Camilo Gallardo IAAP, UKCP is a psychotherapist trained as a Jungian analyst and IFS therapist.
Camilo has a private psychotherapy and analytical psychology practice in Belsize Park, London NW3. He has also been a Jungian supervisor and training analyst for over 17 years.
Camilo moved to London from Chile with his family in the 70s and was schooled in the UK. As a late teenager, while working in Tokyo, Camilo visited a Zen temple in Kyoto where he consequently had his first real glimpse of the Ground of Being.
After returning to the UK in 1987, while studying acting in London, Camilo also studied the Rubenfeld Synergy approach to healing disease, addiction, family patterns and trauma locked deep in the body.
In 1989 Camilo moved to Los Angeles to act in film and lived there for 7 years. His work also took him to live in Ocho Rios, Jaimaica for a year, then to NYC for a year and then another year in Santiago, Chile. Beginning in 1990, he lived in the Dharma Zen Centre LA for 2 years where he studied under Zen Master Seung Sahn.
Then in 1994 and again in 1996, Camilo travelled to the Amazonian Jungle of Peru as a translator for chamán Don Agustin Rivas and Charles Lawrence.. His worked with the Spirit plant medicines.
Camilo returned to London in 1996 and while integrating his experiences from the Far East, the US and the Amazon Jungle, he was invited to train as a psychotherapist and Jungian analyst.
During this decade of study Camilo attended over 10 of Goenka's 10-day silent Vipassanā retreats. This first hand experience of combining intense personal Jungian psychotherapy with deep Vipassanā meditation (Mindfulness) practice became his fundamental psychotherapeutic approach to working with trauma, integration, wholeness, intimacy and creativity.
Camilo is trained as a facilitator in (IoTP) Identity oriented Psychotrauma Therapy, a highly effective tool to work intrapsychically with early trauma, splits and identity issues, using the constellations method in a group setting.
Camilo is now also trained in IFS therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy Levels 1, 2, and 3.
He recently wrote about Meaning:
"Meaning" commonly has two senses. Most frequently, it refers to abstract, objective knowledge conveyed by a sign or representation: for example, horse means a particular form of four legged animal. Red light means stop.
The other kind of meaning is subjective and is not concerned with objective outer knowledge but with a inner psychological state which can affirm life. For example, a deeply moving experience is described a meaningful. It's a living experience that is laden with affect and relates us organically to the interconnectivity of life as a whole.
The question of "What is the meaning of life?" is confusing when both aspects/definitions of meaning are applied to it. The question is easier to answer when we rephrase it slightly to: " What is the meaning of MY life?"
This is in fact the same question as "Who am I?" because the answer to life's meaning is closely related to resolving the issue of personal identity.
Historically, this has been and still is, life’s supreme existential question and the answer can only come from deep inside oneself as revelation.
The shift of consciousness, from a localised awareness and consciousness, located in the head and attached to the Self-like parts that live there that ‘believe’ they are the I, undergoes a powerful Self-like parts shattering and transformation when the individual has a powerful living encounter with Self-essence.
The consciousness and identity that begins to emerge from this point on is usually characterised as an "Awake" state known as Spiritual emergence or Spiritual ripeness.
Self-essence is usually described as the Godhead, Christ-Consciousness, the Holy Ghost, Brahma, Yahweh, Rigpa, the Oversoul, Allah, Buddha Nature, Nirvana, the Ground of Being, the Beloved, Logos: ie The Absolute.
When the experience of Self-essence integrates into the Heart Mind as Self-energy and grows to a critical mass, and is acted out in life as Self-Leadership, from a foundation of an Embodied Self: we have what is called the second birth of Self-realisation or individuation as our true nature is revealed.
The shift in personal identity from an identification of consciousness with a ‘small’ I identity with Self-like parts to a unity of this ‘I’ consciousness into a living relationship to Self-essence, is what is traditionally called the path to enlightenment and dissolution into the Beloved, Nirvanna or God.
The question of "What is the meaning of my life?" is answered with and by the living embodiment of the transcendent in the here and now.
Reminds me of what the modern English writer Lewis Thompson wrote:
“Christ, supreme poet, lived truth so passionately that every gesture of his, at once pure Act and perfect symbol, embodies the transcendent.“
"But to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint-
No occupation either, but something given
And taken, in a lifetime’s death in love,
Ardour and selflessness and self-surrender."