Brian L. Wheeler, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate is a wordsmith, editor, Alan Watts scholar, and philosopher. Given Wheeler’s passion for exploring the bounds of human potential and cosmic connection, he writes from the ground of experience, inquiry, and scholarly creativity.
After earning a master’s degree in Philosophy & Religion (concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Wheeler went on to pursue a Ph.D. in the university’s East-West Psychology program. Currently a doctoral candidate, he is writing his dissertation on paradox and the cosmology of Alan W. Watts. Most recently, a chapter of his dissertation, entitled “Participating in Paradox: An Integrative Framework” was published by the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (JHP). A second chapter of his doctoral work, entitled “A Wattsian Perspective of Life’s Ultimate Riddle: Paradoxes, Double-Binds, and Their Resolution” was recently published by JHP as well. For his bachelor’s degree, Wheeler attended Western Washington University’s interdisciplinary program (Fairhaven College), where his degree focused on writing, worldviews, and experience of the self.
As a seasoned journalist, versatile editor, decorated athlete, world-renowned kiteboarding judge, and accomplished writer, Wheeler’s 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, Wheeler has freelanced for a slew of prestigious clients and organizations, action sports companies and events, including the Kitesurfing World Championship Tour, the Triple-S Invitational, and Sir Richard Branson’s Kite Jam. Currently, he is a resident scholar at the Alan Watts Organization.
While 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.
Presently focusing on completing his multi-paper dissertation (three papers that need to be published in peer-reviewed academic journals or books), Wheeler is not taking on clients at the moment.
Upon graduation, Wheeler hopes to secure a full-time book editing gig, and/or finish writing a number of books that he has in the works, such as Cosmic Fruit: Awakening to a New View of Life, which is rooted in Alan Watts’ notion that the earth “peoples” just as an apple tree “apples” — that human beings are expressions of a living earth just as fruits are organic expressions of a tree. In other words, rather than being inherently separated from the planet, individuals can be understood as — and vividly feel themselves to be — integral expressions of not only the Earth, but the whole cosmos as well. Yes, each individual has a unique and particular dimension, but is also integral TO and an integral OF the whole field of existence. In other words, we are paradox through and through: distinct and integral. 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.
Literary agents and/or book publishers are encouraged to contact Wheeler via his contact page, along with those interested in securing his editing and writing talents full-time following his doctoral defense (which is anticipated to occur late 2021 or early 2022).