Consciousness Cafe Upcoming Events

Following the lifting of COVID 19 virus restrictions Consciousness Cafes will normally be hybrid (in-person and streamed) events hosted at St. John's Church, Bridgetown.

 Friday 23rd February, 2024, 8:00-10:00pm

Prof Les Lancaster on Kabbalah in a Transpersonal age: Torah and psyche


 After outlining his journey into the Kabbalah over some fifty years, he turns his attention to the future of this mystical tradition, and argues that the age of religion is segueing into a transpersonal age—named in relation not only to the transpersonal orientation in psychology and other disciplines but also to globalisation and AI. He explores how and why features of the Kabbalah are peculiarly relevant to the quest for the sacred in the transpersonal age. In part, this relevance is due to traces of the shamanic and magical that were preserved in Judaic Kabbalah throughout the age of religion, and it is also due to the exilic history of Jews primarily in Christian Europe. Throughout 2,000 years of ‘western’ history Jews and Judaism were cast as outsiders, taking on many of the characteristics of the Shadow (in Jungian terms) in the collective western psyche. In response to this ‘othering’, the Kabbalah became very much a mysticism of the unconscious—anticipating the turn to a spiritual psychology that is one of the characteristics of the sacred quest in our age. In this context, He will explore the ways in which the Torah (Pentateuch)—the central religious text—became synonymous in the Kabbalah with what we understand as psyche today, taking on dimensions of World Soul.

 

Les Lancaster is a Founding Director of the Alef Trust, Professor Emeritus of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, Honorary Research Fellow in Religions & Theology, University of Manchester and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, US. Les’ research interests focus on the cognitive neuroscience of consciousness and its connections with mysticism, specifically focusing on Kabbalistic Psychology. His published works include The essence of kabbalah and Approaches to consciousness: The marriage of science and mysticism, and Kabbalah in the transpersonal age: Psychology, mysticism, and soul (forthcoming).

 

Tickets: £5

 Booking: via Eventbrite, HERE

 

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