Great Circle Views

 
 
Synopsis

Since my teens, in the Fifties, I have been seriously exploring the psychology of individual and collective human behavior, the hidden realms of metaphysics, and the mystical philosophies of the East. This exploration has been partly academic and partly experiential. My life’s passion and work has been that of delving into and synthesizing the knowledge and understanding winnowed from those deep realms.


Also, I was born and raised in an ultra-conservative, Bible belt, small town; and that was the only reality I knew at first. Becoming disillusioned with that, I moved to California in the late Sixties and, abandoning most of my old reality, deeply immersed myself in its opposite—New Age consciousness and culture. About twenty-five years later I began to emerge from that reality, again disillusioned.


As I had been winnowing the realms of psychology, metaphysics, and mystical philosophy during this time, I began to also winnow the knowledge and understanding gleaned from my early decades in ultra-conservative mainstream culture and from my decades in ultra-liberal New Age culture. This introspection was a semiconscious process born from the need to find some direction in a landless sea of confusion caused by too much unassimilated knowledge and experience from too many realms.


Attempting to gain some substance by synthesizing all these factors, I instinctively began to write. About fifteen years later, I ended up with a hefty book and had gained some constructive ground and direction. I had also begun to realize that my own little evolutionary journey over the decades has been a microcosm of our Western mainstream’s current journey from the last millennium’s realities into the unfolding realities of this one. This realization continues to deepen as I continue on with my explorations; and I offer my book, much of which is open for browsing on the “excerpts” page, to share any of my own explorations that might be helpful to anyone curious or concerned about the dynamics of our changing times.


Detailed Chronology

1937-1955: I was raised by a philosophical father and a mother interested in all the mysteries usually ignored by the mainstream. That opened my mind to possibilities outside the consensus reality of the time and place. Also throughout this time of my youth, my eldest brother acted out his intense sufferings from schizophrenia, which riveted my focus on the human psyche.


1955:  I began in earnest my explorations into the psychology of human behavior. I attended Ohio State University for one year, including studies in psychology and sociology. I left there partly to enter the work force and partly to focus on my psychological explorations in the freedom of a non-academic venue.


1956-1968:  During these years I was continually reading books and articles on personal psychology, and I was also meeting with peers for psychological discussions, where my interest in the psychology of collective behavior began to grow rapidly. As those discussions often merged into the realms of traditional Western philosophy and ethics, my interest in general philosophy was also galvanized there. By this time I wanted a deeper, experiential understanding of psychological dynamics, and I undertook Freudian therapy as an experiment in that direction. That experiment was necessarily brief, as it was expensive.

By the end of these years, I was hungering for more of the experiential therapy that I could not afford, I had abandoned traditional religion for agnosticism, and I had discovered Paramahansa Yogananda’s classic works on the Eastern mystical philosophy of raja yoga. As those teachings provide both academic and experiential venues for exploring holistic health, psychology, philosophy, world religions, and mysticism, I moved to California to undertake a full study of them at Yogananda’s organization there.


1968-1981:  Soon after moving to California, I discovered that my employer’s mental health benefits included psychological therapy at no cost. I immediately entered into long-term Jungian therapy for my own personal benefit and to expand upon my experiential explorations into the dynamics of the human psyche. (The psychiatrists in my two longest spans of therapy also acted as informal mentors.) During this time span I also explored into every therapy that was free or that I could afford, popular ones such as gestalt and bio-energetic, and later, relative exotics such as hypnotherapy, “rebirthing,” and “past-life-regression.” I was also attending ongoing lectures by psychiatrist and author, Dr. Patricia Allen.

From the beginning of these years, the subject of metaphysics had come into play from my explorations into yoga’s mystical philosophy, and also from various inputs concerning parapsychology. So I began to delve deeply into metaphysics as well, using the study of astrology as a window into that realm. This was always with an eye on how any understanding gained there might, like yoga, facilitate actualizing the highest human potentials of psychological and spiritual health. I eventually became a professional astrologer with a private practice focused on human potentials. (During the time span below, I became one of the first practitioners to work with the original national “psychic” hot line. This venue for over five years enabled me to compare thousands of horoscopes to the personalities of the callers and their issues being discussed. I later lectured and gave a few workshops on psychological astrology, as that relates to the evolution of human potential.)

Those astrological explorations into the dynamics of archetypal metaphysics joined with my deep interest in the North American Indian’s understanding of natural archetypes, and I explored the principles of shamanism as another window into the realm of metaphysics. I attended workshops with the Native American holy man Rolling Thunder and also Willy Whitefeather. Throughout these years I also participated in many day-long sweat lodge ceremonies and nearly every week made solitary visits of two or more days into remote areas of Southern California’s deserts and mountains to reawaken my psyche’s connection with primal nature, usually going in the spirit of vision quest.

About midway in this time span I also began to participate in various weekend workshops and weeklong seminars for self-improvement, these based in experiential processes designed for moving individuals through those psychological blockages which sabotage human potential. Of note are John-Roger’s Insight Transformational Seminars, and Jack Canfield’s Self Esteem Seminars.


1981-1991:  As I was beginning to feel that I had gone as far as I could with all the books, lectures, and therapies in my explorations of individual and collective psychology, and as I was becoming more interested in those works of Yogananda’s concerning the differing philosophies and psychologies of Eastern and Western cultures, important new avenues of personal exploration opened up.

A friend and spiritual mentor wished for me to gain experiential understanding of Eastern culture, especially concerning male-female dynamics. Through her influence, Dr. Tadamasa Fukaya invited me to Japan for a two-week, intensive, academic and experiential study of the Tenrikyo religion. (The Tenrikyo religion is a universal teaching based on the revelations of Japan’s Nineteenth-Century woman saint, Miki Nakayama, who is also known as Oyasama. Active spiritual and metaphysical healing by its ministers is an important aspect of this religion.) At the time, Dr. Fukaya was a professor of theology at Japan’s Tenri University, had recently been administrator of Tenri Hospital (which in the mid-Eighties, at least, was the only true holistic hospital in the world), was the head spiritual and metaphysical healer at that hospital, and was a reverend and international representative for the Tenrikyo religion. I was privileged to spend time with him as my host and instructor, and I learned much from him concerning the metaphysical and spiritual principles in holistic healing. My previous years of exploring Eastern teachings enabled me to quickly empathize with and assimilate important aspects of Eastern culture while there, especially those aspects concerning archetypal feminine and masculine principles (yin-yang) functioning in the collective psyche.

Also during this span of years, my ongoing commitment to personal evolution through participation in self-improvement seminars eventually led me to the John-David Learning Institute, where I became both a student and associate. The learning processes of this institute, and of its later incarnation as the Whole Brain Learning Institute, focused specifically on integrating and balancing right brain and left brain capacities for the purpose of evolving human potential. My experiences while working with and participating in the seminars of these institutes, along with my continuing explorations into depth psychology and archetypal metaphysics, coalesced into a deeper understanding of how right brain and left brain dynamics within individual and collective psyches are manifestations of the functioning of universal feminine and masculine principles.


(Throughout all the years since 1968 I was involved in many other attendant venues for enhancing my explorations of the subjects mentioned above. While too numerous to mention, they include spontaneous free-form dance processes for developing right brain dynamics, and keeping abreast as much as possible with the discoveries and perceptions of cutting-edge science.)


1991-present:  I began to write as a process of synthesizing all that I had learned and experienced through my early decades of growing up in a modern Western cultural environment with all that I had learned and experienced through my following decades of deep immersion into environments related to ancient and Eastern cultures. I endeavored to do this as objectively as possible, winnowing out what I thought and felt to be the worthy from the worthless in both cultures. As I continued to write, I became increasingly aware that throughout all those later decades I had been in some combination of conscious, semi-conscious, and subconscious processes synthesizing my explorations of depth psychology, archetypal metaphysics, and Eastern mysticism into a much broader picture of how we human beings function in relation to our immediate and universal environments—and how truly astounding our potentials actually are.

Fourteen years later I had completed a large volume, THE GREAT CIRCLE; Journey to Where, which is simply offered as a contribution toward the academic and experiential learning processes of anyone who may be interested in how all those seemingly-mysterious dynamics shape the quality of our individual and collective lives and destinies.



 

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