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Rupert Sheldrake – Science and Spiritual Practices

March 1, 2018

Rupert Sheldrake

Biologist, parapsychological researcher, and author of The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake discusses his latest book Science and Spiritual Practices.

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In this pioneering work Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which all religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage: meditation, gratitude, connecting with nature, relating to plants, rituals, singing and chanting, and pilgrimage and holy places. The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier.

Sheldrake summarizes the latest scientific research on what happens when we take part in these practices, and suggests ways to explore them for ourselves. For those who are religious, Science and Spiritual Practices will illuminate the evolutionary origins of their own traditions and give a new appreciation of their power. For the non-religious, it shows how the core practices of spirituality are accessible to all, even if they do not subscribe to a religious belief system. This is a book for anyone who suspects that in the drive towards radical secularism, something valuable has been left behind. By opening ourselves to the spiritual dimension we may find the strength to live more wholesome and fulfilling lives.

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Phil Escott – What is Awakening?

July 31, 2017

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From the New Age movement to the 2012 phenomenon, and across the spectrum of belief that is contemporary spirituality, in recent decades there has been a lot of talk about awakening. But just what is it, and how do you get there? Exploring Eastern mysticism? Meditating on a mountaintop? Becoming a hermit, hiding in the woods? It could be any or all of these, and also none. What if awakening is nothing like you’ve been led to believe? Like the ordeal of transformation through trauma, awakening can be difficult, unexpected, and at first, even unrecognised. Although sometimes sudden, it can also be slow, and often more subtle than expected. It may even take place at the moment of your death, but it is always incomplete. Typical traits such as the dissolution of desire and the death of ego may not transpire, and the hoped-for end of human faults and frailties may be an illusion.

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Engelbert Winkler – Getting High on Light

October 2, 2016

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Engelbert Winkler discusses the power and potential of light, and the development of the Lucia No.3 Hypnagogic Lamp. Light is essential to life, and it affects the brain and body in subtle and dramatic ways. But beyond warming our skin and growing our food, how many of us ever really afford it a second thought? Even the sublime beauty of the sunset all too often slips away unseen. Cutting edge research, however, is revealing properties of light which, although appearing to us as an unfolding paradigm, are in truth resonant reflections of insights and experiences that many of our ancient ancestors would have instinctively understood.

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Gregg Levoy – Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

January 16, 2016

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Gregg Levoy discusses his book Vital Signs – The Nature and Nurture of Passion. This exuberant and compelling work explores how you can cultivate not just a specific passion, but passion as a mindset – a stance – that helps bring vitality to all your engagements, from work and relationships to creativity and spiritual life. Vital Signs examines the endless, yet endlessly fruitful, tug-of-war between passion and security in our lives, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves, and shows us how to stay engaged with the world and resist the downward-pulling forces that can drain our aliveness.

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Gary Evans – Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Age: Part Two

September 12, 2015

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Gary Evans discusses the process of personal awakening. Although much used in the media today, the term ‘awakening’ can mean different things to different people. To some, the nebulous use of ‘awakening’ in New Age circles and the non-event that was 2012 have rendered the word almost meaningless. Beyond all this, however, it can represent something real. Many people are currently undergoing a shift in perspective that can affect everything from their personal lives to their entire worldview. Although often confusing and even traumatic, this shift can allow us to set aside the distractions and ephemera of everyday existence, ease the stress and strain of the lives society insists we should be living, and open up a space in which we can come to truly know ourselves. At this time of unparalleled chaos and upheaval, a profound change in how we see ourselves, others and the world at large offers the opportunity to forge a future very different from the one we currently face.

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Gary Evans – Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Age: Part One

September 6, 2015

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Gary Evans discusses the process of personal awakening. Although much used in the media today, the term ‘awakening’ can mean different things to different people. To some, the nebulous use of ‘awakening’ in New Age circles and the non-event that was 2012 have rendered the word almost meaningless. Beyond all this, however, it can represent something real. Many people are currently undergoing a shift in perspective that can affect everything from their personal lives to their entire worldview. Although often confusing and even traumatic, this shift can allow us to set aside the distractions and ephemera of everyday existence, ease the stress and strain of the lives society insists we should be living, and open up a space in which we can come to truly know ourselves. At this time of unparalleled chaos and upheaval, a profound change in how we see ourselves, others and the world at large offers the opportunity to forge a future very different from the one we currently face.

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Reece Girven – The Universe and The Psyche

March 21, 2015

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Reece Girven discusses some of the ideas in his book The Universe and The Psyche. What is the origin of the Universe? Was it created in a Big Bang, or might it always have existed? We are told that matter creates consciousness, but could it be that consciousness creates matter? What can we learn from the patterns in physical reality? From DNA to galaxies, spirals appear everywhere in nature – do they hold a key to understanding? In choosing to disregard the non-material, modern science has lost 95 per cent of the Universe to dark matter, dark energy and other convoluted theories. By shifting our perspective on reality, what can we learn about the nature of the 95 per cent? Is it possible that the fundamental nature of reality is information?

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Gary Evans – Listening to the Past

March 11, 2014

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Many ancient sites such as the Great Pyramid in Egypt and Stonehenge in England appear to have unusual acoustic properties which suggest that these places had a purpose not yet recognised by mainstream archaeology. Resonating frequencies and other forms of sound have long been associated with altered states of consciousness and other spiritual and mystical experiences. Certain properties of many ancient sites indicate that they were designed to focus, concentrate and in some cases generate powerful energies including sound. Is it possible that they served a sacred ceremonial function intended to affect the brain and body, taking us beyond our crude intellect and into a more intuitive state of mind?

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William Buhlman – Adventures in the Afterlife

October 31, 2013

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William Buhlman discusses out of body experiences and his latest book Adventures in the Afterlife, a powerful journey of spiritual awakening and a bold quest for answers and enlightenment. The old assumptions of heaven are confronted and an expansive new vision of our continuing life is presented. After being diagnosed with cancer, William pursued answers to the mysteries of our existence after death. Confronting his mortality, he experienced profound insights into what lies beyond our physical body. Our journey into the next life is the basis for Adventures in the Afterlife. The author chronicles his out of body experiences and lucid dreams, and although the insights are sometimes surprising, a clear message is always apparent; we are powerful, spiritual beings and we shape our reality now and in the future.

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Luigi Sciambarella – Altered States, Lucid Dreams and The Evolution of Consciousness

October 25, 2013

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Luigi Sciambarella of The Monroe Institute discusses altered states, lucid dreams and the evolution of consciousness. Out of body experiences (OBEs) and other altered states of consciousness offer some of the most compelling evidence that reality extends beyond our five senses, and that consciousness itself transcends death. These experiences can also lead to awareness that the universe is fundamentally a multidimensional energy field and that all things within it are interconnected. Such realizations hold powerful potential for personal growth, self-healing, problem solving, creativity and – ultimately – profound spiritual awakening.

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