Definitions and/or explanations for certain key words and phrases.


Authentic happiness: the experience of being fully absorbed in a meaningful activity, attentive solely to it, without concern for one’s performance or with any self-consciousness. See Seligman, 2002.

Claircognizance: clear-knowing; refers to the ability to simply know something to be true even without supporting knowledge or logic or reason; also called direct knowing.

Om:  mystic symbol and mantra; cosmic sound; one’s soul and the ultimate reality; epitome of fulfillment.

Persona: the unconsciously conditioned subjective feeling of “me” expressed as the interpersonal role(s) one enacts.

Resilience: responding well to adversity or serious traumatic events in one’s life so one recovers from the event to resume living a satisfying or fulfilling life. Includes effective personal change, adaptation, and/or coping skills.

Self-actualization: a psychological condition in which one has fully developed ones capacities and is completely, genuinely, and uniquely the person one is meant to be in this world. Free of the constraints of societal and cultural conditioning one lives one’s life in a self-directed manner that is personally meaningful and fulfilling. In life’s daily moments one experiences oneself as complete and whole, even as one remains open and receptive to new information about oneself and the world. “Basic needs” have been met, e.g. belonging, self-esteem, and now life is influenced by “being needs”, e.g. beauty, justice. See Maslow, 1968.

Self-realization: a term used to describe comprehension that one’s true identity is that of Spirit/God/Source. Includes the conscious awareness of singularity or nonduality of all existing objects. Enlightenment.

Spiritual bypassing: when one uses spirituality in a maladaptive manner to cope or heal psychologically.

Spiritual materialism: achieving psychological or materialistic goals with one’s spirituality, rather than practicing spiritually for spirituality’s sake is the defining characteristic of this problem. One believes one is acting or progressing spiritually but in actuality is strengthening a materialistic lifestyle or worldview.

Transmodernism: a philosophical approach emphasizing a synthesis of traditional, modern, and postmodern realities of human existence: ecology, politics, ethnicity, consciousness, economics, spirituality, etc., for the betterment of human kind. Valid truths from different perspectives, cultures, and worldviews are integrated to determine the most pragmatically beneficial to the greatest number of beings. Also called Post-postmodernism or Trans-postmodernism.

Transpersonal: beyond the individual or personal; often refers to states of awareness beyond what traditional psychology recognizes; also refers to identity that includes but transcends individual identity to one of a unitive, collective, or universal nature.



This list will evolve, expanding as essays, teachings, and commentary require.