Participating in the Mystery
An Interview with Jorge N. Ferrer

October 6, 2018

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Jorge Ferrer speaks with Joanna about: exploring the further reaches of human nature; aparticpatory relationship with Nature and the Mystery; navigating a rich combination of cultures; three elements of participatory spirituality, the spiritual dignity of sensual pleasure and sexuality, radical relation with everything, creative inquiry and individuation; sacred sexuality; re-enchantment of the world and non-religious spirituality; an intense cross-pollination religious traditions; the prejudice of the patriarchal mindset against entheogens; Eros and embodied spirituality.

Jorge N. Ferrer is core faculty of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, where he also served as department chair. He is the author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality (SUNY Press, 2002), Participation and the Mystery: Transpersonal Essays in Psychology, Education and Religion (SUNY Press, 2017), and co-editor of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008). In 2000, he received the Fetzer Institute’s Presidential Award for his eminal work on consciousness studies, and in 2009 he became an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United nations on a research project aimed at solving global interreligious conflict. He offers workshops, presentations, and seminars on integral spirituality and education nationally and internationally.


“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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