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“For transformation to occur, human beings must actively shape the future, an enterprise that goes to the heart of myth making.”

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Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, is a Fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Kent State University Child Study Center, Kent OH, and the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY.

He is co-author of “Extraordinary Dreams,” “The Mythic Path,” 3rd ed., and “Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans,” and co-editor of “Healing Tales,” “Healing Stories,” “The Psychological Impact of War on Civilians: An International Perspective,” “Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence,” and many other books.

Stanley has conducted workshops and seminars on dreams and/or hypnosis in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and at the last four congresses of the Interamerican Psychological Association.

He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Indian Psychologyand Revista Argentina de Psicologia Paranormal, and the advisory board for InternationalSchool for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership (St. Petersburg) and the Czech Unitaria (Prague). He holds faculty appointments at the Universidade Holistica Internacional (Brasilia) and the Instituto de Medicina y Tecnologia Avanzada de la Conducta (Ciudad Juarez). 

He has given invited addresses for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, and the School for Diplomatic Studies, Montevideo, Uruguay. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams.

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  1. "We have been the benefactors of our cultural heritage and the victims of our cultural narrowness."
  2. "Much of the mystery surrounding the phenomenon of shamanism is perhaps attributable to the fact that it emerged during a time of preliteracy. Thus little is known about its origins."
  3. "Western theologians and philosophers spoke of the necessity of humankind to dominate and manipulate nature; this “modern” worldview supplanted the “premodern” worldview with the latter’s position that human beings were part of nature, and separated from it at their peril."
  4. "A wealth of anecdotal and clinical material exist which supports the possibility of telepathic effects occurring in dreams."
  5. "Shamans use drums such as these in ritual ceremonies to call in the spirits and to assist in journeying into the Upper World and the Lower World as well as to call upon such allies as ancestors and power animals for help."
  6. "There are other epistemologies, “ways of knowing” relying on the body, on feelings, on intuition, and on transpersonal and anomalous experiences, that are capable of taking us to realms that mainstream science has yet to acknowledge, much less to appreciate."
  7. "What philosophers refer to as the “modern” worldview is responsible for impressive advances in technology, industry, and scientific discovery. However, it has not prevented (and may even have been partially responsible for) unprecedented fragmentation, nihilism, and devastation."
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