Mental Health Promotion Activities—A Webinar on Mental Health and the Paranormal
On World Mental Health Day, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage launched Mental Health Promotion Activities 2020, one of them being a National Level Webinar series.
The webinar in this context was held on 21 October 2020 from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm. Prof. V. George Mathew, Former HOD of the Psychology Department, University of Kerala, a well-known Parapsychologist, spoke on ‘Mental Health and the Paranormal’.
Prof. Mathew introduced the participants to the concept of parapsychology and explained various parapsychological concepts like telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, apparitional experiences, synchronicity, etc. He also educated the participants on various differential factors to consider while identifying paranormal experiences which are not an expression of mental disorders. He mentioned in his speech that our mind or spirit is not a material substance but is a collection of vibrations, and it has great potential. Any individual can get connected or communicate with other minds or spirits as overall all individuals are part of a larger whole. Even though all of us have this capacity, people with higher psychic powers have more paranormal experiences. Materialists may misunderstand paranormal experiences to be mental disorders, but according to Prof. Mathews it is not a disorder but a different level of consciousness.
The session triggered great curiosity in the participants. Prof. Mathews addressed all their doubts related to various parapsychological concepts. Prof. Sreevalsa Kumar, Head of the School of PPSH, introduced the speaker, and Dr. Sarin Domnic, Assistant Professor of the School, delivered the Vote of Thanks. Two hundred and fifty-three participants from various colleges, universities, different practising areas of psychology, and the general public, from across the country attended the webinar.
Entrepreneurial Journey—The story of Stallion Group
The second webinar in the National Level Mental Health Webinar series was held on Wednesday 28 October 2020, from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm. Shri Rajeev Nair, CMD, Stallion Group of Companies, spoke on ‘Entrepreneurial Journey—The Story of the Stallion Group’.
Shri Nair shared his experience of developing a business enterprise from scratch, stressing that people should dream differently to become a successful entrepreneur. A successful entrepreneur is not only a person who has tapped available opportunities and managed the systems effectively but also a person who handles himself and the stressors in life. He also pointed out the importance of Psychology in the work world, opining that it is highly challenging to deal with the psychological diversity of human beings. He also discussed the importance of corporate social responsibility.
Prof. Sreevalsa Kumar, Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritageintroduced the speaker while Dr. Satheesh Varma, Assistant Professor of the School delivered the Vote of Thanks. Over a hundred participants from various colleges, universities, different practising areas of psychology, and the general public attended the webinar.