Let us begin this discussion with a brief explanation of the term 'Esochology'. A number of years ago, perhaps as many as... Wow! I just used my calculator and I'm surprised that the length of time is 37 years! Time has a habit of moving rather quickly as one ages... Anyway, in 1978, I realized that what is widely known today as "psychology"... is not the Psychology [given to us by the ancient Greeks], but is a bastardization of that Psychology by people who are unable to comprehend nor perceive the Esoteric nature of the Psychology given to the world by the ancient Greeks... and there is a 'reason' for this... which is the main thrust of this story. And... an essential element in this story is my belief that the ancient Greeks... who gave us the term Psychology [or at least many of them... were Gnostics], and that means individuals who are Enlightened, and capable of accessing Spiritual levels of Truth from Within themselves.
The term Gnostic is a historical term. That is, at the time the people who coined the term 'Gnostic' were using it, the term Gnostic simply referred to a person who was what we now call Enlightened, or Spiritually awakened. And this means... in possession of a Soul that has acquired an advanced level of Spirituality, Truth, and Knowledge which all refers to essentially the same thing -- a Soul that is in possession of a substantial amount of Spiritual Evolution. And... how one acquires Spirituality or Knowledge is a fascinating story, but not one we will address just now. If you are interested in the topic of Spirituality, then try This .
Back to the term "Esochology"... the prefix 'Eso' is from the word Esoteric, which refers to those dimensions of Man that are unseen, invisible, and unknowable by ones brain or physical senses. When I realized that the field known as "psychology" was no longer teaching the Psychology of the ancient Greeks, I was in the middle of my Masters program in Counseling/Psychotherapy at San Diego State University. It had been pointed out to me, by one of my fellow students, that I was really cut off from my emotions. This caught me by surprise, no doubt due exactly to what he shared with me: I was in fact cut-off from my emotions [and typical of people who are cut-off from their emotions, I had no idea I was missing anything, nor was I aware that what I was missing was important? My question to myself was... "Why"?
Long story shortened... I was volunteering at a mental health clinic, and I Spoke to the person in charge about my experience. She realized what I was saying, and gave me the name of a friend of hers, who was a Gestalt Psychotherapist near the University. I made an appointment, and at my first session, I changed chairs three times, and boom! I [my attention] shifted from my brain, into my MIND, and revealed from deep Within my MIND, a traumatic experience that took place when I was three years of age... I was standing in front of my mother, who was enraged, and I knew [or believed, since I was three years of age], that if I did not immediately cease asking her for love or attention... that I would be killed!
Now, some might attribute this to confusion, delusion, or something else... It was my experience, and my experience was true, real, and fantastic... and re-experiencing this event literally changed my life completely. What actually happened is that my Conscious Awareness, or the Attn Aspect of my Apapsyche (via Intuition) -- both elements of my Spiritual dimension, shifted into my MIND realm, and I re-visited a deeply repressed memory of an actual event that took place when I was three years of age. It was at that instant [at age three], that I ordered my MIND to NEVER PUT ME IN THAT POSITION AGAIN.
And my MIND did what I ordered. It severed me from my Intuition, and all my emotions, and especially those in any way associated with that traumatic experience. As a consequence of that event, at age three... I spent the next 40 years of my life dealing with life by use of my brain and thinking. And I was quite literally "cut-off" from my emotions almost entirely.
The up-side of this re-experiencing of myself ... including much of my emotional awareness was... or the value of this deep catharsis was... I suddenly KNEW [at an Intuitive level] a great deal about the workings of my MIND... and this Knowledge seemed to come to me in bursts of Intuition [ or concepts which included an entire understanding of some mental activity].
And following each huge Ah-ha of Intuition, which I seemed to KNOW completely... until I began to try and think about what I had just Intuited -- that can ONLY be known by re-experiencing ones own MIND, from Within ones MIND itself [but I did not learn this for quite some time later]. And each bit of Intuition gave me additional "in-sight" into the workings of my own MIND.. and provided me with a level of understanding of Psychology that was NOT being taught in my college program.
Although my discovery process was normal for competent Gestalt Psychotherapy, my level of discovery was unusual. I attribute that to my having been in pursuit of such discovery for several lifetimes, and I was thus prepared to make use of the process that was exposing itself to me... almost like making up for lost time? The reader can take my word for the "several lifetimes bit" ... since Reincarnation is difficult for many to accept.
I recall attempting to share a bit of what I had discovered with a couple of the professors in my Masters program, and I learned that what I was sharing was not at all appreciated. In fact, they both did their best to try and fail me in my program. But their zeal to fail me caused them to cheat, and when this was pointed out to the Head of the Department... they had no option but to allow me to graduate.
I did "learn" a great deal about modern psychology [and in particular... the people in what is now called "mental" health], not the least of which is that not one in a thousand can tell you what the MIND is? In that experience, the only positive thing I learned is how harmful BS&bp is to America. And since 1978, I have been doing my best to try and crack open the iron doors that B.F. Skinner, and thousands of people like him, have shut against the Psychology of the ancient Greeks. I refer to modern mental health as Behavioral Science and the oxymoron "behavioral psychology," or "BS&bp". And the main contribution of BS&bp to Man over the last century is that BS&bp denies, ignores, and seeks to eliminate three-quarters of the whole of Man.
Many [not all, but most] people trained in BS&bp have no idea why the Veterans they are "helping" seek to commit suicide? The reason is that the typical licensed mental health professional has no idea that he or she has a MIND that sends messages of fear to the MIND of the Veteran, and this causes the MIND of the Veteran to reinforce the trauma that MIND is repressing. Each visit makes worse the pain and suffering of the Veteran. There comes a time when the Veteran's MIND determines that suicide must be the only way out. and when this happens, the death of the Veteran is blamed on the Veteran, when the fact is... the death is attributable to the incompetence of the therapist. In my opinion, this is wrong. Shameful. And needs to change.
So... Esochology is a combination of Esoteric [meaning mystical and invisible] and "chology" is Greek for 'the study of'. Esochology = A study of [what is thought to be] the invisible dimensions of Man. The Esoteric dimensions can be studied, but only by an Enlightened and specially trained individual. And certainly not by use of the brain and thinking.
After 40 plus years buried in the Esoteric, or invisible dimensions of Man, it has occurred to me that at age 80, I am not ever going to be invited to teach at some college or university, where I might share some rather extraordinary bits of Knowledge with those attempting to study Psychology as though it could be studied with the brain. So, having accepted my disappointment, I will teach a proper course of "intellectual" information... which will be most interesting, I believe... but it will also be quite ineffectual if one reading the material would like to apply it to his or her own work.
What do I mean... by ineffectual in ones own work, practice, or study? Ah... that is the 'secret' of the whole of Life. How does one convey the concept that not all words "stand for" physical phenomena that can be seen, touched and therefore proven to exist? Some words, such as Soul, MIND, Spirit, Spirituality, Love, Truth, and others are all "abstract words" that were created to just "stand for" phenomena that is invisible to our physical senses. This means that the most important, crucial, and even critical elements of Life cannot be known by use of the brain, or by reading all the books in the world?
And the reason just reading this site will be ineffectual is that three-quaters of what the term Psychology applies to are invisible, or esoteric dimensions of Man...the very nature of which cannot be experienced by the brain. In other words, try and explain a sunset to a blind person. Think about it for a bit. Some things in life simply must be experienced by more than ones brain... if they are to actually be KNOWN. And the operations of ones Psychology includes just such a bunch of subtle, invisible elements and operations... that words alone simply cannot convey. Sadly, this fact of life is not adequately emphasized, so many people actively seek a physical understanding of elements of Life that simply cannot be experienced by the brain or physical senses. One such element is "Truth". Truth must BE CAUGHT... BECAUSE IT CANNOT BE TAUGHT ...at least not by traditional means of instruction.
In other words, it is not possible for anyone to convey "Knowledge" by physical means, since Truth is a vibrational Reality that does not exist on this physical plane of existence. And all reference to the many aspects of Truth must be in "abstract terms," or at best... relative truths. A person must speak in words, terms, or symbols that "stand for" or "point to" the actual bit of Truth that can ONLY be Known by experiential use of ones faculty of Intuition. At Best... words can only "stand for" or serve as abstract symbols that point to elements we say exist, but these elements can only be known by personal experience of ones faculty of Intuition . If it was possible to "teach" a person certain "lessons," each generation would not have to bang knees, twist ankles, bump heads, and so forth. Our purpose for being on Earth is for each of us to learn by personal experience. One-quater of life can be learned via ones brain. But three-quarters of oneself are invisible to ones brain, and no amount of educating the brain will convey the invisible.
To experience Truth [which only exists in the Spiritual dimension]... one must literally go to where it exists... And it ONLY exists in the Spiritual dimension of Man, which is accessed by ones faculty of Intuition. But how many of us are well-versed in the topic of Intuition? And for most people, Intuition is thought of as an abstract idea, not an active part of the Enlightened individual's way of being?
So, what is true... is the fact that 'information' will never result in Knowledge. And the reason for this natural phenomenon is that information gathering is an activity of the brain [which is physical], and Knowledge is the collection of bits of Truth by ones Apapsyche [or Operational Energy of ones Soul]... which can only be accessed by ones faculty of Intuition [click on Intuition to research this term, then click on the return arrow at top of page to return].
Within Man... Because these dimensions of Man are entirely inaccessible to the brain and physical senses. So, to obtain Knowledge of the three-quarters of Man that form the bulk of Psychology, the ONLY way to study these [seemingly] invisible dimensions of Man is by an experiential process I have labeled "Esochology". And Esochology is a study of the Esoteric dimensions of Man from Within the MIND and Spiritual dimensions via ones faculty of Intuition. And use of the faculty of Intuition might be thought of as what the Bible refers to as Spirit.
The simple Truth is this: The physical brain is physical. While three-fourths of the whole of Man are vibrational dimensions that are NOT PHYSICAL. And being non-physical, they are of course invisible to the brain. These Esoteric [or invisible] dimensions of Man can ONLY be known by experiencing them [in their own vibrational matrix]. In other words... ones Conscious Awareness [an aspect of ones Spiritual dimension] must travel Within the whole of Man, and while in this disembodied state of Consciousness which is the natural state of ones faculty of Intuition... one can then 'experience' what one is "ready" to awaken to? And the ONLY part of Man capable of experiencing these dimensions is ones faculty of Intuition [and ones faculty of Intuition has noting at all to do with ones brain, ones intellect, or ones MIND for that matter]. And of course you realize your brain is not your MIND? For one to discover the MIND [and how the MIND operates], and the Spiritual dimensions of Man [which are virtually unknowable to Man by intellectual means]... one must make use of ones faculty of Intuition...which is known to very few individuals. Why is Intuition 'unknown' is the important question, isn't it?
And... of course what I have just written will be strongly mocked, ridiculed, and simply denied by the majority of people trained to believe that the brain is all one needs to possess in order to memorize symptoms... which to a certain class of people, are thought to be ample evidence that something is wrong with a person. And the diagnosis naturally follows that by observing a person's behavioral symptoms, one may certainly speculate as to what might be causing those symptoms?... Unfortunately, as long as one looks OUTSIDE of the person [whose MIND is creating the symptoms which are specifically designed to "vent" internally generated negative energy in behaviors that are intended to mask, hide, and prevent the observer from discovering the source or nature of the traumatic [and deeply repressed] energy being vented by the masking behavior. The Source behind behavior is ALWAYS deeply repressed traumata being vented from the MIND.
Modern mental health [or BS&bp (Behavioral Science and the oxymoron "behavioral psychology") -- at least the Intelack people in BS&bp-- are easily fooled by their MINDs, as they perfectly "fit" into this MIND-level offering of Delusional Thinking... or ideas and beliefs fed to the Left-Hemiphere of their brains by their MINDs. And this D-Think takes place so smoothly, they have no way of discovering they are being manipulated by their MINDs. Research BS&bp Here .
If this did not mean that virtually 100% of the diagnoses being made today are incorrect, and inappropriate, the situation might be humorous. But there is nothing humorous about the needless pain and suffering being experienced by millions of human beings every day... who are victims of fear, ignorance and improperly trained people in mental health and "psychology". Strong condemnation? Yes, it is, and I trust that when you read through this "course," even though it is purely intellectual... the many references to the 'whole' of Man will help you widen your appreciation of what Real Psychology should be... and how much of what Psychology "needs to be" is not being practiced today. This is especially true when it comes to the Veteran suffering from PTSD, and the many Veterans who are committing suicide... due to improper treatment.
PEACE, Brother James _________________________ _________________________ From here on, is an outline for a self-help program to help therapists enhance and improve their work with clients.
It will be just as difficult for you to work through this course on the real Psychology of Man, as it will be for me to figure out how to present this course... three-quarters of which cannot be conveyed via intellect alone.
But my hope is that anyone interested in studying the 'unknown' of Man will be the type of person who is naturally 'ready' to do so. And what this means is that you are ready to awaken your faculty of Intuition, and to use that faculty to begin awakening to 'bits of Truth from Within yourself'. So, let us just begin...
You see, on the Earth plane, the MIND tends to dominate mankind by feeding what I refer to as Delusional Thinking [or D-Think] to the Left-Hemisphere of our brains. And since this process of "thinking" is so smooth... it normally operates without notice. But operating behind what we take for granted.. are a great many invisible transactions that BS&bp has not discovered, and thus, the public knows virtually nothing about these Esoteric operations? But BS&bp is not alone in this ignorance. Science and education are also contributors to this national ignorance.
And if I say that this is simply a part of Life... and the majority of mankind are supposed to remain fairly well unaware of the Reality of Life, this may explain it, but I reject the notion that just because some people are not "ready" to awaken to the Truth, then we must keep all people in the dark. This to me is the level of Consciousness promoted by the Marxist-type personality. Or the Intelack type personality who simply lacks sufficient Spiritual Evolution to enable such a person to possess adequate Consciousness.
And this is where many people have a choice, but how many are likely to realize they have a choice... when this choice is not offered to people? A general fear of the unknown is natural for Man, but as ones Soul matures [and how the Soul matures is a course onto itself], a reduced lack of fear allows people to begin to explore the unknown. And this maturity of the Soul is also called 'Consciousness' or Enlightenment. And the Purpose of Life is fulfilled by we Souls slowly maturing... by completing Karma [another separate course that can be researched Here.
What is missing in this course... is also missing in education, BS&bp, and even among those who are Enlightened enough to "think" that dabbling in the MIND is Spiritual activity... What is missing is an appreciation of the fact that we can [and very often do] communicate with one another at a non-conscious level via empathetic communication. That is, we often respond to, or react to another person... having received a vibrational message from that person that is conveyed by his or her MIND, or via Intuition [which is a level of Spiritual communication]. And most people do not realize the reason they are reacting to another person, sometimes doing so with perfect strangers? And the answer is... this is part of the Law of Karma, which we in the West unfortunately relegate to the forbidden pile of witches, goblins, psychics, genius, Saints, and the unknown in general.
Fear of the unknown in Man has put many Spiritually evolved people to death over the centuries, and in many parts of the world, this is still taking place. In any culture where an understanding of God and Spirituality is not an active part of that culture, those people whose Spiritual evolution is not well developed... will be driven by their MINDs to use Intellectualism to try and force themselves into positions of power and CONTROL. This is nothing more than the war between good and evil taking place.
Enlightened people are always at war in every place on Earth, but they rarely identify the resistance of Intelack people as an indication of being at war. If the Enlightened person has a fault, that fault is being naive to the unrelenting desire of godless people to gain control of the governmental systems on Earth, because they inherently realize this is where their power to CONTROL others exists. Ostensibly the United Nations exists to prevent war, but the underlying and more insidious purpose is to gain CONTROL over mankind. Every wonder why the UN puts up with so many nations run by Dictators?
CONTROL and the delusional need to Control people, places, and things... takes place at the level of a person's psychology, and it is the natural desire of those Souls that are operated by their MINDs, while their Souls take-on a supportive but secondary role, that gravitate toward negativity. There is a point [some point] on the Ladder of Life, where ones Soul, having acquired a sufficient amount of C'etc [the Virtues of Life], begins to push back against the MIND that is attached to it. In modern American terms, these people would be political fence-sitters. Or they would be Agnostics, not sure if there is a God or not, but unwilling to discount God entirely.
In other words, who a person is, is determined by how much Spiritual Evolution his Soul has acquired? It is not ones education, family, creed, religion, race, or any other physical attribute that determines what kind of person a person is? Mankind is generally confused as regards the reason people are not all the same, and how to explain why some people are quite evil? And this confusion is the natural result of mankind not being told the Truth. But this is jumping well ahead of ourselves.
James W. Patterson, Ph.D., Esogist [Brother James] About Me
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