Empirical research is a process needed to acquire new scientific knowledge that allows a trustful approach to new wisdom, which helps us to develop as human beings living in a world that is discovered more and more deeply over time.
Specifically, within the field of transpersonal psychology, there are different areas of empirical research, as well as different methodologies. In the Iberoamerican Transpersonal Association, there are these current research projects:
Spiritual Needs in Dying Patients: a cross-cultural research
Death is a taboo in most worldwide cultures, and this implies to be rejected from the place where it belongs: life. This fact may be the source of an avoidable suffering in the person, when affected by a progressive disease that causes his death unexpectedly, because he is not prepared to face it.
This research in based on a sample of 200 terminally ill patients from Mexico, Spain, India, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe and Kenya, with an average age of 60 years approximately, that have been interviewed in different hospitals.
The aim of the investigation is to evaluate if these people experience a serial of spiritual needs described by the Spanish Society of Palliative Care.
Collective consciousness and politics: the 15M social movement
Politics is rarely associated with spirituality. However from a transpersonal perspective and understanding politics as the way a population self-organizes, it would be totally linked to spirituality since good politics would be the one that governs from a unitarian consciousness, with the fundamental objective to provide common wealth for everybody. Starting from the nearest citizens but taking into consideration also those who live in other parts of the world, including nature and rest of sensing beings.
Based on the above, the social movement that started in Spain on March 15th 2011 and whose consequences are alive still nowadays in this country, is understood as an example of collective consciousness. This investigation aims to study this phenomenon called “15M” from the perspective of the AQAL theory of the philosopher Ken Wilber, specifically from the lower left and right quadrants.
The methodology will be a mix of theoretical, qualitative and quantitative based on open interviews to those who participated in the movement as well as those who still agree with its ideals, a bibliographic revision and the application of specific questionnaires to evaluate spirituality and collective consciousness in the 15M followers.
Influence of social comparison processes in daily spiritual experience
University of Colima (Mexico)
Field research about social comparisons has moved from the opinions and personal skills to affect, cognitions and individual differences. However, within this area, it has not been inquired on the effect of spirituality, specifically on Daily Spiritual Experience (DSE), which could be very sensitive to social comparisons in everyday life.
The objective of this research, still in the design phase, is to explore within a sample population of Mexicans how social comparison processes influence the fluctuation of DSE in everyday life.
Mindfulness in the regulation process of envy and jealousy
University of Colima (Mexico)
Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present moment, conceived as a form of meditation accessible to all people. Given the range of possibilities to link mindfulness with different psychosocial measures, in the present research, jealousy and envy are addressed, conceiving these as two emotions with negative connotations that usually have common adverse effects in people who feel these emotions.
The aim is to explore the effects of a disciplined practice of mindfulness in the regulation of jealousy and envy in the workplace of Mexico and to know how it affects relationships at work.