The Unfolding Self


New Age / Esoterics



Ralph Metzner

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6 x 9
322 pages

Varieties of Transformative Experience

“Transformative experiences are as unique as they are profound, yet each portrays universal truths about human nature.”

Drawing from multiple disciplines ranging across the world’s cultures (beginning with his collaborations with Dr. Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert at Harvard University in the early 1960s), Dr. Metzner explores subtle concepts using a tapestry of myth, allegory, and historical context.

The Unfolding Self promises to provide its reader with valuable tools to become “wise, impartial judges” in their process of transformation into becoming a more integrated and fulfilled person. Readers who immerse themselves in these masterful descriptions can catalyze their own process of evolution.

No comparable psychology of spirituality exists that draws from such a rich lifework of scholarship, experiment, and spiritual practice. Drawing from multiple disciplines and ranging across the world’s cultures, Dr. Metzner goes beyond his roots in transpersonal psychology to uncover universal structures of spiritual transformation. Readers who immerse themselves in these masterful descriptions can catalyze their own process of evolution.

Ralph Metzner

Ralph passed away peacefully in sleep March 14, 2019. He will be greatly missed. Ralph Metzner’s work stretches the boundaries of traditional psychology by incorporating shamanic methods that transform consciousness and expand our understanding of the human psyche. Ralph Metzner, PhD who has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Harvard University, 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. 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. He maintained a part-time psychotherapy practice, and conducted numerous workshops on consciousness transformation, both nationally and internationally.
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