States of Consciousness
In the last five decades, psychedelic therapy and other avenues of modern consciousness research have revealed a rich array of “anomalous” phenomena that have undermined some of the most basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy concerning consciousness and the human psyche in health and disease. Many of these observations are so radical that they question the basic philosophical assumptions of materialistic science.
We explore the mysteries of consciousness and Howard Hall’s systematic research of Sufism and rapid wound healing for the past decade. The question of consciousness and healing has to be put within a historical context with the medieval notion of all healing and disease being related to spiritual forces. This was followed by the later development of modern science where the body was viewed as a machine with consciousness being an epiphenomenon and healing being a physical process. Then came the era of mind/body healing, where consciousness was viewed as a local phenomenon, associated wi
This discussion reviews the history of psychiatric research with psychedelics from the 1950s to the present. Particular focus is applied to recent approved investigations with normal volunteers and with specific patient populations, including those with advanced-cancer anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Implications of research conducted in the Brazilian Amazon with the plant hallucinogen decoction ayahuasca to future investigations designed to explore safety and efficacy in the treatment of chronic alcoholism and substance abuse are also ex
Why does consciousness matter? Recognizing that we all participate in the evolution of consciousness makes a tremendous difference to our individual and collective wellbeing. As individuals we know that a positive shift in consciousness contributes to healing body, mind, heart and soul. This shift is also essential for healing relationships and building communities of freedom.
This teleseminar reviews Dr. Newberg's most recent work on the Principles of Neurotheology where he outlines the major principles that are the foundation for future neurotheological research. The principles pertain to how science and religion must interact to successfully form this new field of study. The principles also consider how science itself is performed and the capabilities and limitations of science. A variety of theological and religious ideas will also be engaged. Can neurotheology provide a new understanding of the human mind, the human brain, and human consciousness?