The World of Religious Experiences


The World of Religious Experiences
A Medical, Depth-Psychological Inquiry
and An Experiential, Metaphysical Clarification


The World of Religious Experiences is a masterful discussion. Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama has provided a creative synthesis of depth psychology, parapsychology, and Yogic practices to construct a systemic framework that his readers can use to understand these experiences. He also illustrates how readers can use these principles and practices to imbue their lives with greater meaning and purpose.

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Alan Watts Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University
Co-author, Personal Mythology


“In this pioneering manuscript The World of Religious Experiences, completed in 1963, Dr. Motoyama/Motoyama Sensei reveals his original “voice” that, in reality, is actually two voices!  In one voice, Dr. Motoyama seeks to quantify human experience using the repeatable and publically verifiable tools of the scientific method.  In another voice, Motoyama Sensei seeks to explain the richness of cultivated human experience that lay outside the limitations/boundaries of scientific explanation.  To truly explore all wisdom traditions, we are challenged by the author to use the medium of public scientific discourse as well as explore the inner disciplines accessible to all via dedicated training and personal development (shugyo).”

David Edward Shaner, Ph.D.
Herring Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Asian Studies, Furman University


This book, The World of Religious Experiences, is a brilliant inquiry by a uniquely qualified expert into the basic principles that underlie all religious experiences. Dr. Motoyama’s analysis includes the philosophies of Jung and Plotinus, as well as the Eastern religions of Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism. The comprehensive abstract structure he proposes is highlighted by his own experiences and those of his mother, who was highly advanced in spiritual awareness. For those who are interested in the relationship between spirituality and science, or the relationship between various types and levels of religious experience, this book is a rare and valuable guide. It also may offer an invaluable framework for a deeper scientific understanding of the nature of spiritual experience.

Claude Swanson, Ph.D.
Author, The Synchronized Universe and Life Force-The Scientific Basis




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