Victor Shamas, Ph.D.
I have dedicated my life to understanding and exploring the experience of being fully alive (EBFA), as well as the sensations that give rise to it, including: passion, intuition, receptivity, playfulness, and self-transcendence. As a University of Arizona psychologist, I have studied the relationship of the EBFA with health, well-being, and creativity. For more than two decades, I have brought together and mentored free spirits who, like me, recognize the importance of the EBFA as both a source of motivation and a guiding force in their lives.
The EBFA is a central theme in everything I have written. The Chanter’s Guide details the healing properties of the EBFA and explains how the practice of chanting can facilitate this kind of transformative experience. In The Way of Play, I explain how a variety of play activities can act as vehicle for EBFAs. Repose: The Potent Pause, co-authored with health psychologist Jhan Kold, introduces an effective tool that can induce an EBFA at no cost and with minimal effort or time commitment. In Deep Creativity, I examine the central role of the EBFA in the creative act.
I head two groups that serve the needs of free spirits: PlayHaven, which offers creative play for people of all ages, and Global Chant, a network of chanting circles that embraces wisdom and sacred music from all traditions. The mission of both is to provide a venue and activities that attract free spirits and promote the EBFA.
I have spoken to groups in four continents on topics related to the EBFA and the *free-spirit sensation, including creativity, play, Repose, chanting, self-transcendence and the future of spirituality.
During my personal exploration of the creative process, I have written several hundred musical compositions; produced over 200 instructional videos; developed and taught 25 university courses in psychology; organized a global event called WAVE1 that involved approximately one million participants in 40 countries; recorded three music CDs; designed multimedia materials on the neuroscience of addiction; invented an automated solar water distiller; created an anti-inflammatory health program, called Victor’s Inflammation Mend (VIM), to lower the risk of chronic illness; and directed the Intuition in Pregnancy study, which has been featured in the national media, including USA Today, Pregnancy magazine, and NBC’s Today show.