This month’s speaker is John Calvin Chatlos, MD with a talk titled Spiritual Experience: For Real, For You, For the Future.
Talk description: Dr. Chatlos contends that spiritual experience is for Real. He’ll present a science-based explanation of our capacity for real spiritual experience, with a specific process for its promotion. The important role of experiences of worth and dignity will be highlighted. It is for You. The capacity for spiritual experience is wired into our brains, and available to all people who open to it. He’ll offer details about the personal process available for its access, description of its characteristics and opportunities, and an explanation for why it cannot be experienced initially by reason and understanding. It is critical for our Future. Einstein’s quote “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” now has a response. The creativity that opens with spiritual experience provides an incredibly powerful new way of thinking.
Dr. Chatlos is a Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers University, Board Certified in Child & Adolescent and Addiction Psychiatry, where he incorporates spiritual principles in recovery from addiction and trauma. He is a graduate of The Humanist Institute, a long-time member of the Society for Ethical Culture, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County (UUCMC) and a board member of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET). He is developer of the “Human Faith Project” focused on the role of self-worth and dignity in opening a universal core of religious/spiritual experience and its empowerment of creativity. He is now specifically engaged in research exploring the nature of spiritual experience.
This meeting is free and open to the public, but requires advance Zoom registration.
After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Zoom with the link to join the meeting.
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The program will start at 4:00 PM. There will be social time after the program.