Called scoffers because they’re they’re not interested in whether it’s bunk or not there as far as they’re concerned they’ve already made up their minds and why because for some reason atheists tend to be suspicious of parapsychology they assume that anyone who accepts.
The existence of ESP or psychokinesis must therefore be a theist of some sort believe that these are gifts of the Spirit or associated with religious and spiritual traditions and a course throughout.
History psychic phenomena has been associated with every spiritual tradition going back to animism shamanism Taoism Hinduism Buddhism early Christianity Judaism Islam they all have legends of Saints and mystics and people who have powers of the Spirit now this also became a fact that was noticed by.
Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers and the other early founders of the Association for humanistic psychology and they thought you know we need to have a psychological understanding of these matters of the human psyche in the human consciousness the human mind that have.
Been up until then really primarily almost entirely in the domain of religions or sometimes popular modern movements like Silla mind-control or things of that sort but they realized that this was taking things a step.
Beyond the province of the Association for humanistic psychology although I can tell you this Association for humanistic psychology to my knowledge has always been open to spiritual experience in the paranormal nevertheless the founders of the AHP Association for humanistic psychology set up a second.
Organization the Association for transpersonal psychology and that Association was specifically designed to understand to experiment with to research and to help cultivate a psychological understanding of experiences that go beyond the personal transpersonal means in in effect experiences of consciousness outside of the brain spiritual experiences psychic experiences things that cannot be explained simply in terms of our personal individual consciousness and that society has flourished as well although.
It never quite made the mainstream in fact there was a movement when the Association for transpersonal psychology wanted to set up a separate division within the American Psychological Association there was a movement to stop it a movement land’ ironically by Rollo may a great existential psychologist whom I’ve interviewed and whom I greatly admire but I disagreed with him in terms of his opposition to transpersonal psychology now Rollo may himself was a.
Great humanistic psychologist as well as existential psychologist he’s written wonderful books on the human will I remember reading his great masterpiece I’m showing the cover of it right now when I finished that book I was in tears it was.
So powerful and Rollo may himself I can say had great sympathy for mysticism he was particularly interested in the German mystic Jakob i’ma anyway he stood against he wrote a very.
Passionate editorial and the Board of Regents of the American Psychological Association refused to set up a separate division of transpersonal psychology because Rollo may argued they’re not practicing psychology they’re practicing religion under the guise of psychology well that’s kind of been the roadblock and as far as I’m concerned these areas religion psychology they.
Bleed into each other they have leaky margins to some extent and in fact all of.
The humanistic disciplines the humanities whether its philosophy or literature or poetry.
They all kind of bleed into each other really nevertheless these are very important cultural.
Movements and I wanted to share them with you because if there’s a.
Sense in which they’re being forgotten these days Abraham Maslow Carl Rogers V F Skinner well they’re all dead frankly and and perhaps becoming somewhat forgotten but I I wanted to share my memories of these people with you because for.
Me they’re still very vital and I hope that you can feel that vitality and have a little taste of that history thank you for being with me you.