Transpersonal Knowing

Tobin Hart's book on Transpersonal & Humanistic PsychologyChanges are taking place in the most fundamental of human activity that we will call “knowing.” Not just what counts as “knowledge” but the ways in which something comes to be “known” are held up for scrutiny.

This collection explores the farther reaches of knowing (described as transpersonal, post-conventional, or spiritual) through the perspectives of some of the freshest and most respected thinkers in transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies today. This volume provides first-hand exploration of knowing together with scholarly reflection and analysis.  As much as possible authors have presented their work from the perspective of their own authentic knowing.

Among the questions addressed by each author are: How does such knowing manifest?  What are the varieties, and perhaps degrees of clarity and depth?  What is the interplay between the rational and transrational? This book is offered as part of such a dialogue that may help facilitate access to, and encourage people to trust, refine, and give voice to their own knowing.


Chapters include:

  • An Invitation to Authentic Knowing, Kaisa Puhakka
  • Inspiration as Transpersonal Knowing, Tobin Hart
  • Mystical Experience and Radical Deconstruction: Through the Ontological Looking Glass, Peter L.Nelson
  • Reflection and Presence: The Dialectic of Awakening, John Welwood
  • Dissolving the Center: Streamlining the Mind and Dismantling the Self, Fred J. Hanna
  • Illuminative Presence, Zia Inayhat Khan
  • Spiritual Inquiry, Donald Rothberg
  • Transpersonal Cognition in Developmental Perspective, Michael Washburn
  • Transpersonal Knowledge: A Participative Approach to Transpersonal Phenomena, Jorge Ferrer
  • Deep Empathy, Tobin Hart
  • The Love that Dares Not Speak its Name, Jenny Wade
  • Service as a Way of Knowing, Arthur Deikman

“This an outstanding book, which has to be read by anyone seriously interested in transpersonal psychology. Each chapter is a real addition to the literature, and the whole thing adds up to a state-of-the-art contribution. I found this book quite inspiring, and shall use it and refer to it often.” John Rowan


“Transpersonal Psychology for adults.”                                                                                                        Charles Tart, Ph.D.