PSYCH 418 - Psychology and Spiritual Development
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Waitlist Capacity:
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.

Course Requirements:

Lectures and readings by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Dalai Lama, Ken Wilber, Kahlil Gibran and others will form the basis of two papers. There will be no final exam.

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PSYCH 418 - Psychology and Spiritual Development
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Permision of Instructor is NOT needed to enroll in this course.
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0452289963
A new earth : awakening to your life's purpose, Author: Tolle, Eckhart, 1948-, Publisher: Plume 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0553382233
Extraordinary knowing : science, skepticism, and the inexplicable powers of the human mind, Author: Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer ; [forewords by Freeman Dyson and Carol Gilligan]., Publisher: Bantam Books Bantam tra 2008
ISBN: 9781570627422
Grace and grit : spirituality and healing in the life and death of Treya Killam Wilber, Author: Ken Wilber., Publisher: Shambhala 2nd ed. 2000
ISBN: 1605095281
Leadership and Self-Deception Getting out of the Box., Author: Institute, The Arbinger., Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2010
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781604070811
Meditation for the love of it : enjoying your own deepest experience, Author: Sally Kempton., Publisher: Sounds True 2010
ISBN: 0553351397
Peace is every step : the path of mindfulness in everyday life, Author: Thich Nhat Hanh ; edited by Arnold Kotler., Publisher: Bantam Books Bantam tra 1992
ISBN: 9780811202923
Siddhartha;, Author: Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962., Publisher: New Directions 1951
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1573221112
The art of happiness : a handbook for living, Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler., Publisher: Riverhead Books 1998
ISBN: 0394404289
The prophet, Author: by Kahlil Gibran., Publisher: Knopf 91. print. 2006
ISBN: 9781570621604
When things fall apart : heart advice for difficult times, Author: Cho?dro?n, Pema., Publisher: Shambhala 1997
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