My Bio.—Donald Ryles

taterwisestartDonald truly is many things to many people…author, blogger, healer, seeker . Over the past 15 + years he has firmly established himself as a well known and trusted presence Worldwide . His various blogs, posts, pages, and sites have received visits well into the millions from over 190 counties . He has written , compiled , or consulted on over 10 books (including consulting on top UK children’s book publisher Dorling Kindersley educational paranormal books “Haunted” and “Supernatural”) as well as establishing 3 blogs…one of which has been #1 Google ranked for almost 3 years . Donald has been a seeker and student of Alternative Mind/ Body Healing Methods and Human Potential Development for over 30 years . Six years ago he earned his alternative Ph.D in Transpersonal Counseling from the University Of Sedona ( website ) . The oldest and most respected school of it’s kind in the World . His focus was Natural Healing and Mind Programming .

Ph.D—Transpersonal Counseling—University Of Sedona
Masters Degree—Metaphysical Science—University Of Metaphysics
Bachelors Degree—Metaphysical Science—University Of Metaphysics
Diploma—Mind Science Practitioner—International Metaphysical Ministry
Nationally Certified Hypnotist —Hypnosis Motivation Institute
Certified Paranormal Investigator —Flamel College

A Gemini by birth he most definitely embodies the dual Gemini personality . He is a lover of nature as well as a lover of technology. He is a very dominant and commanding presence  , but at the same time is  diplomatic and very friendly . A few words that could describe him are : intelligent , humorous , mysterious , unorthodox ,dependable, loyal . Throughout his life Donald has always seemed to be the person that his family , friends and in many cases complete strangers turned to for advice. Even in his early teen years he seemed to be felt as an “Old Soul”.

Donald is always researching and his main goal and work now focuses on…as he says ” Helping and guiding people to have better , wealthier , happier , healthier, and safer lives in a quickly changing World “. To that end he has joined with dozens of other doctors , authorities , experts , and sources from around the World that share his vision . His website offers a unique mix of cutting edge mainstream and little known…and even what some would call “forbidden” information . He likes to say…

Most People Just Let Life Happen To Them… They live in fear , regret , and unhappiness and dream of “what could have been”.

Winners take control and decide the live THEY will have and take the bold action to make it happen . They live the life they want and have few regrets.

I know you don’t want to live the unhappy “what could have been” life…So now it is up to YOU to visit my site, get the expert answers you need…and start living the life YOU deserve



21 thoughts on “My Bio.—Donald Ryles

  1. I hadn’t heard that anyone was spreading any vicious rumors about you, until you brought it to my attention. Henceforth, I checked your links and the University you recieved your degree from is not an accredited college, therefore,I cannot put you in the same class as say, my fammily practioner, seems to me that this since this college is a non-denominational, IRS exempt, it would be looked at as a “sham” for lack of a better word. I just can’t see how anyone can become a doctor in less than a year of study, on line. This term “New Thought” seems to be the answer to how they get around it. Since, as you say, acadamia cannot catorgorize it. Sorry I see it that way, but you brought it in the open. I will still read your blogs and enjoy them.

    • Dear Mr. Caswell,
      Thank you for your comment and your honesty.
      I can fully understand you not feeling comfortable placing my degree in the same category as you do your family practitioner. I am likewise sure that you would not feel comfortable placing someone with a PhD in Art History in the same category as your physician. They are 2 separate fields altogether. The point of my post was not to necessarily “rate” my degree as to its importance but to just show that my degree is a legitimate and legal one. As to the value a person puts on it is up to them and I fully understand that many people will not place as much value on a Religious/Spiritual school as they would a Government overseen school. Much in the same way as many people do not value a degree from Ohio State as highly as they would a degree from Harvard.
      You asked how anyone can get a PhD in a year. To clarify a bit. In my study, since the school is not accredited by the Government, I only studied Metaphysical subjects. So unlike an Academic PhD I did not need to take several years of English,Social Studies,Art History, World History,etc. …My instruction focused only on subjects I would need. As to the other subjects I received a fairly good background in them already in my High School education. I graduated from one of the top 5% U.S. Academically Challenging High Schools a year early ( I completed 4 years in 3). We were all Government tested when I was in the 10th grade and in all subjects my intelligence level was above my peers. In some subjects my level of knowledge was that of a 2nd and 3rd year college student. So basically 4 or 5 years above my peers.
      So to close my basic point was that I have a legal, honest and legitimate PhD from a school with a 50 year history that is respected World-wide in it’s field.
      Once again thank you, Gene, for your comment and I am glad that you enjoy my blog.
      Best wishes,
      P.S.: To those who do not know the Government accreditation is basically just a system that keeps all of the Academic colleges on the same level so that if you transfer from one college to another your credits and knowledge level will be the same or closely compatible. In the Metaphysical/Spiritual field since there are so many schools of thought it would be virtually impossible to accredit schools of that type. So really Government accreditation does not address the value of a persons education…only that all of the educations at fairly equal.

    • I believe Donald would be better served with a Doctor of Divinity and not a PhD. Using the title Dr or PhD is deceiving and against the ethical principles of no harm as you seem to be promoting. The designation of Dr or PhD gives the impression that you are a scientist with 10 years of formal education in your and not with only a year religious of metaphysical training. There is nothing wrong offering your services as a transpersonal counselor with your training but what is wrong is to use the PhD designation as prospect clients might think that you are a qualified psychologist which you are not.

      • Dear Rev . Dr . Valverde ,

        Thank you for your comment . I had used the designation Ph.D since that is the title on my diploma…”Ph.D In Transpersonal Counseling” . I had not earned a Doctor of Divinity degree so it would be inappropriate for me to designate myself as such . I never at anytime told anyone that my degree was a secular one and ALWAYS told anyone in any capacity that my degree was of a Spiritual and Metaphysical nature. I disagree with you very strongly that using the title Dr. in a Religious or Spiritual context is deceptive or unethical . To say that is to say that Dr. Martin Luther King was being deceptive or unethical . You yourself use it as part of your title so I am not exactly sure why you question my usage in the first place . In any case it matters not since I do not actively counsel anyone anymore or even operate a business of any type since having a near fatal heart attack . My designation now is disabled and retired .
        Best wishes,

  2. Accreditation is supposedly voluntary and has nothing to do with legitamacy. However more emphasis is put on accreditation, which is basically a group of schools banding together to judge whether fellow members are keeping up with the approved of standards. There are several schools that aren’t accredited, usually for relligious reasons, but still good schools, not shams. Also, some schools give honorary doctorates to folks that they want to recognize. I think alot of religious leaders that are known as “Dr. ______” have these unearned degrees, (ie Mike Murdoch, Jerry Farwell,etc). Accreditation is just a way to put more American education under government control and is somewhat new. Getting a degree from an accredited school doesn’t mean you know more or better than someone who has an unaccredited degree, although it’s seen as some kind of guarantee of solid learning. The criteria for being accredited aren’t necessarily relevant to education/knowledge; my college had its accreditation once-evey-decade review while I was there and one of the criteria was something to do with the number of library books per student. Nowadays there are colleges that have no physical presence, (classrooms, dorms, library, etc.), but are accredited, and there is the whole distance ed./online ed. thing where alot of traditional measurements are no longer valid. (I read that the Dept. of Ed. might increase the face-to-face contact requirements for distance/online programs, which might make things a bit more inconvenient for the student.)
    To me, the bottom line should be what one knows, not how/where one learned it. There are some fields where standards are necessary, like medicine, engineering, etc., of course, but metaphysics and religion don’t have the same basic, uniformity of say, history or chemistry, (except perhaps within a denomination). And some schools are more field focused, like an ITT/DeVry school, which is why the small print says transferring to another school may not be as easily done as between two traditional, multi-field schools.
    As for duration of one’s study: Did you ever stop to realize how much actual time is put into a traditional major? A credit usually represents one 50-minute class period/week, thus 3 credits is 150 minutes in class per week. if a semester is 12 weeks, a 3 credit class is 30 hrs./semester. A traditional major is 30 credits or 900 hrs in class, spread over 4+ years. 900 hrs taken to read up to (parts of) 10 textbooks over 4 years — and often a major has nothing to do with what your career ends up being! I’ve had college classes where all the time was spent with the professor literally reading the text; I’ve had classes where all the time was spent with the professor trying to instill a Positive Mental Attittude in students who were there to get the credits, then the degree, then the job and the $$$$$ that was “assured” to follow, (they were taking classes for something to do, but since the degree was in an “in-demand” field and failing was extremely unlikely, ….). I had about 10 classes with this teacher, all of them FULL of Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Coue-isms, etc., one of them a speech class where 1/3 of the students gave at least one speech, no one failed and the school was fully and properly accreditied!
    And I’ve read of people taking degrees by passing certain test, (DANTES, AP, etc.). Pass one test and the psychology major was done, pass another test and the English major was done. (The guy did take 3 classes in a classroom traditional style, got all 4.0’s — which was his entire G.P.A., since the tests were P/F. And yes, the degree college was accredited, fully approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Accreditation is little more than a rubber-stamping simplifier for those in charge. Think of all the great minds, schooled or not, who somehow made their mark on America and History without an accredited degree — even without any degree!

  3. I have several accredited degrees, RN, PT, BS all through the government accredited bodies. For with these degess I an make money and have great opportunity in the “secular” market. I am very intrested in Sedona which will do nothing for any of my “secular”employment. Its a study I just want to learn and am intrested in. Even if I obtain a Ph.D it will do nothing for my professional careeer but will open my mind for an area of intrest therefore will hold value for me and that is all that really matters. If one is looking for a job in a secular area it would be a mistake. As far as value goes it is all in the eye of the beholder. With that said it is not compairable to a traditional Dr degree in the job market.

  4. Frankly, I’m mortified by the poor spelling and tortured syntax of most of the posts above. And these posts are from “PhDs”? Or even from people with a high school education? I happen to agree with most of the ideas expressed, but the very expressions would give an objective observer great pause.

    By the way, I’m planning to take the Sedona studies on up through the PhD level.

    • Let us know your experience with, your completion of, and how you are using your studies from Sedona. I am strongly considering studying there as well.

  5. There is little or no reason for a university to lack a recognized form of accreditation.

    In most countries, the government decides what is and is not a recognized university. In the U.S., however, the Federal government never took a central role; the universities evolved the accreditation system as a way to maintain standards. Accrediting agencies, in turn, are recognized by one of two bodies (usually by both), the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA–private) and the U.S. Department of Education.

    When the University of Metaphysics was established, there were very few nontraditional routes to a Ph.D. from accredited schools. Thus, many unaccredited, nontraditional schools arose. However, the recognized accreditors changed their approach to such schools over time and, thus, almost all of those schools either became accredited or went out of business. (Especially since the states got tougher with their licensing of schools.) There are a few remnants from those days. The University of Metaphysics is one of them.

    What to make of these schools? Well, first, let’s acknowledge that they are not recognized as universities in the U.S., even if they have license to operate in their respective home states. May Ph.D. graduates from these schools call themselves “doctor”? Probably, in many cases. That term is almost never regulated. (Thank goodness. Imagine if Julius Erving had to be called “Mister J”!) Claims of educational quality by these schools cannot be verified and, thus, cannot be relied upon.

    Also, there is an old saying in higher education: it takes a doctor to make a doctor. Unaccredited schools’ faculties are often littered with people who also have degrees from unaccredited schools (often from the school in question). If many of the faculty are such, it makes for a very week academic situation.

    Finally, the Ph.D. is meant to contribute to the academic discipline. But graduates from unaccredited schools do not do this. Not only do they almost never publish in academic journals, they’re dissertations/thesis are not included in library collections and other sources (like Proquest/UMI).

    Graduates of these programs might be important contributors to their fields, especially esoteric areas. But they are not academicians and are not taken seriously by the rest of the academic world. Nor are their schools.

    Dr. Rich Douglas (Yes, I have a Ph.D. from an accredited school where I specialized in nontraditional higher education. You can look it up.)

  6. I have enjoyed reading many comments in regards to Metaphysics’ studies and schools of this area, and I find that many people (with accredited degrees) feel attacked with the “non-accredited” issue. Isn’t funny? They never put in the table the content of any program, they don’t even know how important this could be for some people who are ready to improve its spiritual life, they just say, “it is not accredited” period.

    It is funny, because many people that are interested in spirituality have other academic degrees as well (Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc with accredited programs). Me myself, I have a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Finance, but I love spirituality as well, and so because the word “non-accredited” is there, then should I stop my wish to learn what I like? Not at all! I give importance to the programs in the extent of what they offer to my life.

    What people (in my opinion) is trying to find in these schools (like Sedona University for example) goes beyond to a degree, is to learn to connect to your source, use your spirituality tools and be a better person for yourself and for others.

    I don’t think happiness is measured with degrees or any other stereotype that people talks. If you are happy and you feel guided to get any study in whatever you want, just do it!! don’t explain to people anything else, if they are for you to be closer they will be other wise, they will be in other place and you will attract your own people according to beliefs and ideas! Thanks

    • Okay, but it is a dodge to both decry the criticism of such degrees–saying the degrees are no big deal–while simultaneously claiming to possess them.

  7. Perhaps your definition of a “legitimate degree” differs from mine.

    When you attend an “institution” (by mail order or otherwise) that has absolutely NO accreditation whatsoever, the “degree” that follows from that institution can hardly claim to be “legitimate” in any traditional sense of the word.

    • Dear Harley,
      I define a legitimate degree as a legal one in your chosen field . I have a PhD awarded by the University of Metaphysics/Sedona . An intuition which has a proud 50+ year history and the U.S Government granted right to award legal degrees in the field of Spiritual Studies and Metaphysics . As to the accreditation unlike concrete subject matter such as math and science it would be near impossible to impose specific standards on a field as broad and varied as Spirituality and Metaphysics .

      • This is not true. The U.S. government does not grant the right to award degrees to universities. The legal aspect of these activities are controlled by the individual states. The legitimate aspect of these activities are controlled by accrediting agencies recognized by either the US Department of Education or by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

        This institution claims to be located in Arizona. It claims to be operating with legal authority, but doesn’t specifically cite approval to do so in Arizona. Simultaneously, Arizona doesn’t list this school among its recognized institutions of higher education. The school claims some sort of exemption with the IRS, but that is common for not-for-profit operations, and doesn’t relate to its authority to award degrees.

        I have no idea about the quality of an education available from this school, and make no assessments regarding it. But I would like to hear clearly their source for the legal authority to award degrees.

  8. Don, unfortunately your comments don’t pass the principles of parsimony. There are many multidisciplinary degrees that are broad and varied, yet still are accredited by the appropriate United States accrediting organizations. Additionally, the University of Metaphysics/Sedona would improve its legitimacy in awarding post-secondary degrees if it actually required its graduates to write at the post-secondary education level. Most highly quantitative studies and research are highly esoteric in nature to the laymen, yet they still seek to achieve accreditation by the appropriate governing bodies. There is a reason why the University of Metaphysics/Sedona can not secure an .edu domain. Simply stated, the curriculum is baloney.

    • Dear Barry,
      I thank you for your thoughts . As to a reply I would suggest that anyone interested should see which explains the University of Sedona’s views on accreditation ( as of now there is no true accrediting body for degrees of this type) , freedom of thought , separation of church and state , and more .
      As to the university not requiring students to write their thesis or dissertation in the appropriate way , I cannot speak for now, but when I attended in 2006 they rigidly based the required length , structure , and content on the framework required of students at , I believe , Ohio State University . Not sure of the exact college but they could supply that info. through their site if anyone is interested .
      The truth is Barry , I cannot change your opinion and won’t even try . As long as there is a widely accepted belief that one university is good while another is bad you will always have people who believe that a degree from Harvard or Yale makes one much more intelligent than a degree from Virginia Tech or Florida State . When the truth is that a persons intelligence and capability has little to do with where they were educated or who “accredited” the curriculum and much more to do with the person .
      Best to you,

      • This post is false on many levels. The first is the statement that this kind of curriculum cannot come from an accredited school. Of course it can. The implication is more insidious, however, because it suggests that the school is otherwise fine, but simply doesn’t fit convention. I’m not judging the school, but a lack of evidence is not evidence. If the school is somehow on par with accredited schools–and accreditation IS the means by which colleges and universities in this country are recognized–then it is a burden on the school to prove it. They don’t even cite their legal authority to award degrees, so where, exactly, is it?

        Second, this isn’t about individual students. Yes, some dullards have completed very fine degree programs, and some really brilliant people have gone to less-than-wonderful schools to earn degrees. That proves nothing. It is the school–its curricula, faculty, processes, and outcomes–that matters. Where are these? Oh, right, they’re not assessed because this school doesn’t go through a recognized accreditation process.

        Finally, there is no proof that this school’s standards are comparable to the university mention in the post (The Ohio State University). None. Prove it. Otherwise, it is empty hyperbole.

        Again, I’m not assessing the quality of this school. But I AM challenging statements made by this person when those statements are either unsupported or demonstrably false.

  9. I’ve been thinking about getting a Doctorate degree from University of Sedona. Accredited or not really doesn’t matter as you can still legally use Dr. in front of your name in a spiritual or religious connotation through the ministerial ordination. I attend a Unity Church and will be joining there in less than two weeks. Many principles through this university correspond with the Unity Church and I have been curious about a career in metaphysics for several months now.

    • That’s fine. Go do what you want. But your thinking around the use of the title ‘doctor’ is faulty, and could lead to some really big trouble.

      No one has a problem with people walking around using the title ‘doctor’ as long as the professional competence associated with such a title is not a factor. So if Mac Rebennack wants to use the moniker ‘Dr. John’ in his work as a popular musician, no harm and no problems. But if you decide to use the title ‘doctor’ to advance your professional practice or career, and that degree doesn’t come from a properly recognized source, you could be in a lot of trouble, EVEN IF THE DEGREE-ISSUING SCHOOL IS LEGAL. So if you want to want to tell your church-goers you’re a ‘doctor,’ fine. But if you use that same title in your job or practice, you’d better be on solid ground. Good luck.

      • You make a very good point. I have enough education under my belt and having a doctor in front of my name makes no difference. I acknowledge that using Dr. in front of my name from an unaccredited school can lead to trouble and I wouldn’t use it for a company I was working for but it would be possible for any type of entrepreneurial pursuits such as writing a book or starting a teaching center etc. As far as the church goes, if I were to become an ordained minister through the University of Sedona, I would use Rev. Dr. , Rev., or Minister in front of my name.

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