Archive for September, 2010

By Mitch Horowitz

The central questions of our era in light of the vision that lies at the root of the world’s great spiritual traditions. Needleman’s work  clarifies: it takes topics that exist in disparate threads throughout our culture—new religions, esoteric Christianity, the founding mythos of America—and frames them in a manner both sensible and deeply questioning. Needleman calls forth the human meaning hidden in virtually every aspect of our modern lives.

PARABOLA recently sat down with him to discuss the nature of consciousness and its relationship to the body. Amid the current talk of “quantum fields” and “consciousness studies,” Needleman returns us to the heart of the matter: Should the mind and body be understood as two aspects of one thing, or as two distinct realities?

And what does this mean for our sense of ourselves? Read more…

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