Nov 2009 Newsletter

November 2009 Newsletter


Historically, there is evidence that humans regularly attempted to contact Nature through ceremony and prayer in order to avert natural disasters. There is little evidence, however, of Nature responding to these attempts by large scale climatic and weather modification.  In fact, ice core samples from Greenland and the Antarctic show that disappearance of indigenous people worldwide can be connected to catastrophic climate changes. In spite of this, Weather Shamans continued their practice of prayer, but there is evidence only for small scale, local effects, such as a 15 minute rain on a small area following a rain dance. It seems that even though indigenous people have a better developed intuitive ability than industrialized man, they either lost, or never completely developed their ability to fully interact with large scale weather systems.

Michael Barclay is a Weather Shaman who was born to New Zealand and Australian parents and was raised in both countries. He had the opportunity from an early age to observe and tune into the indigenous Maori and Polynesian mind. He had an affinity with large storms, and came to the understanding that a Hurricane, for example, has its own consciousness, and it is possible to communicate with it. Through more than 18 years of trial and error and respectful prayer he developed a system he calls the Language of Nature which allows him to get to know each Tropical Storm “personally”, so to speak, discover its “Code” and convey information to it.

Edie Fischer, MS is a Research Psychologist, formerly at NASA, Ames Research Center, currently CEO of FMBR and Project Manager for the Weather Modification Pilot Study.  She has designed this Pilot Study which has been running since June, 2006, to study the effectiveness of Michael Barclay’s work with tropical Hurricanes in the Atlantic-Caribbean Sea-Gulf of Mexico, as defined by the National Weather Service.  The Study has been sponsored by FMBR, and supported by private donors.

TIME: Friday, 8:00 p.m., November 27, 2009PLACE: Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos, CA

A $15 donation is asked of non-members, at the door
Students with ID, a $5 donation is asked
DIRECTIONS to Christ Episcopal Church, Los Altos

From Hwy 101:
1. Take the San Antonio Road exit into Mtn. View.
2. Continue on San Antonio Road past Camino Real to Foothill Expressway (approximately
4 miles).
3. Turn left on Foothill Expressway.
4. Turn right at the first corner onto El Monte Road.
5. Turn left at the first stop light onto University Ave until it ends and you must turn right onto Anita Ave., then follow the University Avenue/Anita Ave. instructions below.

From Hwy 280:
1. Take the El Monte/Moody Road exit in Los Altos.
2. Turn on El Monte toward SF Bay.
3. Turn right at the stop light onto University Ave until it ends and you must turn right onto Anita Ave., and then follow the University Avenue/Anita instructions below.

From University Avenue/Anita Avenue:
1. Turn right on Anita Ave, take an immediate left onto Border Road for 1-1/2 blocks.
2. Pass the junction with Border Hill Dr., then turn right at the first large driveway and go up the road on the LEFT SIDE to the top church parking lot. (Sign will say Church Office).
3. Park in the large lot at the TOP of the slope.
4. FMBR meets in the bldg. on the left, opposite the main door to the church sanctuary.


By Edie Fischer, FMBR CEO

Consciousness is notoriously difficult to explain. On one hand, there are facts about conscious experience--the way clarinets sound, the way lemonade tastes--that we know subjectively, from the inside. On the other hand, such facts are not readily accommodated in the objective world described by science. How, after all, could hearing the reediness of clarinets or tasting the tartness of lemonade be described scientifically?

Edmund J. Bourne, in his book ”Global Shift“ (2008), defines consciousness as a state of being characterized by Sentience, the awareness, both of self and the environment; Subjectivity, the capacity to have a point of view from the inside out; and Self-agency, the ability to be self directed, self organized, capable of choosing freely. Other characteristics include Intentionality, Purpose and Meaning.

In view of these attributes, what is the range of consciousness? Are only humans conscious? How about your pets? My cockatoo certainly seems to be. Does it extend to worms, bacteria? How about trees and algae? If so, in what sense? It seems that living organisms all down the line exhibit at least Self-agency, they all act in their best self interest. The sunflower turns toward the sun, the tree grows its roots for balance on a slope, a bacterium seeks out nutrients. Their experience of consciousness may be very different from ours, but it is certainly in the realm of possibility.

Christian de Quincy in his book “Radical Nature” (2002) argues that consciousness extends beyond living organisms, not only to rocks and water, but all the way down to molecules, atoms and even subatomic particles. His position is that for a nonmaterial sentient consciousness to appear suddenly out of the material brains of higher order animals and humans would require a miracle. Therefore consciousness must be an inherent aspect of nature all the way down to the smallest particle. If that is true, then even atoms and quarks are capable of experiencing sentience, however dimly reminiscent of the human experience.

Consciousness at the quantum level is also suggested by the fact that quantum events are acausal. An electron jumps its orbit and an atom emits radioactive particles randomly, that is to say, without a cause, as if they are choosing their behavior at will.

The idea that consciousness is the interior aspect of all phenomena in nature implies that it is also present in the macro world. Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis (1979) postulated that the entire Earth is an intelligent, self-organizing “conscious” being. It would explain the bizarre weather patterns of the past decade as the earth’s self preserving response to pollution, global warming, deforestation, ozone depletion, etc. We can also postulate that even large weather systems, such as hurricanes are self organizing, goal directed entities with their own “consciousness”.

Descartes limited consciousness to the human brain only and alienated humanity from nature. If we accept the radical view that consciousness is an integral aspect of nature, whether biological or inanimate, we need to totally change the way we look at the world. If we see nature as conscious at all levels, perhaps we will interact with it in a conscientious manner.



“Breath of Life Workshop, Led by Grand Master Greg Yau”
Greg Yau has practiced Chi Gung and Mediation for over 37 years and in this workshop he will share how to:  Increase Balance and Strength, Improve Focus and Concentration, Lubricate Bone Joints to Strengthen the Bones, Emotional Balance, Reduce Pain, and Increase Energy, and Activate your Acupuncture points using Massage, Tapping, and Herbs.

Location: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Room D129, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
When: Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, 7 - 10:00pm
Donation: $45.00 - Limited Seating

Anyone interested is encouraged to pay in advance at or via sending a check to FMBR, PO Box 449, Los Altos, CA 94023


December 12, 2009: FMBR Holiday Party - Members will receive a letter invitation.

January 22, 2010: Dr. Rollin McCraty, Director of Research, Inst. of HeartMath, will discuss The Global Coherence Initiative, a very exciting science-based initiative. See

February 26, 2010: Connie Grauds, President, The Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists, will speak of the world of the irrational in which spirit and matter meld in her 16-year apprenticeship in Amazonian shamanism in the jungles of Peru. See also this website:

Smart Life Forum

November 19, Adiel Tel-Oren, MD – on Functional Medicine
December 17, Dawson Church, PhD – on Genes,
January 21, John Dommisse, MD – on Psychotherapy


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
* 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
Chairman of Board
Vice President
Administrative Director
Assistant Treasurer
Director At-Large
Director Audio-Visual
Director Commmunications
Director New Business
William C. Gough
Edie Fischer
Yevgeniy Gorodetskiy
Judy Kitt
Mary Cummings
Austin Marx
Trudy Dong
Tiffany Schneider
Jerry Gin
Francis Lee
Kenneth Morley
Greg Yau


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