Nov, 2016 Newsletter

Nov, 2016 Newsletter

November 18, 2016
Ralph Metzner, PhD
"Understanding and Navigating your States of Consciousness"


Every state of consciousness that we experience, ranging from the familiar states of waking, sleeping, dreaming and meditating, to the expansive spiritual states of mystics, visionaries and psychedelic explorers, has its own distinctly different mind-space and time-stream. Expanded and expansive states occur daily when we wake up from sleep, also with moments of creative inspiration, the ecstasies of intimacy, peaceful contemplation, and most dramatically in the visions of mystical and psychedelic explorers. Intentional and purposive contracted states of consciousness, with a narrowing of awareness, occur when we are concentrating on the essential activities of daily work and skillful functioning. Dysfunctional narrowing of awareness occur in states of fear and rage and can become the unhealthy repetitive fixations of addictions and compulsions. Mindfulness practice can help us learn to navigate out of repetitive and negative contracted states into flexible healthy and life-affirming states, directed by the conscious intentions of the higher spiritual self.

TIME: Friday, November 18, 2016 ( 3rd Friday) at 7:30 p.m., (doors open at 7 p.m.)
PLACE: Unity Community Church – Y.E.S. Hall, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Speaker's Bio

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a recognized pioneer in psychological and cross-cultural studies of consciousness and its transformations. He is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His books include The Unfolding Self, The Well of Remembrance, Green Psychology, The Expansion of Consciousness, Worlds Within and Worlds Beyond and Mind Space and Time Stream. He is also the editor of two collections of essays on ayahuasca and of psilocybin mushrooms.

His blog is

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FMBR Board of Directors Elections

At the Nov.18th regular FMBR meeting we will have the annual election of Board of Directors. Two of the current board will be re-elected for another three year term;

Kurt Bohan         Director Videography
Francis Lee         Director Audio-Visual

We will also elect as a new Director for a three year term;

Irena Neduva         Director At-Large

There will also be the election of the FMBR Officers for the coming year;

Jerry Gin
Judy Kitt
Mary Cummings
Pei Lin
VP Administrative

Congratulations to FMBR chairman, Jerry Gin, PhD,

on the publication of his article, "Fundamental Pattern and Consciousness" in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 12, No 2 (2016). We present here the abstract of the article with a link to the full text. ( The first links to the paper on the FMBR website and the other link will download the paper to your computer directly when you click. Both links below the abstract.)


Fundamental Pattern and Consciousness

Jerry Gin


In the new physics and in the new field of cosmometry it is the fundamental pattern that results in the motion (Bohm's holomovement) from which all is created. Everything starts with the point of infinite potential. The tetrahedron at the point gives birth to the cuboctahedron (Vector Equilibrium); its motion and structure result in the creation of the torus structure. The torus structure is self-referencing on a moment by moment basis since all must pass through the center. But isn't self-referencing the basis for consciousness? It is said that all of creation has awareness, but at different levels. We know plants are aware of threats and of death to other living creatures by the work of Cleve Backster. We know we influence random number generators from the PEAR studies at Princeton. We know baby chicks will influence the movement of robots programed to do a random walk from the work of Rene Peoc'h. Quantum physics has embraced geometry with the work in the equations which explain the Feynman diagrams where particles come in and out of existence; those equations form a structure called the Amplituhedron - which is a quarter of a star tetrahedron.

We also know that the tetrahedron can form the star tetrahedron and that each point of the star tetrahedron can form its own star tetrahedron, which can go on infinitely. That is, there is infinity in the finite. As in the fractal and holographic universe, each point or tetrahedron is connected to every other point. If each point has awareness due to formation of the torus, then Hermes teaching of "As above, as below" has meaning in the torus structure.

If the torus is the fundamental unit of self-reference, is that the fundamental unit from which consciousness arises? The torus or double torus appears to be fundamental to all of creation - from galaxies to planets to atoms to photons.

(Click here to view the complete paper)

(Clicking here will download a PDF of the complete paper to your computer.)



International Congress on Consciousness

The International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) has announced the 2nd International Congress on Consciousness, {registration link} to be held in Miami, Florida, USA, from May 19th to 21st, 2017.

This congress shall serve as a global forum for an open exchange and debate on study and research centered upon the consciousness.

Check with Jerry Gin if you are interested in attending.



November 12: 12:30 am to 5:00 pm San Jose Dowsers blog, San Jose:
Ann Barham, LMFT, CRT speaking on
The Past Life Perspective:
Raising your Current Consciousness through Past Life Awareness 

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November 17: 7:00 pm Silicon Valley Health Institute, Palo Alto:
Dale Bredesen MD speaking on
Reversal of Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease 
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November 10: 7:00 pm South Bay IANDS
Kay Fahlstrom will speak on, Reborn A Medium 

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