Life is such a learning experience!
A good friend of Jeannie and me in Payson is John H. John has stimulated much wonderful thinking and reflection through conversation and the sharing of books and DVDs. It was John H. who introduced us to Joseph Campbell about whom I wrote on the 14th February.
Well the other day, John handed us a DVD of Peter Russell giving three talks. We watched it on Sunday evening. An amazing and inspiring experience. But first some information about Peter Russell from, of course, his own website! Peter describes himself as follows:
At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation.
His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through. He has written several books in this area — The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.
As one of the more revolutionary futurists Peter Russell has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, in Europe, Japan and the USA. His multi-image shows and videos, The Global Brain and The White Hole in Time have won praise and prizes from around the world. In 1993 the environmental magazine Buzzworm voted Peter Russell “Eco-Philosopher Extraordinaire” of the year.
Now in terms of the video that we watched, it contained three films: The Global Brain; The White Whole in Time; From Science to God. In a very generous act the talk entitled The Global Brain is available to watch online – just click here. (Haven’t been over the website in detail but I suspect more of Peter’s material is available online.) That online version is the full talk of 35 minutes but you will get lost in time as you watch it!
But if, for now, you want a feel for Peter’s approach then here are a couple of YouTube videos. But a health warning, you may never look at the world around you in quite the same way!
and here are the first two parts of Waking up in Time (just over 6 minutes in total)