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The original therapeutae were people who combined elements of Jewish, Hellenistic, Egyptian, and Christian spirituality. They worshipped a god called Serapis who combined characteristics of many of the Ancient Greek gods. Their main centre was in Alexandria in Egypt. We have taken their name for this group to designate a place where any aspect of spiritual psychology or body-mind-spirit psychotherapy can be discussed.


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  • Escribo desde la Cd. de México. Soy Psicólogo clínico, Director del Instituto de PSicología Contemplativo y de Psicteraìa Zen México. He sido Budista Zen desde 1985 y director del Dojo Zen Rinzai Laico "I SHIN DEN SHIN" www.ishindenshin.mx y miembro de la CBM Comunidad Budista de México. Les agradezco este espacio y me gustaría contaran conmigo dentro de su red de terapeutas zen en esta parte del mundo.
  • this Serapis space is very interesting. I was wandering if it would be possible to dedicate a corner of it to group practices that are not explicitly "therapeutic" but have very much to do with curing and healing as they help people to re-think their ways of living and working and to open new paths of individual and meta-individual understanding.

    I recently carried out a group counseling intervention in an ICT company with colleagues of mine. It was not easy but in the end it was a success. Very rewarding. It is probably an example of the kind of new therapeusis (how to call it?) that I would like to reflect about. Maybe it has something to do with Rogers' groups (but some research would be necessary for better focusing differences and similarities).

    The video (link below) has been produced by one of the participants in the intervention. He presented it in the last day of the intervention, in which we invited the participants to bring something which could symbolically witness the meaning for each one of the many hours spent together. He used many key words we suggested during the intervention.


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[The following flows from a discussion that we had recently on ITZI Supprt Zoom] What follows below is quite condensed yet by no means exhaustive. The methods are as innumerable as the cases and the amount that can be said about right view is similarly vast. THE SKANDHA CYCLEThe skandha cycle is an analysis of how consciousness becomes dysfunctional. Dysfunctional consciousness (“disconsciousness” - vijñana) consists of dysfunctional intention controlling attention. Disfunctional intention is…

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