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Survival? (1984)
Body, Mind and Death in the Light of Psychic Experience

Is your consciousness extinguished at death? Or is there evidence indicating its survival?

In this  searching study, David examines the development of speculations on the nature of life and death from the primitives to 20th-century neuroscientists and philosophers. He invites you to reconsider your ideas on death by presenting many intriguing case histories of psychic experience which have too many features in common to be dismissed as 'mere coincidence': apparitions, out of body experiences, near death encounters and post-mortem accounts of bodily death. He argues that only a hypothesis involving conscious survival of bodily death provides a complete and coherent explanation of such phenomena.

David suggests that, if your consciousness is transmitted through rather than actually produced by the brain, death may be considered as the welcome release of consciousness from the space-time limitations of the physical body, especially in old age. The widespread materialist assumption that your consciousness perishes with the brain is misleading and inadequate if psychic experience is taken into account.

"A scholarly but highly readable work that is sure to achieve the status of a classic in its field."
Colin Wilson

"By far the best book I have read on this question."
Sir John Eccles, FRS

 

Whole in One (1990)
The Near-Death Experience and the Ethic of Interconnectedness

The aim of this book is to suggest a new metaphysical basis for moral order, the insights for which arise in the near-death experience. Two aspects are of fundamental importance: the life-review, in which people relive events through the consciousness of the person with whom they were interacting at the time; and unitive consciousness, in which they feel themselves at one with the Divine. From these two aspects David derives the theory of ‘empathetic resonance’, by which we are able to enter into the consciousness of another as if it were our own.

"Outstanding! This is a remarkable achievement.... the most important and adequate attempt I have yet seen to draw together all the information we have about the death experience, and infer from the whole the kind of ethical implications that are so sorely needed to guide our confused society."
Professor Willis Harman, President, Institute of Noetic Sciences
 

"David Lorimer's brilliant, encyclopaedic and inspiring new study of holism and its implications for modern humanity is a book to savour -  and treasure -- a masterful achievement."
Professor Kenneth Ring, President, International Association for Near-Death Studies
 

"This is a book of outstanding importance.... it is thoroughly well researched and draws on many religious and philosophical traditions to support the evidence. It deserves to be widely read and studied in depth."
Father Bede Griffiths

 

 

 

 

Radical Prince
The Practical Vision of the Prince of Wales


In this eye-opening book, David outlines the radical thinking that underpins the Prince of Wales's vision in the areas of the ecology, organic culture, holistic health, religion, architecture and education, and the ways in which he has translated his vision into practical projects through his many charities, including the Prince's Trust, the Duchy of Cornwall, the Prince's Foundation, his Foundation for Integrated Health and his International Business Leaders Forum.
 

Radical Prince shows for the first time at the Prince of Wales's ideas are linked by an underlying spiritual and ecological philosophy. Prince Charles adopts an integrated approach to his work, blending the best of the traditional with the best of the modern. The book also demonstrates how the Prince is practically engaged in with the central issues of our time as they matter to ordinary people.


Prince Charles is frequently criticised in the media is outspokenness. Radical Prince challenges popular misconceptions and explains how he has carved out a unique and influential role in national and international life.

The hardback is out of print but the paperback is available and has been translated into French, Spanish and Dutch.
 

"The Prince of Wales is a thinker with a holistic approach. It is surprising, therefore, that no one before David Lorimer has attempted to present the range of the Prince's involvement in contemporary debates and the impressive interconnectedness and integrity of his thought. In many fields, notably those of community development and healing, the Prince's contributions have helped to convert a minority view into something approaching an orthodoxy. In this timely book, David Lorimer distils the essential message."
The Rt Hon and Rt Revd Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
 

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The Spirit of Science (1998)

From Experiment to Experience

The technical successes of modern science have obscured a deeper understanding of its place in human knowledge and in our value systems. For many, science belongs in a separate "compartment" from normal human experience, confined to the word of the laboratory. This can give rise to a dark, impersonal and inhuman image of science. In this collection, scientists and thinkers from a range of disciplines examine the relationship of scientific knowledge and practice to the wider dimension of human life and awareness. For some this appears as a dialogue between science and spirituality, for others an investigation into consciousness and the intelligent heart of the cosmos. Whether in physics, cosmology of biology, these essays explore the very nature of knowledge itself and the continuing role of human creativity, emphasizing the need for crossing disciplinary boundaries in our search for understanding. The contributions are based on papers given over 20 years at the annual "Mystics and Scientists" conferences in England.

 

 

 

Thinking beyond the Brain (2001)

A Wider Science of Consciousness 

Consciousness is the cutting-edge topic in scientific circles, its precise nature holding huge implications for the future of science itself.

With so many recent advances in brain studies, questions of mind and consciousness have become of critical importance for scientists and theorists alike. Are we ‘nothing but a pack of neurons' that will reveal their secrets in the laboratory? Or do our conscious mind and self-awareness stem from some dimension beyond material investigation? How, too, are we to account for ‘parapsychological' phenomena in which consciousness seems to defy space and time boundaries?

These recent contributions to the debate, selected from the ‘Beyond the Brain' conferences, show that it is time for a radical re-think of our theories and methods in investigating phenomena of the human mind. Contributors include: Willis Harman, Charles Tart, Peter Fenwick, Anne Baring, Ravi Ravindra, Andrew Powell, Erlendur Haraldsson, John Beloff, Roger Woolger, Stanislav Grof, Mark Woodhouse, Brian Josephson, David Fontana, Kenneth Ring, Michael Grosso.

 

 

 

Science, Consciousness and Ultimate Reality (2004)
 

This interdisciplinary volume arises out of a series of university events arranged by the Scientific and Medical Network between 2001 and 2003. The Science, Consciousness and Ultimate Reality project set up with the support of the John Templeton foundation in order to examine critical issues at the interface between science, religion and the relatively new field of consciousness studies.

The results give a variety of fascinating perspectives on this emerging area. There are four sections: physics, neuroscience and psychology, theology and ethics. Contributors: are Bernard Carr, Chris Clarke, Ravi Ravindra, Peter Fenwick, Guy Claxton, David Fontana, Keith Ward, Alan Torrance, Mary Midgley, Denis Alexander and John Habgood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gems of Love (1994)

Prayers and Formulas by Beinsa Douno (translated from the Bulgarian)

This book of prayers and formulas of the great Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov), whose esoteric philosophy is based on the cardinal principles of Divine Love, Divine Wisdom and Divine Truth: Love fills our hearts, Wisdom enlightens our minds and Truth brings us the gift of freedom.

This book contains many exquisite prayers as well as concentrated formulas, which are powerful and transformative sacred affirmations. The contents include an introduction on prayer, a lecture on prayer entitled Union with God and a commentary by Beinsa Douno on the Lord's Prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning for Life (2008)
From Inspiration to Aspiration
 

In this inspirational book, the voices of those 250 of Scotland's young people express their visions and hopes for the future. They believe that 'another world is possible', that the future does not need to be liked the past, and that they have a vital role in shaping a more trusting, creative, responsible and sustainable world. They write movingly about people who have inspired them, whether they are world figures or family members, and set out their own views about the values and qualities we need to lead happy and successful lives.

Drawing on the practical wisdom of both past and present expressed in proverbs, quotations and stories from around the world, they relate these to their own experiences, describing incidents that have transformed our understanding of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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