T. L. Orcutt

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Ted Lawrence Orcutt (born September 29, 1945), popularly known as T.L. Orcutt, is an American novelist, author, occult tarot professional,[1] retired psychotherapist,[2] and college/university professor. His four nonfiction books lean toward personal growth, comparative systems of psychotherapy, transpersonal psychology, mysticism, and paranormal experience.[3] He is more recently known for his fiction novels. The first three have been released in a single volume entitled, The Path of Return Trilogy. The first novel in the series is Jamayah: Adventures on the Path of Return,[4] which develops themes of paranormal mastery and cosmic awareness. The immediate sequel, Collateral Karma,[5] focuses on ritual, ceremony, lucid dreams, evil, occult and shamanic magic. Third in the series is, Letters from the Afterworld published for the first time within the single volume trilogy, featuring themes of soul essence, mediumship, automatic writing, astral projection, and reincarnation. His fourth novel entitled Pre-existing Condition was published February 18, 2016 with a theme of sexual karma and past lives. Favoring adventure and paranormal suspense, he frequently incorporates elements of humor [6] and satire.


T.L. Orcutt grew up in West Los Angeles, California. After a year at University of Oregon and a second at Santa Monica College, he received his B.A. in psychology (1967) and M.A. in philosophical foundations of education (1969) from California State University, Northridge. Pursuing humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, and existential psychotherapy, he migrated to San Diego, California to study under Viktor Frankl. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Human Behavior from United States International University, San Diego in 1971. In 1996, he completed correspondence courses and examinations to receive a Doctor of Metaphysics (Ms.D.) degree from the College of Divine Metaphysics, Glendora, California.

Psychology career

U.S. naval officer

Orcutt commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy in 1975. He completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland with a three month rotation in the Department of Psychodrama, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C. The following two years, he was stationed as a Staff Psychologist at U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia and the Dispensary Clinic, Norfolk, Virginia.

University teaching

Orcutt’s first teaching position was as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College of Racine, Wisconsin, where he directed a University Without Walls weekend with Alan Watts.[7] On return to California, he taught for United States International University and San Diego City College. While serving the military in Virginia, he held a teaching position at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Following military service, Orcutt taught at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, then as Co-Dean and Graduate Faculty at the Professional School of Psychological Studies, San Diego, and later at the University of Humanistic Studies, Del Mar, California.

Professional psychotherapy

Orcutt was licensed as a clinical psychologist in the State of California[8] and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[9] In his thirties, he was certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, became a Qualified Supervisor for the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and was a Founding Member of the San Diego Group Psychotherapy Society. He served as Director of Psychological Services, Rancho Bernardo Pain Rehabilitation Center. At 36 he opened private practice in clinical and counseling psychology in San Diego until mental health insurance cutbacks closed the doors on independent practice in 1997. During this time, he was a consultant in group and cognitive therapy to the Psychiatry Department, Naval Medical Center, San Diego for 22 years, where teaching over 80 psychiatric residents, he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the period 1988–89.

Mystical and paranormal experience

Eastern: t'ai chi ch'uan, aikido, and Zen

At age 28 Orcutt attended a week-long workshop in Taoism and Meditation with Gia-Fu Feng[10] in South Haven, Michigan. The next year he began an eight year apprenticeship in t'ai chi ch'uan and kung fu with Liang-Ting Shuk. During the same period, he studied aikido for three years with Richard Kadlubowski and Ben Sekishiro.[11] In his thirties through later forties, Orcutt focused on Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. On one occasion Orcutt synchronistically met Geshe Lobsang Tsephel, (representing the Dalai Lama), and was invited to attend the blessing ceremony for five-year-old Lama Sanggyal Dorjee, an American born reincarnation of a former Buddhist monk.[12]

Western: occult tarot and freemasonry

During his fifties, Orcutt focused on Kabbalism, astrology, numerology, and especially occult tarot. At age 53, having completed examinations, requirements, and over ten thousand professional divination readings, Orcutt was conferred the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America,[13] in Albany, New York. At 56, he became a Master Mason, San Diego Lodge #35 F & AM and completed initiations as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason, Valley of San Diego, Orient of California. For the past 15 years, he has conducted local workshops in occult tarot divination.


Orcutt has written four nonfiction books and four novels. He is a member of the Authors Guild [14] and a recipient of the San Diego Public Library Local Author Medal, celebrating the 40th Annual Local Authors Exhibit in 2006. He is working on his fifth novel.



Chronology in Orcutt's works

  Time Setting Genre Format
No Beggars Just Balloons (1989) ——— ——— Nonfiction HC/DJ
Integrative Paradigms of Psychotherapy (with Jan R. Prell) (1994) ——— ——— Nonfiction HC
Magicians of the Soul (1995) ——— ——— Nonfiction HC/SC
Jamayah: Adventures on the Path of Return (2005) 1995–2005 San Diego, California, Baja, California Fiction/Novel PB
That’s What I’m Talkin’ About! (2006) ——— ——— Nonfiction PB
Collateral Karma (2009) 2006–2008 San Diego, California, Baja, California Fiction/Novel HC/DJ
Letters from the Afterworld (2012) 2008–2010 San Diego, California, Baja, California Fiction/Novel HC/DJ
The Path of Return Trilogy (2012) 1995–2010 San Diego County, California, Baja California Fiction/Novel HC/DJ
Pre-Existing Condition – A Novel (2016) 19th & 20th centuries San Diego County, California, Las Vegas, Nevada Fiction/Novel PB

Literary commentary


Jamayah: Adventures on the Path of Return: “A wonderful blend of contemporary fiction and metaphysics…You will enjoy this tale of an ordinary guy discovering a world that is not so ordinary...Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down, except occasionally to ponder some of the book's profound insights. Bravo.” —Catherine Kitcho, Hot Lava! Book Reviews[15]

Collateral Karma: ’'A mesmerizing journey into the dark recesses of the mind and world of black magic, cults, and the hardcore sorcerers…the tale is interspersed with metaphysical philosophy that the New Age reader will thoroughly relish…If you have a serious interest in the outer reaches of the world, the paranormal and the occult, this is a book that will pique your interest and widen your eyes.’' —Deb Fowler, Feathered Quill Book Reviews[16]


No Beggars Just Balloons: “Orcutt urges us to develop a life that makes a difference and offers a detailed map for being and becoming.” —Frances L. Bardacke, San Diego Magazine, April 1990, Vol.42, No.6[17]

Integrative Paradigms of Psychotherapy (with Jan R. Prell): “Challenging conventional assumptions of psychotherapeutic training which are exclusively based on a treatment of choice orientation, the authors show how to disengage both the psychotherapist's and the client's developmental beliefs to offer a process by which the clinician can further clarify the boundaries between personal and therapeutic views of the world.”Annotation c. —Book News, Inc., Portland, OR [18]

Integrative Paradigms of Psychotherapy (with Jan R. Prell): “The writers are consistent and even-handed, in example as well as exposition…Reading these simple but profound statements of what psychotherapy is, and can be, is like sitting with two master teachers who share their essence as well as their experience. Orcutt and Prell provide approaches that can comfort, as well as challenge, any counselor, priest, shaman, or practitioner who dedicates self and service to client well-being….” —R. Leo Sprinkle, Journal of Contemporary Psychology [19]

Magicians of the Soul: “In a series of anecdotes [the author] describes his experiences with clairvoyance, psychokinesis, and psychosomatic healing.” —Dan Bogey, Library Journal (1995), Collection Development Series in the Occult and Parapsychology [20]

That’s What I’m Talkin’ About!: “Zen psychotherapist and philosopher T. L. Orcutt presents…a guide to resisting alarmist hype fed to today's citizenry to deliberately keep them in a state of fear, and keep them obedient to corporate interests. Stressing the importance of community, consciousness, and upholding the values of human freedom, cultural dignity, and respect for the planet, [the book offers] sound tidbits of practical advice closely interwoven with philosophical concepts… Strongly emphasizing spiritual integrity and the communal bond of all human souls…an uplifting, motivational, and often quite practical book.” —Midwest Book Review[21]


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