Science & Spiritual Practices
Although traditional religion is declining in Europe and North America, recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious, including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights. Meanwhile, the effects of spiritual practices are being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that such practices generally make people happier and healthier. Dr Sheldrake will discuss several practices that are part of all religions, and that are also open to people with no religious affiliation, including meditation, gratitude, rituals and pilgrimage. He will show how his hypothesis of morphic resonance enables some of these practices to be understood in a new light, and will discuss this hypothesis further in his breakout session.