Ted Esser, PhDCore Faculty

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Ted Esser, Ph.D. has taught at Sofia University (previously the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) for over ten years. He is an Assistant Editor at the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. His doctoral research from, Lucid Dreaming, Kundalini, the Divine, and Nonduality: A Transpersonal Narrative Study (2013) can be found here. He has been a spiritual counselor and the Director of Operations for the Spiritual Emergence Network (founded by Christina & Stan Grof in 1980) for over fifteen years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Grof Foundation. He has had training and experience with several spiritual traditions with a special interest in the place where secular mysticism, global esoteric syncretism, and transpersonal/integral philosophy meet. Previously, he worked in public and educational television for 7 years, producing the Midnight Theatre series for KCTS 9 in Seattle, WA. He has six children and lives in San Diego, CA. Website: http://www.tedesser.com

University Email: ted.esser@sofia.edu

Credentials: Ph.D.

Program: PhD in Transpersonal Psychology in Chinese


  • Ph.D. Humanities – East-West Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • M.A. Philosophy & Religion – California Institute of Integral Studies
  • B.F.A. Photography (Video Art) – University of Washington
  • B.A. Communications – University of Washington

Research & Training:

  • Director – Spiritual Emergence Network
  • Association for Transpersonal Psychology
  • International Association for the Study of Dreams
  • American Academy of Religion
  • International Journal for Transpersonal Studies


  • Intentional Kundalini & Nondual Experiences in Lucid Dreams
  • Dissertation – Lucid Dreaming, Kundalini, the Divine, and Nonduality: A Transpersonal Narrative Study

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Michelle M. Daly, LPCProfessor

Jeng-Dau James Wu, DBAProfessor: MA of Business Administration

Robert Wood, PhD.Sofia Core Faculty, Chair-Transpersonal Studies

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