Victor Daniels, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology Sonoma State University, Director of the India Studies Program
In 1970 Randall Fontes and Bob Swanson applied to attend Sonoma State University because it had 2 very attractive majors. They decided to pay the University a visit. They were looking to meet with Dr. Victor Daniels who in 1970 became the first Department Chairman of the new pioneering "India Studies" program. Dr. Daniels was also a Professor of Psychology in the "Humanistic Psychology Department".
Upon arriving at the Psychology Department they were fortunate and had a chance meeting with Dr. Daniels. After the meeting they were convinced that the unique combination of majors, Psychology and India studies would provide the Eastern approach to modern psychology which was exactly what they were looking for.
Randall and Bob were accepted and in Spring of 1971 began attending Sonoma State. In the Fall of 1971 Dr. Daniels sponsored along with Dr. Eleanor Criswell their "Field Experience in India" program. For which they are very thankful, as this was one of the most important peak experiences of their lives. They graduated with a B.A. in January, 1973 with a double major in Psychology and India Studies.
David Van Nuys of Shrink Radio
of Dr. Daniels and his coauthor of
– Matrix Meditations with Victor and Kooch Daniels
Victor received his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA where he studied with both scientifically- and clinically-oriented faculty. He was heavily influenced by Harold H. Kelley and John P. Seward, with concentrations in social psychology, personality, and motivation. He also became interested in both Western and Eastern philosophies and spiritual traditions, and has taught meditation in workshops and courses for 35 years. Skilled in Gestalt Therapy, he has served as program chair for two international Gestalt conferences. He is the first person to receive a 40-year service award from his University. He lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife Kooch N. Daniels, with whom he previously co-authored Tarot d’Amour. With his colleague Laurence J. Horowitz, he has also written Being and Caring: A Psychology for Living.
Kooch N. Daniels, M.A. studied with Aryuvedic master Harish Johari for 20 years. Johari was a jnana yogi and Tantric scholar who practiced forms of meditation carried out amid daily life activities. Kooch obtained her B.A. from Ohio University, and then her M.A. from Sonoma State University with concentrations in Humanistic and Jungian Psychology. She has been working as a professional intuitive throughout her life, guiding both private clients and clients in the corporate world in working with meditation, visualization, and affirmations. Today, Amma, or Sri Amritanandamayi--the "hugging mother" of India- is an ongoing source of love and inspiration for her. She is the senior coauthor, with Victor Daniels, of Tarot d’Amour, and lives in Sonoma County, California.
Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show
Online Radio Interview
The Plant and Human Consciousness Research at SRI
By: H. E. Puthoff and R. Fontes
Electronics and Bioengineering Laboratory
S.R.I Project 3194 (Task 3)
Randall Fontes, M.A.
worked with the twice nominated physicist for the Nobel Prize
Dr. Harold E. Puthoff and
Russell Targ at Stanford Research Institute (SRI International):
The Play of Light is about the Beauty of Light, of Sound and of Form. As each of these is deeply resonant with the other, the underlying unity that they share is revealed within their dance; and can be realized through direct experience. Within this experience, the mind becomes still and spontaneous Meditation arises. I have developed this technique over a period of 45 years, and this is as effortless and joyful a path into meditation as I am aware of.
Play of Light
Art and Science in the Spirit of Meditation