Death, and dying are not topics that we discuss freely in our Western Christian culture; we tend to live life with the certainty of death hidden in the recesses of our mind. It is all around us, but we dare not think of it in case the impact of it is too much to bear. … More Reflections on Death & Dying: How to Journey Well
In the BBC series ‘Face to Face’, John Freeman interviews a number of influential thinkers, the most important of which (at least in my opinion) is the great Psychiatrist, Philosopher and founder of the Analytic Psychology movement, Carl Gustav Jung. The interview, which takes place at Jung’s home in Zürich, provides a very powerful insight … More Face to Face with Carl Jung
I’ve just come across a short clip of a fantastic interview with David Whyte, the author of several books of poetry and a book of prose and poetry entitled: The Heart Aroused. Whyte makes a very cogent case that poetry allows us to acknowledge the fullness of our being in ways that are often impossible in daily … More Poetry For A Better Life!
‘Lucid dreaming technically refers to any occasion when the sleeper is aware they are dreaming. But it is also used to describe the idea of being able to control those dreams. Once confined to a handful of niche groups, interest in lucid dreaming has grown in recent years, spurred on by a spate of innovations from … More The Lure of Lucid Dreaming
There are a multitude of unsolved mysteries when it comes to consciousness research. Consider the oft reported phenomenon of end of life lucidity in dementia patients. If dementia causes a neurological breakdown, what can explain this sudden final restoration of lucidity? Could it be the remaining neurons tapping in to the ‘collective unconscious’, or is … More Dementia and Consciousness: Insights into a Bigger Picture?
Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness, which is in itself an almost miraculous fact. But what exactly is it that we regain? What is consciousness and how can it be described? In this short lecture, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio attempts to answer that question and in doing so, gives us a glimpse into how … More Understanding Consciousness with Antonio Damasio
The life of the mind | Inside Story. An excellent article on the philosopher David Chalmers and his take on the vexed issue of consciousness. Here’s an excerpt that summarizes the problem, especially as they relate to the ‘hard questions’ of consciousness and hints at a potential solution: “We’ve got this great chain of explanation,” … More The Consciousness Conundrum
“The only two certainties in life are death and taxes” according to Mark Twain……..and a few others that came before and after him. So, what actually happens when we die? All faiths and wisdom traditions have something to say about the destiny of our ‘soul’ (however that is defined) when our bodies die. But what does science say? Perhaps this is … More What Happens When We Die?