The Two-Fold Path of Metapsychiatry

In Metapsychiatry we are expanding consciousness in two ways. We become aware of the mental climate we have become conditioned and adapted to that has informed our individual way of life, and, we become increasingly aware of what truly Is: the infinite consciousness that is not conditioned, nor programmable.

The conditioned content of consciousness comes from judging by appearances, education and experience.This is referred to as the “sea of mental garbage” in Metapsychiatry.

Infinite consciousness(also known as God) is recognized as Love-Intelligence, the omni-active non-dimensional substance of existence. It is not perceptible through sensory perception. It can only be realized through awakened conscious awareness. PAGL (Peace, Assurance, Gratitude, Love) describes and defines the qualities of consciousness that we are aware of when awareness is spiritually awakened.

The problems that come from living, such as those involving finances, health and relationships, can provide the motivation to unlock our reactions enough to see the mental garbage we are living within.

In Metapsychiatry this is facilitated with the First Intelligent Question: “What is the meaning of my experience?” In other words, what is the false/conditioned thought about life that this specific problem is expressing?

The Second Intelligent question then asks: “What is what really Is?” This directs our attention to infinite Love-Intelligence.

Conditioned human life is like walking in a fog so thick there is only disorientation and confusion.  As we begin to awaken, we are still walking in fog, but now we’ve glimpsed the sunny skies and know that every step brings us closer to being fully in the sun.

We cannot make fog go away. We can, however, know that fog is a phenomenon of climatic circumstances and that it is temporary and harmless, if we are carefully aware of the dangers while moving through it.

Similarly, on the spiritual journey of awakening, we cannot get rid of the sea of mental garbage, but we can know that it is not the reality of existence. 

Metapsychiatry teaches us to use the difficulties encountered in life as stepping-stones to enlightenment. Each problem is expressing a specific mental thought, conditioned image or adaptation to circumstances that is not in harmony with the underlying spiritual reality. We learn to move carefully and mindfully through them, seeking to see the false messages they are conveying about life.

Just as fog appears when the temperatures of the ground and the air are in contrast, we live in a mental “fog” when our conditioned ideas about life are in conflict with what really Is.

What lifts the mental fog is the harmonizing of individual consciousness with Divine Consciousness. First we need to see what it is that we are thinking that is so out of harmony with what Is. Once we see how ignorant it is to live a conditioned life, we humbly open our consciousness to what really Is. Gradually the fog lifts, and we see increasingly clearly what it is to live in PAGL.

 

 

The Gift of the Anonymous Question

Those with an interest in spiritual living are aware that all sincere questions are answered. But does it matter who asks the question?

This years PAGL conference is all about asking questions.

When I first heard that there would be an opportunity to ask “anonymous” questions, some personal issues I had been struggling with immediately popped into awareness.

Simultaneous to the full awareness of the issues came the answer, followed closely with release from the heavy burden of the problems I had seemed to be living under.
These were questions I had been asking for some time. So, who asked the question in a way that allowed the answer?

When a question is not anonymous, it’s personal. There is someone who wants to solve the problem, who, at the same time, is self-protective. It seems that there is something “personal” about the question – that both the question and problem “belong” to us.

Consider, for a moment, that what makes a situation a “problem” is the personal identification with it. “There is something going on that is difficult for Me, and I don’t like it!” Paraphrasing a well-known Zen Koan we could say that the “person and the problem are one.”

Metapsychiatry suggests that it is not a person, but the spiritual quality of radical sincerity that is open to hearing truthful answers. “Anonymity” neutralized the “personal” allowing the underlying quality of being to be fully present.

So, what is the difference between a “person” asking a question and the “quality” of radical sincerity?
The “person” asking a question is attached to the problem. While the agitation and suffering experienced from having a problem may bring the “person” to ask the first intelligent question – the answer can only be understood when the person/problem duality is transcended.

Radical sincerity is the quality of being that is committed to seeing the truth, regardless of personal embarrassment and spontaneous new responses to habituated situations that will surely flow.

Radical sincerity already exists as a quality of God, Divine Wholeness. It can be appreciated by each individual being. We can each be committed to being sincere, recognize when we are not quite there yet, and pray for the transcendent moment when the “person” with a “problem” disappears and all that is left is the glorious truth.

Letting the Holidays Unfold

It seems clear in the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus that God functions outside the boundaries of conventional thinking. An illegtimate child is born in unsanitary conditions without social connections.

What was God thinking?

Perhaps the message from God is to appreciate the value of “letting be.” In the Christmas story the issues that often seem so important turn out not to be important at all. It was a blessed event, as it is whenever a child comes into this world, regardless of the circumstances. Yet how often we miss this.

And, perhaps all the events in our lives are blessed, regardless of whether it conforms to what we think it should be or shouldn’t be, whether we like it or not.

“The most important things in life cannot be done and it behooves us to learn to let.” So says Dr. Hora, the founder of Metapsychiatry.

And, as the bible says: “. . . the battle is not yours, but God’s” (II Chronicles 20:15)

When we demand, will or attempt to make something happen we are “battling” and missing the perfection of what is, rolling right over it with intentions to do what we think good and right.

“Letting” allows each moment be what it is, without doing or distorting. And, as the awareness of what is becomes clearly seen, we respond as participants in the unfolding journey of life, as did the shepherds and the wise men in the Christmas story.

Angels

Angels we have heard on high. . .

Angels have appeared to many of the Hebrew Prophets as well as to the shepherds of Bethlehem and to Mary, the mother of Jesus. But what are angels? and what do they mean to us today?

In Metapsychiatry we recognize angels as messages(not messengers) from God. We can be aware of the love, peace and guidance of God, and in these moments we are inspired.

“And when we say God speaks to us, what do we mean? We mean that divine ideas ‘obtain’ in consciousness. 
We become aware of receiving intelligent, loving, creative ideas, and these ideas 
are messages from God. We call them angels.”
-Dr. Hora

We do not need to think of angels as something supernatural – occurring only to a chosen few – or as something that is a fantasy. We can recognize that all the images and songs and scripture about angels are referring to moments of conscious union with God and that is something available to anyone.

Santa Claus is similarly an image of a quality of being that is loving, generous, and joyful. These enduring, vital qualities are expressed in poetry, literature and scripture as images. As we mature spiritually, the image is replaced with individual understanding and the capacity for conscious union.

“Conscious union with God implies a conscious awareness 
of guidance from God in the form of inspired ideas or messages, commonly called ” 
angels,” which speak to us, saying: ‘This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn 
to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left’ (Isaiah 30:21).”
-Dr. Hora

Giving

This is the season of gift giving. When gifts are given and received there is often an underlying dynamic that boils down to the formula: Giving = Getting. In giving there is often something wanted in return – even if it is a “thank you.” When a gift is received there is also something expected to be given – at the very least, appreciation of the gift.

When we give, we want to get – and when we get, we are expected to give.

The underlying “wanting” expressed in the giving/getting drama is not peaceful or joyful or grateful. These are transactions that take place between persons. Dr. Hora has referred to them as “bribes.”

In Metapsychiatry and other enlightened teachings, it is impossible for people to give or receive. Giving is a gift of God, as is receiving. Neither can be done. It is a holy process that takes place in consciousness.

God gives continuously and freely the gifts of life which in human consciousness is recognized as intelligence, love, creativity, prosperity, harmony, joy, and more. It is the nature of God that this giving occurs. These gifts are received in consciousness as individuals become aware of the grace of God.

As this awareness fills individual consciousness, true generosity becomes possible – one individual can responds to manifest needs with no strings attached.

A man can receive nothing except it be given to him from heaven.
John 3:27

You cannot ‘do’ generosity. Dr. Hora

Transformation: Report from the annual PAGL Conference in NYC

Thank you Janice for requesting that the PAGL conference held this past Sunday in New York City be reviewed and summarized here.

The topic for this year’s conference was Transformation. The call went out several months ago inviting essays that help us understand how the ideas and concepts of Metapsychiatry have resulted in transformations in our ways of being in the world.

Dr. Hora makes the distinction between “gathering information” and “transformation” this way:
“Reading books and listening to lectures is gathering information. Information in and of itself has no therapeutic value. . . .

What is needed is transformation.

The information we receive must be put into practice through participation in existence as a beneficial presence in the world. . . For instance,
it is not enough to know that God is love. We must also be loving.
It is not enough to know that God is truth. We must also be forthright and honest in our daily life. It is not enough to know that God is beauty, harmony, joy, freedom, intelligence, and goodness. We must also live that way. Information is passive gathering of data. Transformation requires participation.”

This year’s theme of Transformation was conveyed not only through the papers that were shared, but through the format and flow of the day.

Instead of attempting to fill the time with lots of information and new ideas, we spent the day flowing from listening to dialoguing to sharing our stories.

The conference actually begins several months before we meet when the call for essays goes out. Everyone and anyone is invited to write a short essay on the topic and all the essays are available to conference participants. Collectively, all those engaged in the study of Metapsychiatry begin turning their attention to reflecting on what, exactly, is the transformation process and how has it happened to them?

We arrive at the conference, whether having written an essay or not, having at least questioned the concept of transformation within our own lives.

Coming together as a group, these questions and ideas are given room to be shared, asked, explored, expressed and clarified. Transformation is recognized in Metapsychiatry as a holy process that takes place in individual consciousness when invalid ideas are replaced with valid ones. Invalid ideas are thoughts that make up ones mental climate that are life diminishing, restricting, fearful and angry. Valid ideas are those that flow from the context of life. They enhance and expand the qualities that allow life to blossom such as joy, gratitude, love, and fearlessness. We cannot “make” transformation happen. It is not something that can be done. It is something we open to through, as Dr. Hora said above, “participating in existence as a beneficial presence.”

We end the conference boosted in our own transformations through resonating with others who are unfolding along their individual journeys.

I’ve posted my essay here as an example of transformation. To read all the essays you can subscribe to the PAGL newsletter and over the next year, all the essays will be published.

You are also welcome to submit your own ideas and questions here.

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