Jan 2009 Newsletter

January, 2009 Newsletter

Jan. 23 Meeting/Jan. 24 Sessions
Do High Frequency Brainwaves from the Forehead Region Correlate with Higher Consciousness?
Beverly Rubik, Ph.D

In ancient India, the higher chakras were represented by lotus flowers with greater numbers of petals than the lower ones. Do the larger number of flower petals symbolize higher frequencies that may be associated with higher states of consciousness? Previous studies show that high frequency brainwaves (40 Hz; gamma band) from the forehead (prefrontal cortex of the brain) correlated with enhanced states of oneness and compassion in advanced Tibetan Buddhist meditators. Recent research has shown that the brain emits higher frequencies than were ever considered before. Are these related to higher consciousness?

In our study, we compared advanced meditators practicing transcendental meditation with non-meditating controls using neurofeedback with the Peak Achievement Trainer (PAT). PAT is a novel type of neurofeedback that can assess and train various dimensions of mental processing, including a clarified 40-Hz brainwave, in which signal artifact from muscle tension or movement is filtered out.

Real-time auditory and/or visual neurofeedback of this clarified 40-Hz brainwave was given to subjects in a controlled laboratory setting. Subjects were asked to do the following tasks: (1) to explore the 40-Hz experience and to subsequently describe it in their own words; (2) to engage in several different moods as described to them by a sequence of words, and to decide, using neurofeedback, whether these moods correlated with the 40-Hz experience; (3) to engage in a neutral state to measure baseline values of 40 Hz; and (4) to produce maximum values of 40 Hz using neuro-feedback. The results showrf important similarities and differences between meditators and controls and will be presented and discussed. The 40-Hz emission from the forehead region appears to involve highly positive emotional states with reduced stress. Transcendental meditators proved to have much greater facility in achieving 40 Hz in a single neurofeedback session than controls. The Saturday sessions will offer the first of a series of individual sessions with the neuro-feedback instrument. See session info on next page.

About the Speaker

Beverly Rubik, Ph.D., performs research in the subtle energetics of living systems, including spiritual healing. She has published over 60 papers and two books and has appeared on numerous TV programs. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, and Integrative Medicine Insights. She is a regular speaker and advisory member of FMBR.


High Frequency Brainwaves Sessions 
Saturday, January 24, 2009

Registrants will be given the opportunity to achieve a high frequency 40-Hz brainwave while having it measured from their forehead during one half-hour session with Dr. Rubik.This brainwave emission is associated with compassion and oneness. Each participant will learn to enhance this high frequency to eliminate stress, and to increase feelings of happiness love, satisfaction, gratitude and peace, as well as mindfulness and full awareness.

Cost: $75.00 per session / $90.00 at door
Time: By appointment only. Call to register early.
Location: Los Altos – address provided by appt.


From the Editor

As the sun completed moving from Day 5 of the Galactic Underworld (Armageddon Cycle) to Day 6 (November 11, 08), followed by a move from Scorpio into Sagittarius the following week, my father passed on from the physical plane to the spiritual world. He passed just as I picked up my newly framed print of the Godess of the Roses, the flower goddess who is heralding the Day 6 Mayan cycle of awakenings and new beginnings, which will last for a year. I’d like to believe that in my father’s fragile mental state, he waited until the dark night was over knowing that he’d pass into a spiritual realm filled with spiritual renewal instead of the monsters from the past. I’d also like to believe that out of death comes grace and beauty anew, like a phoenix rising from its ashes at the altar of self sacrifice.

What does sacrifice mean to us as individuals, communities, or as a nation? It doesn’t necessarily mean that we must die defending our ideals; I believe that it means we must live defending our ideals with integrity and pragmatic implementation. Sacrifice is generally giving up something of our own selves for the benefit of others in their time of need. It is seeing the whole picture and understanding that the world doesn’t revolve around us alone.

It’s about understanding that every action we take can have an impact on others and a domino effect. It’s also about understanding that the thoughts we harbor can impact others through the spiritual plane just as those in the spiritual plane can impact our thoughts. My father helped me to resolve my anger in the few days following his death and make peace not only with myself but with those whom I perceived as my potential enemies, including him.

Ultimately, there is nothing on the spiritual plane more important than making a sacrifice for peace: releasing our own anger so that we can rise like a phoenix and let go of our self-inflicted Armageddon. We don’t have to physically pass on, as my father did, to make the transition. Neither do we have to die in the line of duty.

We need only let go of all preconceived notions that keep us bound to our self-imposed prison and take a step outside ourselves. The healing that we need right now comes from within the self, not from without. It’s the first step that ultimately counts and it is our awakening into the spring of eternal life. DA


Barack Obama and Interconnection
Bill Gough 


The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) at Princeton University monitors random number generators scattered around the world. Every now and then, the numbers form patterns that seem to correspond to events. The tools to detect patterns are averages, variance, and correlations among the scores from all the devices in the network.

On September 11 2001, when two planes hit the World Trade Center, the numbers showed a dramatic trend that coincided with the universal revulsion felt around the world. Such global-scale events, which bring great numbers of us to a common focus with a coherence of thought and feeling, have been found to correlate with anomalous structures in the random data. Below is an edited excerpt of what the Global Consciousness Project reported regarding the night that Barack Obama was elected:

The September 11 2001 terror attacks were analyzed carefully and extensively. We can conclude that the effects were among the largest in our 10-year database. The figure on the next page shows a comparison of 24 hours of data from 9/11--beginning with the crash of the first plane into the World Trade towers, as well as a 24-hour period of data beginning with the announcement that Barack Obama had won the election to become the 44th President of the United States of America. 


The figure speaks for itself [The election ends at a peak of approximately 750]. However, remember that we cannot reliably interpret single events like this. Nevertheless, it appears that the election shows at least as strong an effect as the World Trade Center terror attacks. We can hope that the election is the beginning of truly positive change.

Even though about 45% of the voters in the United States voted for McCain, which is pretty close to a 50/50 split, why did the random numbers indicate a change? Despite the division of opinion in the United States, the “world” apparently welcomed the election of Obama as unanimously as it rejected the monstrosity that occurred on 9/11.

It is becoming clear that we are an interconnected world society not only on a physical basis via the Internet, but also on a non-physical basis via our thoughts and emotions. The citizens of the world are engaged in an irreversible state of interconnectedness in which nothing, as perceived in our current state of being, remains isolated or autonomous. This is the deeper meaning of the physics and data from the GCP project. What we think and feel have effects on others, everywhere in the world. Thus, we must learn to accept each other, and help and support each other everywhere in the world, if we are going to live in harmony on this planet. It is our collective "spiritual maturity index" that will determine whether humankind can successfully negotiate this next great evolutionary transition. -- Bill Gough (FMBR CEO Emeritus)



February 27 FMBR Meeting

We are planning a surprise presentation for our February meeting. Check our FMBR website in January for more details!

February 13, 2009 Psychokinesis Party!

Join this light-hearted evening harnessing the power of Love. Our facilitators will give a brief background on the science of PK then lead you through experiential exercises designed to harness your love of self, others, pets, the planet and anything else you can think of. Bring 5 forks and/or spoons and your friends or loved ones.
Date/Time: Friday, February 13, 7-10PM
Location: Christ Episcopal Church
(see directions to our regular meetings)
Cost: $35 individuals, $25 students
$50 couples (romantic, friend or family!)
Interested in helping FMBR?

  • Can you devote 8 hours a month to perform administrative and other functions?
  • Contact us at info@fmbr.org. Provide a description of your interests and the must-have skills that you can offer us.

Call for writers:

  • Let us hear about your mind-being research and experiences or the experiences of others. You may get published!
  • Send all queries to info@fmbr.org. 

Many thanks to the following volunteers for making our Annual Holiday Party a success!
Judy Kitt and family for loaning their home; Marion
Gough for the wonderful music; Mary Cummings for organizing the party; and Karen Starke, Irene Dulfer, Steve Nagy and Kurt Bohan for helping out!


 Smart Life Forum

Cubberley Community Center, Room H1
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. CA http://www.smartlifeforum.org)

Jan. 15, 2009 Program: Steve Fowkes
Join Steve for a discussion on Preventing and Reversing Alzheimers and Dementia.

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