Transpersonal Knowing

Exploring the Horizon of Consciousness

Edited by Tobin Hart, Peter L. Nelson, and Kaisa Puhakka

Subjects: Spirituality
Series: SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Paperback : 9780791446164, 352 pages, July 2000
Hardcover : 9780791446157, 352 pages, July 2000

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Table of contents


1. Introduction

2. An Invitation to Authentic Knowing
Kaisa Puhakka

3. Inspiration as Transpersonal Knowing
Tobin Hart

4. Mystical Experience and Radical Deconstruction: Through the Ontological Looking Glass
Peter L. Nelson

5. Reflection and Presence: The Dialectic of Awakening
John Welwood

6. Dissolving the Center: Streamlining the Mind and Dismantling the Self
Fred. J. Hanna

7. Illuminative Presence
Zia Inayat Khan

8. Spiritual Inquiry
Donald Rothberg

9. Transpersonal Cognition in Developmental Perspective
Michael Washburn

10. Transpersonal Knowledge: A Participatory Approach to Transpersonal Phenomena
Jorge N. Ferrer

11. Deep Empathy
Tobin Hart

12. The Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name
Jenny Wade

13. Service as a Way of Knowing
Arthur J. Deikman

About the Contributors


The freshest and most respected thinkers in transpersonal psychology explore the myriad pathways to knowledge.


Offering the perspectives of some of the most respected thinkers in transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies, this book explores the farther reaches of knowing, both ourselves and the world, described here as transpersonal, post-conventional, or spiritual. The contributors' work is presented from their own authentic knowing, whether through personal narrative or through conceptualization informed by such knowing. They explore what "knowledge" can consist of as it stretches beyond conventional objective observation and analysis.

Contributors include Arthur Deikman, Jorge Ferrer, Fred J. Hanna, Tobin Hart, Zia Inyhat Khan, Peter L. Nelson, Kaisa Puhakka, Donald Rothberg, Jenny Wade, Michael Washburn, and John Welwood.

Tobin Hart is Associate Professor in the Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology Department at State University of West Georgia. Peter L. Nelson is a private research consultant in Melbourne, Australia. Kaisa Puhakka is Professor and Core Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, and the author of Knowledge and Reality: A Comparative.


"…this volume is highly recommended for psychology students and scholars at all levels." — CHOICE

"The contributors further thinking in the areas of philosophy, psychology, transpersonal and humanistic studies, and of science itself, in presenting useful expansions and extensions of ways in which humans can acquire, work with, and demonstrate fuller forms of knowledge and understanding of themselves, others, and the world at large." — William G. Braud, coeditor of Transpersonal Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience

"This book is done with integrity and heart. The need for pathways to deep inquiry and transpersonal knowing are vital to the field of transpersonal psychology as it matures and as more people are opening up to a greater more integrated consciousness." — Ray Greenleaf, John F. Kennedy University

"Provides an excellent dosage of philosophical and theoretical reflection with first-hand accounts. The broad range of topics covered and the articulation of subtle, often ineffable experience, are most admirable." — Daniel Deslauriers, California Institute of Integral Studies