Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2014 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Depth Psychology and Spirituality

  • Lionel CorbettEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6086-2_162

Introduction: A Spiritual Approach to Depth Psychology

For many depth psychologists with a spiritual orientation, psychology and spirituality are two perspectives on an identical reality, because the divine manifests itself by means of the psyche. Dourley (1981) has pointed out that the psyche is sacramental, since it is a medium of connection to the sacred and it has its own transpersonal dimensions which reveal the sacred or the holy. The depth psychological approach to spirituality appeals to direct, personal experience of this level of reality and eschews reliance on doctrine, dogma, religious tradition, or religious authority.

This approach claims that the personal and transpersonal dimensions of the psyche are inextricably intertwined, so that when we study sacred experience we invariably study the structure and dynamics of the psyche at the same time. Similarly, transpersonal elements are invariably present even in what seems to be purely personal material and even if we are...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pacifica Graduate InstituteCarpinteriaUSA