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The Goal of Psychotherapy

Words from a master.

Some number of years ago Maharishi Mahesh Yogi wrote about the purpose of psychology and psychotherapy, and what the goals of the field should be. Here are his thoughts:

  1. Making the mind strong.
  2. Enlarging the conscious capacity of the mind.
  3. Enabling a person to use his or her full mental potential.
  4. Bringing out techniques whereby all latent faculties of the mind might be unfolded.
  5. Bringing greater contentment, peace, and inner happiness, with greater efficiency and creativity in each individual.
  6. Brining the power of concentration, increased willpower, and the ability to maintain inner poise and peace, even while busily engaged in outside activity.
  7. Develping self-confidence, power of tolerance, clear thinking, and greater power of thought.
  8. Establishing the mind in eternal freedom and peace in God consciousness under all circumstances in the midst of all activity and silence of relative existence.


Maharishi brought a technique to the West - Transcendental Meditation - that would support the goals of psychology.
The ultimate fulfillment of psychology lies in enabling the individual mind to tune itself and remain tuned to the cosmic mind, in bringing a fast coordination of the individual mind with the cosmic mind, so that all the activity of the individual mind is in comformity with the cosmic evolution and with the purpose of cosmic life.


Love opens all doors, no matter how closed they may be, no matter how rusty from lack of use. Your work is to bring unity and harmony, to open all doors which have been closed for a long time. Have patience and tolerance. Open your heart all the time.


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Samantha Smithstein, Psy.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist and co-founder of the Pathways Institute for Impulse Control in San Francisco.


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