The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience

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A classic and perennially relevant book, written by one of the world's foremost authorities in the field,
The Unfolding Self
Varieties of
Transformative Experience

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The Unfolding Self examines in detail the transformations which an individual undergoes in the process of their expansion of consciousness. Referencing ancient ...

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Overview

A classic and perennially relevant book, written by one of the world's foremost authorities in the field,
The Unfolding Self
Varieties of
Transformative Experience

Back to Titles

The Unfolding Self examines in detail the transformations which an individual undergoes in the process of their expansion of consciousness. Referencing ancient and modern cultures from around the world, Dr. Metzner accomplishes what only a great teacher can do; conveying subtle concepts and fascinating breadth through an engrossing tapestry of myth, allegory, cross-references and historical context.
Drawing upon 50 years as a pioneer in the study of consciousness, beginning with his triune collaborations with Dr.'s Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert at Harvard University in the early 1960's, Dr. Metzner brings unique experience and sagacity to this most important of inquiries.
Now required reading in a number of progressive psychology courses, The Unfolding Self promises to provide its reader with valuable tools to become "wise, impartial judges" in their process of transformation into a more integrated and fulfilled person.

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Larry Dossey
For years I've followed a principle: Read anything Ralph Metzner writes. The Unfolding Self confirms that I'm still correct. This book is a valuable guide to the farthest reaches of consciousness.
— (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Prayer is Good Medicine)
Frances Vaughan
This book is a treasure house of ancient and modern wisdom offering a wealth of stories and metaphors that nourish the soul. Metzner's breadth of knowledge and rare gift for insight make this book an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of inner realities.
— (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., author of Shadows of the Sacred)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981831800
  • Publisher: Pioneer Imprints
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,377,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness ever since as a graduate student he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. During the 1970s, Ralph spent 10 years in the intensive study and practice of Agni Yoga, a meditative system of working with light-fire life-energies. He wrote Maps of Consciousness, one of the earliest attempts at a comparative cartography of consciousness; and Know Your Type, a comparative survey of personality typologies, ancient and modern. He was the Academic Dean for ten years, during the 1980s, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he taught courses there on "Altered States of Consciousness" and "Developing Ecological Consciousness." He is now Professor Emeritus. He maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice, and conducts numerous workshops on consciousness transformation, both nationally and internationally. His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl.
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