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Changing Consciousness

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST

€20 – €100

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Changing Consciousness

with Sandra Fiegehen, David Schrum and Stephen Smith

Sunday August 22, 2021

9:00 PDT | 12:00 EDT | 17:00 BST  |  18:00 CEST

2-hour session

If you are unable to attend the live session, the recording will be available.

Human consciousness is a shared space. As individuals, we are born into an inherited socio-cultural matrix from which almost all of what we think and do derives.  As Bohm points out, thought is a material process which pervades and dominates us.

We need to realise that we are participants.  We must make a basic shift: from literal thought to participatory thought, a process in which we partake of consciousness. This can then become a kind of “food” which, in our times, we so desperately need.

Dialogue provides the opportunity for listening and sharing, out of which a sense of communion may arise, operating to nourish our spirit and open us to luminous intelligence.  Thought may then find its proper, natural place; it is a guest in our house, not a usurper.

– Stephen Smith

Although we most often experience ourselves as separate islands of consciousness operating independently of that which surrounds us, our sense of separateness is constructed and illusory.

This separate self sense is a mere representation of the dynamic and unfolding process of conscious experience, a kind of alienated existence characterized by various degrees of narcissistic wounding acquired throughout the course of our development. We each play out these wounded, ‘separate’ selves in ways that create more suffering, both for ourselves and for others.

How can we find our way to realizing and embodying our common consciousness authentically and creatively?  I will briefly explore some key Buddhist principles and how to bring them into practice in daily life.

– Sandra Fiegehen

To understand our lives and to live intelligently, creatively, and compassionately, David Bohm indicates, we must meet those dimensions of mind which for us are hidden. Beyond the surface of our consciousness, as personal memories, attitudes, and dispositions, we come upon that which is subtle: both as a flow of great momentum that is vast and ancient, and as a spacious field which is always new. These depths are common to us all, but we tend to be unaware. How are we to awaken?

Bohm offers us what he terms ‘participatory understanding’. This understanding is not ‘conceptual understanding’, which seeks to have understood and to lodge an understanding in memory. Rather, it is a living movement. It is embodiment; it is presence.

Our journey together is an invitation to explore this deeper inner world.

– David Schrum

Dr. Sandra Fiegehen is a retired Psychologist presently obsessed with growing raspberries. She has practiced and taught Chan (Zen) meditation for the last 15 years. Throughout her life, she has pursued a variety of psycho-spiritual approaches to the question of who and what she is – and is pleased to report that her investigations have resulted in near-absolute uncertainty.

David Schrum received his PhD in quantum theory at Queen’s University, following which he spent two post-doctoral years with David Bohm at Birkbeck College. Here, he entered Bohm’s world of creative and subtle philosophical approaches to physics and his enquiry into consciousness and what may lie beyond.

David Schrum continues in these explorations, in physics developing a new approach to relativistic quantum theory and, through the dialogue process, going into what it is to bring to light that which lies enfolded within our individual and collective consciousness.

Stephen Smith has been Acting Principal, Academic Director, and for twenty years a teacher at Brockwood Park School in England, where he met Krishnamurti and knew David Bohm personally.  His interest in dialogue took a decisive turn when he moved to California in 1994 and began to facilitate dialogue groups.  He sees dialogue as a means of mirroring the psyche so that we can move from being thought-bound individuals, embrace the collective, and awaken intelligence.

Packages:
Full Program Beyond Bohm 1 and 2 – Full Price €150, Member’s Discount €135: All 11 live sessions and recordings.
Beyond Bohm Part 2 – Full Price €1oo, Member’s Discount €90: 6 live sessions and recordings.
One session – Full Price €20, Member’s Discount €18: By purchasing one session, you will have access to any one session and recording. Tickets for individual sessions are available on the event page for that session.
Solidarity Full Program Beyond Bohm 1 and 2 – €75: All 11 live sessions and recordings. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.
Solidarity Beyond Bohm Part 2  – €50: Live sessions and recordings. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.

General Information 

All sessions will last for approximately 2 hours, and will be held over zoom.us. The session structure may vary from speaker to speaker, but in general participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and in some cases there will be breakaway discussion groups.

Each session will be hosted by a member of the Pari Center Team, to ensure that the call is running smoothly and assist anyone experiencing technical problems.

During the presentations, we ask participants to turn off their microphone to ensure better quality audio. For this reason, the host may mute a participant’s audio. This is not to silence a participant’s voice, but to ensure an overall good audio quality. If a participant would like to ask a question or make a contribution to the discussion, they can use the ‘raise your hand’ tool in the chat, and then are welcome to turn on their microphone.

We invite all participants to turn on their video camera, as we believe that seeing everyone creates an inclusive educational environment. However, if any participant is uncomfortable, they are free to turn off the camera.

All sessions will be recorded. The recordings will not include the possible breakout-room discussions, but only the speaker’s presentation, follow-up discussions and Q&A. If a participant does not feel comfortable being recorded, we invite that participant to turn off their video and audio throughout the session. These recordings are available to anyone who has purchased a ticket for an attended session, or for a session they have paid for but were unable to attend.

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Details

Date:
August 22
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST
Cost:
€20 – €100

Venue

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