Analytic Psychocatharsis

... combining meditation with science


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.

Earlier Life

The term 'earlier life', insofar as it even reaches back into animal evolution, is naturally1 - and as just mentioned - relatively imprecise, since the 'life' of an early primate has little to compare with the 'vita' of a modern human being. Here, life is not equal to life, and we are impelled to introduce additional constructions in order to explain 'reincarnation' in a plausible manner. Nevertheless, it retains its value. At the least we are able to transpose ourselves into the psychosocial or purely phenomenological aspects of 'earlier lives', which positions us to draw usable conclusions for just what is necessary to gain an understanding of Kirpal Singh's Surat Shabd Yoga in comparison to psychoanalysis. Subsequently, scientific aspects of the term 'reincarnation' are also able to be represented in a more vivid manner. Shame complexes, as an example, have to do with disturbed perception. Shame is an unbearable, impossible self-portrait. Shame causes us not to see ourselves as we are, but distorted, deformed, as if seeing ourselves in an 'earlier life' under completely different, strange and denunciating circumstances than are normally the case. Or when vividly imagining ourselves as if we were in an exposing movie (goes to say: with the help of an imaginary signifier). Seeing yourself in a pre-existence prevents then a confrontation with an overly intense current feeling of shame in present life, indeed, and gives way for a more careful approach to such a complex. I can withstand my shame if only I were to see myself mirrored in an earlier existence, just as if I could reconstruct it from a distance and in relation to my analytic therapist. Neither of the cases leaves me to be currently and directly ashamed, but only confronted with shame that has been detoured, which makes it easier to cope with. The same goes for guilt complexes and self-awareness.

1 Here the expression 'naturally' acquires its full meaning. However, as I have further pointed out above, the human being has an understanding, and is in the position of applying reincarnation to reflections and rhetoric.

Gaze-Image and Primal Scene

During meditation such image-gazes can emerge, and be disturbing. But were we to return to the 'main star' as a single vector of the SHINES, and would it be simultaneously possible to maintain attention (the same effect of the Master´s 'gaze-image' or darshan),

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Double-Take Gaze

There must have been a phase of multiple perception during the transition from animal to human being, "a deviation of the identical"1, or simultaneous multi-layer picture perception. It could lead to a 'super perception' and finally, to an so called omni- or synchronal perception.

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The Gaze and its Image in Psychoanalysis

The gaze and its image, this dissociation of gaze and eye, has yet to be properly described in psychoanalysis, because the gaze in psychoanalysis has basically been faded out.

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Warum Analytische Psychokatharsis

Die Psychoanalyse sei keine Wissenschaft im ganz strengen, sachwissenschaftlichen Sinne, meinte J. Lacan. Aber sie sei unwiderlegbar, weil sie außer Theorie auch noch Praxis ist. Doch seit Freuds Entdeckung des Unbewussten und der Möglichkeit von dessen Enthüllung ist die Praxis wieder in den Hintergrund getreten, was freilich auch mit einem Mangel an einer neuen theoretischen Fassung zusammenhängt. Die Psychoanalyse ist in ihrer Anwendung langwierig und umständlich geworden, aber eben doch unwiderlegbar präzise. Das Verfahren der Analytischen Psychokatharsis erreicht durchaus Einfachheit und Klarheit wie auch die Wissenschaftlichkeit durch einen Ausgangspunkt, der als grundlegend für alle Bereiche (Wissenschaft, Kultur, „Spiritualität", etc.) gelten kann. Er ist in vielen Teilen der Psychoanalyse entnommen, jedoch reduziert auf ihre Grundelemente und somit nicht so kompliziert-komplex (später werden einige theoretische Aspekte notwendig sein, die aber für die Anwendung des Verfahrens nicht für jeden gleich wichtig sind). - Das nebenstehende Bild zeigt ein FORMEL-WORT um einen Torus geschrieben - siehe Erklärungen später -.

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NDE and Sex

Greatly emphasized female aspects play a decisive role in Kirpal Singh’s Surat Shabd Yoga, namely devotion (attention) and receptiveness (assignment). Such emphasis of femininity is often found in mysticism.

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Scientific Procedure for Formula Words

For our FORMULA-WORD we need a more scientific procedure. The model of the unconscious is an IT SPEAKS, though under the condition that it doesn’t concern being. There may be a God within such an IT SPEAKS.

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Further Aspects of ARE-VID-EOR

Another connection to R. Barthes’ semiotics and his ‘good fortune of the signs’. The ARE – VID – EOR has no further meaning in the sense of a pre-defined, cultural or otherwise defined language.

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Scientific Procedure for Formula Words 2

I will now suggest expressing the FORMULA-WORDS as knowledge (and not only as loaded) of the dense, strong and intertwined structure of the 'naming or ‘poetizing' (or as said in the beginning: the ‘good fortune of signing’).

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