Transpersonal therapy recognises levels of experience that take us beyond our usual sense of a discrete, limited self – experience that reaches beyond the limits of personality.
Transpersonal therapists are interested in our understanding of ourselves in a spiritual context and in assisting the growth of that part of ourselves sometimes described as spiritual and/or soulful. Experience of spiritual realities or altered states of consciousness are more common than we are led to believe and people can find them disturbing or exciting.
The exploration of ‘the higher self’ can be helpful in integrating such experiences into everyday life and personal psychological development. It is important to clearly distinguish them from the symptoms of severe mental illness and to not get the two mixed up.