September 2009 Newsletter
GAINING MENTAL FREEDOM THROUGH CONSCIOUS INTEGRATION
Sound and music have been used since the beginning of civilization as a means of communication for intellectual pursuit, emotional release, to benefit psychological and physical well-being, to invoke spirit in personal ways and as part of community ritual, and for individual joy and pleasure. What is “intentional sound”? What is the difference between the intentional uses of sound and sounding for pleasure? How does using intentional sound change our consciousness and assist us in integrating ourselves into a resonant field of wholeness?
When we make sounds with intention, we are employing sound for a specific outcome. Intentional sound can heighten the capacity to shift states of awareness. Use of such purposeful sounds can lead to a significant change of breath rate, a deep relaxation of the mind and body, an integration of bodily energy, and an attunement to a spiritual expansion. Through the application of intentional vocal sounds, we can create a personal feedback system of self-awareness and self-recognition that can stimulate the mind into altered states of awareness. In these natural altered states most people experience a “resonant energetic field” that has a quality of mental freedom that feels natural, joyous and more alive than their normal thinking process. When we drop into this state of conscious awareness (rather than mental awareness), we are experiencing our self as “whole”. Unfortunately, it is not easy to maintain this “wholeness”. Powerful, heightened states of conscious awareness, and the sensations and insights gained in that state, can easily dissipate and are hard to sustain. In our culture, neither our bodies nor our minds have been trained to maintain these broader experiences of awareness so we have no natural reference guide for how to maintain and integrate our experiences. This process of integrating “expansive” type experiences into the body is an important step to being able to sustain new consciousness.
Personal use of Intentional sound can create an internal entrainment that will alter patterns of physical and mental behavior. Brainwave entrainment or "brainwave synchronization," is a process created to cause brainwave frequency to synchronize with a specific stimulus. It can be used to intend a brain-state (for example, to induce sleep). Examples of entrainment include prescriptive rhythm, and/or binaural beats incorporated into music. It can be created through the use of specific tones that are administered through tuning forks, electronic devices and in audio recordings. It can also be done with your own voice.
Using intentional sound is an excellent and joyous way to integrate vibrational experiences. In the “whole” state, you feel more fluid, more relaxed and more aligned with your self. These experiences can be deeply healing.
1040 Border Road, Los Altos, CA
SPEAKER: Lisa Rafel has been developing programs to support healing for almost 20 years. Her “Resonate with the Soul” programs include transformative classes that train students to utilize intentional sound, cross cultural shamanic practices, healing energy, and psychic/intuitive awareness. Her work incorporates Kabballah, Egyptian, Tibetan and Native American practices. Lisa is the president of Resonant Sounds LLC, a company devoted to creating intentional sound and music environments for new mother’s and babies. She teaches at colleges and healing centers, and she presents at conferences internationally. Lisa is a chantress and composer with 4 CD’s of healing sounds, guided meditations and songs.
Lisa has a website at www.lisarafel.com
Students with ID, a $5 donation is asked
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
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.
THE REAWAKENING OF THE FEMININE:
ANOTHER APPROACH TO EMPOWERMENT
by Adrienne Juliano, FMBR Member
This is not about women. Nor is it about men. It is about the feminine--the intuitive, nurturing quality that empowers life and self. It is about how we aren't really empowered until we discover and align with this rapidly reemerging life force.
What is empowerment? Let's explore. Often we let others rule our lives, whether directly or indirectly. Think about how many choices we make in any given day that result in giving our power to someone or something else. For instance, when our children demand something from us because they feel pressured by media advertising, especially exhortations from celebrities, certain school curricula, even "best" friends, and we may acquiesce...OR our work demands something the company needs...a tel/cell phone or other device demands our immediate response because it has become so important that we are now "slaves" to it. These are a few of the ways in which we live our "outer" daily lives at the expense of keeping true to ourselves.
Our "inner vision" may be short- or long-term, but where is it focused? On the larger life we are here to experience and manifest? Or as "victims" of a collective vision that has outlived its usefulness? Do we still remember the passionate musings of another time, when we were young? Do we have the inner strength, or clarity, to know what life can be and maybe even "should" be?
When a baby is born, do its parents appreciate this new being? Do they pray/meditate/ruminate on their child's future? Do they consciously declare that they will do their best to raise a human being who will live as an empowered person? Or will they turn over the "care and feeding" (through society's messages) of their flesh and blood to whomever or whatever is influencing society the most? MESMERIZING LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IS EASY. It is done by creating false needs--by presenting distorted images of what "success" is, and then preying on the weakened will of disempowered people.
The reemerging feminine is about empowering people--both women and men--so they can realize to what extent they are being fed "gobbledygook" in countless ways--not only in one's own country, but worldwide. Like an infectious disease spreading out of control, people all over the globe are clamoring to join the larger masses of disempowered people who are being led by disempowering leaders--whether the military, industry, or peddlers of insignificant goods and services. We can ask ourselves, is our personal inner vision limited to the images held in front of us in increasingly intrusive ways? When advertisers want us to buy something, they know that to really reach us, to tug at our soul, only three levels of sensory input are required: a picture of the product, clever words about the product, and emotionally stirring music. Think about the mass marketing of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, hi-tech products and the like. Then think of the images that are used to convince us that we need those products. DO YOU FEEL EMPOWERED WHEN YOU IMPULSIVELY BUY THOSE PRODUCTS?
Also think of the various media that constantly barrage us with words and pictures of how they want us to selectively see what's happening in the world, in a nation. Not so subtly, a "tone" is created that serves to portray humanity in mostly disempowering ways, as people and countries are shown to be cruel, dictatorial, helpless, or even subhuman--unworthy of basic human rights--thus keeping large populations agitated and in a state of fear.
It isn't a very long journey from that newborn babe to its debut in service to society's need to propagate the very same limitations its parents' generation faced. What is required, it would seem, is for each of us to question whether we are encouraging intuition and nurturance OR letting ourselves be manipulated to: succumb to some grandiose idea of a powerful society that will be a bigger player in the world's economy than any other society; build an infrastructure that is largely based on shallow ends; raise little boys and girls to fight some insane war and be killed or maimed or psychologically traumatized; pave the earth with cement, bomb cities to oblivion, contaminate the world's waterways; and support a government that seems helpless or unwilling to prevent that which our intuition tells us we don't need or want.
The reemerging feminine needs to be expressed, to manifest in a meaningful way--not shoved onto the back burner to be dealt with another day: Letters need to be written when a product offends us; when an elected official doesn't serve his or her constituents' needs; when a movie or TV program insults our sensibilities through dehumanizing sex, violence, and other debasing acts. People need to "go on strike" by boycotting overpriced foods, valueless commodities, offensive media offerings, and edicts from various leaders and groups. We can boycott anything that demoralizes, disempowers, or otherwise weakens our life force--the life force that not only supplies but sustains us. One by one, we can turn away from the collective mindlessness that is erroneously called "productive society." We can pause to mourn the loss of a vapid dream, wean ourselves from a material-based culture, discover what meaningful living really means, and ultimately regroup as empowered, decision-making human beings who are guided by intuition and nurturance.
FMBR UPCOMING EVENTS
Intentional Sound: gaining mental freedom through conscious integration” - Lisa Rafel will focus on the topic of her talk and teach you techniques of intentional sounding. These exercises will assist you in clearing the mind, instill a quality of well-being, and raise an inner awareness of physical integration.
FUTURE FMBR MEETINGS
October 23, 2009: Dr. Dawson Church will speak on "Your Happy Gene: The Science of Inducing Spiritual States of Heart." - This lively presentation will talk about the significance of genes and their relation to the states people experience such as happiness, spirituality and love.
November 27, 2009: Edie Fischer, Research Psychologist, CEO of FMBR and Michael Barclay, Weather Shaman will discuss the Language of Nature and the Weather Modification Project FMBR is supporting.
January 22, 2010: Dr. Rollin McCraty, Director of Research, Inst. of HeartMath, will discuss The Global Coherence Initiative, a very exciting science-based initiative.
FMBR is in urgent need of a new treasurer. If you have experience in the field or are interested in learning and taking on this role please let us know as soon as possible at.
- An election of Board Members and Officers will occur at our Oct. 23rd meeting.
Smart Life Forum
September 17, Gar Hildenbrand, October 15, Gary Taubes,
November 19, John Dommisse, MD, December 17, Dawson Church
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 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 - - William C. Gough
Chairman of Board - - - - - - - Edie Fischer
President - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Yevgeniy Gorodetskiy
V.P. Commmunications - - - - Kenneth Morley
Director New Business - - - - - Greg Yau
Treasurer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Austin Marx
Secretary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Tiffany Schneider
Audio-Visual Manager - - - - - Francis Lee
Director At-Large - - - - - - - - - Mary Cummings
Director At-Large - - - - - - - - - Jerry Gin
Director At-Large - - - - - - - - - Judy Kitt