Resources

The following clinical articles provide a felt-sense of nondual-transpersonal psychotherapy offered at Luminous Awakenings. The articles illustrate the transformative process of moving into nondual being when dealing with a wide variety of clinical issues including trauma resolution work, grief and loss and addictions issues. Future articles will deal with the subtleties and paradoxes of abiding in nondual being.

Revisiting Jacob's Ladder: Addiction, Hell and You

Author: Brian Theriault

Published: Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology, Vol. 8. Spring, 2016

Article Abstract

This article describes some of the hellish experiences that can be encountered in the dying process when one's consciousness continues to struggle and hold on to life. The movie, Jacob's Ladder, is used as a metaphor in describing some of the freightning accounts found along the ladder of human consciousness. The way we live our life is the way we live our death. Any unprocessed psychological material manifests intensely at the moment of death. Old wounds, fears, addictions and desires are magnified the moment consciousness exits the body and becomes our personal Hell realm; lost and bewildered. The invitation is to surrender our attachments to life in each moment and cooperate with the dying process from a place of open Beingness. What keeps consciousness stuck in a Hell realm is the desire to be free from it. The invitation is to surrender our stance against Hell and accept it as it is. When accepted, it can transform into the vast luminous nature of who and what we are, releasing ourselves from the duality of existence and into Eternal Being. The author provides a segment of his own transformative experiences through a Hellish environment after his dying wife's post-op surgery and provides a case study of what it is like to be stuck in one's own Hell realm. (Full article)

Each Moment is Complete as it is: A Rolodex of Transformation and Release 

Author: Brian Theriault

Published: Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology, Vol. 8. Spring, 2016

Article Abstract

In this article, Brian Theriault writes honestly about the life-threatening illness of his partner, Nadine. Resisting the urge to grasp onto reassurances, Brian narrates the process of accepting the pain and uncertainty of his wife's diagnosis, where both he and Nadine mirror total acceptance of anything that surfaces, and acknowledge painful aspects of their relationship that they had previously avoided. Embracing the ongoing art of dying in each moment (as existence is never guaranteed), Brian and Nadine find beauty and love in openness, curiosity, and surrender to the mysteries of existence. (Full article)

Eternal Mirroring: Reflections On Being a Supportive Presence in Life and Death 

Author: Brian Theriault

Published: Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology, Vol. 6. Spring, 2014

Article Abstract

In this article, Brian Theriault writes honestly about the life-threatening illness of his partner, Nadine. Resisting the urge to grasp onto reassurances, Brian narrates the process of accepting the pain and uncertainty of his wife's diagnosis, where both he and Nadine mirror total acceptance of anything that surfaces, and acknowledge painful aspects of their relationship that they had previously avoided. Embracing the ongoing art of dying in each moment (as existence is never guaranteed), Brian and Nadine find beauty and love in openness, curiosity, and surrender to the mysteries of existence. (Full article)

Every evening comes the moon: Awakening to freedom in the darker pockets of human existence

Author: Brian Theriault

Published: Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology, Vol. 5. Spring, 2013

Article Abstract

This article describes the necessity of the descent into no-self as being critical in awakening toone’s true nature. The descent into no-self is not always a seamless one and often fraught withencountering darker pockets of our personal and cosmic states of consciousness – including theneed to deal with the end of one’s world, unconscious pain and desires, and non-ordinary states.The author shares a small segment of his own descent in pointing to the possibility of realizingthe already awakened freedom of awareness found in the moment and within such states andthat, by resting in the absence of self, dying to the clinging mind, an incredible sense of freedomcan be found. The moon of awakening points to making one’s home in the emptiness of no-selfand riding the full deck of human consciousness. A nondual psychotherapy approach is used intwo case studies of clients describing small segments of their own working process in the descentinto no-self. (Full article)
 

Nondual psychotherapy and second stage sexual addictions recovery: Transforming "Master of the Universe Narcissism" into nondual being

Author: Gary Nixon and Brian Theriault

Published: International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions, Nov, 2011

Article Abstract

This article describes the process of working through the dry drunksecondstage of sexual addiction recovery through transforming the narcissistic Master of theUniversepersonality into the experience of nondual being using the Almaas DiamondApproach of self-realization. The Diamond Approach is a transpersonal informedpsychology synthesizing western psychology with eastern spiritual wisdom where selfrealizationis experienced as an awakened nondual presence at the core of humanconsciousness. Narcissism is the barrier to this realization. The narcissistic personalitystructure found within the sex addict if not worked through in recovery does not allow theperson to see the bottom of sexual addiction and move into emotional sobriety in a secondphase of recovery. Accepting the experience of dissolving the narcissistic separate self andembracing nondual being opens one up to the absolute ordinariness of pure awareness; thetrue nature of who and what we are. A case study is used to illustrate the usefulness ofAlmaasDiamond Approach in transforming the narcissism of a client who had beenimmobolized in the second phase of sexual addiction recovery for 4 years.(Full article)

Radical acceptance: A nondual psychology approach to grief and loss

Author: Brian Theriault

Published: International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions, Nov, 2011

Article Abstract

This article explores the application of nondual psychology in transforming grief and loss into the experience of nondual consciousness. Nondual consciousness is the collapse of the dualistic notions of self and other through the direct realization of the stateless state of no-self. The experience of grief and loss serves as a catalyst to this radical experience because it invites the experience of death and non-being shattering one's conventional notions of self and open one up to the realm of transpersonal and nondual consciousness. The barrier to this experience is the fear of no-self. Nondual psychology is the facilitation towards the radical acceptance of no-self, whereby the contraction around grief dissolves revealing the open spaciousness of one's being. The author also includes a segment of his own transformational journey through grief and a client case study. (Full article)

Eclipsed by fear: Transforming trauma into sudden awakening

Author: Brian Theriault

Published: Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology, Vol. 2. Spring, 2010

Article Abstract

This article explores the possibility of transforming trauma into sudden awakening through embracing nondual psychology. At the heart of human consciousness exists an undisturbed pristine state of nondual awareness; an unconditional awareness untouched by the scars of human conditioning. A descriptive account of the author's own transformative experience is given followed by a discussion of the limitations of conventional forms of trauma resolution. Nondual psychology sees that at the core of human suffering is the belief in separation and the resolution to this is awakening to the already existing awakened state of unconditioned awareness. For nondual therapists, a few creative invitations are discussed as a means of facilitating trauma into sudden awakening in meeting the essence of fear and seeing it as energy rather than a problem, embracing the wisdom of no escape and merging with the black space of annihilation. This is also shown through a client case vignette. (Full article)

Gracefully extinguished: Seeing beyond the illusion of a separate self

Author: Brian Theriault

Published: Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology, Vol. 1. Spring, 2009

Article Abstract

This article is derived from a completed masters' thesis entitled: "The Non-dual Experience: A Phenomenological-Hermeneutics Investigation of the Seeker's Journey Towards Wholeness". It examines the psycho-spiritual transformations encountered on the journey towards non-dual living with a particular emphasis on the end of spiritual seeking. The rush towards transcendent experiences and non-dual living can be readily seen in the spiritual arena. This research study set out to interpret and understand the lived experiences of spiritual seekers who in their own search came to understand the futility and utter failure of personal seeking which facilitated initial awakening experiences of the non-dual nature of existence. A transpersonal phenomenological hermeneutic research approach was used in this study. Six of the nine core themes are presented in this article. They include: 1) seeking is suffering, 2) nowhere to go, 3) the illusionary seeker, 4) the collapse of time, 5) beyond knowledge, and 6) gracefully extinguished. (Full article)

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