Aug 2013 Newsletter

August, 2013 Newsletter

What on Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery


Puzzle over the crop circle mystery with Suzanne Taylor, who engages a fascinating sub-culture of artists, educators, geometers, philosophers, and farmers in her feature ] documentary, What On Earth? For years, Suzanne has been part of a lively international community that gathers in England every summer to document the circles, and get the word about them out to the world. She will show clips from the film and talk about why these "croppies" keep coming back for more. Website for the film.

TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m., August 23, 2013
PLACE: Unity Community Church – Y.E.S. Hall, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(doors open at 7 p.m.)

Speaker's Bio

Suzanne Taylor, Producer/Director of What On Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery (, has been involved with films since she graduated from NYU. She crossed over to the other side of the camera as Executive Producer of the 2002 feature documentary, CROP CIRCLES: Quest for Truth. Suzanne is a crop circle authority on the Ancient Aliens television series on the History Channel. She was the producer of Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?, the controversial TED x West Hollywood program that was designed to get information about nonlocal reality into the public eye.


Members get in FREE.
A $15 donation is asked of non-members at the door.
Students with ID, a $5 donation is asked.

FMBR October 18 Meeting

Mike Buchele, MD and Bob Whitehouse, EdD will be the speakers.


Can yoga and meditation unleash our inherent supernormal mental powers, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition? Is it really possible to perceive another person's thoughts and intentions? Influence objects with our minds? Envision future events? And is it possible that some of the superpowers described in ancient legends, science fiction, and comic books are actually real, and patiently waiting for us behind the scenes? Are we now poised for an evolutionary trigger to pull the switch and release our full potentials?

TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m., SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
PLACE: Unity Community Church – Y.E.S. Hall, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(doors open at 7 p.m.)

Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at IONS and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds, presents persuasive new experimental evidence for the existence of such phenomena. He takes us on a thrilling scientific journey and challenges outdated assumptions that these abilities are mere superstition. Focusing on Patanjali's mysterious Yoga Sutras -- 2,000 year-old meditation practices believed to release our extraordinary powers -- Radin offers powerful evidence confirming that sometimes fact is much stranger, spookier, and more wonderful than the wildest fiction.

• Speaker's website.



Jerry Gin, PhD
Chair, FMBR

In our April, 2013 Newsletter, Judy Kitt and Bill Gough wrote an editorial about what is needed to achieve sustainability for the planet:

"Society really requires a new narrative for these times. A narrative of sustainability for planet earth must be a narrative of interrelatedness and synergy. We need to approach the dire challenges that we are facing within a narrative that states "All of creation, visible and invisible, is connected. And it is possible to create systems that allow all of life to thrive, in balance, on the Earth."

As we each progress on our spiritual journey of mind, heart and higher being, we come to realize that we are all interconnected and with all of existence (environment, flora, fauna, people). We come to realize that any actions we take, whether it be individually or as a group, should take into consideration the interconnection of all elements.  We propose a new term for this concept: synerview. This term combines the word "synergy" (various parts working together to produce an enhanced result) with "view". The term implies taking a "synergistic viewpoint" of any situation. When actions based upon synerview are taken, they will impact humanity and all the inhabitants of our planet and the planet itself. For sustainability of the planet and all life on it, IASC (Institute for the Advancement of Science and Consciousness) proposes that issues be looked at with the "synerview" position in mind.

Synerview is an underlying principle upon which the decision was made to form IASC. In any situation, ranging from politics, disputes between groups, organization, nations, to decisions that affect our environment, our food, the plants and oceans, animals of the planet, and the earth itself, there is a need to look at it from the synerview perspective. One goal of IASC is to encourage each individual and group of individuals to take the synerview approach to the issues that confront us.

Bill Gough has eloquently stated the underlying principle upon which IASC was formed:

  • All of life is interconnected and constantly interacting with a space-less and timeless domain of unbounded potential. Unconditional love constitutes this underlying field out of which all matter and consciousness arise. Our individual and collective actions affect others as well as all of nature and the planet.
  • We are stewards of humanity and the planet. Our primary charge is to do no harm to the Earth or its inhabitants (human, plant and animal). But our higher call is to reverse the damage that has been done on Earth over the last 200 years, and to create and implement new systems and institutions that reflect a worldview in which we recognize that "we are all in this together."
  • Honoring the intrinsic goodness, the dignity and the unique expression of each individual creates a robust and diverse society that is inherently creative, nurturing and egalitarian.

We are all connected to each other and to everything on the planet.  We often think we are separate -- and that is the basis of problems.  If we do not take the "synerview" as individuals, groups, or nations, the decisions we make will have consequences.  The consequences of not taking the synerview include quarrels and distrust among individuals to wars among groups and nations to destruction of ecosystems affecting life and the planet.

The synerview concept encompasses "doing no harm" to the planet and its inhabitants; instead, it focuses on the benefits resulting from that viewpoint.  An example of the importance of Synerview is in issues involving common resources (the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land that supplies our food, etc.).  In viewing common resources, one encounters The Law of Commons.  Examples of abuses of Commons would be dumping of pesticides that make their way into the water that we drink and harming the fish and other life; another example would be creating emissions that accelerate warming of the planet and raising the sea level.  If we abuse the Law of Commons, the result is the "Tragedy of the Commons".  The Tragedy of the Commons is often the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, despite their understanding that depleting the common resource is contrary to the group's long-term best interests.   It is only when synerview becomes the dominant action principle can we avoid the Tragedy of Commons.

Through understanding, by each of us, of our "oneness" with all of creation, and with the "oneness" of Consciousness, synerview becomes the natural viewpoint for all situations to avoid undesirable consequences by individuals, groups, or nations.


LawOfTheCommonsGP.pdf by Steven Reisler, in Guild Practitioner,  "Teaching the Commons", Vol 65,No. 1, p19, (2008)
2 of the Commons



OCTOBER 13: 1:30 pm San Jose Dowsers blog, San Jose: (Check later this month.)

AUGUST 15: 7:00 pm Smart Life Forum, Palo Alto: Dr Bruce Ames speaks on
"Vitamin and Mineral Inadequacy Accelerates Aging-Associated Disease"


About a year ago, FMBR and its founder Bill Gough determined that it would be in the best interest of the organization to broaden its mission to encompass more than the knowledge and growth of the concept of mind-being. The broadened mission for FMBR can be stated as follows:

  • Our mission is to expand the context of scientific exploration to include our interconnectedness with each other and the universe.
  • Our purpose is to lead people to self-empowerment in order to create positive changes for themselves and the planet.
  • Our research programs will explore a more encompassing view of the nature of the universe -- one that includes both the physical and non-physical aspects.
  • Our educational programs will share this expanded world view with our membership and the community locally via the institute, and worldwide via the internet.
  • We create partnerships that foster innovative solutions for the challenges that are facing our world today.

To reflect this broader mission, the organization has adds three key areas of focus:


  • Continue with monthly lectures and workshops to maintain and grow a local community of interested individuals.
  • Present courses on the learnings from the past 30 years and on the current state of the science of consciousness, providing evidence of our connectedness and the nature of our being
  • Create study and working groups to focus on relevant areas of interest


  • Presentation of scientific research at the forefront of consciousness/mind-being and environmental sustainability.
  • Foster scientific work on leading edge areas and foster collaborative efforts/joint meetings with key principals in the scientific fields of interest.
  • Develop high standards of credibility in all research activities and publications.

Societal/Global Values

  • We foster the world view that results from the understanding of our connectedness, that we are One world and One people.
  • We are and will be stewards for the sustainability of humanity and the planet.
  • We believe in the interconnectedness of life -- our individual and collective actions affect others as well as all of nature and the planet.

As part of its mission and inherent belief in the interconnectedness of all creation, FMBR adheres to the following principles:

  • Treat others with Dignity and Decency, regardless of race, gender, or physical appearance.
  • Do no harm -- to others, to society, to the earth, and to all the inhabitants of the earth including plants and animals.
  • Foster fairness and balance in all aspects of life -- for individuals, for society, for nations, and for economies.

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. The organization was founded in 1980 and is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, CA.

Foundation for Mind-Being Research
P.O. Box 449, Los Altos, Ca 94023-0449

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