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Religious Experience

Brain Mind & God

James Ashbrook explains his theory of an indeterminate emergent relationship between the physical brain, the human mind & the experience of divine transcendence (Christian Century 1986) [posted by Religion-Online].

"I" = Awareness

Psychiatrist Arthur J. Deikmann distinguishes the conscious self from the physical person [from Journal of Consciousness Studies 3.4].

Life's Three Stages: Infancy, Ego and Transcendence

Michael Washburn explains his views on the lifetime human struggle between the ego and the Dynamic Ground of existence (interviewed & posted by Paul Bernstein).

Mystic Experience & Two Modes of Consciousness

Review of Arthur Deikmann's proposal for first-hand psychiatric analysis of participation in mystic experience.

Psychology of Religious Experience

Huston Smith discusses psychodelic drugs, mysticism & the powers of the human mind with Jeffrey Mishlove. Transcript of Thinking Allowed interview.

Ways of Knowing God: Gender & the Brain

James Ashbrook analyzes the connection between biological/structural differences in masculine & feminine brains & gender differences in perception & experience of divine transcendence (Christian Century 1989) [posted by Religion-Online 

What does Mysticism have to Teach Us About Consciousness?

Robert Forman distinguishes three states of consciousness: awareness of events, the dualistic "ocean feeling" & mystic union. Presentation to 1996 conference on science of consciousness.

William James: Varieties of Religious Experience

Michael Nielson provides a hypertext edition of James' 1902 lecture series. Lectures cover religion & neurology, the reality of the Unseen, the healthy mind, the sick soul, conversion, saintliness, mysticism, and the relation between feeling & philosophy. Presented by PsychWeb.

For more sites on mysticism see the Comparative Religion page.
For sites related to spirit possession see the Anthropology & Sociology page.


Psychological Theory

Carl Jung Resources

Website for research on Jung's life, theories & methods posts a glossary of Jungian terms & brief introductory essays on recurrent themes such as collective unconscious, archetypes, mandalas, etc.

Psychology of Cyberspace

John Suler's project to develop a conceptual framework for the psychological components of cyberspace and how people react to and behave within it focuses on a case study of the Palace, an evolving cyber-community. Topics include avatars in graphical space, cyberspace as dreamworld, wizards, & being a "god" (Rider U).

Sigmund Freud

Stephen Thornton's well-documented introduction to the life and thought of the father of psychoanalysis (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture

Library of Congress' digital exhibit of items from its archives on Freud's life, practice, theories of the individual & society, & legacy.


Therapy & Transcendence

Carl Rogers: Some Observations on the Organization of Personality

1947 Presidential address to American Psychological Association argues that under certain conditions the self is capable of reorganizing itself (posted by Classics in the History of Psychology).

Contemporary Growth Therapies

Howard J. Clinebell's 1981 study examines & assesses the growth value of a century of developments in psychotherapy. Chapters on Freud, Adler, Fromm, Jung & the existentialists, behaviorists, transactional analysis, Gestalt theory, holistic health & biofeedback, family & feminist therapies, & psychosynthesis [posted by Religion-Online].

Edgar Allen Poe: Mesmeric Revelation

1850 report of Poe's interview with a hypnotized patient who describes God & the human condition on the verge of his own death (posted by Classics in the History of Psychology).

In Another Life: Reincarnation in America

Website for Steve Sakellarios' socio-psychological documentary posts articles on the social relevance of claims of reincarnation & the influence of the past.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self-Reliance

The 19th c. American transcendentalist's advice on achieving non-conformity.

Sigmund Freud: Interpretation of Dreams

Third edition (1900) of psychoanalysis classic posted by Classics in the History of Psychology.

Sigmund Freud: Psychopathology of Everyday Life

Freud's 1901 analysis of pathological behavior concludes with a chapter on Determinism, Chance & Supersitious Beliefs (Classics in the History of Psychology).



Divorce Archive

Mike Maness' gateway to extensive on-line resources related to all aspects of divorce.


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This page was revised 05 March 2023


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