Mar 2008 Newsletter

March, 2008 Newsletter

The Art and Science of Transformation
in Everyday Life

Your behavior, attitudes, and ways of being in the world can be changed in life affirming and lasting ways only when you transform your consciousness and commit to living deeply into that transformation. Our speaker, Dr. Schlitz, will identify the common elements of transformation in the experiences of a transpersonal psychologist, seasoned oncologist, Himilayan Yoga swami, Methodist minister, and more.

Dr. Schlitz will describe how you can transcend any one transformation approach by focusing on common elements across a variety of traditions, while affirming and supporting the diversity of approaches across religious, spiritual, scientific, academic, and cultural backgrounds. She will further explain how science and spirituality are interconnected, and empower you to become your own scientist, develop and test your own hypotheses, reach your own conclusions, and create your own path of transformation.

Dr. Schlitz will describe not only a framework for creating your own journey, but also how to link your personal transformation to a larger wave of collective and global consciousness, using your transformative powers to effect real-world change in organizations, society, and the world.

Marilyn Schlitz Ph.D, along with Cassandra Vieten Ph.D and Tina Amorok Psy.D, is the author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life and the companion DVD, Living Deeply: Transformative Practices from the World's Wisdom Traditions.

TIME:

 Friday, 8:00 p.m., March 28, 2008

PLACE:

The Great Sophia room at Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP)

1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, CA

SPEAKER:

    Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D.
    Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., is a clinical research scientist, medical anthropologist, writer, speaker, thought leader, and change consultant. Her work over the past three decades explores the interface of consciousness, science, and healing. She is VP for Research and Education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Research Institute at California Pacific Medical Center. She has published hundreds of articles on consciousness studies, lectured widely on a number of topics, including talks at the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Explorers Club, has taught at Trinity, Stanford, and Harvard Medical Centers, and is the co-editor of Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine.

A $10 donation is asked of non-members, at the door
Students with ID, a $5 donation is asked
DIRECTIONS to Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

From 101 Take the San Antonio Road off ramp, in Palo Alto. Turn right on Charleston Road, the first cross street. Take the first right on to Fabian Way. At the first street, turn left on East Meadow Drive. Continue across the first intersection on to East Meadow Circle. The ITP building is on the right, as the street turns

From 280 Take the El Monte/Moody Road off ramp in Los Altos. Turn toward SF Bay on El Monte. Turn left on Foothill Expressway. Turn right at the first corner, on to San Antonio Road. Go approximately 3 miles ( almost to Bayshore ). Turn left on Charleston Road. Take the first right on to Fabian Way. At the first street, turn left on East Meadow Drive. Continue across the first intersection on to East Meadow Circle. The ITP building is on the right, as the street turns.

From Alma St. in Palo Alto Turn toward the Bay on East Meadow Drive. After crossing Louis Road, continue one block, turn left on East Meadow Circle. The ITP building is on the right, as the street turns.


  • EDITORIAL

    Art and Architecture of Consciousness
    Mali Burgess, Ph.D

    Path
    As far back as I can remember, I experienced everything around me: trees, stones, chairs, animals, and humans as luminous, vibrating consciousness. This ontological experience of consciousness, as a numinosity of being, informed my lifelong interest in a phenomenological approach to consciousness as synonymous with existence. A deep interest in essence led me to three fundamental aspects of the nature of consciousness: existence, relationship, and dynamic.

    Insights
    In 1987, I had an experience of the most fundamental three-dimensional relationship dynamic, the tetrahedron, in which the great complexity of life was embodied within its profound simplicity. This experience, and the subsequent research it inspired, led me to geometric dynamics - the nomenclature that I use to describe relationship as a dynamic of consciousness and the embodiment of that dynamic in the simultaneous expression of infinite and finite, eternal and temporal, everything and nothing. This complimentary interconnected relationship, mirrored in the fundamental flux of creation, informed my work in the creative arts, integral and healing arts, and education. It led to insights into the art and architecture of consciousness and the psychophysiological effects of the architecture of space.

    Learning
    At the heart of the paradox of origination, found in wisdom traditions and emergent theory, are awareness, emptiness, and pure being. While words cannot describe the ineffable essence of existence that lies beyond concept, definition, and self awareness, words that describe the process of the ever-present nature of consciousness include presence and awareness.

    Present
    In 1971 when I visited the University of California at Davis, the Architecture Department had designed a walking tour that progressed through the rolling grounds of the campus to literally and figuratively arrive at the social issue they felt most needed to be addressed to create a sustainable future: education. Education and awareness are key components of social change. In a world faced with serious challenges to the development of a more sustainable, humanitarian, equitable, and wiser global community, they inform the ways society can embrace collaborative, self-organizing, synergistic, creative, and sustainable approaches to learning as a living process. Education and awareness also inform the mystery of grace and the wisdom of being revealed inclusively in the present moment.

    About the essay:
    This essay was written in response to a call to previous FMBR presenters to reflect on their life-path, and the insights and learning that led them to a present issue of great importance.About the author:
    Dr. Mali Burgess spoke on the Power of Pattern on Human Beings at FMBR in 1991. Mali has a B.A. in Architecture & Visual Art from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences from Union Institute and University. Her conclusions, regarding a global process of education, have also become the vision of the GlobalShift University (GSU). The GSU, organized by Erwin Lazlo, is now in its formative stage and has a mission to educate and train a new generation of positive-change agents to work toward solving the world's most vexing and universal problems.  Bill Gough

    FMBR UPCOMING EVENTS

    FUTURE FMBR MEETINGS

    April 24th Speaker

    Join internationally published author Dawn Clark, who will speak on Humanity Disconnected: Global System Failure and the Missing Piece. Dawn will explain how cancer, phobias, repeated patterns, genocide, and environmental sustainability are all linked. She will further reveal how science, mystical tradition, and paranormal abilities intersect, and how to percieve the world through new eyes and a new consciousness. Last, she will help you to discover your missing piece: how to activate your inherent abililities to heal both yourself and the planet. Lecture: April 25th, Workshop: April 26th. See next month's newsletter for more information.


    FMBR News

    In one of her rare trips to the U.S. in January, Dr. Natalia Shareyko, M.D., Ph.D., and V.P. of the Institute of Biosensory Psychology, St. Petersburg, Russia, facilitated an interactive session and workshop for the FMBR entitled, Feeling Beyond Your Usual Limits.

    The FMBR Board met on Feb. 3rd and Feb. 22nd to discuss the future direction of the organization and how best to meet member and administrative needs. This will be an ongoing process in 2008.


    From the Editor

    A recent study, by Professor Florence Levy of the University of the New South Wales School of Psychiatry, suggests that our genes may be the cause of autism and Asperger's disorder. The study, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, found that there were genetic differences in patients with autism, a disease that until recently was thought to be psychological in nature, characterized by repetitious behavior and resistance to change.

    Autistic behavior can certainly be observed in social settings where autistic individuals manifest behaviors characteristically different from the norm. But looking at this on a larger scale, and at the behavior of humans in general, might it be possible that groups of humans suffer from a type of "planetary" autism; more specifically, politicians and religious leaders who cannot break their repetitive and destructive behaviors and who resist change to the detriment of humanity and the planet?

    This brings up an interesting theory that may also explain an innate and planetary autistic consciousness. If we study the reoccurring cycles of humans on planet Earth, many leaders, particularly fundamentalists, fail to learn from past mistakes be they historical or individual. Are these fundamentalists hardwired into a repetitive, restricted, war-mongering consciousness?

    I recently read Zecharia Sitchin's latest book, The End of Days. Sitchin is a linguist and Sumerian scholar who has translated Sumerian tablets and ancient calendar inscriptions. His translations have resulted in many books about human genetic manipulation by the Annunaki Gods, and wars of gods and men. The End of Days details repetitive, non-linear cycles from the perspective of messianic and celestial-based calendars, which imply that the end is the beginning and the beginning is the end.

    Sitchin's findings are that history repeats itself because of the cyclical and repeating nature of planetary cycles and the returning Gods, and what happens above also happens below. While Sitchin does not address genetic manipulation in this particular book, his attention to this in his other books raises some interesting questions. If humankind and the Earth repeat cycles based on the return of the planets as well as our Gods - who genetically created us in their image and historically launched wars among themselves on Earth then are the messianic return expectations and war-mongering of fundamentalists hardwired by their seemingly autistic makers? Does this predispose them to a self-destructive autistic consciousness?

    Many humans seem to be evolving in their consciousness as humanity approaches this so-called "end of days." Some researchers have noted that human DNA is mutating into 12 active strands. Does this mean that our DNA is finally mutating such that we are evolving out of an autistic planetary consciousness? Some seem to be. On the other hand, maybe fundamentalists who keep repeating endless cycles of war and destruction, and who are resistant to changeĞare too hardwired to mutate and evolve. Will they all die off, instead, due to their errant ways? Is this what the "end-of-days" is really about?

    - Dawn Abel


    Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
    Events and Meetings

    Mar. 7th, 7PM-9:30PM, Mar. 8th, 9AM-5:30PM
    Pathways to Sophia: The Body Soul Connection.
    Join Susan Smith, Ph.D., Nancy Burnett, Ph.D., Gloria L. Van Bree, Ph.D, and Ann Reading, B.A. as they explore the divine feminine, personified as Sophia. Ritual, movement, and expressive activities will guide opening to new connections. Location: ITP. Tickets: $150, $125 for students and ITP Alumni. Registration: Call 650-493-4430, x284.

    Apr. 4th 12PM-6PM, Apr. 5th, 10AM-5PM, Apr. 6th,10AM-4PM.
    The Sacred Female: Cultivating Shamanic and Tibetan Dakini Practices.
    Join Vicki Noble, M.A. as she explores the sacred female through the Dakini. The Tibetan Dakini is an icon of the female, linking cross-cultural female shamanism with the invisible dimension of magic and healing power. The Dakini, like the shaman, remains undomesticated and embedded in Nature. During the workshop, participants will be initiated into a shamanistic Dakini practice, adapted for today's contemporary women. Location: ITP. Tickets: $350. Registration: Call 650-493-4430, x284.

    Smart Life Forum

    Cubberly Center, Rm H-1 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA

    March 20, 7PM: Karl Knopf, Ed.D
    Fitness for Seniors

    April 15, 7PM: Stephen Strum, M.D
    Related Health Issues to Prostate Diseases



    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.

    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
    * know and are prepared to extend 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
    P.O. Box 449, Los Altos, Ca 94023-0449

    Cofounder/CEO Emeritus - - William C. Gough
    Chairman of Board - - - - - Edie Fischer
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