About Me

S. M. A. Saiter is a carbon-based life form currently configured with the latest integrated advanced multidimensional operating system. There are still some bugs to be worked through by extensive testing in the Earth-Life system but for the most part Sean M. Saiter seems to operating with increasing functionality. Some of the current innovations of this dynamic interface system are given on this site.

A little personal (geographic) history for those so inclined to know.

I was born in Landstuhl, Germany on October 19, 1976. Serving in the US Air Force, my parents later stationed in Torrejon, Spain (just outside of Madrid). Most of my childhood memories come from this period in my life. Being an American kid living in a Spanish world (we lived off base) created a unique context few Americans experience. I spent seven years in Torrejon before my father retired from service and my family moved to Miami, FL when I was thirteen. I went to high school at Coral Gables Senior, the largest and most diverse public high school in Dade County (especially after Hurricane Andrew). After graduating from high school I attended the University of West Florida for two years and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC (to study Mysticism with Dr. Barron, a unique professor of religious studies and a graduate of Duquesne University), for a year before finally deciding to act on my dissatisfaction at the traditional school system. I studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion. However, my true passion was in the less traditional domain of Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies, most notably sparked by my reading of Ken Wilber’s first book “The Spectrum of Consciousness” when I was fifteen. I decided to find a liberal arts college that could answer this growing need for academic freedom and flexibility. During this time I spent the next three years living in Portland, Maine; Montpelier, Vermont; Providence, Rhode Island, New York City (lower east side), Upstate NY (Dutchess County), and Phoenix, AZ, before finally finding a home at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Here I (gratefully) found a community of like minds and graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Integral Studies, Transpersonal Psychology, and Painting. I later moved to Seattle and spent two highly formative years there serving as a counselor and trying to decide where the universe was directing me. For a brief time, I studied with Allan Combs in the newly formed Conscious Evolution program at the Graduate Institute near New Haven, CT.  Soon after this I started the Journal of Conscious Evolution with Dr. Combs. I spent a month at the Integral Institute working on contract as an editor. After this, I finally decided that I was mature enough to heed my original calling to get my PhD at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (the only school I applied to). In June of 2012 I graduated fro the ITP/Sofia University with a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and a specialization in education and research.  My area of research is in collaborative group process, theory formation, and selective attention.  I have also served as the Program Coordinator in the Integral Theory Department at JFKU in Pleasant Hill, CA (among other projects ‘in-the-works’), and have taught several classes related to the social sciences and psychology. I lived in Berkeley for 5 years with my wife before moving to our property in the Santa Cruz Mountains just north of the city of Santa Cruz, California. This is, of course, a small, annotated sampling of my current interests and my personal history. As with any personal history, much has been omitted.

[updated on July 5, 2012]