11-month Online Programme from Alef Trust: Nurturing the Fields of Change

Are you interested in the evolving principles and practices of holistic change facilitation? Do you value the exploration of inner psycho-spiritual development in service of systemic and social change? Alef Trust is launching an 11-month online programme and emerging community of practice for anyone who is interested in creating a more just, equitable and sustainable world. The programme - Nurturing the Fields of Change - aims to support change-makers to catalyse change through the power of community and co-learning.

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Marjorie Woollacott and Ben Williams – Lessons from the Nondual Philosophy of Shaivism and Neuroscience

In this webinar Drs. Ben Williams and Marjorie Woollacott explore parallels between theories about the origins of cognitive processes that filter out a broader perceptual awareness in both modern neuroscience and in a medieval Sanskrit text on non-dual philosophy, the Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikā (‘Stanzas on the Recognition of Śiva’).

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Imaginal Inspirations with Natasha Tassell-Matamua

David Lorimer's guest today is Natasha Tassell-Matamua PhD,  Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Massey University and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Psychologies in New Zealand. She is of Indigenous Māori, Cook Islands and European descent. Her research focusses primarily on near-death and other exceptional experiences of consciousness and their implications for humanity, as well as the interface between such experiences, spirituality and Indigenous knowledges.

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Why do near-death experiences and psychedelics have a transformational effect? – Steve Taylor

Key points: 1) A new study has shown that both near-death experiences and psychedelics can have powerful transformational effects. 2) Both experiences brought a more positive, accepting attitude to death. 3) Although both experiences have different characteristics, they each take us beyond our normal limited awareness, and reveal a wider reality.

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Imaginal Inspirations with Eben Alexander

David Lorimer's guest today is Dr Eben Alexander, a pioneering scientist and thought leader in consciousness studies. Dr. Alexander has been a guest on Dr. Oz, Oprah, and many other media programs. His most recent book, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness, (co-authored with Karen Newell) has garnered accolades from many scientists around the world who study the mind-body question and the nature of consciousness.

Karmic Law: A Synoptic Approach – Adrian Klein

In this paper, an extended approach to the philosophical term of Karma is presented, suggesting a high compatibility between its traditional (initiatically transmitted, especially Buddhist) and scientific interpretation. Blending of both apparently dissimilar concepts is meant to reach a more synoptic perspective on this widely known doctrine, which basically addresses a universal law of nature and its impact on individual and collective worldlines.

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Does Mystical Experience Give Access to Reality? – Paul Marshall

There are reasons for the neglect, and in the present article I consider two major theoretical obstacles to finding metaphysical significance in the experiences: a radical form of contextualism and a reductionist approach to neuroscience. With these obstacles addressed, there is room to consider how mystical experience and metaphysics can be brought into dialogue, a task facilitated by the contemporary resurgence of interest in alternatives to materialist metaphysics and a renewed interest in mystical experience encouraged by psychedelic research.

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Gerard Kuiken on the Pushing Boundaries podcast – False Dualities, Space-time, Life-death

Gerard proposes that without a limitation there is no existence and that the brain is the tool for setting up limitations and controlling the consciousness of differences. In this way, 'man becomes aware of himself by limitation and experiences that as the awakening of his own world. Time is part of the form world and the formless world is timeless, a formulation corresponding to insights from near-death and mystical experience. Life and death are complementary in the sense that in life, spirit is beyond space-time and substance is in space-time.

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