What is M.T.O. Sufi Psychology®?
...you can excavate the ultimate treasure which is within you, or you can spend all your time and energy on all the short-lived things of the earth, and remain empty-handed.
Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, Pir Oveyssi, in Sufism, The Reality of Religion
The Sufi Psychology of M.T.O.Shahmaghsoudi® is the Science of the Soul. It is a way to expand the current limitations of psychology to encompass the entirety of the human being. Through the principles of Sufism each individual can come to know his or her innermost self, the self which is much more than simply thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sufi Psychology is a method to reacquaint each individual with their true identity, the "I", which is the source of strength, resiliency, joy, and peace. In doing so, one moves past the habitual patterns of behavior, repetitive thought processes, and emotional reactivity to discover harmony, balance, and joy from within. As a result, outward relationships with family, friends, and community are also improved.
What is Sufi Psychotherapy?
Sufi Psychotherapy is the application and utilization of the Sufi principles and practices of M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® in the psychotherapeutic setting. The competent practice of M.T.O. Sufi Psychotherapy requires specific training and supervision, and is usually used in conjunction with other psychotherapeutic approaches.
How can I learn more about M.T.O. Sufi Psychology®?
Since each individual is unique, the most effective way to learn is through personal experience. There are several different means of experiential learning available, such as workshops, retreats, and Tamarkoz® classes (listed in the Events section). Reading provides useful introductory information, and suggestions are given on the Publications page. In addition, the M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi® website, mto.org, provides useful exercises and information on the spiritual base of Sufism and its broad perspective.
Truth can only be known when a person can transcend outward appearances to grasp the meaning within, because real intuition and cognition means one sees things as they are.
Professor Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha
How can M.T.O. Sufi Psychology® benefit me?
In a world where everyone is searching, be it for love, peace, joy, purpose, serenity, etc., Sufism directs the individual's focus inward. It is within where the answers, strength, and true unity lie. Once one's sense of stability comes from within, the outward struggles of day to day life seem less significant and they have less hold on a person. Stress is reduced, anxiety is diminished, and confidence in oneself is strengthened.
What does the Sufi Psychology Association do?
- The SPA holds workshops and conferences at various universities universities each year, in which participants enjoy an array of experiential learning activities.
- The SPA provides the educational portion of weekend retreats.
- The SPA provides credit for Tamarkoz® classes and workshops.
- The SPA publishes a semi-annual journal, Sufism: The Science of the Soul.
How can I join?
It’s easy. Just click on Join us now and fill out the online membership application. Your yearly membership fees help to support the conferences, retreats, workshops and other educational activities, including this website. Yearly membership includes a subscription to Sufism: The Science of the Soul and significantly reduced fees for all Sufi Psychology Association activities. Information about members is never shared, rented, nor sold.