Can we do without organised religion? A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Churches are in decline, certainly in the western world. People tend not to think to turn to a priest for spiritual insight or advice. But is a lived relationship with the sacred and wisdom traditions denuded as organised… Continue reading Can we do without organised religion? A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

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A thought on Comedy in a Time of Tragedy

An audio version of this thought is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. At the beginning of Idler Drinks (see www.idler.co.uk), I offer a thought. Here’s the one from this week.

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Christ consciousness and final participation. Max Leyf, Landon Loftin & Mark Vernon. #OwenBarfield

Owen Barfield talked of an evolution of consciousness towards final participation. But what is that state or quality awareness? How does it relate to the life of Christ? How was it described by Rudolf Steiner? Can we see and know intimations of it now? In this second discussion with Landon Loftin and Max Leyf, we… Continue reading Christ consciousness and final participation. Max Leyf, Landon Loftin & Mark Vernon. #OwenBarfield

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Love and Attachment Styles

Why do we love? Is love inevitably a foolhardy endeavour? Or does it lead to a knowledge of reality beyond reason? In this discussion, Robert Rowland Smith and Mark Vernon discuss the ideas of Freud and Lacan, Bowlby and Winnicott, who had differing ideas about the nature of love and where it leads. Is love… Continue reading Love and Attachment Styles

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AI and Spiritual Intelligence

An essay written for Beshara Magazine For more on my book, Spiritual Intelligence in Seven Steps Hysteria is a form of defence, according to psychoanalysis. Underneath the panic or mania lies something that it has become impossible to think about. Alarm and fever are a cover for what threatens to destroy. I have been pondering… Continue reading AI and Spiritual Intelligence

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“A most curious event in my life.” Carl Jung, Ravenna and the mystery of the Neonian Baptistery

In the 1930s, Carl Jung stayed in Ravenna and visited the Baptistery of the Orthodox, also known as the Neonian Baptistery. In Memories, Dreams, Reflections, he described the experience he had there as “among the most curious events in my life”. He and his companion saw brilliant mosaics that weren’t there, though they did not… Continue reading “A most curious event in my life.” Carl Jung, Ravenna and the mystery of the Neonian Baptistery

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The Problem of Suffering & I, Julian by Claire Gilbert

This recently published fictionalised autobiography is, I suspect, an instant spiritual classic. It follows the life of the anchorite and mystic, Mother Julian of Norwich, related against the backdrop of the terrors of the 14th century, which some say was the worst in which to have lived. Julian’s despair, illness, revelations and final conviction that… Continue reading The Problem of Suffering & I, Julian by Claire Gilbert

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Heaven in a Wild Flower. Plato, Cusa, Shakespeare & Blake. Valentin Gerlier & Mark Vernon

An audio version of this conversion is at my podcast Talks and Thoughts available via podcast feeds. What golden thread might link these writers across the centuries? Why might each matter now? Taking a lead from Valentin’s book, Shakespeare and the Grace of Words, we explore how the finite and infinite meet in dialogue, analogy,… Continue reading Heaven in a Wild Flower. Plato, Cusa, Shakespeare & Blake. Valentin Gerlier & Mark Vernon

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The Unconscious. A conversation with Mark Vernon & Robert Rowland Smith

An audio version of this conversation is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. What is meant by the unconscious? Is it even a “thing”? Why does it seemingly originate with Freud? How useful is the concept? How can it be worked with? In this discussion, Robert Rowland Smith and Mark Vernon… Continue reading The Unconscious. A conversation with Mark Vernon & Robert Rowland Smith

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