Entangled Life and Kabbalistic Biology, Michael Kosoy

Published on Mar 27, 2015

Recorded at Science and Nonduality Conference http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

Biology is the science of life by definition and explores forms and manifestations of living organisms. Kabbalistic methods apply specific approaches for analyzing and interpreting a wide range of meaningful information, and in this presentation these approaches will be demonstrated for a description of biological systems. Although the word ‘life’ is a noun, something is very fundamental in description of life through processes that distinguish living systems from non-living systems.

The properties specific for living systems such as an ability to grow, to reproduce, to die, to metabolize, to maintain internal balance, to adapt to external environment, and to develop hierarchical organization are inseparably linked and interrelated. Kabbalistic approach is not limited to perceiving organisms in terms of isolated elements, but rather is applied to their integrated relationship in the context of connection and meaning. Connection of elements of biological systems can be described in terms of non-locality measuring closeness as a similarity. Two organisms, which resemble each other, are close; in contrast, biological objects that differ are distant.

Generation and maintenance of biological diversity is a crucial characteristic of life, but multiplicity of forms can be studied in the way that visible manifestations indicate underlying unity behind the diversity produced by adaptation to local environment. Life manifests itself as pulsation; the principle of “run and return” is one of the life’s secrets. Biological systems behave as a whole having numerous elements with their own temporal scales.

Time in biology is measured through transformation of life forces. Kabbalistic approach is based on personal experience of the biologist and the task selected for a point of view: on what level you investigate the biological process; from which side you look at the biological object; what system of measurements is appropriate; what is a value of your observation?

Michael Kosoy PhD is a Research Biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser (Author)

In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute – now the world’s largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth –Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition.

In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one – stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world’s great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder and senior adviser of Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, New York), recognized internationally for its workshops and professional training in holistic health, psychology, and cross-cultural arts and religion. Since 1977, when Omega was founded, she has helped direct the institute’s organization, research and develop its programs, and train its staff. She has also been privileged to study and teach with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of human development and spiritual growth. Prior to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and childbirth educator. She attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her family.

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Sometimes, difficult times can help you realize the true potential of your life. Watch as Omega Institute co|founder Elizabeth Lesser talks about the meaning of her book Broken Open, which shares how Elizabeth grew on her spiritual path. Plus, Elizabeth and Oprah discuss what spirituality means to them.

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Elizabeth Lesser: Broken Open

Published on Apr 20, 2013

During times of transition or when we face adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it. To shut down or to be broken open and transformed. Elizabeth Lesser povides tools to help us turn difficult times into times of growth and empowerment.

Elizabeth is the co-founder of Omega Institute, a learning center that focuses on health, wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and The Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure. For more than 30 years Elizabeth has worked with leading figures in the fields of healing—healing self and healing society.

In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a 10-week online seminar based on the book, A New Earth. Since then, she has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey television show and Oprah.com webcasts, and is an ongoing host on Oprah’s Soul Series, a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM. Her newest book, Broken Open, is a guide for anyone going through a difficult time.

Elizabeth Lesser: Believe in Change

“Spirituality is following the deep internal desire for something grand, big and wonderful.”

‘All Things Seem but Cannot Be’

Published on Mar 27, 2015
A discussion about Existence

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