There are many ways in which we experience the spiritual. And the names for it are infinite, knowing no boundaries or limits. Some of us call it God, others of us denounce that name as unrealistic, too limiting. What we most likely have in common is that when “spiritual” occurs we know something out of the ordinary has happened. And that something usually means our reality, and often our self, has been challenged or changed. This is sometimes for the moment, sometimes for a while, but always with significance if we can understand and incorporate it into our lives.
As a former Vermont licensed psychologist-master for nearly forty years, and being on a spiritual path for the majority of that time, I have had my share of spiritual moments. And, as might be expected my personal and professional research into them has yielded many insights into the nature of reality and the workings of the mind. These have served to guide me personally on my own spiritual journey, and have enabled me to assist others on theirs. I consider myself a psychospiritual philosopher, teacher, and guide. My approach is best characterized as Transmodern, a present era combination of body-mind consciousness principles, general philosophy, and religious and spiritual traditions.
This approach has guided me well in formulating a coherent and eclectic, some might say integral, approach to spirituality. Useful principles and practices have emerged that assist me in understanding and applying the major elements that all major religions and spiritual traditions teach: a pragmatic understanding of reality from earthly life to the mysterious divine; a comprehensive definition of self which transcends and includes individuality; a social-ethical standard for human behavior; a statement about existence after biological death; and, practices for using these wisdom teachings to further one’s spiritual emergence. You are encouraged to read the Overview of the Transmodern Spirituality Paradigm page for a more detailed description of my approach.
Of course none of us on the spiritual path go it alone. I have been fortunate to have close friends and colleagues who have explored and learned with me, sharing what we have learned from our personal experiences. This sharing, along with both teachings I’ve attended and from presentations I’ve given, have fostered my spirituality, enabling me to be clear about my spiritual objectives, and to practice in a focused meaningful manner.
With No Perfect Om, and its companion site One Perfect Om I intend to lend support to those committed to personal growth and spiritual development, and to provide the opportunity for others to understand my worldview as it informs my approach to the psychospiritual teaching and guidance I offer. On No Perfect Om you will find articles and brief essays on topics related to psychological well-being and fulfillment in general, and in matters directly related to religious and spiritual development. Additionally there are articles and essays on important spiritual topics and practices from various traditions, most often presented in integrated psychological and spiritual terms, but sometimes not. Articles are distinguished from essays by providing the reader questions to further explore the topic. My reflections, usually in the form of poetry, aphorisms, and stories may also be used to convey wisdom useful for the path. Issues and problems one faces in life, and particularly on the spiritual journey, are also described in the hopes of enhancing one’s comprehension of these challenges, making it easier to transition through them, or to seek appropriate assistance in doing so. Wisdom quotations are provided for the reader to reflect on the work of those who have come before us, their contribution to our lives and all of humanity. Additionally, there is a glossary of terms the reader will find useful, as well as a suggested reading and references list of titles I believe are essential reading. One Perfect Om provides ordered listings regarding personal growth and success, meaning, and spiritual development. Consider it a site of enumerated psychospiritual concepts, principles, and practices organized in easy to browse lists.
And of course, I invite your ideas and comments in the hopes we may have a meaningful dialogue that furthers the growth and spiritual development of all who participate.
Robert A. Reimondi, M.A.
204 Rue du Saint-Sacrement
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1W5