Final Passages: Concluding Day

5 May

     

All of the videos to the conference can be viewed on line at:

http://www.btci.org/bioethics/2012/videos2012/default.html

DAY 2 OF THE FORUM

The theme of Day 2 was non-ordinary states of consciousness

1) Dr Stanislav Grof began the day with his presentation The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological, Philosophical and Spiritual Dimensions. He described many aspects of his work with psychedelic therapy, Holotropic Breathwork and other forms of deep experiential psychotherapy.

2) The following presentation was from Dr William Austin Understanding Death: Implications of Mystical States of Consciousness Occasioned by Entheogens. Dr Austin worked together with Stan treating cancer patients with psychedelic therapy. He described his work with cancer patients, which began in 1963, through to his present day research.  He showed a short video clip from the archives which featured a cancer patient being treated with psychedelic therapy.

3) Dr Jeffrey Guss’s presentation Training to Become a Psychedelic Therapist described current work which he is undertaking in New York called ‘Psilocybin-Assisted Palliative Care Treatment of Cancer-related Existential Anxiety’. The training programme for therapists was discussed along with the similaraities to psychoanalytic training.

4) Dr Marilyn Schlitz concluded the presentations with Death Makes Life Possible: Exploring Cosmologies of Dying and Beyond.  She discussed how our understanding of death influences the way we live our life. Concepts of death from different cultures and various ares of science were all considered in this thought provoking presentation. She also showed a clip of her forthcoming movie with Deepak Chopra called Death Makes Life Possible.

To view the trailer for the movie click the link:

http://www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/all-trailers/death-makes-life-possible/

I can’t wait to see the movie, it looks great.

5) The conference presentations concluded with a panel discussion with all of the days presenters and was moderated by Steve Paulson. Many interesting questions from the audience were answered.

One thing I learned from this day’s presentations was how important and useful psychedelic therapy is in treating cancer patients. It is so important that this work is being undertaken as it can have very positive implications for all of us.

   

The whole conference was brought to beautiful close with a Sound Meditation by Alexandre Tannous. He played instruments such as gongs, antique Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, tingsha, bells along with diaphonic singing that emitted harmonic tones and was a very powerful thing to experience.

The final part of the conference was a Closing Meditation by Peter Russell.

I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND VIEWING ALL OF THE VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCE:

 

http://www.btci.org/bioethics/2012/videos2012/default.html

       

A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO BILL LINTON AND ALL OF THE ORGANISERS OF THE EVENT, IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF SUCH A WONDERFUL FORUM.

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