NEWSLETTER Nr. 84
March 5, 2018
Board of Administrators: President Bernadette Blin, Jure Biechonski, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Ingrida Indane, Jaume Mestres, Magda Sole, Lyudmila Scortesca, Vladimir Maykov, Regina U Hess, Jörg Fuhrmann, Dennis Johnson
Newsletter Editor: Lindy McMullin
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page 2….Edito Newsletter from the EUROTAS President Bernadette Blin
UPCOMING EVENTS – ANNOUNCEMENTS, TRAINING PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS
Page 3… Symposium of I.I.B.P. in Barcelona: Going Beyond Transpersonal Perspectives – I. Jahrsetz, J. Mestres
Page 3… 2018 ATP International Transpersonal Conference Call for Papers – Steven Schmitz
Page 4… The Healing Field Transpersonal Psychotherapy Training – R. Pervoeltz, I. Jahrsetz
Page 5… Transpersonal Summer Camp in North Romania – Jure Biechonski
Page 5 … Free Online Bilingual Thematic Masterclasses – Pier Luigi Lattuada
Page 6…From GRETT – Christine Corade
Page 6…Transpersonal Training in South Korea and Germany – Ingo Jahrsetz
Page 7… New EUROTAS Membership Category and Bonus Membership – Regina U Hess
Page 8… Education Questionnaire – Jure Biechonski
Page 8…Invitation for Participation in Study – Regina U Hess
Page 9…Coming Home – Regina U Hess
Page 10…Confronting our Transpersonal Shadow – Milica Zegarac
Page 11…From Guilt to Forgiveness: A Healing Journey – Cinzia Lemmo
Page 11…Letter from the Editor – Lindy McMullin
EDITO NEWSLETTER SPRING 2018
EUROTAS is a European Association but with increasing international connections. In our conferences, we are proud to welcome colleagues and participants from all over the world
In 2014, through the initiative of Steven Schmitz, we co-organized the first Global Transpersonal Symposium in Palo Alto, California, in collaboration with Sofia University
Last year, Magda Solé and Jaume Mestres organized the Second Symposium in Barcelona and this year again with Magda and Jaume, who did an enormous amount of work and promotion, the EUROTAS board was present at the Third Global Symposium in Veracruz, Mexico
Besides the European representation, we had the chance to meet colleagues from Mexico and other South American countries as well as the United States. We had 2 intense days in a warm atmosphere embodying the topic of the Symposium “From Inner Peace to World Peace”.
During the time of colonialism, the so-called “civilized countries” tried to impose their worldviews, values and religions on many traditional cultures. They simultaneously suppressed or tried to suppress the original traditions, rituals, religious beliefs, and healing systems, of many different cultures. Western societies and even western psychotherapy suffered from a hyper developed ethnocentrism, not able to consider that other cultures might bring innovation, understanding, protocols or visions that could be enriching
From the second half of the 20th century however, there has been a trend reversal. We see an interest in these old civilizations from Western societies and a growing number of people who are ready and eager to experiment with what these indigenous cultures have to offer. This is obvious with Shamanism, Buddhist teaching, Yoga, Tai Chi, and many other traditions
The Transpersonal movement has been part of the re-emergence of these old traditions by connecting their wisdom with new discoveries in neuroscience
This meeting in Mexico, which is a land where ancient wisdom and rituals are very much alive, was a concretization of how we need to listen and learn from these traditional cultures
Globalization should also mean meeting, learning from each other and celebrating
This is a good foundation for Peace to arise
GOING BEYOND – TRANSPERSONAL PERSPECTIVES
Symposium of the International Institute for Consciousness Exploration and Psychotherapy (I.I.B.P.)
Date: April 19 and 20, 2018
Cost: 145 EUR
Languages: English + Spanish
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
If you do something every day that you never did before, you’ll very soon get the feeling that you are reaching out to a horizon that lies far beyond the limitations of your “normal routine”.
During these two days you might be taken out of an all too common understanding where everything seems predictable. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in presentations and workshops with outstanding psychotherapists and spiritual teachers.
The highlight will be “A Mysterious Game of Transformation” within a “healing field” created collectively by the participants and the teachers of the Institute.
Dr. Ingo Jahrsetz & Jaume Mestres
2018 ATP INTERNATIONAL TRANSPERSONAL CONFERENCE
Call for Papers
The Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) will be offering our next conference August 13 – 16, 2018, in San Francisco, California, USA. The title is “The Future of Transpersonal Psychology: Integrating Science, Philosophy, Art, and Embodied Spirituality.” We will also be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.
Call for Papers Guidelines: (1) First and last name; (2) Professional title; (3) Name of organization; (4) Email and phone number; (5) Your bio (max. 100 words); (6) Your presentation (max. 300 words); (7) Keywords to describe your topic areas; and (8) What presentation type(s) you would like to offer – paper presentation, panel, workshop, or poster presentation. Attach a high-definition head shot photo. If you have a video of a previous presentation, include the URL. Email your information as a word document attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dr. Steven Schmitz
THE HEALING FIELD
4.5 years training in Transpersonal Psychotherapy
Trainers: Rainer Pervoeltz, Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin, Gennady Brevde, Stefan Dressler, Dietrich Franke, Regina U. Hess, Vladimir Maykov, Jaume Mestres, Judith Miller, Olga Mokhina, Magda Solé
Start Date: March 2019
Structure: 9 training units of 10 days each – 2 per year in spring and autumn
Venues: Southern Germany, Paris (countryside), Barcelona, Canary Island, St Petersburg, Moscow
Cost: 13500 EUR plus room & board
In this training, two trainers will accompany the students through the whole process. Other trainers will be there repeatedly to create continuity in content. The whole formation will provide you with a broad base of all major aspects of this therapeutic approach, which combines a profound spiritual understanding of being grounded in daily life with a very practical methodology to guide a person though a transpersonal healing process.
Rainer Pervoeltz and Dr Ingo Jahrsetz
TRANSPERSONAL SUMMER CAMP IN NORTH ROMANIA
Traditional Transpersonal – Transgenerational healing and connection with Romanian Ancestors’ gifts
8-14 July, 2018
Languages: Romanian + English
For full programme and further details please contact Camelia Harjau email@example.com
FREE ONLINE BILINGUAL THEMATIC MASTERCLASS
Pier Luigi Lattuada M.D., Psy.D., Ph.D. President of ITI the Integral Transpersonal Institute (Milan, Italy) Founder of Biotransenergetics (BTE) offers his 5th FREE Online Bilingual Thematic Masterclass to the whole international transpersonal community.
This Series is about the “Metal” element/archetype.
Every week for 10 weeks, you receive an email with an audio-video BTE practice.
You can get instant access to all 5 Series FOR FREE at this link: https://integraltranspersonallife.org/e-btemasterclasses/
Biotransenergetics (BTE) is a psycho-spiritual discipline which promotes the full expression of our “intimate nature or spiritual essence” and prefers to address the “qualities”.
It finds its roots in the “primary tradition”, fruit of the primordial yearning of the human being for understanding nature and harmonizing with it.
Two of the most important keys in Biotransenergetics are: CONTACT and TRANSE.
Read More at www.integraltranspersonallife.com
Pier Luigi Lattuada M.D., Psy.D., Ph.D.
« GRETT’s French College of Transpersonal Psychotherapy (CFPT) is glad to invite you to its first study day dedicated to the main figures of transpersonal psychotherapy from Jung to Wilber, on March 24th in Paris 20th : " Le patrimoine des TransPERESonnels "
Cyrille Champagne will present Jung, Assagioli and Maslow’s works, while Bernadette Blin will give a lecture on Grof and Johann Henry on Wilber. Details and registration: https://www.weezevent.com/grett-journee-etude-cfpt-24-mars-2018
For more information and registration www.grett.fr
(Link available from GRETT’s logo): https://www.weezevent.com/grett-journee-etude-cfpt-24-mars-2018
Christine Corade, GRETT
TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY, TRANSPERSONAL BREATHWORK AND SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE
3 year training program in South Korea and Germany
Trainers: Dr Ingo Jahrsetz and Judith Miller, PhD; Assistant: Wolfgang Schilling
Starting Date: June, 2018
Structure: 12 modules of 10 days each with two modules per year – one in winter and one in summer
Venues: Black Forest/Germany and Ahnsung/South Korea
Costs: 9000 EUR plus room & board
Languages: Korean + English
Organization: Myoung Kwon Kim
Judith Miller and Ingo Jahrsetz offer this training for a closed group of 15 to 20 South Koreans and about 10 participants from Western countries.
This training is targeted at experienced psychotherapists, professionals working in the social field and experienced people who want to engage themselves intensely with this method.
It includes meditation and intense self-exploration by means of Holotropic (Transpersonal) Breathwork, theories of consciousness as well as aspects of teachings of different spiritual traditions.
Dr Ingo Jahrsetz
NEW EUROTAS MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY
EDTR PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC RESEARCH MEMBERSHIP
NEW EUROTAS BONUS MEMBERSHIP “2 FOR 1” FOR RESEARCHERS/ACDEMICS AND
EUROTAS CERTIFIED TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPISTS
The EUROTAS Department for Transpersonal Research (EDTR) offers a EUROTAS professional membership for academics and researchers. This works as a platform for discussion on issues related to research in the field of transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy, with special focus on methodologies and ethics. For more information please go to our webpage: http://eurotas.org/division-of-transpersonal-research-edtr/
Application: There are three possible membership combinations:
EDTR for Professional/Academic/Research Members: For those holding a degree in human sciences (psychology, philosophy, social, educational) actively involved in research. Candidates must submit published articles in peer reviewed journals, and/or abstracts of meeting presentations, books. Membership fee 80 Euros.
EDTR for Student Members: For university graduate students in human sciences (psychology, social, education), actively involved in research projects. Candidates must submit an abstract of an ongoing project. Membership fee 50 Euros.
“2 for 1” Combined EUROTAS Bonus Membership for ESTP and EDTR: for EUROTAS members who are EUROTAS certified Transpersonal Psychotherapists and who are academics/researchers who qualify for EDTR membership. Membership fee 80 Euros.
Bonuses for EDTR Membership and “2 for1” membership:
Journal database: EDTR academic/research membership holders have free online access to the Integral Transpersonal Journal
Reduced fee for the Transpersonal Research Colloquium
Dr. Regina U. Hess
On behalf of the EUROTAS Department of Education, I am kindly asking for your help.
Please answer these questions and where possible, share the questionnaire, especially as I need as many answers as possible from school children.
Dear Young People and Fellow Human Beings,
Due to our deep concern about the state of humanity and our future, we would like, with your help, to create a new approach to education that will help all of us create a better world. We need your help by asking you a few questions that maybe no one has ever asked you before.
1. DO YOU LIKE SCHOOL?
2. WHAT SUBJECTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE LEARNING?
3. HOW WOULD YOU BE LEARNING OR TAUGHT?
4. HOW MANY TEACHERS HAVE TOUCHED YOUR SOUL?
5. WHAT KIND OF TEACHERS WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
6. DO YOU FEEL SCHOOL HAS PREPARED YOU FOR LIFE?
7. IF YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN SCHOOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE?
You can send your answers to some or all of these questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your age, gender, occupation, and which country you study in as part of your feedback please. If you are interested in knowing more about the kind of education we are proposing, you can watch Jure’s lecture here [https://youtu.be/u8I663VFH4Y]
INVITATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN A STUDY
The Morning After the Ceremony—Guided Integration Circle Study
Regina U. Hess, PhD & Simon Schmid, PhDcand.
MIND Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Psychedelic experiences may provide us with extraordinary experiences, but how can we integrate our experiences into our daily life? The MIND “Integration Circle” is a new project that aims to develop a broad range of methods supporting the process of integrating psychedelic experiences. The results of our research contribute to the further development of integration manuals that will be offered in different formats and levels of trainings. The MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science is a charitable organization promoting the scientific exploration of altered states of consciousness.
To experience a small selection of our methods we invite you to be part of the “Morning After the Ceremony Guided Integration Circle Study”. Participation in the study is free. The substances used in the Truffahuasca Ceremony (psilocybin truffle and peganum) are legal in the Netherlands. It is a multiple data collection study over 2 years at the events “Third Summer of Love Ceremonies”: March 16/17and July 13/14, 2018, Amsterdam, NL.
The Co-Researchers of the Study
Regina U. Hess, PhD, Head of the Transpersonal Practice and Research Department, MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science, Berlin Germany. Board of Directors of the European Transpersonal Association and International Transpersonal Association; co-founder of the EUROTAS Division for Transpersonal Research and of the Transpersonal Research Network. Member of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy and the International Institute for Consciousness Exploration and Psychotherapy, Germany. Regina has authored and edited various international books and articles.
Simon Schmid, PhDcand. Researcher and co-founder/member of the MIND Foundation, Therapy & Development. Currently Simon is completing his doctoral thesis on the “Integrative Use of Psychoactive Substances” at the University of Halle, Germany.
Email-Contact: Dr. Regina U. Hess: email@example.com
BOOK LAUNCH—PAPERBACK AVAILABLE NOW!
AN INVITATION FOR REVIEWERS
The Intimacy of Consciousness Exploration and Transpersonal Psychotherapy
Ingo B. Jahrsetz, Regina U. Hess,
Judith Miller, & Rainer Pervöltz (Eds.)
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
In Coming Home, a group of transpersonal psychotherapists and spiritual teachers have written a book in which they tell of their own very personal and intimate explorations of consciousness. What has the experience of "coming home" meant to them? Has it meant connecting with God, the Divine Feminine, the Cosmos, the Sacred? Has it meant arriving at home in themselves, in their very center, in their essence? Where is home? Is it inside, is it outside or is it both? All world cultures have stories about this particular place. In addition to describing their own unique quests, they also shared how radically such a journey challenged them to face their own vulnerabilities and shadow parts.
Various, very different and often startling personal stories are told. Through reading the very human trials and psycho-spiritual challenges that these nine international teachers have endured on their journeys home, readers will gain insights and greater understanding regarding their own explorations of consciousness. They will realize that the spiritual journey can have many faces and take many paths. The one thing, however, that all authors have in common, is the longing to be fully and wholly oneself; an open and life-affirming message to support readers on their own intimate journeys home.
Book Discount 20% – when you order online directly at www.cambridgescholarspubishing.co.uk
An Invitation and Call for Reviewers – and you get a book for free!
An invitation and a call for reviewers goes out to scholars globally who work in the international field of transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy, for a review of this book. Cambridge Scholars Publishing will send you a free book copy based on your clear commitment of submitting a distinguished review.
If you have questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact us through Regina on behalf of the team of the International Institute for Consciousness Exploration and Transpersonal Psychotherapy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much in advance,
The co-authors: Ingo B. Jahrsetz, Jaya Herbst, Regina U. Hess, Stefan Dressler, Vitor Rodriguez, Dietrich Franke, Judith Miller, Gennady Brevde, Rainer Pervöltz, Tom Steininger.
The book co-editors Jahrsetz, Hess, Miller, & Pervöltz.
Dr. Regina U.Hess
CONFRONTING OUR TRANSPERSONAL SHADOW
By Milica Zegarac, MATP, MBA
Do we need to periodically reconfirm the identity of a transpersonal movement and our personal need to belong to it? Does this sense of belonging assist us in dealing with our own personal shadow, with coming to terms with those repressed and ignored fragments of our psyches?
To paraphrase Jung, we become enlightened by making the darkness known and conscious, not by imagining figures of light. Our collective transpersonal shadow is a summa summarum of the shadows of its members and adherents i.e., the expression of the shadow and the projection of our own imbalanced energies into the common pool. From the moral and transpersonal standpoint, we must be responsible and accountable for not only our actions but also for our own healing. It is always, and in every situation, our choice and prerogative to, if necessary, act in a manner that is not concordant with our feelings. Any bona fide movement with cultural and organizational values must be strong enough to withstand the pressure.
The collective shadow of any collective entity should not be used for scape-goating, lobbying and enemy projection (let us not forget that the energies with similar frequencies attract). There is, however, a reason for everything, and everything in that sense may become a trigger for transformation and a mirror in which a deteriorating collective consciousness, a loss of direction, and an identity crisis could find and redefine an image of better things to come.
An assessment of the situation (“Know Thyself”) is the main venture point for anything meaningful to heal and transform. Ingenuity and courage to be honest with ourselves always creates a relative clearance, which is underscored by the fact that we as a community also need nurturing and healing, and a safe container that could hold all our fears and uncertainties.
FROM GUILT TO FORGIVENESS: A HEALING JOURNEY
It is an interesting fact that amartia, the Greek word for guilt, also means mistake, and is similar to peccatum, the Latin word for sin, which literally means "to miss your aim". When we feel guilty we perceive ourselves as imperfect, we have a sense of internal criticism, shame, fear, not being accepted…it is something like being behind a window and not being able to live. Our inner song highlights the fact that we shouldn't have made that mistake, that we have betrayed the people who love us; that we will never be able to forgive ourselves or be forgiven but above all, that we deserve some punishment and to live without love, without friends and in complete solitude. This is the beginning of self-punishment.
Is it possible to live without feeling guilty, free from this conditioning?
The first fundamental step is to learn to be aware of our imperfect nature and accept our fragility. It's easier to feel guilty than accept our own limits and this makes us remain in stagnant situations. Understanding that our actions generate consequences means accepting responsibility for what we have done and this is an important step on the path to change and rectification.
The path that will take us out of suffering is one that allows us to observe ourselves and others without judgment, to eliminate the good/evil scale of values, to take care of ourselves without falling into self-centeredness and to really accept ourselves, a path that allows us to act out of love rather than obligation.
Forgiveness is born when guilt dies. The former is actually a gift for ourselves and others, as it transforms the heavy burden of guilt into lightness and freedom.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers of this newsletter a meaningful transition into spring. Spring is a time of birth, when shoots make their way out of the ground into the sun, when birth reaches a peak and the blossoms on trees prepare to bear fruit. It is a period that inspires reflection and thought and a general appraisal of the intentions that underlie our actions.
I especially want to thank Cinzia Lemmo and Milica Zegarac for their articles in this newsletter, which remind us of the spiritual nature of a movement that dedicates itself to furthering exploration of consciousness and psyche.
They challenge us to reflect on our personal lives, our motives and needs, and inspire us to become more aware of our own vulnerabilities not only as individuals, but also as a group.
As editor of this newsletter I would like to invite our readers to take the opportunity to further address some of the issues that have been raised in these two articles, and to stir our minds and hearts with other subjects of interest.
Dr. Lindy McMullin