Metapsychiatry (“beyond” psychiatry) is a spiritual teaching founded by New York
psychiatrist, Thomas Hora, a pioneer researcher into consciousness, whose
work transcended traditional psychiatry. It is based on a metaphysical concept of
human beings, seen wholly in the spiritual context of the Divine Creator. It draws
liberally from the existential teachings of the Christ, the Buddha, Zen masters and
the wisdom of mystics and philosophers of all ages, as well as from the
discoveries of quantum physics, to illuminate its unique approach to the
realization of our already-existing wholeness. This teaching is concerned with
exploring ideas which substantiate the realm of consciousness as the only reality,
the instrument of our enlightenment through which the healing of our bodies,
experiences and relationships can occur, individually and collectively. The body is
the vehicle of consciousness and, as such, is valuable in helping us to realize
transcendence of our passage through the material experience. The purpose of
our lives is to awaken to our eternal and inseparable divinity within the Divine
Presence, to know it consciously and to manifest it consciously as fully as
possible. In Dr. Hora’s own words,

Metapsychiatry came into the world to put soul into psychiatry,
and to breathe the life of Spirit into the ‘valley of dry bones.’. (Ez. 37:1-6)

Central to Meta-teaching is the idea that thoughts manifest as our reality.
Essentially, our every experience is an outpicturing of a conscious or
unconscious thought — whether in individual experience or in the collective,
global experience. “We live in a mental universe,” said Dr. Hora, “and thought is
the basic stuff of life.”*  Metapsychiatry defines a thought as a unit of energy.
Based on the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which informs us that energy can
be neither created nor destroyed, but it can be transmuted, we can see that our
thoughts tend to take visible form (transmute) as our difficulties, problems,
sicknesses, symptoms, pain and disease, as our financial, psychological,
emotional, marital or family suffering, as our disappointments, disturbances and
frustrations, even as our wars and so-called natural disasters, or — depending on
the kind of thought-energies we are entertaining — as our overall well-being and
harmonious prospering, individually and globally. Our consciousness directly
affects the affairs of our lives in the visible world and shapes the events of the
universe.

As you sow [in thought], so shall you reap [in experience].  (Gal. 6:7)

We call this dynamic the Law of Correspondence. It is important to note
Metapsychiatry’s radical understanding that we are not producers of thoughts but
receivers of them. Thoughts “obtain” (are received). Metapsychiatry identifies two
sources of all the thoughts we can receive: the “sea of mental garbage” — the
source of self-confirmatory ideation — and the “Ocean of Love-Intelligence” — the
source of God-confirmatory ideation. Apprehending this revolutionary idea, that
thoughts are received into consciousness rather than generated by it, is critical. It
depersonalizes the darkness of ignorance, so there can be no personal blame or
guilt attached to mistakes and wrongdoing — and it depersonalizes the brilliance
of divine love and wisdom, so there can be no personal credit or self-glorification
attached to the good, inspired and intelligent ideas which demonstrate the activity
of the divine Mind descending into human consciousness, blessing us. Given this
understanding, Metapsychiatry places great importance on examining the
thoughts we “obtain and entertain,” and alerts us to their tendency to attract
corresponding experiences into our lives. It encourages us to make conscious
use of our troubles and illnesses so that we can uncover the hidden thoughts
which they conceal. Once the thoughts are corrected and healed (using the two-
step method of the Two Intelligent Questions)
, our difficulties and infirmities can
also be healed, once and for all. The “same old” patterns disappear; chronic
ailments dissolve.

Metapsychiatry offers us a system of truth-realization which makes use of a very
specific method of juxtaposition, also known as the “dialectic of juxtaposition” or
“cognitive dialectics.” This method does not use a process of elimination to
discover truth, nor is it about opposites: instead, this method of juxtaposition
places “garbage ideas” side by side with divine ideas, in order to illustrate the
contrast between them. It is the contrast that exposes an illusion or lie, a false
value or distorted viewpoint; in the instant when some aspect of truth — the real —
is able to be seen, the lie is uncovered. When we are able to apprehend the real
(“what really is”), the false disappears. For instance, if we were universally
hypnotized to believe that 2 + 2 = 5, and we based all our computations on that
belief, no matter how hard we tried, there could never be harmony or order or the
right answer in our computations — and we would never know why. If, however,
some wise mathematician were to come along and inform us that we had a
mistaken notion — that actually 2 + 2 = 4 — and if we were interested in putting
the new idea into practice, we would discover that it was the truth. The correct
formula does indeed bring harmony and order and the right solution to our
computations. In the moment that we would be able to recognize the truth of the
new formula, seeing the evidence of its presence as it corrects the problem in our
computations, we would naturally begin to use it to replace our habitual, but
erroneous, premise.

“Lies, therefore, can be useful,” as Dr. Hora noted.

Leaning on the worldly experience can be helpful
in revealing the existence of some aspect of truth
in juxtaposition to it.   (Thomas Hora)

So it is that Metapsychiatry offers us an existential education to supercede our
universal miseducation. It is “the wise mathematician” which corrects our most
basic and false formulas, our illusory beliefs and misperceptions about who and
what we are, our mistaken ideas about the nature and purpose of our existence,
and our limited understanding of what God is. The new formula reveals the
hidden truth of being, and opens the way for us to see it.

For nothing is covered that will not be revealed,
or hidden that will not be known.   (Mt. 10:26)

The juxtapositional approach is ancient. It finds its origins in the biblical writings of
John who expressed the idea that light cannot reveal itself without darkness, nor
spirit without matter, and it was later reinforced by Meister Eckhart, 14th century
mystic and priest, in his use of the “via negativa”  to reveal the “via positiva.” But
Metapsychiatry’s contribution of the Two Intelligent Questions to facilitate this
particular approach and uncover meanings is unique — it is pivotal to the success
of the teaching. The Two Intelligent Questions guide us to recognize the presence
of harmful or pathogenic thoughts in our consciousness in a precise and
meaningful way, and then lead us to replace and erase them with beneficial,
spiritual thoughts which bless us. Every time the mental equivalent of a problem
or symptom is revealed, the problem or symptom is being converted or
transmuted from matter back into energy (using Einstein’s equation), i.e., back to
the specific thought being entertained. When that troublesome thought is replaced
by a divine idea, the troublesome form (problem or symptom) can disappear. This
is a powerful, alchemical process which Metapsychiatry offers:  it is a process
which occurs in consciousness, whereby Truth is moving miraculously across
substances to transform them. We come to see that the tangible is insubstantial,
and the intangible is the only real substance. At first this approach can seem
revolutionary to our thinking and even appear abstract, but we can come to see
that applying the juxtapositional method is highly practical. Learning to make use
of it enables us to live with more ease and effectiveness in the world. We can be
healed, and our experiences, one by one, can be transformed as they mirror back
to us the specific thoughts that need to be corrected. In this way, our lives can be
qualitatively improved, and we can come to know an harmonious and impeccable
existence. Timeless wisdom supports this Meta-discipline. Christ gave us a
revelatory metaphor with these words,

First cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate,
that the outside also may be clean.  (Mt. 23:25)

This metaphor illustrates the correspondence between the thoughts we entertain
inwardly in the “cup” of consciousness and that which we experience outwardly in
our individual lives. In the same vein, Meister Eckhart elucidated,

The soul reveals itself not by addition but through subtraction.

As we gradually “subtract” the mental clutter from our consciousness (our “cup”),
our spiritual essence reveals itself to be already aligned with God — there is no
longer anything interfering with its ability to shine forth. And in the Tao Te Ching,
Lao-tze teaches us,

When you discard the false, you will have room for the true…
The Way to Life opens without effort.

It is thus that we can realize our divine being and our highest purpose:  to let the
One Life live through us and show forth what we already are.

Susan von Reichenbach
Spring 2006


*
Einstein’s equation e=mc2 affirms that energy and matter are the same substance,
transmuted.
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“Metapsychiatry came into the world to put soul into psychiatry,
and to breathe the life of Spirit into the ‘valley of dry bones.’.”   (Ez. 37:1-6)
“As you sow [in thought], so shall you reap [in experience].”  (Gal. 6:7)
“Leaning on the worldly experience can be helpful
in revealing the existence of some aspect of truth
in juxtaposition to it.”  (Thomas Hora)
“For nothing is covered that will not be revealed,
or hidden that will not be known.”   (Mt. 10:26)
“First cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate,
that the outside also may be clean.”  (Mt. 23:25)
“The soul reveals itself not by addition but through subtraction.”
“When you discard the false, you will have room for the true…
The Way to Life opens without effort.”
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