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Ways To Go Beyond and Why They Work

Lecture and talk with Rupert Sheldrake

A co-hosting by SPARK and Hotel Hammer, Eigenthal (LU).

Rupert Sheldrake looks at seven spiritual practices that are personally transformative and have scientifically measurable effects.  All provide ways of going beyond our everyday states of mind into a sense of a greater conscious presence, bliss, fuller understanding, or deep connectedness.  Sheldrake is both a scientist and a spiritual explorer. He discusses practices that are not normally thought of as spiritual, such as participation in sports, learning from animals and psychedelic experiences. Also, he debates more traditional practices like fasting, praying, observing holy days and being kind.

He asks why these practices work. Are their effects ‘all inside the brain’ and essentially illusory?  Or can we really make contact with forms of consciousness greater than our own?

Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than eighty-five technical papers and fourteen books, including The Science Delusion (in German: Der Wissenschaftswahn).

As a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he was Director of Studies in Cell Biology, and was also a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He worked in Hyderabad, India, as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and also lived for two years in the Benedictine ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu. For several years, he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California and of Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon.

More about Mr Sheldrake and his work: www.sheldrake.org


We are looking forward to an interesting lecture followed by a common lunch at Hotel Hammer (LU) in Mr. Sheldrake’s presence!

Entrance with aperitif and lunch: CHF 100
Entrance with aperitif, lunch and overnight stay: CHF 150



Hotel Restaurant Hammer
Würzenrain 11
6013 Eigenthal
Tel. +41 (0)41 497 52 05