Covering many topics from spiritual teachers to spiritual teachings, Dr. Bert Parlee asks many interesting questions of Dr. Robert Augustus Masters. We hope you enjoy! We regret that the sound quality is not great. This is a taping of a conference call (2009).
Dr. Robert Augustus Masters: My passion is to fuel, illuminate, and support the living of a deeper life, a life of love, integrity, and fully alive awakening. Providing environments (both inner and outer) in which deep healing and transformation can take place is my vocation and privilege.
Having just reached my 60th birthday, I notice that I am finding freedom more through intimacy — intimacy not only with my beloved Diane, but also with all that is — than through transcendence. There is a deeply satisfying joy for me in passing on what I have learned, especially through my integral psychotherapy apprenticeship programs and the couples intensives that I do with Diane.
Since 1977 I’ve worked as a psychotherapist (I have a Ph.D. in Psychology), group leader, bodyworker, and teacher of spiritual deepening practices, integrating the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual in my practice. Most weekends these days I’m leading groups or trainings.
Evolving in fitting parallel with this has been my writing, which is as much a passion for me as facilitating deep groupwork. I’ve authored eight books, including Divine Dynamite, Darkness Shining Wild, and, most recently, Transformation Through Intimacy . My essays have appeared in magazines ranging from Magical Blend to the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, as well as in several anthologies. And running rampant through all my writing is my poetry, keeping my prose on its toes.
Dr. Bert Parlee: Offering leadership and other trainings around the world, Dr Parlee is a licensed clinical psychologist with private psychotherapy and executive/personal life coaching practices in Mill Valley, California. From its inception, Bert has been a vital part of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute in Colorado, where he also works as a large group trainer and facilitator. He has facilitated and co-trained with Don Beck at Spiral Dynamics seminars, and is a founding partner of Integral Development Associates, offering management consultation, leadership training and executive coaching. He also serves as a training facilitator and executive coach with the Stagen Leadership Institute in Dallas.
Bert teaches at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and for the Organizational Psychology Coaching program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasanton, California and the Organizational Psychology MBA program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Bert honored in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick in 1977, and has a MA in contemplative psychology from Naropa University, 1984. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, 1993.
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