VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Integrating Spirituality, Embodying Religiosity, and Promoting Ego Transformation: A Transpersonal Psychology Approach to Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values Formation
Jan C. Lemon and Rosanne Nunnery
The search for meaning, purpose, and spiritual values has been found to be an essential element in the counseling process. Professional counselors have the unique ability to not only help clients through an emotional crisis but also to bring about changes in character, identity, and self-esteem. With the fusion of neuroplastiticy and spirituality, the therapeutic process not only brings about changes in the brain but may also comprise the synergy of the client’s humanity and his or her aspects of the Divine and encourages the development of a healthy, balanced ego. The concepts of mindfulness, acceptance, and values formation in the application of transpersonal psychology are discussed in depth with an emphasis on spirituality and ego transformation. In addition, the authors will explore unconscious forces and clinical techniques that allow the individual to live life from the heart with a transformed mind and to embrace individuation and self-actualization.
Keywords: mindfulness, acceptance, values, spirituality, ego