***The Anvil Club began as a discussion group at the old Morris Harvey College, which preceded the University of Charleston. There really is a small silver anvil and mallet the group lays out before each meeeting."What they essentially evolved into was an issue-oriented conversation around a meal and very, very sociable affair in which anything was fair game — anything serious, of course. Being serious people, in the main," said Clifford Lantz, who helps run the club."One member would be asked to present a paper on his topic of interest, something not in his field, usually, so that you weren't recounting your private views of your own professional work, which you might know better than anyone else at the table."Other people were added, other faculty and then people beyond the school itself. 1941 is a long time ago and we're still at it. And we've broadened our range of interest. We have professional people, lawyers, doctors dentists, architects. It runs the gamut."
***It's another first Thursday of the month and Lyle Sattes, an attorney who has also worked as a real estate developer, is talking about "Connecting With Your Spirit.""The human view is called self or ego or the voice in our ear we hear all the time," he said. "The human view we learn through our senses. And the spiritual view is different from that because it's experiential learning. And there really is a significant difference."When you get in touch with that spiritual side of yourself what changes?" Sattes asked. "Well, I can say a few things that I think change. One is you begin to get intuitive information that if you're honest with yourself, 'this is brilliant and it didn't come from me.' When you can say that about something that you've got, that's what I'm talking about."If I get data from my senses but I see it from the perspective of the spiritual side which gives the input an entirely new and different meaning, you see it from a different point of view.Sattes conceded that "this is just a learning experience for me. One time during meditation I had this sense of a light. It wasn't bright light or anything like they normally talk about. It was sort of like a golden glow. Nothing really exceptional about the light but the feeling, I cannot describe. It's literally one of total well being."The questions and observations come back at him quickly. Could all this really be just the brain talking to itself, wondered U.C. President Ed Welch."Its not some external message that's coming to me. It's something that's happening within my own brain... which is a fascinating different way of looking at the same phenomena," Welch said. "That I have the capacity to free up my brain to think in those ways. And that might be the outcome of meditation as opposed to some mystical thing, radiations coming down from aliens or God or something else. For what's that's worth."Reach Douglas Imbrogno at email@example.com or 304-348-3017.