Transpersonal counseling psychology is a movement within traditional psychotherapy that became popularized in the late 1960s. It is a stream of psychotherapy that supports a holistic and transcendent perspective of mind-body-soul integration and recognizes the intrinsic relationship of our psychological and spiritual Selves. It is a growing field of study and practice that includes the scientific and clinical research of meditation, spiritual inquiry and living, self-expansiveness, transformation, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and the effects of those states and experiences on our humanity.
One might define a transpersonal experience as a time where we begin to consider our relationship with something greater, something beyond the individual or ego self, and perhaps an experience that brings us closer to a universal, cosmic, mystical or transcendent connection in which we are changed. These experiences are common to humanity and often support us on a trajectory of deep personal inquiry, radical social engagement, and becoming a source of greater love, compassion and understanding in the world. Transpersonal psychology is very much the art, practice and study of transformation and expanded consciousness. Sometimes these transpersonal experiences are born out of our greatest losses, and times of radical change or pain in our lives. It is during these times that we are often asked to consider our relationship with core longings, wounds, values and capacity as a human being. Often times these core stirrings are the voice of a Higher Self, or soul, that is an animating principle behind and within our intrinsic drive toward healing and wholeness.