What is Transpersonal Psychology?

What is Transpersonal Psychology?
The Blog of Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD

I view the world through a Transpersonal (Spiritual) Psychology framework. Each individual is a unique unity of mind, emotions, heart, body, and soul. Respect is given to the entire person, all possibilities of being, and experiences that are beyond the ordinary, ego, personality, and self.

Talk therapies, medications, and conventional treatments do not work for everyone as healing often needs to occur at a deeper level. Many times talk therapies and medications are Band-Aids and do not get to the root of the problem. Some healing providers, as a consequence of their training, overlook the fact that clients consist of mind, body, energy, and spirit. The Biomedicine approach fails to acknowledge the spiritual, energetic, and transcendent aspects of the individual. We all have the potential to heal, no matter how deep our wounds may be. Powerful methods of psychological, emotional, and spiritual healing are largely non-verbal; art, music, dance, meditative/altered/trance states, and bodywork/energy work. The language of the soul/psyche is symbols, images, colors, vibrations, feelings, and patterns; we communicate this without words. Art, music, and dance are gateways to the unconsciousness and can facilitate deep healing, self-awareness, and transcendence.

From Psychology Today: “Unlike most forms of psychotherapy that concentrate on improving mental health, transpersonal therapy takes a more holistic approach, addressing mental, physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual needs, with an emphasis on the role of a healthy spirit in healing. To facilitate healing and growth, transpersonal therapy places great emphasis on honesty, open-mindedness, and self-awareness on the part of the therapist as well as the client.

Transpersonal therapy is used to treat anxiety, depression, addictions, phobias, and other mood and behavioral problems. Those who are open to exploring their spiritual side, becoming more spiritually aware, or finding a spiritual path, or who are having trouble finding meaning in their life, may benefit from transpersonal therapy.

Transpersonal therapists use meditation, guided visualization, hypnotherapy, dream work, art, music, journaling, mindfulness practices, and other techniques that can help you explore your spiritual self and create meaning in your life. With the therapist’s guidance, you will find, build, and expand on your inner strengths and resources to create a more balanced life and a healthier state of mind.

Transpersonal therapy is a holistic healing intervention that evolved from the humanistic work of American psychologist Abraham Maslow in the 1960s. It integrates traditional spiritual rituals into modern psychology and emphasizes positive influences and role models rather than concentrating on negative experiences. This intervention is based on the idea that humans are more than mind and body but are also composed of intangible, or transcendent, factors that make up the whole person. Just as your mind and body sometimes require treatment, your spirituality and other intangible aspects of yourself often require healing of a sort. A transpersonal therapist may draw from a variety of different religions and spiritual practices for tools and methods that can help you explore various levels of consciousness and use your spirituality to guide you through troubled time.”

I (Christina Wilke-Burbach) am a consultant, educator, spiritual counselor, and holistic healing facilitator with 23 years of experience and education in natural health, psychology, and spirituality.  I specialize in women’s wellness and spiritual psychology.  The majority of my clients are empaths, intuitives, sensitives, psychics, mediums, healers, lightworkers, modern mystics, deeply spiritual individuals, and individuals experiencing a spiritual awakening.  I use holistic approaches that treat the whole person.  I do not practice western psychology, psychotherapy, psychological counseling, or psychiatry; I do not give diagnosis or labels or provide psychological treatment. I am not a medical doctor, licensed psychologist or mental health therapist, and do not accept insurance.  I am a spiritual counselor; combining psychology, spirituality, and intuition into her healing appointments. I have a PhD in Health Psychology, Training in Transpersonal Psychology (I have taken classes and trainings with the co-founder of the field of Transpersonal Psychology Stan Grof MD, PhD) , a Masters Degree in Psychology, a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology, but I am an Alternative Medicine Provider, Holistic Healing Facilitator, Consultant, and Educator, not a behavioral health counselor or psychotherapist. My services can greatly complement Western psychological, counseling, psychiatric, and social work services clients may be receiving.  Holistic Healing can also be a great alternative to traditional counseling and traditional mental health care. Think of me as an alternative counselor. My experience working in the Western mental health and psychology field and my own personal healing experience has taught me that talk therapies and medications do not work for everyone and healing occurs at a deeper level.  Western Psychology also fails to acknowledge the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the psyche. In my healing appointments, I utilize a combination of energy medicine, counseling, chakra psychology, spirituality, Transpersonal Psychology, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, artwork, music, movement, intuitive readings, mind/body techniques, and natural health consultation.  I specialize in women’s wellness and can best address:

  • Major Life Changes and Life Transitions
  • Feeling lost and/or unbalanced
  • Women seeking wellness, life purpose, transformation, enlightenment, spiritual development, and personal growth. 
  • Women sensitive to others’ energy (Empaths)
  • Spiritual Awakenings and Spiritual Emergence
  • Women having psychic, mystical, and unexplainable experiences
  • Stress, burnout, fatigue, & exhaustion
  • Depression, Anxiety, Mood Imbalance
  • Grief & Loss 
  • Emotional Concerns
  • Substance Abuse
  • Relationship Concerns, Family Concerns, Parenting Concerns
Me (Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD) with the co-founder of the field of Transpersonal Psychology Stan Grof MD, PhD

Services I offer include:

  • Spiritual Mentoring
  • Spiritual Psychology and Spiritual Counseling
  • Reiki and other Energy Healing Modalities
  • Tarot and other Intuitive Readings (Palm, Oracle, Astrology etc)
  • Chakra Psychology, Chakra Readings, Chakra Balancing
  • Past Life Regressions, Future Life Progressions, and Between Lives Regressions
  • Journeys to the Akashic Records
  • Hypnosis and Guided Meditation
  • Intuitive Development

I also facilitate and host a monthly support group (The Goddess Gathering) for women experiencing a spiritual awakening.

Here is a great article that further discusses Transpersonal Psychology:

“What is Transpersonal Psychology & Can it Change The World?”

Article Below Written by Johnny Stork, MSc on Nov 13, 2019

Transpersonal (beyond-ego/self) psychology — also known as the Fourth Force of psychology — has been around formally for over 50 years and has its roots in the humanistic psychology movement of the 50’s and 60’s. Although the field was formally established around 1967, the term “transpersonal” was first used in print by William James in 1905 and the role of spiritualself-transcendent and exceptional states of consciousness in human psychology and wellness, date back even further.

Transpersonal psychology — sometimes called “spiritual psychology” or the “psychology of spirituality” — is the evolution of the humanistic and person-centered psychology movement popularized by Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers in the middle of the 20th Century. Walsh & Vaugh, (1993) define the transpersonal as “experiences in which the sense of self extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche or cosmos” (p. 203). After reviewing over 200 citations in the literature, Lajoi & Shaprio (1992) defined transpersonal psychology as being “concerned with the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness” (p. 91).

Transpersonal psychology is also a whole-person (holistic) psychology which embraces the important role of self-transcendent states, mystical states, psychedelic experiences and other forms of non-ordinary and exceptional states of consciousness in fostering personal transformationwell-being and optimal human flourishing. These exceptional and self-transcendent or awakening states have been linked to increased altruism, compassion and other pro-social behaviours, begging the question “can transpersonal psychology save the world?” In this article I will present a snapshot of the history behind the development of transpersonal psychology (mentioning only the key figures) and present a very simple, but logically consistent argument for the role which transpersonal psychology might play in changing the world for the better.

History of Transpersonal Psychology

Freudian psychology and behaviorism — sometimes called the First and Second Force’s in psychology respectively — were the two dominant branches of psychology in America around the middle of the twentieth century. During this time, criticism was also growing around the limitations of psychoanalysis or behaviorism to adequately explain the breadth of human experiences and behaviors. Pioneers like Abraham Maslow felt that many of the uniquely human qualities such as love, morality, religion, spirituality, art or extreme and non-ordinary states of consciousness could not be adequately explained by either psychoanalysis or behaviorism. And, other important and defining uniquely human experiences like self-consciousness and introspection were completely ignored (Grof, 2008). Maslow felt that these uniquely human conditions which define many of our meaningful experiences in life, were left out of the two dominant schools of psychology at the time.

Maslow’s (and Anthony Sutich’s) solution during the early 1950’s, was the creation of the “Third Force” of psychology better known as humanistic psychology. Humanistic psychology honored and embraced consciousness, introspection and the other uniquely human qualities which were left out of psychoanalysis and behaviorism. This new holistic and multi-modal approach to psychology also shifted the emphasis from the dysfunction-based models of psychoanalysis, and the animal-research basis of behaviorism, to an approach focused on growthwellnesshuman potentialself-actualization and the interdependence of mind and body (Grof, 2008). Humanistic psychology with its more integrated, multi-modal and holistic (whole-person) approach which celebrated these more positive aspects of the human experience, soon became the dominant model of psychology in North America. Another well-known humanist at the same time embracing these positive aspects of human psychology was Carl Rogers who defined his self-actualization model around what he termed the fully functioning person. Roger’s theories around self-actualization and the fully functioning person, later formed the basis of his Client-Centred Therapy approach to psychotherapy. (Rogers, 1959).

During the 1960’s and into the 1970’s — a period when the humanistic theories of Maslow and Rogers were popular — there was an explosion of interest into Eastern philosophies, psychedelics, shamanism, meditation, mystical states and other ancient wisdom practices. This renaissance of interest into spiritual, ritualistic and transcendent human states drew attention to the fact that even the new holistic and humanistic psychology was still missing a number of critical human characteristics and states of non-ordinary consciousness which often had deeply significant and even transformational effects. Both Sutich and Maslow grew dissatisfied with the framework they had created for humanistic psychology and felt that what was still missing in their holistic approach to psychology, were these spiritual and transcendent aspects of consciousness and human experience (Sutich, 1976). Maslow and Sutich felt that any comprehensive approach to psychology “had to include observations from such areas as mystical states, cosmic consciousness, psychedelic experiences, trance phenomena, creativity, and religious, artistic, and scientific inspiration” (Grof, 2008, p. 47).

In 1967, a working-group consisting of Abraham Maslow, Anthony Sutich, Stanislav Grof, James Fadiman, Miles Vich and Sonya Margulies met in California with the goal of defining and creating a new Fourth Force of psychology (transpersonal) which would embrace the full spectrum of human experience, including the non-ordinary, self-transcendent states of consciousness which had been shown to play such a significant role in exceptional states, psychedelics, contemplative practices and thousands of years of ancient wisdom traditions (Grof, 2008). The psychological significance of these exceptional, non-ordinary and transpersonal states of consciousness which spurred the creation of a Fourth Force in psychology, is further apparent when we consider that Maslow revised his most familiar and popular model of human motivation and needs — the Hierarchy of Needs pyramid — to include self-transcendence (Mark & Koltko-Rivera, (2006).

A few years after that fateful meeting in 1967 with Maslow, Suttich, Grof and others, in 1969 the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology began publication and in 1971 the Association for Transpersonal Psychology was established, which recently celebrated it’s 50 Year AnniversaryTranspersonal psychology had finally arrived!

Revising Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Most people are familiar with Maslow’s original Hierarchy of Needs (HON) which defines a pyramidal model of human motivation beginning with the drive to meet our most basic Physiological and Safety needs. Once our basic physiological and safety needs are met, we can then focus on making connections with others (Love/Belonging) and meeting Esteem needs (accomplishments). At the very pinnacle of human motivation in Maslow’s original HON, is Self Actualization. Self Actualization, unlike the previous stages which are motivated to meet a particular need, is motivated by a desire to GROW, to achieve one’s full potential, to excel in one’s career, artistic expression, writing, music or other passions.

Maslow’s Initial Hierarchy of Needs


Maslow’s HON’s is one of the most recognized models of human motivation and continues to be standard reading for most undergraduate or college psychology programs. However, with the realization that higher and non-ordinary states of consciousness play a fundamental role in human flourishing and well-being, combined with the formal development of transpersonal psychology in the late 60’s, Abraham Maslow REVISED his original HON in the early 70’s. Maslow placed Self Transcendence above Self Actualization as the highest level of human motivation, needs and conscious experience (Mark & Koltko-Rivera, 2006).

Maslow’s Revised Hierarchy of Needs


It should be noted that the addition of Self Transcendence to Maslow’s HON was a RADICAL change from the original model. Each level of the original HON was defined by motivations and actions which represented fundamentally self-serving physical, safety, belonging and personal accomplishment needs. Self TRANSCENDENCE on the other hand, literally refers to states, motivations and actions which transcend (go beyond) the individual self.

Awakening Experiences

Self-transcendent states are also one aspect of what are known as “awakening” experiences. Often misunderstood and historically attributed to religious or spiritual practices, these “awakening” experiences have recently been shown to occur most often outside a religious or spiritual context (Taylor, 2012). These “awakening” experiences are typically evoked by psychological trauma, contact with nature, spiritual/contemplative practices like meditation and even through engagement with spiritual literature (Taylor, 2012).

In his more recent research, Taylor (2017) also identified a number of common characteristics of the “awakening” experience such as a sense of harmony and meaningdissolution of ego or self-transcendence, along with an increased sense of connection and unity. These increased perceptions of unity, connection and egolessness were also accompanied by an increase in pro-social behaviours like altruism, compassion and other activities associated with service to others.

Bringing us back to current times, the recent explosion of interest in meditation & mindfulness as well as psychedelics and the science behind their ability to trigger transpersonal states and self-transcendence, has only increased awareness of, and interest in, transpersonal psychology. Transpersonal principles are also spreading to other areas like psychotherapy, psychiatry, coaching, education, business etc. Today, awareness of transpersonal psychology as a branch/evolution of psychology continues to grow globally. New schools are popping up which offer courses along with undergraduate and graduate programs. Transpersonal methods and principles are also showing up in traditional psychology programs and courses around the world.

Can Transpersonal Psychology Change The World?

Although transpersonal psychology evolved out of the humanistic and positive psychology movements around the middle of the last last century, and represents the Fourth Force in the study of human psychology and behavior, it’s relevance and value today would seem to extend much further. For instance, in the past decade or more there has been an explosive growth of scientific investigations into the psychological nature of spirituality and the characteristics or states which contribute to human flourishing and thriving (Kor, Pirutinsky, Mikulincer, Shoshani & Miller, 2019). Transpersonal psychology — also called “spiritual” psychology or the “psychology of spirituality” — is at the forefront of this research and is leading the way in identifying the conditions and practices which may contribute to the non-ordinaryself-transcendent and awakening states which occur most often outside a religious or spiritual context, as well as within them (Taylor, 2017).

(1) Transpersonal psychology is leading the way in the study of spirituality and the non-ordinary states of consciousness, awakening and self-transcendence linked to human flourishing and well-being.

Transpersonal psychology (and other supporting fields), have helped to validate the existence and psychological benefits of non-ordinary states of consciousness such as awakening and self-transcendence, previously dismissed and linked to spiritual or religious practices.

(2) Transpersonal psychology — through embracing and researching previously dismissed awakening, non-ordinary and self-transcendent states of consciousness — may bring us one step closer to bridging the historical divide between science and spirituality/religion.

The recent renaissance of interest into the medical, psychological and transformational benefits of psychedelics, has also increased public awareness of these awakeningself-transcendent and non-ordinary states of consciousness and their important role in fostering well-being and flourishing.

(3) Transpersonal psychology — literally “beyond-self” psychology — with its long history of embracing self-transcendence, awakening and other non-ordinary states of consciousness, is perfectly positioned to support further research into the use of psychedelics in therapeutic and coaching environments geared towards self-improvement, transformation, flourishing and well-being.

These awakeningnon-ordinary and self-transcendent states embraced by transpersonal psychology, which can be induced by various psychedelic substances and which are described in many religious and spiritual traditions, also appear to be strongly linked to pro-social behaviors which foster cooperation and harmony within a community (Kor et al, 2019; Taylor, 2017).

(4) Therefore, transpersonal psychology in practice, and transpersonal principles applied in other fields, may help us to better understand how to foster individual well-being, flourishing and even the conditions for self-transcendence which have been linked to increased pro-social behaviors, potentially leading to increased social harmony and a better world.

Closing Comments

Although (not yet) widely recognized by the public, or even consistently defined in the field, transpersonal psychology — the Fourth Force in psychology — with roots solidly in humanistic and positive psychology, has always been very much at the forefront of the science’s behind happinesswell-being and flourishing. Transpersonal psychology is literally defined by it’s embrace of and explorations into, the highest potentials of non-ordinary consciousness and self-transcendent states which have been linked to pro-social behaviors like altruism, compassion and service. The recent and explosive growth of interest in psychedelics has also increased public awareness of the wellness and transformational potential of the self-transcendent states they can evoke. When combined with the growing interest in reconciling ancient wisdom traditions, religion and spirituality with science, transpersonal psychology seems poised to become even more relevant in the future. Potentially even helping to create the paradigm shift which may be necessary in order to bridge the divide between science and spirituality/religion. One of the key figures in the history of transpersonal psychology, Stanislav Grof, put it this way:

Western science is approaching a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions, one that will change our concepts of reality and of human nature, bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, and reconcile the differences between Eastern spirituality and Western pragmatism.” (Grof, 1985. p 16)

So, can transpersonal psychology change the world for the better? It already has!


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The term “healer”

“A healer is not someone that you go to for healing. A healer is someone that triggers within you, your own ability to heal yourself.” ~unknown


Those who have taken classes with me or have worked with me know that I am not a fan of the term “healer.” I think it encourages the “magic wand syndrome” in which others come to us expecting to miraculously be healed or cured. When you use the term “healer,” to me, it implies healing is a passive process in which the health care practitioner does all the work. The locus of control is shifted externally instead of internally. With healing, the only one who can heal you is yourself. Ultimately, it up to you to take responsibility for your own health and well-being, your thoughts, your lifestyle, and your diet. In order to heal and improve health, YOU NEED to be willing to change and make modifications to your lifestyle.  As a practitioner, I definitely prefer to use the terms “healing facilitator” or “wellness coach/cheerleader.” Our job is to empower our clients and give them the tools and coping skills to change their own life.

Love and Light,

~Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach ~


emPATHETIC vs. Empowered Empath

Dirty%20AuraIf you are in the spiritual, metaphysical, healing arts, energy medicine, or personal growth fields, I’m sure you have heard the term ‘empath’ or ’empathy,’ particularly from others using this term to describe themselves.


The empathy people are speaking of is actually ‘Clair-empathy.’  This is literally the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they are feeling. ‘Clair’ means clear and is the prefix used to describe intuitive and psychic abilities. Clairsentience is clear feeling (feeling the spirit/energy world), clairvoyance is clear sight (seeing the spirit/energy world), clairaudience is clear hearing (hearing the spirit/energy world), and clairempathy is clear emotion (feeling emotions from the spirit/energy world).


Clairempathy is the intuitive ability of the heart chakra and allows you to tap into other’s emotions and feelings and clearly feel them as if they were your own. Often times people are unaware they have this ability and/or are not skilled in working with it. They can get confused with where certain emotions are coming from and with what is happening. This can feel absolutely overwhelming and draining. Some empaths may find that they take on the emotions or symptoms of others. Being in large crowds, or around negative people can be uncomfortable and difficult. It can empty our battery and make us constantly tired and fatigued.  Empaths often are diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. But, are the negative emotions they feel their own or someone else’s? If this describes you, it is important to ask yourself where your feelings are coming from, particularly if you feel an emotion or physical symptom come on suddenly. Learn to distinguish and differentiate between your emotions and the emotions of others. Do not own others’ emotions. Do not take on their energy. Stay detached.


Empathy can be both a blessing and a curse depending on how you view it and what you do about it. The ability to truly understand someone and what they are feeling is the foundation of being an exceptional healing facilitator. Someone who utilizes and experiences their gift of empathy is empathetic. But empaths need to learn to turn up the volume when appropriate and turn it down to control their empathy and not let it control them.


According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of ‘pathetic’ is “causing feelings of sadness and sympathy.” When individuals become aware they are empaths and let themselves become victim to their empathy, allowing it to immobilize them and stay stuck and miserable, I call this emPATHETIC…. sadness and misery from having the gift of empathy.  Individuals complain and feel burdened by their empathy and do not learn skills to cope with being an empath. They allow it to torture them.  I have even seen clients allows their empathy to control them as a way to get sympathy from others as well as make excuses for bad behaviors…. “but I am an empath!!!”  Remember, you don’t have to feel like shit if you don’t want to. You can have 100% control over the way you feel.


I have worked in the counseling and psychology field for over 18 years. I specialized in addition counseling and dual diagnosis before moving into personal growth, spiritual psychology, and positive psychology in 2008. In all my previous client sessions with individuals with addiction, depression, personality disorders, etc, I have never seen anything render clients as helpless as EMPATHY. They become frozen and consumed. They are constantly tired because not only do they take on other’s energy and emotions, but they also give away their energy.


I too have clairempathy, but I do not let it control my life. Other’s negative energy/emotions can only effect you if you let it. Stop giving away your sunshine and your power. Reclaim your power and your energy. You don’t have to use empathy as a label and become a self-fulfilling prophesy of misery and stay stuck. Become an EMPOWERED EMPATH, not emPATHETIC!!



Dr. Christina’s Tips for Empowered Empaths:

1). Practice good energy hygiene. Just as many people shower or bathe their physical body most days you must also bathe your energetic body (aura). Cleanse your energy field every day. Smudging, meditation techniques, energywork, crystals, etc. It doesn’t matter what technique you use as long as you believe it works, have the intent that is works, and use it every day.  A technique that I like to do is called Release and Recover. I close my eyes and visualize or somehow become aware of my aura, the collection of energy around me. I scan my aura and identify pieces that don’t belong to me. I ask my angels/guides/the universe to send those pieces of energies back to their owners and release that energy and visualize the energy leaving my aura. Then I recover my energy that I have unintentionally given to others. I ask my angles/guides to bring back my pieces of energy that I have given away. I visualize those energies coming back to me and entering my aura. Then I clearly say to myself that “I am whole and complete. All pieces of the puzzle are put back together again.”


2). Practice energy protection and shielding techniques. A healthy aura is a collection of all of YOUR energies…not bits and pieces of others. A simple protection technique is a bubble of protection. Visualize a protective bubble of energy….kind of like a sleeping bag. It can be any color you wish, whatever comes to mind as being protective. I usually use purple, but that’s just me. Visualize yourself stepping into this bubble of protective energy, and pulling it up and around you. Pull it all the way over your head so you are completely encased in its protective warmth. Then “zip” it up, just like a sleeping bag. You are now encased in a protective bubble of energy. Then I program my bubble with my intent. “This is my bubble of protective energy. It protects me and keep me safe from unwanted energy. It keeps my energy to myself and keeps others’ energies off me.”


3). Practice having good energy boundaries. Learn where you begin and end and where others begin and end. My energy is mine and belongs to me. I love you, but I will not give you my energy, nor will I take on your energy. Have this as a clear intent. Remember, intent is everything. Energy flows where thoughts go.


4). Practice good physical, interpersonal, and emotional boundaries. Unfortunately, I have found many who let their empathy control them have poor emotional, physical, and relationship boundaries. Practice assertiveness. Learn that it is ok to say no if you don’t want to do something. Don’t let others touch you without your permission. Put yourself first….always. You can’t pour from an empty cup.


5). Be careful with your words and how you speak to yourself. Thinking thoughts like “I feel sorry for them,” gives your energy away to others. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves.


6). Consider learning a form of energy healing, such as Reiki, to increase your vibration and to help you learn how to channel energy. You never want to give someone your own energy. We want to be channels. Healing energy that we send to others comes from the divine or mother earth. It should not come directly from us.


7). For those people who work with clients and patients, particularly hands-on-healing facilitators who touch clients (nurses, massage therapists, etc) and energy workers and psychics/mediums/intuitives, it is important to separate from your clients when you are done working with them. Cut all psychic ties with the client and separate your aura from the client’s aura. Declare to yourself that the healing session/reading is over.


Remember, you have ultimate control!! I wish you much love and light on your journey!

~Dr. Christina


ABOUT DR CHRISTINA WILKE-BURBACH: Christina is a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, wellness consultant, Reiki Master Teacher, ordained minister, light worker, intuitive, and an Awakening Your Light Body Graduate. Her business is Mind, Soul, and Self LLC based in Wisconsin. She specializes in Holistic Healing and Women’s Wellness. She facilitates women’s wellness retreats, sees clients for individual counseling and healing sessions, and teaches a number of classes and certifications in aromatherapy, herbs, holistic healing, the chakras, Reiki, and Spiritual Psychology. She has a PhD in Health Psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, 2 bachelor degrees in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Sociology. Christina has studied with Stan Grof MD, PhD, co-founder of the field of Transpersonal Psychology. She has presented at academic conferences and has taught hundreds of classes, workshops, and group sessions throughout the Midwest and beyond. She is a published author and award winning researcher and healthcare provider. She combines science with intuition. She strongly believes in empowering others to heal themselves. For more information, please visit: https://mindsoulandself.com/

Aroma Reading for April 2016

Aroma Reading for April 2016
By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA



The intuitive essential oil for the month of April is Inula (Inula Graveolens). Inula is in the daisy/sunflower family and has a sweet medicinal but floral and intoxicating, powerful aroma. My husband and I were both pretty sick the past few weeks and I was drawn to use Inula (a few drops on a cotton pad and inhale for a few minutes at a time throughout the day). Inula is antibacterial, mucolytic, expectorant, antitussive, and an antihistamine. It is a great respiratory oil and helpful for head colds, coughs, congestion, and asthma.  There are no known hazards or contraindications with this oil. Please do not confuse it with the hazardous oil Inula helenium (elecampane). If Inula is distilled in a copper still, it will turn a beautiful emerald, turquoise, green color. This is a more expensive oil, but is so potent only a drop or two is needed. Due to its aroma, I personally prefer to use it by itself instead of in blends.

My Inula forecast for April 2016: Inula’s aroma, vibration, chemistry, and deep turquoise green color resonate with the higher heart chakra; the healers’ chakra located between the heart and throat. The higher heart asks you to think of how your actions impact not yourself, not others, but all of humanity. The higher heart is also a chakra of transition. Inula asks you to explore your role in helping move humanity forward during these turbulent times. Are you part of the problem or the solution? We are at a pivotal point in our collective journey right now. Be wise with your behaviors and decisions.


Blend and Meditation for the Higher Heart Chakra
• One drop Inula
• One drop Ho wood (or Rosewood)
• One drop Thyme


Place drops of oil on a cotton ball or cotton pad.
Close your eyes and deeply breathe in the aroma. Put your awareness and your attention on the higher heart chakra. Visualize healing energy coming directly from source/divine/heavens down through your crown chakra….through your third eye…..through your throat….through to the Higher Heart… Allow compassion to build up within your higher heart….allow unconditional love for all to build up in your higher heart…….. ….You are completely full of higher heart chakra energy. Have the intent that you want to send healing energy to help heal the world and all of humanity. Feel your higher heart chakra expanding and getting larger and larger…..its filling your entire chest, your entire body……Feel the expansion of your higher heart chakra to encompass everything in the room, outside the room, all the way to the center of the earth all the way around and completely covering the earth. Feel your turquoise higher heart energy healing the world.


When you are ready, bring your higher heart energy back into your center. Relax…..breathe in and breathe out…return to normal space and time. Namaste

Aroma Readings are a divination technique using essential oils developed by Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher.  She offers individual Aroma Readings and spreads as well as teaches Aroma Readings in her level 2 ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ certification series. Interested in learning more about aromatherapy and essential oils? Christina offers face to face, live , and recorded self-study aromatherapy classes and aromatherapy level 1 and 2 certifications. Join Dr. Christina for the ‘Holistic Healing with Herbs’ series on 100 acres of the Kettle Moraine in West Bend, WI starting May 14, 2016: https://mindsoulandself.com/herb_classes_wisconsin_illinois/