PROGRAMMES and EVENTS
Alef Trust hosts public programmes and events to support its mission to promote holistic frameworks for human growth.
Corona and Beyond: Transpersonal Perspectives on Crisis, Transformation & Wellbeing
This cycle of six fortnightly dialogues will run from July to September. Themes that emerged in the webinar Corona and Beyond: Transitioning to a new paradigm, (9th June 2020) will be expanded by guest speakers in conversation with hosts Jessica Bockler and Les Lancaster. Transpersonal psychologists, coaches, creative and spiritual practitioners from the Alef Trust faculty will explore what we each can do to find greater alignment, meaning and balance in turbulent times. We look forward to opening the dialogue to include questions and discussion from participants, learning from each other as we envision the unfolding of a different future. There is no fee to join these events, although a voluntary donation to support our public programmes is appreciated. Please register for each event individually using the links below.
Corona & Beyond: The Alchemy of Acceptance
Dr. Steve Taylor in conversation with Dr. Jessica Bockler & Prof. Les Lancaster
Sunday, 19th July 2020, 20:00 – 21:00 BST
Acceptance is an essential spiritual quality. Resisting the present reality of our lives – and resisting the reality of our predicament as human beings – leads to conflict and frustration. Steve’s research has shown that ‘post-traumatic transformation’ (equivalent to spiritual awakening) often occurs when a person accepts their predicament, letting go of their resistance to it. In this session, Steve will read some of his poetic reflections and lead contemplative/meditative exercises. Steve will also explain a process by which we can shift into acceptance, whether in relation to the everyday demands of our lives, aspects of our own lives, or general aspects of human life such as ageing and death.
The remaining schedule of fortnightly dialogues is still being finalised, please check back as details of further events will be posted shortly.
27 July: Event 2 – Dr. Kendra Diaz-Ford
10 August: Event 3 – Dr. Steven Schmitz
24 August: Event 4 – Dr. Lila Moore
7 Sept: Event 5 – Jevon Dangeli, MSc.
21 Sept: Event 6 – Prof. Les Lancaster and Dr. Jessica Bockler
Corona and Beyond: Transitioning to a new paradigm
As the first phase of the Corona pandemic seems to be coming to a close, with ‘lockdown’ being eased in many countries, many are asking, What’s next? How we answer this question largely depends on how we understand the meaning of Corona. If it is simply a virus, then we proceed with caution back to our old ways. From a transpersonal perspective, however, we understand that the whole complex of responses brought about by the virus indicates directions in which we must travel. Many features of the Covid-19 pandemic and of the worldwide response to it, can only be fully understood as harbingers of a global re-balancing of values. At this time of transition, the collective psyche is urging us towards a more soulful future, in which our cultures regain a sustainable relationship to the natural world of which we are but a small part. The values and paradigms that served us in past ages are no longer fit for purpose; We are being urged to find the key for living in a truly global era.
Faculty from the Alef Trust presented their insights into the current situation informed by transpersonal perspectives and practices. Short individual presentations were followed by a panel discussion, including contributions and questions from attendees.
You may also be interested in reading The third narrative: Corona and the collective psyche, a recent essay by Les Lancaster which suggests that the values and paradigms that served us in the past are no longer fit for purpose: We are being urged to find the key for living in a truly global era.