Psychology & Consciousness

What is psychology?

The word “psychology” comes from the Greek word Psyche meaning soul or breath. In more technical terms, psychology is the study of the science of the mind and human behavior. Why do we do what we do? Psychology includes the study of consciousness and unconsciousness.  According to some fields of psychology, the psyche asks us two big questions: in the first half of life it asks, “What is the world asking of me?” and in the second half of life the question becomes “What is my soul asking of me?” All of these are questions are critical for human development.

What is NOT psychology? 

At The Innerwork Center, our study of psychology is not about therapy or treatment - while we honor these as very valuable modalities. We focus our study of psychology on self-discovery, growth, development, and finding meaning in one’s life. We place emphasis on psychological exploration as it relates to living your life fully and authentically.

WHAT IS consciousness?

The dictionary definition of consciousness is, “the state or quality of awareness or of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.”  Philosophers and scientists have studied and debated the nature of consciousness for hundreds of years, and we still struggle with its meaning. Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.” Evan Harris Walker wrote, “Consciousness is the blue of the sky; it is a C sharp, the taste of sweetness as it fills the mind, the smell of gardenia, the pain of love that is lost, the experienced murmuring brook as it is, the moon reflected in the pool…”

What is NOT consciousness? 

Evan Walker Harris continues, “But consciousness is not thinking. Consciousness is the carrier of conscious thought. It is what is left when thought is removed, when the mind is stilled.” The concept of consciousness seems impossible to communicate unless one has considered the nature of their own inner world. Consciousness is not atoms or molecules or photons spinning in the brain. Consciousness exists in and of itself.

The Innerwork Center offers an array of programs that focus on psychology and consciousness. Past programs include:

  • Walking in Shoes too Small: Exploring the Work of Carl Jung

  • Consciousness on Many Levels

  • I’d Rather be Whole than Good

Ask yourself: “What wants to come into being today through me?”  and, “Am I awake to the world today?”