Gratitude is the door to joy. Seriousness is a killjoy. - Dr. Thomas Hora
-God/Spiritual Awareness in Psychiatry
In Metapsychiatry we study the relevancy of God-consciousness to mental health and healing processes involving all aspects of life. We are endeavoring to put soul into psychiatry and breathe life into the “valley of dry bones.” And, indeed, experience has proven that this way of seeking to understand our problems is very helpful. . . . . Traditional psychiatry has mostly studied our sicknesses. It is not unlike trying to understand a tree by studying the decaying processes of fallen leaves. Metapsychiatry proposes to study the life in the context of its life-giving source. Our primary interest is to come to understand health. We are interested in knowing under what conditions we can be healthy. So we are not asking, What’s wrong with me? but, What constitutes healthy me? It stands to reason that if we could understand the condition under which a healthy individual can be found, this knowledge might prove to be extremely helpful and practical. . . . We do not propose to change people; we just help them realize the perfection which underlies their essential being.
What is God? (dialogue between Dr. Hora and several students)
Question: I have a question about God. What is God’? During childhood I have never heard much about God. Not until I found Metapsychiatry have I ever thought about God. What is it? A force underneath the whole thing?
Dr. Hora: Almost correct. This force is underneath everything that is real. Not everything that seems to be in this world is real. God is a creative force expressing itself in everything that is real, beautiful, good and true. There are many things in this world which seem to be and as a Zen Master put it:
“Nothing is as it seems to be, neither is it otherwise." This is a koan. To explain it would be sacrilege. When you understand this koan thoroughly, you will be enlightened. The value of a koan is that it sort of explodes the mind into higher awareness.
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