“The striving for significance, this sense of yearning, always points out to us that all psychological phenomena contain a movement that starts from a feeling of inferiority and reach upward. The theory of Individual Psychology of psychological compensation states that the stronger the feeling of inferiority, the higher the goal for personal power.” (Alfred Adler)
This is not only an interesting quote, but Adler was and is an interesting psychologist. Adler (who acknowledged Nietzsche) postulated a single drive, which we would transpose in the Theoevolutionary Church (TC) as the Spirit-Will, or the Will to Godhood, the activating force behind evolution and the Kosmos, but also, as Adler suggests, the most important force in individual psychology. This “striving for perfection” in TC is the Will to Godhood in evolution.
Rather than the “will to meaning” of Dr Viktor Frankl, or the “will to pleasure” (pleasure principle) of Freud, or the “will to power” of Nietzsche and Adlerian psychology, we say that the primary motivational force in man is the Will to Godhood, or the Spirit-Will.
The interesting psychology comes in relating this primary drive socially as well as individually. All men, all groups have this drive to perfection, and how do we integrate them? Our answer, unlike Adler's socialism, is the Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism of the Theoevolutionary Church.
Here is another Adler quote: “God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection.”
*(From my essay) Theoevolutionary Church And Jungian Psychology
...The Priest's role in the Theoevolutionary Church, especially in the Outward Path is to understand the intentionality of the Spirit-Will, which the person is often unable to clearly comprehend, whereas in Jungian psychology, the therapist's role is to represent the intentions of the psyche and to see or understand the “Self”. The Priest needs to take the side of the Spirit-Will, whereas the psychoanalyst takes the side of the Unconscious.
In “Evolutionary Therapy,” the Priest would need to mediate a deal or balance between the Spirit-Will and the soul which the parishioner can live with. “Befriending” the spirit-will may be a task which could involve politically incorrect insights. Egotistical human life and modern values may seem limited in the face of the long evolution of the spirit to Godhood, beyond man, beyond superman, beyond angels and gods, all the way to Godhood.
When the spirit is blocked, It turns away from its central path. The Priest's “art” in TC is to help “release” the spirit into the energy of the person and society, making the energy of the spirit available for the individual and for society---like the martial arts, we can learn to use or turn the powerful force of the spirit away from hurting ourselves into helping ourselves, and helping our societies evolve.
Meanwhile the soul, which is the Zenith of the Mind and the ego, must maintain its task to intelligently help guide or “ride the tiger” of the spirit, even as the Soul needs to stop blocking the spirit. This is the desired balance. We need to befriend, not only the unconscious, but the spirit which activates the unconscious, and we need to correctly define the spirit and its direction.
We are not merely looking for the opposite of the ego, the contrary elements of our psyche, because androgynous balance is not the goal. The great goal of the Spirit-Will is the goal, which lies beyond us, beyond the human unconscious, at the Zenith of Evolution to Godhood. Whatever parts of our psyche seem opposed to the direction of the spirit-will need to be synthesized and balanced...