Speakers 2009-2010 Season

Speakers 2009-10 Season

Sep, 09
Intentional Sound: Gaining Mental Freedom Through Conscious Integration
Lisa Rafel

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.

Speaker's Bio

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.

Oct, 09
Your Happy Gene: The Science of Inducing Spiritual States of Heart
Dawson Church, PhD

The mythology presented in the popular media is that there is a gene to control this function, and a gene to control that. In reality, about 85% of our genes don’t become active at all until they are activated by a signal from the environment outside of the cell. What if science could identify genes that express during spiritual experiences, and furthermore, what if we discovered the environmental influences that turned these genes on or off? What if we could deliberately engineer the genetics of happiness, spirituality and love?
We’re actually at that point already.

A series of groundbreaking studies of gene expression has identified groups of genes, primarily regulatory genes that regulate the activity of organs or entire body systems, that are expressed differently as our psychological, emotional and spiritual states change. What’s more, there are tools of consciousness that we can use to change those states, and deliberately trigger the expression of these genes at will. I call these your “happy” genes, and this presentation presents the results of this research, along with demonstrations of some of the popular new techniques that trigger happy gene expression, such as heart coherence (HeartMath) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). This lively and engaging presentation is guaranteed to leave the audience buzzing with a gene-induced natural “high”!

Speaker's Bio

Dawson Church, PhD, has edited or authored many books, and collaborated with leading authorities including Larry Dossey, MD, Bernie Siegel, MD, Caroline Myss, PhD, and others. He founded Soul Medicine Institute to research and teach emerging psychological and medical techniques that can yield fast and radical cures. His book, The Genie in Your Genes,(www.GenieBestseller.com) , pioneers the field of Epigenetics, (control of genes from outside the cell), explaining the remarkable self-healing mechanisms now emerging from this science. He has authored several scientific studies of Energy Psychology, and through EFT Power Training (www.EFTPowerTraining.com) , teaches groups how to apply these breakthroughs to health and athletic performance.

Nov, 09
The Language Of Nature: A Report on the Weather Modification Pilot Study Sponsored by FMBR
Michael Barclay and Edie Fischer

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.

Speakers' Bios

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 on NASA, Ames Research Center, currently CEO of FMBR.  She has designed a 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.

Jan. 10
The Global Coherence Initiative - Heart-Brain Dynamics, and the Earth’s Energetic Systems

The Global Coherence Initiative (GCI) is an international project that uses modern magnetic sensor technology to monitor changes in the earth's magnetic field and ionosphere in relationship to collective human emotions, health and behavior and planetary changes. It will be comprised of about 12 sensor sites strategically situated around the world. The purpose of this Initiative is to unite millions of people in heart-focused care with the intent to shift global consciousness from instability, chaos, violence and war to balance, cooperation, harmony and enduring peace.

The Global Coherence Initiative is designed to increase the coherence of individuals and groups, to help them work together to synchronistically and strategically increase the impact of their efforts to create positive global change. The GCI hypothesizes that an intention from a person in heart coherent state goes out like a radio wave and interacts with and modulates the planetary magnetic field, thus potentially affecting the collective consciousness, which is tuned into the field environment. It is further hypothesized that the coherent field can be amplified in groups of coherent individuals where a self-reinforcing field of emotional energy amplifies and increases the beneficial effects. The long-term research goal is to show the interconnectedness of all living beings with the earth and the cosmos.

The Global Coherence Initiative was launched by the Institute of HeartMath, a non-profit 501(c)(3). The GCI website (www.glcoherence.org)provides members with the essential technology and education for increasing individual heart coherence, instructional and informational web-based seminars, scientific papers, live data, and regular updates to global events which keep people globally informed about daily fluctuations in the earth's magnetic field and ionosphere. Membership to this global community is free.

Speaker's Bio

Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. of Boulder Creek, California, is the GCI's project coordinator. McCraty has been with the Institute of HeartMath (www.heartmath.org) since its creation in 1991. He is IHM's executive vice president and director of research. A psychophysiologist, Dr. McCraty's research interests include the physiology of emotion, with a focus on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, and health. A fellow of the American Institute of Stress, McCraty is a member of the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He and his team regularly participate in studies with scientific, medical and educational institutions worldwide, including Stanford University, Arizona State University, Wake Forest University, Clemson University and the Miami Heart Research Institute. His research has appeared in many journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Stress Medicine and Biological Psychology.

Feb 10
Jungle Medicine: From Medicine to Magic

A shaman’s mysterious healing practices are a blend of medicine and spirit. The rainforest shamans are experts on the healing properties of the jungle’s rich plant medicines. These shamans have an intimate relationship with the healing spirits of nature and especially of the plants, which they summon on behalf of the patient during the healing.

These powerful secrets of the jungle shamans will unfold in a dramatic Amazon multimedia slide presentation of exotic indigenous Amazon tribes and powerful medicinal plants as Connie Grauds tells spirited tales of visionary spirit doctors and their healing powers experienced in the ancient sacred rituals of her 16-year apprenticeship with a Peruvian Amazon jungle shaman.

The Objectives:

  • The purpose of this presentation is to understand the interrelatedness of the powerful medicines that come from our rain forests that are vital to our health, with the health of our Earth that provides them…the plants, the planet, the pharmaceuticals.
  • In this presentation, we will also appreciate the importance of the indigenous healers who teach us how to use these medicinal plants, the science we know about their active properties, and the ubiquitous spirit that is behind all that heals…the shaman, the science, the spirit.
  • The goal of this presentation is to spirit our health and welfare with the deep understanding of the importance of ecological medicine, just as the jungle shamans do in their intimate relationship with the healing spirits of nature and their knowledge of the medicinal plants…the medicine, the magic, the mystery.

Speaker's Bio

Constance Grauds is President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists; Faculty at the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing; and Director of Allied Health at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Grauds serves on the Advisory Board for Integral Health at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is also author of the books The Energy Prescription and Jungle Medicine, which recount spirited tales of her 16-year apprenticeship in Amazonian jungle shamanism. Grauds 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.

Mar 10
On Being Moved: Kundalini, Lifelong Romantic Love and Charismatic Spirituality

Yoga that is taught today is largely based upon gymnastics and French ballet. Dr. Sovatsky will present from his widely published forty year research (including in Russia) on the kundalini-energetic ("charismatic," in Christian terms) origins of asanas and inspired chanting. He will describe how inspired group chanting and movement can help to awaken ones energies. He will also describe meditative principles from bhakti (emotional yoga) and pariyanga (erotic tantra and the puberties of heart and mind) as the basis for lifelong romantic love and creative family life and career. Drawing from the thousands of clients he has helped since 1975, he will answer questions and share inspiring stories of couples who transformed their breakup-bound relationships into loving and creative marriages.

Speaker's Bio

Stuart Sovatsky, PhD (Princeton, CIIS), is the co-president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, a Board trustee for the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) for 20 years, and a marriage therapist for 35 years. He was the first in the US to bring yoga to the homeless. His books include, Eros Consciousness & Kundalini, Words From the Soul and Your Perfect Lips. He has given hundreds of presentations on tantra, including in India and Moscow, where he will keynote at www.ita2010.com and where he leads tantra retreats He has consulted with the Chair of the Association of Unaligned Nations of the World and was the founding consultant to the Green City Lofts, an award-winning $34million green-built complex.

Apr, 10
The 10th Power – Enter ‘Slip Time’ and Activate Your Potential

Are you ready to get behind the steering wheel of life?

Conventional education fails to provide the answers for how to interact with the underlying superstructure of life – the invisible, yet highly interactive realms of Zero Point, premanifest and morphogenetic field energies.

What prevents us from logging on?

Our history, baggage, and preconceptions act like viruses in a computer, slowing operating speed and preventing us from gaining broadband access to these Fields of potential. Without upgrading the system, we are left running outdated, antiquated software and are logged on with dial-up at best.
Learn how to tap this vast resource. Get the passcode for reshaping your tomorrow by discovering hidden fractals, recognizing interference patterns, and learning how to activate your dormant potential.

Speaker's Bio

Enter “slip time” with futurist, author, and sensitive Dawn Clark as she maps this unchartered territory and shares the hidden truth revealed to her in her near-death experience. Standing at the nexus of science and spirituality, Dawn provides unique insight and catalysts for materializing opportunity, prosperity, health, loving relationships and the life you've always wanted.

May, 10
Heal Into Consciousness and Learn to Transcend Your Mind Into Presence in the Now!

Discourse & Demonstration with an award-winning author, spiritual teacher, and internationally acclaimed master healer Eliza MADA Dalian.

Imagine how your life could be if you were able to:

  • Quickly transcend your mind’s duality and find your eternal being, which is never sick, has no pain, no material or financial burdens, and can never die?
  • Discover a fresh new perspective on healing and awakening that can propel your being's healing journey into greater freedom and consciousness.
  • Ask questions and receive practical guidance for your own individual journey from an enlightened being.

See a practical demonstration that

  • effortlessly identifies the root cause of blocks in the body, currently manifesting as pain or suffering;
  • shows how easy it is to remove these blocks permanently and ground these changes to enjoy a life free of pain, with heightened consciousness.

As a self-realized mystic with her own groundbreaking healing method, MADA will address the difficulties we face in practicing stillness and presence in a modern world, and will offer in-depth understanding of the mechanism of the development and transformation of the ego-mind into consciousness. MADA's book, In Search Of The Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness, is a recipient of five book awards. It offers practical and easy to understand tools to quickly transcend the chatter of the mind and bring you into consciousness and presence in the Now.

Speaker's Bio

Eliza MADA Dalian is a rare combination of an award-winning author, self-realized mystic, spiritual teacher, and internationally acclaimed master healer. She brings a leading edge perspective on healing and enlightenment, offering clarity, guidance, and major transformation in this time of profound shift in global consciousness. Affectionately known as MADA, a name she was initiated by, she began her personal quest for enlightenment at age twenty-four. After years of focused meditation practice and several profound spiritual experiences, she was blessed with an ultimate awakening experience at age 33. This life-altering experience took her some years to integrate into the ordinary world of day-to-day life, and in 1996 she developed a powerful new healing method (DHM) deemed by many as a method ahead of its time. Through this simple yet profound method she offers a practical solution for spontaneous healing and transformation of consciousness for individuals, society, and the planet. MADA travels internationally, offering workshops, healing sessions, and retreats, to individuals, children, and organizations. She lives in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Jun, 10
“Cracking The Code” of the Vibrational Spectrum: New Developments from Egypt & Europe
Robert J. Gilbert, PhD

The field of “Vibrational Medicine” is growing rapidly, with branches going in many different directions.  All of these vibrational healing approaches emerge from a new Vibrational Science, which replaces modern mechanical views of life with a new understanding of the vibrational basis of life itself.

This new Vibrational Science requires us to understand the full spectrum of vibrational energies which affect life and health.  The basis for this has been created by French researchers, who developed a practical system which places vibrations from any source (color, sound, movement, angle, number etc.) into a unified spectrum of energy qualities.  This allows us to identify which specific vibrational qualities are involved in any health challenge, and which vibrations will balance these problems.  This work has been advanced in recent years by the Egyptian scientist Dr. Ibrahim Karim of Cairo, in his BioGeometry system.

Already entire towns in Switzerland have been cleared of electro-magnetic pollution health issues through using this new knowledge.  Many successful research projects sponsored by the Egyptian government (including the Egyptian National Research Centre) have shown that these Bio-Energetic methods of analyzing and applying the Vibrational Spectrum can be highly beneficial to humans, animals, and the environment.

Details of these new Vibrational approaches, as well as training in practical applications, are just now beginning to spread in North America.  Hopefully we are on our way to creating the basis for a new unified science of vibrational health.

Speaker's Bio

Robert J. Gilbert, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience in testing & balancing both conventional and subtle radiation fields. He is an authority in the Sacred Geometry knowledge and techniques of many different world traditions; the first non-Egyptian ever certified to teach both the Foundation and Advanced levels of BioGeometry® ; and holds a Ph.D. in International Studies. Dr. Gilbert is the Director and Senior Instructor of the Vesica Institute for Holistic Studies in Asheville N.C., with an extensive website at:   www.vesica.org/.