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Lifelong Learning - Course Listing & Descriptions

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TP5000 Introduction to Transpersonal Studies

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the field of transpersonal studies as it relates to psychology, philosophy, science, and human development. Including a blend of both the theoretical and the practical, the course is designed to provide students with a background in knowledge related to the transpersonal. In particular, the course explores the life and work of Edgar Cayce, an individual who embodied the spirit of the transpersonal throughout his life. Finally, students will be asked to incorporate elements of the transpersonal into their own lives and report on the results.

A secondary purpose of this introductory course is to review and practice the elements of effective writing and APA style. Students will discuss the principles of writing in self-analyses, two conference calls, and two peer reviews. Though the conference calls are mandatory, students with time conflicts may listen to the recordings and then email their responses to the mentor. This course must be taken first in the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology program. Note: This course includes a proctored exam.

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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.

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TP5010 The Inner Life: Dreams, Meditation, Creativity, and Imagination

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to teach certain skills associated with the introverted side of life as it relates to transpersonal themes of personal development found in mythology. Included is a study of the practice of dream interpretation, meditation, and imagination and their use in personal growth as expressed in the development of a personal mythology. A personal mythology is a uniquely personal version of a universal story regarding the meaningful events typically found in a person's life span. The student will engage in a variety of experiential and research projects that will personalize the material and lead toward the creation of the student's personal mythology. Note: This course includes a proctored exam.

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TP5020 Foundations of Transpersonal Psychology

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce transpersonal psychology and situate it in the fields of study to which it is related. The texts for the course provide an introduction to the evolution of transpersonal psychology as a distinct field in psychology and modern Western culture from its cross-cultural origins in ancient times. They also provide an overview of the phenomena most associated with transpersonal psychology or best considered through its lens, including the following: Shamanism and other indigenous traditions; contemplative spiritual practices; paranormal or psi phenomena; mind-body development practices; involuntary, spontaneous openings to altered states; psychotropic drugs and sacred medicine traditions; and other deliberate practices for the cultivation of non-ordinary states. Transpersonal psychology involves many areas of scholarly controversy within the field and vis-à-vis other areas of scientific exploration. Sciences based on classical, materialist worldviews tend to oppose transpersonal phenomena (and subjective experience or phenomenology generally), but those based on quantum physics can accommodate transpersonal experience. Transpersonal psychology remains at the forefront of the paradigmatic struggle between classic science and a new worldview that would more adequately account for "anomalous" experiences and observations. This course provides an overview of the range of transpersonal psychology and a critical framework from which to consider it, including examining your own experience of and beliefs.

After completing TP5000, Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology students will complete TP5005, TP5010, TP5015, and TP5020 before enrolling in specialization or elective courses.

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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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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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TP5100 Origin and Destiny of Human Consciousness

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the student to various theories regarding the origins and development of consciousness, as well as historical and contemporary models for the structure of consciousness, and possible directions for the further evolution of consciousness. The course emphasizes the contributions of metaphysics, religion, and transpersonal psychology, but also considers traditional viewpoints. The views of such thinkers as Wilber, Cayce, Eisler, Schneider, and others are included. Students will also consider their own development of consciousness.
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TP5105 Leading Issues in Transpersonal Psychology

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an exploration of cutting edge areas of teaching and thinking within the expanding field of transpersonal psychology. It is impossible to feature all of the individuals and groups who are leading the world at the frontiers of the development of human consciousness. This domain of human exploration has been rapidly growing in the past 50 years, with a quantum leap especially since the late 80s and early 90s. Meditation and other contemplative practices have entered the mainstream along with their emerging complementary and new understandings of human psychology and consciousness. Many practices and teachings have arisen out of the intersection of western civilization and the wisdom traditions of Asia and the indigenous peoples of the Americas, among others. Not all of their work appears in standard treatments of transpersonal studies, but are nevertheless profoundly influential in that field. Many of these movements might not even characterize themselves as "transpersonal," but nevertheless fit seamlessly into the exploration and expansion of human consciousness.

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TP5110 Science and Spirituality

For more than 2000 years, starting with the Ancient Greeks at least, humanity has pondered questions about what is real and true. This questioning has focused throughout history on an apparent rift or contrast between what we might call the outer and inner worlds; between the material and non-material, between matter on the one hand and mind or soul on the other, and between what we now call the objective and subjective realms of human experience. This ancient issue has become, in its modern expression, a divide between science and religion or at a more fundamental level between science and spirit.

As our collective worldview evolved our perception of reality (a reality that presumably encompasses outer and inner worlds) has clearly changed. The purpose of this course is to examine the age-old question about, and our changing view of, reality. The historical perspective allows to see where our modern scientific worldview came from, and what underlying assumptions it has. We study what it is that science tells us about reality and who we are. We also study what the mystical traditions tell us about who we are. It is a contrast in worldviews and hence a contrast in perceptions about reality. Is the apparent rift between science and spirituality real? Are there possible worldviews, towards which we are changing, that could integrate these two realms?

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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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TP5250 An Introduction to Visual Art Skills: A Transpersonal Approach

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to basic two-dimensional art skills that will provide you with the confidence to express yourself more fully in a visual manner. This course also will provide you with a foundation in the spiritual dimension of the creative process. The work covered in this course is appropriate to individuals of all skill levels in two-dimensional art from beginner to advanced. Included is instruction in basic representational and abstract drawing and painting skills.
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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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TP6100 Principles of Parapsychology

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of the field of parapsychology, including spontaneous psychic experiences, studies of mediums and psychics, experimental studies, and the relationship of psychic phenomena to religious experience. It approaches psychic phenomena from the perspective of integrating them with other aspects of human consciousness. The course combines intellectual and experiential approaches. The course compares the methods used to study and experience various types of psychic phenomena and explores the implications of these phenomena for other fields of human endeavor. There are also opportunities for you to explore your own psychic ability and to conduct a study of the psychic abilities of others.
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TP6140 Mythology and Symbolism: Pathway to Transformation

Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the nature of symbols and mythology, the reasons for their importance, and their effect on the way in which we experience life. It explores how our belief systems and the resulting behaviors reflect our family and culture, and how, during our passage from one stage of life to another, symbols and images arise from our biological, emotional, psychological, and spiritual maturation. The purpose of this course is to increase the student's deep understanding of myths and symbols for the transformations in life.
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TP6405 Mandala Creation as a Transformative Practice

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide you with the necessary background and tools to engage in a personal exploration of mandalas through the creative process. Using a variety of methods and materials, you will create a series of mandalas, observe this process as it unfolds in a series of images over time, and experience firsthand the transformation that can come from the conscious creation of mandalas. You will explore the symbolism of mandalas through intuitive interpretation, dreams, and the synchronistic patterns that manifest in waking life while you engage in this practice. The course provides an historical, philosophical, and psychological context for understanding mandala creation, while placing emphasis on the development of personal artistic vision.
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