Saturday, 28 September 2013

What is Transpersonal Growth Counselling?

The word “Trans – personal” can be translated as “beyond personal”, or beyond the ego. It can be broken down into two roots ‘trans’ meaning ‘beyond or through’ and ‘personal’ which is derived from the word ‘persona’ i.e. our identity, mask or personality.  The word transpersonal, therefore, represents those fundamentals of ourselves which are ‘beyond’ the individuality to which we normally connect ourselves.

“Self-actualisation, propounded by Abraham Maslow's research is a key factor in the development of Transpersonal Psychology, which has since been developed by the work of many others. Transpersonal Psychology encompasses three major areas:

  • Beyond-Ego Psychology
  • Integrative/Holistic Psychology
  • Transformative Psychology
It provides a powerful model of personal growth, human development and individual healing. The Transpersonal model places problems, infirmity and complexity in a larger context of growth.  Self actualisation, conscience, enlightenment, becoming a better person, spirituality, growing awareness, is given greater emphasis. It invites us to step beyond our partial or regular response to our situation by drawing on the wisdom of all of who we are: body, mind and spirit. Transpersonal counselling draws on a wide range of modern and ancient traditions incorporating both empirical and esoteric perspectives to enable an individual to contact an expanded perspective on their personal life issues. The purpose of transpersonal counselling is to allow the client to engage in their own personal healing journey.  Typical ‘personal’ problems such as:
  • offense
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • rejection
  • lack of confidence
  • depression
  • intra-personal conflict
  • relationship and family conflict
  • low self-esteem
  • recovery from addictions
  • emotional, sexual or physical abuse
  • blocked emotions
  • recurring negative thinking
Transpersonal Counselling is a form of counselling which looks at the whole person.  A transpersonal orientation for therapy is suitable for working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents and children. The process is one of integration of the various parts of the self into a whole, reducing inner clashes and increasing the sense of fullness, meaning and purpose in life. This is a holistic view which treats illness as a natural part of the growth or healing process.  Talking, thinking and meaning-making have a significant place in the counselling journey, just as feeling, direct perception and state-travel do.  A transpersonal counsellor will view life and its myriad experiences as part of the larger process of spiritual development. A transpersonal counsellor continuously attempts to facilitate this growth process through a variety of means, depending on their training and the immediate needs of a client. To a transpersonal counsellor, whatever is happening currently is viewed as a positive opportunity for growth.

The Transpersonal Counsellor is trained and certified in facilitating and guiding others to access specific states for the purposes of healing. Some of the techniques used by transpersonal counsellors suggested by Natural Therapy Pages (ntpages.com.au) include these:
  • Focusing is a very helpful technique in which the counsellor facilitates self-healing by showing the client how to focus on the "felt sense." It advocates freedom and full self-realisation. The client tunes in to their body’s own intelligence and overcomes an issue at its very root.
  • An experienced transpersonal counsellor will work with the client and together they will uncover the significance of dreams, in dream-work
  • The unconscious and symbolic contents of the mind can be unravelled by transpersonal art therapy which goes beyond traditional art therapy
  • Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/ illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/ spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. A shamanic counselling session facilitates growth and healing.
Transpersonal Counselling therefore represents the re-enchantment of Psychotherapy and Counselling in combination with the highest levels of spiritual, theoretical and clinical perception and skill.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Most Nutritious Whole Foods

One often hears that you must eat healthy foods but have you ever wondered why or what they are? When we eat whole foods, we are getting food in its purest and natural state, fortified with all the beneficial nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals sans any of the artificial preservatives, refinements or processing agents. If a parallel can be drawn it’s the simple difference between an apple and a can of apple juice! So what’s all the fuss about?
Well, whole foods are loaded with phytochemicals like flavonoids, carotenoids, and lycopene which act like antioxidants and protect cells against damage. The other benefit is that whole food is a lot cheaper and easier to find than its packaged variant.
Typically whole foods are confined to vegetables, fruits, and grains, below are some examples –
Raw carrots, cooked spinach, baked potato with skin, steamed broccoli , cooked green peas – loaded with Vitamin A, the compound retinol in it conserves and improves your eyesight as well as fights viral infections.
Raw sunflower seeds, Cooked yellow fin tuna/ black beans, cooked corn, oatmeal, sesame seeds, pineapple - bursting with Vitamin B1 also known as thiamine, it helps cells' enzyme systems convert oxygen into usable energy which sustains your energy, coordinates nerve and muscle activity, and keeps your heart healthy.

Raw sunflower seeds, Peanut butter, Roasted almonds, Olives, Papaya, Sweet potato chips – rich source of Vitamin E, prevents free radical damage, Alzheimer’s disease, prostate cancer
Chicken liver , Soybeans, Spinach, Tofu, Sesame seeds, Kidney beans, Lima beans, Beef tenderloin, Roast turkey – a great source of Iron, essential for oxygen transport, cell growth and immunity
Berries - low in calories, high in fiber, loaded with plant compounds that improve memory and help fight cancer.

Nuts – lowers the incidence of heart attack

Beans – a great source for high fiber content, believed to help live long

Raw milk – touted as one of the healthiest beverages

Wild salmon - omega-3 content and the presence of a powerful antioxidant called astaxathin

Cooked salmon, Raw sunflower seeds, Sesame seeds, Prickly pear , Cooked black beans, Roasted almonds, Cooked pinto beans, Cooked brown rice, Cooked scallops, Cooked summer squash – a rich form of  Magnesium, helps muscles and nerves to relax, strengthens bones and ensures healthy blood circulation

Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale – the plant chemicals called indoles in them help reduce the risk of cancer.

Baked winter squash, Avocado, Pinto beans, Cooked lentils, Cooked beets, Fresh figs, Cooked brussels sprouts, Cantaloupe, Banana Tomato – abundant in Potassium, it balances electrolytes, keeps musces strong and lowers risk of high blood pressure

Apples - known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and to have anti-cancer properties

Wild cooked oysters, cooed snapper, canned white tuna, in water, cooked halibut, Cooked shrimp, Roasted turkey breast, Broiled beef tenderloin, Grilled portobello mushrooms , Hard-boiled egg, Raw tofu – a generous dose of Selenium, it protect cells form radical damage, protect joints from inflammation

Pomegranate juice - slows the progression of certain cancers and improves sexual drive

Sesame seeds milk, Plain or vanilla soymilk , Low-fat yogurt , Cooked spinach, Part-skim mozzarella cheese, Nature's Path Optimum Slim cereal, Raw tofu, Cream cheese  - a good portion of your daily required Calcium nutrients come from these and it keeps your bones strong and healthy and heps blood clotting
Onions, garlic and shallots - its ability to lower the risk of heart disease is no secret.
The world's healthiest foods are whole foods, naturally fortified with all their rich and natural endowment of nutrients. They should not be processed nor should they contain synthetic, artificial or irradiated ingredients.