The Universal Order - Study Group Paper 8



“We may never come to full knowing of God till we know first clearly our own Soul. For until the time that our Soul is in its full powers, we cannot be all full holy.” Julian of Norwich

I. Psychology is, by derivation, the science of the soul, and hence of the mind through which the soul expresses itself, and of human experience and behaviour in general.
No science can be of greater importance to man than that which gives him the knowledge of his own human nature.
From this point of view all other sciences may be regarded as included in or dependent upon psychology. It is the science which investigates the relations between motions and impulses, actions and thoughts, subjective states and conditions, and the subjective processes which lead to them.
It correlates reactions to the stimuli which cause them, discovers the manner in which an individual may be affected by his environment, and the extent to which he may mould this environment to his own desire. It also sets forth the ultimate causes of all thought, emotion, and volition in relation to the actions and effects which result from them.
It is a science of paramount importance to the welfare of humanity, since a great proportion of human misery and suffering can be directly traced to psychological inharmony, and it is only by means of a clear and complete understanding of these psychological causes that the necessary steps can be taken to remove their results.
The psychologist, therefore, performs a most vital function in human society and, in proportion as his science and the art which follows from it are really adequate, so will he become a real factor in the progressive perfection of humanity.
The study and application of the principles of psychology will also produce harmony and efficiency in all spheres of human activity. In industry, in education, in government, in fact in all human arts, success and progress will follow when the methods employed are psychologically sound.

II. The purpose of psychology might therefore be described as that of investigating the nature of the mind and the soul. It is concerned with the manner in which the consciousness is related to the physical nature through which it expresses itself, and with the processes whereby it affects and is affected by this physical nature.
It enables the causes of all inharmonious states of consciousness which may accompany these processes to be discovered and suggests the methods whereby they may be remedied. The greatest psychologists have not been merely theorists or investigators, but actual practitioners of the art of setting free the human consciousness from the fears and complexes that beset it.
True healing takes into consideration that which is below the surface as well as that which is obvious. By investigating the root causes of human maladies the integral psychologist is in a position to heal effectively and permanently. No real alleviation of the diseases resulting from psychological causes can be expected until psychology, by relating each evil to its real cause and prescribing its remedy, has removed that ignorance which is the greatest barrier to health.

III. All the powers, instincts, desires and tendencies of man have their normal and proper place in his nature; each has its proper function to perform, its office to fulfil. The perfect health and harmony of the individual depends upon the integration of his nature, resulting from the free and normal use of all energies for their real purposes, and remedial psychology aims to bring about this condition.
When the real and basic causes of aberrant psychological states are discovered and properly related to their effects, remedial psychology will be effective. All the faculties of man - intellectual, emotional and volitional - are related to each other and to the centre of consciousness which is the unity behind them all. Any system of psychology will be partitive and superficial unless it has arrived at a complete formulation of these relations and a complete knowledge of the specific effects which follow when the balance is upset by the non-use or misdirection of any given faculty. Only then will the remedial process have a sure and permanent result: the root causes of inharmony must be discovered for health is to be permanently established.

“Thoroughly to know oneself, is above all art, for it is the highest art. If thou knowest thyself well, thou art better and more praiseworthy before God, than if thou didst not know thyself, but didst understand the course of the heavens and of all the planets and stars, also the virtue of all herbs, and the structure and dispositions of all mankind, also the nature of all beasts, and, in such matters, hadst all the skill of all who are in heaven and earth.” Theologia Germanica

“Children, ye shall not seek after great science. Simply enter into your own inward principle, and learn to know what you yourselves are, spiritually and naturally.” Tauler

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