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Academic Pursuits in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Some of the topics I explored in my graduate program included: phenomenology, evolution of religious consciousness, depth psychology, materialism, panentheism, integral dreaming, Gnosticism, Sufism, Daoism, Chinese Philosophy, and Western Philosophy as well as how these spheres intersect. Below I have listed some of the papers I wrote exploring these topics along with a few of the books I cited for each that might inspire your reading list! Feel free to contact me with any questions or related ideas you would like to share.

“C.G. Jung and Ibn Sina on Intuition’s Role in Scientific Inquiry”


“C.G. Jung’s Precession of Pisces: How Might Islamic Sciences Fit In?”


Related Reference Books:

Camille Helminski, The Book of Nature: A Sourcebook of Spiritual Perspectives on Nature and the Environment, Bristol: The Book Foundation, 2006.

Henry Corbin, Avicenna and the Visionary Recital, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960).

Jacob H. Sherman, “A Genealogy of Participation,” The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, and Religious Studies, Albany: State University of New York, 2009.

Jim Khalili, The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance, London: Penguin Books, 2010.

Ken Wilber, Up From Eden: A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution, Wheaton: Quest Books, 1996.

Mahmood Ibrahim, Merchant Capital and Islam, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990.

Muhammad Asad, “The Journey Toward Knowledge,” in Camille Helminski, The Book of Nature: A Sourcebook of Spiritual Perspectives on Nature and the Environment, Bristol: The Book Foundation, 2006.

Murray Stein, Jung on Christianity, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999).

Nasr, Cosmological Doctrines.
Roy Scranton, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, San Francisco: City Lights, 2015.

S. Frederick Starr, Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

S. Nomanul Haq, Islam and Ecology: Toward Revival and Reconstruction, Daedalus, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001.

Saffron Rossi and Keiron Le Grice, C.G. Jung: Jung on Astrology, New York: Routledge, 2018.

Sari Nusseibeh, The Story of Reason in Islam, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2017.

Sean Kelly, Chapter 8: Five Principles of Integral Ecology, Sam Mickey, Sean Kelly, et al, Variety of Integral Ecologies: The Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era. SUNY Series in Integral Theory. Albany: SUNY Press, 2017.

Sean Kelly, Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era, Great Barrington: Lindisfarne Books, 2010.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines, (Albany, State University of New York Press, 1993).

Shams C. Inati, Ibn Sina’s Remarks & Admonitions: Physics and Metaphysics, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).

Toby E. Huff, Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution: A Global Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

William E. Gohlman, translator, The Life of Ibn Sina, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1974.

“A Phenomenological Account of Consciousness as Experienced in Three Different States of Mind, Examined in the Light of Merleau-Ponty, Descartes, and Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)”


Related Reference Books:

Christina Grof and Stanislov Grof, Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New York: Tarcher Perigree, 1989).

Fariba Bogzaran and Daniel Deslauriers, Integral Dreaming: A Holistic Approach to Dreams (Albany: SUNY Press, 2012).

James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience. 2015.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception (New York: Routledge, 2012).

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and the Invisible (Evanston: Northwestern University, 1968).

Peter Adamson, Editor, Interpreting Avicenna: Critical Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Robert Bosnak, “The Endogenous Healing Response,” Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine Art and Travel (New York: Routledge, 2007).

Schams C. Inati, Translator, Ibn Sina’s Remarks & Admonitions: Physics & Metaphysics (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).

“Inking And Drinking as Symbolic Ritual Among the Eurasian Celts, Scythians, and Sarmatians”


Related Reference Books:

Anatolli Pshenichniuk, “The Filippovka Kurgans at the Heart of the Eurasian Steppes,” The Golden Deer of Eurasia (St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage).

Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing, edited by Lars Krutak & Aaron Deter-Wolf (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017).

Ann Farkas, Andrei Alekseev, and Elena Korolkova, editors, “Filippovka and the Art of the Steppes,” The Golden Deer of Eurasia (St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage).

Bob Quinn, foreword by Barry Cunnliffe, The Atlantean Irish: Ireland’s Oriental and Maritime Heritage, (Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 2005).

Cunliffe, Barry, The Scythians: Nomad Warriors of the Steppe (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019).

Enright, Michael J, Lady with a Mead Cup: Ritual, Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tène to The Viking Age (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1996).

Herodotus, The Histories, translated by Tom Holland (New York: Penguin Books, 2013) Book IV.

John A. Cahman, C.G. Jung and the Crisis in Western Civilization (Ashville: Chiron Publications, 2019).

John Bintliff and Keith Rutter, The Archaeology of Greece and Rome: Studies in Honour of Anthony Snodgrass, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

Lars Krutak and Aaron Deter-Wolf, editors, Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017).

László Bartosiewicz and Erika Gál, “Living on the Frontier: ‘Scythian’ and ‘Celtic’ Animal Exploitation in Iron Age Northeastern Hungary,” Anthropological Approaches to Zooarchaeology: Colonialism, Complexity and Animal Transformations, edited by D. Campana, P. Crabtree, S. D. deFrance, J. Lev-Tov, and A. Choyke, 113–26, Oxbow Books, 2010.

Michael J. Enright, Lady with a Mead Cup: Ritual, Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tène to the Viking Age (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1996).

Neal Ascherson, Black Sea (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1995).

Patricia Monaghan, Red-haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit (New World Library, 2004).

Richard Foltz, The Ossetes: Modern-Day Scythians of the Caucasus, London: I.B. Taurus, 2021.

Robert N. Bellah, Religion and Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011).

Robin Chapman Stacey, Dark Speech: The Performance of Law in Early Ireland (Phila: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).

Sherry L. Salman, “The Horned God: Masculine Dynamics of Power and Soul,” Quadrant, 1986.

Walter May, Tales of the Narts: Ancient Myths and Legends of the Ossetians. Edited by John Colarusso and Tamirlan Salbiev (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016).

William H. McNeill, Mythistory and Other Essays, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986).


Other Papers Include:

“'Essence and Existence': Influences of Ibn Sina (Avicenna) on Thomas Aquinas"

“Islamic Inflections of Spiritual Ecology”

“Integral Approaches to Dreams”

“The Sufi Notions in Alfred North Whitehead’s Philosophy of Organism”

“Sufism and Daoism in Dialogue with Alfred North Whitehead”

“I Am Death, I Am Life: Paradox in the Mandaean Right Ginza, Jalaluddin Rumi’s Masnavi, and C.G. Jung’s ‘Seven
Sermons of the Dead,’ and Other Cross-Boundary Correspondences”

“Soul of Loulé: A Participatory Perspective on the Modern Spirituality of a Portuguese Town”

“Confucius, Laozi, C.G. Jung, and Me: A Dialectic on the Silk Roads Through the Medium of the Yijing”


The California Institute of Integral Studies.