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Zhirtueva N.S. Mysticism as a Psychopractice of Overcoming Ego and Raising a Self-Actualized Personality

Published in journal "Psychology and Psychotechnics", 2015-2 in rubric "Personal growth", pages 183-193.

Resume: The research subject is a mystic experience as a psychopractice of coping with egocentric consciousness and raising a mentally sane self-actualized person. The author compares psychological peculiarities of egocentric consciousness  and enlightened consciousness. The author also examines the main psychopractical methods that help to perform the systemic work with all the levels of consciousness. The author performs a comparative analysis of peculiarities of different methods such as disciplinary asceticism, psychosomatic exercises, love-trust prayer and meditative contemplation in different mystic traditions formed within the two main types of mysticism – immanent mysticism and transcendental immanent mysticism. The research methodology is based on the comparative philosophical religious analysis. The main research method is the comparative analytical method. General scientific methods: analysis, synthesis, generalization and individualization. The following conclusions were made as a result of the research: 1.The aim of the mystic practice is a transformation from the egocentric consciousness to the enlightened consciousness. 2. While ascetic traditions deny the material origin, holistic and integrative traditions teach the necessity of the material and spiritual convergence. 3. Disciplinary asceticism deals with the will and volition of a human being, psychosomatic exercises discipline body, love-trust prayer release from egoistic feelings and wishes, and meditative contemplation makes life more deliberate. 4. Mystic psychopracticeû form a complex transformation system of psychic life where all the levels of individual consciousness interact.

Keywords: love-trust prayer, psychosomatic exercises, chakra, disciplinary asceticism, enlightened consciousness, egocentric consciousness, self-actualization, meditative contemplation, transcendental immanent mysticism, immanent mysticism

DOI: 10.7256/2070-8955.2015.2.14115

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