I am happy to be able to invite you to an unprecedented event in Latvia and the Baltics - the Annual Transpersonal Conference, which will take place in Europe for the 14th time.
Transpersonal psychology emphasizes the importance of spirituality and creativity in the development of personality. Latvian national culture, which is still very much alive and often an integral part of everyday life, holds spirituality in high esteem. Latvian folk songs, " Dainas", are evidence of this, with their meditative nature, vibrational energy, content saturated with symbols, rituals related to the solstice and fire, an increasing interest in ancient Latvian signs and symbols, the retention of healing knowledge in folk medicine, close ties with nature, and the direction of youth popular culture, based on ethnic arts and ancient rituals.
Transpersonal psychology originated in the U.S.A., and then this branch of humanistic psychology came to Western Europe. It is generally presumed that spirituality largely comes directly from the east. The Baltics are a bridge between Western societies and Eastern countries, and Latvia - between Lithuania and Estonia. It is probably no coincidence that transpersonal psychology arrives in post-Soviet society through Latvia, with the friendly support of the transpersonal associations in Lithuania, Estonia and other countries of the world. Poverty during the Soviet period taught Latvians to solve problems creatively and to survive in difficult situations. In the European context all of these factors undoubtedly influence our thinking and psychological well-being; they serve as a basis for discussion and an exchange of experiences with other national experts.
What do we have in common, what is distinctive? How can we speak about spirituality and creativity, whilst retaining a scientific approach to these phenomena? What is the mission of transpersonal psychology in today's culture?
The legendary date 21st December 2012 is fast approaching. This is the ancient Mayan calendar end date, which seems to indicate the transition to a new era. Scientists speak about it with caution, politicians pretend to know nothing about it, and so this date is more myth than reality. People in the western world are pre-occupied with the economic crisis and look only to the recent past for solutions which for the main part are based on the paradigm of materialism.
At this conference, we invite you to look at spirituality and creative thinking as a resource that helps both to overcome psychological problems and to find "new horizons" in areas of life significant to us.