jeffery martin transformative studies Jeffery Martin

Transformative Studies, PhD

Distinguished University Professor and Dean of Research
Sofia University

California, US

The TSD progam was exactly what I needed. I was trying to research a very difficult topic, and knew that I needed the cutting edge scholarship that only transdisciplinary research could provide. It didn't take long to uncover TSD as the premier program for this in North America. Both during the program and since graduation, my education has ideally served me. I've made the level of progress that I could only dream of in my core research area, and equal progress in getting it out into the world and producing an impact on people's lives. Thank you CIIS!

Jeffery is an academic researcher, serial entrepreneur, technologist, and investor who specializes in advancing the highest forms of human wellbeing. For over a decade he has conducted the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE), which includes the types of consciousness commonly known as: enlightenment, nonduality, the peace that passeth understanding, unitive experience, and hundreds of other terms. This resulted in the first reliable, cross-cultural and pan-tradition classification system for these types experience. More recently, he has used this research to make systems available to help people obtain profound psychological benefits in a rapid, secular, reliable, and safe way.

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Ego Development Stage Does Not Predict Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience

Non-symbolic experiences have been reported for millennia and generally attributed to spiritual and religious contexts, although atheists and agnostics also report them. Popular terms for them include: nondual awareness, enlightenment, mystical experiences, peak experiences, transcendental experience, the peace that passeth understanding, unity consciousness, union with God, and so forth. Most are temporary, but some individuals report a persistent form of them. Some scholars have argued that these experiences represent advanced stages of human development and placed them atop existing levels in various domains of developmental psychology such as cognitive or ego development. There is little evidence for this view. Moreover, several problems with it are pointed out in the present work. The primary goal of this study is to test the above taxonomy by comparing ego development and Mysticism Scale measurements from a diverse population of individuals who report persistent non-symbolic experience.

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