Working Session: The Experiential Roots of Mana
Organizer: Marianne (Mimi) George
The Experiential Root of Mana session Was the third and last in a series of sessions exploring the possibility that the concept of manahas its foundations in the direct experience of psychic energy during alternative states of consciousness. In this year's session we considered 6 papers and 2 abstracts without papers. Most of our presentations were presented by Skype by way of a laptop. On the final evening of the ASAO meeting four of the authors were invited to submit a proposal to publish as a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Time and Mind.
The titles of the four papers are: 1) MANA: PSYCHIC ENERGY, SPIRITUAL POWER, AND THE EXPERIENCING BRAIN by Charles D Laughlin, 2) MANA, MANA, A MANA PAHA? HO'AILONA A ME HO'IKE (WHAT IS THIS EXPERIENCE? WHO GETS TO SPEAK?) by Karen M Fox, 3) EXPERIENCING MANA AS WIND/WEATHER by Marianne George, and 4) THE CELESTIAL ROOTS OF MANA by Martha Noyes.
The Experiential Roots of Mana session will not be continued as a symposium. But another session may be proposed for 2019, that will center on the more general issue of transpersonal experience and altered states of consciousness in Pacific spiritual traditions.
Marianne (Mimi) George, Vaka Taumaka Project