Dr. Jim Fadiman is a prominent figure in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. He is an international conference presenter, workshop leader, management consultant, author of several books and textbooks, and a skilled nature photographer. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford. He was introduced to LSD by his Harvard professor, Dr. Richard Alpert, better known as Ram Dass. He later did research on the effect of psychedelics on creative problem-solving. He has been director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and, in 1975 with Robert Frager, he co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, in Palo Alto, where he now teaches. His most recent book is "The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide." He lives in Menlo Park, California, with his filmmaker wife, Dorothy.
Dr. Kathleen Speeth is a noted clinical psychologist who was a member of the faculty of the Nyingma Institute and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in the 1970's and 80's. She is the author of several books on the Russian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff. She met him as a child, when her parents had been very involved in the Gurdjieff work. She studied Skinnerian behaviorist psychology as well as Buddhist and Sufi traditions. Dr. Speeth also made major contributions to the Enneagram work. She was Claudio Naranjo's partner for a period of time and was instrumental in helping him organize his Seekers After Truth program in the early 1970's. Then in the late 1980's she decided to stop teaching the Enneagram, coming to the conclusion that it was more a distraction than a help for people.
The title of today’s talk is “On Attention,” where Drs. Fadiman and Speeth describe the technology of attention, as proposed by multiple spiritual traditions. This lecture was delivered in 1979 at the ATP Conference. It is presented here as part of our ongoing series on transpersonal psychology in clinical practice.
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