Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 8: Transcendence

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    Note about these "Supplementary Lecture Notes"

Please note that these "Supplementary Lecture Notes" consist of an Outline and a summary of some of the material covered in class that is not in the textbook. The textbook is actually the "lecture notes" (that got published). So, except for the outlines, which are usually just a list of the sections from each chapter in the book, these supplementary lecture notes cover only supplementary material that is not in the textbook.


Varieties of transcendent experiences
    flow, peak experiences, mystical experiences
Instances of spontaneous transcendence
    Edgar Mitchell, Allan Smith, John Wren-Lewis
Transcendental Meditation
Styles of Meditation
    concentrative, witnessing, reflexive
Franklin Wolff’s transcendental philosophy
Explanations of transcendence
    reductionist theories
    perennial philosophy
Altered states of consciousness of finders course alumni

    Edgar Mitchell's Transcendent Experience

I will show the first 12 minutes of Edgar Mitchell's video "The View from Space" as an example of a spontaneous transcendent experience. You can borrow this DVD from the King's library. The call number is QB500.262.M58.

    Finders Course Research

For a summary about Finders Course Research please go to


Mitchell, E. (2006). The view from space: A message of peace. [videorecording] Boca Raton, Florida, USA: Sheilah Mitchell Productions, Inc.