Summary of Spirituality and Psychoanalysis

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In this video, Dr. Almas discusses how spirituality and psychoanalysis can intersect and inform one another. He explains that, while psychoanalysis has been beneficial to contemporary culture, it can sometimes be difficult to understand its depths. By looking at western psychology from a kabbalistic perspective, however, it becomes easier to see its value and how it can be applied to personal life.

  • 00:00:00 Dr. Almas is a founding member of the Rid One School, which offers intensive training in multiple levels of experience. He came to the United States to study physics at UC Berkeley, and his interest in science led him to realize that his real interest was in exploring the ontological and metaphysical foundations of existence. He has utilized his own realizations to create a refined and subtle system of inquiry, which is not oriented towards a particular state. I think it's important for us to keep this in mind as most spiritual teachings tend to be but it's an open-ended inquiry into the nature of human experience and reality. Dr. Almas is a welcome guest speaker and his talk on spirituality and psychology is interesting and informative.
  • 00:05:00 This video discusses how, according to the speaker, psychology and spirituality intersect and intersect with one another. The speaker discusses how, due to the emphasis placed on the individual in the western culture, eastern spirituality tends to emphasize different dimensions of the transcendent than what is common in modern western psychology. The speaker goes on to say that, by looking at western psychology from a kabbalistic perspective, it becomes easier to understand its depths and how it can be applied to personal life.
  • 00:10:00 The excerpt discusses the connection between spirituality and psychoanalysis. It discusses how psychoanalysis has discovered the unconscious, and how this has revolutionized understanding of human behavior. Psychoanalysis has also been beneficial to contemporary culture, and has helped to bridge the gap between spirituality and psychology.
  • 00:15:00 The video discusses the importance of understanding the self, particularly in relation to psychoanalysis. It goes on to say that, while this understanding is important, it can sometimes be obscured by egomorphizing processes, which see the self as a fixed, static entity rather than a dynamic, evolving one.
  • 00:20:00 The author discusses the importance of spirituality and psychoanalysis, discussing how the two can work together to help deconstruct the self-image and reveal a more authentic self. The author also discusses the importance of recognizing images as representations, and how this can be liberating.
  • 00:25:00 The speaker discusses how spirituality and psychoanalysis are both dialogues that continually give feedback to each other. They discuss an example of a form of experience that is not constructed and is free from the constraints of culture, history, and the mind.
  • 00:30:00 The video discusses the usefulness of psychoanalytic concepts and theory for dealing with disturbances in self-esteem, as well as discussing how meditation practice can help to immediacy and fullness of experience without identification.
  • 00:35:00 This video discusses the importance of spirituality and psychoanalysis, and how psychoanalysis can help explore underlying unconscious content. The speaker explains that, while psychoanalysis can be deeply immersive and revealing, there is often a slight hint of identification with worthlessness that is not completely explained by the history. The speaker continues to explore this feeling and comes to a place of suspending beliefs and ideas, which leads to a deeper understanding of the underlying unconscious content.
  • 00:40:00 The video discusses the process of inquiry in psychoanalysis, which is a way of exploring the depths of one's self. In particular, the speaker describes how, when inquiring into the manifestations of self-esteem, he eventually realized that these tendencies are actually part of a deeper principle. This principle is that love (or reality) enters to find the truth of its own existence. While these two concepts are ultimately the same, they are experienced as two different sides of the same coin.
  • 00:45:00 This YouTube video discusses the concept of duality and how it can be seen as a manifestation of non-duality. It describes how, in duality, we are having a dual experience but the fact that we are interested in knowing what is the truth for what it is is the non-dual truth. Moving towards revealing itself, we are experiencing this dynamic power of reality to reveal the truth as our own interests and questioning of the reality become more pronounced. The video ends with a discussion of how, in psychodynamic therapy, we may find ourselves in a place where there is an extreme lack of self-esteem, or no self-esteem at all. This may be due to an unconscious feeling of not having any value or worth.
  • 00:50:00 The speaker describes an experience in which they felt a sense of emptiness and no value. The experience was more immediate and intense than any other emotion they've felt before. The experience also had a specific effect - a feeling of no weakness and no separation from the effect. The feeling and the knowing were the same thing, and the experience was differentiated from knowingness that is based in love.
  • 00:55:00 The speaker discusses the idea that consciousness has inherent value, and that this value is not a result of what the person has done or what they have accomplished. He also points out that awareness is more fundamental than neurons, and that when we inquire and look closely, we can see that awareness is the source of all experience.

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This video discusses the idea that spirituality and psychoanalysis are connected, and that by exploring our spiritual selves, we can come to better understand our history and identity. The speaker describes a specific experience in which he felt terror as he came to understand his spiritual self, and claims that this experience helped him to see the brilliance and luminosity of consciousness without the limitations of a location.

  • 01:00:00 The speaker discusses the importance of recognizing one's intrinsic value, and how psychodynamic exploration can help to do so. He goes on to say that this intrinsic value is pure presence, and that it is independent of any culture, history, or construct. Finally, the speaker advises listeners to use this intrinsic value as a compass to guide their actions and live their lives in a way that is true to themselves.
  • 01:05:00 The author of this video discusses how, in some cases, spirituality can be seen as a need or desire, which is often related to issues around self-esteem or separation. He goes on to explain how, in his own practice, he looks at the issue of separation from a psychodynamic perspective. Finally, he describes a specific instance in which he recognized a sense of separation and understood its origins.
  • 01:10:00 This video discusses the idea that consciousness has a particular quality, which is strength. The narrator describes this strength as being able to remain separate from the other and the sense of separation that arose. This consciousness has a particular effect- it makes you feel sweet and self-valuing. This quality is a sense of energy and a sense of fire. It is also a sense of remembering reading about ego psychology and talking about aggression. The narrator realized that this experience was similar to what was called "neutralized aggression." This strength can become anger, but it is more powerful to be yourself and to experience this strength while you are being what you are. This is also the strength to be.
  • 01:15:00 The video discusses the idea of boundaries for the self, and how the self is defined by its boundaries. It goes on to discuss how, by exploring these boundaries, one can come to recognize the self as an individual, alive, and responsive.
  • 01:20:00 In this video, a psychoanalyst discusses the concept of spirituality and psychoanalysis. He points out that, while spirituality and psychoalysis can be seen as separate topics, they are actually intimately connected. The psychoanalyst discusses a specific experience he had that demonstrated this connection. He recalls feeling terror as he came to understand his spiritual self. This experience helped him to see that all of his experiences – both spiritual and psychoanalytic – are constructs that are based on history and identity.
  • 01:25:00 The speaker discusses the idea that fear and awareness are two sides of the same coin, and that fear is the primary emotion. He goes on to say that, in order to be aware, animals must be scared. Once they are aware, they see the terror underlying the original state of awareness, which is luminous and brilliant. He claims that, by seeing this brilliance and luminosity without boundaries, one is experiencing the presence of consciousness without the limitations of a location.

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