The Psychology of Humans as Spiritual Beings
As above, so below, as below, so above;
As within, so without, as without, so within.
Hermetic Law of Correspondence
I said, "You are gods;
you are all sons of the Most High.”
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Cosmopsychology is psychology in relation to the universe--the study of the relationship between the psyche and the cosmos. It has been defined as astrology, as the study of psychospiritual development, and as the psychology of extraterrestrial beings. Cosmopsychology provides insights into one's personality and destiny through the contributions of psychology, physics, metaphysics, astrology, numerology, and similar sciences and philosophies that reveal the meaning of one's experiences in life. Cosmopsychology assumes that human beings are more than the product of their genes and environment, that they are essentially spiritual beings who are multi-dimensional, composed of many parts and connected to many dimensions of the cosmos. Cosmopsychology examines those parts, links, and dimensions that are typically left out of conventional, academic psychology. From the perspective of cosmopsychology, one’s personality is a purposeful part of a series of existences. One’s personality and experiences serve the purposes of a higher or greater Self. Personality and psychological problems cannot be fully understood and appreciated outside of this extended, cosmic context. The purpose of cosmopsychology is to facilitate the personality’s service to the higher Self through understanding the personality’s place within the greater context of the Self and the cosmos. Cosmopsychology has a minimum of two dimensions—one that may be called horizontal and one that may be called vertical. The horizontal dimension focuses on the connections between the psyche and the cosmos at a particular time and place. This dimension is primarily spatial and relates the psyche to the current status of the cosmos in all its spatial dimensions, forms, and planes. The vertical dimension is primarily temporal and refers to the spiritual growth of the individual and the spiritual evolution of the cosmos. Modern astrologers often refer to astrology as the oldest system of psychology. Since the 20th century many Western astrologers have combined astrology with various schools of modern psychology. The terms astrological psychology and psychological astrology are commonly used. Astrology has been used as a tool in individual and couples counseling, as a means for facilitating personal growth, and as a spiritual practice. American psychologist Glenn Perry founded the Association for Psychological Astrology in 1987 in order to (1) establish general guidelines for the application of astrology to the fields of counseling and psychotherapy, and (2) enrich the field of astrology through the systematic integration of psychological concepts and practices.1 Philosopher and psychotherapist Richard Tarnas has outlined how archetypes in the collective unconscious have linked the cosmos and the psyche throughout the history of humanity.2 In this same vein, several astrologers and astrological researchers took a bold step in the late 1970’s by renaming and redefining astrology as cosmopsychology.
The French psychologist and statistician Michel Gauquelin (1928 - 1991) and his wife Francoise Gauquelin (1929 - 2007) conducted extensive statistical research on correlations between astrological indications, personality traits, and occupations. The Gauquelins tested correlations between the positions of the planets on the day of an individual’s birth, the psychological character, and the effect of this character upon their destiny. Among their abundant books and papers, Michel Gauquelin published La Cosmopsychologie -...
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