This was the last session in a series of dialogues that we have been hosting, exploring transpersonal perspectives on the corona pandemic and the challenges we are facing collectively at this time. In this session we delved into an idea that is traditionally associated with magical or religious thinking: The idea that our lives may be shaped and informed by patterns and powers of agency which arise from a deeper intelligence beyond the human realm, interconnecting us with earth and cosmos. From this perspective the emergence of the coronavirus with all its implications and effects is necessarily meaningful in the sense that it bears a purpose. We invite you to watch and dialogue with this recording of the session, considering what corona as a transformative agent may be galvanising within you. We also invite you to reflect on the collective beliefs and stories we are telling ourselves at this time, and the power of myth. In our session we considered the need for new narratives which could act as pathways to change, reminding us of our deeper nature and bringing humanity into a greater alignment with Earth, with the power of myth.
Jessica Bockler, PhD is a Founding Director of the Alef Trust and Director of Creative Alternatives, an arts and health service based in the UK. Jessica is an applied theatre practitioner and transpersonal psychologist with a deep interest in creativity and play, ritual arts, integral transformative practice, social change and sacred activism. She has extensive experience of creative programme leadership and multi-modal arts facilitation in community, education and health contexts, and she specialises in transpersonal and somatic approaches to creative practice, combining expressive arts work with practices enhancing mindfulness and body awareness.
Les Lancaster, PhD is a Founding Director of the Alef Trust, and specialises in consciousness research and kabbalistic psychology. He is Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies; and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University. Les has previously been Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and President of the International Transpersonal Association.