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Transpersonal Coaching Models For Transformation

Transpersonal Coaching Models For Transformation

Transpersonal psychology is a whole-person (holistic) psychology which embraces the important role of self-transcendent states, mystical states, psychedelic experiences and other forms of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Of particular interest is the role of these self-transcendent states in fostering personal transformation, well-being and human flourishing. The application of these transpersonal principles can provide coaches with...

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Why You Shouldn’t Vent About Your Employer/Organization Online

Why You Shouldn’t Vent About Your Employer/Organization Online

We all get frustrated sometimes with the people we work with, study with, volunteer with or live with. Or any group of people we hang out with and are tasked with “working” together in some capacity. Group dynamics are tricky and sometimes a perfect storm of less-than-emotionally-intelligent, egoic, abrasive or dismissive leadership or communication styles can clash with strong emotions or passions of other’s in the group and create...

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MAPS Canada – Examining The Psychedelic Renaissance (Episode 1)

MAPS Canada – Examining The Psychedelic Renaissance (Episode 1)

The Leading Edge of Psychedelic Medicine (Rick Doblin) After more than 50 years of political suppression, many parts of the world are experiencing an explosion of psychedelic research and medicine which is revolutionizing mental-health care, addiction treatment, palliative care and our understanding of the nature of self, consciousness and mystical experiences. This relatively recent explosion of interest and return to research into...

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Building An Ethical Foundation For Psychedelic Professionals

Building An Ethical Foundation For Psychedelic Professionals

As more mental-health, counselling, coaching and wellness professionals engage psychedelics in their professions, the more we need a common ethical foundation to guide our efforts. This is important for a variety of reasons, one of which is the fact that treating with psychedelics, or guiding others in their use, is unlike any other form of therapy, counselling or coaching. For instance, with most pre-psychedelic approaches to...

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Choosing To Soar

Choosing To Soar

  “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” ~ Joseph Campbell     Epilogue (August 22 2020): As I approach another career evolution at 60 (Transpersonal Wellness & Psychedelic Integration Coach), I thought I would share a paper I wrote at the end of my first year with Sophia University back in 2013. The topic of...

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Contemplations On Death

Contemplations On Death

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings” ~ Socrates (469-399 B.C.E) We are all going to die. Yet, many of us live our lives as if this mortal inevitability will happen to everyone else but us. It would seem that for Western culture, denial and suppression are the hallmarks of how we tend to orient ourselves on the topic of mortality. Death is something that happens to everyone else, and we seem to live out each day as if death is...

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The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The transpersonal (beyond self) study of human psychology and most spiritual and even religious practices, are guided by similar intentions. In a very broad sense the study of human psychology — transpersonal psychology in particular — and spiritual/religious practice, are both concerned with the realization of our highest potential as human beings. To become aware of and better understand the consciousness, behaviors, experiences,...

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Coastal Living: Happiness, Awe & The Blue Mind

Coastal Living: Happiness, Awe & The Blue Mind

How can we be happy and flourish as human beings? To be clear, I am not talking about the momentary sense of joy or excitement which may come from winning the lottery. But rather long-term sustainable happiness and well-being, resistant to life challenges and obstacles. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” (Socrates) Well, after our basic physiological, safety,...

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Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

You can’t pick up a newspaper paper today, watch the news or browse any psychological, transpersonal or addiction journal and not come across some reference to, or scientific article about, psychedelics. We are currently undergoing something of a psychedelic renaissance with even wider acceptance, far more scientific and medical research and excitement around the psychological and mental-health benefits of psychedelics, than occurred...

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Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Guns and shooting used to be a very important and enjoyable part of my life for over 35 years. Guns and target shooting also helped me to develop self-worth, self-confidence and (likely) reduce the impact of and even escape, the severe abuse I experienced during my early teens. However, as cathartic or enjoyable as guns were in my life, I gave them up over a decade ago during a period of depression stemming from a substance problem which...

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