CONSCIOUSNESS & MYSTICISM 

Consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit.


— Deepak Chopra
 

Consciousness 

The quality or state of being aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts and surroundings.

 

 

 

Vitarka Mudra  -The hand gesture depicted above symbolizes discussion, transmission of knowledge and the teaching of Buddhist principles. 

Mysticism

The belief that direct knowledge of God, spiritual truth or ultimate reality can be attained through contemplation or prayer.


What is Consciousness?

 

What is Mysticism?

We′ve all heard of theism and atheism, but what is mysticism? Prof. Mark Muesse sheds light on this approach to the nature of ultimate reality and explains why it′s relevant to our time.

For a more in-depth, scientific perspective on consciousness take a look at this conversation between Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff.

 

Quantum entanglement. Microtubules. NDEs (Near Death Experiences). This convo is pretty heavy on the science lingo, but if you're already familiar with these topics, take a listen! 

Stuart Hameroff, MD is a physician, Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

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Meadow Linn talks to Karuna Worldwide about

The Mystic Cookbook and Savor The Day 

 

Posted 16/6/15   by  Sheena Serrão

Have you ever eaten a dish made by your mother or grandmother and thought to yourself, “Why does it taste so much better when she makes it?”

You might think about it for some time and the only explanation that comes to mind is, “It was cooked with love!”

Some scientists believe the reasons behind this phenomenon are psychological. That food prepared by people you associate good feelings with, automatically tastes better. Anything your mother or grandmother cooks, has a secret ingredient. The thought, the feeling, the intention, of LOVE.

Dr. Kurt Gray elaborates on the social psychology research findings which underlie this belief, in his 2011 TedxSanDiego Talk. He states, “Many of the experiences that make up our lives—pain, pleasure and even taste—hinge on how we see the minds of others.” Dr. Gray goes on to give examples of studies which suggest that when we perceive other people’s intentions to be positive, we experience more pleasure when they do good things for us (like cooking for us) or less pain when they do us wrong (accidentally hurting us). He goes on to say, “…what these studies suggest then, is that our experience of the world hinges on the intentions of other people.” 

But for thousands of years, in ancient civilizations and various religions, holding positive intentions in the mind has been a traditional practice in the preparation and sharing of meals. It is believed that the nutritional and healing properties of the food is increased when infused with positive intentions; usually through blessings and prayers. Not only is it beneficial to the body, but to the mind and spirit, also.

Whether you think it’s a purely subjective psychological experience or something that can be created through a deeper mind-body-spirit connection, one thing is certain, the effects are both real and beneficial. read more here

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