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Understand the reality where ancient insights and science meet, to enrich our lives.
Science goes where reality leads it, but what happens when reality itself comes under question? Since the quantum revolution over a century ago, the solid, tangible nature of reality has been undermined. Scientists were faced with three linked mysteries that are only now being seen as inseparably linked:
• What is the nature of the universe?
• What is the nature of consciousness?
• What is the origin of both the universe and consciousness?
The era has ended when consciousness and the universe could be treated as separate and unrelated. Once accepted as independent, material reality depends on observation – the “measurement problem” in quantum mechanics. Accordingly, mind/consciousness/ awareness can no longer be considered epiphenomenal, a complex product of brain processes having no bearing on reality. We are forced to rethink such basic questions as which came first, mind or matter?
In Western philosophy details of the material world are “constructed” by the brain, but this perceived reality is considered incomplete and inaccurate. As a given, the physical world is primary, while conscious perception and action are viewed as secondary (if not a brain-created illusion). But this view, which cannot demonstrate how matter learned to think, leaves us lost at sea.
However, in Eastern wisdom traditions, particularly Vedanta, the scheme is reversed: consciousness is primary, giving rise to the physical universe. Experiential exploration of consciousness has been a pursuit of the sages and rishis for thousands of years.
During his only public appearance in Australia this year, Deepak Chopra will examine this experiential understanding of consciousness, with the aim of lending scientific credibility to the hypothesis that bringing forth the material world starting with mind is much more likely, given all the evidence, than trying to bring forth mind form inert interstellar dust.
On the way to making the case for “consciousness first,” the following issues will be considered:
• Can exploring consciousness through spiritual methodologies lead to some of the same insights as science?
• Can the conscious observer and ‘self’ be understood through introspection - self awareness, self reflection, transcendence, and conscious choice making and intentional self - observation?
• Is there a difference between perceptual experience and fundamental reality?
• Where do consciousness and conscious experience occur?
• In Vedanta, reality changes as consciousness expands. What brain states in neuroscience correlate with different states of consciousness?
• Enlightenment or non-dual awareness also referred to as liberation (moksha), has been the ultimate goal of life in Vedanta. How does this state of unity bear upon modern science?
Dr. Chopra will discuss theoretical topics but also take attendees through various meditation techniques to gain experiential insight into these ideas. Harnessing the power of synchronicity can be achieved by the sutras taught in yogic traditions as a means to shifting from local to nonlocal awareness.
In the end, once the outmoded biases of Western science are overcome and the exoticism of Eastern spirituality is brought down to earth, a huge barrier will be smashed. When consciousness is all that really matters, science and enlightenment are reaching for the same truth.
Friday July 18, 2014
Registration from 5:30pm
Session time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday July 19, 2014
Session time: 10.00am – 5.00pm (includes breaks)
Sunday July 20, 2014
Session time: 10.00am – 3.00pm (includes lunch break)
- Seating is General Admission.
- There will be a number of book signing opportunities throughout the course.
- No recording or photography is permitted during the workshop.
- This workshop is not available to any children under the age of 15.
- Meals and refreshments can be purchased at the venue.
- As a condition of sale, tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Hay House Australia is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
- We strongly suggest that participants consider taking out travel insurance to cover all elements of their travel.
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