Embodying Nonduality: Depth Psychology in American Mysticism
Within the field of psychology of religion, depth psychology has been commonly adopted to interpret and often reduce mystical experience to psychodynamics. This paper takes a different approach by exploring how two contemporary American mystical teachers—Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process and Hameed Ali’s Diamond Approach—have respectively draw on the insights of depth psychology to aid in what they present as the embodiment of nondual realization. It focuses on two themes in particular: (i) the reframing of karmic obstructions such as vasanas, samskaras, and skandhas into the language of psychodynamic theory such as self-representations and object relations and (ii) the insertion of psychoanalytic narratives of individuation and relationality into nondual ontologies.
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