Getting Zombies Excited (It Takes a Million-Dollar Challenge) ~ Deepak Chopra

In science, problems get solved faster when the pot begins to boil. Dormant questions need motivation, which is why I posed a million-dollar challenge to anyone in the materialist camp who could demonstrate how matter turns into mind. (Please see my two preceding posts, which set up this provocative issue.) In the wake of the challenge, a stir was indeed created. The general public isn’t aware that 99 percent of neuroscientists, biologists, and physicists interested in the mind-brain problem assume without question that the brain creates the mind. This is one of those assumptions that, once exploded, seems ridiculous in hindsight.

It’s not exploded yet, but we’re getting closer. Consider what it means to say that your brain creates your mind. Somewhere in the fabric of time, floating molecules of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon, the basic elements in organic chemistry, organized a complex clump of molecules that learned to think, to take in the three-dimensional world, and finally to become aware of what they were doing. This seems like a totally untenable position to me, and to a growing body of scientists who are adopting a far different view, that mind came first, bringing with it the organizing power to evolve the structure of the human brain.

At first blush the two possibilities seem equal and perhaps equally improbable. If the materialists are correct, there has to be a way for matter to learn to think, which has never been proven. If the consciousness camp is right, mind has to find a way to create molecules. The reason that the second position makes sense is that our thoughts are creating molecules all the time — the chemical makeup of the brain is altered with every thought, feeling, and sensation. That is indisputable. But the bias in favor of materialism is strong, upheld mainly by inertia. Why bother to re-examine the entire creation when it’s obvious, we are told, that we live in a physical universe?

The answer is this: We don’t live in a physical universe as defined by rocks, trees, mountains, and Chinese porcelain. The quantum revolution long ago unmasked the illusion of physicality, proving with exact mathematical certainty that matter consists of waves in an infinite quantum field. How these waves transform into material objects remains one of the two greatest questions facing physics. (The math is there, but not the actual process.) The other great unsolved mystery is to find the biological basis of mind.

My million-dollar challenge encompasses both issues. Until we know how matter relates to consciousness, there is nothing definitive to be said about the brain, normal experience, and the origin of thought. No one knows where their next thought is coming from. Thoughts emerge from a field of infinite possibilities, and the same is true of atoms and the subatomic particles that they are made of. My challenge isn’t frivolous, but I firmly believe no solution exists as long as anyone, however brilliant, adopts the physicalist position that everything about the mind — our inspiration, reasoning, love and joy — can be derived from physical properties. It’s like someone claiming that Picasso’s genius comes down to analyzing the paint he used.

Which brings us to the zombies. The relation between mind and matter has vexed philosophers for centuries. In the twentieth century the problem landed in the lap of science, which began to search for hard data and provable facts. These would prove superior to woolly-minded speculation. But the only result anyone could obtain was in the area of brain activity. So the conclusion was drawn that if mind and brain are the same, there’s no need to go beyond super-sophisticated fMRIs, and in short order the mind would have no more mysteries to yield. No serious thinker with a philosophy background can actually agree to this conclusion; it’s like saying that since Mozart’s music is played on the piano, all we need to know is how a piano works.

Science needed an ally from the philosophers’ camp, which it found in Daniel Dennett, who seemingly erased the whole dilemma by saying that the most mysterious products of the mind — a person’s sense of self, free will, and even self-awareness — are total illusions produced by brain chemistry. Since our every thought and action is actually the product of neuronal activity and nothing else, we are like zombies, showing all the signs of autonomous awareness while in fact existing on the level of biological machinery. (Zombie has become part of the terminology, synonymous with biological robot. I hope Dennett includes himself.) Dennett became notorious for his zombie metaphor, since he meant it literally. Only extreme materialists feel comfortable adopting such a theory, since it’s evident on the face of it that we do in fact have self-awareness, free will, creativity, choice, and all the other advantages of mind that are not enjoyed by a computer.

But Dennett was clever enough to take the materialist assumption to its logical conclusion. This leaves everyone with only two choices. Either the human mind — including the minds of Shakespeare, Bach, and Einstein — is only an artifact of neuronal activity or carrying the materialist assumption to its logical conclusion reveals its absurdity to begin with. Both alternatives are hotly argued, so the game is afoot. Apparently money can even motivate a zombie.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the author of more than 80 books, with 22 New York Times bestsellers, including Super Brain, co-authored with Rudi Tanzi, Ph.D. He serves as the founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Join him at the Chopra Foundation Sages and Scientists Symposium 2014.

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God Within: The Day God’s Train Stopped by Patti Conklin

Patti Conklin believes that when the universe began, a cacophony of tones, which we now identify as frequency, echoed throughout the universe, and they were both chaotic and highly ordered. This book is about how we can use that knowledge to impact our physical lives. Patti Conklin has learned that everything in the universe has a frequency, and that quantum physics goes hand in hand with metaphysics, even though we are taught that the two are separate.

We are all made up of particles which vibrate, and these particles were created by a source . . . a God or Goddess she refers to as Father, which is greater than the sum total of us humans. In her work as a healer, she has learned from the work of Bruce Lipton on cellular biology and Richard Gerber on vibrational medicine. She has developed a toolbox, a method to use the frequencies of light and sound to heal thousands of people. Here are numerous true examples of people who experience real changes in health, well-being, and spiritual transformation. Sometimes we believe pain is necessary to heal. We often don’t have the faith to believe miracles can happen in the blink of an eye. This book will help heal that illusion in an easy, comprehensive way. Whether you believe in science or faith, in truth the idea that they are separate is only a perception.


PATTI CONKLIN is a world-class energy healer, and a much sought-after facilitator who has shared her experiences and changed lives at hundreds of workshops, lectures, and conferences. She is a frequent keynote speaker at alternative healing conventions, including the annual meeting of the American Board of Hypnotherapy. She is the creator of ColorWorks, a visualization process that uses active vibration within your body to release or heal specific symptoms, emotions, or physical challenges. Even an episode of the X-Files was partially based on her life and experience.

Patti Conklin: Vibrational Healer, Medical Intuitive

Published on May 10, 2012

http://www.patticonklin.com Meet Patti Conklin, Vibrational Healer and Medical Intuitive, at the Coptic Conference in Johnson City, TN. Patti talks about how sound and color can heal. Patti is based near Atlanta, but she can reach people all over the world. Visit her website for more information.

The Grid: Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality by Marie D. Jones (Author), Larry Flaxman (Author)[updated May 26, 2014]

Read this book and you will never view reality the same way again!

Mainstream science argues that if something can’t be touched, measured, quantified, and duplicated in a laboratory, then it doesn’t exist! According to this worldview, reality is an unconscious, non-personal mass of matter, which leaves no room for the existence of spiritual or unexplained phenomenon.

But is that all there really is to reality?

Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman don’t think so, and after reading this book, neither will you! In The Grid, paranormal investigators and best-selling authors Jones and Flaxman present their theory of the Grid, a divine superstructure that includes multiple levels of existence, the entirety of which make up our reality.

Imagine a towering skyscraper with numerous floors, where each floor represents a different “level” of existence. Matter, spirits, angels, ghosts, extraterrestrials, quantum physics, biology, neuroscience, religion, metaphysics–even paranormal studies–all have their place in the Grid.

And once you have an understanding of the many floors of the Grid and how they are connected, you will learn all the possible ways you can “take the elevator” to access them, such as developing your psychic abilities, deep meditation, out-of-body experiences, and even the use of psychoactive drugs!

Jones and Flaxman will show you how to release the limiting belief that “this is all there is” once and for all by exploring the Grid, expanding your awareness, and empowering your life in the process.

Reality, dear friend, will never be the same again.


Marie D. Jones has an extensive background in metaphysics, cutting edge science and the paranormal. She currently serves as a Consultant and Director of Special Projects for ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, where she works with ARPAST President and co-author Larry Flaxman to develop theories that can tested in the field. Marie has been featured on the History Channel’s Nostradamus Effect series, and served as a special UFO/abduction consultant for the 2009 Universal Pictures science fiction movie, The Fourth Kind.

Larry Flaxman has been actively involved in paranormal research and hands-on field investigation for over thirteen years, and melds his technical, scientific, and investigative backgrounds together for no-nonsense, scientifically objective explanations regarding a variety of anomalous phenomena. He is the President and Senior Researcher of ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, which he founded in February of 2007. Larry is also active in the development of cutting edge custom designed equipment for use in the field investigating environmental effects and anomalies that may contribute to our understanding of the paranormal.

The Grid with Marie Jones

Published on Apr 25, 2014

Our guest is Marie D. Jones, a paranormal explorer who has written and lectured widely about cutting edge science, the paranormal, Ufology, consciousness, Noetics, and metaphysics. A popular guest on radio and TV, she also a co-hosts the Dreamland Radio show. Marie is the author of a “PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena,” and has a very fruitful collaboration with Larry Flaxman, with whom she has co-authored many books, including “The Déjà vu Enigma,” “This Book Is From the Future,” and the one we will discuss today, “The Grid: Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality.”
Her website is http://www.mariedjones.com

I Dreamed I Was Human: Awakening from the Illusion by Carolyn Gervais

From the time she was a little girl, Carolyn was haunted with questions as to why she was here on Earth and why God created humans.

Now after more than 35 years of study and research in metaphysical-spirituality, Carolyn has discovered her own view of spirituality and how that equates to the dream of life. Carolyn tackles some very thought provoking concepts that take you on an inner journey, stretching your mind beyond the limitations of belief and perception.

The cumulative effect of her life-long search for truth led her to unraveling some complex metaphysical concepts and enabling her to describe them in a way that can benefit serious seekers.

In I Dreamed I Was Human you will discover: How the ego commits murder—Are we influenced by parallel dimensions—Can our perception of God hold us hostage—The soul’s version of positive thinking—A very different view of reincarnation—Human pre-wiring, and much more.

On this journey Carolyn shares some of her mystical experiences. Some might call them magic or even miracles. She calls them spiritual experiences. A couple of these other-worldly experiences include the neighbor in the next door dimension and an encounter with a parallel self.

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Carolyn has been frequently published in the “Sedona Journal of Emergence” magazine and on numerous websites focused on metaphysical-spirituality. She is an ordained minister of Lightworker Spiritual Psychology, a certified clinical hypnotherapist and has a master’s degree in holistic nutrition.

After years of living and working in cities and states around the country, Carolyn, a native Arizonan, now resides with her husband Doug back in her home state. They have three grown children.
Author Carolyn Gervais is a metaphysical speaker, soul-chart facilitator, ordained minister of spiritual psychology and certified hypnotherapist.Carolyn Gervais has been frequently published in the Sedona Journal of Emergence and on numerous websites focused on metaphysical spirituality. She is an ordained minister in spiritual psychology and a certified hypnotherapist; she has a master’s degree in holistic nutrition. She and her husband, Doug, live in Arizona and have three grown children.

I Dreamed I Was Human

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Countdown to Coherence: A Spiritual Journey Toward a Scientific Theory of Everything by Hazel Courteney [Updated May 5, 2014]

Inspired by her own near-death experience and its incredible aftermath, a leading spiritual writer explores the nature of the universe and its rich possibilities for human development. Using cutting-edge scientific and spiritual evidence, Hazel Counteney examines the growing belief that our world is nothing but a holographic projection, and that we are biological computers operating inside a preprogrammed simulator.

Hazel Courteney is an award winning, respected health and metaphysical author, journalist and speaker based near Henley on Thames in the UK. She was inspired to become a journalist in 1993, after suffering a lifetime of illnesses, which she healed by alternative means. Courteney was the UK’s first Alternative Health Agony Aunt with her column ‘What’s The Alternative?’ in the national Daily Mail.
During her late thirties she also began researching the science behind more esoteric subjects such as psychic phenomena, the power of the mind, telepathy and energy healing.
In January 1997 Courteney joined The Sunday Times, Britain’s foremost broad sheet, with a weekly column, and was voted Health Journalist of the Year. After answering almost 30,000 readers’ letters during five years as a weekly columnist, her knowledge grew.

In 1998 Hazel underwent a near death experience, which forced her to leave her weekly column. Her book Divine Intervention, originally published in 2000 and now republished with a new Foreword by Professor Gary Schwartz in America and the UK, tells this incredible story. The sequel to this book The Evidence for the Sixth Sense was first published in March 2005, and was republished in the UK and America in 2011. Hazel’s recent spiritual science book Countdown to Coherence is also available in the UK, America and other countries. Also a/v on Kindle.

To date she has also written numerous features for various publications, regularly speaks on National Radio and has written four health books including her bestselling 500 Of the Most Important Health Tips You’ll Ever Need (Cico Books) and in Feb. 2012 her new Health Cookery Book 500 of the Healthiest Recipes and Health Tips You’ll Ever Need ( Cico Books) is being published.

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Countdown to Coherence – Hazel Courteney

“Countdown to Coherence: A Spiritual Journey toward a Scientific Theory of Everything.”

Hazel Courteney was the UK’s first alternative-health advice columnist with her column ‘What’s the Alternative?’ in the Daily Mail, and she soon became an acknowledged expert on health and metaphysical issues. In 1998 she underwent a near-death experience that triggered huge amounts of paranormal phenomena to occur in her presence. She tells this incredible story in her book Divine Intervention and the sequel, The Evidence for the Sixth Sense. Hazel is also well known for a number of very successful health books including 500 of the Most Important Health Tips You’ll Ever Need. Her latest book is entitled, Countdown to Coherence: A Spiritual Journey toward a Scientific Theory of Everything.

In this podcast, Merryn Jose speaks with Hazel Courteney on various topics covered in her book Countdown to Coherence. Such topics include:

•Hazel’s near-death experience
•How her NDE was part of a “Spiritual Emergency”, a term coined by Dr.’s Stan & Christina Grof
•Hazel’s “Divine Intervention” and how other’s can learn from her experience
•The purpose of the Thalamus
•She discusses her visit with Dr. Bill Tiller and his theory on “Coherence”
•Spiritual Science
•Hazel talks about Dr. Jude Currivan’s work
•Her visit to Damanhur
•And much more!

Sonia Doubell Asks Hazel Courtney “Countdown to Coherence”

Sonia Doubell asks Hazel Courteney to share on “Coherence”
The Uk’s First alternatives Agony Aunt in the national press, with column “whats the Alternative” in the Daily Mail. She moved to the Style Section of the Sunday Times and was thrilled to be voted Journalist of the year. Following, a near death experience changed her life completely. Hazel shares on her journey, books and life.

The Two Selves Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence By Stanley B. Klein

  • Stresses that the apparent unity of the self of everyday experience is in actuality an interaction of two metaphysically separable aspects of self/reality
  • Finds both neurocognitive material and immaterial first-person subjectivity to be necessary for a sense of self; neither is sufficient on its own
  • Takes issue with the assumption of modern science that reality can exhaustively be described via a materialist metaphysic
  • Presents extensive case material in which individuals maintain a clear sense of both the material and immaterial aspects of self

The Two Selves takes the position that the self is not a “thing” easily reduced to an object of scientific analysis. Rather, the self consists in a multiplicity of aspects, some of which have a neuro-cognitive basis (and thus are amenable to scientific inquiry) while other aspects are best construed as first-person subjectivity, lacking material instantiation. As a consequence of its potential immateriality, the subjective aspect of self cannot be taken as an object and therefore is not easily amenable to treatment by current scientific methods.

Klein argues that to fully appreciate the self, its two aspects must be acknowledged, since it is only in virtue of their interaction that the self of everyday experience becomes a phenomenological reality. However, given their different metaphysical commitments (i.e., material and immaterial aspects of reality), a number of issues must be addressed. These include, but are not limited to, the possibility of interaction between metaphysically distinct aspects of reality, questions of causal closure under the physical, the principle of energy conservation, and more.

After addressing these concerns, Klein presents evidence based on self-reports from case studies of individuals who suffer from a chronic or temporary loss of their sense of personal ownership of their mental states. Drawing on this evidence, he argues that personal ownership may be the factor that closes the metaphysical gap between the material and immaterial selves, linking these two disparate aspects of reality, thereby enabling us to experience a unified sense of self despite its underlying multiplicity.

Readership: Academic: psychologists, philosophers, clinicians, neuroscientists, theologians. Lay audience readers interested in the nature of reality, self, science, philosophy and/or psychology, mind/body debates, and dualism.

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Introductory Remarks about the Problem of the Self
Chapter 2: The Epistemological Self – the Self of Neural Instantiation
Chapter 3: The Ontological Self – The Self of First-Person Subjectivity
Chapter 4: The Epistemological and Ontological Selves: A Brief “Summing Up”
Chapter 5: Empirical Evidence and the Ontological and Epistemological Selves
Chapter 6: Some Final Thoughts
References
Index

Stanley B. Klein, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara

Stanley B. Klein, PhD, was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut. A BA graduate of Stanford University with a doctorate from Harvard University, he has taught at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Trinity University, San Antonio; and University of California Santa Barbara, where he is currently in the Psychology Department. Klein has been a member of the APA, Psychonomic Society, and Society for Experimental Social Psychology, all while publishing on memory, the self, evolutionary psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, social neuroscience, mental time travel, and nature of mind (from a philosophical perspective).

Memory and the Self

Ever since John Locke, philosophers have wondered about memory and its connection to the self. Locke believed that a continuity of consciousness and memory establish a “self” over time. Now psychology is weighing in with new research suggesting that the relationship between memory and the self is even more complicated than that. But what’s the connection between memory and the self? Can the self be explained strictly in terms of memory? Or might the self be something over and above what memory suggests? John and Ken remember to welcome Stan Klein from UC Santa Barbara, author of “The Two Selves: Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence.”

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind ~ Michio Kaku

The New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future and Hyperspace tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

The Future of the Mind gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics. One day we might have a “smart pill” that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a “brain-net”; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.

Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about “consciousness” and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.

With Dr. Kaku’s deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, The Future of the Mind is a scientific tour de force—an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.

Michio Kaku is the co-founder of String Field Theory and is the author of international best-selling books such as Hyperspace, Visions, and Beyond Einstein. Michio Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York.

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THE FUTURE OF THE MIND by Michio Kaku

Dr. Kaku explains why he wrote this fascinating book about the frontiers and the future of human consciousness and how it connects to his work as a physicist.

Michio Kaku: The Future Of The Mind

Published on Feb 24, 2014

Dr. Michio Kaku joined McIntyre In The Morning to discuss the advancement of mind technology and the dangers of putting it in the wrong hands, as he writes about in his book “The Future Of The Mind: The Scientific Quest To Understand, Enhance And Empower The Mind.”

We’ve Never Been Alone: A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention by Paul Von Ward

Whether you call them gods, angels, ETs, or aliens, sufficient proof now exists that beings more advanced than humans have influenced our history. Evidence suggests that these
outsiders shaped our religions, genes, technology, and cultures. In fact, they may have provided the impetus for modern civilization.

Paul Von Ward investigates why modern science and religion refuse to address the possibility that humans interact with Advanced Beings (ABs). He reviews sacred texts, myths and legends–from the Old Testament, Hebrew texts, and the Vedas, to the Greek myths, Sumerian tablets, and other historical sources to make the link between religions, their gods, and alien intervention. He shows how this history of AB intervention has been suppressed and challenges readers to reexamine the origins of notions like “divine revelation” to find common ground among the world’s cultures and religions.

Previously published as Gods, Genes, and Consciousness. View Here

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We’ve Never Been Alone – ET Intervention with Paul Von Ward

Not only are we not alone in the universe, We’ve Never Been Alone according to interdisciplinary cosmologist and scholar Paul Von Ward. In this interview he discusses his book that lays out A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention, covering some of the most provocative and fascinating questions facing civilization today.
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Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J. Kripal (Author)

Most scholars dismiss research into the paranormal as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of religion, whose work naturally attends to events beyond the realm of empirical science, have shown scant interest in the subject. But the history of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped source of insight into the sacred and by tracing that history through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion.

Kripal grounds his study in the work of four major figures in the history of paranormal research: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; writer and humorist Charles Fort; astronomer, computer scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and philosopher and sociologist Bertrand Méheust. Through incisive analyses of these thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader into a beguiling world somewhere between fact, fiction, and fraud. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; cold war psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in Authors of the Impossible, a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.

Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of several books, including Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion and The Serpent’s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion.

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Jeffrey Kripal with Dana Sawyer – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Feb 22, 2014

Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, where he chaired the Department of Religious Studies for nine years and helped create the GEM Program, a doctoral concentration in the study of Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism that is the largest program of its kind in the world. Jeff is the author of seven books, including Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms, Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. He specializes in the comparative study and analysis of extreme religious states from the ancient world to today. His full body of work can be seen at http://kripal.rice.edu/.

Dana Sawyer is a professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art, and a lecturer on world religions for the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. His expertise is in Hindu and Buddhist systems of philosophy, and he has a professional interest in exploring the appeal of Asian religions on the Western mind. In that regard, he has written a critically acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxley and has just finished writing the authorized biography of Huston Smith, the renowned scholar of world religions.

Embodiment: How The Outside World Affects The Inside, Elissa Epel


Published on Feb 3, 2014

If holding a warm mug can make you perceive someone as warmer, what else might be
affecting our mental and physical state that we are not aware of?

There is a growing field of empirically validated demonstrations of embodiment, broadly defined here as the way the world affects us, and our biological functioning,

I will describe examples of embodiment at different levels, including how perceptions and cognitions affect physiology, the mind body connection, and how relationships between people, shape physiology. There will be an interactive discussion of possible mechanisms.

ELISSA EPEL, PHD
Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Elissa Epel, Ph.D is an Associate Professor at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She examines how stress processes lead to early disease precursors, focusing on overeating, abdominal obesity, and immune cell aging, and whether meditation and mindfulness interventions can reverse stress related habits and damage. Epel studied psychology and psychobiology at Stanford University (BA, 1990), and clinical and health psychology at Yale University (PhD, 1998). Epel received the APA Early Career Award), Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Neal Miller Young Investigator Award, and the Chopra Foundation Roy Rustum award.

Fearless Science, Cassandra Vieten

Published on Feb 6, 2014

The frontier of science is the investigation of consciousness–in particular, the nonlocal,causal, and nondual aspects of consciousness. This cutting edge of science, far from being fringe, is investigating the most centrally important questions of our time. And yet, these controversial topics are often challenged as being “unscientific” by the mainstream scientific community. In fact, there are no unscientific topics. The scientific endeavor should not be held back by limitations in our imagination and ingenuity. A scientist, and CEO and President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Cassandra Vieten will discuss the frontiers of scientific investigation of nonduality and consciousness.

CASSANDRA VIETEN
President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and Faculty Member/Psychologist at California Pacific Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral research training at UCSF, working primarily on the biological and psychological underpinnings of addiction and alcoholism. Cassandra is co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life and author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year. http://noetic.org/

Involution- An Odyssey Reconciling Science to God by P.A.Rees.

Involution is written as an epic poem charting the history of scientific thought. In nine Cantos, the work retakes the story of evolution from pre-human increasing complexity to early man’s emergence on the Serengeti. From the recorded civilisations of Greece and Rome, on through the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and finally to the world of modern science; we reach the dissolving world of insufficient matter. Involution has taken us back to the origins of conceptual thought, mirrored in its absorption with creation’s beginning and ultimate particles.

There is a reason for re-examining how science managed to separate mind from matter and man from God. By steady new examination of the deepening fissure between intellect and consciousness, this odyssey re-unites what science has sundered, the interior man and his union with creation, the co-creation of the divine. This is a journey of the mystical science behind science.


Biography- Philippa Rees. The lives distilled in the work of Philippa have been as manifold as the proverbial cat. But all have fed into the mix. Born in South Africa to a family on both sides of the Boer war divide (half fighting the other half) her childhood was equally extreme. As an only child of a single mother she was imprisoned in harsh boarding schools, but holidays were spent on her horse riding the mountains of Lesotho, or on safaris with a beloved grandfather inspecting African schools in the remotest areas of Botswana, shooting for the pot and camping under the stars.

In the background of solitary African existence there were always books, and a family that valued them: Her grandmother was a Barrett, related to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and her great great aunt corresponded with George Eliot, whose step sons she befriended in tragic circumstances. So writing and literature were the ways to make sense of experience.

Choices were always difficult because everything was equally interesting: university involved sampling five faculties before deciding on zoology and psychology. Early marriage to a marine biologist took her to an island off the Mozambique coast, scavenging on the mud flats for abundant sea food, but post only by occasional fishing boat. Her first book ‘Dryads and Drinking Water’ was set in Mozambique at the start of the civil war. Later life took her first to Florida and then to the Max Planck Institute in Bavaria where she lived in an eleventh century saw mill on the banks of a lake with an unrepentant Nazi landlady, while her husband worked with Konrad Lorenz and the exciting school of animal behaviour that surrounded him.

Following some profound spiritual experiences Philippa divorced and came to England with two small daughters, where she converted some barns as a music centre, and taught courses on ‘Saints and Scientists’ at Bristol University. But writing always came first, and none of it slotted into a Dewey Index easily. Her poetic novella ‘A Shadow in Yucatan’ is an evocation of the atmosphere of the sixties, set in Florida. A new ‘magnum opus’, a poetic history of Western thought, ‘Involution’ is due to be published in March 2013. After that she hopes to publish her short stories revealing the gulf between New and Old World attitudes and a novel based upon her personal experiences. She has four daughters and lives in Somerset.

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The Divine Blueprint. Temples, Power Places and the Global Plan to Shape the Human Soul ~ Freddy Silva

A fresh and insightful account of the role played by sacred sites in raising human consciousness. Can a temple transform an ordinary person into an extraordinary being? Ancient texts across the world describe how, following a catastrophic flood, groups of enlightened individuals were entrusted with rebuilding the “former mansions of the gods” – a vast, interconnected network of temples and power places at “carefully chosen locations.” They also explicitly state how these sites would act as magical protectors for the people, “unfailingly and regularly and eternally,” and how each one embodies a spiritual technology designed and applied “for the welfare of all” – the only antidote to society falling into barbarity.

In this ground-breaking book, researcher and best-selling author Freddy Silva examines the origins of sacred sites and what makes them so, from pre-diluvial ‘cities of knowledge’ to the resurgence of the temple via secret esoteric groups such as the Followers of Horus, even the architects of America’s capital. He reveals new evidence that temples mark geomagnetic hotspots capable of inducing shamanic states, validating the ancient belief that the sites are living organisms, first seen then felt. He also shows how this global network was built as an insurance policy for future generations, for times when we needed to be reminded that we too are gods.

With over 200 images, this original work reveals power places to be living intermediaries between matter and spirit, a legacy from a culture whose ultimate purpose was nothing less than the total self-empowerment of the human race.

Author bio: Freddy Silva
is a researcher of ancient systems of knowledge, alternative history and earth mysteries. He is the best-selling author of ‘First Templar Nation‘, and ‘Secrets In The Fields’. He is also an international keynote speaker

The Prophets Conference, Glastonbury 2011 “2013: DAY ONE” – Freddy Silva

Common Wealth: The Origin of Places of Power and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom by Freddy Silva

From best-selling author Freddy Silva (Secrets In The Fields): a thrilling and insightful journey exploring the profound influence of ancient temples on the direction of human consciousness.

Following a global catastrophe in 9703 B.C., groups of Sages embarked on a mission to rebuild a worldwide network of temples that would maintain indefinitely a society in balance with itself and with the cosmos. These places of power were constructed at magnetically sensitive locations and according to prescribed laws that are capable of altering states of consciousness. But not only did temples become repositories of an incredible ancient science, they would also serve as an insurance policy in times when humans lost sight of the fact that they too are gods.

Can temples really transform ordinary people into extraordinary beings? Bestselling author Freddy Silva examines the origins of sacred places and what makes them so, from pre-diluvial mansions of the gods to the resurgence of ancient knowledge in the modern era, and asks:

Why did our predecessors source the earth force? What and where is paradise? Are sacred mountains geometrically aligned? Where does deity descend to earth? Who were the 15-foot tall gods? How are temples aligned to a world grid? How do fables encode numerical codes? Do periods of temple-building pre-empt climate changes? What secret did the Knights Templar bring back from Jerusalem? What is the angle of manifestation, and what is it doing in a capital city?

The aim of the temple-builders was to preserve and transmit a body of spiritual knowledge capable of transfiguring the soul, for just as they once discovered, this knowledge offers a solution to our loss of confidence in the spirit, and through this self-empowerment we become masters of our selves. Their legacy is our common wealth.

For over a decade Freddy Silva has been a best-selling author, and independent researcher of ancient systems of knowledge, alternative history and earth mysteries.

His published works include: “The Divine Blueprint: Temples, Power Places, and the Global Plan to Shape the Human Soul’; ‘First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe’s First Nation-state’; and ‘Secrets In The Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles’, a critically acclaimed work on this controversial topic.

He is also a documentary film-maker, with the titles “Stairways To Heaven: The Practical Magic of Sacred Space,” and “Templemaking.” He is also a regular magazine contributor, and conducts tours sacred sites in Britain, Malta and Egypt.

He is a permanent feature in the international lecture circuit, with notable keynote presentations at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment. He has also appeared numerous times on national and international radio shows.

Described by the CEO of Universal Light Expo as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now.”

Main website http://www.invisibletemple.com

Freddy Silva on Healing Conversations

Freddy Silva is one of the world’s foremost authorities on crop circles and sacred sites, and a leading researcher of the interaction between the world’s ancient temples and consciousness. He has directed several documentaries and is the best-selling author of “Secrets in the Fields.” His most recent book is “Commonwealth: the Origin of Sacred Sites and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom.”

Preview of Interview with Freddy Silva

Regina Meredith interview Freddy Silva about the hard evidence for Crop Circles. For the full interview go to http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com FREE!

Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science by Edgar D. Mitchell, ScD, PhD [Updated Dec 12, 2013]

Psychic Exploration, A Challenge for Science is a primer on psychic research, life’s purpose, and the meaning of the universe. Originally published in 1974, this landmark anthology of nearly thirty chapters on every area of psychic research is finally available again. Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and moon walker, as well as a distinguished researcher of the study of human consciousness, brought together eminent scientists to write about issues once considered too controversial to discuss. This book includes fascinating chapters on the history of parapsychology, telepathy, hauntings, psychic phenomena, and consciousness, along with an extensive glossary and index. This timeless anthology continues to be appealing as a reference work for those curious about the history of parapsychology, fans of the world of psi, and readers interested in the meaning of the universe. Contributors include: Willis W. Harman, Jean Houston, Stanley Krippner, Robert Masters, William G. Roll, Russell Targ, Charles T. Tart, Montague Ullman, and many more.

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Edgar D. Mitchell, ScD Institute of Noetic Sciences

Published on Sep 19, 2013

Dr. Mitchell speaks a group of high school students about the moon, consciousness, and more.

Conscious Gardening: Practical and Metaphysical Expert Advice to Grow Your Garden Organically Michael J. Roads

Practical and metaphysical expert advice to grow your garden organically

Techniques for biodynamic and organic gardening combine with spiritual knowledge in this guide to planting in tune with the earth. This passionate and applicable resource shows that by switching to a “being-with” outlook from a “doing-to” attitude, growers will develop gorgeous flowers, herbs, and vegetables as well as a deep affection for nature.
This book is a guide for the attentive gardener and explains the profound relationship between the gardener and Mother Nature.Written by an expert


About Michael (taken from his website http://www.michaelroads.com)

Born in England, Michael, and his late wife Treenie, both grew up in farming families, and continued farming after their marriage in 1958. In 1964 they immigrated to Australia with their two children, farmed in Tasmania, the Island State of Australia, and had two more children. Driven by a powerful desire for spiritual growth they left Tasmania in 1976 to travel around Australia. This was a time of challenge, inner growth and dynamic change.

In 1977 they started an intentional community with a group of like-minded people. It was during this time that Michael connected with the inner metaphysical expression of Nature, which ultimately led to his Self-Realization in 1986. Michael describes this as “the ever-expanding falling in love with Self.” The nine years of intense metaphysical activity leading up to and including his dramatic Awakening are documented in his books Talking with Nature – Journey Into Nature, Journey Into Oneness and Into a Timeless Realm. His more recent books include the award-winning novel Getting There, The Magic Formula, More Than Money – True Prosperity, the Oracle, Conscious Gardening, and his newest book, Through the Eyes of Love, Journeying with Pan.

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Conscious Gardening by Michael J Roads

Michael Roads: awakening true abundance & communicating with nature

Born in England in 1937, Michael Roads discovered at an early age he had the natural ability to communicate with nature and go beyond linear time and space. He immigrated to Australia in 1963 where he was a beef and dairy farmer, and prominent in the early organic movement. He wrote the first book on organic gardening in Australia, which was an immediate best seller. After becoming spiritually awakened in 1986, Michael wrote about his metaphysical experiences and has since published 14 books, translated into 16 languages. 2012 marks his 21st year of traveling around the world giving profound and hugely popular talks and 5-day Intensives on unconditional Love and emotional balance. He offers clear metaphysical insights and relates his unique, experiential truth in a powerful, no-nonsense format, offering pathways to our deep spiritual connection with Nature, with Self, and with awakening to our Divine potential. – from http://www.michaelroads.com/about-mic…

Higher States of Consciousness Beyond Space and Time: A Comparative Perspective from Eastern Cosmologies and Western Science Summary: Maria Syldona, Ph.D,


Higher States of Consciousness Beyond Space and Time: A Comparative Perspective from Eastern Cosmologies and Western Science

Summary:
Maria Syldona, Ph.D, discusses some similarities between the theories of Western empirical science and the cosmology of the eastern tradition of Kashmir Shaivism.

About the Author:
Dr. Syldona’s interdisciplinary background encompasses engineering, psychology, Eastern science traditions, electrophysiology and education. Her research experience includes post graduate work at Stanford and Brown Universities and SUNY Stonybrook.

SSE Talks – Kashmir Shaivism and Western Science 2/2

Big Bang, Big God: A Universe Designed for Life? by Rodney Holder

In Big Bang, Big God, Rodney Holder argues that only the existence of God can provide an adequate explanation for the existence of the universe, and that design by God provides the best and most rational explanation for its beginning state and the astonishing precision of nature’s physical constants – its so called ‘fine-tuning’. These features point to a Creator.

To explain the present state of the universe, the best current scientific theories require that this fine-tuning must be extremely precise. Dr. Holder examines the evidence that the discoveries of modern cosmology provide for a Creator: How did the universe begin and how has it evolved? Why are the laws of nature so ‘fine-tuned’ as to produce a universe with intelligent creatures in it such as mankind? Can the existence of a multiverse, a vast or infinite collection of universes, explain the specialness of this universe? Big Bang, Big God is an important and luminous book that will find a place with readers curious about the origins of our world.

Rodney Holder is a scientist and an ordained minister. His other books include The Heavens Declare: Natural Theology and the Legacy of Karl Barth. John Polkinghorne is a theoretical physicist and an Anglican priest whose books include Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction and Questions of Truth.

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Is the Universe Designed? – Rodney A. Holder, PhD

Januray 2012 – Rodney Holder (PhD in Astrophysics from Oxford) speaks on the design of the universe.

The Spiritual versus Intellectual Training

An Essay about the Nature of our Spiritual Understanding

The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals. ~ Thomas Huxley
To retain a general mental capacity requires, among other things, the ability to be rational, to plan ahead, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend complex ideas, to learn fast and to learn through experience. Intellectual training is not a literary learning process, nor is it the ability to obtain good grades. It refers to a more ample concept: the ability to perceive and understand in depth the world around you.

When we refer to someone as “intellectualized” we are referring to an individual that holds a great amount of information about diverse issues, but also as someone with a certain familiarity with the art of thinking intelligently and rationalizing over these topics. We know, nevertheless, that the real characteristic of a clever mind is the ability to solve problems with ease and precision.

But is a good intellectual background enough to develop sagacity, perception and mindfulness? Our answer is no.

What make an individual express perceptiveness is mix of genetic background, spiritual will or predisposition, and education; not only training and education. Any school can train an individual to think logically and critically, but they cannot necessarily train anyone to be creative and resourceful. Intelligence is a dynamic phenomenon, while education is a static one. Everyone knows that it is possible to discuss for hours about subjects with no passing of relevant content among individuals. The intellect when devoid of the luminous influence of Spirit is just as a false light that preserves itself through the exercise of speech, not necessarily creating anything new.

Know Thyself
The intellectual argument, per se, is often slave of the code of beliefs of an individual and rarely is manifested through an outcome that involved spiritual insight or self-reflection, but instead it reveals itself as an expression of cultural tradition and preconceptions.

“Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.” ~John Dewey

The same way we distinguish the intellectually insightful from the cultured and creative individuals, it is important to differentiate the concept of intellectualized beings and evolved beings.

From the mystical perspective, evolution refers to a process of increasing the ratio of Universal consciousness on one Individual’s life. This process naturally unleash a sense of social and global responsibility, an increase of Altruism, the sense of duty, service to others, and compassion to all the sentient forms of life, not only the human ones. An advanced human being, touched by Divine Grace, does not need necessarily to be extremely intellectualized, even though most of the intellectuals we meet tend to show themselves as highly evolved. The premature judgment of their character based upon the number of books read, or titles that they collected through life, can cause disappointment to the gentle soul; the confusion between these two concepts can really muddle the waters of reality.

Culture and Sensibility

We are not saying that ignorance and misery contribute to the spiritual progress of humanity; no real school of wisdom will reinforce this idea. As one chooses to trail the spiritual path, one should be vigilant and mindful of an ever increasing intellectual development, but also should devote time to improve sensibility and sensitivity through art, music, literature, sculptures, etc.

Aside of this, it is very important to advance in the taming of our emotions and feelings, as they are an important part of the vehicle of our personalities, especially those that are repressed and/or neglected. This would constitute the necessary trails on path of self-realization and self-knowledge.

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