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Introductory: Transpersonal history, Druidry, and Synchronicity2. Druidry and Philosophies of history through the lens of transpersonal history7. Philosophies of history, revolutions, counter-revolutions and Druidry9. Druid history, transpersonal history, the history of religions and religious education15.

Druidry, transpersonal history, ecology and the history of the sciences17.

Druidry, peace history and the transpersonal: conclusions 1.

Introduction Firstly, what exactly is “transpersonal history” ?

I defined it during my doctoral research as the combination of the entire gamut of professional historical scientific research plus the added-in extra of the insights culled from modern transpersonal psychology.

That is, it is a branch or sub-discipline of the historical sciences, along with say, economic history, social history, political history, diplomatic history, or military history – which focuses on the spiritual life of mankind, the peak experiences, insights, enlightenment experiences, paranormal experiences, moments of inspiration, maximum creativity, breakthrough moments, genius, the capacity for love and altruism, moments of …

This branch of psychology, transpersonal psychology, arose out of the work of numerous thinkers, including Carl Jung, Assagioli, Abraham Maslow, Stan Grof, Sorokin, Victor Frankl, Jean Gebser, James Fadiman, Ken Wilber et al in the course of the 20 century.It arose partly in contradistinction to the school of psychoanalysis (associated above all with Freud[1]) which focused on the pathologies that people get into - the negative states, the depressions, neuroses, horrors and cruelties.It was realised by many advanced thinkers in psychology and its auxiliary disciplines, that some people exhibit states of maximum well-being, happiness, creativity and wisdom – and that psychology should also study these states.So in the last 30 years or so has come of age: it has established research institutes, MA courses, academic journals, and led to a huge cultural outflowing of books, talk-shows, websites, and even movies. What I argued as a historian however, in trying to study the intellectual history of peacemaking and war prevention in the crucial period of world history from 1945-2001, is that by and large the historical profession is stuck with a 19, or the craving people still feel for pattern, depth and content in their lives, has somehow eluded them.What I argued is that the resurgence of religious conflict and religious paradigm clashes in the modern post cold war world can only be understood against a historical meta-paradigm that includes transpersonal psychology as its foundation.Another way of talking about transpersonal history would therefore be to say it is the scientific study of the esoteric dimensions of history, which is not exactly the same as saying it is the history of esotericism[2].In transpersonal psychology, there is the scientific recognition that human beings do have spiritual experiences, that strange states of altered consciousness are in fact quite common, that ever since the early Palaeolithic mankind has experimented with consciousness altering drugs and found that when handled correctly they can provide interesting insights and life changing revelations, that sexuality is as often as not a revelatory experience and that love definitely includes a strong element of the supernatural, or at the very least telepathy.And that angels, deities, prophets, miracles, mystical insights, enlightenments, past life regressions, clairvoyance, clairaudience, synchronicities, precognitive dreams, telepathy and the experience of joy and deep meaning and inner peace, are all , would combine the best insights of professional historical research (attention to sources, lack of bias, thoroughness in research methods, sympathy for the subject matter, a willingness to follow where the evidence leads, a love of books and literature and scholarship, a commitment to study[3], education, knowledge and rational thought etc.) with an openness to research the sometimes strange material that the transpersonal dimension throws up.Of course, for a historian who denies the existence of such paranormal, or transpersonal phenomena, transpersonal history would be at best a study of strange and deviant intellectual history - the weird beliefs of strange sects.And there are intellectual historians who adopt this kind of arms-length approach, which is indeed sometimes necessary[4].To be a good transpersonal historian doesn’t mean that one swallows every single miracle in the literature as if it were “true”.

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