Track: Inner Ecology, Collective Psyche and Social Transformation
Transpersonal today: From a psychological understanding to a collective perspective
Transpersonal psychology has brought new cartographies and a new understanding of the human psyche (thanks to Grof, Wilber, and others). This has made a considerable contribution to the way we understand the field of psychology, even if the transpersonal perspective is not yet fully recognized and accepted in the academic world. Nevertheless, sooner or later, transpersonal psychology will have to be integrated among the other theories and currents in psychology.
But today, the challenge is no longer only to achieve personal well-being, and to become enlightened as individuals. We are facing a much more important challenge: the survival of our species and the planet. We have to wake up, we have to act individually for a collective purpose.
In this process, the transpersonal movement has a role to play. We have to expand beyond our practices and become active in the outer world. Today, transpersonal values are no longer an option but an obligation.
The old thinking patterns are not valid anymore. They have created and now amplify the problems we must face in the world. In this time of transition, we see more and more creative initiatives based on solidarity, sustainability, sharing and education that are signs of a global transformation of our societies. But nothing will really change if we continue to stay in an ego-based psychology. We cannot transform the world outside if we don’t start from inside. Our personal transformation is the first step toward collective action, because we are the world.
Bernadette Blin is a psychologist, transpersonal psychotherapist, Holotropic and transpersonal breathwork practitioner, Gestalt-therapist, supervisor, trainer and author. She is the founder of the IRETT/CesHum, an institute for transpersonal psychotherapy in France. She teaches in several other institutes in Europe, America and Asia. She is the current president of EUROTAS, honorary member of the GRETT (Group for Research and Study in Transpersonal Therapy) in France and honorary President of IPTB (Institute of Transpersonal Psychotherapy of Barcelona). She has written numerous articles and several books on Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy “Healing the Ego, Revealing the Being”, “Manual of Transpersonal Psychology” and “When Consciousness Awakens”.
She supports initiatives based on transpersonal values, and is currently focused on how Transpersonal Psychology can contribute to collective transformation. She is also very active in the promotion and the recognition of Transpersonal Psychology in France as well as in Europe.