Transpersonal Psychiatry A Tract Book By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2006 by Anthony J.

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Ken Wilber is the author who is given the credit for developing the discipline of “Transpersonal Psychology.” I would like to go one step further and argue for the establishment of Transpersonal Psychiatry. Psychiatry today is based largely upon premises involving atheistic materialism. Psychiatry sees the mind as simply being an epiphenomenon of brain biology or neurology. Medication which affects the neurons in the brain is seen as the epitome of psychiatric practice. I would argue, on the other hand, that psychiatry should be based upon Aristotle’s model of Body-brain mind, Soul analytic mind, and Spirit intellect. I would argue that for many people, their though processes take place on the levels of the Soul or Spirit, not on the brain biological level. The brain, then, operates more as an interface between body and soul. Ken Wilber argues in his work that the mind becomes “transpersonal” at what developmental psychologists would call level 6 of

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consciousness. Wilber argues that people on level 6 have psychic abilities such as channeling and telephathy. Additionally, Out of Body Experiences, and Astral Projection, as described by Robert Bruce, would also seem to be level 6 phenomenon. Psychiatry must recognize that it is normal and natural for those people who have reached level 6, or it’s equivalent, to have such abilities as channeling or telepathy. Treatment of such persons psychiatrically must involve helping the person to manage or control his or her psychic abilities, not suppress or destroy them as supposed hallucinations. Finally, psychiatry must avoid the fallacy of reductionism. Ken Wilber points out that positivists, that is, atheistic materialists, take a “flat land” view which reduces everything to the least common denominator. Rather than looking for higher, spiritual meaning, psychiatry now looks for the most mundane, pessimistic, simpliste, explanation. Rather than considering the possibility that an Archangel might be talking to a person in that person’s “mind’s ear,” psychiatry just assumes that a schizophrenic hallucination is taking place. As I have stated before, such an approach is based upon Ockham’s Razor, and, Ockham’ Razor is fallacious, idiocy. Transpersonal Psychiatry is necessary and it must take into account Metaphysics.

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Bibliography Bruce, Robert Wilber, Ken Wilber, Ken Astral Dynamics The Atman Project Up From Eden

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