Especially in modern teachings psychology and spirituality is often mixed together, just like science and spirituality is mixed. In some ways this is positive, for example it upgrades psychology and science, but at the same time we should never mistake one for another, because this would miss the purpose of spirituality.
The problem with many modern teachings is, that people often don’t know the real foundation of their teachings and therefore only have a shallow understanding of what this all is about. They often end up stuck somewhere in the mind, repeating the same patterns over and over again, because they try to solve the problems with the same mind that created it.
Psychology, especially connected to spiritual teachings isn’t all wrong though. It can be helpful for trauma healing or shadow work and in our modern times it can be a bridge towards spirituality in a more pure sense, especially for people who have a hard time believing in anything beyond their five sense perception.
So let’s compare the two of them and see where there are differences and similarities and when each one is the better choice.
Spirituality as well as psychology have both the goal of producing happiness and peace of mind, but their approach is very different.
Psychology will work with your mind, your thoughts, your patterns and it will try to deprogram harmful structures and implement new, better programs. This kind of work is especially satisfying for the mind, because it keeps it occupied. The person has the impression that someone is constantly there for them and is taking part in their problems. They feel like someone actually cares about all their little problems by giving them constant attention. This is very good for trauma healing, depression or in general people who have a hard time surrendering towards a spiritual path, but the path can be very long and painful and one has to put much effort into it.
Spirituality will tell you to ignore your mind. Instead of trying to solve the problems with your thought or emotions, it will tell you that there is no problem, except the one you created in your mind. It will not give you solutions in the way that you expect it. The mind doesn’t like it at first, because it doesn’t make sense, but later on it will see the benefits. Even though there is no constant attention on a person’s problems, the person feels a deep connection to the cosmos and feels loved and cared about. It is as if someone would give you the real solution, instead of just naming the problem over and over again. There is no specific timeline on how long change takes. It can eighter happen in an instant or take several years, it really depends on how much a person will let it happen. This is very good for open minded people who can easily trust and surrender but difficult for those who are stuck in a materialistic mindset.
Changing your life is never easy, but how practical are the different paths?
Psychology seems as a more practical choice in our modern times, because it doesn’t ask you to see the world in a completely different way. When we mix modern psychology with spiritual teachings, we often end up making compromises which work well with the lifestyle of a person. People don’t have to take major risks or invest too much into something that they don’t understand but they can make positive changes in their daily habits and gain a more positive perspective towards life. Only on second glance can we see, that this kind of work can actually be very time consuming and take a lot of a person’s enegry as well. Not all people will approve of a person’s changes and in order to really achieve something one must leave the comfort zone as well.
Spirituality demands a lot of you at first. It asks you to change your whole perspective on life and it asks you to do things which contradict your logical mind. It takes a lot of courage to jump full in and people usually don’t do it unless they have a strong desire to do so. Having real spiritual experiences is the key, because they encourage you to continue. But a person might very well develop the desire to withdraw from society or do things completely different than before. This might cause dissaproval from other people and they even might think that you are crazy. But what seems so impractical at first is not so at second glance. It is just very straight forward and clarity and peace of mind can settle in very fast, because one simply stops worrying so much.
Long term happiness is only possible when one reaches a certain state of consciousness. It is neccessary to see behind the lies and deceptions of this world and to understand ones true self.
Psychology is rather limited when it comes to reaching higher states of consciousness. It can however teach you to become more aware of contradictions within yourself which stand in your way of achieving your goals. But one should be very careful, because truth is beyond the mind and if you think you can solve it this way, you will continue solving for eternity. Even though many people can’t see it, it isn’t necessary at all to dig deeper and deeper and search for problems, it is however necessary to become more aware of solutions and how they work.
Spirituality can make you see the world in a completely different way within a second, if you are open minded, but if you are still in fear based patterns, you can also create your own hell with it. In order to make spirituality a safe way to expand your consciousness you need to keep things very simple and always have compassion with yourself and others. Rigid beliefs are not spirituality, they are just rigid beliefs, and they are not getting you anywhere.
When trusting something we dont know yet, there are always risks.
Psychology doesnt appear much harmful to most people, after all they trust science and they trust their own mind. But what if I told you, that this world is full of mind control? Mind control doesn’t happen only in secret CIA programs, it happens on a global scale with the whole population and modern psychology plays a huge part in it. Sometimes spiritual teachings and psychology is mixed up to program people into perceiving reality exactly so that it is fitting the agenda of this global cult. Even the psychologists are not aware of that, they are victims as well, just like many new age gurus.
Spirituality is not free of risks eighter. Just because something is suppossed to be ancient doesn’t mean that is is right, after all this global cult has been operating on our planets for many thousands of years now. Religion is a huge form of mind control and the blind faith of people, especially the blind faith in authorities is creating more problems than it could solve. Actually whatever we do, the risk of mind control is always there, as long as we depend on outside approval. True spirituality should always guide you towards your self and allow you to have your own opinion according to your perception.
Even though spirituality and psychology are often mixed up in modern teachings, one should be aware that they still are two different things. One should also keep in mind, that in the end no teaching is ever the goal, they are only paths to lead you into more awareness.
The simplest way of tuning into your true self is by being in nature, connecting with your imagination and having trust in the cosmos and your Self. Fear is the greatest obstacle and the greatest demon you have to overcome. When you remove the fear, you will be left with bliss and love.