Transcendental Counseling Case Study

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Conversational Counseling
Conversation between the counselor and addict would integrate the addict’s experience of pure consciousness during the practice of Transcendental Meditation and his/her experience of the truths contained within Practical Philosophy. Conversational Counseling would facilitate the growth and sustainability of the experience of pure consciousness beyond the practice of Transcendental Meditation allowing pure consciousness to be experienced within daily life. This integration is essential so that the basis of permanent recovery from addiction is established within the addict. The writer has termed this counseling activity Conversation Counseling to be distinguished from traditional forms of individual and group therapy
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Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems including the abuser of alcohol and drugs by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider such as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor. Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy or, simply, therapy (Mayo Clinic). Individual psychotherapy counseling sessions, in the area of substance abuse, are typically used to address the addict’s guilt and shame issues arising from the addictive behavior whilst working towards defusing the emotional power of these issues. Group psychotherapy counseling sessions attempt to break down the addicts isolating tenancies to provide a reference point from which to explore the fears and anxieties they experience as the addict moves towards a drug-free lifestyle. All issues dealt with in psychotherapy sessions, whilst necessary, could be termed surface issues arising from addiction whilst the underlying reason for addictive behavior is not addressed. As already described the cause of addictive behavior is not understood under current treatment interventions. Conversational Counseling would be part of an integrative treatment plan to be utilized immediately after the practice of Transcendental Meditation either in individual or group sessions to discuss observations and …show more content…
Observation as described by Jiddu Krishnamurti is “choiceless awareness,” observation without any motive (Beyond Myth and Tradition Series, 1997). Krishnamurti suggests that by means of observation without motive, we have brought the past into the now, and allowed the past to end in the now. In the now we are then free of the bonds of the past and free of the uncertainty of the future. In the state of observation without motive, we naturally become Self-referral and intuitive knowing arises by means of reflection on the observation. According to Krishnamurti, in the process of observation without motive is the act which comes by way of knowing for in the process of observation we are acting in the state of the transcendent thereby changing what is being observed (Meditation is the constant understanding of the way of life 1968). Krishnamurti’s view that the observer changes the observed is supported by physics. Physics demonstrates the quantum mechanical phenomena of the observer changing the observed in the double-slit experiments, developed by Thomas Young in 1801. These experiments are described at length in The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow (2010). The double-slit experiment demonstrates that the

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