What can psychology tell us about Paganism? Does science study Magic Spells and their effect? Are Pagans happier?
00:00 Dr Charmain Sonnex covers the following topics:
1:52 Spellcasting and the Efficacy of Pagan Healing Spells
3:47 Research Methodology
6:50 Search for core concepts of Pagan Spell Casting
8:54 Double-Blind Methodology
10:00 How the healing spells worked
11:23 Timing of Healing Spells
12:40 How were the people to be healed selected?
14:20 Research Findings and conclusions to the study
17:20 Relationship between religious orientation, nature connectedness and happiness
18:12 The concept of Eudaimonia. What is Eudaimonia?
24:00 Can Pagan Practices foster Eudaimonia?
25:09 Self-acceptance. How Pagans’ connection to Nature allows to embrace all the elements of the self and the body (e.g. sex, body positivity, ageing)
26:30 Autonomy and Environmental Mastery. Paganism highlights the personal agency
27:39 Positive Relations in Paganism and Sense of Community
28:23 Interconnectedness whereby Magic works
28:41 Purpose in Life
31:14 Why do people believe in and practise Paganism?
33:31 What’s the current state of research in the field of Psychology on the matter of Paganism and Magical practices?
34:50 The ‘Coming Home’ Theory. People report encountering Paganism made them feel like they were coming home
35:53 The concept of Flow
36:12 The importance of studying Paganism from a scientific and psychological point of view
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Shadrack, J., Sonnex, C. and Roe, C. (2019) Ritual Occultation and The Space Between Worlds: Exploring The Discursive Nature of The “Flow” State in Black Metal and Pagan Performative Practice. In McLaughlin, C. (ed) Trans- states: The art of crossing over Fulgur Press .
Sonnex, C., Roe, C., & Roxburgh, E. (in press) Flow, liminality, and eudaimonia: Pagan ritual practice as a gateway to a life with meaning Journal of Humanistic Psychology special issue; Anomalous Lifeworlds: Mysticism, Magic and Expanded Consciousness.
Sonnex, C., Roe, C. & Roxburgh, E. (in press) Testing the pagan prescription: using a randomised controlled trial to investigate pagan spell casting as a form of noncontact healing. Journal of Complementary and Alternative medicine.
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Published on May 30, 2020