The Psychology of Awakening

Rooting into Your True Nature to Sow the Seeds of Liberation

7 Week LIVE Online Course with Dr. Payton Tontz, Integrative Psychotherapist and founder of New Paradigm Psychology

Discover a powerful guide map for the process of awakening so you can align with your true nature, bringing you the clarity, security, and confidence, to embody your full potential.

You know deep inside that you’re being called forth to a new way of being, a path of awakening.

Imagine being present and open to all that is possible.

Imagine living in a state of being where you are secure within yourself and trust in your own reality.

You may sense the great possibilities for actualizing the power that lies within you.

You might wish to align with your authentic needs and boundaries with ease so that you can feel nourished and fortified everyday.

You may long to live from a state of inner and outer harmony, clarity, and flow.

But, with so many distractions pulling you in different directions, it can be hard to drop below the noise and access the deeper truth within you.

You might also be struggling with addictive behavior patterns or self-limiting beliefs that keep you in a perpetual state of disconnection and separation.

The heart of the problem lies in the confusion or false conclusions about who you are, your identity. 

If you are like me, you have been trapped in the psychological prison of unconscious conditioned beliefs created from cultural and family indoctrination.

This leaves you disconnected from your own, expansive deeper nature.

But the good news is that there is a clear pathway out of this painful vortex of confusion, distraction, and disconnection.

There is a guide map and a process that can lead you to discovering your deeper spiritual nature. 

When you engage in ancient powerful practices of self-inquiry and directly experience  the deeper truth within you, this gives you the keys to break free from the limiting constructs that have kept you trapped.

When you realize the true beauty and wholeness that lies at your own core, you will begin to heal the wounds of lack and limitation.

When you begin to root your identity in your spiritual nature, it catalyzes a deeper process of healing and transformation in the psyche.

This is why I created this new online course:...

The Psychology of Awakening

Rooting into Your True Nature to Sow the Seeds of Liberation

To help you gain clarity on the deep psychological nature of the awakening process by providing a roadmap and the tools, and practices to help guide you on your journey.

By the end of course, you’ll experience:

  • Being more embodied within the true nature of who you are as a spiritual-present-centered-being
  • Feeling secure and believing in yourself
  • Developing a stronger connection with your inner knowing
  • Feeling deeply connected with your authentic truth on all levels
  • More inner freedom and flow with yourself and the world around you
  • Being clear about what you want, and having the confidence to fully go after it
  • Greater ease and flow in relationship dynamics.

Being a part of this course will help you to realize and root more fully into your deeper spiritual nature and live more fully in alignment with who you truly are. 

My Personal Story and Invitation

I had stepped onto the path of awakening early in life, but my dark night of the soul initiation began in my mid 30’s when minor lower back pain quickly turned into a full blown medical emergency almost overnight with no logical explanation.

I went from being a fully self-reliant high functioning person, with great agility and strength to being physically disabled and dependent on help within a matter of weeks.

For the 12 years that followed, I experienced multiple episodes of severe neurological malfunction and extreme pain in my lower back.

Over this course of time I searched high and low and didn’t find any answers that would explain my symptoms.

The trauma from the physical pain and not having a medical diagnosis after seeking answers from every kind of doctor imaginable was immense.

This was devastating for my ego which had been identified as being a strong, healthy, high functioning, and spiritually awake young professional.

The real and raw suffering that I experienced forced me to reckon with parts of my humanity that my ego had been unconsciously defended against, namely my human vulnerability.

Through this journey, I humbly embraced my humanity, and learned to receive much needed help from others with grace. This became a deep healing of my sacred human heart.

The more I embraced my humanity the more I felt a deepening inner wholeness that I had never known was possible. This was the true alchemy of the spiritual and human aspects of my being merging and aligning as one…the sacred marriage!

In 2019 I received a proper diagnosis that fully aligned with my symptoms and this brought great relief and blessings as well as treatments that helped address the underlying issue.

I have known from a very young age that this was my path to help awaken and heal the planet,  but this healing crisis has been the crucible for my real integration and embodiment of my awakening process.

My calling now is to bring forward the medicine and wisdom I have gained through my own direct awakening journey to share with as many people as possible.

If you feel the call to this invitation, I would love for you to join me and receive the support and guidance that I have to offer you on your unique journey of healing and awakening.

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What People Are Saying

"In my work with Payton I have gained a more integrated understanding of who I am, how to love myself and the resources I have available for healing. Our work has also offered a platform to internalize her teachings on the importance of developing healthy boundaries in relationships. The biggest transformation has been learning how to make space and time for the unfolding of the spiritual, mental, energetic, psychological and physical layers of my existence."

Caroline Miotto

San Francisco , Ca

"Payton Tontz is a deeply gifted psychotherapist and teacher. I started working with Payton in 2017 and have been completely transformed by the work. I was in a state of deep disillusionment, feeling stuck with long ignored self-care and many unresolved deep emotional wounds. I now walk in a world where I understand myself and live in loving harmony as my authentic self. Her wise teachings provide powerful assistance on the liberating path of awakening!"

Kate Rorrer

Visionary Artist/Business Owner Cielo Connection in Sedona, AZ

"Payton has helped me bring the unconscious parts that were hidden in the shadows into the light to be healed and integrated. Her ability to be fully present, flowing with astute concision and profound insights, continues to blow me away. Payton’s gift of distilling complicated matters into crystal clear truths is a work of art. If you have the chance to learn from her, it may be one of the greatest gifts you give yourself."

Elishia Trainer

Founder Quantum Beauty

"When I first met Payton, I longed to feel a sense of self-connection and purpose in my daily life. In our work together, she has helped me uncover parts of myself that, unbeknownst to me, were running the show! I discovered long-held beliefs about scarcity, obligation, and success that no longer served me. With Payton as my guide, it’s been a healing process that unfolds each day in the spirit of awareness, intention, and exploration."

Lynn L.

Integrative Health Practitioner & Marketer

Here's What You'll Learn

Module 1

You Are That: Activating Your Capacity for Direct Knowing

In this first module you will be introduced to an innovative approach to awakening put forth in a psychological framework. We will discuss the bigger picture overview of the process of awakening through “direct knowledge”. We will practice how  to “wield the sword of inner discernment” within the psyche to discover and identify the deeper nature of who you are. You’ll discover…

  • A clear map of the awakening process and definition of non-dual reality
  • How to orient yourself clearly to where you currently stand in your journey of awakening
  • Your capacity for determining what is real within the inner landscape of your psyche
  • How to approach the process of Awakening as a shift in your core identity structure

Module 2

Who Am I: Exploring the Inner Matrix of Identity

Bridging elements of Vedic and Western Psychology we will explore the subtle dynamics involved in the psyche to see the inner workings of how “the core construct” of our identity is formulated within. We will look at the functional role this core construct plays as the central organizing principle in the psyche and the crux of the process of awakening. You’ll discover…

  • How the “Tree of Bondage” and “Tree of Liberation” provide a roadmap of the psychological dimension of the awakening process
  • How the core construct of identity is the root of our psychic structure
  • The dynamic relationship between the mind and pure conscious awareness
  • How to translate these conceptual maps to your personal experience of awakening

Module 3

The Tree of Bondage: Illuminating the Branches of Conditioned Beliefs and Trauma

In this module we will sink into the nitty gritty details of what living in the “state of bondage” is like in your lived experience.  We will bring to light the kinds of emotional and psychological suffering that are real and begin to articulate how you experience this in the form of your own thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behavior patterns. You’ll discover…

  • How the process of transformation unfolds differently; top down vs. bottom up awakening
  • How your internal infrastructure is shaped and conditioned according to your unique experiences of wounding/trauma.
  • The central role that the nervous system plays in both holding onto trauma and healing trauma
  • The Sensory Awareness Resourcing Meditation to support your nervous system to gain more self-mastery

Module 4

Hack the Tree of Bondage: Revealing the Roots of the Core Wound

In this module we will deepen our exploration of the “Tree of Bondage”, by looking into the core belief structures down at the root of the tree in the unconscious depths of the psyche. We will work to uncover and reveal the shape and form of the “core wound” which lives differently in each individual in the form of a foundational negative belief structure. You’ll discover…

  • How to connect the dots between your conscious patterns of activation/reactivity/ dysregulation, and the deeper unconscious roots of the “core wound”
  • How to identify and uncover the shape and structure of the “core wound” as it currently lives in you
  • The way in which the core wound can begin to heal through the awakening process

Module 5

The Tree of Liberation: Rooting into Our Innate Wholeness & Healing the Core Wound

This module focuses our attention on the healing of the “core wound” through gaining Self-Realization. We will explore how the discovery of your true nature as a spiritual being or “Self” establishes a new core identity structure in the psyche, which is rooted in your true nature that is whole, free, and an endless source of well-being and love. You’ll discover…

  • How the healing of the “Core Wound” is catalyzed by awakening to your spiritual nature
  • What the direct experience of your spiritual nature is and how to express it in words
  • What new core beliefs begin to grow out of this core identity structure of the “Self” as the trunk, giving rise to new branches in the “Tree of Liberation”
  • How rooting into the Self supports the overall process of bringing the psyche into a state of greater coherence/wholeness

Module 6

Embody the Tree of Liberation: Growing Your Branches as a Sovereign Being

This module will identify the new set of core beliefs that grow when your identity is more firmly established in the Self which is inherently worthy, secure, and full. We will bring to light the positive emotional qualities that naturally arise from this state of being, and specifically focus on the dimension of empowerment and sovereignty that come from the knowing of our innate power as a conscious and awake human. You’ll discover…

  • What it looks and feels like to be living from the inner “Tree of Liberation”
  • How to identify where you are at in your process of growing the “Tree of Liberation” and what areas you want to cultivate and strengthen consciously
  • How to integrate and align with the reality that your nature is infinite creative potential
  • How to sit with the question of what you are inspired to create in your life in the short term/long-term vision

Module 7

All Our Relations: Navigating our Relationships Consciously from an Awakened State

This module will turn our focus to our relationships with each other, with all forms of life, and the great cosmic creation as a whole. We will explore how these relationships are transformed when we realize our inherent interconnection with All that Is. The critical nature of cultivating healthy boundaries in relationships will be emphasized as a key element in the embodiment process. In this final module, you’ll discover:

  • How our relationships are transformed by realizing our inherent interconnectedness with All Life
  • How to cultivate healthy boundaries, and gracefully navigate inner and outer conflicts
  • An overview of the spiral vs. linear process of transformation
  • How to apply specific principles and practices in your everyday navigation of the landscape of continued healing and awakening

It’s More Than a Course - It’s a Community!

Along with the shared experience of participating in the live interactive meetings each week, we will also have the opportunity to cultivate a beautiful community together as a private cohort for this 7 week group journey. Together, with our shared intentions we will cultivate a beautiful and safe container where you can share your experiential process of engaging with the course material as well as hearing about other people’s experience as we all go through the transformational journey together as a tribe.

Course limited to 30 Participants!

Here’s What You’ll Receive:

7 Weekly LIVE Interactive Group Teaching Sessions

Each Live interactive Zoom session will present a section of the course curriculum guiding you through an intelligently designed process of learning and transformation. Payton will facilitate each 75 minute session beginning with 30-40 minutes of teaching followed by different formats of engagement with the group. Recordings of these sessions will be posted so you will always have access to view them anytime.

7 LIVE Group Q&A Sessions

As part of the weekly live Zoom meetings you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and actively engage with the material and your process of integration as you go through the course. This time is allotted during the last 20-30 minutes of the weekly session. Recordings of these sessions will be posted so you will always have access to view them anytime.

7 Tutorial Training Videos Supplemental to Teaching Sessions

Each weekly module will be accompanied by a short video that will be posted in the course website. This tutorial video will briefly review the practices or other experiential assignments for you to do on your own that week to do on your own. These can be accessed in the course site.


  • Access to Your Own Psychology of Awakening Course Site

    You will have lifetime access to all of our resources, bonuses, and course materials including the weekly recordings of the live online Zoom meetings and the tutorial videos.

  • SoulSearch Community Forum
    You will be invited to engage with Payton, and the other participants in this course through our private “Psychology of Awakening 2022” community forum on the Soul Search platform. (

  • Self-Assessment Tool
    This worksheet provides an opportunity to prepare for the course by answering a set of questions designed to help orient you to where you are in your own journey of awakening and bring to light some of your unconscious conditioned beliefs.

Course Bonuses

Early Registration Bonus

Expires Friday, October 21st at midnight

One free 30 minute Course Integration Coaching Session with Payton:

For those who register for the course by October 21, 2022, you will receive this special bonus of a free 30 min private coaching session to receive support and answer any questions that have come up for you in your process. These sessions will be scheduled in advance for January 2023!

($107 value)

“Seer-Seen Differentiation” Guided Meditation

An ancient self-inquiry practice. You will receive a downloadable recording of this guided self-inquiry tool to support you to incorporate this powerful practice in your own life.

Group Integration Session for Course Graduates in January 2023:

You will be invited to join a follow-up video-conference meeting with your fellow cohort graduates and Payton  4-6 weeks after the course ends.  This will provide a touchstone for the cohort members to reconnect, share, and ask questions related to your integration process.

Video Series / Mini Course on Co-Dependency

You will receive this free mini video training to empower your understanding of what co-dependency is as a psychological phenomena. This course will help you identify how co-dependent patterns of relating operate within you and how to break free of these patterns to live from a place of healthy interdependency in relationships.

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Psychology of Awakening Course begins on
November 1st, 2022

11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 6:00 pm GMT

Can’t make it live? No worries!

All sessions will be recorded for you to watch anytime!

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Here's a summary of what the 7-week course includes:

  • 7 LIVE Teaching Sessions with Payton
  • 7 LIVE Interactive Q&A Sessions
  • Private Course Website
  • Private Community Group
  • Weekly Exercises and Practices
  • Downloadable Course Materials
  • Audio + Video Recordings of All Sessions
  • ALL the Special Bonus Content
  • And much, much more!

Meet Your Facilitator

Payton Tontz Ph.D.

Dr. Payton Tontz is an integrative psychotherapist, scholar, teacher and healer. Experiencing a spontaneous and direct awakening at the age of 19, she was charged with the task of bringing together Western psychology and Eastern wisdom teachings on nature of the self and the process of spiritual awakening. 

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Arizona, she completed her M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in East West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

She is the originator of New Paradigm Psychology, a discipline which draws from the fields of Western depth psychology, Advaita Vedanta, neuroscience, neurobiology and quantum field theory with the goal of self-mastery through self-knowledge, psychological healing and liberation from all forms of conditioning.

Frequently Asked Questions

For any questions not answered here please contact me at: [email protected].