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Spiritual Guidance - Course Listing & Descriptions

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TP5005 Spiritual Crisis

Credit Hours: 3

Throughout the ages, individuals who have had intense religious experiences have also frequently exhibited unusual behaviors ranging from eccentric to fanatical, from saintly to insane. This course will assist students in defining such key concepts as mysticism, mental health, and mental illness, among others. Course work will focus on the neurobiological, psychosocial, and transpersonal aspects of various forms of mystical experience and mental illness. Students will be encouraged to examine their own experiences and develop a strategy for maintaining balance on the spiritual path. Those who take the class will be provided with guidelines and suggestions for assisting others who may be undergoing a "spiritual emergency" or "transformational crisis." Note: This course includes a proctored exam. Required course for all MATP Students.

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TP5050 Religion, Spirituality, and the Transpersonal

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines six major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism) and Indigenous Spirituality from two distinct perspectives. Students will first study an overview of the tradition, which may include its origin, history, underlying mythology, rituals, and the life and spiritual practices of its adherents. This perspective will encompass what you might call the orthodox or exoteric aspects, as well as touching on esoteric (or mystical) aspects, of each tradition. The second perspective will be a journey into the more mystical (esoteric) aspects of each tradition via exposure to some of its original (formative) mystical texts and writings. As an experiential adjunct to this perspective, students will be asked to try a contemplative practice from each tradition. In addition, they will read about the first-hand experiences of saints and sages who arrived at realization or enlightenment through that religion. Students ought to be aware of three possible approaches (perspectives) that can be taken when looking at religious traditions or beliefs other than one's own: the exclusivist perspective is one in which one's own religion is the one true tradition, and all others are false or deluded in some way; an inclusivist view asserts that one's own religion is true and that others are partially true and the truth in them can be understood by reference or comparison with one's own tradition; finally a pluralist view accepts all traditions as the truth in themselves. In this view one is willing to be changed by one's exposure to that tradition.
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TP5055 Principles and Practices of Spiritual Mentorship

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to help you understand your role as a spiritual mentor and the qualities that you need to nurture in yourself to enhance your effectiveness. It also will explore the nature of the mentoring relationship and what a mentor does and does not do in the role of spiritual guide. It examines the function of spiritual experiences and ways by which we can evaluate their validity and direction. It also will clarify how mentoring compares to counseling and psychotherapy, and it teaches fundamental tools that are crucial to the development of skills and success at being a spiritual guidance mentor.
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TP5065 Prisms of the Soul: Holistic Self-Assessment Tools

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents two holistic self-assessment tools, chosen for their combined diversity and depth. Collectively, they extend from the individual to the universal, from the personality self to the embodied soul. Their varied focuses offer contrasting yet compatible approaches to self-understanding as well as an opportunity to develop critical analysis skills. Simplistically speaking, the Enneagram endeavors to support the highest possible expressions of the personality self; the Human Design System provides an instruction manual of sorts for living within a biological vehicle governed by specific genetic codes. Together, these rich and varied systems inspire contemplation, introspection, deep analysis, and expansion of awareness. Perhaps more than anything, when engaged properly, they tug upon the compassionate heart, coaxing it forward as a consort to the developing mind. Reflective exercises and application experiments abound. Discernment skills learned in this course can carry over into many areas of life.
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TP5070 The Transpersonal Relationship: Holistic Mentoring and Applied Intuitive Arts

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of the course is to enhance the skill set of students with an interest in holistic mentoring or the creative application of intuitive arts in varying types of personal relationships. It has been designed to engage the mind, open the heart, and provide opportunities to connect deeply with others. On a cognitive level, it presents humanistic, transpersonal, and spiritual perspectives that address humanity's desire for and movement toward wholeness. On an experiential level, a great variety of holistic helping tools are explored, collected into a Cohort's Collective Practitioners' Toolbox, and experimented with - both individually and in partnership with fellow classmates. Additionally, students are introduced to the concept of a Divine-Human in relation to expanded sensory perception, synesthesia, intuition, mindfulness, and more. Because holistic mentors can guide others only to depths that they themselves have explored, emphasis is placed on the parallel development of personhood and mentoring skills.

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TP5150 Psychology of Creativity

Credit Hours: 3

Creativity is an inherent primal drive that is at the core of human existence. It is most obviously demonstrated in the arts and sciences, but we all engage in that creative drive, consciously or unconsciously, in every aspect of life - in dealing with the trials and tribulations of life, as well as the positive aspects - in conscious evolution and soul development. It is the fundamental drive that we draw on as we pursue our unique sense of soul purpose. The study of creativity is a complex affair requiring an integrated multidimensional approach. This course presents such an approach through a didactic and experiential process of investigation.

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TP5155 Creating a Meaningful Life

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to guide students in the process of self-discovery and clarification of what they might need to live a more meaningful life. Through this process students will acquire self-knowledge and tools that will enable them to create a personal vision or mission statement. Students will also gain an understanding of the creative process and how it might be applied to life's challenges. The goal is to enable students to move their actions into closer alignment with their spiritual ideal, their values, and their personality to live richer and more meaningful lives. As students progress through the course, they will begin to put their ideas into practice and to examine and assess the results.
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TP6000 Becoming a Teacher of Dream Work/Dream Interpretation

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to deepen your appreciation for the role played by dreams in personal growth and transformation. It provides you with the skills you need to understand your dreams better and, more significantly, prepares you to help others understand their own dreams. It examines the important role waking life plays in the dream world and the role of personal responsibility and ethics in working with the dreams of others. Course requirements include a practicum. This course will not provide the student with the background to offer psychotherapy or other therapeutic counseling, which requires special training and state licensure.
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TP6005 Becoming a Teacher of Finding Your Mission in Life

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to help you develop skills and methods that will allow you to clarify your own mission in life so you can help others find theirs. The strategies for creating a personal mission statement are drawn largely from the material found in Edgar Cayce's nearly 2,000 life readings - clairvoyant, spiritual counseling discourses given to individuals between 1923 and 1944 - material that provides a framework that is easily adaptable to contemporary seekers. Course requirements include a practicum. This course will not provide the student with the background to offer psychotherapy or other therapeutic counseling, which requires special training and state licensure.

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TP6010 Becoming a Teacher of Meditation and the Inner Life

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to deepen your appreciation for methods for connecting with your inner spiritual resources. The approach to this study and practice will be eclectic - drawing upon sources from Eastern and Western traditions. As you deepen your own inner life, you will be better prepared to act as a guide, teacher, or mentor to others. The course culminates in a practical demonstration of your growing capacity to serve as a helper to other seekers. Course requirements include a practicum, in which you will have the opportunity to teach and share your own personal version of meditation instruction. This course will not provide the student with the background to offer psychotherapy or other therapeutic counseling, which requires special training and state licensure.

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