Inquiring Into Our Inner Movement
As we go through our daily activities, there is often an inner movement of thoughts, feelings and motivations. It is so ever-present and familiar that we seem to already know it. It also can be unpleasant, becoming something that we consciously or unconsciously avoid. Are we missing something in all of this? Might this inner movement have something to do with how we experience our lives, and ourselves, altogether?
Our brains put together a picture of the physical world, which we then experience as the reality we find ourselves in. It is quite remarkable how seamlessly this works! But there also seems to be an inner psychological reality, often moving in the background; a reality of ourselves, as a separate “me”. As it moves, it seems to be assessing itself, defining its status and existence, rating them as good or bad, etc. It also seems to be a frequent source of personal conflict and unending problems.
This inner movement is so immediate that generally it is an unquestioned reality as it arises, telling us how things are. Is this experience of reality in fact the underlying quality or nature of this movement? As each thought of ourselves arises, is it actually saying and affirming that we are this reality? Is this true?
The intention of this program is to explore our ongoing inner movement. Not intellectually, but to look together into the actual nature of its movement within us in the moment, and to find out what might happen in truly coming to see all this for ourselves.
We will meet each day for a 2-hour session with a 15 min break that will include but not be limited to discussion/dialogue, some short video clips and short excerpts from texts.
Daily online morning sessions
10:00am-12:15pm PACIFIC TIME
Dan Kilpatrick is a retired Associate Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, and the Program in Neuroscience, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has had a long-time interest in our shared, underlying nature and inquiry into how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. The insights of J. Krishnamurti and others have been an invaluable part of this journey, helping to reveal that the opportunity for self-discovery is present in each and every moment and does not depend on circumstance. Coming to see that our sense of self is something in which we all share, not as a conclusion, but as an immediate and living fact, is also perhaps our greatest challenge.
Dan received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego in chemistry and his doctorate degree in biochemistry from Duke University. His research focuses on how self-organizing gene networks controlling development and its timing give rise to emergent properties of the nervous system.
What to expect
- Deep and frank group explorations
- Practical study demanding a full engaging on the part of participants
- Potential breakthrough of old mental patterns
- Affectionate, careful and caring inquiry
- A community of like-minded people
Who is this for
- Anybody interested in exploring this topic in depth
- Anybody willing to ask fundamental life questions in a practical, sensitive way
- Students who would like to deepen their understanding on this topic
- Groups willing to venture into a life beyond conditioning