Students of Spiritual Science Symposium 2023
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What was this Symposium about?
The symposium showcased the work of the next generation of spiritual science students and practitioners. We invited all academics, artists, musicians and ceremonialists that care about the world we are manifesting for new generations to be part of the symposium. Whether a student exploring new paradigms for consciousness, new earth technology, social justice, eco justice, climate solutions, heart resonance, feminist perspectives in Transpersonal Psychology, holistic solutions to mental health; a practitioner of holistic practices that support our evolution; a creator of music or art which is provocative and transformational and carries a message for these uncertain times, all were invited to submit an application.
The symposium was open to all students of spiritual science, including but not limited to undergraduate, postgraduate and next generation members of the SMN at all stages of their studies/career, from a variety of disciplines, and from all educational backgrounds, whose research/work addresses the aims, mission and vision of the SMN in its broadest sense. The symposium was envisioned to be a creative force for education, learning and transformative change. Additionally, all participants must have an appreciation of the importance of the scientific method in a practical sense, but be open to explore and expand, in a spirit of open and critical enquiry, frontier issues at the interfaces between science, health, consciousness, wellbeing, love and spirituality, to explore how to rediscover a meaningful spirituality to help rebalance life itself.
The symposium aimed to create community, and build bridges between different ways of knowing and experiencing the world through the written and spoken word, art, poetry, comedy, spiritual practice and music.
With the context of the symposium theme, Students of Spiritual Science, we were open to accept submissions that are related to the work of the SMN and any of the sub-themes listed below. We invited interested speakers to consider how their work/research makes a difference in the world – in theory, professional practice, methodology, and other illuminating perspectives; particularly welcoming arts based practices including music, story-telling, artwork, poetry, ceremony, etc.
We have detailed some issues below to see what our speakers felt moved to address through their work:
- Climate change and the future of humanity?
- Social justice and relationality?
- The war in Ukraine and fears about its escalation?
- Long term effects of Covid-19, and perhaps future pandemics?
- Lack of certainty about your future prospects – e.g. employment, buying a house, relationships?
- Rising mental health issues, particularly amongst young people?
- How can you contribute in your own way, to engaging with these, and any other, issues that may be of concern to you through your work/research/practice?
This online event took place on July 22nd & 23rd, 2023. Attendance was open to our undergraduate, postgraduate, next generation members, general members of the SMN, and all people who care about the world we are manifesting for future generations.
The conference will comprise of academic paper presentations and panel discussions, e-posters, workshops and experiential practices, and creative offerings of music, poetry, art, etc..
The wide range of offerings available during this symposium aims to reflect the many ways that science and spirituality can come together in harmonious and inspirational ways. Specifically, we aim to show how similar insights can be reached through different avenues of exploration that honour spiritual, scientific and artistic enterprises. In this sense, we may pair papers/posters with related art/music/poetry pieces to demonstrate how both creative and academic insights are integral to complete knowledge.
Paper presentations and panel discussions
There will be two separate panel discussions on key themes (to be decided upon following abstract selection). One panel will take place in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. Each panel will comprise four presenters, with Chairs selected from members of the SMN. Participants will present their ideas in 15 minute slots. Each of the panel sessions will be followed by 30 minutes of open discussions with the audience. Learn more.
An e-poster presentation combines a visual display on a poster board (usually PowerPoint) of the highlights of your work with a question-and-answer opportunity. E-posters will be available for viewing by participants during all hours of the conference. Learn more.
Workshops - experiential practices
We will be creating a space for us all to practice what we preach. The sessions that take place within this category will be woven into the fabric of the event schedule. The workshops are primarily aimed at facilitating change in the community of attendees to support the flourishing of our world. These experiential sacred spaces will bring something nourishing and ineffable, to not only facilitate integration and reflection space for all of the information disseminated during the event but also support the cultivation of deeper intuition, offering the potential for healing and to bridge connection with the sacred. Learn more.
Creative offerings - music, poetry, art, etc.
Within this space, we will create time to enjoy the outpouring of those who share the fruits of their creative process. Some may be activists in their agenda and bring moving revelations to support the flourishing of our hearts, our world and encourage our social activism. During these performances we will gather together in a circle round a virtual sacred fire; honouring the vulnerability and courage of the performers with our sacred witnessing. Learn more.