L906 Fall 2018 Exploring Along Spiritual Paths
(Formerly Survey of Nontraditional Beliefs)
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 19–Nov. 7
Instructor: Linda Bender
Class limit: 25
During the class we will explore nontraditional concepts such as karma; reincarnation; the chakras; mystics and mystical sects; nonmedical healing systems like Reiki or therapeutic touch; the implications of free will and being responsible for the results of our choices; the alchemist’s physical elements; and the layers of energy in the body. By way of examples and discussion questions, our focus will be on understanding the concepts and their implications, including how to recognize them in actual day-to-day situations. We will talk about how facets of these beliefs might be used as effective tools, should you be interested in doing so. There will be handouts for each class with a list of resources relating to the topics discussed, and there will be time for questions.
Linda Bender earned a BA in mathematics from Cornell University, spent 20 years as an Army intelligence officer’s wife, and spent another 30 years managing billing offices for hospital and physician practices. She has had a continuing interest in nontraditional beliefs and has also taught meditation systems for OLLI. Please see olligmu.org/profiles/index-profiles.html for more information about her background and experience.