Imaginal Inspirations

Imaginal cells are responsible for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly, the Greek symbol for the soul. These cells are dormant in the caterpillar but at a critical point of development they create the new form and structure which becomes the butterfly.

In the podcast series Imaginal Inspirations, David Lorimer talks to transformational authors and scientists about the experiences, people and books that have shaped their life and work.


Felicity Warner on Soul Midwifery
Show Details23min 20s
Dr Steve Taylor on Panspirtism
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Yvonne Kason on Spiritual Awakening
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Rosy Daniel on Love and Health
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Federico Faggin on Silicon and Consciousness
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Vasileios Basios on Consciousness and Complex Systems
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Bruce Greyson on the After life
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Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He was the immediate successor to the Carlsson Chair after the legendary Ian Stevenson, who founded the Department of Perceptual Studies in the University of Virginia in 1967. Ian is famous for his meticulous studies of children who remember previous lives but he also researched near-death experiences in India. Bruce was a co-founder and President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies and Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies for many years and author of The Handbook of Near-Death Studies.

Bruce’s research for the past four decades has focused on near-death experiences and particularly their after-effects and implications. He established the standard and widely used Greyson Scale on NDEs. His academic work has been translated into twenty languages and used in hundreds of studies worldwide. He has published more than a hundred scholarly articles about near-death experiences and gives regular addresses at international conferences on the matter. After is Bruce’s first book to bring his ground-breaking research to general readers and has been widely reviewed. He will be a keynote speaker at the 2021 Beyond the Brain conference in November and is speaking on his book at a meeting on Friday April 23rd 2021. 

Imaginal Inspirations is hosted by David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and Chair of the Galileo Commission, an academic movement dedicated to expanding the evidence base of a science of consciousness.

Works mentioned:

After by Bruce Greyson

Life After Life by Raymond Moody

The Light Beyond by Raymond Moody

Children Who Remember Previous Lives by Ian Stevenson

Science, the Self, and Survival after Death : Selected Writings of Ian Stevenson

Production: Martin Redfern

Artwork: Amber Haas

Music: Life is a River, by Magnus Moone

26min 23s
Published Apr 16, 2021 at 5:00am
Marjorie Woollacott on The Awakening of a Scientific Mind
Show Details21min 54s
David Lorimer on purpose, consciousness and Colin Wilson
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Apela Colorado on trees, dream work and indigenous wisdom
Show Details53min 6s
Richard Tarnas on trusting the unfolding of life and revolutions of thought
Show Details33min 59s
Kim Penberthy on gratitude for our parents and non-dualistic experiences
Show Details18min 42s
Ravi Ravindra on Krishnamurti, effort and grace
Show Details36min 16s
Marilyn Monk on curiosity, belonging and trust
Show Details20min 53s
Jeffrey Kripal on 'impossible' experiences, precognition and the Esalen Institute
Show Details22min 37s
Anne Baring on the divine feminine and Catharism
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Larry Dossey on pre-cognitive dreams and spirituality in healthcare
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Marilyn Schlitz on fiction, mortality and Edgar Mitchell
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Iain McGilchrist on spaciousness, Wordsworth and the soul
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Elisabet Sahtouris on imaginal cells, transformation and presence
Show Details33min 26s