Our Wonderful Mind seminar

Our Wonderful Mind.

Mini-symposium on Paganism and Neo-shamanistic Routine Practices:.
Its Function in Mind, Society and our Technological Future.

Date: March 20,2012
Place: Medical Professors, Radboud University Nijmegen.

The human mind reveals interest and a natural disposition to comprehend the world around. Some scholars even reach to recommend that the human mind is wonderful by nature because it tries to associate significance and discover function in experiences and occasions for which no direct description is offered. Our minds might naturally presume the presence of forces, esoteric laws, or supernatural powers that go beyond in between spiritual and physical truths which might be conjured up and controlled through routine and spiritual practices. Today seminar efforts to inform our wonderful minds by focusing intelligence on 2 core routine practices: the ayahuasca shamanistic routine and pagan ritualized practices. A number of specialists in the experiential and clinical research study of shamanistic and pagan routine will offer uncertain insights in the mental truth of such wonderful practices, a history of its clinical research study, and the philosophical effects of an increasing inorganic world.

Material & Biographies.

Comforted by a Dream.
Arno Adelaars.

Abstract: Given that the start of Humanity, life seemed filled with mysterious marvels. A detailed web of Mysteries, linked to each other in patterns which might just be discussed – to a particular extend – by males and females with unique presents. Comprehending and describing the Mysteries of the noticeable and the undetectable world produced a Wonderful Frame of mind. A Shaman is an individual who can take a trip from this world to the other world, and return with a remedy, a spell, a curse or an insight, depending exactly what is required or desired. The other world, the undetectable world, resembles specific parts of the dream world. A disorderly world filled with experiences, some unusual, others life complete or threatening of desire. Someplace in these journeys treasures can be discovered, like needles in a haystack. Therefore it is that someone can be comforted by a dream, or can be treated by an assisted dive into the Hypnotic trance state. The Hypnotic trance state has lots of Magic. All over the world various strategies have actually been established. In South America the Amazon jungle consists of the greatest range of psychedelic plants on the planet. Shamans from this area are concentrated on making use of specific plants to enter Hypnotic trance.

Arno Adelaars finished from the Utrecht School for Journalism in 1978, hitchiked through the Sahara desert, worked as an independent reporter for (among others) NOS Journaal. After a brief profession in squatter- and anti-racist advocacy he did sociographic fieldwork on troublesome drug-users at a loss light-district of Amsterdam and research studies on early Euphoria users in Amsterdam in between 1988 and1991 He composed the very first book on MDMA-users in the Europe and in 1997 the very first Dutch book on psilocybian mushrooms. Co-author of Ayahuasca – Rituale, Zaubertränke und visionäre Kunst aus Amazonien. He is an author, speaker and activist in the field of drug-legalization. Given That 1995 he has actually been associated with the European Ayahuasca-scene. In 2007 he was started as a shaman by Colombian shaman Kajuyali Tsamani.

Co-constructing Self-identity and Cosmology in the Greencraft Custom.
Drs. Léon van Gulik.
University of Tilburg.

Abstract: Although not in any method a big motion, Wicca appears to have actually taken firm root in the Low Lands, where the secret custom and nature faith has actually been establishing because a number of years. The motion is an excellent display to comprehend dialectical procedures of spiritual self-identity in a postmodern age due to the fact that of both its permanence and openness to alter. Concentrating on one specific course, I will go over stories based upon extensive interviews with Greencraft Wiccans about their meditations, prophecies, and spirit encounters, aiming to acquire an understanding of these individual stories by putting a focus on the intentions, intents and creativity of these followers. After a quick intro of Wicca and Greencraft I will provide an ethnographic description of a so-called tree walk where a few of these stories are produced. Utilizing Pruyser’s idea of the imaginal as the location of shift in between external and inner world, I will then provide an interpretive analysis of the tree walk and the stories to demonstrate how individual significances emerge from the interactions in between individual and cosmology and how these ended up being attuned in ritualized action. Quickly discussing functions like the effort after significance, biographical restoration, and recognition of belief, I will show how both the followers and spiritual system are possibly altered by these repeated interactions. From these observations I will conclude my discussion with a couple of generalizing points on the innovative nature of intent and creativity, revealing them to be the engine of routine renewal, hence relating these specific findings to my overarching ethnographic research study task on routine imagination amongst Flemish and Dutch Pagans, in addition to meaning the function of mental procedures in spiritual modification at big.

Léon van Gulik finished summa orgasm laude in 2006 the field of Psychology of Culture and Faith at Radboud University Nijmegen. In his Master thesis ‘On the Descent of the Man-Made Part of the Environment’, recommended by Dr. Cor van Halen, he described commonness in between cultural psychology and evolutionary thinking, advancing an environmental technique to cultural transmission. At the University of Tilburg he is completing his interdisciplinary PhD-project entitled Imagination and Routines in a Pagan context. He is part-time utilized at the Radboud University as a speaker providing the courses ‘Psychology of Morality’ (in part), and ‘Psychology of Magic’, and recommending bachelor theses for both Developmental Psychology and Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Faith trainees.

Entheogens as Eco-consciousness Tools.
Dr. Pieter Lemmens.
Wageningen University.

Abstract: As a theorist and a biologist amazed with the technogenic character of human advancement and the basically technological and for that reason deeply unintentional ‘nature’ of the human condition, and worried about the international environmental obstacles mankind is confronted with in the existing minute, I wish to check out how the entheogenic (or psychedelic) experience might be of assistance in the advancement of an international environmental awareness and the felt requirement for a principles of care and obligation with regard to our planetary environment. This is definitely vital due to the diverse (financial, social, mental, existential, symbolic, however primary environmental) crisis mankind is going through presently. Simply puts, I wish to take a look at how entheogens might be utilized as psychic tools in the change of our existing ecocidal, ego- and anthropocentric culture to more ecocentric and ecophilic, yet undoubtedly more extremely technologized way of livings. I will stress their deconditioning and boundary-breaking, ego-dissolving nature and highlight their ‘ecodelic’ prospective (to utilize a term just recently presented by author Richard Doyle). In my talk I will particularly concentrate on the incomparably shamanic compound ayahuasca. This visionary brew from the Amazon challenges the reasonable mind with an overwelming variety of enigmas though, firstly that of its expected intelligence.

Pieter Lemmens studied approach and biology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). In 2008 he got his PhD in approach. His thesis, Driven by innovation. The human condition and the biotechnology transformation, is an assessment of the intimate relationship in between innovation and the human. It argues for a brand-new, non-instrumental, anthropo-ontological and evolutionary view of innovation and contemplates the ramifications of this brand-new view for our understanding of the biotechnology transformation. He is presently selected as a post-doc scientist at Wageningen University (Netherlands), dealing with a task about genomics and Open Source. His primary theoretical interests are continental approach, continental approach of innovation, continental approach of biology, philosophical sociology, and leftist political idea.

The Cultural Roots of Resistance versus Paganism and Entheogenic Shamanism.
Prof. dr. Wouter Hanegraaff.
University of Amsterdam.

Abstract: Historians of faith are anticipated to study spiritual phenomena from a point of view of neutrality (“methodological agnosticism”), and for that reason the phenomenon of “pagan” routines or making use of psychedelic compounds in spiritual or spiritual contexts must be a subject similar to other for them. In practice, nevertheless, both scholars and the public are affected by enduring patterns of predisposition versus these kinds of spiritual practice. These bias return to the extremely structures of Western intellectual culture and make it tough to study subjects such as paganism or entheogenics in an affordable and basically unbiased way. In my contribution I will recognize the primary cultural roots of resistance versus “paganism” and “entheogenic shamanism”, and effort to reveal that, far from assisting us comprehend these phenomena, they misshape our understanding of them. Fixing such predispositions comes at a cost, nevertheless, for they need us to question presumptions that are deeply rooted in Western intellectual and scholastic culture.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff studied classical guitar at the Local Conservatory at Zwolle (1982-1987) and Cultural History at the University of Utrecht (1986-1990), with an expertise in alternative spiritual motions in the 20 th century. From 1992-1996 he was a research study assistant at the department for Research study of Faiths of the University of Utrecht, where he protected his argumentation New Age Faith and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Idea on 30 November1995 From 1996 to 2000 he held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Dutch Association for Scientific Research Study (NWO), and invested a duration operating in Paris. In 1999 he was selected complete teacher of History of Hermetic Approach and Associated Currents at the University of Amsterdam. From 2002-2006 he was president of the Dutch Society for the Research Study of Faith and because 2005 he is president of the European Society for the Research Study of Western Esotericism. In 2006 he was chosen member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, KNAW).

Panel Conversation and Concluding Ideas.
Govert Derix.

Govert Derix is a author, consultant and thinker . He released various books on subjects such as alternative methods of working, health care, architecture, cultural approach and management. In 2004 he released ‘Ayahuasca, a review of psychedelic factor’, the very first comprehensive research study on ayahuasca composed in dutch. To name a few works are ‘The Vision Web’, ‘Holofaust’, ‘Eurosofie’ (together with Léon Frissen, guv of the province of Limburg) and ‘De wereldomwandelaar’ (‘ The guy who strolled the world around’), an anti- book that can be checked out as mega-shamanistic fairy-tale about the discovery of the Theory of Whatever. His last book is ‘In the start. On the future of civilisation’. Derix is a writer of Dagblad the Limburger. To find out more: www.govertderix.com.

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