What We're About
The Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) is a membership supported international coordinating organization for scientific, social, and clinical transpersonal work that serves the world community. The Association's mission is to promote eco-spiritual transformation through transpersonal inquiry and action. Recognizing the reciprocity inherent between our actions and our world, the Association is dedicated to encouraging and enhancing practices and perspectives that will lead to a conscious, sustainable, co-evolution of culture, nature, and society.
ATP was originally founded to investigate and promote ultimate states -- also described as peak experiences, being-states, or mystical states of consciousness -- and how these experiences could be encouraged and enhanced for changing both personal and cultural perspectives. Evidence of ATP's success over the past 40 years includes: the wide-spread acceptance of the use of meditation in health care; an increased dialog between science and spiritual traditions; scientific recognition of the importance of religious beliefs in maintaining personal health; and an increasing recognition of the importance of spiritual values in conducting sustainable commerce.
As we move through the 21st century, ATP is dedicating itself to promoting a vision of the universe as sacred. To this end, ATP encourages spiritual democracy; rigorous inquiry into the multiplicity of techniques, disciplines, and methods for exploring personal spirituality and traditional cultural practices; and recognition of how the sacred is imbedded in all experience. Our members are represented in more than 40 countries, and ATP provides a forum for transpersonal organizations worldwide. Membership is open to anyone with transpersonal interests.