Spirituality & Psychology (2-disc set)

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Psychology is a powerful tool on the spiritual path because the mind is the cause of the cycle of life and death. The combination of understanding through psychology and  transformation through the energy of spiritual practices is necessary, particularly in the West given the culture of the current times. In order to remove the psychological blocks and transcend the mind to reach the spirit, we need to understand the mind and how it works and become conscious of its actions. more details in product description

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Psychology is a powerful tool on the spiritual path because the mind is the cause of the cycle of life and death. Our psychological health can support or undermine our practices and thereby impact the quality of our meditations. From the spiritual perspective, the mind can remain incarcerated or it can be the cause of freedom.

People don’t change overnight through spiritual practices due to the strength of their samskaras (habits and tendencies) and the impact of the Kali Yuga, in which the pressures to earn a living leave little time for spiritual practices that burn up those samskaras. And those psychological blocks can keep us trapped for years, preventing our growth even while working with our guru.

The combination of understanding through psychology and transformation through the energy of spiritual practices is necessary, particularly in the West given the culture of the current times. In order to remove the psychological blocks and transcend the mind to reach the spirit, we need to understand the mind and how it works and become conscious of its actions. Simply put, the mind needs to be known and understood in order to control it.

Spiritual insight through meditation and psychological inquiry are both powerful tools. Through this recording, Anandi Ma, Dileepji and Dr. Ellen Balis provide practical psychological and spiritual techniques to help us remove the blocks of the mind and ensure that the ego doesn’t prevent us from fulfilling our life’s purpose.

Dileepji defines the subtle anatomy and functioning of the mind which he describes broadly as the thinking faculty composed of manas (mind), buddhi (intellect), ego (action-dominating aspect), and chitta (knowledge-dominating aspect). All must be dealt with and resolved to experience the spirit and stop the cycle of life and death.

Dr. Balis discusses current research in neuroscience that shows how the brain grows in response to both spiritual practices and psychological growth, and how samskaras are neurologically stored to ensure our past dictates our future responses. She also discusses how memory and beliefs may be stored unconsciously in the body to impact our responses to future stresses without our knowing and how we can deprogram those beliefs to lead happy, more productive lives. Dr. Balis is a licensed psychologist and a student of Anandi Ma for over 25 years.