The Other World: Integrating Psychological and Spiritual Health

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r. Keith and Corey explore the bottomless source of deep wisdom that exists at the intersection between the spiritual and psychological realms.

Text by Dr. Keith Witt

Here’s what I mean by the “Other World”.

Feeling a stable channel to spiritual realms, at least during therapy sessions, amplifies healing work and helps develop the practitioner. I think this is true for most professions, but especially true for healing professions.

Teal altitudes amplify such channels, and Integral understanding plus the ability to receive caring influence increases the time we spend at teal altitudes.

I believe supporting our wise self creates channels into the Other World. But what is “wise self”, and how does it arise?

From the infinite our unique self came into the physical realm when the sperm fertilized the egg, and a little electromagnetic field came into existence that is at the core of our being.

As we developed self-aware consciousness, we internalized various moral systems. Relatively quickly, children can generate amazing wisdom — this is a core wise self developing as the child’s body/brain/relationships/spirit develop.

Personality begins with our type of person and then expands as we interface with culture/nature/world, with wise self more or less accessible at every stage.

Growth runs off survival, comfort, belonging, and self-esteem needs—all somewhat egocentric–but eventually leads to a sense of purpose transcending self. This purpose can be understood and supported by:
Being open to caring influence to help us become more complex.
Integral understanding.

Teal altitudes increasing across different states of consciousness.

Personal evolution leads to spiritual growth, which leads to more moments of felt unity with the fertile void — the Other World. Eventually this connection becomes the background hum of the psychotherapy process as well as being in the world.

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About Keith Witt

Dr. Keith Witt is a Licensed Psychologist, teacher, and author who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, CA. for over forty years. Dr. Witt is also the founder of The School of Love.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is the proverbial "man behind the curtain". He is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996.

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