various
components, and in various flavors of metaphor / interpretation.
And the tidbits from Gil Milner and recent Buddhist articles on Tibetan
schemes (as expounded here earlier).
It makes my head swim, actually – elements or phases or agents? Same /
different as Buddhist, Brahmin, Tibetan, Native America (who had the
same "6 directions"), Greek (,Worseley)? Virtually unanswerable
questions (aside from interpretive fantasies).
Maybe Brandon Horne has a handle on this stuff. He's a principle in
Kathy White's American University of Complementary Medicine and one of
the earliest PhD candidates in Jeffery's PhD program there. Last I
heard, he was into a dissertation on "finally having figured out the
WuXing", which must be finished by now. (Several notable dissertations
have been completed there, and forth coming as books.) He has a website,
called Herbalroom.com, I think.