Welcome to The Consciousness Explorers Club

Adventuring together through the weirdness of being human

May 2016 – The Promise and Peril of Spiritual Belief

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One reason why intellectuals are often so suspicious of spirituality: it does seem as though something is lost when we commit to a single stance or perspective. That as our own truth grows, all other truths – perhaps inevitably – become less real. I see this in even the most well-meaning and ecumenical teachers and advanced practitioners. However much lip service they may pay to “different paths up the mountain,” in practice they are ever more likely to reflexively filter everything through the lens of their experience. It becomes all about mindfulness, or noself, or “don’t know mind,” or surrender, or love – or even Reason, for of course, if this dynamic is true, then it is a human issue, and thus includes our so-called secular beliefs as well.

CEC Urban Retreat

Panic in the city!

There you are, another day in the big smoke, just going about your business and dang if there ain’t a monster raging through the metropolis: reactive, disregulated, roaring at friends and family and colleagues. Could that monster be you? If so, we have just the thing: our second CEC urban meditation retreat, just a little one, four and a half hours long, from 1 – 5:30pm on Saturday May 28th.

Meditate Celebrate Activate Retreat

Not a retreat … this is an ADVANCE. The CEC retreat is unique for the way it builds on meditation practice, taking the insights we have on the cushion and applying them immediately to the social sphere, with engaging interactive practices and celebration-infused movement and hilarity and off-key campfire pop-punk-folk sessions. A fresh inquiry into who and how we are – and how to find centre amid the rollicking hullabaloo of life.

“A caring supportive fun community vibe unlike anything else I’ve experienced in the mindfulness world.” – A.C.

Monday Night Exploration

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Many people, especially busy urban dwellers, feel overwhelmed and undernourished. They struggle alone with their challenges, and are only rarely able to discuss – let alone practice – deep matters of belonging and connection and embodiment. The vision of The Consciousness Explorers Club (CEC) is to provide a fun and accessible venue where people can discuss these things as they emerge from perspective-altering spiritual and psychological and social practices. Our members go on mind-body adventures – together and independently – and then share their insights and discoveries and inspiration with the community. To see our most recent monthly schedule of Explorations, click on “Upcoming” above.

How to Explore Consciousness – Talk

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There are few activities more thrilling than exploring consciousness, particularly in the form of intelligent spiritual practice. In this talk, Jeff Warren – founder of The Consciousness Explorers Club and author of The Head Trip – introduces us to the terrain and describes some of the attendant risks and benefits. What begins as an exploration can become a transformation. The question then is how to talk – or not talk – about your experience, in a secular world often suspicious of spirituality.

Journey to the Center of the Mind

*Neurophenomenology

By the end of the twentieth century, scientists had scoured the far reaches of the material world. It was then that a few brave travelers turned in a different direction: inward! Past the shallow scrim of waking consciousness, to uncharted territories of the mind. The dawn of a quest to revolutionize our understanding of perception, memory, and reality itself. But to get there, someone would have to make a journey ….

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