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The Shift: Integral Transpersonal Mindfulness

Course Description:

In the last few years, a new perspective of study and self-knowledge has appeared in the field of psychological sciences: the transpersonal vision supported and validated by the discoveries of new sciences such as quantum physics, Psiconeuroendocrinoimmunology (PNEI), and others. Transpersonal psychology is called the Fourth Force of Psychology, since it follows, integrates, transcends, and includes the three types of previous psychologies.

In the transpersonal vision, within each person, in their deepest center, there is a healthy self, full of gifts, resources, strengths, skills. This Self is the most authentic and essential part of every individual, and it also represents the spiritual and sacred part of each individual, that is able to connect and communicate with the Universal Mystic and Numinous Self, from which they can obtain information and strength. This mystic place is a knowledgeable field that is connected to the Self of every human being, of every being, of every mineral, of every plant, of every animal.

In line therefore with the vision of perennial philosophy and with all the ancient mystical traditions of every time and place, there is a Macrocosm that represents the Divine Universal with which every being is in contact, and every Microcosm is in relationship. Within the human being, according to the transpersonal vision, there is, therefore, a spiritual source in which every person is healthy, totally in strength, aware of everything they need, perfectly present, and in contact with universal and spiritual forces of the Macrocosm (the Matrix Divinae, as Gregg Braden defines it, the field of the infinite potentiality (quantum field, or Consciousness), which is by nature a healing field from which one can draw everything necessary to live, the grace present at every moment). The necessary step to access the universal transpersonal and spiritual level is undoubtedly through the experience of contact with one’s own inner self, with one’s own inner source, the seat of our Heart, of our Soul, or, otherwise called by various mystical traditions, home of the Divine Interior.

Reaching this inner place is the goal of the meditation paths and mindfulness of numerous schools of different traditions. The further step that this course wants to teach students is to make a further transpersonal leap from one’s Heart to the Universal Heart, to experience what is called Integral Transpersonal Mindfulness. More simply we could see how the path described above is divided into several steps:

  • Step 1: Start from skills that relate to the ability to know how to stop and calm the mind through tools such as breathing and concentration focused on the here and now.
  • Step 2: Experience one’s own inner source and the divine characteristics of that source. This second step allows the student to experience the inner emptiness and the deep peace that emerges.
  • Step 3: Finally, what is the last and deepest step towards the Integral Transpersonal Mindfulness, is represented by the ability to come into contact with the Macrocosm, place of the Universal Forces, place of the Universal Divine, Universal Consciousness that contains all the information, the strength, the transcendence of every being.

The course will consist of a theoretical part supported by authors and mystics such as Eckart Tolle, Krishnamurti, James Hillman, Stanislav Grof, Michael Talbot, and practical parts of learning techniques and experiences to perform the steps described above.

SPECIAL NOTE: There are videos included in this course and it is constructed in a way that an independent learner can navigate it and understand the teachings within. However, if you are in need of faculty-led sessions, we will record those and insert them the next time this course is scheduled to run in Live Virtual Classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • calm your mind when you need, stay centered on the breath, connect with your inner Centre of peace and succeed, or have the tools to succeed, in connecting with the Universal Self;
  • be aware of your ego and observe it in order to start the path towards the integration of the sub-personalities that live in it;
  • see the relational dynamics in which your neurotic ego wants to win, (your own or those of others you interact with), and have the tools to get out of the ego game; and,
  • use your knowledge about the path toward enlightenment through the examples of some of the most powerful masters and guru, with the awareness that this kind of path is possible for all, including you


Paola Gares is an Italian Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She accomplished her psychotherapy specialization at the Transpersonal Psychotherapy School in Milan, which has been fully recognized by the Ministry of Education and Research since 2002. During this course of study, she learned the Biotransenergetic Method, founded by Pier Luigi Lattuada, psychotherapist and medical doctor. She works with patients in her practice to help them reach an inner state of equilibrium and health, according to the tenets of the perennial philosophy. Paola guides psychotherapy and meditation groups and collaborates with a clinical center in Brescia to help parents with disabled children in the acceptance process. She also teaches at the Transpersonal Psychotherapy School in Milan. She has written a book entitled, “La Via Maestra: Morte e Rinascita Orizzonti di Consapevolezza” about the evolutionary process of life, death, and rebirth, ((according to)) based on the guidelines of Biotransenergetics.

Course Modalities:

Non-Credit Options

Lite Level – This course is delivered on-demand with no faculty interaction and is perfect for lifelong learners who want to go at their own pace and who are not interested in academic credit but still want to experience the course.

Audit-No Credit – If you would like to participate when this course is offered in our Live Virtual Classroom mode, you may attend the live faculty webinars but will not be required to submit assignments for credit.

If you take a few courses and decide you want to officially enroll in a degree program, you can gain academic credit for Lite versions or Audit-No Credit versions by paying the difference between these course fees and a normal academic fee, successfully completing quizzes, submitting your reflection journals and delivering a Final Creative Assignment that will be graded.

For-Credit Options

Live Virtual Classroom: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic coursework is accomplished through attendance in Live Webinars, with faculty and student interaction being a part of the Live Webinar content. To receive academic credit, you must not miss more than 3 live sessions, you must complete the quizzes and submit any other required assignments (if any), and a final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Internal Online Independent Study: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic online coursework is engaged in independently on one’s own and does not include faculty interaction. To receive academic credit, you must complete the quizzes and submit your reflection journals and final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

The rules guiding our assignment collection and grading process can be found here: Ubiquity University Grading Policy

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We allow students at all academic levels to participate in our online courses. However, those students who are enrolled in MA or PhD programs are expected to offer a more sophisticated analysis on reflection tasks, writing assignments, and in the final creative assignment. You will be graded commensurate with your degree level. Except for the Final Creative Assignment, word counts are offered as guidelines. If you need to exceed the word counts to submit an MA or PhD level response, you may feel free to do so as long as the word count expansion is reasonable and necessary.

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