Activities and Commitments
The Scientific and Medical Network was founded in 1973 by George Blaker, Dr. Patrick Shackleton and Sir Kelvin Spencer, based on their collective desire to reconcile scientific investigation and scientific models of reality with the spiritual dimension of life, and so to open dialogue between scientists and spiritual luminaries of all backgrounds. The vision of the SMN founders was a profoundly holistic one: an organisation confined by no "fences of thought", but instead open to insight from every kind of human enquiry.
The founders believed that neither orthodox religion nor conventional science were, in their current forms, sufficient to answer pressing questions about our existence and about the mysteries of the cosmos, and that new ways of thinking, and new interdisciplinary approaches were needed to build bridges and to search for new approaches. The Network was initially an invitation-only club, as it developed into its early form as a place for scientists and medics to debate and dialogue about questions and ideas that were considered taboo in orthodox departments, on issues such as non-local consciousness, alternative forms of healing and paranormal phenomena.
The Network has now developed into an internationally recognised organisation providing incisive conferences and publications on themes that traverse science and spiritual concerns, with an open membership policy for anyone who agrees with our aims and values. 30 years on from our birth as an organisation, scientific and medical orthodoxy is still compartmentalised, reductionist, atomistic, and still dismissive of spiritual or non-material dimensions to human experience or cosmic reality. And as yet there has developed no meta-subject in which all disciplines in science, medicine, theology and spirituality may be brought together. In this context, the SMN still has a unique and an important role to play in providing a truly trans-disciplinary, truly progressive, place to discuss, dialogue and learn about the universe in which we live and which gives us our being.
The Network seeks to provide a forum for pursuing truth, wherever it leads, to widen the intellectual horizons of science and of society as a whole; to stimulate research at the frontiers of human knowledge and experience, and to make the results of such research more widely known through its educational programmes.
The Network is committed to no dogma or creed. It encourages intellectual discernment and is wary of the ill-founded and sensational claims of 'pseudo-science'.
In asking searching questions about the nature of life and the role of the human being, the Network abides by its guidelines of open-mindedness, rigorous thinking and care for others at all times.
David has edited Network Review for over 20 years and reviews a large number of books every year – Read selected reviews from the last five years.
Visit the website for more information www.scimednet.org
The Wrekin Trust is an educational charity which was founded in 1971 by Sir George Trevelyan Bt for spiritual education of a non-sectarian kind and in 1982 received a Right Livelihood Award for its work ‘forming an essential contribution to making life more whole, healing our planet and uplifting humanity’. Wrekin Trust is part of a world-wide movement towards personal and planetary transformation. We believe that a new awareness of reality is emerging - a new opening of consciousness.
Sir George’s vision was to found a University for Spirit in the meaning of University as turning towards the one. A way of describing this is the bringing together of all perspectives and allowing these to sit together in a creative space - to deepen knowledge, encourage new insights and fresh ideas, and develop discernment with the organising principle of love rather than of fear. From this there flows our vision of deepening spiritual connection and unity in diversity through exchange and understanding.
The main activity for the last eight years has been the development of the Wrekin Forum with the purpose of awakening and revitalizing a spiritual dimension within society by empowering and supporting a deeper connection between visionary organizations and individuals whose approach is based on holistic, spiritual and ecological principles.
International Futures Forum (IFF) is a non-profit organisation established to support a transformative response to complex and confounding challenges and to restore the capacity for effective action in today’s powerful times.
The scale of global interconnectivity and interdependence has resulted in a step change in the complexity, uncertainty and speed of change in today’s operating environment. Many of the concepts we used to rely on to make sense of our world no longer have traction. In many respects we are experiencing a ‘conceptual emergency’.
In response organisations, communities and governments are adopting familiar strategies: intensifying standard processes, strengthening the centre, sticking to core competencies, prioritising short-term results, promising only what can be delivered.
We believe these defensive approaches are necessary but not sufficient. Over the years we have developed an effective body of theory, method, practice and wide experience in taking on seemingly intractable challenges, always in a global context.
Our charitable purpose is to share the learning from our experience more broadly and to increase the capacity worldwide to realise aspiration in the operating conditions of the 21st century.
For a number of years, David was editor of Omnipedia, and all 14 editions can be downloaded free as PDF files at www.internationalfuturesforum.com/omnipedia.php where you can also find an index.
Visit the website for more information www.internationalfuturesforum.com
Deunov (Beinsa Douno, 1864-1944) is a Bulgarian sage and musician whose
work is based on the perennial principles of , Wisdom and Truth.
'The first principle on which the whole existence is based is Love; it brings the impulse to life; it is the compass, the stimulus within the human soul.
The second principle is Wisdom, which brings knowledge and lights to the mind, thus enabling human beings to use the forces of Nature in a dirty way.
The third principle is Truth; it frees the human soul from bondage and encourages her to learn, work well and make efforts towards the self-sacrifice.
There is nothing greater than the three principles; there is no straighter or surer path. In these three principles lies the salvation of the world.’
Prophet for our Times (1991) - a compilation of his teaching (out of print).
The Circle of Sacred Dance (1991) - a book about how to dance Paneurhythmy (out of print).
Gems of Love
(1994) - prayers and meditations, available from David for £4 plus £1 p &
p – see book section.
‘Love is necessary for the transformation of the world. It is the only force which can bring peace between the nations, each of which has a mission to accomplish on earth. Love is beginning to appear; goodness, justice and light will triumph; it is simply a question of time. Religions need to be purified; they call contain something divine, but this has been obscured by the repeated addition of human conceptions. All believers will have to get together and agree on one single principle: to make love the basis of any and every belief. Love and brotherhood, that is the common basis.’
The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library and bookshop. We organize events, lectures, and conferences, and we print a large selection of material relating to the work of the philosopher, scientist, inventor, astronomer, mathematician, parliamentary figure and visionary, EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688–1772).
In 2010 we will be celebrating our 200th anniversary. We are currently planning a wide selection of events, publications and activities, including talks, film screenings, exhibitions, as well as other social events.
David’s Presidential Addresses can be found in the articles section.
Visit the website for more information www.swedenborg.org.uk
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