September, 2011 Newsletter
The Science and Spirit of How Nature Heals
with Connie Grauds, RPh, MNPAA
.:. Benefits of nature for conditions of the body, mind, and spirit
.:. What kind and how much of nature is best, and where to get it
.:. How indigenous healers use nature and the spirit of nature to heal
.:. Scientific theories of why and how nature heals
.:. Research supporting the healing power of nature
.:. Ecological Medicine and healing outside ourselves
.:. Inherent imprint of nature on our psyche
TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m., September 23, 2011
PLACE: Unity Community Church – Y.E.S. Hall, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(doors open at 7 p.m.)
Constance Grauds, RPh, MNPA, is President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists; Faculty at the University of Minnesota , Center for Spirituality and Healing; and Advisory Board member for CIISIntegrative Health Studies. Grauds is also author of the books The Energy Prescription which gives prescriptives for the age-old complaint of fatigue; and Jungle Medicine: From Medicine to Magic, which recounts spirited tales of her 17-year apprenticeship in Peru in Amazonian jungle shamanism. She is Director of the Center for Spirited Medicine; and Executive Director of the Spirited Medicine Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of rainforest medicines and indigenous healing practices.
Her passion and life's work is the integration of the spiritual and scientific healing aspects of plants as medicine into today's modern medicine.
Students with ID, a $5 donation is asked
Workshop: Saturday, Sept 25, 2010 9:30-3:00
The Spirit and the Medicine of the Plant Kingdom
With CONNIE GRAUDS
Experience the world of the jungle shamans, as they relate to the plant kingdom. In this intensive outdoor experiential workshop, shaman a and pharmacist Connie Grauds, RPh, MNPA, teaches the healing use of the plants that grow all around us from a shamanic plant spirit medicine perspective, just as the Amazonian rainforest shamans have done for millennia. Learn the science behind human-plant communication. Learn how to connect with green spirit, talk to the plant spirits, and how to solicit these plant allies to assist you on your life's path, and how to direct these plant spirits to act as medicine (plant spirit medicine.) Participants will journey with the aid of drum rhythm to an altered state where they will be taught how to consciously talk to plant spirit allies and learn of their plant spirit medicine.
Workshop will be at:
Hidden Villa Preserve, 26870 Moody Rd,
Los Altos Hills, CA
$125 FMBR members $135 non-members
Wear comfortable hiking clothes, shoes. Bring sun/bug protection, mats/towels
for lying on the open ground, colored pencils/crayons, and drawing notebook.
Bring your own lunch & water
THE HEART AND THE SCIENCE OF CREATIVITY
William Gough with Helen Maslocka and Judy Kitt
On a warm weekend in June, board members from FMBR gathered with researchers from the Institute of HeartMath (Dr. Rollin McCraty and Mike Atkinson) and the Chicago Center for Creative Development (Drs. Hector and Linnea-Carlson Sabelli) to discuss recent advances in theories about the processes of creation and the role of the human heart in elucidating a new approach in the scientific understanding of creativity in complex systems. The Working Meeting on BIOS and HeartMath research was sponsored by the Foundation for Mind-Being Research because we believed the combined research of these two groups represented a true cutting edge bridge between science, creativity and consciousness. Both organizations have been studying for decades Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as the basis for their work. HRV is the naturally occurring beat-to-beat changes in heart rate.
In a healthy individual, the heart rate estimated at any given time represents the net effect of the parasympathetic (vagus) nerves, which slow heart rate, and the sympathetic nerves, which accelerate it. These changes are influenced by emotions, thoughts and physical exercise. Our changing heart rhythms involve not only the heart that has its own neurons (small brain), but also our central control brain. Hence, such changes can affect our ability to process information, including decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, and how we feel. Thus, the study of heart-rate variability is a powerful, objective and noninvasive tool to explore the dynamic interactions between physiological, mental, emotional and behavioral processes.
The BIOS plot produced from healthy human heartbeat-intervals reveals a surprising regulatory that reminds of ancient Mandala archetypes.
The Institute of HeartMath has been dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives. To accomplish these goals they have developed tools, technology and training based upon heart rate variability. In an effort to define, measure and account for the creative processes as natural and spontaneous, Hector Sabelli, MD and his team at the Chicago Center for Creative Development examined heart rate variability that, as he states, "is so complex and intricate that the pattern is not evident. Changes appear erratic, random or chaotic. However, the apparent disorder portrays the timing of the organism, which cannot possibly be random."
Using the studies in HRV, Dr. Sabelli has proposed a pattern characteristic of causal and creative processes that he calls "BIOS" and describes in his book, BIOS: A Study of Creation. Note that in the current mechanical models of physics and biology, no theory for creativity is offered -- these models instead credit random change for innovations.
Dr. Sabelli collaborated with mathematician Louis Kauffman PhD, to create a seminal equation called the Process Equation that recognizes continuous creativity as a fundamental of life. Studies have been done that illustrate that BIOS is ubiquitous. The prototype of BIOS is the heartbeat intervals that illustrated the biological embodiment of emotional processes. Yet, biotic patterns also have been observed in Schrodinger's wave function in quantum physics; temporal distributions of both galaxies and quasars; sequences of bases in DNA; population size of different species; air and ocean temperatures; shape of rivers and shores; economic prices, stocks, and currencies; and literary texts and musical compositions.
A newly described form of feedback can generate the BIOS pattern mathematically. In the BIOS theory the generator of the creative process is bipolar feedback - a feedback that is both positive and negative. It involves both cooperation and conflict. Elemental pairs of opposites live in creative dialogue. Thus, the creation of novelty and complexity is attributed to the interaction of opposites in a bipolar feedback processes. Asymmetry becomes essential. The new pattern of BIOS represents an expansion beyond chaos theory. Natural processes evolve towards an infinitely complex attractor rather than towards entropic decay.
Over the course of the weekend at HeartMath, both teams of researchers became familiar with the others' work, with the goal of devising a collaborative experiment designed to strengthen the concept and link the years of research each entity has put into bringing these new ideas forward. It was a fascinating and fruitful exchange. A videotape of a conversation between Drs. Rollin McCraty, Hector Sabelli and Bill Gough discussing their ideas will be available soon. In conclusion, we need a science where we can observe the real magic in the universe - a science that can move hearts. This is what the science of BIOS has the potential to do.
The Big Questions
It took the universe over 13 billion years to create a being who could take a look at all the evidence around him and see a pattern, which he called Evolution. It took another 150 years or so to create beings who would then ask the question, "if all life on Earth is in this continuous process of change that we are calling evolution, could we not then, as humans, use our own capacities, our science, our technology, the collected wisdom of ancient traditions, our intelligence and our compassion, to direct our own evolution toward a positive future for ourselves, the planet and everything that lives upon it? And, if we could do that, how do we do it?" This is the question that is being asked and answered by a number of people and organizations these days. I believe it is the most important question that we can collectively consider.
One of the organizations considering this question and moving into action is the Shift Network. Over the summer, I attended the Shift Network retreat, a five day experience designed to bring together some of the most visionary change agents of our time. Dean Radin, Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, presented his current research on the nature of the collective field. Visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard spoke of the concept of an impending "planetary birth" of a universal humanity. Stansilov Grof, Joan Borysenko and James O'Dea all presented their current work. We experienced holotropic breathwork, and did group ritual with Ariel Spilsbury, Sequoya Trueblood and Grandmother Flordemayo. The whole retreat was facilitated by Stephan Dinan and Devaa Haley Mitchell. It was an intense and densely packed event that left me hopeful about the future, even as we collectively face ever larger challenges.
At the retreat, I picked up the latest book by another presenter, Anodea Judith, PhD. In the book, titled Waking the Global Heart: Humanity's Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love, Dr. Judith details where we are on the human journey, asking the big questions: where did we come from and where are we going?
Her insightful look into the history of humanity using "evolutionary eyes" and her examination of the operating principles that have guided the stages of our collective journey to-date create a hopeful context within which to explore our next steps. Duane Elgin says that in this book, Dr. Judith "offers a large, mythic story to guide humanity into our initial maturity--a compelling archetype of humanity's compassionate heart." I highly recommend this book.
What do you recommend? What are you reading these days, and what do you think are the most important questions being asked and answered on the global stage?
Renew Your Membershp Now!
As I have been talking with many members of FMBR and the outside community of seekers, I realize that everyone enjoys and benefits from learning from others who are on the same path. We can all share in the joint knowledge gained on this path. Thus, I thought it would be beneficial to have an open forum prior to our monthly meetings for questions and answers from the audience. Our own panel of experts, the same audience, would then answer the questions. We will do this for the first 15 minutes and then choose a topic for a short presentation, also no more than 15 minutes in length, prior to the main presentation of the evening. Please join us and add your voice to the discussion! Jerry Gin, PhD.
At the summer meeting of FMBR's board of directors, Helen Maslocka was invited to join the board. Helen will be filling the vacancy left by Austin Marx, who has been given Emeritus status. At October's FMBR meeting, a vote will be held to confirm the following to board positions:
- for a term ending in 2014: Mary Cummings, currently Vice President, Administration;
- Judy Kitt, currently President;
- Ken Morley, currently Director of Communication
- for a term ending in 2012: Helen Maslocka
- for term ending 2013: Pei Lin will replace Peggy Gin as Treasurer.
UPCOMING FRIEND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 10: 1:30 pm San Jose Dowsers blog, San Jose: ROBERT E. SMITH's talk will review the history of information acquisition from antiquity to modern times in diverse cultures around the world.
SEPTEMBER 15: 7:00 pm Smart Life Forum, Palo Alto: Speaker will be Dr. Harvey Bigelsen, M.D. His topic will be "Holographic Blood Analysis"
SEPTEMBER 18: 7:00 pm RAHM: Metaphysical Exploration Group, Novato: The topic is the "Shamanic Journey Initiation" with Stuart Dole and Anne Hatfield
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 in which they choose to participate
- know and are prepared to expand 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.