Living In The Supermind: From Personal Mind to Spiritual Mind, is a book that highlights the value of a spiritual, holistic approach to psychotherapy. Authored by Maurie D. Pressman, M.D., this paradigm-shifting book was first published in June 2011 by Inkwell Productions.
In this inspiring and instructive guidebook, Dr. Pressman leads readers on a metaphysical journey that explores expanded states of consciousness. After beginning his career as a psychiatrist working with traditional psychoanalysis, Dr. Pressman was drawn toward a recognition of the deeper spiritual aspects of consciousness and their role in the process of healing and personal growth. Pressman acknowledges some of the renowned spiritual teachers who influenced his path and he gives a number of illustrative cases to demonstrate how a transpersonal, spiritual approach to psychotherapy can produce remarkable results. This books explains the nature of the soul and spirit, and the ways in which we can access superconsciousness (meditation, dreams, breathwork, etc.).
While the history of spiritual psychotherapy that Pressman presents is far from comprehensive, it is clear that this book is designed to give practical resources rather than focusing on academic details. Readers will find excellent tips for meditation and exercising expanded forms of perception. Pressman offers a clear description of the different energy bodies that are mentioned in metaphysical texts, helping us appreciate how these various aspects of our being function. His book is focused on spirituality without denigrating religious traditions – although he does point out the various forms of denial and resistance that keep people from accessing their spiritual potential and greater self-awareness.
As described on Dr. Pressman’s website,
Maurie D. Pressman, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of the Pressman Center for Mind/Body Wellness, with offices in Philadelphia. This is a clinic which focuses on spiritual psychotherapy and the exploration of the human soul.
During a long and prestigious career, Dr. Pressman has studied the potential of the human mind and soul for over forty years. He has explored the connections between traditional psychiatry and holistic-spiritual psychotherapy. Interested in the connection between the mind and the body, he has taught Sports Science at the University of Delaware and has pioneered the use of hypnosis and creative visualization in work with Olympic ice skaters, helping them to visualize and execute the “perfect performance.” He has also done extensive research on death and dying, behavior genetics, and learning disabilities.
Dr. Pressman’s professional affiliations include membership in twenty-two organizations, including the International Psychoanalytic Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Child Psychiatry. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University, Emeritus Chairman of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, and a board member of the Spiritual Eldering Institute.
This shift toward a spiritual, soul-focused approach to therapy, is gaining momentum in the mental health community. With a growing body of evidence that mind-body, energetic, and spiritual approaches are effective at helping people overcome a variety of psychological difficulties, many professional therapists are learning and practicing these methods. The power of meditation, yoga, reiki, chi gong, breathwork, energy psychology, dream work, shamanic soul retrieval, chanting, regression therapy, hypnosis, integrative bodywork therapies, and other holistic methods can not be ignored.
Understanding that most of who we are as human beings is non-physical layers of energy and consciousness means that we need to address all of those layers to foster health and wholeness. The attempt in modern psychiatry to relate psychological distress primarily to neurochemical imbalances and to use synthetic chemicals to try to compensate for chemical imbalance has led to an explosion of mental health diagnoses and disability – rather than “curing” mental illness, that pharmacological approach has helped foster an epidemic of psychological dysfunction. If we wish to promote a healthy society we must consider a different path. Dr. Pressman offers us an inspiring alternative that many professionals and their patients have turned to and found to be healing and empowering.