Step into the River Right Where You Are
In Metapsychiatry there are no rules, no “shoulds,” and no credentialed course of study. Each individual comes to the study at a particular moment in their life. If you are currently facing a problem, change, trauma or difficulty you may best begin with one-on-one dialogue sessions with a Metapsychiatric counselor. (see below for more information)
If you are looking for answers to existential questions such as : Who Am I? and What Is The Purpose and Meaning of My Life?, Who or What is God? How Can I Meditate and/or Pray More Effectively? reading the booklets and books may be the right beginning for you followed up with joining a study group.
In Metapsychiatry each individual is recognized as a living soul, on a unique journey toward enlightenment. And yet, rarely does an individual go through this process on their own. Through PAGL groups and one-on-one dialogue the principles and ideas of Metapsychiatry become realized through seeking understanding to our questions and relief from our suffering.
The Tools of Metapsychiatry
First comes information, then comes knowledge of the information, then comes interest in realizing this knowledge, then comes the love of this knowledge, the yearning to find out that it is really so. It is a process of discovery and realization. When we pray, meditate and study, the intellect is in a transitional process, like learning to play the piano. First, we have to learn to play the piano, and then we may play music. Suddenly music will become meaningful. Similarly, we have to hear that there is a Land of PAGL, an invisible Land of PAGL. We study about it, meditate, look for it everywhere and then we find it.
Sometimes we are asked whether meditation in general and Metapsychiatry in particular isn’t just a so called “head trip,” that is, an intellectual process. In the eyes of psychologically-minded people, whatever is not emotional is automatically judged to be intellectual. Psychologists, philosophers, and even academic theologians find it difficult to conceive of any other mode of awareness than sensory, emotional, or intellectual. It is therefore very desirable to understand that truth is neither sensory nor emotional nor intellectual. Truth is existential. Which means it has a power and vitality of its own. For instance, we can never know that two and two is five, we can only intellectually believe it. What is not true is always intellectual, even if it is emotionally perceived. Thus we can only know that two and two is four; we can never know that two and two is five, we can only believe it.
Statements of truth, if received with a sincere desire to understand rather than just to gather information, become active in consciousness. We could explain it through the following analogy: Suppose we take some dough and mix into it sand; this will result in some sort of bread with sand in it. But if we put yeast into the dough, then this yeast will become active in the dough and will transform it through a leavening process and result in good bread. Truth is like yeast; if received into consciousness, it becomes active there and transforms the individual in a most beneficial way. This is what we mean when we say that truth is not intellectual but existential, it has its own existence. To understand this difference, we must progress beyond psychology. Truth becomes an active idea in consciousness and has a transforming, healing, harmonizing, and loving impact on our lives and on the lives of everyone around us. It transforms ordinary calculative man into a beneficial presence in the world.
Each student is encouraged to use the PAGL Principle immediately to make choices about what to read, which PAGL group to join and which Metapsychiatric Guide to work with.
To get started, sit quietly for a few moments with the idea that you are ready to begin and open to guidance on where to start. A useful prayer is "Show Me The Way."
Then, go to the following pages: booklets and books, and read through each title and summary of the contents and see if one or more seems like the right place for you to begin. Then begin there.
When it occurs to you that it would be good to join a PAGL group and/or work with a guide one-on-one, go to this page, listing the individuals offering groups and individual counseling in Metapsychiatry and apply to same PAGL Principle to choosing whom you would like to work with.
If you have a question about any of this process you may contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org