Shivas Fire~Rumi

Brilliant Moon – Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Published on Apr 1, 2013
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Biography

Abide as the Self ◦ Ramana Maharshi ◦ Full Movie [ updated April 8, 2013]

Special Note: The transformational nature of this one hour video’s deep inner revelations of Ramana Maharshi teachings necessitates that viewers should focus attention and digest on the messages, free from distractions of the mundane worldly chores. Hence, view this video during solitary time of mental ease and reflective contemplation. – Namaste

Abide As the Self is a transforming video that takes you on an inner journey into the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-knowledge. Comprehensive film footage of Ramana comes alive, with emphasis on the teachings of Self-Inquiry and its practical application. A special collection of rare photographs enhances Ramana’s presence and captures the compassion and grace of one of the most respected sages of our time.

The inspired narration by Ram Dass provides an overview of Ramana’s teachings. Also included are interviews with H.W.L. Poonja, Douglas Harding, Allan W. Anderson, and others. In Abide As the Self, you will experience how the profound teachings of Ramana Maharshi can be easily applied in our daily life.

This is a deeply inspiring video in which the sage Ramana speaks directly to your heart. “Abide As the Self skillfully interweaves old and new still photographs, excerpts from Ramana’s writings, interviews with longtime devotees, narration by Ram Dass, and, not least, rare and precious footage of Ramana from 1935 to 1949. Highly recommended.” – Yoga Journal

“The presence of the great Indian sage Ramana Maharshi, his clear approach to Self-Realization, and the teachings of Self-Inquiry are beautifully presented. Interviews and exceptional film footage of Ramana Maharshi make this video an inspiring and transforming experience.” New Renaissance Bookshop

“The video concludes with the encouraging words of Ram Dass, who tells us that Maharshi’s message is not Indian but universal: the peace that illuminates the heart and mind is always present. Anyone curious about this aspect of Eastern spirituality will find this informative and interesting video worthwhile and surprisingly accessible to general viewers. Recommended.” ~ Video Librarian

“Bhagavan was always silent, that is everyone’s true nature . . . In this quietness the mind will automatically return to its source and there will be a tremendous fountain of peace. All doubts are cleared and one remains quiet, in the heart.” ~ H.W.L. Poonja

Evolution’s Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins ~ Steve McIntosh [updated Feb 28, 2013]

Evolution’s Purpose presents a fresh and compelling view of the scientific facts of evolution, and shows how a deeper understanding of evolution itself can lead directly to a more evolved world.

As we come to understand how evolution progresses, this reveals evolution’s purpose—to grow toward ever-widening realizations of beauty, truth, and goodness. And it is through the generation of these most intrinsic forms of value that evolution expresses its spiritual message. McIntosh argues that the purpose of evolution is not “intelligently designed” or otherwise externally controlled; rather, its purpose is being creatively and originally discerned through the choices of evolutionary creatures themselves. Without relying on any spiritual authorities, McIntosh demonstrates evolution’s purposeful progression and shows how the scientific story of our origins is actually a profound and sacred teaching compatible with many forms of contemporary spirituality.
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Steve McIntosh on the Evolutionary Impulse, interview excerpt

In this 4 minute excerpt from Jeff Salzman’s hour-long interview, integral philosopher Steve McIntosh speaks about his new book: Evolution’s Purpose: an Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins. Steve describes the significance of the “evolutionary impulse” and how this impulse itself evolves as humans seek ever-widening forms of self-actualization and come to realize deeper dimensions of intrinsic value.

Steve McIntosh presents his book, Evolution’s Purpose

Published on Dec 17, 2012
This hour and forty minute video presents Steve’s latest thinking, with a focus on his book Evolution’s Purpose. Recorded at the Caritas Center in Boulder, Colorado on November 16, 2012, this “book talk” is part of Steve’s international book tour.

In the video he describes the new picture of universal evolution that includes matter, life and mind. This leads to a discussion of how evolution’s progressive advance reveals its overall purpose, which is to grow toward ever-widening realizations of beauty, truth, and goodness. Despite setbacks and regressions, and despite the challenges of the modern world, Steve explains why the evolutionary story of our origins is actually a profound spiritual teaching. The presentation includes lively questions and discussion by the Boulder audience

Your Immortal Brain: Mastering the Art of Observation ~ Dr. Joe Dispenza, D.C.



In Your Immortal Brain, Dr. Dispenza addresses the concept of Mastering the Art of Observation. He introduces you to the latest scientific findings of the brain (neuroscience), spontaneous healing, quantum mechanics, and why “thoughts do matter.”

Learn about:

* The four common traits of spontaneous remission and healing
* How science has progressed over the centuries
* Why we perceive reality based on how our brain is wired
* Mastering the skill of observation
* The importance of making new neural connections
* How you can literally rewire you brain to create a new mind and create a new ideal you

CD Tracks

1. Spontaneous Remission and Healing – 1st Common Trait
2. Spontaneous Remission and Healing – 2nd Common Trait
3. Spontaneous Remission and Healing – 3rd Common Trait
4. Spontaneous Remission and Healing – 4th Common Trait
5. How Science Has Progressed Over the Centuries
6. Einstein and Quantum Physics
7. The Frontal Lobe
8 . Frontal Lobe Experiments
9. Internal World Affecting the External World
10. We Perceive Reality Based on How Our Brain is Wired
11. Mastering the Skill of Observation – Making New Neural Connections
12. How the Brain Learns – Explicit vs. Implicit Memories
13. Being It – Becoming the New Ideal
14. Intelligence – Thoughts Matter

Audio CD 57 minutes

Joe Dispenza – Your Immortal Brain – Mastering the Art of Observation

Dr Joe Dispenza – How to evolve our brain to experiment a new reality?

Joe Dispenza, D.C., studied biochemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Neuroscience from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Dr. Dispenza also received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating magna cum laude.

Dr. Dispenza’s postgraduate training and continuing education has been in neurology; neuroscience; brain function and chemistry; cellular biology; memory formation; and aging and longevity. He is an invited member of Who’s Who in America, an honorary member of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the recipient of a Clinical Proficiency Citation for clinical excellence in doctor-patient relationships from Life University, and a member of Pi Tau Delta – the International Chiropractic Honor Society.

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Dispenza has lectured in over 17 different countries on six continents educating people about the role and function of the human brain. He has taught thousands of people how to re-program their thinking through scientifically proven neuro-physiologic principles. As a result, this information has taught many individuals to reach their specific goals and visions by eliminating self-destructive habits. His approach, taught in a very simple method, creates a bridge between true human potential and the latest scientific theories of neuroplasticity. He explains how thinking in new ways, as well as changing beliefs, can literally rewire one’s brain. The premise of his work is founded in his total conviction that every person on this planet has within them, the latent potential of greatness and true unlimited abilities.

His new book, Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind connects the subjects of thought and consciousness with the brain, the mind, and the body.

Ascended Masters’ world message for 2012-2013 regarding the Earth changes

A new Golden Age is coming to the Earth , The Rebirth of a New Earth , The Raising of the People to a new state of Consciousness , our Planet must be free from all bacteria and discord that has been imposed upon her ,this message will help you to understand many questions you may have and will help you to discover things that you must be aware of ..
God bless humanity and the Earth ♥
Love and blessings ♥

Welcome to the Dispensation of the Rose Pink Ray to the Earth, the Return of the Divine Mother’s Presence, the Path of the Heart, the I AM Presence, and the Soul.This official Dispensation truly offers a deep understanding of the Soul and its evolution; the highest evolution being the Radiant Rose Soul.

Mother Akasha: “There is another Path to embrace after your Awakening, and one that if you choose, can lift and raise you up and out of the limitation of human strife, raising you into the highest vibration of Light & Love, a path of Higher Consciousness is called “The Path of Becoming your True Self” on Earth, also known as “The Path of Resurrection”.

As you embrace this path, a great raising & expanding activity unfolds within your mind and your feelings, your consciousness, and ultimately your physical garments. You are awake, your Life calls upon you to rise now & become on Earth your True Glorious Self ‘I AM’ individualized of Mother/Father God.

It is a path in which there begins to be experienced by you the second birth, lightning flashes of sudden Light within your mind, great outpourings of Love within your being, all that prepares you in the center of your consciousness to enter into The Secret Heart of your God Nature, and to pass through ‘The Door of Everything’ where you will drink of the Waters of Life, the greatest Love of all, The Mother’s Love, the Love of the Heavenly Mother that individualizes as your Soul.

When that Love begins to express through you it will reveal its Presence and it will nurture and fulfill all that your mind dares to conceive. Your Soul is the Sacred Womb of The Divine Mother of our Universe, Individualized, just as the Christ is the Individualized Mind of The Father.”

1. Is a Brain Needed for Consciousness? 2. What’s the Function of Consciousness? 3. Could a Computer Ever Have Consciousness? 4. Who are Some of the Best Writers on Consciousness?

Published on Nov 11, 2012 by NourFoundation

An excerpt from “The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness” featuring Steve Paulson, Nicholas Schiff, Daniel Kahneman, Laurie Santos and David Chalmers.
The New York Academy of Sciences

What’s the Function of Consciousness?

An excerpt from “The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness” featuring Steve Paulson, Nicholas Schiff, Daniel Kahneman, Laurie Santos and David Chalmers.

Could a Computer Ever Have Consciousness?

Published on Nov 12, 2012 by NourFoundation

An excerpt from “The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness” featuring Steve Paulson, Nicholas Schiff, Daniel Kahneman, Laurie Santos and David Chalmers.

The New York Academy of Sciences
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Who are Some of the Best Writers on Consciousness?

Crossing the Cusp: Surviving the Edgar Cayce Pole Shift ~ Marshall Masters

The Bad News You Expect and the Good News You Need

In July 2008, a two-stage crop circle larger than three soccer fields materialized in England on a farm near Avebury, Wiltshire. Unlike more common symmetrical snowflake formations, this one evidenced a clear and unmistakable message: That in December 2012 we will see the appearance of a celestial harbinger. One that portends a global tribulation in which life as we know it will come to an end.

Fully coherent and free of exceptions, the Avebuy 2008 formation is an urgent warning from distant friends to those who get it and who want to get through it. That is why the first part of this book, “The Bad News,” presents a series of more than 50 illustrations to decode this message with easy-to-follow, building-block explanations. Intended for the common man, the goal is to empower the reader and this need is great.

This is because those who survive the tribulation will live to bear witness to the single greatest die-back event in the history of our species. A pole shift as predicated by America’s “sleeping prophet,” Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) and it could happen as soon as 2013. When it does, it will be a time of testing that favors the meek over the wealthy and powerful. But not for reasons you might think.


The Big Picture
The Last Pole Shift
The Trigger Event
The Dragon’s Tail
The Great Winnowing


Welcome to Awareness
How the Meek Prevail
The Enlightenment


We Can Do This
We Have Friends
We Can Reprogram the Future
Alphabetical Index

If you get it and want to get through it, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

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December 21, 2012 – Two Suns in the Sky

2012 researcher and author Marshall Masters, offers an in-depth look at the predictions made in a crop circled formation he calls the “2012 Star Map of Doom.”

Known as Avebury 2008, it tells us that on December 21, 2012, we’ll begin to experience the onset of a protracted global catastrophe. It will last for years and will include a pole shift, such as the one predicted by Edgar Cayce.

For the readers of Marshall’s book, Crossing the Cusp: Surviving the Edgar Cayce Pole Shift, this video offers an in-depth back story not included in the book.

Rev. Tom Honey: How could God have allowed the tsunami?

Why you should listen to him:
The Canon Pastor of Exeter Cathedral, in the UK, is unafraid to take on some of religion’s tougher issues.
“Either God is responsible for the tsunami, or God is not in control.”Tom Honey

Why you should listen to him:

Tom Honey’s appeal goes far beyond his own congregation. For years he was the vicar of the church in Oxford attended decades earlier by the Christian thinker C.S. Lewis. The Reverend Honey built a reputation there for thoughtful sermons that disdained cliche or easy answers. They were often willing to grapple with the darker side of life — pain, loss, grief — and the challenges these presented to the concept of a loving God.

These challenges were dramatically highlighted by the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami of late 2004 in which some 300,000 people died, making it one of the worst natural disasters in human history. The sermon penned by Honey shortly after was eloquent and powerful enough to win him an invitation to come speak at TED.

In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, How could a loving God have done this? Here is his answer.

The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus – 2012 Edition ~ Robert Lawrence

A new and updated 2012 illustrated edition of Nostradamus’ Complete Prophecies by Robert Lawrence, the grandson of Henry C. Roberts, author of the original edition, which continues a 75-year old family legacy and offers fresh and inspiring insights for our times.

In light of the many momentous events which have occurred in the intervening seventeen years since the last edition (Global Warming, the end of the Cold War, Chernobyl, The 9/11 Attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and many others), this revised and updated edition not only finds evidence in the Prophecies of these more recent events, it also offers a more spiritual and empowered interpretation of them.

Rather than echoing the familiar “doom and gloom” interpretations of others, Mr. Lawrence suggests that Nostradamus was giving us a wake-up call to the possibility of our own demise unless we transform our behavior in the present to ensure a better future for our planet and ourselves.

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Robert Lawrence comes to writing the updated and revised 2012 version of “The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus” from a long and distinguished thirty-year career in motion pictures.

As the President of Production at United Artists, and later as a major film producer he has contributed to some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies of the last two decades, including RAINMAN, CLUELESS, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, PRINCE OF TIDES, ROCK STAR, and many others.

Lawrence was producing partners with George Clooney at Warner Bros, and over the years has worked with stars such as Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, John Travolta, Robert Redford, Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Anniston, Kelsey Grammer, Josh Brolin, Matt Dillon, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffulo, and many others.

Lawrence’s family has been in the Nostradamus “business” for over 75 years, first with the original “Complete Prophecies” translated and interpreted by Henry C. Roberts, Robert’s grandfather in 1947, and later by his mother, Leatrice Amsterdam in 1982.

As a boy, Lawrence worked in The Roberts Book Company, Henry C. Roberts’ famous bookstore on Canal Street in New York. He continued his studies in philosophy and writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the U.C.LA. Graduate School of Film and Television.
Over the last ten years, while undergoing a period of great personal struggle, Lawrence attended many classes, workshops, and retreats in yoga, meditation, and Eastern religion, and immersed himself in the writings of many of today’s foremost spiritual authors. These experiences and studies have led him down a path of self-awareness and personal transformation, which he has chosen to share in his updated and revised 2012 edition of “The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus.”

Lawrence is currently at work on his next book, which will continue the themes of spiritual exploration, transformation, and life lessons from his experiences in Hollywood.

The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus 2012 Edition

Nostradamus – 2012 (HD)

Whatever is in store, a massive cosmic collision, a global enviromental disaster, an armageddon like religious showdown, or a more subtle transformation, many believe that december 21st – 2012 will mark a major shift in the history of our planet.

There is no cogent distinction between the sobering facts and hysterical fiction. what, if any, modern scientific proof exists? Is there any other compelling evidence throughout history that 2012 will be a year of unprecedented, deadly upheavel.

This special looks for the parallels between the nightmarish daily headlines and the 2012 prophecies from Nostradamus and others. From the mystical realms of the Guatemalan jungles to the Hopi elders and Mayan shaman to respected thinkers of modern age, Nostradamus doomsday warning will be cast in a frighteningly modern context.

Gangaji – Unraveling the Knot of Suffering – Full length Movie

The Ghost in your Genes ( Part 1 to 5 )- BBC Horizon

Biology stands on the brink of a shift in the understanding of inheritance. The discovery of epigenetics hidden influences upon the genes could affect every aspect of our lives.

At the heart of this new field is a simple but contentious idea that genes have a ‘memory’. That the lives of your grandparents the air they breathed, the food they ate, even the things they saw can directly affect you, decades later, despite your never experiencing these things yourself. And that what you do in your lifetime could in turn affect your grandchildren.

The conventional view is that DNA carries all our heritable information and that nothing an individual does in their lifetime will be biologically passed to their children. To many scientists, epigenetics amounts to a heresy, calling into question the accepted view of the DNA sequence a cornerstone on which modern biology sits.

Epigenetics adds a whole new layer to genes beyond the DNA. It proposes a control system of ‘switches’ that turn genes on or off and suggests that things people experience, like nutrition and stress, can control these switches and cause heritable effects in humans.

In a remote town in northern Sweden there is evidence for this radical idea. Lying in Överkalix’s parish registries of births and deaths and its detailed harvest records is a secret that confounds traditional scientific thinking. Marcus Pembrey, a Professor of Clinical Genetics at the Institute of Child Health in London, in collaboration with Swedish researcher Lars Olov Bygren, has found evidence in these records of an environmental effect being passed down the generations. They have shown that a famine at critical times in the lives of the grandparents can affect the life expectancy of the grandchildren. This is the first evidence that an environmental effect can be inherited in humans.

In other independent groups around the world, the first hints that there is more to inheritance than just the genes are coming to light. The mechanism by which this extraordinary discovery can be explained is starting to be revealed.

Professor Wolf Reik, at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, has spent years studying this hidden ghost world. He has found that merely manipulating mice embryos is enough to set off ‘switches’ that turn genes on or off.

For mothers like Stephanie Mullins, who had her first child by in vitro fertilisation, this has profound implications. It means it is possible that the IVF procedure caused her son Ciaran to be born with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome a rare disorder linked to abnormal gene expression. It has been shown that babies conceived by IVF have a three- to four-fold increased chance of developing this condition.

And Reik’s work has gone further, showing that these switches themselves can be inherited. This means that a ‘memory’ of an event could be passed through generations. A simple environmental effect could switch genes on or off and this change could be inherited.

His research has demonstrated that genes and the environment are not mutually exclusive but are inextricably intertwined, one affecting the other.

The idea that inheritance is not just about which genes you inherit but whether these are switched on or off is a whole new frontier in biology. It raises questions with huge implications, and means the search will be on to find what sort of environmental effects can affect these switches.

After the tragic events of September 11th 2001, Rachel Yehuda, a psychologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, studied the effects of stress on a group of women who were inside or near the World Trade Center and were pregnant at the time. Produced in conjunction with Jonathan Seckl, an Edinburgh doctor, her results suggest that stress effects can pass down generations. Meanwhile research at Washington State University points to toxic effects like exposure to fungicides or pesticides causing biological changes in rats that persist for at least four generations.
Part 3 of 5 – The Ghost in your Genes – BBC Horizon

This work is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in scientific thinking. It will change the way the causes of disease are viewed, as well as the importance of lifestyles and family relationships. What people do no longer just affects themselves, but can determine the health of their children and grandchildren in decades to come. “We are,” as Marcus Pembrey says, “all guardians of our genome.”

Part 4 of 5 – The Ghost in your Genes – BBC Horizon

Part 5 of 5 – The Ghost in your Genes – BBC Horizon

THE POWER OF MODERN SPIRITUALITY: How to live a life of compassion and personal fulfilment ~ William Bloom

Today’s world makes ever-increasing demands on us, but in modern spirituality we can find heartening new solutions that give us the energy, motivation and inspiration to develop ourselves and transform our world.

In The Power of Modern Spirituality, Dr William Bloom, the UK’s leading mind, body and spirit teacher, shares his wise and revolutionary approach to spiritual fulfilment.

His comprehensive and practical guidance will help you achieve a greater sense of personal integrity, purpose and calm, whatever your beliefs or background. Discover for yourself enduring spiritual wellbeing.

Best practice for those seeking to integrate modern spirituality into their professional and daily lives — This is the essential, realistic and inspiring text.

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Watch William talking for 2 minutes about the book:

“This is a marvellous book full of practical wisdom and helpful suggestions how to nurture spiritual growth in everyday life. Connecting the best of the traditional religious practices of different faiths with some of the newest insights of modern therapeutic practice and a scientific worldview, William Bloom shows how we can become vessels for the energy of spirit. Truly holistic and inclusive, this book comes out of a lifetime’s practice and experience and skillfully conveys the transformative power of spirituality in human life. ” — Ursula King, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol and a vice president of the World Congress of Faiths; author The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for Meaning and Fulfilment.

“William Bloom disentangles spirituality from religion and lucidly distils its essence for everyone. A wonderful and accessible text that will serve as a manual for spiritual seekers for decades to come.” — Dr David Hamilton, author Why Kindness is Good for You and The Contagious Power of Thinking.

Does spirituality needs to evolve? William Bloom

William Bloom is one of the UK’s most experienced teachers, healers and authors in the field of holistic development. His work has helped thousands of people.

He is founder and co-director of The Foundation for Holistic Spirituality.

His mainstream career includes a doctorate in psychology from the LSE where he lectured in Psychological Problems in International Politics, ten years working with adults and adolescents with special needs, and delivering hundreds of trainings, many in the NHS.

His holistic background includes a two-year spiritual retreat living amongst the Saharan Berbers in the High Atlas Mountains, 30 years on the faculty of the Findhorn Foundation, co-founder and director for 10 years of the St. James’s Church Alternatives Programme in London.

He is a meditation master and his books include the seminal The Endorphin Effect, Feeling Safe and Psychic Protection — and most recently Soulution: The Holistic Manifesto.

The Varieties of Transcendent Love – Leili Anvar

Leili Anvar, PhD
The Varieties of Transcendent Love
The United Nations, New York – September 11, 2009
Toward a Common Morality

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.

The neuroscience of fair play: why we (usually) follow the Golden rule ~ Donald W. Pfaff

We remember the admonition of our mothers: “Treat others as you want them to treat you.” But what if being nice was something we were inclined by nature to do anyway?

Renowned neuroscientist Donald Pfaff upends our entire understanding of ethics and social contracts with an intriguing proposition: the Golden Rule is hardwired into the human brain.

Pfaff, the researcher who first discovered the connections between specific brain circuits and certain behaviors, contends that the basic ethics governing our everyday lives can be traced directly to brain circuitry. Writing with popular science journalist Sandra J. Ackerman, he explains in this clear and concise account how specific brain signals induce us to consider our actions as if they were directed at ourselves—and subsequently lead us to treat others as we wish to be treated.

Brain hormones are a part of this complicated process, and The Neuroscience of Fair Play discusses how brain hormones can catalyze behaviors with moral implications in such areas as self-sacrifice, parental love, friendship, and violent aggression.

Drawing on his own research and other recent studies in brain science, Pfaff offers a thought-provoking hypothesis for why certain ethical codes and ideas have remained constant across human societies and cultures throughout the world and over the centuries of history. An unprecedented and provocative investigation, The Neuroscience of Fair Play offers a new perspective on the increasingly important intersection of neuroscience and ethics.

The Neuroscience of Fair Play – Donald Pfaff

Donald W. Pfaff, PhD
The Neuroscience of Fair Play

The United Nations, New York – September 11, 2009
Toward a Common Morality

In Search of the Self: The Science of Transcendence ~ Dr. Sam Parnia

In Search of the Self:
The Science of Transcendence
A Lecture by Dr. Sam Parnia

One of the subjects that has both captivated and eluded humankind throughout time is the mystery of the “Self”-that entity which endows each of us with our unique and transcendent personalities, thoughts, traits, and emotions. Although we are inherently aware of and involved with our own selves, we neither understand how this sense of self emerges, nor the nature of the complex relationship between the mind and the brain.

Traditionally the domain of philosophers, theologians, and psychologists, the mind-brain question has more recently been tackled by increasing numbers of scientists as well. Though some within the scientific community argue that the question of the self or consciousness may never be resolved by science, many continue to work eagerly toward illuminating one of the last unknown frontiers in modern medicine and neuroscience.

Dr. Sam Parnia, author of “What Happens When We Die,” View Herechronicles the history and development of the age-old question of the “Self” as seen through the eyes of philosophy, psychology, and now modern science. At the same time, he will introduce the novel method he and his colleagues have devised to study the phenomenon of consciousness and the human mind, which they hope will finally enable science to resolve this enigma.


One of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death, the state of the human mind-brain, and near-death experiences, Dr. Sam Parnia spends his time between hospitals in the United Kingdom and Cornell University in New York, where he is a Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Founder of the Consciousness Research Group and Horizon Research Foundation, he has published extensively and presented his work at scientific institutions across the country. His groundbreaking research has been featured on the Discovery Channel documentary, “The Day I Died.”
Unraveling the Mystery of the Self – Dr. Sam Parnia

Dr. Sam Parnia’s keynote lecture “Unraveling the Mystery of the Self: From Descartes to the Human Consciousness Project”. Dr. Parnia briefly chronicles the major schools of thought on the nature of the self, and announces the establishment of The Human Consciousness Project, a major new scientific initiative that aims to unravel the relationship between the mind and the brain.

To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion ~ The Nour Foundation

To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion Featuring Krista Tippett, Pim van Lommel, Evan Thompson, Thomas Metzinger

Moderated by Krista Tippett, MDiv
Creator and Host of Public Radio’s Being

Pim van Lommel, MD, Hospital Rijnstate, The Netherlands
Thomas Metzinger, PhD, University of Mainz, Germany
Evan Thompson, PhD, University of Toronto

Evidence from studies of the brain and mind point to a construct of the Self resulting from complex neurobiological processes interacting with the environment. If distinct neurobiological correlates of consciousness do in fact exist, does that necessarily imply that the Self is an epiphenomenon and illusion? Furthermore, how do these characterizations of the Self affect the way we represent ourselves, our responsibilities, and our actions in the world?

Renowned philosophers Thomas Metzinger and Evan Thompson will join cardiologist and expert on near-death experiences, Pim van Lommel, to examine recent developments in neuroscience and philosophy that shed light on whether our conscious experience of a unified Self is reality or illusion.

The Phenomenal Self: Thomas Metzinger in Discussion with Krista Tippett

The New York Academy of Sciences – December 7, 2010
To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion

Philosopher Thomas Metzinger explains his view that there is no substantial self, but rather just a phenomenal self that is a representational process.

This is an excerpt from the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.

The Embodied Self: Evan Thompson in Discussion with Krista Tippett

Philosopher Evan Thompson explains how mindfulness techniques can assist neuroscientists in studying different states of consciousness, and the importance of the notion of an embodied self.

This is an excerpt from the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.
What Near Death Experiences Can Tell Us About the Self: Pim van Lommel with Krista Tippett

Cardiologist and expert on near death experiences Pim van Lommel talks about how he became involved in the study of near death experiences and what that led him to conclude about the nature of the Self.

This is an excerpt from the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.

What Happens When We Die: A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death by Sam Parnia, M.D. [updated Sept 10, 2012]

Mr. Sam Parnia faces death every day. Through his work as a critical-care doctor in a hospital emergency room, he became very interested in some of his patients’ accounts of the experiences that they had while clinically dead. He started to collect these stories and read all the latest research on the subject, and then he conducted his own experiments. That work has culminated in this extraordinary book, which picks up where Raymond Moody’s Life After Life left off.

Written in a scientific, balanced, and engaging style, this is powerful and compelling reading. This fascinating and controversial book will change the way you look at death and dying.

Sam Parnia, M.D., is a leading expert on near-death experiences. He now spends his time in hospitals and Cornell University in New York, where he’s a Fellow in pulmonary and critical-care medicine. He founded the Consciousness Research Group and is chairman of the Horizon Research Foundation. Dr. Parnia is constantly in demand as a speaker, and he’s made numerous media appearances. His groundbreaking research was recently featured in the BBC 2 and Discovery documentary, The Day I Died.

Over the past decade, an increasing number of physicians and neuroscientists have sought to uncover the complex relationship between mind, brain, and consciousness as they continue to search for a more comprehensive perspective on the “self” and the workings of the human mind. Though much remains to be done, their findings to date have shed a more holistic light on our understanding of the elusive mind-body problem. Join our panel of renowned experts as they explain how new paradigms fueled by the latest scientific research are beginning to fundamentally alter how we perceive and relate to the physical world.

The symposium will also serve as the occasion for the formal launch of The Human Consciousness Project—a multidisciplinary collaboration of international scientists and physicians who have joined forces to research the nature of consciousness and its relationship with the brain. Led by Dr. Sam Parnia, The Human Consciousness Project will conduct the world’s first large-scale multicenter studies at major U.S. and European medical centers on the relationship between mind and brain during clinical death. The results of these studies may not only revolutionize the medical care of critically ill patients and the scientific study of the mind and brain, but may also bear profound universal implications for our understanding of death and what happens when we die.

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The symposium will also serve as the occasion for the formal launch of The Human Consciousness Project—a multidisciplinary collaboration of international scientists and physicians who have joined forces to research the nature of consciousness and its relationship with the brain. Led by Dr. Sam Parnia, The Human Consciousness Project will conduct the world’s first large-scale multicenter studies at major U.S. and European medical centers on the relationship between mind and brain during clinical death. The results of these studies may not only revolutionize the medical care of critically ill patients and the scientific study of the mind and brain, but may also bear profound universal implications for our understanding of death and what happens when we die.

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