- Big Questions
- Consciousness & Healing
- Extended Human Capacities
- Worldview Transformation
- Community Groups
commented on Dec. 23, 2010
The following is an experiment in going deeper into various aspects of the following specifics by numbering each and suggesting individual Threads to be responded to as an assist to IONS in finding out where the Community Group interests and support in having specific programs targeting IONS Priorities as an Organization.
THE WORLDVIEW LITERACY PROGRAM
 The Worldview Literacy Program is a unique educational initiative that builds upon the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ four decades of research on consciousness and worldview. Our research to date suggests that the most powerful change that one can make, the change from which all other changes spring, is the gaining of new perspectives. Amidst ever-increasing cultural diversity and social complexity, and inspired by converging evidence from multiple disciplines, the following is an educational curriculum that seeks to foster awareness of personal and collective worldviews, and to invite participants to explore the inner dimensions of perception by creatively engaging the fundamental noetic question: how do we know what we know?
 The Institute of Noetic Sciences recognizes that there are two truth systems in consciousness, two ways of acquiring information – the inner/subjective/intuitive (the noetic) and the outer/objective/intellectual (the sciences). Much of the world has focused on the latter in its educational and cultural development and ignored the former. A true experiencing of our natural wholeness as human beings requires that we integrate both the inner and the outer while recognizing the limitations of a duality-based, either/or point of view and the inclusivity of a nonduality-based, both/and point of view. How many of you are living using these or similar distinctions?
 As explained by IONS founder and Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, “the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discreet things in the universe wasn’t a fully accurate description. What was needed was a new story of who we are and what we are capable of becoming.” That is where consciousness comes in, and the value of direct experiencing. How does this use of consciousness resonate in your daily living?
 Beyond our beliefs, beyond our conditioning, beyond the rational/intellectual, there is a source of wisdom that connects us to something larger, that can lead us to a new and expanded view of our reality in which the fundamental interconnectedness of all life becomes more visible. To experience that wisdom, we need to find a way out of the box Of our “normal” operating consciousness—our normal thinking self. How have you been able to experience that wisdom?
 Numerous research studies are finding that contemplative practices such as meditation affect the actual structures of our brains and can trigger changes in one’s behavior and perspective. Accessing new states of consciousness and awareness can also be achieved through the simple acts of quieting the mind, listening, and being present. By utilizing these and other similar practices, we will begin to sense a change in our consciousness that will increase access to new sources of insight and transform our experiencing of ourselves and the world around us. How does any of this resonate with your life’s Journeying?
[ 6] The vision of the Worldview Literacy Program is a society in which education of the whole person in a global society forms the basis of our pedagogy, not only in alternative schools, but in mainstream education. How does this register with you and how might you be part of supporting this process?
 The mission of the Worldview Literacy Program is to develop and increase access to curricula and tools that help youth and lifelong learners understand the fundamental role that worldview plays in their own and others’ perceptions and behaviors. How might you get Involved personally in such an endeavor?