Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s experience of Samadhi / Satori

What do you think a Noetic world would look like?
When I went to the moon, I was a pragmatic test pilot, engineer, and scientist. My experience had shown beyond all question that science works. But there was another aspect to my experience during Apollo 14, and it contradicted the “pragmatic engineer” attitude. It began with the breath-taking experience of seeing planet Earth floating in the vastness of space.

The presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes. This knowledge came to me directly—noetically. Clearly, the universe had meaning and direction. Then my thoughts turned to daily life on the planet. With that, my sense of wonderment gradually turned into something close to anguish.

It seemed as though humans were unconscious of their individual role in – and individual responsibility for – the future of life on the planet. Science, for all its technological feats, had a limited worldview.

When we see our fundamental unity with the processes of nature and the functioning of the universe – as I so vividly saw it from the Apollo spacecraft – the old ways of thinking and behaving will disappear.

Throughout history people have sought to resolve the differences between their objective methods and their subjective experience—between outer and inner. Humanity needs to rise from the personal to the transpersonal, from self-consciousness to cosmic consciousness.

For the past 40 years, the Institute of Noetic Sciences has been trail-blazing the confluence of outer and inner space research. It is the ultimate frontier in man’s attempt to understand himself and the nature of the universe.

This union of head and heart, insight and instinct, will ensure that as science comes to comprehend the nonmaterial aspect of reality as well as it knows the material, our knowledge will become wisdom, our love of power will become the power of love, and the universal aspect of cosmic consciousness can then emerge.

Looking at the earth, through the small portal of the Apollo 14 capsule, I had a vision for the world. I founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences to bring that vision to reality, to assist mankind to reach our fullest potential—a vision born from a new perspective.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences is bridging ancient wisdom and modern science to explore the web of our interconnection through education, community, and applications. I invite you to explore your inner world more deeply through the research, education, practical applications, and resources available through IONS.

Best regards,

Edgar Mitchell, ScD
IONS Founder
P.S. Join us in celebrating IONS’ 40th Anniversary year, looking to the next 40 years of IONS for the EONS.

Anniversary celebrations include:
Thursday, September 27th Phone Call with IONS CEO, Steve Villano

Tuesday, October 9th Q’ero Indians at EarthRise at IONS Campus

Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28 Board and Donor Weekend at EarthRise, Including a Public Proclamation Ceremony Bestowing the Key to the City of Petaluma

Edgar Mitchell
Interview 2012
Visionary: Edgar D. Mitchell, ScD, PhD

We hope you enjoy this six minute video, taped this year, in which Edgar describes his journey from the moon and reasons he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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