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4/15 Bohm Dialogue — The Self

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage. – Ramana Maharshi

What is “The Self”? Does it include body, brain, memories, personality, soul, spirit? Take away those things one by one, when does it stop being a Self? Is the Self, as some say, just an illusion?

As always, no outside research is expected of anyone, but if you like, these are some suggestions from Jon Woodward:

Here is the article that got me started on my inquiry into the nature of the “Self”. It discusses some studies done using psilocybin which is an active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms”.

Here is a TED talk from a brain scientist that had a stroke. She had experiences that sounded to me as similar to the subjects of the psilocybin studies.

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Auction Coming – Sat. April 7 !!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in General News

Planning your bidding strategy for the First Parish Auction?

Here’s a preview of “coming attractions” to help you . . .

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3/18 Bohm Dialogue — Free Will

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Fate vs free will – Thomas Hawkins

Is our path laid out before us,
or is it something that we choose?
Are we guaranteed a victory,
is success just ours to lose?

How much free will do we have,
if any after all,
it seems when things are on the up,

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2/18 Bohm Dialogue — Freedom and Responsibility

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. – Sigmund Freud

Freedom and responsibility aren’t interconnected things. They are the same thing. – Harry Browne

With freedom comes responsibility, and I can think of no responsibility greater than putting on a U.S military uniform and

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1/21 Bohm Dialogue — I-Thou and I-It

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Early in the 20th century, troubled by trends of modern life, Martin Buber wrote an odd little book of philosophy with an enduring impact that continues today. It is called in German “Ich und Du” later translated into English as “I and Thou”. In it Buber described two ways of engaging people and things of the world: I-it and I-thou (or I-you). With I-it you are looking at a thing or person as something to be utilized, analyzed, dissected, exploited, etc. I-thou is a way of authentically relating to a person or thing, here and now, person to person/thing, recognizing their whole being, ’embracing them’ so to speak.

While both ways are needed, Buber saw that civilization was increasingly relying solely on the I-it mode, and less and less on the I-thou mode. This results in an increasing alienation from our world and its inhabitants. It also makes it far easier to abuse and ignore them.

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday January 21st at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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