Psychological Principles of Personal and Spiritual Development with Richard Valinsky, Ph.D.Wednesday October 17, 2018
11:30 AM until 12:30 PM
This seminar will examine personal and spiritual development. Some of the material will be based on a book written by Dr. Valinsky, “Perennial Psychology of the Bible: The Internal Battle for Communion and Union with Divine Consciousness”. The book is available from Amazon.com. The book is not necessary for the seminar but is recommended. The seminar will consist of lectures, discussion, and experimental exercises. Please register for this event online or by calling the library at 412-828-9532. 10 sessions on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30 beginning September 12th. Free but donations are accepted.
Dr. Valinsky, a psychologist, has been a practicing psychotherapist for fifty years. He was Director of the Holistic Center of Pittsburgh, Director of the Psychological Services of the Pain Management Program at St. Francis Medical Center, consulting psychologist to the pain management program at Presbyterian University Hospital under the directorship of Dr. Rubin Tenicella, and Director of the Buffalo New York branch of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy where he taught courses in meditation and Yoga philosophy and psychology. He currently has a private practice of psychotherapy in Oakmont Pennsylvania.
He has studied various spiritual paths including Judaism (Kabballah), Christianity, Yoga, Native American, and the Sufi (Moslem) paths. He has been a student of a Yoga master, Swami Rama, who initiated him into a meditation practice and a Native American (Lakota Sioux) medicine and Yuwipi man, Chief Luciano Perez, under whose role as the ceremonial leader he participated in Inipi and Yuwipi ceremonies and a vision quest. His interest in spirituality grew out of his professional work as a psychologist to alleviate the suffering and also the absence of meaning and joy in the lives of many of the people who came to see him. He has previously presented a meditation course at the Oakmont Library.
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