Ongoing Thoughts on Spiritual Ideas (Buddhism, e.g.) and Practices for Understanding Consciousness – 1 Charles T. Tart I’ve always tried to get essential science (not dismissive materialism) and essential spirituality (ways of direct experience, not dogma) to interact to advance both areas.  Our knowledge in all areas is far, far from complete.  Advancing our […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 8th, 2015

Why Our Emotions Drive Us Crazy: Take 1, They Have To Shout! Charles T. Tart As usual, these are thoughts-in-process… As a person who likes to think of himself as a rational individual, I have often been amazed, embarrassed, and blown away by the way a feeling, an emotion, suddenly arises and takes over my […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 29th, 2015

When I entered graduate school back in 1961, I signed up for the doctorate in clinical psychology track.  I figured with my oddball interests in psychic phenomena, altered states of consciousness, spirituality, and the like, conflicting with the physicalism and conservatism in mainstream psychology, it might be hard for me to get a regular teaching […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 23rd, 2011

I have been intellectually impressed for years with G. I. Gurdjieff’s claim that we have three distinct types of “intelligence,” namely our intellectual mind, what we usually think of as intelligence, our emotional mind, and our bodily-instinctive mind.  I say intellectually impressed, because for many years this was primarily a set of ideas for me, […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 4th, 2011

Dr. Charles Tart Mindfulness Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 5, Part 5 of 18 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: Now once in a while, the transpersonal does get through to us. So one way to grow is to hope to have an overwhelming transpersonal experience that […]

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Dr. Charles Tart Mindfulness Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 5, Part 3 of 18 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. That takes us over to the upper right hand corner diagram of what can happen with Vipassana meditation, and two big things are happening in the way I […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 11th, 2011

Dr. Charles Tart Mindfulness Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 4, Part 16 of 18 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: It’s a very unusual environment here at ITP, going back to William’s concerns for a minute or so. We don’t have a doctrine. We’re not a particular […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 25th, 2011

Because I have written several books on mindfulness, not just classical sitting meditation but the Gurdjieffian application of mindfulness to real life, (-Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential;- Living the Mindful Life; and –Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People), I often get communications from people wanting to go further than an introduction, […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on June 29th, 2011

One aspect of psychotherapy has always interested me.  Most (all?) spiritual systems say we humans are in a bad condition.  We are “fallen” (Christian) or “asleep” (Gurdjieff) or in “samsara” (Buddhist) or “maya” (Hindu yoga).  An important aspect of that is we are not fully aware of who we really are, including our spiritual side, […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on May 10th, 2011

Many times in my life I’ve been presented with some useful truth – and I don’t get it.  But if it’s presented to me several times, and/or in several different forms, I may finally understand.  Here I’m thinking about the idea, common to all spiritual traditions I know of, that there is something badly wrong […]

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