The Profile of Abhyasis
(Updated: February 11, 2008)
Give the floor to SRCMtm preceptor Wulliemier Ferdinand, one of the best representatives of SRCM and the SMSF. It is presented itself during a conference on "Medicine of the Third Millennium" organized by Strategic (19/01/97 Conference in Paris):
"My name is Ferdinand Wulliemier, I am established as a psychiatrist in private practice in Lausanne, (Switzerland) I teach at the Faculty of Medicine of Lausanne and the Centre for the Study of Families, which operates under the Department of Adult Psychiatry. I organize seminars and participated in the conference as a member of IASP [International Association of Psychiatry Spiritual]. I practice meditation since about 12 years and I try to incorporate my spiritual practice in my daily life, among other professional . "
At the conference, he reported the results of a study he conducted: "it covers a population of 54 people, over a period of 8 years, between 1988 and 1996. These 54 persons were patients that I I personally followed as a psychotherapist and that began to meditate or already meditating on the basis of Sahaj Marg yoga (...) there are no psychological problem or notorious somatic problems when people do psychotherapy before doing meditation."
"(...) Who are the people who are involved in a spiritual practice from a sociological point of view? Almost three-quarters are women. They are between 18 and 80 years, more rarely, with a maximum between 35 and 50. This allows us to make a link with the "the mid-life crisis" mentioned by CG Jung, that is around 35 years. What are their socio-cultural and professional backgrounds? Almost all seem represented, but it include an over representation of caregivers, teachers, but also to a lesser extent perhaps artists. "
"What is their evolutionary level, ie at what level of psychological functioning can we link them when they begin to meditate? Say at the outset that, according to this estimate, almost a quarter have done a psychotherapy before beginning a spiritual practice. A proper minority among them, about 30%, are the so-called "unstructured" If I take the psychiatric classification usual there include borderline personalities, borderline neurotic-and pre-borderline psychotic ( ...)".