April, 2011 Newsletter
A 5th Fundamental Force in the Universe
Dr. Jean Millay is the editor of a recent book: RADIANT MINDS: Scientists Explore the Dimensions of Consciousness. This 620-page volume includes research and philosophic papers by fifty-five prominent authors from the Parapsychology Research Group covering 44 years of parapsychology research. Millay will briefly discuss the major contents of the book, and then she will poses a question that is suggested in the book: "Is the Consciousness of LIFE a 5th Fundamental Force in the Universe?" Open discussion about this fundamental question is welcome. (See book review below.)
Jean Millay, Ph.D., taught parapsychology for eight years, served as president of the Parapsychology Research Group, and was an editor/contributor to Silver Threads: Twenty-five Years of Parapsychology Research. Her book, "Multidimensional Mind: Remote Viewing in Hyperspace", focuses on her 30 years of research into psi phenomena, hypnosis, trance states, channeling, shamanism, and the EEG effects of entrainment with lights, sound, and chemistry. She and Dr. Tim Scully created the Brain-wave Biofeedback Light Sculpture-the impetus for her research on the effects of brainwave synchronization. Her movie, The Psychedelic Experience, won a film festival prize in 1965.
TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m., April 22, 2011
PLACE: Unity Community Church – Y.E.S. Hall, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(doors open at 7 p.m.)
A $15 donation is asked of non-members, at the door
Students with ID, a $5 donation is asked
Scientists Explore the Dimensions of Consciousness
Over four decades ago in the 1960s an imaginative and creative group of scientists in the San Francisco Bay Area of California began an exploration into parapsychology and the dimensions of consciousness. They became known as the Parapsychology Research Group. To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Beverley Kane, Dean Brown and Jean Millay edited the book "Silver Threads." The ideas and concepts kept growing and maturing. This led Dr. Millay to produce a second updated book "Radiant Minds," a product of love, that goes beyond the original book and gives you the insights into how the quest of these original scientists to explore the dimensions of consciousness has evolved in the subsequent years. The book is a unique anthology of a group of mostly scientists as they form a community of seekers into the unknown -- each person on his/her own journey. As they interact with one another in this diverse community, world views change. Samples of the work and insights of over fifty people are outlined in this major undertaking of 670 pages. In addition to a prologue, foreword, introduction, and glossary, there are a dozen sections that cover perception, intention, belief systems, the chemical and electrical aspects of mind and brain/body, mathematical models, physics, spirit, consciousness. education, parapsychology, and global mind.
The authors in this book are ones who question the concepts that underlie today's science. For example, the word "energy" is used both by scientists and psychic healers, but when did the word "energy" come into the physicists' lexicon? Theoretical physicist, Saul-Paul Sirag, explored this question. Modern physics really started with Newton's equations. However, Newton never used the word "energy." It also wasn't used in early 1800's physics text books. In fact "energy" wasn't first used in the physics context at all., It was first used in the personal freedom context and romantic context. In the book Saul-Paul writes an often humorous account of how "energy" evolved into a term used in both modern physics and in spiritual healing, and the difference between the two.
Why has the research in the field of parapsychology received so little acceptance over the past decades? Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, who received his PhD in Parapsychology from the University of California in Berkeley, reflects on this phenomena. What is the cause for this lack of social acceptance? The data in parapsychology are in fact stronger than for many other well accepted findings in the behavioral sciences and medicine --- for example, in the use of aspirin for preventing cardiovascular events. Dr Mishlove believes the non-acceptance is best understood in sociological and psychological terms rather than strict scientific considerations. There are fears that the public (including scientists) may have. Do you want someone to "read your mind" or sense hidden aspects of yourself? Dr. Mishlove goes on to provide a list of fourteen reasons where individuals might encounter fear when exposed to parapsychology research. We are entering a research area that could change your belief system. The existence of precognition is a serious problem for contemporary science. Yet, Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher and Russell Targ consider the data supporting the existence of precognition to be overwhelming. They present a mathematical model to account for the phenomena. What impact will this have upon those who interpret their experiences in terms of linear time?
As the data from this imaginative and creative group of scientists evolved over the years, a critical question arose. Are there a set of patterns in the universe that are truly invariant -- ones that everyone can agree upon? How do they affect our lives? Dr. Dean Brown, a theoretical quantum physicist, believed a set of such "Cosmic Laws" existed that united the fundamental structure of the worlds of matter, mind and the abstract (like mathematics). Dr. Brown found eight laws that represent the unchanging organizing principles of the universe. These are discussed in the book. Wisdom represents the combining of a practical understanding of Cosmic Law (the dynamic invariants) and the skill in applying the law (intention). Wisdom then shows one how to lead a good life.
This visionary community began to address how to use the insights they had been gaining. Education of our children and society is our most important activity, but what should be taught! Dr. Jean Millay discusses how our sensory systems can be trained to provide independent information, including intuitive inputs. This is one of the important elements that Dr. Stanley Krippner outlines for a holistic education. Other elements in a holistic education are the need to "learn how to learn.", the need for a "self-discovery science," and ways to express, release, and make beneficial use of emotions. Techniques are presented in the book. There are many other areas to stimulate your thinking. For example, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz and Dr. Dean Radin discuss the science of distant healing; the Russian scientist, Laussia Vilenskaya, discusses fire-walking; the biophysicist, Dr. Beverly Rubik, describes the biofield associated with the human body; remote viewing funded by U.S. intelligence agencies is addressed by Russell Targ; Dr. Arthur Hasting presents an approach to bereavement; Stanley Krippner discuses research on dreams; short write-ups by psychics, spiritual healers, and others about their lives are presented. This is just a brief sample of the contents of "Radiant Minds."
If you want to experience the wide breath of knowledge that these scientists employed in their quest to explore and understand consciousness, this is the book for you to read. You will find that it stimulates your own curiosity and search for a deeper understanding of Nature.
William C. Gough, Co-Founder FMBR and Contributor to Radiant Minds; edited by Dr. Jean Millay
FRIDAY, MAY 6, Bill Guggenheim, on After-Death Communication
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 7:30PM, UNITY CHURCH PALO ALTO
on SACRED GEOMETRY
Title: Metamorphosis--A Multimedia Presentation
This time on Earth is unlike any other. The old world is dying and a new world is being born. It can be so easy to feel overwhelmed with all the turmoil occurring around us. Sacred geometry, however, can help us navigate our way through the precarious seas. Sacred geometry is the ancient art, science and philosophy of space and proportion. It addresses the laws of creation and the inner workings of nature. It has been used by civilizations around the world for thousands of years as a way of connecting with the harmony of Universal Order. Sacred geometry reveals a world of profound order and sublime beauty. It can be comforting to experience unchanging principles in an ever-changing world. It can help us align with the forces of nature so we can move in harmony with the changes rather than be overwhelmed by them. The presentation includes a new feature involving the interplay of radiant and reflective color that causes static mandalas to spring to life and go through amazing metamorphic transformations before your very eyes.
Jonathan Quintin/ Artist and Cosmologist
Jonathan Quintin was born and raised in provincial New Zealand. From an early age he was attracted to the teachings of ancient wisdom and the beauty and order of nature. He left home at an early age and worked at marine radio stations around New Zealand before venturing overseas at the age of 21. That marked the beginning of his many years of extensive travels around the world - with a particular interest in ancient civilizations. His radio qualifications enabled him to find employment on ships and oil rigs in the North Sea and with the United Nations in the Middle East.
For the past 24 years he has pursued a course of comprehensive study and artistic expression of sacred geometry. The fundamental premise of his work is that at every level of existence - from the microcosm to the macrocosm - the same key patterns bring all things into manifestation.
Jonathan's quest as an artist is to provide various modalities that help attune human consciousness to the harmony of universal order. He shows how the shapes, patterns and forms of sacred geometry are harmonic keys that can help open us to states of higher consciousness.
Member Profile — Valeria Dumitru
Valeria Dumitru is a retired registered nurse who practiced private duty nursing for over 30 years. In the 1970's, she was introduced to holistic health and the concept that the body has the innate ability to heal itself by Effie Poy Chow in San Francisco. Valeria published the first Directory of Holistic Practitioners as well as a successful booklet, "The Keys to Holistic Living", soon to be revised and republished. Through her interest in the body, mind and spirit she found FMBR and started attending talks in the 1980's. She hosted FMBR's holiday party in her home for 5 years.
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INFORMATION ABOUT THE
FOUNDATION FOR MIND-BEING RESEARCH
The Foundation was established in 1980 to assist in the evolution of consciousness studies and to help bring this new field into wider recognition as a bona fide science. The interdisciplinary nature of the field is reflected in the activities of the organization and in the breadth of interests of its members who currently represent areas of engineering, science, medicine, the humanities, and the arts.
With its major focus on facilitating the development of an integrated model of consciousness, the Foundation provides encouragement and resources to a rather unique group of creative researchers and scientists with the objective of betterment of the individual, the society, and the environment.
Because of the special nature of scientific inquiry in this area, the Foundation is interested in building its regular membership with competent individuals who:
- are open to a multidisciplinary approach to knowledge
- recognize they are an integral part of any experiment in which they choose to participate
- know and are prepared to expand their own level of consciousness
The intention is to develop high standards of credibility in all research activities and publications.
Donations made to the Foundation are tax deductible.
The Foundation is incorporated under the laws of the State of California and operates as a non-profit scientific research organization under IRS code 509 (a)2 with tax exempt status under section 501 (c)3.
Foundation for Mind-Being Research
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