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Article from Dr. Fausto Sergej Sommer: Art and the Transpersonal

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Fausto-Sergej-Sommer Art and the Transpersonal by Dr. Fausto Sergej Sommer Why has art not received its due respect within the realms of psychotherapy and the transpersonal? Why has it merely played a marginal role within the main streams of psychology, psychiatry, education and the sciences? We can also ask these questions upside down: why has the transpersonal never played any significant role with in the arts? What has gone wrong or rather why has this beneficial synergy never happened? The Cartesian chasm could be blamed for it. Yet, this would be too simple and playing the same game as many others who find their deserved acclaim not validated. In the last two thousand years and more, the human species has developed one sided towards the rational, in preference of the intellect, linear and logic thinking, the scientifically verifiable. Yet, it is true, that this chosen path has given us many insights into the very bases of our material existence. Our lives have benefited from tremendous advances in areas such as economy, ecology, sciences and culture. Yet, we have not developed anthropologically! We still struggle with our very nature and the environment that surrounds us. We have not been able to come to terms with our neighbours because we have been incapable of coming to terms with ourselves. How could we! We have never learned to respect and honour ourselves. In addition, if we cannot love ourselves, how can we love our neighbour? We have become slaves to our own so called advances in technology, political, economic and financial systems and systems of believe. We have lost our very own integrity and have instead gained fear of losing what we have become adhered to. The path we have to take now is the path inwards. This will lead us to the very core of our essence, our heart. Our heart does not use a calculating machine nor does it judge according to man-made rules or scientific proof. Our heart guides us by feelings, intuition and creativity. Our re-education has to start now in as far as we have to accept and validate the other side of our nature, the feminine. By re-educating ourselves we will learn to integrate the feminine as an equal partner besides the masculine within us. Art brings us in touch with our most hidden feelings, with the core of our emotions and with the treasure of feeling alive without knowing yet sensing. A splash of colour, a fragrance of a scent, a movement in the limbs brings us in touch with our own being. Why should this not be validated as scientific? Why has this kind of information so long been denied its dues respect? Because we have not learned to trust it! We only trust what we can see, calculate and foremost verbalize! Art has its own language, with its own symbols and signs. As the great German philosopher Erich Fromm long ago proclaimed: “We ought to learn the language of symbols again”, this is the way to access the vast knowledge our intuitive side has in store for us. Let us open up to an experiential journey and accept ourselves wholly. 24. April 2012  
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