Analytic Psychocatharsis

... combining meditation with science

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The book offers a brief overview of the different types of Yoga and then provides a comparison with the modern science of psychology. Laya Yoga, a comprehensive physical and mental method, seems to be the best pick for such research. Laya Yoga, as it was taught by the late Sant Kirpal Singh (1894-1974) in Sant Mat (Rhadasoami, Ruhani Satsang, India), is widely known as a modern method of meditation in India. There, a yogi is no longer expected to live in the forest, or to subject himself to asceticism. He is rather free to have a normal profession, have a family and children, and is expected to include modern scientific aspects into his teachings. Kirpal Singh's Surat Shabd Yoga (his name for Laya Yoga) is also related to Patanjali's yoga. 'Yoga is chit vritis nirodha', is being in command of 'chit' (the conscious) and 'vritis' (vibrations, transformations), which Kirpal Singh set forth as being equivalent with his 'light' and 'sound' principle in meditation.

We come across such terms and principles in Psychoanalysis, the most significant form of scientific psychology found in the western world today. Especially in French psychoanalyst J. Lacan's version of Freud's drive-structure concept do we find perception drives (drive to perceive, to look) and invocation drives (drive to express, to speak) that function in the unconscious, and which are predominant. Actually, the drive to look is nothing other than 'chit', a kind of primary conscious, an immediate gaze, or better and simply put: an IT SHINES. IT SHINES means that something primarily visual, a primary visual awareness, or primary visibility is constantly at work within and around us. It is at work when images are being produced in dreams as well as in 'light' experiences in meditation, and last but not the least, this is also the most subtle of physical reality.

After all, the conscious is nothing other than a 'reciprocated gaze', a reflection, or a 'primal form' of looking or of perception. In the same way we can substitute 'vritis' with the drive to speak, which is the most substantial form of invocation: the IT SPEAKS. Lacan says: "The unconscious is structured in the same manner a language is...", it behaves like an IT SPEAKS within and around us. A combination of the SHINES and of the SPEAKS actually requires to be taken under command and setting yoga and psychoanalysis into relation with one another supplies us with a simple tool to do just that.

In Surat Shabd Yoga command is taken of the combination of the SHINES and SPEAKS by applying and reverberating mentaly Sanskrit formulations. But for a scientifc method we can use linguistic styled formulations which I call FORMULA-WORDS.

Speaks and Assignment of the Other

At this point we have also to deal with another scheme which concerns the SPEAKS, the symbolic order and 'assignment' of the Other. As stated above, a SPEAKS in yoga refers at first to the external teachings, it is nothing other than echo-discourse.

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Transference requires Dissolution

Demands to love or to merge, idealizations need to be interpreted as infantile aspirations, as pre-mature sexual desires, so that the one being analyzed becomes independent, clarifies his desire and speaks his word in life himself. The act of dissolution releases the follower into the role of the teacher.

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Father Figure and Rich Woman

Lets make a mixture from all of that and find a new declaration! Freud centred his psychoanalytic theory on the figure of the dead father. When Oedipus kills his father, or devotees disdain their religion founders, a father-personality dies and people are left with the resulting. Subsequently, the father-figure is elevated to a god.

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Perception of Sound and ARE - VID - EOR

The SPEAKS, perception of the ‚sound’, is to be exercised separately in Surat Shabd Yoga, and this is also the way I’d like to represent it (2nd exercise) when I offer direct guidance for practice. As Sawan Singh clearly stated, though, the SPEAKS can accompany the first exercise).

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Primal Suppression and ARE - VID - EOR

For ARE – VID – EOR (or VID – EOR – ARE, regardless of which way it is written or read) is not a mysterious name whose origin, ‘loadedness’ and rational reasoning remains obscured, but rather a knot of significance that is transparent in any direction.

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Lingam Power

Still, this way of thinking has also changed considerably in India in the course of the last decades. The influence of technology of the so-called First World, of natural science, computer science and many other matters seem to hardly yield room for pure mystic or 'spiritual' thinking as often as before, nor for the majority of the people in India.

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Astral Level, Trikuti and Daswan Dwar

According to Surat Shabd Yoga's categorization, the 'astral' level ('Sahansdal Kanwal in the direction of 'Trikuti') is the level on which all spirituality is perfectly transformed to images, or is entirely expressed in visuality. In as far as it is described and 'expressed' as 'spiritual', though, it is already beginning symbolism, or already carries significance.

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Overcoming Images in Memory

We don't need the 'astro-mental' levels, but illustrating them is very important for understanding the process of the method I am offering, of Analytic Psychocatharsis. Kirpal Singh recommended to first approach the deva or 'astral' level by backing the gaze up to behind the eyes.

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Imaginary Signifiers and Image-Gazes

So we don't need an experience of the 'astral-mental' levels. It is enough to know that there are 'image-gazes' which we have to penetrate long enough until something is established, something that guides us from the visual level to the real symbolic message.

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