I appreciate the comments. Interestingly, I received other comments from folks who thought my musings were TOO scientific! So, perhaps here is the big challenge: two worlds very far apart. Maybe it makes sense to try to bridge them, or perhaps that is in itself asking way too much.
The aim of the "course" is to bring science to new age types. To do so, one needs to work into their present space a bit (new age talk), and not distort the fact that science talk is a different language, and more.
I found the Journal of Consciousness Studies an interesting source for folks trying to bridge gaps. I fully suspect that I can overdo my attempts to find language bridges, and thus produce more confusion than clarification. I appreciate cautions in this regard. Pseudo science, as if it represents science, ain't gonna work. Science, as if all other forms of reality are pseudo ain't gonna work either. Applying standards that are truly applicable (equally applicable) across diverse domains is a tough one. I agree with those who caution that our linguistic tools can fake us out if we do not look at them, and use them wisely. Unfortunately, I run against my own limitations at this point.
As several have pointed out recently, psychobabble can provide pseudo solutions to real problems. I hope to avoid that, but it will take vigilance.
For this reason I appreciate critiques. (Have reached an age where self-defense seems to work best when I relax.)
This is not a great reply. Its late. Will try to be more articulate at another time.