What we're about
We the people have always sought to enrich our lives and to awaken to our full natures through spiritual practices including prayer, meditation, mind- body disciplines, service, ritual, community, seasonal observance, and rites of passage.
"Primary numinous practices" are those intended, or especially likely, to bring about exceptional states of consciousness such as the direct experience of the divine, of cosmic unity, or boundless awareness.
Primary Numinous experience is found at the heart of all the world's wisdom traditions. Many people who have had such direct perception of spirit appear to lead lives of greater understanding, virtue, and joy as a result. This Primary numinous Experience Project is focused on these phenomena with the hope of understanding practices that can be beneficial to individuals and to their communities.
Our projects and studies are to help address questions like the following:
How can Primary numinous practices contribute to an individual's growth?
What conditions (beliefs, preparation, ritual, community, and continuing practice) allow for more helpful primary numinous experience, and how can the benefits be integrated into daily life?
What risks are associated with primary numinous experience, and how do they vary with circumstances?
How can primary numinous experience be made more, and more safely, available?