Dr. Arthur Claude Hastings, former professor at Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in Palo Alto CA passed away peacefully 13 April 2014 at his home. He was 79.
Arthur Hastings was a former professor, researcher, president and dean of Sofia. He was also a former faculty chair and past president of the professional Association for Transpersonal Psychology. He was also director of the William James Center for Consciousness Studies at the school. His areas of specialization were transpersonal theory, research methods, rhetoric and argument theory, states of consciousness, and parapsychology.
Prior to his appointment at Sofia in 1975, Arthur taught at Stanford University (where he directed the Institute for Science Fiction and Fantasy), the University of Nevada and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has conducted research on remote viewing, hypnosis, dreams, stress, and bereavement. Arthur and a student team have developed and are currently researching a psychomanteum mirror gazing process for bereavement feelings, creativity and self-awareness.
He is the author of With the Tongues of Men and Angels: A Study of Channeling, co-author of Argumentation and Advocacy, Changing Images of Man, and senior editor of Health for the Whole Person, an award-winning book on holistic medicine. He was also the book review editor of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Arthur’s publications include articles on transpersonal theory, scientists’ resistance to belief and a diversity bibliography. He has also published research on the evocation of non-drug altered states through hypnosis.
Channeling is the communication of information to or through a physically embodied human being from a source that is said to exist on some other level or dimension of reality than the physical as we know it, and that is not from the normal mind (or self) of the channel.
Here, a Russian psychologist records in precise detail his scientific experiments in distant mental suggestion and behavior modification. He reveals how mental suggestion can influence motor acts, generate visual images and sensations, and induce sleeping or waking states. The book describes the world landscape of scientific research into mind-to-mind communication before, during, and after World War II.
Since 1975, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University has continued to be an international leader and pioneer, moving humanity forward in the areas of transpersonal research and transpersonal education. training clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants who apply transpersonal principles and values in a variety of settings. The Sofia educational model offers students not only a solid intellectual foundation, but an extraordinary opportunity for deep transformational growth and personal experience of the subject matter. How does Sofia University accomplish this? The university builds upon its strong, whole-person psychological foundation to give students a greater understanding of the human condition.