The Divided Brain and the Sense of the Sacred
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Though I am agnostic in regard to the Christian creeds I am aware of I’ve always felt connected to s... View more
Though I am agnostic in regard to the Christian creeds I am aware of I’ve always felt connected to something more. My evidence is the power of reflection to repay us with insight and inspiration. If those those imaginal, intuitive gifts are not the result of my own brainstorming, research or deliberation then they are the product of something more than my arbitrary choice. But of course Iain has been thinking about this longer and with much more study. I’m was happy to come across this video recently of a Zoom conversation sponsored by the Theos Think Tank. It is lightening quick and must have been a difficult departure for him from his usual careful, thorough approach. Naturally I want to read that chapter slowly some day but my hope is that this might open a door for more people get a sense of what he has to offer. While I’m not a Christian I am fond of quite a few thoughtful ones I know online. I have thoughts about how it should be possible to be a professing Christian and appreciate the insights of the divided brain hypothesis.
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The Sense of the Sacred WorldwidePosted by Don Salmon on September 26, 2022 at 4:51 pm
The title of this group is very interesting and I was hoping there would be some discussions. Perhaps my background would help
1. Jewish ancestors
2. Brought up in the Unitarian church thought became an atheist at age 7
3. Through Kant, ee cummings, Plato and William Blake, shifted to agnosticism around age 15
4. Age 17, had an experience of God all pervading and thus “the search” began
5. 1974-1984, studied meditation with Indian philosophy professor formerly of Columbia University, in the tradition of Sri Aurobindo (combines Vedic, Vedantic and Tantric practices)
6. 1992-1994, studied Sufi meditation (Islamic mysticism) with Welsh teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-lee.
7. 1996, studied Tibetan Buddhism
8. 2006-2019, studied Kriya Yoga with a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, Roy Eugene Davis.
Over the years, participant and leader in numerous Christian contemplative groups.
Finally, as psychologist, conducted research into meditation and lucid dreams, with the hopes of contributing to the integration of spirituality and psychology. part of that work has included studying the neurophysiology and psychology of attention, and how attention is at the root of ALL contemplative practices (one famous Zen story has a disciple who complains Zen teaching is too complicated, and asks his teacher to give him a short summary of the essence of Zen. The teacher replies, “Attention.”
I’d love to hear from others about practical ways you find Iain’s work informing and enlivening your sense of the sacred.
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