The sacred science: shamanism, plant medicine and spiritual ceremonies

“The Sacred Science” follows eight people from all different walks of life, with varying physical and psychological ailments, as they embark on a one-month healing journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Working with traditional Shamanic healers, each participant takes an active role in his or her own recovery process – and using a combination of plant medicine and intense spiritual ceremonies and exercises, the barriers between physical health and mental well-being are blurred and eventually eliminated altogether. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Will Hall at Grand Rounds, OHSU Department of Psychiatry – Oregon Health And Sciences University

My Grand Rounds talk at OHSU Department of Psychiatry was both video archived on their website, as well as live broadcast to several remote sites, including Oregon State Hospital. Much of the presentation followed my APA talk last October, compressed into an impossibly short timeframe made even shorter by a late start. With one or two exceptions, the crowd filling the lecture room was very welcoming and positive; it was an overall inspiring experience for me to see so much openness to change. A special thank you to Dr. Neil Falk, who helped out when OHSU asked that I have a doctor as sponsor for my talk. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

How science devalues non-scientific knowledge

by PAUL WOODWARD
“Systematic differences in EEG recordings were found between three urban areas in line with restoration theory. This has implications for promoting urban green space as a mood-enhancing environment for walking or for other forms of physical or reflective activity.”

In other words, getting away from a frenetic office and city traffic and taking a walk in a peaceful leafy park is good for you. … [click on title to read the rest]

The Science of Compassion

What exactly is compassion? Compassion is the recognition of another’s suffering and a desire to alleviate that suffering. Often brushed off as a hippy dippy religious term irrelevant in modern society, rigorous empirical data supports the view of all major world religions: compassion is good….