EUROTAS – THE TRANSPERSONAL GLOBAL NETWORK
Eurotas, previously the European Transpersonal Association, came into existence when a group of friends from different countries, practitioners and researchers in psychology and spirituality, decided to gather yearly to develop the field of transpersonal study. It was founded in 1984 during the first European Transpersonal Conference in Brussels The first Eurotas meetings had been interesting discussions which led to engaged actions in a family-like atmosphere. Today, Eurotas has become the Global Transpersonal Network, a meeting point for all the transpersonal field worldwide. It has hundreds of members from more than 30 countries and continues to organize its yearly international congress to gather the community and promote a transpersonal vision in education, research, scholarship, as well as therapeutic and practical applications.
EUROTAS Vision statement: We envision EUROTAS as the mycelium web connecting and empowering the worldwide ecosystem of the transpersonal community.
EUROTAS Mission statement: We aim to create the Global Transpersonal Network to support and promote a transpersonal vision in education, scholarship, research, therapy, culture and society.
EUROTAS as a network of professionals
EUROTAS is a meeting point for professionals from over 20 European countries, Israel, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Australia and the US. Professionals come from the field of social sciences and further afield, including psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers, scientists from other disciplines, businessmen, and spiritual teachers.
Their aims in a joint venture is to create better understanding and evaluation of how
• individual and collective exploitation of resources can be stopped
• the alienation of humankind can be overturned
• gender differences can be overcome for the sake of a more humane world
• the split between hatred and love can be healed
Psychologists talk about the evolution of consciousness which is the basis of understanding and problem solving. The evolution of consciousness today may also include acknowledging ignorance, greed and anxiety as some of the main reasons for suffering in the world, and the prospect of their transformation into creativity and compassion. There are huge undiscovered reservoirs of individual and collective creativity and deep potential for modern sophisticated rationality, that expresses an urgently appeal for union. With this transformation the world may well experience a huge meltdown that will set the energies of understanding, love and creativity free. There must be enough clarity and rigor in vision to face the damage of one-sided rationalism from the past; compassion, creativity and courage will ultimately override economic, ecological, and social pessimism which is unfortunately, one of the biggest obstacles for the resolution of difficulties we face today.
The professional network
EUROTAS currently hosts six departments: The European Society of Transpersonal Psychotherapy (ESTP); the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Research (EDTR); the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Art Therapies (EDTAT); the EUROTAS Department of Transpersonal Education (EDTE); the department of Coaching and Social Change (DTCSC) and the department of Indigenous Knowledge and Anthropology (EDIKA). We also have created the « Youth Council » to give space to the younger generation and their creativity and resources.
At present the core of ESTP is the EUROTAS Committee for Certification and Accreditation (ECCA). Professional therapists are invited to apply for the European Certificate of Transpersonal Psychotherapy from this department. After certification their profiles will be published on the EUROTAS website. Training institutes, corresponding to the ESTP/ECCA criteria, are also invited to be accredited by EUROTAS.
EUROTAS is co-editor of the scientific journal The Integral Transpersonal Journal of Arts, Sciences and Technologies.
EUROTAS provides an online Newsletter, where all members can publish transpersonal news of events and short articles of interest.