Psychology - From a Template perspective
Psychology can be described as the understanding of the way the
human thinks and behaves and the reasons why they do what they do.
But a Template view reveals it to be much more - it is more importantly
the way a human perceives the world, the media by which a human connects to
the world, both seen and unseen, and establishes his or her life and way of
living within a system of rationality and values, which then governs the way
the human thinks and acts thereafter.
Psychology could be described as a personal filter through which
the human views the world, which can range from transparent to opaque in its
limitation or openness to the fundamental realities that are common to all humans
who have ever lived.
|"All that I experience is psychological.
In the end we are so much wrapped in psychological pictures that
we cannot get through to the essence of things except through ourselves.
All that we ever can know consists of psychological matter. Psyche
is the most real being, because it is the only immediate thing.
This is the reality the psychologist can refer to, the reality of
Charles Dickens once wrote a newspaper article railing in his day at the deliberate
blindness of his world to injustice and inhumanity under the headline 'It will
last my time'. In other words, 'I will live for my today and my lifetime and
the rest of the lives yet to come can take care of themselves'. The word for
this is 'solipsism' - a philosophy based entirely in self.
This is the root of most modern psychology, which, as an academic discipline,
has developed from the work of Sigmund Freud and the psychoanalytic movement
of the early twentieth century. Although there were influential offshoot developments
though the work of others such as C. G. Jung (see boxed sections), who attempted
to incorporate a more broad based and spiritual dimension, it was all based
in the experience of life over 100 years ago in an age very different to our
own. The changes that have taken place in the last 100 years are totally awesome
in comparison to any other period of human history. The industrial revolution
has been enhanced by advances in human knowledge on all fronts and accelerated
by the technological revolution with, for example, the motorcar, television
and the Internet... It is not an unreasonable proposition that a fundamental
new approach to psychology is needed for these very different times.
Unfortunately the legacy of Freudian psychology with its emphasis on control
of subconscious desires has led to a collective conformity in the modern, consumer-orientated
world, which suppresses individual self-determination and freedom. This can
all too often constitute an opaque filter of prejudice and isolation, serving
to protect the individual and their society from the consciousness of a world
rapidly becoming obsessively materialistic and irrational, in which external
solutions are increasingly impossible to find and believe in. It is now a case
of 'nurture divorced from nature' and dislocation of the human from the natural
order of Creation, with consequent dire prognosis for the future of our planet
So is there another way, another starting point?
In very preliminary outline, this article offers an introduction from a human
Template standpoint to this subject, which is one of the most challenging and
important issues facing human life in the twenty first century. Indeed it could
be argued that the root of the problems of the human situation lies in the understandings
(and misunderstandings) of modern psychology and that answers, if they exist,
thereby lie in a new approach to the subject of human psychology.
As laid out in the Template article (Topaz 3), fundamental to the Template
view is that the human is endowed with a Spirit and Soul and the starting focus
of an understanding of psychology begins with the latter - the Soul.
|"The modern persuasion of the primat of
the physical leads finally to a psychology without soul, in which
the psychological can be nothing else than a biochemical effect."
The Template starting location to psychology could be outlined as follows:
- The human Spirit and Soul are lodged in a human complex.
- The human complex consists of an immense and incredibly sophisticated system
- the body with its senses, operating centres, brains, nerves, blood, digestion,
vital organs etc.
- More importantly the human complex also consists of finer, less material
'bodies' including the human aura and electromagnetic systems which house
codings that are the residue, record and resultant governing assemblies of
all that a human being is and does during the whole of their lifetime.
- The whole is located in an ecology on a very special and rare planetary
system with a single moon in a solar system, within a universe that is part
of a huge Creational construction of stars, galaxies, dark matter and vast
expanses of ultimately mysterious 'space'.
- The human is surrounded and supported by wondrous and supremely versatile
processes that are nonetheless robotic.
- The reason for the existence of the human complex and its spiritual life
within this vastness is for it to be the non-robotic part of an otherwise
entirely robotic system.
- The human being is the high point of this Creation system by the simple
fact of human consciousness and freedom of choice.
- Whatever causing intelligence or power created this system realised that
it would be useless and purposeless without such a sequin point of consciousness,
appreciation, feeling, selection, choice and the capability of awe - these
features are natural to the human and are returned from the human to the source
making all this possible there are certain preconditions that had to be accommodated
in the design of the human. The human situation could not be fixed and definitive
and the human system had to be made with infinite flexibility to cope with and
be able to respond to a huge variety of different and unpredictable conditions
- imagine the difference between living as a Roman soldier or a peasant farmer
in the Dark Ages, and our own situation in the twenty first century.
Thus the system had to be made with an orchestrating principle able to deal
with this degree of flexibility. This is the Soul. By analogy, imagine an orchestra
without a conductor to control and integrate its various component instruments
into the requirements of the symphony. It would be useless to create such a
flexible and versatile instrument as the human complex without such a sophisticated
The human has the facility of the Soul as the orchestration media of life. The
human also faces the opportunity and challenge of self-determination of optimum
performance within the design of the complex and its evolution. However, all
parts of the systems within the human model have the potential for fixing themselves
in abdication from the responsibility of choice.
The human is not designed to be fixed; freedom is provided for and indeed anticipated
in the system but cannot by definition be made mandatory. It is up to each human
to choose and seize the opportunity of freedom or reduce themselves to the level
of lesser life in the overall hierarchy of life on this planet (for example,
mineral, flora, fauna, human, natural unseen forces and powers...). Freedom
is a matter of progression, development and connection within and then outside
the planet's hierarchy to other more sublime and more rarefied levels.
Where psychology, or more accurately Soul Psychology, enters into all this is
in terms of the reaction of the human to the unfolding situation of its life
as it becomes acquainted with new circumstances and challenges - ever needful
of fresh and unique response. The human is designed for it but, as explained,
it cannot be legislated for or guaranteed.
All humans who have ever lived add to the unconscious psychological stock and
legacy within the unseen worlds of the planet's aura whilst they use this stock
as they live by sharing and exchange. The level and quality of the stock which
is accessible to each life for the benefit of its own journey and eventual destination,
is determined by frequency (like a radio set) and this in turn is determined
by sentiment, standards and behaviour - in which the ever-present danger is
the fixing of themselves and their systems in lesser circumstance, lesser challenge
and eventually in a situation of 'lock out' from these realms of natural enhancement
|"The esteem of the unconscious psyche as
a source of cognition is not at all as illusionary, as western rationalism
wants it to be. Our inclination is that all cognition stems from
the outside in the end. We nowadays know for certain that the unconscious
offers contents which, if made conscious, would mean an immeasurable
increase of cognition."
The purpose of the individual human in this journey from birth to death and
rebirth (reincarnation) is to build the higher systems that contribute to the
enhancement of their own future lives and service in Creation and of the place
of their current domicile, the planet, for the benefit of those spirits constantly
being born and reborn in this extraordinary and unique ecology.
By majority, modern psychology is not only based in a narrow interpretation
of human life in material terms, but it also denies or avoids the fundamental
issue of the proposition of life after death. A Template approach to psychology
sees human life as a series of episodes of appearance in different forms and
different circumstances for the purpose of individual self-establishment and
service to Creation and Creation's human purposes.