Shamas, Victor A. 1959-

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Shamas, Victor A. 1959-


Born April 10, 1959, in Havana, Cuba; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of David (a business manager) and Sara (an educator) Shames. Ethnicity: "Hispanic." Education: Evergreen State College, B.S., 1981; University of California, Santa Cruz, M.S., 1984; University of Arizona, M.A., Ph.D., 1994. Politics: "Unaffiliated." Religion: "Unaffiliated." Hobbies and other interests: Sacred chanting, healing circles, drumming, reading, audio recording meditation, hypnosis, dancing, hiking, biking, swimming, weight training.


Home—Tucson, AZ. Office—Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Arizona, Tucson, lecturer in psychology, 1994—, educational programs coordinator at Center for Consciousness Studies, 1998. Global Chant, cofounder and director, 1996—. North American Consortium for Educational Restructuring, program evaluator, 1998-99; Center for Image Processing in Education, director of "Visualizing Addiction" project, 2000-04. Youth basketball coach, 1991-93.


American Psychological Society, Institute of Noetic Sciences.


Fellow of McDonnell-Pew Foundation, 1994.


Four Meditations (audio CD), Visionary Tools (Tucson, AZ), 2002.

Biofeedback, Hypnosis, and Relaxation (audio CD), Visionary Tools (Tucson, AZ), 2002.

Visualizing Addiction, student version and teacher version, Center for Image Processing in Education (Tucson, AZ), 2003.

The Chanter's Guide: Sacred Chanting as a Shamanic Practice, Act on Wisdom (Tucson, AZ), 2007.

Also author of study guides. Contributor to books, including Contemporary Hypnosis Research, by Erika Fromm and Michael Nash, 1992; Implicit Memory and Metacognition, edited by Lynne Reder, 1996; and Implicit Cognition, edited by Geoffrey Underwood, 1996. Contributor to professional journals.


Victor A. Shamas told CA: "I am interested in the relationship between creativity and consciousness, and specifically in the spiritual and healing nature of creative expression. For several years I have been leading a chanting circle called Global Chant, which uses sacred chants from virtually every major spiritual tradition as a vehicle for healing, both on a personal and a planetary level. I am conducting research on the psychology of the Satyagraha movement developed by Mahatma Gandhi, the spiritual nature of intimate love relationships, and the nature of intuition."