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The Healing Effects of Spiritual Practices

Broadcast on March 20, 2023
With Rupert Sheldrake, PhD
Hosted by Beth McDougall, MD

According to Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, the effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before. Many studies have shown that people with regular spiritual practices tend to live healthier and longer lives. Scientific research sheds new light on meditation, gratitude, chanting, prayer, rituals, rites of passage, and other practices.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Spiritual practices can help promote health and healing
  • Spiritual practices have scientifically measurable effects
  • Rituals, mantras, and festivals may all be influenced by morphic resonance, establishing connections across time
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Rupert Sheldrake, PhD

Fellow, Insitute of Noetic Sciences

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than a hundred technical papers and nine books, including Ways To Go Beyond and Why They Work, and the co-author of six books. As a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he was director of studies in cell biology, and was also a research fellow of the Royal Society. He worked in Hyderabad, India, as principal plant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and also lived for two years in the Benedictine ashram of Fr. Bede Griffiths on the bank of the river Cauvery in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, he was director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a F\fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California and of Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon. 

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD