Brian Les Lancaster, PhD

Brian Les Lancaster is Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies; and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University.

Books & Journal Articles

Les’ research interests focus on the cognitive neuroscience of consciousness and the psychology of mysticism, the latter centering on Kabbalistic Psychology. His initial research training was in the quantitative methods employed in neuroscience and psychology, and he has subsequently studied the creative hermeneutic methods characteristic of the rabbinic and mystical traditions in Judaism.

In seeking ways to integrate these approaches, he has developed what may be referred to as hermeneutic neurophenomenology, which stresses the importance of drawing on the textual works of wisdom traditions within their own interpretive frameworks as an adjunct to the emphasis neurophenomenology places on experience in the present. 

In addition to many journal articles, Les’ published books include Mind Brain and Human Potential, Approaches to Consciousness: the Marriage of Science and Mysticism, and The Essence of Kabbalah.

Blog

Freedom

Freedom

The above image illustrates the deepest ideas about creation as taught by the kabbalist Yitzchak Luria (1534-1572).  A ray of ‘light’ emerges from the depiction of nothingness (Hebrew ayin) that connotes the transcendent essence of the divine. The ray penetrates through successive circles, each arising as an emanation of God.

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Sacred Science

Sacred Science

The above image illustrates the deepest ideas about creation as taught by the kabbalist Yitzchak Luria (1534-1572).  A ray of ‘light’ emerges from the depiction of nothingness (Hebrew ayin) that connotes the transcendent essence of the divine. The ray penetrates through successive circles, each arising as an emanation of God.

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Transpersonal Psychology

Transpersonal Psychology

The above image illustrates the deepest ideas about creation as taught by the kabbalist Yitzchak Luria (1534-1572).  A ray of ‘light’ emerges from the depiction of nothingness (Hebrew ayin) that connotes the transcendent essence of the divine. The ray penetrates through successive circles, each arising as an emanation of God.

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Events

Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference 2018

The relevance of transpersonal psychology to research and professional practice

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September 2018 at the University of South Wales, Newport City Campus

Video & Media

A brief overview of the Alef Trust by its directors Les Lancaster and Jessica Bockler. To find out more about our distance learning degree programmes and open learning courses in Transpersonal Psychology, Spirituality and Consciousness Studies