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Humans have always been fascinated by the possibility of a "larger reality" that lies beyond death. Throughout history and in every culture, people have created models and practices for understanding death and they have developed cosmologies for engaging with the afterlife. As each of us confront issues of mortality—our own or others—we may sense that there is more to our existence, more layers or dimensions than we usually comprehend as we go about our daily lives. For some, this awakens an imperative to foster our kinship or interconnectedness with a greater whole.
There are many explanations and conjectures about what happens when we die, ranging from scientific materialism to religious/spiritual views of immortality. Ideas about life after death impact how each of us approaches death – and how we live our lives. In this course, we will examine some of these views, considering diverse models of reality and our place in it. We will also reflect on our own worldviews about death. In this process, we will explore the possibility of an afterlife and consider diverse views in the context of other people’s beliefs and practices that may conflict with our own. This four-week learning program will invite us into the most intimate and meaningful conversation we can have today about who we are and what we are capable of becoming.
The learning program is based on decades of research exploring the ultimate question facing each and every one of us: How does understanding death inform how we live our lives?
This live course will be structured around the award-winning documentary film Death Makes Life Possible as well as Marilyn Schlitz’s new book of the same title. Class sessions include video footage of people who have had glimpses of what lies beyond death, cultural and religious leaders who share their views of an afterlife, scientists from diverse disciplines who share their evidence-based perspectives, and health and healing practitioners who inform us about therapeutic value and timely nature of this conversation.
Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, a cultural anthropologist, scientist, and dedicated seeker, will guide us through this innovative transformational learning program. Together we will examine our own worldviews, gain practical tools for having conversations with loved ones, and share our own insights with others in this transformative learning community. We will explore questions such as:
- How does our worldview of death inform our life?
- What can we learn from the world’s cultural and wisdom traditions that helps us understand death and the worldviews people hold?
- What can science tell us about Life after Death?
- Is it possible to remove the fear of death so that we may live more freely and more fully?
This course contains four classes. Each class is offered live, once a week, AT A DATE SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED. You can participate in each live class online on the WizIQ platform. The cost is $140 US.
You can access the course materials, including recordings of each class, any time you like. Registration for this course also includes a streaming video of the documentary film Death Makes Live Possible as well as an electronic version Marilyn Schlitz’s new book of the same title.
Participants will be able to:
- Discuss how our perspectives of death inform the way we live our lives.
- Consider the factors that cause people to have a fear of death.
- Describe what we can learn from the world’s cultural and wisdom traditions that can help us understand death and the worldviews people hold about the afterlife, including our own.
- Evaluate what science can tell us about life after death and how it speaks to people's transpersonal experiences, such as near death experiences, out of body experiences, past lives, etc.
- Explore the question of whether or not it is possible to remove the fear of death so that we may live more freely and fully.
- Develop tools for communicating with others about death and what people believe will happen after.
- Exercises to explore your views on death and the possible continuation of consciousness.
- Small group dialogue, which can heighten and increase your awareness.
- Journaling to reflect on and explore your beliefs, assumptions and fears.
- Supplemental learning materials for each lesson.
Live classes are offered online.
Recordings of each class will be available to registered course members only.
Language of instruction: English