A psychotherapist tells of her most sacred visionary experience she had back in 1969.
Considering the Mind-Body Problem Mystically
An exploration of questions proposed to mysticism as a potential source of solutions to the mind-body problem.
#43 Douglas Harding’s “First Vision” Account
Harding's experience of having no head parallels Joseph Smith's First Vision experience in remarkable ways.
The Value of the Written Word for Good, for Love in Action?
What good is the written or spoken word for uplifting lives and awakening? Is it a means through which we can actively express Love and help bring others to Love?
#42 Kundalini-like “First Vision” Account
A "First Vision" experience of a woman on the occasion of her father's death.
Richard Bucke’s “First Vision” Account
Richard Maurice Bucke (1837-1902) was a Canadian psychiatrist. He is best known for his 1901 book Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind, in which he explored higher forms of consciousness as they have been expressed throughout human history. In 1872 Bucke had a mystical experience of his own, which he later recorded.
Does Language Construct Reality, or our Perception of Reality?
Language often constructs our perception of reality. As the philosopher William H. Gass once said, "The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words." Or so they try.
Jordan Peterson & Sam Harris Debate the Nature of God
A friend recently shared a video clip with me from an event on June 23, 2018, which was a public conversation and debate between psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson and philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris, moderated by biologist Bret Weinstein. It's an interesting discussion between a theist (Peterson) and an atheist (Harris) on the nature of God, which I think begins to get at the heart of the issue from both sides.
John van Ruysbroeck's "First Vision" Accounts
John van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381) was a Flemish mystic and writer. He was raised in the Catholic faith, becoming a priest. He is now venerated in the Catholic Church. He was beatified in 1903 by Pope Pius X.
Sam Harris talks with Michael Pollan about Psychedelics and Mystical-Spiritual Experience
This morning I listened to a podcast conversation between neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris and bestselling journalist and author Michael Pollan about Pollan's new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.