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Altered States of Consciousness 1 Day Event Series

Altered States of Consciousness Series Event 3: Spiritual States

Saturday 13th June 2015 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Are we conscious? Can our consciousness be altered? How would we know if it was? Altered states of consciousness differ from normal states of consciousness in perceptual, affective and functional terms.
The temporal and spatial framing of experience can be altered, as can the particular contents, sometimes with therapeutic, sometimes with delusional effect.

We often choose to alter our consciousness, for pleasure, for enlightenment, to remove an
unhelpful behaviour or pattern of thought, or sometimes just to try to forget. The processes used
to achieve such alterations include hypnotism, legal and illegal drugs, meditation, exercise, and ritual. The common theme in all of these is the pursuit of something different. But why do we
pursue difference? What are these experiences like? Is there any going back?

Welcome to the Altered States of Consciousness Series. Through several themed events we will explore different aspects of altered states of consciousness. Each 1-day event will involve a combination of presentations, experiential activities and discussion. Plus the opportunity to
network with like-minded individuals. Places are limited on a first-come-first-served basis.

This is the third event in the series and is on spiritual states. We are able to offer three excellent presentations (details below), ending the day with a panel discussion/Q&A.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Understand what spiritual states are
  • Explore different spiritual states
  • The psychological and experiential impacts of spirituality
  • How spirituality can help us understand consciousness and experience
  • What studying spirituality can contribute to the study of psychology

Who is the workshop intended for?

Anyone interested in altered states of consciousness, beliefs and experience, spirituality and perception, exploring consciousness, inquiry into nature of mind, transcendence and transformation. Open to all: researchers, practitioners, interested parties.

Registrations for this event have now closed, If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224505

Agenda

Saturday 13th June 2015

Please note all speakers and timings are subject to change

09:00Registration
10:00Seeing "what is really there": The psychology of John Ruskin's spiritual aesthetic, Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt
11:15Refreshment Break
11:45Varieties of awakening experiences, Dr Steve Taylor
13:00Lunch (Please note there is no lunch provided at this event)
14:00Spirituality and transcendence: Re-framing the ontological challenge to psychology, Prof Les Lancaster
15:15Refreshment Break
15:45Panel discussion/Q&A
16:15Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt

Speaker
Presentation: Seeing "what is really there": The psychology of John Ruskin's spiritual aesthetic.
A full biography and presentation abstract can be found in the additional information area below

Dr Steve Taylor

Speaker
Presentation: Varieties of awakening experiences
A full biography and presentation abstract can be found in the additional information area below

Professor Les Lancaster

Speaker
Presentation: Spirituality and transcendence: Re-framing the ontological challenge to psychology.
A full biography and presentation abstract can be found in the additional information area below

Venue

BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE

Additional Information

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