Devotion, Discernment and Cults

Devotion, Discernment and Cults

Devotion is essential on the spiritual path, but we must also avoid cults and cultishness. Some points from Khandro Rinpoche are summarized here.

The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation In Print Now!

The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation In Print Now!

Elizabeth Bader’s new article, The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation, has been published in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

A result of Elizabeth’s years of study of the work of Stephen Porges and Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing®), the article integrates the neurobiology of trauma, with Elizabeth’s work on spirituality, neuroscience and the psychology of mediation. The interplay between gender and conflict resolution is also discussed in depth.

A Basic Neurobiology of Mediation

An important excerpt from Elizabeth Bader’s new article, The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation, recently published by the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. Discusses basic elements of neurobiology relevant to mediation.

On Self-Remembering

On Self-Remembering

The first in a series of posts about self-remembering and self-recognition. The work of George Gurdjieff, A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali) and Faisal Muqaddam, among others, will be explored. This post contains a poem by Derek Walcott that speaks beautifully to the subject.

Beyond Technique: Trauma Healing, Mediation and Spirituality

Beyond Technique: Trauma Healing, Mediation and Spirituality

This is a post about the tension between technique and presence during deep moments of resolution in trauma healing, spirituality and mediation. Draws on Peter Levine’s work on healing trauma (Somatic Experiencing®), Daniel Stern’s work on now moments in healing relationships, Elizabeth Bader’s work on the psychology of mediation impasse and the IDR cycle, the Theory of Holes, a theory about the relationship between psychology and spirituality (A. H. Almaas and Faisal Muqaddam) and the work of J.G. Bennett, a Fourth Way teacher. Discusses the nature of true mastery as the ability to hold and negotiate this tension.

The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation – Introduction

In this Introduction to Elizabeth Bader’s article on the psychology and neurobiology of mediation, Elizabeth recounts the experience as a mediator which informs all of her work, and lays the foundation for the more technical discussion which follows. To review additional excerpts of the article as they are published here, sign in using the top link provided in the sidebar.

The Neurobiology of Mediation: An Overview

A key to the neurobiology of mediation: parties in mediation experience both threat and safety at the same time. This principle introduced, discussed and applied. Brief, but one of the most important sections of Elizabeth Bader’s new article, The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation.”

Women, Neurobiology and Mediation

This excerpt from Elizabeth’s article in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution asks the question: Is mediation fair to women? Recent research in neurobiology and psychology is discussed. A future post will deal with practical implications of the research on gender, psychology and neurobiology.

More on Women, Mediation and Trauma

This post discusses Elizabeth’s views on the question of whether mediation can be unfair to women, and also, more broadly, some of the ways mediation can accommodate people who have been traumatized.

Peter Levine: Presence in Trauma and Spirituality

Profound words from Peter Levine on the relationship between the presence experienced during trauma and the presence which catalyzes spiritual transformation. Elizabeth’s note on the opening of the heart during spiritual practice and its closing during trauma.