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Imagination and the Practice of Prophecy

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333 Bloor Street West

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Day 1: The Imagination and How it Works


Imagination is a fundamental feature of cognition, responsible for our dreams, fantasies, and art. Cultural attitudes towards the imagination vary. For artists, it is a means through which one lives. For others, it is a means of distraction from the problems of the here and now. This ambivalent attitude towards the imagination has been around since antiquity. Some Jewish sources have identified the imagination with “the evil inclination”, personified as Satan. After all, temptation often occurs in the form of mental images that promote the desire for some vice or another. However, the very foundation of this religion is in feats of the imagination. The prophets are all familiar with hallucinatory experiences of many headed angels, burning bushes that are not consumed, and chariots descending from heaven. It is through the imagination that God must make itself known to us. Only through metaphor may most of us comprehend a being so fundamentally beyond our comprehension. In this presentation, I will provide a framework for understanding what the imagination is and how it works. This framework draw on contemporary research in cognitive science (especially the science of psychedelic experiences) and the philosophy of prophecy. The aim of this presentation is to enable a better understanding of the faculty of imagination, and how to make the most of it. This presentation is one of a two part series happening at Alternity.


Day 2: Activating the Imagination

This is a practical workshop that will follow up on the framework presented in Friday’s lecture. In this workshop, you will learn how to use Carl Jung’s technique of Active Imagination. This is a technique that will teach you to more effectively navigate through spontaneously generated mental imagery. The skill of active imagination is foundational to many practices in psychotherapy, and is especially relevant for the study of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. This workshop will provide instruction in the practice, and in basic guidance techniques for facilitating the technique in others. You will be provided the space to engage in this practice with a partner in order to implement both skill sets. This day's event is limited to 20 participants.


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Daniel is a student of Cognitive Science and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His area of focus is on wisdom, consciousness, and understanding the cognitive science of religious belief and experience. He has spoken internationally, including at the Beyond Psychedelics conference in Prague. Daniel is the founder of the Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms conference that occurs annually in Toronto and raises much needed money to fund psychedelic research. Visit www.sonofdawn.com for more.

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Alternity - Elixir Bar and Lounge

333 Bloor Street West

Toronto, ON M5S 1W7

Canada

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