From Awakening to Transformation
October 12 - 21, 2020
3rd Spirituality & Science Forum
A Virtual Retreat
Krueger & Lee ㅣ Synergos
This year, the corona virus situation has made us ever more aware of the fragility of life and the need for humility in our relationship with nature. Although our common crisis has made us recognize the interconnectedness of our world, at the same time, it has also brought to light the political, social and economic realities in many parts of the world that underlie and exacerbate the state of suffering. The current state is a sober reminder to "wake up" and to reflect on the intentions and actions that have given rise to the natural and man-made crises that we are facing today. It is time to think about the inner and outer changes necessary for a different future.
We are taking up the theme of "waking up" and "transformation" in this year's Spirituality & Science Forum. Due to the difficulties of in-person gathering, “From Awakening to Transformation” will take place as a four-part virtual series. We will discuss with leading experts about what it means to "awaken" spiritually, what happens during this process, and the experience of transformation that follows afterwards that can lead to meaningful change.
SESSIONS & SPEAKERS
SESSION 1: AWAKENING
Waking up to a new reality or Truth is an essential part of the spiritual journey. What are the religious and non-religious accounts of the experience of waking up? What are the common traits? What are the triggers? What do they awaken to?
SESSION 3: THE TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY
What are the key components of a transformative process after a spiritual awakening? Do well-known stories about spiritual transformations share common traits? What are the examples from different spiritual traditions?
SESSION 2: CONSCIOUSNESS - A SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE
What is awakened when we go through an awakening experience? Is it consciousness, soul, mind or the heart? Are they one and the same or different? We will look at the latest research findings on this subject.
SESSION 4: WITH A LITTLE HELP...
Near death experiences, psychedelics, different types of healing, and nowadays, certain advances in technology claim to induce or enhance awakening and transformative experiences. We will learn about what is available, whether they are safe, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of these various methods as compared with the traditional contemplative practices.
"From Awakening to Transformation" will take place over four days during the week of October 12-21, 2020. The exact dates and time, as well as the final programme will be announced shortly.
Participating in the Spirituality & Science Forum is by invitation by the hosting organizations.