Introductory examination of the primary theories, research, application, and practices of transpersonal psychology. Major movements within the transpersonal studies framework—particularly as they inform and converge with esoteric, pagan, and nature spiritualities—will be emphasized, such as terrapsychology, psychomagick, animism, entheogens and more. Questions of claims to enlightenment, spiritual bypassing, unverified personal gnosis (UPG), lineage, appropriation, somatic approaches to psycho-spiritual integration, and other challenges facing scholars and practitioners of contemporary spiritual traditions are considered. The attitude of the course is one of openness to experience and reflection, careful and precise analysis, critical and creative thinking, respect for the learning process and for each other, and the cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness and kindness towards oneself and others.
Instructor: Megan Rose, PhD
Meeting Day/Time: Tuesdays, 8:00 ET
Required Texts: Friedman, Harris L. and Glenn Hartelius eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (June 22, 2015)