I consider myself to be on a spiritual journey. My understanding is that such a journey brings constant change in how one perceives, thinks, feels and behaves. I have joined this community because I believe dilogue with other spiritual aspirants and with skeptics can help all participants grow in understanding and spiritual development.
As a psychologist practicing psychotherapy since 1964 I have become interested in what helps people become more loving, happy, tranquil, nonjudgmental and resilient. I believe that the development and strengthening of these attributes are an essential part of the spiritual journey. I have also been interested in what blocks the realization of these qualities in a person's life. One of the challenges in psychotherapy is to help people minimize and transcend these blocks. Personally as well as professionally I have become intrigued by how religious and spiritual beliefs and practices can help or hinder this journey of healing. Within this context I view the scriptures of these traditions as manuals for psychological and spiritual development and am writing a commentary on the Bible. I cover this and other topics in more detail on my website www.perennialpsychology.com
My interest in the spiritual journey was triggered by reading the book Be Here NowbyRam Das. After that I met Swami Rama who initiated me into a meditative tradition and two years later appointed me as a meditation teacher for the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosopy. Later I met Chief Luciano Perez, a Lakota Sioux medicine man and participated in Inipi (Sweat Lodge) and Yuipi (Healing) ceremonies that he conducted. I also did a vision quest under his guidance.