Science of the Soul: the Story of Transpersonal Psychology synopsis:
Science of the Soul: the Story of Transpersonal Psychology documentary presents us the history of the Transpersonal Psychology movement.
Includes interviews with many of the field’s luminaries such as co-founder of the field, Stanislav Grof, as well as Charles T. Tart, Frances Vaughan, James Fadiman, Miles Vich and many others.
The people featured on this were integrating their experiences and areas of research from what they describe as ‘transpersonal experience’ into the ‘humanistic movement’. Their work is predominantly borne from their experiences with psychedelics within a 1960′s USA psychiatric culture.
They did some great work and the work speaks to masses of people who were undergoing tremendous challenges and experiences. Stanislav Grof’s work is of great importance particularly in relation to ‘spiritual crises’ and prenatal psychology.
“The renaissance of interest in Eastern spiritual philosophies, various mystical traditions, meditation, ancient and aboriginal wisdom, as well as the widespread psychedelic experimentation during the stormy 1960s, made it absolutely clear that a comprehensive and cross-culturally valid psychology had to include observations from such areas as mystical states; cosmic consciousness; psychedelic experiences; trance phenomena; creativity; and religious, artistic, and scientific inspiration.” – Stanislav Grof’s quote.
Transpersonal psychology is a subfield or “school” of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology.
It is also possible to define it as a “spiritual psychology”. The transpersonal is defined as “experiences in which the sense of identity or self extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche or cosmos”.
It has also been defined as “development beyond conventional, personal or individual levels”.
Issues considered in transpersonal psychology include spiritual self-development, self beyond the ego, peak experiences, mystical experiences, systemic trance, spiritual crises, spiritual evolution, religious conversion, altered states of consciousness, spiritual practices, and other sublime and/or unusually expanded experiences of living. The discipline attempts to describe and integrate spiritual experience within the modern psychological theory and to formulate a new theory to encompass such experience.
The discipline attempts to describe and integrate spiritual experience within the modern psychological theory and to formulate a new theory to encompass such experience.
Transpersonal psychology has made several contributions to the academic field, and the studies of human development, consciousness, and spirituality. Transpersonal psychology has also made contributions to the fields of psychotherapy and psychiatry.
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