MLR6001: Transpersonal Theory and Literature

Credits 2
An introduction to the Transpersonal as a field of study. Transpersonal studies encompass a continuum of human experience including an interest in the immanent and transcendent dimensions of human experience: exceptional human functioning, experiences, performances and achievements, true genius, the nature and meaning of deep religious and mystical experiences, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and how we might foster the fulfillment of our highest potentials as human beings. Transpersonal studies is interdisciplinary, drawing on insights and literature from not only the various areas of psychology, but also the sciences of cognition, consciousness, and the paranormal; philosophy; social and cultural theory; integral health theories and practices; poetry, literature, and the arts; and the world's spiritual and wisdom traditions. Literature by both founders and current researchers in the field will be reviewed and discussed. Research skills for broadening the student's knowledge of transpersonal literature will be introduced.