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Light – a conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

We naturally talk about seeking the light at the end of the tunnel, or hoping to be enlightened. But are such phrases that reference light more than metaphors? In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon

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Preview of my new Dante book!

In case you’d not heard, 2021 is the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante, author of the great Divine Comedy. My book, which is a guide for the spiritual journey presented as a narrative retelling and interpretation, will be

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Dante 2021 – Top 10 Spiritual Insights

We will learn a lot about Dante’s language, love, politics and humanism in 2021, the 700th anniversary of his death. But perhaps not so much about the spiritual insights he felt charged by heaven to communicate in his Divine Comedy.

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Could 2021 offer more than healing?

Reverting to normal is a missed spiritual opportunity As 2020 ends and 2021 begins, people are talking of healing. There is a strong desire to recover from the suffering of the year and return, as speedily as possible, to normal

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The Meaning of Soul

Pixar’s film wittily subverts the wisdom of our age Pixar’s great film, Inside Out, was a touching tale about inner conflicts. Coco took as its theme the destructive presence of the unresolved past. Now, Soul combines a near death experience

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How To Read The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The new book sits uneasily alongside the bestseller that made her name The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne is released, and immediately looks like as much of a publishing success as its predecessor, The Secret. The 2006 book has sold

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The Meaning of Christmas by Owen Barfield

Owen Barfield agreed with the other Inklings, like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, that the life of Jesus marked a pivot point in history. But he had a particularly powerful way of capturing the truth… Reading from History in English

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Artificial Intelligence – conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

Artificial intelligence is rarely out of the news. But what is it? In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon take a lead from the breakthrough by Google in the prediction of protein folding, which Rupert

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Beyond Flatland – the talks and a report

Beyond Flatland, A Day on Transformative Ways of Knowing, was on Saturday 28th November 2020. Full details of the idea for the day, the programme and recordings of the talks are online. This is a report of the day written

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The genius of Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I hugely enjoyed the new novel by Susanna Clarke, prompted to read it in part because I knew of her interest in Owen Barfield. It did not disappoint and I wanted to share why by talking about it in relation

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