I am a higher degree researcher from Sydney, Australia. My research focuses on mysticism, the dark night of the soul and the healing potential of altered states of consciousness. My PhD is investigating the phenomenology of the high dose psilocybin experience. I am particularly interested in the relationship between mental illness and spirituality, mystical experiences, and how techniques that were originally designed for contemplative and ‘spiritual’ purposes have been integrated into modern Western psychology. I am the author of The Dark Side of Dharma: Meditation, Madness and other Maladies on the Contemplative Path.
B. Psychology (Hons) The University of New South Wales
Master of Art Admin, College of Fine Arts
Master of Arts (Research: Religion Studies), The University of Sydney
PhD candidate (Religion Studies), The University of Sydney
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