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Scientific research on a range of spiritual practices has shown that, on average, they make people happier and healthier, as Rupert Sheldrake shows in his recent book Ways To Go Beyond & Why They Work. He will summarize some of its principal themes and discuss several practices including fasting, spiritual openings through psychedelics, and the differing but complementary effects of meditation and petitionary prayer. Jill Purce, his wife, who has been teaching the voice as a transformative practice for many years in her Healing Voice workshops, will show how chanting and singing can bring us into greater resonance with our own minds, bodies and social groups, and through mantras connect us with a long tradition of the attainment of other practitioners. Rupert will explain how his hypothesis of morphic resonance relates to the power of chant and to the power of rituals. One practice on which morphic resonance sheds a new light is the healing of trans- generational family patterns which Jill has been teaching as family constellations for 25 years with many thousands of people. She will talk about about this practice of family and ancestral healing and how it works. This will be a live workshop, with opportunities for questions and answers.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of ninety technical papers and nine books, including Science Set Free. As a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, 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, and also lived for two years in the Benedictine ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths on the bank of the river Cauvery in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, 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, England. He lives in London and is married to Jill Purce, with whom he has two sons. His web site is www.sheldrake.org
Jill Purce is a British voice teacher, Family Constellations therapist & author. In the 1970s she developed a new way of working with the voice, introducing the teaching of group overtone chanting, producing a single note whilst amplifying the vocal harmonics. She is a former fellow of King's College London, Biophysics Department & produced over 30 books as General Editor of the Thames and Hudson Art & Imagination series. Between 1971 & 1974 she lived & worked in Germany with the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Since the early 1970s she has taught internationally - diverse forms of contemplative chant, particularly overtone chanting. For over twenty-five years she has been leading Family Constellations combined with chant. She is married to the biologist & author Rupert Sheldrake with whom she has two sons: biologist & author Merlin Sheldrake, and musician Cosmo Sheldrake. She is the author ofThe Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soula book about the spiral in sacred traditions, art and psychology, as well as numerous articles. Her website is www.healingvoice.com