The Institute of Reflection

For people to hit the ‘pause’ button and think about themselves and the world in which we live

Departments of this Institute

Western Meditation

Western Meditation

Occidental Meditation should come out of the closet. Cults and beliefs emanating largely from the East may have an elevated aim but the time is ripe for a fuller appreciation of Western traditions of reflection. The habit of reflection per se is worthwhile. To meditate is distinct from some fashionable goals of ‘Meditation’. It is a path to practical wisdom and self-realisation and should be fully signposted.
Science

Science

Galileo famously handed his inquisition interrogators a telescope and bid them point it at the heavens, with the injunction: ‘Look through this!’. They declined, preferring to stagnate in their beliefs. Are you on the side of the inquisition or of Galileo? What refreshed beliefs about the seen and ‘unseen’ world can we take on board with a degree of confidence as a result of recent laboratory experiments?
Credos

Credos

Both as individuals and as societies, we are what we have thought. We should think again. What works or does not work for societies of today and for you and me? Do you accept the views of the great thinkers of the past, for instance Bertrand Russell? The diagnoses of serious modern thinkers who consider the well-being of our world – and the personal credos of ordinary folk who are not ‘teachers’ – can help attune mindsets to modern needs. How to live better adjusted lives? Reflective thinking can be about practical matters and beliefs. Do parts – or all – of the beliefs of others hold promise for your life?
Sanctuary

Sanctuary

A wholesome perspective is vital, the idea in Frederick Langbridge‘s couplet: ‘Two men looked out of prison bars / One saw mud, the other stars’. One may as well use the best tools that are to hand. It can be easier to think your own thoughts and find your best perspective when in a congenial space for a retreat. A Sanctuary is any place that you think is a sanctuary. You can design it for yourself but are welcome to drop in on our virtual sanctuary. It may help you feel comfortable in exploring what is important to you.

WHAT REFLECTION HAS TO OFFER YOU?

Practical Wisdom

Practical Wisdom

In a Session of Reflection

In a Session of Reflection

What is Western Meditation?

What is Western Meditation?

Reflection: its rationale

How Reflection can help widen your horizon

Reflection can bring you peace of mind and heart

Reflection can help you understand who you are

Reflection can be a constructive way of life

Reflection can bring you happiness and pleasure

Reflection can help us understand our physical world

Reflection can bring us new perspectives on Faith

Reflection can help us understand the Cosmos

Reflection helps an understanding of politics and international relations

Reflection can help you understand the Unseen world

Reflection techniques; how better to reflect

Reflection: its practical purposes

The Underlying Approach to Reflection

All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind
Winston Churchill