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How to Be Alone

August 17, 2010



I came across this video on the interwebs, and just fell in love with it. Being alone is such an incredibly important and fulfilling aspect of being human, and yet so many of us seem to struggle with making time for ourselves to just be. I'm also going to share a little confession with you...when I was at Guidelines in September of 2008, by about Wednesday of the program, all of the resting and thinking, and sharing, and exploring left me completely overcome with joy. I was feeling so much joy rushing through my body, that I literally couldn't sit still. We went back to our CHEC Units for an exercise, and after laying down, I immediately jumped out of bed, popped on my iPod, and spent the entire session dancing my you-know-what off. I think that I danced for probably almost an hour until I was sweating and laughing, so in love with my joy filled alone-ness. If you watch the video, you'll see that she mentions this kind of dancing, and when I saw that and thought of that incredible surge of happiness that I felt at Guidelines, I wanted to share it with you too!



What’s Your Creative Style?

August 16, 2010



There is definitely a link between creativity and spirituality; often people find that what they might not be able to say with words can be more wholly or adequately expressed in another medium. This is a theme that we explore here at TMI through Patty Ray Avalon's incredible Creative Flow program, and it's something that we've benefited from over the years as people have shared their TMI-inspired creative endeavors. I came across this quiz, called, What's Your Creative Style in Psychologies Magazine, and thought that it was actually pretty interesting. Take a look and see what you think!



The Genographic Project: A Landmark Study of the Human Journey

August 14, 2010



A couple of years ago I was surprised when my mother decided to participate in National Geographic's Genographic Project — surprised and intrigued. Mom received a DNA collection kit by mail. A few weeks after submitting her cheek swab we were able to track the results of our maternal "deep ancestry" online. Never an avid student of genealogy I wasn't prepared for the impact this information would have — the strength of the relatedness I felt with those long ago humans and, by extension, with all humans.

From the Genographic Project Website:

Where do you really come from? And how did you get to where you live today? DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who—about 60,000 years ago—began a remarkable journey.

The Genographic Project is seeking to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species by using sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. In this unprecedented and of real-time research effort, the Genographic Project is closing the gaps of what science knows today about humankind's ancient migration stories.

The Genographic Project is a five-year research partnership led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells. Dr. Wells and a team of renowned international scientists and IBM researchers, are using cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to analyze historical patterns in DNA from participants around the world to better understand our human genetic roots. The three components of the project are: to gather field research data in collaboration with indigenous and traditional peoples around the world; to invite the general public to join the project by purchasing a Genographic Project Public Participation Kit; and to use proceeds from Genographic Public Participation Kit sales to further field research and the Genographic Legacy Fund which in turn supports indigenous conservation and revitalization projects. The Project is anonymous, non-medical, non-profit and all results will be placed in the public domain following scientific peer publication.

View the video on TED.com : Ideas Worth Sharing



Life Beyond the Edge

August 13, 2010



Is being a caterpillar not working anymore? Does becoming a butterfly seem like a fairy tale? Take an upliftment break — check out this brief, poignant, wonderfully crafted video from

http://www.livebeyondtheedge.com/about

Often we find ourselves feeling limited, boxed in, dissatisfied, and looking for more in many different ways…but temporary solutions don’t seem to address the core issue. After a while, we begin to sense that none of the old paths work anymore, and we are called to confront ourselves.

We are awakening.



The Happiness Project

August 12, 2010



Hundreds of thousands of us world-wide who have experienced the deeply affirming impact of The Monroe Institute's programs and technologies know one thing for certain: "We are more than our physical bodies." With that as a foundation it's a relatively short leap to acknowledging a larger self, a guidance, whose presence is always available to us. For me, Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project is an opportunity to tap my Self on the shoulder and say, "I want to feel really good. Please make it so."

Gretchen Rubin is a best-selling writer whose new book, The Happiness Project, is an account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. On this blog, she shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project.

The introduction to 2010 Happiness Challenge:



Cosmos and Consciousness!

August 11, 2010



Our Director of Research, Dr. Hillary Webb, recommended this upcoming conference, and we thought that we would share it with all of you!


Cosmos & Consciousness VIII

Life Energy
In Science, Medicine & Healing
The Foundation of A New Worldview

Saturday, September 18, 2010
10 am—5 pm at
The Rangeley Inn, Rangeley, Maine

Featured Speakers
Ron A. Bryan, PhD
Physicist, Texas A&M

Conny Huthsteiner, MD
Psychiatrist, Medical Orgonomist

Beverly Rubik, PhD
Director, Institute for Frontier Science

Trish Corbett and Michael Mannion
Co-Founders, The Mindshift Institute

Special Guests
Dr. Paul Bernstein, Dr. Ken Hamilton, Dr. Rudy Schild
Anthony Bernini, Poet

General Admission: $75
Students Admitted Free with ID
Click here to register

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Life Energy
The concept of a Life Energy is one of the oldest ideas explored through the ways of knowing we call religion and science. It can be traced back to the earliest written records of our civilization.

The diverse physical and metaphysical descriptions of the primordial Life Energy have been considered irreconcilable for millennia. But, in recent decades, many thinkers in science and religion have been moving toward the view that the words "God" and "Life Energy" are describing the same thing—the fundamental natural law or principle underlying reality. Today, the concept of Life Energy is once more playing an important role in science, medicine and healing. This oldest of truths is re-emerging in a new form and is a central aspect of the new worldview that is developing.

The evidence being compiled about Life Energy suggests that all living things resonate and interact with one another's energy fields, and with planetary and cosmic energy fields. It is becoming clear that mind, thought, sensation and emotion are all energy phenomena. A new generation of scientific researchers and medical practitioners is focusing on Life Energy.

What is needed—and what may be at hand already but unrecognized—is a comprehensive approach to energy medicine that moves us beyond both ancient spiritual healing concepts, and mechanistic scientific dogma, to an understanding of an actual tangible, physical, measurable and usable Life Energy. So far this has eluded science and medicine. In large part, this is because most human beings have lost their connection with Nature.

Our distant ancestors were intimately connected to Nature in daily life and felt part of the natural cycles of the planet and the universe. In our technological society, that bond is almost completely severed. In general, the vast majority of men and women do not feel the Life Energy moving in their bodies, do not perceive the energy in other living things and the environment, and so do not feel their energetic connection with Nature. This fact is a great obstacle to understanding and studying the Life Energy, as well as using it practically.

What Is A Worldview?
A worldview is not merely a collection of unrelated beliefs. Rather, it is a system of beliefs that are intertwined, interrelated and interconnected. Prof. Richard Dewitt, author of Worldviews, says that these beliefs are “interconnected in something like the way pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are interconnected.” In one sense, each person has her or his own set of beliefs or worldview. But we are looking at the larger worldview we share, which some call our “consensus reality.”

Each era has its worldview, with core and peripheral beliefs, that it mistakenly thinks is reality when it is really only a model of reality. And many of the basic “facts” supporting these worldviews are not facts at all but are, instead, beliefs. It turns out that we believe what we do largely because of the worldview we hold. Not all beliefs are of equal value. Peripheral elements of a worldview can be let go of without difficulty (e.g., until recently, there were nine planets in the solar system, now there are eight). But core elements cannot be removed without changing the whole system of beliefs (e.g., Earth is not the center of the solar system).

It is crucial to understand precisely the basic beliefs of our current worldview in order to see clearly the consequences of this picture of reality. Core beliefs are intertwined with most of the other beliefs in the system and change only under great pressure.

And it is equally critical to communicate clearly the key insights of the emerging worldview so that we can see how this new consciousness can solve the crises we face and prevent others from occurring. There is always powerful resistance to the acceptance of new core elements in a changing picture of our reality.

Life Energy and a New Worldview
Life Energy is a core belief that stirs up much opposition from contemporary scientists. The worldview of Western mechanistic materialism rejects the concept of a Life Energy as superstition, primitive animism, or vitalism, all views long ago surpassed as useful descriptions of nature by physics and biochemistry.

Those with a spiritual or metaphysical worldview generally embrace the concept of a Life Energy, life force, vital energy or "God." But these thought systems invariably place Life Energy in a parallel realm "beyond" the physical world in some kind of immaterial or spiritual plane. To them, Life Energy is not physical in nature.

Mechanistics and metaphysics both agree that there is no Life Energy present in the physical world of our senses. And both agree that this energy is not objectively demonstrable or knowable through scientific experiment or through our five senses.

The mechanist-vitalist debate dominated Western medicine at the beginning of the 20th century and, for nearly 100 years, it has seemed that vitalism was soundly defeated. But now, in the early 21st century, the debate has flared up again. It appears that the concept of a Life Energy or a vital force may be supported not only by the majority of people and a wide range of integrative practitioners and healers, but also, by credible scientific research. The evidence being gathered is convincing even some conventional medical practitioners and scientists to re-think their objections to the existence of a physical Life Energy.

The very process of coming to a practical understanding of the reality of Life Energy could bring about a transition from our present mechanistic-metaphysical worldview to a picture of reality that is fundamentally different. A worldview without Life Energy and one with Life Energy lead to vastly different ways of knowing and living.

The Conference
The morning will be devoted to exciting presentations by our three guest speakers. After lunch, the afternoon will open with a talk by Mindshift co-founders Trish Corbett and Michael Mannion about the nature and importance of worldviews. After their talk, we will gather in small groups for an interactive session in which we will work together to answer a serious question: How would we structure our major social institutions if we came from a worldview of interconnectedness instead of a worldview of separateness? Our guest speakers, and some speakers from past Mindshift conferences, will join us at these conversational tables.

At the completion of the interactive session each group will report to the audience on the ideas they explored and the conclusions they came to about shaping a new science, medicine, spiritual practice, government, education, business and other vital areas of life.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion with the presenters and an audience Q&A session with the speakers.

 


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