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Participation and the Mystery: Transpersonal Essays in Psychology, Education, and Religion Hardcover – May 1, 2017

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“Ferrer’s new book is no doubt a critically important read for all students engaged in transpersonal and integral learning and research … [and] an epoch-making resource to introduce/re-introduce his pioneering participatory vision for all those who wish to deepen their understanding of the diversity of metaphysical, ontological, and epistemological implications of his work.” ― Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

“The book is clearly written and quite accessible.” ―

“…these brilliant new essays are required reading for anyone seriously interested in spirituality, psychology, religion, mysticism, philosophy of science and education … the volume is highly stimulating and thought-provoking in articulating a participatory perspective across a number of disciplines and challenging us to become more integral, embodied and responsible.” ―
Paradigm Explorer

“…a fine book, serving as a compelling addition to Jorge Ferrer’s distinctive approach to transpersonal psychology. For those who are unfamiliar with the field, this volume might well serve as an initiation to further reading. For those conversant with transpersonalism, there is a rich and wide-ranging engagement here with relevant fields of research, and Ferrer advances and elucidates his previous work in a number of new and valuable ways.” ―
Reading Religion

“The range of ideas expressed in this compelling series of papers is extensive.” ―
Journal of Analytical Psychology

Participation and the Mystery, we are given the opportunity to dive into the engaging, provocative, and stunningly erudite thought of Jorge N. Ferrer, arguably one of the premier transpersonal theorists of our time. Building on the key essays written after the publication of his seminal work, Revisioning Transpersonal Theory, Ferrer shows us how his compelling and extremely fertile participatory model can be applied, with intriguing and rewarding results, to multiple, highly distinct fields of discourse. Read this book if you want your worldview to be both challenged and enriched.” ― G. William Barnard, author of Living Consciousness: The Metaphysical Vision of Henri Bergson

“Ferrer is a leading figure in transpersonal psychology. His participatory perspective explains both the deep commonalities and the creative diversity of spiritual traditions. It provides a way to understand the general phenomenon of spirituality without falling prey to ideological dogmatism or the tendency to privilege one’s own spiritual tradition or practice over others. Ferrer’s work deserves to be widely read.” ― Michael Washburn, author of
Transpersonal Psychology in Psychoanalytic Perspective

“This is an important collection of essays from one of the leading contemporary thinkers in transpersonal studies. Ferrer’s participatory approach represents the most significant development in transpersonal theory and practice to have emerged this century, and this book is the ideal introduction to Ferrer’s work. It will become required reading for all students of transpersonal psychology, as well as for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of transformational practice, transpersonal education, spirituality, and religion.” ― Michael Daniels, author of
Shadow, Self, Spirit: Essays in Transpersonal Psychology

“Rich and thought-provoking, this book ranges widely through Ferrer’s reflections on the participatory worldview in relation to psychology, education, and religion.” ― Andrew O. Fort, Texas Christian University

About the Author

Jorge N. Ferrer is Professor of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality and the coeditor, with Jacob H. Sherman, of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies, both also published by SUNY Press.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SUNY Press (May 1, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 386 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1438464878
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1438464879
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
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Jorge N. Ferrer, PhD, was born in Barcelona, Spain. After studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Barcelona and the University of Wales, College of Cardiff (U.K.), he travelled to the USA to obtain his Ph.D. degree under the auspices of the prestigious 'la Caixa" Foundation Fellowship Program (Catalonia, Spain). He was professor of psychology for more than 20 years at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, where he also served as chair of the Department of East-West Psychology. He is the author of LOVE AND FREEDOM: TRANSCENDING MONOGAMY AND POLYAMORY (Rowman & Littefield, 2021), REVISIONING TRANSPERSONAL THEORY: A PARTICIPATORY VISION OF HUMAN SPIRITUALITY (SUNY Press, 2002), and PARTICIPATION AND THE MYSTERY: TRANSPERSONAL ESSAYS IN PSYCHOLOGY, EDUCATION, AND RELIGION (SUNY PRESS, 2017), as well as coeditor of THE PARTICIPATORY TURN: SPIRITUALITY, MYSTICISM, RELIGIOUS STUDIES (SUNY Press, 2008). His work on alternative intimate relationships has been featured in journals such as Sexuality and Culture and Psychology and Sexuality. In his international private practice, Jorge offers professional counseling to individual and couples focused on the management of jealousy, infidelities, sexual incompatibilities, open relationships, and the design of more satisfying intimate relationships. He was selected to become an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United Nations. Learn more at

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