PSYCH 418 - Psychology and Spiritual Development
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115, and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the stages of spiritual development, beginning with awakening and initiation, through the deepening of direct experience and the formulation of a coherent spiritual path, including the notion of an ultimate attainment. It explores the function of spiritual groups and teachers in facilitating this development. Of particular interest are:

  • the spiritual seeker's experience of 'little death,' the mode of apparent discontinuity when the 'old life' is supplanted by a new identity and mode of living;
  • times of crisis, adaptation, and 'the dark night;' and
  • the experience of 'physical death,' as seen from the perspective of a lifetime of encountering both relative and absolute reality.

By means of personal narratives and fictional accounts, this course explores how diverse traditions create and value these moments of surrender and transformation. Lectures and readings by Hesse, Thich Nhat Hanh, Hillesum, Wilber, Batchellor, and others will form the basis of two short papers and one long final paper. There will be no final exam.

PSYCH 418 - Psychology and Spiritual Development
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuWTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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May 12 Leadership and Self-Deception 
May 20 Mayer ? Extraordinary Knowing 
May 27 Tolle ? A New Earth 
June 3 Wilber ? Grace and Grit 
June 10 Dalai Lama ? The Art of Happiness 
June 17 Gibran ? The Prophet
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