September 13, 2015
Cosmic Consciousness: The term, popularized by Canadian psychiatrist R. M. Bucke, in his classic work by that name published in 1901, refers to sudden, spontaneous and life-changing mystical experiences, ones that seem comparable across diverse cultures and religious traditions. It implies a higher level of awareness, a mystical relationship with the infinite, that transcends religious doctrine and is accessible to adepts of any religious belief system, or of none. Experiences of "cosmic consciousness" have affected figures ranging from, say, the Apostle Paul, on the way to Damascus, to astronaut and IONS founder Edgar Mitchell, on his return from the moon.
Focusing on Bucke's life and cultural world, this presentation will explore the modern roots of the idea that deep religious experiences have a common font in the human psyche, potentially accessible by all, and will consider the validity of that idea from the perspective of our own times.
Sunday, September 13, 2014
Plan on arriving between 5:30 to 6:00 pm to socialize and settle in, announcements will start promptly at 6 and the program starts by 6:15 and typically runs until 8pm.
Contact info@houstonions for location details.
MARK RYAN, PhD
An historian of American thought and culture, Mark Ryan was Dean of Jonathan Edwards College and a teacher of American Studies and History at Yale University for more than twenty years. Subsequently, he was Titular IV Professor at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico, where he also served as Dean of the Colleges, Master of José Gaos College, and Coordinator of the graduate program in United States Studies. He holds Ph.D. and M. Phil. degrees from Yale, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. Mark is author of "A Collegiate Way of Living" (Yale University, 2001), articles in various journals on higher education, and articles in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and related publications on transpersonal thought. He served for fourteen years on the Board of Trustees of Naropa University, is past chair of the Board of Directors of Wisdom University, and current Chair of the Jonathan Edwards Trust at Yale. Certified by Grof Transpersonal Training as a practitioner of Holotropic Breathwork, Mark now teaches regularly for the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies and at the C. G. Jung Educational Center of Houston.