WHAT IS AWAKENING PSYCHOLOGY?
* AP is awareness + love + growth
* AP is psychotherapy and meditation, psychology and mindfulness
* AP is consciousness, compassion and transformation
* AP is based on awakening energy to help us become consciousness and lead us to our highest potential.
Awakening Psychology (AP) aims to help people to develop to their fullest potential of consciousness: a state of complete awareness united with
unconditional love, in which the life energy awakens to transforms their inner and outer worlds. AP uses multiple methods of psychotherapy and
meditation to bring about greater understanding of oneself and life direction, enhance love and respect of oneself and others, to facilitate self-enquiry,
individuation and creativity, and to aid emotional and physical purification as needed.
Awakening Psychology (AP) holds the view that multiple concepts and methods of human development are required and can help us because each person
is a unique individual. There is not just one truth and there is not just one therapy that will work as a panacea. Rather we are like the multiple facets of a
diamond or the many petals of a blossomed lotus. Furthermore, as we are growing individuals, transforming through time and life experience, our
requirements for what can support and facilitate our development may change. AP is fundamentally embracing and inclusive, however it does gives
greater recognition to those methodologies that consist of the elements of: Awareness, Love, Consciousness, Compassion and Energy. It is seen that it is
these precious qualities that really bring positive transformation.
The International Academy for Awakening Psychology offers five directions for personal development through seminar and meditation participation.
1 – Developmental Psychotherapy: Reliving Childhood, Bodytypes, Family Constellations, Past and Future Lives
2 – Chakra Energy: seminars and trainings
3 – Love, Sex and Relationships: Conscious Relating, Sexual Deconditioning and Tantra
4 – Intuitive Sciences: Astrology, Colour Energy, Numerology, Qabalah and Tarot
5 – Meditations: all Osho Meditations, Buddhist meditations and Self-Enquiry
Awareness, Love, Consciousness, Compassion & Energy
Awakening Psychology can emerge now as the world in in urgent need for awakening. The world is facing unprecedented levels of crises: pandemics,
climate change, pollution, and an incessantly increasing population. These urgent crises are also bringing a growing realisation that if humanity
continues on its old path the global damage could be irreversible for humanity and other forms of sentient life on this planet, our only home. How has
humanity arrived at such a juncture? Through its myopic egoism and unconscious psycho-biological program of ‘me and mine - first’ and ‘survival of the
fittest.’ These programmed behaviours evolved in humans millennia ago in a very different environment, but if we do not take a leap in another evolution
now it could be too late. The good news is that when we are in a nightmare there is more chance for us to wake up! When the night is at its darkest, the
dawn is not long away.
Awakening Psychology sees that it can contribute to the urgently needed global awakening by bridging the material with the psychological and with the
spiritual. That is, our outer and inner worlds can unite to create a holistic life. This vision for a new psychological perspective is one that embraces - yet
also goes further than - personality and mental-level analyses, emotional releasing and physical healing. A psychology that is empirically true for both
science and insight, that does not deny the inner to support the mundane fact of the outer, that embraces both subjective and objective. A psychology that
does not enhance divisions, that goes beyond beliefs and can support all who seek their highest truth. A psychological perspective that helps people on all
levels of their being: physical, emotional, mental as well as spiritual and energetic.
The major extant psychological perspectives: Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism and Humanistic Psychology have been seen as the three major forces but they
are now giving way to other emerging perspectives such as Positive Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology and Mindfulness-based Psychologies. Each of
these can claim to be the fourth force of psychology. The common quality that they are offering is the concept that psychology and psychotherapy must
now include consciousness as a key to understanding and transforming human life. Awakening Psychology agrees with this very important concept yet
it additionally offers the phenomenon of life energy as the source of consciousness and that compassion is its flowering. Thus, AP could be seen as more
complete fourth psychology. Coincidentally, in Indian spiritual traditions the fourth level of consciousness, turiya, is regarded the ultimate awakened
state or enlightenment.
Life energy is the source of consciousness
Life energy is usually dismissed by western science-based perspectives, because it immeasurable by mundane instrumentation and thus considered
pseudoscience. However, AP being fundamentally non-dualistic and inclusive of both the objective and the subjective, recommends practical
methodologies that can complement subjective experience. Life energy can not only be subjectively experienced, it can be developed, especially during and
through methods of meditations. That is both traditional methods of meditation and more modern active forms of meditation.
Awakening Psychology understands that it is walking on a razor’s edge, balancing on a high-wire tightrope. On one side, science pulls us to prove
anything and everything objectively and on the other side are the New Age plus traditional religious faiths that place subjective experience as paramount.
AP aims to go beyond belief systems and yet not deny other’s experiences and that inner enquiry, experimentation and experience are the route. Thus,
methods of meditation supported by psychotherapeutic practices are regarded as the most practical way to achieve lasting positive transformation for us
individually and collectively.
Awakening Psychology has multiple foundations and yet is not limited by them. Just as the fruits and flowers of a tree are not limited by roots. Although
AP is integrative it is not aiming to be a syncretic system. It understands that every system has its limitations and will not be suitable for everyone, and
individuals may need to focus on other approaches that prove to be more beneficial to them at this time.
Psychological & Spiritual Foundations
The psychological foundations of Awakening Psychology are the concepts and methodologies of Sigmund & Anna Freud, Carl G. Jung, Wilhelm Reich,
Alexander Lowen, Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Bowlby & Ainsworth, Tajfel, Steinberg, Artur Janov, Fritz Perls, Hal and Sidra Stone,
Bert Hellinger et al.
The spiritual foundations of Awakening Psychology are the teachings and methods of Osho, Gautama Buddha, Ramana Maharshi and Advaita masters,
Ch’an and Zen Buddhist masters, Atisha and other Tibetan Buddhist masters, Patanjali, Rumi, Gurdjieff, Shiva and other masters of Tantra and the
Chakra Energy system.
The wisdom of other ancient and modern systems that have also contributed to the understanding and practice of Awakening Psychology include:
Astrology, Aura-Soma Colour system, Numerology, Psychic and Energy-based Massage, the Qabbālāh, and the Tarot.
It is important to note that just as Mindfulness is a secular form of Buddhist teaching, Awakening Psychology also has spiritual roots but does not
require belief in any religion. Actually, belief per se, is regarded as a limitation, however trust is beneficial to our growth. How to trust yet not believe –
well that is another example of how AP is a balancing act!
With so many influences, what is not included in Awakening Psychology? Anything that divides people – anything and anyone who says: ‘I am right
and you are wrong,’ or ‘this is right and that is wrong;’ is seen as causing division and conflict between and within people. Also, anything that is
permanently egocentric, is seen as a pitfall. Although development of individuality is regarded as a necessary stage of our development and can include
‘crystallisation of the ego,’ it is only a stage and not the end result. The chakra energy system helps us understand that ego development is a lesson of the
third chakra and there are six other chakras that require development.
The chakra system has a lot to contribute to a new psychology. It teaches us that life is a continuous journey of learning and that what helps us in one
stage of our life does not necessarily help in other stages of our growth. Sometimes, it is right for us to be active and assertive and to express our
crystallised self and to put ourselves at the forefront. But at other times it is right for us to consider others more, to grow our love and express
compassion. By developing all seven life energy centres, we will overall be able to find the golden path towards the ultimate flowering of human potential.
The name ‘Awakening Psychology’ is inspired by the spiritual teaching that the attainment of the ultimate consciousness is called Buddhahood; the Pali
and Sanskrit word buddha (बुद्ध) means ‘awakened, awake, awakened one.’ And by Osho’s vision that a future psychology based on meditation would be
called ‘The Psychology of the Buddhas.’ (See references). Osho often used the term ‘no-mind’ for the state of pure consciousness that can be experience
through meditation. As a master of meditation, Osho created many new methods of meditation, especially active methods and he encouraged his Western
disciples to pass through group psychotherapy. The intention being that therapy could clear the ground for the seed of meditation to be planted into. In
both Osho’s meditations and therapy groups lead by his disciples, the Eastern concepts of Chakras and Kundalini interfaced easily with the energy-based
therapies that were developed by the therapists in his communities.
The chakra energy system used in Awakening Psychology is a modern interpretation of the ancient Indian wisdom system. It is principally empirical and
phenomenological. In the mid-1980’s Samudro was part of a team in Osho Multiversity that experimented with techniques based upon the chakra system.
Osho’s brief teachings on the chakras were a guidance, however much of what is now known about each chakra has come from experience during
exercises and meditations, and from the experience of seminar participants. Thus, a body of knowledge was built through guidance, insight and
experience. In brief the chakra system says that our life energy is stored at the base of the spine, but is rooted in the legs and feet. Then through
meditations and specific exercises, we can raise that energy up through energy channels into seven energy centres. Each centre, or chakra, contain several
life lessons whose themes are divided into polarities. Each chakra can be in a dormant or blocked state. The first aim of Chakra Energy Therapy is to
awaken the latent energy, then clean out its blockages and become conscious of its dualities. Then through awareness and love, the energy of that chakra
can be healed and raised. Eventually, once all the seven chakras have been fully awakened, purified and transformed, the kundalini will rise up to the
crown where the thousand petalled lotus blossoms in full spiritual consciousness.
Chakras as an adventurer’s treasure map
Thus, the chakra system is used a seven-point guide map for the spiritual journey. Metaphorically, it is a map of a country with seven major cities and
three main highways joining them. The map includes information of what one will experience in each city, and how to get the most out of being there. To
say it is an adventurer’s treasure map would be an even better metaphor, and that we are a Lara Croft or an Indiana Jones, searching for treasure but
needing to be aware of the treacherous dangers of each adventure. Each chakra has pitfalls and traps that due to unconsciousness we can fall into, but
once we shine the light of awareness, we can follow the path and find the treasure, then we can move onto the next challenge - it is the ultimate Da Vinci
In reality the awakening of the chakras occurs through practicing active meditations, such as Chakra Breathing and Chakra Sounds and Kundalini
Meditation; and through participating in intensive experiential seminars. The seminars are designed to awaken and transform the energy of one chakra at
a time. (See the Chakra Series webpage for further information). Commonly participants will attend two or three chakra energy seminars per year, in any
order that they feel attracted to. In between the seminars they will typical be in a process of integrating the energetic, emotional and psychological
It is a common experience for participants of energy-based and chakra therapies as well as practitioners of the active meditations, to find that memories of
their past emerge. As once we begin personal development through therapy and meditation, the subconsciousness begins to release whatever is hidden
within it. This is a fundamental understanding in multiple forms of psychology and new age modalities. Many of these memories will be from one’s
childhood and will be found to be connected to energy blockages in the physical level (as physical chronic tension), in the emotional level (as pain and
stored negative emotions) and in the mental level (as fixed beliefs and decisions).
Thus, Awakening Psychology finds it necessary to include childhood psychotherapies based upon concepts from Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Neo-
Freudian and other Developmental Psychology perspectives (S. & A. Freud, C. G. Jung, Erik Erikson, Wilhelm Reich, Artur Janov and Alexander Lowen
et al.). This includes the theories of psychosexual developmental stages, ego defence mechanisms, and character analysis bodytypes. AP also applies these
concepts into very practical and transformative therapeutic exercises in attendance seminars. AP considers that any one form of psychotherapy is limited.
Even though it is common for participants in the process of passing through any one childhood therapy to feel that is one therapy is enough. AP does
not favour sales techniques used by several promoters that their particular therapy is all that is ever needed. It is unethical to give participants an over-
inflated expectation of the efficacy of a therapy just in order to generate sales. Unfortunately, this has been noticed in recent years by promoters of Primal
Therapy and Family Constellations. AP respects that these therapies are valuable as a part of holistic approach. Thus, Awakening Psychology currently
offers a series of childhood therapy seminars: ReLiving Childhood, ReBirth, Born Again Meditative Therapy, Character Analysis Bodytypes, Family
Constellations, Sexual Deconditioning, Attachment Theory and a Parent’s Training. (See the Childhood Therapy Series webpage for further information)
Each of these childhood therapies work in a different yet complementary way. In a direct psychotherapeutic manner, Primal Therapy helps our inner child
to release its wounds and to become a stronger and freer individual. It is a necessary stage of our personal development to rebel against what we have
been programmed to be. The approach of Family Constellations, especially the version created by Bert Hellinger, was created as a balance to Primal. It
teaches us to respect our family and ancestors as our energetic roots. Its methodology goes beyond classical psychotherapy as it is based upon energy
within the collective unconsciousness – hence it is quite an intuitive method. ReLiving Childhood is a method similar to Primal but is based on Osho’s
teaching to live again the past consciously now – that we become a child now. This method supports deeper memories to come from the earlier childhood
and a realistic remembrance of the birth, in-utero experience and conception. Osho’s Born Again Meditative Therapy offers another aspect that is very
healing for the inner child – playing as a child. We “become children again now and do what we always wanted to do but never did.” Yet to support our
conscious adult understanding of how our childhood conditioning has affected who we are, there is perhaps no clearer modality that the Character
Analysis Bodytypes. This concept from Alexander Lowen, based on Reichian principles, explains how our conditioning has affected our mind and body
and even our energy.
Four Levels of Being:
Physical + Emotional + Mental + Spiritual levels = Transformation
Most of Awakening Psychology’s seminars include some didactic sessions to disseminate the theoretical basis for the practice of a therapeutic technique.
However, the emphasis is that it is only through personal fully immersive experience in specially designed exercises than a last transformation can occur.
In this way Awakening Psychology postulates that positive transformation is a result of combining meditative consciousness and insight, understanding
and objective theory, subjective emotional experience with practical embodied experience. In other words: awakening the energetic experience in the
physical plus the emotional, the mental and in the spiritual levels leads to positive and lasting transformation. It is a fundamental concept in the whole of
Awakening Psychology that we need to awaken our consciousness in all four levels of being. And that this applies to all types of therapeutic approach
and pathways of personal development.
The Path of Love, Relationship, Sex and Tantra
The journey of personal development will almost inevitably lead one to another major life theme – relationship, love and sexuality. According to
Awakening Psychology’s Chakra System, three of the chakras contain the life lesson of love and relationship and it is considered one of three major life
lessons; and according to the Childhood Therapies it is recognised how influential childhood conditioning is upon adult relationships. The issue of sexual
energy is related to both chakra energy – as it is part of our most fundamental life energy; and to childhood conditioning – as sex has been very repressed
in almost all societies and in the name of protecting children, sex has been made a taboo, which cause shame and confusion for them as their sexual
Awakening Psychology is very interested in making our love life more conscious, in all aspects: sexual energy and orientation, intimate relationships and
family relationships. We tend to separate intimate relationships from family relationships, yet they are very intertwined. The dynamics of how we relate to
other people is formed in our childhood conditioning. In AP we want to become aware now of how we introjected images of our parents’ relationship and
how those stored internal images have become project out onto our adult life intimate partner. Also, the way we relate to our original family now can
reveal what is unresolved from childhood, and how we relate to our own children can be influenced form those stored images in our unconsciousness.
Sexual Deconditioning is one of the most powerful therapies that AP presents. Whenever we work with sexual energy everything becomes amplified.
Sexual Deconditioning uses a ‘direct approach’ of discovering how the childhood conditioning repressed the natural sexual energy and have cause
physical, emotional, psychological and energetic blockages. After deep purification of what is unnatural then we can encourage what is our natural sexual
energy. Then the ‘indirect approach’ of tantra can help to transform the natural into the super-natural. On the path of tantra, sexual energy can lead us
towards Samadhi (the ultimate state of conscious) thus we transform the material into the spiritual.
Two Approaches to Growth: Direct and Indirect
Another fundamental understanding in Awakening Psychology is that there are two main approaches to therapy and personal development. The direct
approach is connected to the active principal (which can be generally considered to be masculine/yang/animus) and the indirect approach is the passive
principal (feminine/yin/anima). The direct approach includes action and awareness: we discover a problem and we do something to get rid of it. For
example: we feel a physical tension in the shoulder, then would then use a method such as deep breathing, which would activate the tension more but
that helps us to be instantly aware that the tension has an accompanying emotional pain that has the feeling of extreme pressure. We could then add a
method of emotional release, a catharsis, and as the tension-pain-pressure are being release from the body and emotions, a memory comes with it. Or even
a series of memories, such as a parent pushing us to do our homework and the school teacher punishing us. So, we are using action and awareness
simultaneous to release and discover, then the awareness can bring to our consciousness that we holding onto a psychological belief such as: ‘I must do
well, I must perform well and be successful, I cannot be a failure.’ Once, we have worked through the physical, emotional and psychological levels of a
problem, then we become freer to choose to continuing to hold onto that problem.
It is also important to note, that any direct approach that uses only physical or emotional or mental methods is not complete and will not lead to a holistic
resolution of any issue. Cathartic methods without understanding, will just take us into a repetitive cycle. Because if we do not let go of the hidden belief,
we will just reformulate the tension. Likewise, a method of understanding without a physical or emotional release is problematic. When we remove the
thought but not the accompanying physical or emotional element, there will be a split between the conscious mind thinking ‘I no longer have this
problem’ and the unconsciousness where the pain and tension are repressed and the result is a ‘sugar-on-shit’ personality. And if have a catharsis addict
who never understand the roots of their problems, then we will get a ‘stupid-seeker’ personality, a therapy group junkie.
The direct active approach can be very effective for many of our problems, but it has limitations. There are some problems that cannot be solved by direct
action or even by awareness. Or there comes a point when this approach stops working, like too caffeine no longer keep one awake. Then we need to
switch to the indirect approach. Or it maybe better from the very beginning of our personal development to love and acceptance ourselves. This more
passive, or feminine, approach means we do not try to change ourselves but whatever problem we find inside, we will love and accept it. Love is warmth.
Love melts the ice-block of our fears and repressions. Acceptance dissolves the rock of anger. That is love and acceptance of ourselves and of other and of
the whole of life. The indirect approach is universal acceptance, unconditional love and infinite compassion.
Either or both the direct and indirect approaches will work. Some people will naturally be orientated to one approach, but most of us will benefit from
using both in a combined approach. By sometimes using the direct-active and the using the indirect-passive approaches, we are in effect using the
combined-neutral approach to our personal growth.
From Darkness to Light
As already stated, the journey of personal development and meditation, includes bringing the darkness of the unconsciousness into the light of the
conscious and superconscious levels, and vice versa, taking the light of consciousness down in the dark basement of our unconsciousness. One the most
effective Awakening Psychology methodologies of making the unconsciousness conscious is ReLiving Past Lives. Although, for those whom cannot
accept the concept of reincarnation, this therapy can be considered as metaphorical and without any requirement to alter one’s beliefs – except we do see
that holding onto beliefs will intrinsically limit one’s personal development. So, if we can keep open minded and be willing to experiment with methods of
regression that began with childhood therapies, then we can just continue going back even further through time.
In AP we recommend that Past Life therapy is not to be practiced just once. And preferably only after a realistic reliving of one’s birth and in-utero
experience including the conception. There are several methods of recovering these deepest memories and there are several guiding principles that prevent
us from being distracted by fantasies or falling into the false-memory syndrome. However, AP is not attempting to prove or disprove the objective reality
of reincarnation, as our emphasis is upon becoming aware subjectively whatever is hidden within the depths of our unconsciousness. By shining the
light of awareness into our depths we can find the root causes of adult life issues. If childhood therapy or other methodologies have not worked to
transform a recurring pattern, then we might find the root case is in a previous lifetime. ReLiving Past Lives Therapy also brings us to a global perspective
of the phenomenon of karma and samsara – the repetitive wheel of life and death. It is a very spiritual therapy as it helps us look deeper into the nature of
Life and Death
Awakening Psychology finds it is also very important for us to face the reality of death. ReLiving Past Lives and First Chakra Therapies partly deal with
death, but it is such a major area of the human experience that it requires the application of extra therapies and meditations. Bereavement Therapies, such
as the Grief Stages concepts of Kubler-Ross and Sanders, are of immense support for both those who are facing the end of their life and those who are left
behind. Death meditations from Osho and Buddhism also support us to spiritually prepare for death. Even if we are not facing death or grief in the
present time, the application of these concepts and meditations on death, profoundly support us in any moment of sudden change, life transition, or
shocking experience. The end of a relationship, an accident, work dismissal, global pandemic… life is intrinsically insecure and yet our minds seek security
and attachment. We try to hold onto the breeze and dam the river of this unpredictable fast flowing river of life.
Colour as a soul therapy
Sources of psychological concepts and answer (ontology)
1. Psychoanalysis – Internal - observation of clients’ subjective experiences
2. Behaviourism – External - observation of clients’ objective behaviours,
3. Humanistic - Internal - observation of clients’ subjective experiences, phenomenological + External/internal - observation of clients’ objective behaviours,
4. AP – 1+2+3 but subordinate to 4. Insight through meditation. Internal spiritual experiences of PEMSE
Awakening and Transformation
As Awakening Psychology includes so many methodologies it accepts paradoxes, as it sees that truth is a multi-faceted diamond which cannot be
explained from one only side, and that in practice we cannot see all the facets at one moment. In summary, it aims to support the development of our
human existence in life, death, in the body, the heart, the mind and in the spirit. It aims to support an awakening and a positive transformation on all
aspects of life: work, money, creativity, sex, relationships, love, parenting, sensitivity, awareness…. To support our journey from darkness to light, to
support our growth from a seed in the mud to the blossomed lotus of awakening.
REFERENCES and BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Monier-Williams, Sir Monier (1899, 2002) A Sanskrit-English Dictionary, The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Osho (1985) From Bondage to Freedom, Chapter 43
Osho (1987) Om Mani Padme Hum, Chapter 16.