The Secrets of the Soul
An Integral Approach to Life, Death and Consciousness
Incl. an Annexe for Therapists
By Kees & Marijke Aaldijk
Kees Aaldijk is psychologist and has a practice in Soest. For years he has been using Laurency's insights, with remarkable results. For more information: www.integralepsy.nl
Marijke Aaldijk-Franken is a teacher.
For a child watching his mother withdraw money from a cash machine it all seems so easy. Card goes in. Cash comes out. Buy what you want. His mother knows better. Hidden behind the apparent ease of that transaction is a whole world which, starting with her salary, extends to the transfer of money and the banking sector and goes on to encompass the entire global economy.
At first sight, much of what happens around us seems patently obvious because we are blind to the underlying reality. However, beyond the horizon of our perception there are complex structures governed by their own rules and regulations which have a major impact on everything that happens to us.
To give you an example: there was a time when we had no idea bacteria existed. Their world was unseen by us, but our ignorance failed to protect us from the problems they caused. For centuries we were afflicted by the plague and other infectious diseases, and it was only when we became aware of the invisible world of microorganisms that we were able to do something about it. We began producing antibiotics and practicing better hygiene, and consequently our life expectancy rose from forty in the first half of the nineteenth century to more than eighty now.
There are good reasons for assuming that there are more hidden worlds with a major, but as yet unknown, influence on our daily lives. The question is not whether we should explore those worlds, but whether we can afford not to. Our knowledge of microorganisms enabled us to substantially improve our quality of life. Likewise, research into the hidden dimensions of our reality could yield unprecedented new insights into our existence, giving us a better grip on our lives.
In this book the author's go in search of those hidden dimensions of reality, the rules that govern them and the forces that influence our lives. Their exploration is based on information passed down to us by Henry T. Laurency, the pseudonym of a twentieth-century Swedish esoteric. He wrote two books, The Philosopher’s Stone and The Knowledge of Reality, and left some 4,000 typewritten pages with notes. These have been organized and compiled into new books by Lars Adelskogh who has dedicated his life to making Laurency’s esoteric knowledge more widely available. The authors have drawn on this material in the writing of this book, which is intended as an introduction to Laurency’s work. His ideas should not be seen as dogma but as a working hypothesis. It is up to each of us individually to test this hypothesis and then either embrace or reject its truth.
The discovery of the hidden world of microorganisms led to an entirely new take on our physical health. In a similar way Laurency’s insights may lead to a new take on our mental health and from there to a new approach to dealing with psychological problems. Our term for this approach is ‘integral psychotherapy’, since it integrates all aspects of human nature. In the Annexe for therapists, at the back of this book, we explain this approach and provide guidelines for the treatment of a number of disorders that tend to resist more conventional treatment.
Published 2009 (Dutch) – Complete English translation
ISBN: 9789038919539 – 240 pages - Paperback