'I feel happier just for being myself and letting others be themselves.'
- Carl Rogers
Transformation Through Suffering
1930 UK time Saturday 6th June 2020
With Steve Taylor
Steve will explore the powerful connection between spiritual transformation and psychological turmoil. He will describe some of his research into ‘post-traumatic transformation,’ in situations such as bereavement, serious illness, addiction, imprisonment and intense stress and loss. He will explain the reasons why suffering can bring about spiritual awakening, and why some people are more open to transformation than others. Finally, he will suggest that there is an evolutionary aspect of the phenomenon, There appears to be a ‘latent higher self’ which is ready to emerge in many people, and which may be ready to emerge in our species as a whole, leading to a new phase in the evolution of consciousness.
Steve Taylor PhD is the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality and is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. He is the current chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. His books include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, The Calm Center and The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening. His books have been published in 20 languages, and Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ He writes the popular blog ‘Out of the Darkness’ for Psychology Today magazine.
Bi-Weekly Grounding Meditation
Every other Monday 20:00-21:00 UK time 1st June 2020
An online Zoom group with Jordana Jyoti Goldstein
Having trouble getting yourself to sit for meditation? It's always easier to sit in a group setting!
Join us for a bi-weekly group meditation followed by a Q&A.
Grounding meditation focuses your mind and grounds you into your body. A common challenge for empaths, or those of us with busy minds, mania, or who lose our ground in spiritual experiences. With practice we can return to our original conscious state of balance, peace, and calmness.
Facilitated by Jordana Jyoti Goldstein, teacher of Meditation & Yoga for 20 years, Healer, Creator of Akasha Support, and Mental Health Activist. Sharing her personal story of spiritual emergency in the Emerging Proud film and former co-director of Shades of Awakening. Current director and founder of Yoga Maresme.
CLASH OF BELIEFS! Culture, Spirituality, & Health
Every Thursday 1700-1830 BST 4th June 2020
Presented by Dr Natalie Tobert
This exciting course lies within the discipline of medical anthropology. It presents various meanings given to the term ‘spirituality’ and discusses their relevance for our understanding of medicine and healthcare.
Participants are encouraged to develop a positive awareness of cross-cultural understandings of the human body and its core experiences (which may include altered states of consciousness). The seminars raise awareness of beliefs which may influence our access to health care. The text book ‘Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing’ can be bought to accompany this module.