- Hardcover: 386 pages
- Publisher: SUNY Press (May 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438464878
- ISBN-13: 978-1438464879
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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.” ― CHOICE
“…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
“In 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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To state it somewhat dramatically, Ferrer’s (2017) Participation and the Mystery could play a significant role in informing major paradigm changes to come through the “merging of pragmatic science and spiritual concerns” (Lahood, 2007, as cited in Ferrer, 2017, p. 23). In this context, Ferrer’s (2017) work is of utmost academic and psychospiritual importance, as it builds a synthesizing bridge toward uniting the naturalistic and supernaturalic shores separated perhaps by a nearly four-centuries-old Cartesian-Kantian divide. As Ferrer (2017) put it, the gulf of the “Kantian mentalist dualism of a merely phenomenal world and an always inaccessible noumenal reality” (p. 54) might be best overcome by a participatory approach that embraces “a more liberal or open naturalism—one that is receptive to both the ontological integrity of spiritual referents and the plausibility of subtle worlds or dimensions of reality” (p. 69).
In this reviewer’s opinion, Ferrer’s (2017) latest work represents the first of its kind to explore the uncharted waters of a “deep and ample multidimensional cosmos” (p. 211), one where consciousness is not confined to neither the brain nor the material or natural world. While Participation and the Mystery offers up more questions and possible new directions for participatory thinking than final answers, Ferrer’s new book is no doubt a critically important read for all students engaged in transpersonal and integral learning and research. It is well worth the effort for readers, particularly Ferrer’s final Postscript, where he sums up the most important conceptual changes in his work since the publication of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory (Ferrer, 2002).
Overall, Ferrer’s Participation and the Mystery represents, dare I say, 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. As Ferrer (2017) celebrated, “a participatory sensibility to spirituality and scholarship can and does manifest in a rich multiplicity of ways” (p. 1).