InPresence 47The Psychology of Enlightenment

jeffrey mishlove


InPresence host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). For many years he served as president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people were supported and encouraged in developing inner intuitive abilities.

Here he compares Hindu and Buddhist ideals of enlightenment with the Freudian notion that mystical states represent a regression to an infantile state. He points to the work of Abraham Maslow and the important role of “peak experiences” in the self-actualization process. He also provides examples of individuals who claimed to have achieved states of enlightenment instantaneously. Noting that many supposed gurus have “feet of clay”, he suggests that we can be enlightened in some areas of our life and not in others.

(Recorded on March 27, 2018)

Published on March 28, 2018