It was the first of many landings. Established in the early Eighties by Ruth and Maurice Ash, the Sharpham Trust aims to connect people with nature, fostering a sense of well-being. I was attending a course called Sustaining Ourselves — breaking free from burnout, intended for people from the caring professions; health and charity workers, full-time working mums.
I doubted that an overactive social life, a tendency to self-criticism and a dependent cat qualified me. But I would commit wholly. After the first session, I switched off my phone and left it in my room. The timetable was packed; early-morning meditation, breakfast, washing-up rota, Tai Chi, nature walk, creative exploration, meditation, dinner, meditation and deep relaxation. All optional; but I strived to be at everything. And then silence, each evening, from 8pm until 11am.
We broke it in a circle, exploring how we felt. I croaked out a few words, wondering if I was manufacturing issues just to fit in. W e explored the cycle of burn out. Questioned what our internal drivers were: to be perfect, to please others, to be strong. O n the third day the silence lasted until 2pm. I gave myself permission not to turn up to everything. I read. I went for a walk along the river. The cynical journalist in me looked on in horror as I threw myself into group singing.
Yet I could feel the soothing effects of being at Sharpham, surrounded by beauty, by caring people. Listening rather than talking, to others, as well as myself. Just being. Our last circle on Monday morning. There were tears. I wondered what had happened to me, and felt scared about returning to the real world. I was on course to crash through like an express train, but Sharpham and silence has put the brakes on. Q uakers, as you might know, worship by sitting in a circle in silence that is only broken when someone has a spiritual revelation.
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In fringe science expert Henry H. In , following the much-postponed publication of further volumes in Velikovsky's Ages in Chaos series, the United Kingdom-based Society for Interdisciplinary Studies organised a conference in Glasgow specifically to debate the revised chronology. David Rohl, one of those involved in the Glasgow conference, has developed his own revised chronology.
While he agrees that the Exodus should be dated to the collapse of the Middle Kingdom, and that Tutimaios is the Pharaoh of the Exodus ,  there are few points of contact between the Velikovsky and Rohl chronologies, largely because of the different methodologies used to resolve the later periods. James, another Glasgow delegate who went on to publish a work challenging the concept of a widespread dark age at the end of the Bronze Age , credited Velikovsky with "point[ing] the way to a solution by challenging Egyptian chronology", but criticised Velikovsky's chronology as "disastrously extreme", producing "a rash of new problems far more severe than those it hoped to solve" and noted that "Velikovsky understood little of archaeology and nothing of stratigraphy".
One important disagreement is that Rohl and James consider that the chronology of the ancient Near East becomes fixed by the conquests of the Assyrians in the 7th century BCE. Velikovsky carried his revisionism into the Late Period of ancient Egypt , and considered that chronology only becomes fixed by the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE. They have also rejected some of Velikovsky's more extreme claims e. Rohl and James's views remain controversial and are not accepted by most historians.
In spite of the hostility of mainstream historians, Velikovsky's revisionism continues to attract adherents. Following his death in Velikovsky's theories were championed by Lynn E. Rose, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Buffalo. Ginenthal is the founder and principal contributor to an online journal The Velikovskian.
He has also authored a series of revisionist works under the title Pillars of the Past. Emmet Sweeney has published his chronological revisions in a series of works entitled Ages in Alignment. These scholars believe that Velikovsky did not go far enough. Under the influence of Gunnar Heinsohn they have shortened Velikovsky's timeline of ancient history even more. The 12th Dynasty of ancient Egypt has been moved almost years closer to the present, ending with Alexander the Great's invasion in BC.
Little if any of these authors' work has been endorsed by mainstream historians. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Book by Immanuel Velikovsky. Retelling the Near East's Ancient History. Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Egypt of Exodus. Cosmic Catastrophism, Chap. In the event, Velikovsky debated the first three handily. He was stunned by Sachs whose address was both a rhetorical and substantive tour de force.
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