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MANSFIELD — Dr. Walter Kania of Mansfield has penned his fifth book called “Spiritual Psychology.”

Kania, who worked as a clinical and consulting psychologist primarily in Mansfield for over 50 years, said this book is a continuation of his previous four: "Healthy Religion," "A Believable Bible," "A Credible Christianity" and "Spirituality Without Sin and Salvation."

Walter Kania

Walter Kania

Spiritual psychology, another term for transpersonal psychology, focuses on the transcendent self, he said.

He clarified, “Not the self we know as the ego or the body, but the essence of who we are. And who we basically are, are spiritual beings having a physical experience, not physical beings having a spiritual experience.”

He referenced mythologist Joseph Campbell, who used an analogy of a light bulb when talking about the transcendent self.

“You have the physical thing called the bulb, but if you don't have the light energy, you have nothing… When you think about the human body, when it stops working, what's left? That was the transcendent self that left,” he said.

This subject is one he’s delved deeply into over his lifetime and one he’s passionate about.

In his book he explores the “esoteric message that was given to us in the first century by Jesus,” he said.

He said Christianity is a fourth century religion that came from the Nicene Creed in 325 A.D., and that “it really gave a very bad rap to the teachings of Jesus.”

“By that, I mean, it came up with a lot things that had nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus and everything to do with the creation of a new religion.”

So what Kania aims to do with his book is recover or restore the inner teachings of Jesus, he said.

“Spiritual Psychology” will be available at Main Street Books, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Kania will have a book signing and review at Main Street Books on March 22 at 6 p.m.

Kania is a former USAF multi­engine pilot who was educated at Miami University, The Ohio State University, Texas Christian University, and received his Ph.D. degree at Michigan State University. He has held faculty positions in the at Texas Christian University, Bethany College, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Pittsburgh and The Ohio State University. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, a graduate theological seminary at Texas Christian University.

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