Greg Bogart, PhD, is a transpersonal psychotherapist in private practice in northern California. He is author of In the Company of Sages: The Journey of the Spiritual Seeker, Dreamwork and Self- Healing: Unfolding the Symbols of the Unconscious, Dreamwork in Holistic Psychotherapy of Depression, and Astrology and Spiritual Awakening.
Here he shares his experiences as a former disciple of Swami Muktananda regarding the yearnings and promises that lead one to pursue a journey of spiritual discipline and devotion. He describes the stages of initiation, testing, and discipleship. He explains the notions of spiritual transmission associated with guru yoga. He also describes a variety of pitfalls on the path and the frictions that arise when authoritarian spiritual cultures are imported into American communities with strong values associated with rugged individualism.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and past president of the Intuition Network.
(Recorded on January 20, 2019)
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