If you are looking for a big book to conquer, I’ve got you covered. Jean Houston’s book “The Search for The Beloved” is packed with so much knowledge and insight that I feel like I took a college course on mythology and sacred psychology.
Sacred psychology begins with the idea of three significant realms of experience. The first realm is the “this is me“ reality. This realm refers to our everyday existence. It is limited by geographical space and calendar time. It also refers to the mask we wear in our daily lives. Living solely from this realm can cut us off from deeper realms and prevent any transformational aspects from flourishing.
The second realm is the “we are“ reality. In the “we are” realm, we have symbols, guiding archetypes, and myths. This realm connects us to sacred time and space. It is the source of innovation and creativity that manifests in the realm of “this is me.“ In other words, it stores the principles that source the creation of new ideas.
The third realm is the “I am.“ This is the realm of God/Being itself and is a realm of love and pure potency. Jean Houston says that it is the inclusion of this realm that distinguishes sacred psychology from depth psychologies. It assumes that every human soul yearns to experience union with the ultimate reality of “I am.“ She says that sacred psychology can help build the bridges that connect everyday life with depth life by re-orchestrating your brain, body, and nervous system.
There are many exercises in mindfulness and awake-ness to train ourselves to be awake to every moment and be more conscious. The sacred psychology trainings in the book can help us to be able to receive subtle forms and forces of the deep psyche and the larger universe. By learning to orchestrate different states of consciousness, we can get into other dimensions of learning, knowing, and perceiving.
From there, Jean Houston explains the importance of recovering and deepening our personal story. Our story shapes emotional attitudes and provides us with life purposes. She says that everything comes together when a deeper story is present. Even in times of despair, it is important to remember our story because it will provide a deeper narrative and journey that is filled with patterns of connection and engagements. A great example is the story of Rumi at the end of the book. Rumi’s story of love and connection touched me more than I ever thought possible.
There is so much more in “The Search for The Beloved” that I couldn’t quite fit in this short blog, but it is worth checking out.
I hope the things I included have added value to your day.
As always, thanks for reading!
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