For millennia, people have reported unusual experiences that have been called "psychic" or "mystical." Until recently many scientists have assumed that such experiences were illusions or delusions. Dean shows that such proposals fail to account for the actual data, and that when the fabric of reality is considered from a modern physical perspective, these phenomena are not just allowed to occur, but are expected.
This talks was recorded at IONS' Consciousness and Healing Forum on 3/23/2005 in San Francisco, where Deepak and Marilyn deepened the dialogue initiated in the newly-released book Consciousness and Healing.
Former IONS president James O'Dea interviews eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, PhD, who is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is also a leading voice in movements for peace, justice, and a safe environment. Interweaving her scholarship and four decades of activism, she has created both a ground-breaking theoretical framework for a new paradigm of personal and social change, and a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
What if our propensity to war and aggression had deep roots in the trauma of birth? That’s one of the provocative theories of Dr. Stanislav Grof, drawing from fifty years at the frontiers of consciousness research. There is, he believes, reason for cautious optimism that we can transcend our destructive impulses if large numbers of people engage the healing work that becomes possible in non-ordinary or "holotropic" states such as those used by shamans.
Our encore presentation of Dr. Keltner's Living Deeply teleseminar focused on the Big Question for August 2010, “Do our thoughts have the power to heal?" At the end of the recording we provide questions to guide you in discussion and reflection.