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Smith, L. Glenn (Leonard Glenn), 1939-

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies


Sentis; Alejandro F.--Psychology; Transpersonal psychology; Humanistic psychology


This is a phenomenological descriptive account of personal experiences and discoveries within the framework of humanistic and transpersonal psychology. It covers a ten- year period of intensive search for fulfillment trying to answer the question "who am I?" It encompasses my initial experiences with therapy and growth groups, the descriptions of therapeutical techniques developed by the Human Potential Movement, and over thirteen awareness methods created by a living master. I review the psychological and interactive structure of a transpersonal-encounter workshop, along with the story of the genesis and development of a therapeutic communal experiment created by the graduates from my first year-long growth group. The work continues with the expansion of my therapeutic frontiers while experimenting with different group and personal development techniques such as NLP, inner opposite archetypal gender polarity, inner child and others. I write about the adventures while living in a spiritual experiment created by a Chilean mystic in the southern rain forest of Latin America, and my posterior participation and establishment of two meditation centers. I talk about my life as a foreign student in the United States, the impressions of my interaction with a different culture, as well as my experiences with Native American Mystic techniques. Finally, my journey takes me to Poona, India where I stay for three months in the largest growth center in the world, created by an Indian mystic in order to produce a blending of Western psychotherapy and Eastern mysticism.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [209]-215)


viii, 215 pages




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