This article presents a model of lifespan development based upon the tantric chakra system.
It begins with a survey of the evolution of transpersonal psychology and its alignment with
eastern philosophies as previously espoused by William James, Carl Jung and others. The
chakras are defined in relation to their potential influence on psychological functioning with
a focus on development beyond the level of ego stability and functioning. Building upon
prior work integrating the chakra system with developmental processes, this article presents
an interpretation of the chakras as a model that defines a pathway for growth-oriented
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Best, C. K. (2010). Best, K. C. (2010). A chakra system model of lifespan development. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29(2), 11–27.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2010.29.2.11