Stuart Hameroff – Do we have a quantum Soul?

Dr. Hameroff’s research for 35 years has involved consciousness – how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness. A clinical anesthesiologist, Hameroff has studied how anesthetic gas molecules selectively erase consciousness via delicate quantum effects on protein dynamics.

Following a longstanding interest in the computational capacity of microtubules inside neurons, Hameroff teamed with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose to develop a controversial quantum theory of consciousness called orchestrated objective reduction (Orch OR) which connects brain processes to fundamental spacetime geometry. Recently Hameroff has explored the theoretical implications of Orch OR for consciousness to exist independent of the body, distributed in deeper, lower, faster scales in non-local, holographic spacetime, raising possible scientific approaches to the soul and spirituality.

PATHS BEYOND EGO: The Transpersonal Vision – Edited by Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. and Frances Vaughan


This book is a clarion call for an expanded vision of human possibilities. In it, many of the best thinkers of our day ask us to renew the perennial search for self-knowledge and to discover the deeper meaning of our lives.

For this, they offer the transpersonal perspective—which extends beyond conventional psychology and science to include the study of consciousness in its myriad forms, including altered states, yoga, dreams, and contemplation. This marriage of psychology and science with the spiritual traditions has borne ripe fruit: the transpersonal vision, which offers a uniquely generous and encompassing view of human nature.

The fifty essays that make up Paths Beyond Ego apply transpersonal thinking to individual growth, psychotherapy, meditation, dreams, psychedelics, science, ethics, philosophy, ecology, and service. The result is an integrated and comprehensive overview of the many dimensions of human experience.
In clear, accessible writing, the contributors suggest that our potential for enhancing human abilities is much greater than previously suspected and that our tools for this grand undertaking are widely available today. The transpersonal vision offers great hope for the future—and links us to the timeless wisdom of the ages.



The Riddle of Consciousness

1. Psychology, Reality, and Consciousness

2. Psychologia Perennis: The Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

3. The Systems Approach to Consciousness (Charles Tart)

4. Mapping and Comparing States (Roger Walsh)


Meditation: Royal Road to the Transpersonal

5. The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (Jack Kornfield)

6. Meditation Research: The State of the Art (Roger Walsh)

7. Even the Best Meditators Have Old Wounds to Heal: Combining Meditation and Psychotherapy (Jack Kornfield)

Lucid Dreaming

8. Benefits of Lucid Dreaming (Judith Malamud)

9. Learning Lucid Dreaming (Stephen LaBerge)

10. Beyond Lucidity: Moving Toward Pure Consciousness (Jayne Gackenbach and Jane Bosveld)

11 Continuous Consciousness (Sri Aurobindo)

12. From Lucidity to Enlightenment: Tibetan Dream Yoga (Stephen LaBerge)


The Mind Manifesters: Implications of Psychedelics

13. Do Drugs Have Religious Import? (Huston Smith)

14. The Varieties of Consciousness: Observations from Nitrous Oxide (William James)

15. Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research (Stanislav Grof)


Transpersonal dimensions of development

16. The Spectrum of Transpersonal Development (Ken Wilber)

17. Becoming Somebody and Nobody: Psychoanalysis and Buddhism (John H. Engler)

18. The Varieties of Egolessness (Mark Epstein)

19. The Pre/Trans Fallacy (Ken Wilber)


Problems on the Path: Clinical Concerns

20. Spiritual Emergency: The Understanding and Treatment of Transpersonal Crises
(Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof)

21. Addiction as Spiritual Emergency (Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof)

22. The Shadow of the Enlightened Guru (Georg Feurestein)

23. The Spectrum of Pathologies (Ken Wilber)

The Quest for Wholeness: Transpersonal Therapies

24. The Spectrum of Therapies (Ken Wilber)

25. Healing and Wholeness: Transpersonal Psychotherapy (Frances Vaughan)

26. Assumptions of Transpersonal Psychotherapy (Bryan Wittine)

27. Integral Practices: Body, Heart and Mind (Michael Murphy)


Science, Technology, and Transcendence

28. Different Views from Different States (Gordon Globus)

29. Eye to Eye: Science and Transpersonal Psychology (Ken Wilber)

30. Science and Mysticism (Fritjof Capra)

31. Transpersonal Anthropology (Charles D. Laughlin, Jr., John McManus, and Jon Shearer)

32. The Near-Death Experience (Kenneth Ring)

The Philosophy of Transcendence

33. Transpersonal Worldviews: Historical and Philosophical reflections (Robert A. McDermott)

34. The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

35. The Great Chain of Being (Ken Wilber)

36. Hidden Wisdom (Roger Walsh)

Minding Our World: Service and Sustainability

37. The Nobel Peace Lecture: A Call for Universal Responsibility (The Dalai Lama)

38. Compassion: The Delicate Balance (Ram Dass)

39. Conscious Love (John Welwood)

40. Transpersonal Ecology (Warwick Fox)

41. Deep Ecology: Living as If Nature Mattered (Bill Devall and George Sessions)

42. The Tao of Personal and Social Transformation (Duane Elgin)

43. Transpersonal Experience and the Global Crisis (Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof)

44. An Inner Manhattan Project (Peter Russell)

Envisioning the Future

45. Paths Beyond Ego in the Coming Decades

46. The Adventure of Consciousness (Roger Walsh and Frances Vaughan)
Ph.D.Frances Vaughan: Spirituality and Psychology (excerpt) — Thinking Allowed

NOTE: This is an excerpt from a 30-minute DVD.

True psychology is incomplete without an understanding of the spiritual yearnings of human beings. Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., is a transpersonal psychotherapist and president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology. She is author of Awakening Intuition and The Inward Arc. Dr. Vaughan stresses that all spiritual traditions ultimately offer a means toward transcendence of the limited self.

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