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Transpersonal History

May 18th, 2010

Order member Dr Thomas Daffern offers:


This special 2010-2011 course of lectures is being given by Dr. Thomas C Daffern, an academic specialist in interfaith research and comparative global philosophy. It is taking place in West Sussex, close to the Buddhist monastery at Chithurst, and is being given to an invited audience. The cost of admission is by donation. The talks will be taking place on Sunday afternoons, on the last Sunday of each month, from 3-5.30 starting in May 2010. They will be followed by questions and discussion of the issues raised. The course is based partly on the unique Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical Traditions devised by Dr Daffern (www.thewisdompages.co.uk) The course is also based on Dr Daffern’s doctoral thesis, entitled Toward a Transpersonal History of the Search for Peace 1945-2001 If you wish to attend please contact iipsgp@educationaid.net for an invitation and exact travel details. More details of Dr Daffern’s work are on www.educationaid.net while his publications are available from www.lulu.com/iipsgp. The course is taking place under the auspices of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy. Thomas has also been awarded the Mt Haemus Scholarship from the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids for 2010, and there is considerable overlap between this course and his work in that regard. Limited places so please book your place early by applying by email or in writing to: IIPSGP, 4 Nursery Cottages, Trotton, Chithurst Lane, Near Midhurst, West Sussex,  GU31 5ET, 01730 716496.

1 May 30 – Introduction: Transpersonal history – defining a new discipline
2 June 27 – Jung, Freud and the founding of the transpersonal approach in depth psychology and psychohistory
3 July 25 – Jungians and the transpersonal: Hillman, Joseph Campbell and beyond
4 August 29 – Maslow, Assagioli, Groff, and transpersonal history
5 September 26 – Ken Wilber, Integral theory, Don Beck and transpersonal history
6 October 31 – Intellectual history and transpersonal history
7 November 28 – The periodic table of religions and philosophies and transpersonal history
8 December 19 – Genres of history – diplomatic, political, social, economic, gender, cultural, materialist,  and transpersonal history
9 Jan 30 – Psychohistories and transpersonal history: De Mause, Erikson etc
10 Feb 27 – Theosophy, Anthroposophy, esotericism and historiography and transpersonal history
11 March 27 – History of religions and spirituality – Eliade, Smart etc. Sufism, Kabbalah, Christianity, Buddhism, Druidry, Jainism, Hinduism, New Age, gnosis and transpersonal history
12 April 24 – History of sciences and transpersonal history
13 May 29 – History of global philosophies  and transpersonal history
14 June 26 – History of the Arts, inspiration and transpersonal history
15 July 31 – Peace history, conflict resolution, the Middle East, the Afghan War and transpersonal history – by way of a conclusion which is not the end…

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

May 18th, 2010

Here is a prayer request from Chief Arvol Looking Horse:

My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually all will be affect from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc’I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children’s future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe