The mediation course I took centered upon interest based negotiation. I will credit and expand upon that later as I develop this site. The essential elements that struck me were the three themes of Interests, Issues and Positions.
Step one; our interests are based upon our needs. Step two; our needs are based upon our values. The course referenced Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. We must have our needs met. For a durable solution to be sustained the process required three means of satisfaction; Substantive, Procedural and Psychological.
This was my first step the way to understanding conflict more fully.
The apparent conflict between religion and science has always eluded resolution in my mind. I couldn’t square the concept of Original Sin and the Holy Trinity in my rational mind. My intuition told told me a different story. As did other thoughts I had about science.
The book Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D, and Steve Bhaerman brought coherence to this distortion in my mind. The subtitle of this book is, Our Positive Future (And A Way To Get There From Here). This was the second step for me for resolving my own inner conflict.
I recently learned about Moral Foundations Theory from the book, The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. The subtitle is, Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion. That was the third step that brought balance to my see-sawing mind.
What we are taught and what we believe must make sense to us even if it makes little rational sense at times. Myth, mystery or magic can rattle our rational minds. Yet science, religion and politics are interwoven into the cultural clashes we witness every day. I reject no honest seeking of personal truth that contributes to peace on the planet.
And I have found my personal Holistic Trinity:
Classical Physics, Quantum Physics and Metaphysics.
This is my approach to the three way intersection of conflict we may find in mind, body and spirit. You are welcome to join me at any time and in any space we may find ourselves together.