A Different Dimensiontraces the historical development of an expanded, transpersonal view of consciousness—a view that sees the human mind as reaching beyond individual,

personal consciousness into realms that we call“spiritual.” It provides a rich and

vital discussion of some of the most fundamental questions of our lives: questions

about the nature and capacities of the human mind, and its relation to ultimate

realities. While scientifically informed, transpersonal thought challenges common

assumptions of our dominant, materialistic intellectual consensus, which sees all

consciousness as a product of brain function. While sympathetic to mystical

experience, it seldom endorses mainstream systems of religious belief; rather,

it provides intellectual substance to the trend referred to as Spiritual But Not

Religious. Focusing on key figures and their seminal ideas, Mark Ryan presents a

clear and graceful account of this current in psychology, from before the discovery of the unconscious in the late 19th century, through the emergence of transpersonal psychology as an organized field in the late 1960s, to its reverberations in our contemporary world.

Mark Ryan

​An historian of American thought and culture, Mark Ryan was Dean of

Jonathan Edwards College and a teacher of American Studies and

History at Yale University for more than twenty years. Mark is author of

"A Collegiate Way of Living" (Yale University, 2001), articles in various

journals on higher education, and articles in the Journal of Transpersonal

Psychology and related publications on transpersonal thought. He served for fourteen years on the Board of Trustees of Naropa University, is past chair of the Board of Directors of Wisdom University,

and current Chair of the Jonathan Edwards Trust at Yale. Certified by Grof Transpersonal Training as a practitioner of Holotropic Breathwork, Mark teaches regularly for the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies and at the C. G. Jung Educational Center of Houston.

A Different Dimension is available at the Jung Center Bookstore, and at (in both paperback and Kindle editions), and at

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Arrive between 5:30 - 6:00 pm. for social time. The meeting starts promptly at 6 and ends at 7:45 p.m​​

Bering Memorial United Methodist Church
1440 Harold St at Mulberry St. | Houston, TX 77006

(two blocks south of Westheimer; East of Dunlavy; West of Montrose)
Parking is on Mulberry at Hawthorne. Entrance on Mulberry St. with a short cement staircase to the Fellowship Hall in the Basement.
For handicap and easier access, the back door facing the parking lot opens with elevator access to the basement level.

Mark Ryan speaks on his new book: A Different Dimension:

Reflections on the History of Transpersonal Thought ​



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