Youngstown, Ohio, USA
What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
How can I most effectively support the collective spiritual
awakening that is taking place in history today? How can one integrate
the extraordinary experiences that emerge in sacred medicine work with
daily spiritual practices to accelerate and deepen one's transformation?
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
As a university professor, I have been personally and
professionally involved in spirituality and exploring the deep psyche
all my adult life. I have been a meditator for 30 years, worked with
sacred medicines for 20 years, and been practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism
for 7 years. The unbounded nature of consciousness and the subtle, complex
tapestry of collective mind arise in all these contexts and in the university
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
As an educator I have found my own way to work with the
collective mental fields created by group endeavors. I have incorporated
numerous spiritual practices into the art of teaching, both directly
in the classroom and indirectly behind the scenes.
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
I am a university professor teaching in the fields of
comparative spirituality and consciousness research. I am also the author
of Lifecycles (Paragon House) and Dark Night, Early Dawn (SUNY). The
former is a book on reincarnation and the latter explores the field-dynamics
of consciousness. For 2 years I was the Director of Transformative Learning
at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
In sacred medicine work and holotropic breathwork, I
use the methods pioneered by Stanislav Grof. I have practiced many forms
of meditation through the years, more recently the practices of Vajrayana
Buddhism including dzogchen.
How would you like to be available to others in
I am available to do workshops or give talks on the dynamics
of group consciousness, especially as these surface in the classroom
and in small groups.