The ‘path’ to the ultimate understanding of truth (a full and sustained realisation of What we really are) is a process in which we undergo progressive transformation. The aspirant progresses from their previous level of consciousness to a higher one until full conseiousness is reached.
Ironically, when the final stage is reached, there is no sense of one arriving, but rather there is simply an identification AS Consciousness Itself … presently living through the form of the aspirant.
The process of spiritual transformation involves becoming conscious of aspects of oneself of which one had been unconscious or in denial. This includes the lower as well as the higher. Spirituality deals with expanding awareness of the higher, and psycho-spirituality brings inhibitory subconscious material into the Light of Conscious, so that it can be dealt with intentionally. Both spirituality and psycho-spirituality are integral to the process of self-transformation.
According to timeless wisdom, spirituality brings about spiritual transformation through unfolding greater love for self and others, higher values expressed in action, and greater awareness of the potential inherent in human nature, which the wise testify is without limit. Spirituality leads to realization through increasing awareness of full consciousness as infinite.
Therefore, spirituality is essentially self-transcendence, or, seen from another perspective, Self-realization.
While spiritual transformation has higher levels of consciousness and then full consciousness as its end in view, it must also work with lower levels and what Eckhart Tolle has called, the pain-body, and eventually face and work through anything that limits the fullest expression of What we really are.
For example, spiritual transformation involves bringing to light one’s limitations and weaknesses in order to overcome them consciously and intentionally. When pain-body is brought into the Light of Consciousness and held there … it begins to dissolve and is less and less able to trouble us or those around us.
This process involves integrating one’s subconscious shadow, so to speak, that manifest cognitively as hidden assumptions, affectively as attachments and aversions, and behaviorally as habit. This is the province of psycho-spirituality.
Psycho-spirituality, also known as transpersonal counselling, is distinct from clinical psychology and psychotherapy. It does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental imbalance or emotional dysfunction, which are properly the province of licensed health