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Abstract

Since the European middle ages, a shift happened between science and spirituality. Spirituality was the domain of the church, science the domain of doctors and scientist. Now that we are starting to see a shift in North American and European science with the integration of new methods to explore our relationship to our experience of reality and the embodied mind, the scope of science is enlarging its investigation with both objective and subjective inquiries. Scientists and clinicians need new methods to study mental phenomena, mental health, and global wellness and apply it effectively not just using measurement or pharmacology to regulate chemically dis-regulated cognition and emotions, but by empowering people to understand what their system needs to regulate and heal. The contemplative creative approach brings to researchers, clinicians and clients a first-person subjective methods of self-discovery with objective frameworks and protocols to apply in psychotherapy and in everyday life.

The Contemplative Creative Science can become a legitimate methodology if we recognize that empirical knowledge can come not only from the five physical senses but also from the sixth faculty of consciousness. Through the ages in India, meditation practices is hypothesized to be over 4000/5000 years old depending of sources.The encounter between East-West in the early 20th century, brought to westerners knowledge of Indian, and Buddhist contemplative science and practices of training the embodied mind through first-person subjective inquiry. The integration of this ancient wisdom and practices with modern science has started to change the face of science as early as the 1960s, and since the 1990s revealing the possibilities in mental health to explore mental functions, content and perception, and consciousness.

Defining Contemplative Creative Science

Contemplative Creative Science is a discipline of first-person, subjective inquiry into the
nature of the embodied mind and its role in Nature, which utilizes methods for developing refined attention, mindfulness, compassion, and introspection to directly observe states of consciousness and mental functions in their relationship with self, other beings, and the planet.