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Transpersonal Neurobiology: An Example of a Pragmatic Model of Meditative StatesA transpersonal approach to neurobiology can understand the biological correlates of mind as existing in the entire body, not merely in the brain, and as consisting of both nerves, informational molecules, and interacting electromagnetic fields, all responding and adapting as the needs and intentions of the organism shift and change. In the quest for correlating aspects of mind and body, it is possible that the fields of qualitative sensation felt in the body in a state of mindfulness/ phenomenological consciousness may be the perception of the subtle electro-magnetic fields of the mind/body system, a living field of presence. As an example of an expanded approach to neurobiology, the process of entering and sustaining a meditative state will be examined.


Glenn Hartelius, Ph.D., teaches in the residential doctoral program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. He is editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the International Transpersonal Association, teaches Attention Dynamics® workshops internationally, and publishes in the fields of transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies. Past experience includes teaching for the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, as well as work as a somatic counselor and practitioner in 27 years of private practice.