Integral Transpersonal Psychiatry - Carlos Warter, MD

Allows for a humanistic, transcendent and holistic view of people.

The basis of the theory is seeing patients not just in terms of their symptoms or dysfunctional aspects, but instead in terms of their potential and internal resources that they do not even are aware that they possess.

I firmly believe that within a human being there is nothing wrong "per se". There are just un-evolved, small aspects of dysfunction or misinformation within each person.  If one can accept them compassionately, these aspects can be modified and functionally integrated.

 I invite the patient to expand their self-awareness, using self-observation in the here and now, to realize their own behavior patterns thus connecting with their true core structure.

In order to do this, one must first become aware of the mandates and conditionings that govern one´s being from the moment of birth.

What is this conditioning?

When you see a newborn baby she feels as close to perfection as a human being can ever be.

All potentialities are within the child.  Yet when environment and parents take the baby in their arms for the first time, they do so not only with all their love but also with all of their values, beliefs, and unsatisfied desires.  The baby absorbs it all but especially the unresolved conflicts with which the parents identify.  This begins to shape the baby in a “personal” way.  The parent’s teach the baby with their "shoulds" and "oughts" and when they say, "This is you", of course, the baby believes it.

As the baby grows, becoming a child, an adult and finally an elder the person believes everything his parents, teachers, family and society said was his true persona or his true self. This belief makes it impossible to change.  The person still does not realize that what he knows is true about himself is only a biased point of view that was learned. Of course, the person acted according to that belief and confirmed every day, in every act, every thought the false personality. Suffering emerges, as the person continuously stumbles on the same stones, not wanting to make a mistake and at the same time, never learning to act differently. From this interplay, what we call symptomatology arises.

As we are all born with a great need for love and acceptance from our parents, we incorporate these mandates as our own (we identify with them) coming to believe that we really are what we were told.

In this process we exile the essential aspects that do belong to us, covering up in the shadows of our consciousness the immense potential with which we were born.

Over the years, we no longer need outside punishment if we respond differently than expected because we become our own self-censors and self-punishing automatic machines.

We quarrel with those parts of ourselves that do not conform to the ideal of what we want to be (or what we think others want us to be) and end up self-mutilating, sometimes physically or most of the time psychologically.  This produces symptoms and pain that accompanies our lives, creating signs that show us that there are things in our life that we can not handle. Symptoms of the most diverse order: fear, anguish, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, eating disorders, psychosomatic symptoms, stress, etc.

How can we break this sickening circle?

Transpersonal Psychology shows us that the only way is to develop what is called the Witness Consciousness Of the Essential Self.

We progress by expanding our consciousness through self-observation in the here and now.

Understanding the past that created us but acting in the present to modify the automatic responses  which were acquired.

We need to become able to restrict without criticizing, without judging, and learn something we were never taught: to accept ourselves compassionately for who we are and what we truly are.

This does not mean being self-patronizing, or having self-pity.

It means accepting gently and lovingly, even those things we do not like about ourselves.

With new ways of seeing things, we can achieve true self-acceptance, thus taking the first essential step to change.

Quantum physics has amply demonstrated how the observer changes the observed reality.

Therefore, facts we least want to observe in ourselves when consciously accepted, become transformed. 

When this occurs, we have in our hands a basic tool to build our life: the power of choice.

We can choose -  at any time -  to return and repeat the past that hurts us, or conversely, shift by looking within for more creative outlets of expression and behavior. A new strength emerges when we realize that we can respond differently and discover that disease is to choose what is not good for us.

So the ultimate meaning of the therapist is to accompany the person on this wonderful journey of self-discovery. To provide the necessary tools to have better links with one´s self and with the environment. To use wisely the power of choice so as to initiate contact with one´s true spirituality which then translates into a meaningful life, existentially helpful, always tending towards self-realization.

 

 

 

On the Primary Season by Carlos Warter MD

We need compassionate approach towards those in society who are being manipulated, recognizing their pain as legitimate and their desire for a very different kind of world as legitimate even if we disagree with the strategies they've temporarily adopted to address their deep and legitimate needs to feel valued and cared for.  

We need a new vision of the world that would fulfill those needs without engaging in the hateful policies or behaviors that  demagogues encourage and support. 

We need an embrace of true "homeland security" -- replacing the failed Strategy of Domination with a Strategy of Generosity.  Our security and well being depends on the well being of everyone else on this planet as well as on the health of the planet itself.

An important way to manifest this caring is through a Global  Plan that would dedicate 1-2% of the U.S./EU/ JAPAN/ CHINA /SWITZERLAND annual Gross Domestic Product , each year,  for the next twenty years to eliminate domestic and global poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, health care and repair damage done to the environment by 150 years of ecologically irresponsible forms of industrialization and “modernization” throughout much of the world.

This Plan that includes

  • Participation in planning and fund-distribution decisions by the recipient cities and countries’ most talented and ethically sensitive leaders as well as activists from local communities representing the poor and outstanding figures in the ethical, cultural, religious and non-profit sectors of relevant societies.

  • Methods for ensuring that the monies are used in the most effective, environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive ways.

  • Safeguards to guarantee that the monies are not siphoned off by governments or local elites or primarily for creating the infrastructure for large corporations, but actually reach the people in need.

  • Amending all existing and future trade agreements to ensure that they serve the economic well-being of the poor and not just the interests of the wealthy nations or local elites in countries with high levels of poverty.

  • Retraining the military to build and rebuild vital infrastructure.

  • Global leadership by the United States to start this effort and encourage other advanced industrial societies to join the plan.

Approaching this initiative with a spirit of humility, not only because of the legacy of colonialism and self-interested Western trade policies which contributed to the underdevelopment in poor countries, but because we can learn much from the cultures and spiritual heritage of other societies—recognizing that their economic poverty does not signify a poverty of wisdom.(be it intra nationals like hopi, navajo, cheyenne, etc) or extranational in other continents living in tribal settings. Generosity of spirit as well as financial generosity are an integral part as a central component in any rational plan to achieve “planetary homeland security,” but also because it reflects a commitment to recognize every human being on this planet as equally valuable and deserving of care. thus getting money out of the business of politics not only by requiring public funding of elections while banning all other sources of campaign contributions, but also by requiring corporations to prove a satisfactory history of social and environmental responsibility once every five years to a council of elder citizens who will hear testimony from people all around the world whose lives have been impacted by the policies, behaviors, products and/or services thus creating a New Planetary Bottom Line.

In order to reach a full understanding of that vision of the world that liberals, conservatives as well as progressives ought to be be addressing, a  sophisticated psycho-spiritual approach to social transformation is needed  led not only by people in every religious tradition but also by atheists and secular humanists of every variety, understanding that we are spiritual beings having a material existence.

C. Warter M.D.

Founder WHFDP