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1 The Transpersonal William James Mark B. Ryan C. J. Jung Educational Center of Houston Wisdom School of Graduate Studies October 10, 2013

2 William James by Ellen Emmet Rand 1910

3 Thayer Expediton to Brazil 1865

4 William James 1869

5 “I and Sorrow” William James ca

6 William James ca “T he further limits of our being plunge…into an altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely ‘understandable’ world.”

7 The Birth of Transpersonal Psychology Abraham Maslow Stanislav Grof

8 Transpersonal Directions Psychic Research Critique of Science Concepts of Consciousness Validation of Spiritual William James and Theodore Flournoy, 1905

9 Psychic Research and the Paranormal “A comparative study of trances and subconscious states is of the utmost urgent importance for the comprehension of our nature.” A Séance with Mrs. Walden

10 “My own white crow is Mrs. Piper.” Leonora Piper

11 A Critique of Science “…Science has come to be identified with a certain fixed general belief…that the deeper order of Nature is mechanical exclusively, and that non-mechanical categories are irrational ways of conceiving and explaining even such a thing as human life.” At Keene Valley, NY, 1890s

12 Dimensions of Consciousness “Our normal, waking consciousness, rational consciousness, as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.” Frederic W. H. Myers Benjamin Paul Blood

13 “Just so there is a continuum of cosmic consciousness…into which our several minds plunge as into a mother sea or reservoir.” Gustav Fechner

14 Our Deepest Destiny “…I myself invincibly do believe…the life of [religion] as a whole is mankind’s most important function.”


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