Paths Beyond Ego

Paths Beyond Ego
Paths Beyond Ego:
The Transpersonal Vision

Roger Walsh & Frances Vaughan (eds.). Publisher by Tarcher.

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This book is a clarion call for an expanded vision of human possibilities.  In it, many of the best thinkers of our day ask us to renew the perennial search for self-knowledge and to discover the deeper meaning of our lives.

For this, they offer the transpersonal perspective—which extends beyond conventional psychology and science to include the study of consciousness in its myriad forms, including altered states, yoga, dreams, and contemplation.  This marriage of psychology and science with the spiritual traditions has borne ripe fruit: the transpersonal vision, which offers a uniquely generous and encompassing view of human nature.

The fifty essays that make up Paths Beyond Ego apply transpersonal thinking to individual growth, psychotherapy, meditation, dreams, psychedelics, science, ethics, philosophy, ecology, and service.  The result is an integrated and comprehensive overview of the many dimensions of human experience.
In clear, accessible writing, the contributors suggest that our potential for enhancing human abilities is much greater than previously suspected and that our tools for this grand undertaking are widely available today.  The transpersonal vision offers great hope for the future—and links us to the timeless wisdom of the ages.

PATHS BEYOND EGO:
The Transpersonal Vision

Edited by
Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. and Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Foreword by John E. Mack, M.D.
Preface
Acknowledgment
Introduction
PART I

THE VARIETIES OF TRANSPERSONAL EXPERIENCE

SECTION ONE

The Riddle of Consciousness

1.      Psychology, Reality, and Consciousness

2.     Psychologia Perennis: The Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

3.    The Systems Approach to Consciousness (Charles Tart)

4.    Mapping and Comparing States (Roger Walsh)

SECTION TWO

Meditation: Royal Road to the Transpersonal

5.    The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (Jack Kornfield)

6.    Meditation Research: The State of the Art (Roger Walsh)

7.    Even the Best Meditators Have Old Wounds to Heal: Combining Meditation and Psychotherapy (Jack Kornfield)

SECTION THREE

Lucid Dreaming

8.    Benefits of Lucid Dreaming  (Judith Malamud)

9.    Learning Lucid Dreaming  (Stephen LaBerge)

10.    Beyond Lucidity: Moving Toward Pure Consciousness (Jayne Gackenbach and Jane Bosveld)

11    Continuous Consciousness  (Sri Aurobindo)

12.    From Lucidity to Enlightenment: Tibetan Dream Yoga (Stephen LaBerge)

SECTION FOUR

The Mind Manifesters: Implications of Psychedelics

13.    Do Drugs Have Religious Import?  (Huston Smith)

14.    The Varieties of Consciousness: Observations from Nitrous Oxide (William James)

15.    Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research (Stanislav Grof)

PART II

THE FARTHER REACHES OF DEVELOPMENT

SECTION FIVE

Transpersonal dimensions of development

16.    The Spectrum of Transpersonal Development  (Ken Wilber)

17.    Becoming Somebody and Nobody: Psychoanalysis and Buddhism  (John H. Engler)

18.    The Varieties of Egolessness  (Mark Epstein)

19.    The Pre/Trans Fallacy  (Ken Wilber)

SECTION SIX

Problems on the Path: Clinical Concerns

20.    Spiritual Emergency: The Understanding and Treatment of Transpersonal Crises
(Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof)

21.    Addiction as Spiritual Emergency  (Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof)

22.    The Shadow of the Enlightened Guru (Georg Feurestein)

23.    The Spectrum of Pathologies  (Ken Wilber)

SECTION SEVEN

The Quest for Wholeness: Transpersonal Therapies

24.    The Spectrum of Therapies  (Ken Wilber)

25.    Healing and Wholeness: Transpersonal Psychotherapy  (Frances Vaughan)

26.    Assumptions of Transpersonal Psychotherapy  (Bryan Wittine)

27.    Integral Practices: Body, Heart and Mind (Michael Murphy)

PART III

FOUNDATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

SECTION EIGHT

Science, Technology, and Transcendence

28.    Different Views from Different States (Gordon Globus)

29.    Eye to Eye: Science and Transpersonal Psychology  (Ken Wilber)

30.    Science and Mysticism (Fritjof Capra)

31.    Transpersonal Anthropology  (Charles D. Laughlin, Jr., John McManus, and Jon Shearer)

32.    The Near-Death Experience  (Kenneth Ring)

SECTION NINE

The Philosophy of Transcendence

33.    Transpersonal Worldviews: Historical and Philosophical reflections  (Robert A. McDermott)

34.    The Perennial Philosophy  (Aldous Huxley)

35.    The Great Chain of Being (Ken Wilber)

36.    Hidden Wisdom  (Roger Walsh)

SECTION TEN

Minding Our World: Service and Sustainability

37.    The Nobel Peace Lecture:  A Call for Universal Responsibility   (The Dalai Lama)

38.    Compassion: The Delicate Balance  (Ram Dass)

39.    Conscious Love  (John Welwood)

40.    Transpersonal Ecology  (Warwick Fox)

41.    Deep Ecology: Living as If Nature Mattered  (Bill Devall and George Sessions)

42.    The Tao of Personal and Social Transformation (Duane Elgin)

43.    Transpersonal Experience and the Global Crisis (Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof)

44.    An Inner Manhattan Project  (Peter Russell)

SECTION ELEVEN

Envisioning the Future

45.    Paths Beyond Ego in the Coming Decades

46.    The Adventure of Consciousness  (Roger Walsh and Frances Vaughan)

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