“Western Creed” Exercise

CRTW 201—Dr. Fike

Reference: Nosich, in "Critical Thinking and Emotions" (13-16), points out that critical thinking and emotions, as well as logic and feelings, are not mutually exclusive. In fact, "emotion-laden states actually help with critical thinking" (14). In addition, he mentions how the way your body feels can lead you to pay conscious attention to thinking you did not know you were doing. See his imagined scenario about "walking through a neighborhood at dusk" (15).

Purpose: Today's "'Western Creed' Exercise" is designed 1) to get you to pay attention to your emotions and your physical sensations as aids to critical thinking and 2) to help you learn something about how your psyche, your body, and your emotions may collaborate to further your thinking.

Step One (10 minutes): Write your personal creed in your notebook (honors section: write only on one side of each page in your blue book). In other words, write a statement of your spiritual beliefs or about what you consider to be the truth about reality. If you finish in two minutes, try to go deeper. For example, use some SEE-Is. Use some of the elements. Put some serious, careful thought into this. Write for 10 minutes.

Step Two (25 minutes): Watch the video, do the activity it prescribes. Follow the speaker's directions.

Note to professor: Hand out the “Creed” at this point.

Step Three (the rest of the period): Write answers to ALL of the following questions. Number your answers and skip a line between answers. Don't give one-sentence answers. Wherever possible, write a paragraph in response to each question.

Here is a statement from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology: "ATP was originally founded to investigate and promote ultimate states--also described as peak experiences, being-states, or mystical states of consciousness--and how these experiences could be encouraged and enhanced for changing both personal and cultural perspectives. Evidence of ATP's success over the past 40 years includes [the following]: the wide-spread acceptance of the use of meditation in health care; an increased dialog between science and spiritual traditions; scientific recognition of the importance of religious beliefs in maintaining personal health; and an increasing recognition of the importance of spiritual values in conducting sustainable commerce." Source: https://www.atpweb.org/about.aspx

Regular section: Take your responses home and think about them over the weekend. Bring them to our next class: we will disucss them at that time.

Honors section: Turn in your responses at the end of the hour.