Dr. Brian L. Wheeler is a wordsmith, editor, Alan Watts scholar, and philosopher. Given his passion for exploring the bounds of human potential and cosmic connection, he writes from the ground of experience, inquiry, and scholarly creativity.
He holds a PhD in East-West Psychology and an MA in Philosophy and Religion (concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness) — both degrees from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). The title of Dr. Wheeler’s dissertation is “Paradox and the Cosmology of Alan Watts.” Two chapters from it have been published by the Journal of Humanistic Psychology: “Participating in Paradox: An Integrative Framework” and “A Wattsian Perspective of Life’s Ultimate Riddle: Paradoxes, Double-Binds, and Their Resolution.” For his bachelor’s degree, he attended Western Washington University’s interdisciplinary program (Fairhaven College), where his degree focused on writing, worldviews, and experience of the self. Currently, he is the Resident Scholar at the Alan Watts Organization and an Editorial Advisor at Eudaemonia Equine Connections, an equine-assisted mental health treatment and research nonprofit organization.
As a seasoned journalist, versatile editor, decorated athlete, world-renowned kiteboarding judge, and accomplished writer, his passion for action sports and the written word runs deep. Having written for 30+ magazines, amassed 800+ pages of editorial exposure for clients around the world, and edited for several industry-leading publications (such as Wakeboarding and Kiteboarding magazines), his editorial experience spans four industries. Additionally, he has freelanced for a slew of prestigious clients and organizations, action sports companies and events, including the KSP Kitesurfing World Championship Tour, the Triple-S Invitational, and Sir Richard Branson’s Kite Jam.
While Dr. Wheeler holds a lifelong passion for action sports, he also has a much deeper side too: a love for exploring and writing about the mysteries of consciousness, life, and existence. One of the many books on human nature that Dr. Wheeler endeavors to write is Cosmic Fruit: Awakening to a New View of Life, which stems from his doctoral research into the wisdom of Alan Watts. Just as an apple tree “apples,” the earth “peoples” Watts contended; human beings are expressions of a living earth just as fruits are an organic expression of a tree. In other words, human nature can be understood to be not only integral to nature itself, but also an integral expression of the whole of the Earth and cosmos. Rather than simply being cut off from the “external” world, it could be said that we are walking, talking fruits of the earth, young but ancient fruits of the cosmos.
Dr. Wheeler is not currently taking on publishing or literary consultation projects at this time. As he transitions from a decade in graduate school to working in the field of book publishing, Dr. Wheeler is grateful to have William Gladstone, founder of Waterside Productions, serving as his literary agent.