Perennialist Psychology
Perennialist Psychology
Perennialist Psychology

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  Perennialist psychology differs from all other so-called psychology in that it is the esoteric study of ψυχη (psuchê) "soul," whereas ordinary, pseudo-psychology is the study of the mind (myaló). Thus, Perennialist Psychology is the science 1 (epistémé) of the soul (psuchê). 2   This type of esoteric psychology has never been understood, taught, or studied in ordinary schools; only in Perennialist study circles by Perennialist teachers and initiates. All the Mystery Schools were centers for the practice of the science of Perennialist Psychology.

  Plato explained that the soul was named ψυχη because this Greek word referred to the "life-breath." Thus when the soul ("life-force") is present in the body it is the cause of its living. When this vivifying force leaves the body, the body perishes. Perennialist Psychology is the study of how the soul enters into, animates, and departs the body. These teachings and studies are precisely what have constituted the Higher and Lower Mystery Schools.

  Perennialist Psychology (the science of the soul) is identified as noesis. The Greeks distinguished between noesis , knowledge derived from pure reasoning through dialectical interchange and knowledge as deduced from rational or scientific thinking (dianoia). Intuitional knowledge (noesis) is based on dialectical understanding of the unchangeable and eternal Forms while intellectual knowledge pertains to scientific and mathematical elements (events, functions, objects).

Plato's Conception of the Human Essence
Entity Apprehension Result of Apprehension
Soul Psuchê
Higher Self
Noesis: dialectical, intuitive cognition Sophia wisdom
Dialectical spiritual, unitive understanding
Higher Mind
Phren or Thumos
Supraliminal Mind
Dianoia: philosophical reasoning
Rational cognition
Gnosis or episteme:
philosophical knowledge
Feelings and desires Epithumia
The emotional nature
appetites and passions
Eikasia: perception of images
Pistis: faith and a sort of psychic
groping after truth
Doxa: opinion or mostly illusory knowledge

  Plato's philosophy involves a radical reversing of our common perception of reality and of life. Ordinarily, we take reality to consist of events and objects which we can explain through mechanistic, materialistic concepts (e.g. causality) and we consider life to consist of the pursuit of pleasure or happiness. Plato states that "true reality" can only be understood by focusing not on the external "blooming, buzzing confusion," but on our internal soul which possesses the potential of attaining spiritual awareness of True Reality: the Forms (Goodness, Justice, Beauty, Love, Commonwealth, etc.).

  Since some elements having to do with Perennialist Psychology have been explicated in previous essays, you may want to choose specific sections of this essay to study:

  Perennialist Psychology works in these centres 3 within the supersensible and terrestrial being of humans:
  • Philosophical
  • Spiritual
  • Intellectual or Mental
  • Moral
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Aesthetic
  • Social
  • Physical
   A centre is both a focus for Perennialist "work" and a supersensible-terrestrial locus 4
of energy within a human being.

  Perennialist Psychology, as we've seen, is the esoteric science of the soul. The soul is the source of all energy in the being of a human. Perennialist Psychology instructs initiates in how to receive, store, and transmit spiritual, psychic, intellectual, sexual, and emotional energy.

  Our personal energy convergence points are centres of reception and radiation at the same time. The energy waves from the One Quintessence sustain us and are manifested in our separate frequency transmission. Our individual essence maintains itself by passing Higher Energy pulsations through it. The instant when the Higher Energy flows through us is our moment of absolute unity with divinity. The individual power which occasions the flow through of Higher Energy is composed of the sureness of our belief in the existence of this greater force.

  One of the best ways to begin understanding the various centres in humans is through visual representation of the flow of energy through these centres. The first image above of the woman sitting in a full lotus position illustrates some of the physical or psychic energy centres in the human body. The second, animated image of a man sitting in the lotus position illustrates the reception, storing, and transmission of supersensible-terrestrial energy. The image to the right illustrates the activation and storing of energy.

  Work in the sexual center can be represented by the two images below.

Energy is being activated in the vaginal-sexual centre and then flows to the intellectual or mental centre

Energy is being activated in the breast-sexual centre and then sent out of the body horizontally

Energy is received from above, passes through the body, and radiates in the intellectual or mental centre

Energy is activated in the heart-emotion centre, then transmitted from person to person

Energy is activated in the intellectual or mental centre, then radiates out in all directions

Energy is activated in all the centres, then radiates from the intellectual or
mental centre

  Knowledge and skill in Perennialist Psychology makes a Perennialist teacher capable of understanding how knowledge-energy can be invisibly transmitted to persons who read and study Perennialist material.

  The knowledge-energy of this essay is being psychically and spiritually transmitted to the inner essence or Soul of you the reader, irrespective of the present state of your intellectual or emotional development. Your Soul is able to understand and assimilate what this essay is conveying. No matter what happens to you, no matter how exalted or depraved you become, your Soul remains your inner essence and possesses powers of comprehension and assimilation beyond your surface self. Your Soul (Higher Self) will be able to understand and apply the knowledge and force this essay transmits to you in ways that will be invisible to you.

  Perennialist teachers, using Perennialist Psychology concepts and practices, assist those persons who come to the honest realization that they have not developed their surface selves to the point of having attained ordinary, surface-understanding of their world or their selves.

  Persons who have come in contact with Perennialist teachings, as in reading an essay such as this, will have an inner sense--from their souls' inner understanding--that will , for them, make the knowledge and force of the essay clearly stand out as unmistakably possessing the inner essence of Truth--no matter how new or unusual the knowledge revealed by the essay might be to the reader.


1 Science: a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about terrestrial and supersensible reality

2 Soul: "Despite the soul's fall there lingers in it, although in a condition of atrophy and enchantment, a residual germ of that divine principle which once wholly actuated it; a germ capable of being so stimulated into activity as to raise the personal consciousness even to the point of unity and identity with the Universal Mind and through the healing efficacy of that principle's transmuting potencies, to effect such an organic change in the psychical, and even the physical parts of our present frail and imperfect nature as will bring them into a divinised condition." Mary A. Atwood, Hermetic Philosophy and Alchemy, 1850, 1960

3 The British spelling of this word is chosen to set the word apart from the more commonplace word, "center." Centre: the most important place in the respect specified, the point from which an activity or process is directed or on which it is focused

4 Locus: A locality; a place, a center or focus of great activity, energy, or intense concentration, Mathematics: the set or configuration of all points whose coordinates satisfy a single equation of one or more algebraic conditions