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David Fontana on Life's Sacred Dimensions

‘I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t aware of the unseen dimensions,’ admits Professor David Fontana of Cardiff University. Although raised in London, David Fontana describes himself as ‘Celtic and Latin, with a bit of Anglo-Saxon thrown in. I have an intense feeling for the Celts and their mystical tradition,’ he explains. Far from conflicting with his academic work, he believes his interest in the inexplicable and otherworldly, enhances his scholarly eye. ‘I’m happy to be a psychologist, and it is important to approach things scientifically, but we must never allow science to blind us to other possibilities that can’t always be explored purely by scientific methodology.’

This desire to push the boundaries led David Fontana into transpersonal psychology, which examines the more mystical states of consciousness, deep emotions, creative processes, and the paranormal. This more inclusive approach isn’t new - it was embraced by a number of luminaries in ancient times, including Pythagorus. ‘Today he is only taught as a discoverer of a particular theorum, but Pythagorus also had a mystery school,’ says David Fontana. ‘It gave people access to deeper awareness through a variety of mediums, including sacred geometry.’

For David Fontana this wider approach is especially relevant to our time. ‘Gurdjieff was right when he said that although we inhabit a splendid mansion, most of us choose to live in the basement. Today we live in such a material, consumer-led society. This is made much worse by contemporary science, that suggests there is nothing apart from matter. When we assume consciousness is little more than a series of electro-chemical reactions, that dreams are simply the dumping ground of unwanted matter, our consciousness starts to shut down. It is this depth of consciousness that emerges in accounts of near death experiences, because even when the brain is pronounced dead, consciousness is still active.’

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