Events

Teleclasses

Gain greater insights into the noetic sciences and how they apply to your life in IONS' teleclasses. Interact with instructors and fellow classmates during weekly telephone classes, and gain additional insights and experiences through written materials, online resources, experiential practices and more.

The classes are grouped into courses, most of which take place over 8 weeks. There will be no live teleclasses over the summer of 2012.
These classes will resume in the fall.

Past Teleclasses

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  • Teleseminar

    The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit

    How to Bounce Back from Life’s Hardest Hits

    Speaker
    Azim N. Khamisa
    Host
    Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
    • Jun 29, 2011
    • None

    Hear how Azim has transformed the harsh experiences in life to create even greater, more expansive results. Learn how you too can create incredible results in your life, no matter what has gone before.

  • Teleseminar

    Moving from abstraction to embodied consciousness

    Speaker
    Robert Duggan
    Host
    Angela Murphy
    • Jun 22, 2011
    • None

    Abstraction may be our Original Sin. And "Consciousness" may be one of our most destructive abstractions. It seems odd to me to discuss consciousness when most individuals whom I encounter do not have an embodied sensory conscious awareness of their own body. Is sensory awareness of the daily phenomena of life the only real consciousness.... and when we are awake to that, we are awake to the whole?

    We will explore how each of us has at least five very minor and yet very specific unique physical symptoms that with awareness/consciousness become teachers and guide for how we live fully in life. They constantly call us to retune ourselves to a centered way of being in life.

  • Teleseminar

    Psychology of the Future

    Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research

    Speaker
    Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD
    Host
    Cassandra Vieten, PhD
    • Jun 15, 2011
    • None

    In the last five decades, psychedelic therapy and other avenues of modern consciousness research have revealed a rich array of “anomalous” phenomena that have undermined some of the most basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy concerning consciousness and the human psyche in health and disease. Many of these observations are so radical that they question the basic philosophical assumptions of materialistic science. We will review these remarkable data and explore the most important major revisions that would have to be made in our understanding of consciousness, of the human psyche, and of the nature of reality to respond to these conceptual challenges.

  • Teleseminar

    Consciousness and Well Being

    Guest
    Deepak Chopra, MD
    Host
    Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
    • Jun 8, 2011
    • None

    Our current medical model treats the human body as if it’s a machine. However, we are finding that the body is not a structure, but a process; an energy field; an information field; and a consciousness field. Our bodies, to a large extent, are created by our consciousness, our souls. The soul is the timeless part of us that was never born and will never die. It is the managing intelligence that creates our body, and in a very literal way. In fact, according to Deepak Chopra, you are not in your body; your body is in you.

  • Teleseminar

    Consciousness, Healing and Happiness

    Speaker
    Frances Vaughan, PhD
    Host
    Cassandra Vieten, PhD
    • Jun 1, 2011
    • None

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    Why does consciousness matter? Recognizing that we all participate in the evolution of consciousness makes a tremendous difference to our individual and collective wellbeing. As individuals we know that a positive shift in consciousness contributes to healing body, mind, heart and soul. This shift is also essential for healing relationships and building communities of freedom.
     
    Our individual states of consciousness are continually contributing either positively or negatively to the collective. Our shared responsibility for future generations and the planet calls attention to the race between consciousness and catastrophe and the need to accept our part in optimizing the outcome. This conscious engagement and service in the world provides a foundation for personal happiness.

  • Teleseminar

    A New Vision of Aging

    Embracing Unitive Consciousness for Skillful Aging

    Speakers
    Tom Pinkson, Sue Steele
    Host
    Kathleen Erickson-Freeman
    • May 26, 2011
    • None

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    Aging includes loss and great changes and yet there can also be an awakening to a greater sense of wonder, meaning, creativity and "radical amazement".  Our actions can come from a different place, one that is not driven by ego but from a higher transpersonal consciousness where self-esteem and self-worth come from Being-Mode instead of Doing-Mode.  We will explore client and personal stories of what makes life juicy for them as they age and how the qualities of love, connection, openness, receptivity, courage and focused intent can be cultivated amidst change and loss such that life has a larger frame of reference.

  • Teleseminar

    Sufism and Rapid Wound Healing

    Unsolved Mysteries of Consciousness

    Speaker
    Howard Hall
    Host
    Dean Radin, PhD
    • May 25, 2011
    • None

    We will explore the mysteries of consciousness and Howard Hall’s systematic research of Sufism and rapid wound healing for the past decade. Notions of non local healing have been around in both religious and non religious contexts throughout history, but have become more popular recently with many so called energy based non local healing traditions.  Hall’s systematic observations of Sufi rapid wound healing will be explored as a physical manifestation of a robust non local healing with a “higher” consciousness at its core.

  • Teleseminar

    Nonlocality and Exceptional Experiences

    Genius, Religious Epiphany and the Psychic

    Speaker
    Stephan A Schwartz
    Host
    Dean Radin, PhD
    • May 18, 2011
    • None

    Stephan A. Schwartz will discuss his research into the extraordinary experiences we know as moments of genius, religious epiphany, and psychic insight. Two hundred years of reductive materialism has failed to explain them, but new research has begun to unravel some of the mystery.  Schwartz will describe why he thinks these three experiences are in essence the same experience, differentiated only by intention and context, and what science knows about opening your own nonlocal abilities.

  • Teleseminar

    Neurotheology

    Speaker
    Andrew Newberg
    Host
    Dean Radin, PhD
    • May 11, 2011
    • None

    Can neurotheology provide a new understanding of the human mind, the human brain, and human consciousness? How can we become better thinkers? How might neurotheology address important moral or theological questions? The principles described will be critical to the scientist, religious or spiritual person, and the general public as this highly important topic, neurotheology, is engaged.

  • Teleseminar

    Experiments and Practice in Energy Healing

    Speaker
    William Bengston, PhD
    Host
    Dean Radin, PhD
    • May 4, 2011
    • None

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    Dr. Bill Bengston has produced the first known full lifespan cures of cancer in experimental animals using healing techniques that he helped to develop. A recounting of his 30 years investigating healing, as well as his clinical experiences, are found in his recent memoir, The Energy Cure, published by Sounds True. A 6 CD audio set entitled Hands on Healing describes the healing techniques in detail. Bill is the president of the Society for Scientific Exploration, an international group of scientists who study anomalies.

  • Teleseminar

    The Master in the Grove of Elders

    Aspiring towards Elderhood

    Speaker
    Bill Plotkin, PhD
    Host
    Kathleen Erickson-Freeman
    • Apr 28, 2011
    • None

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    In this teleseminar, Bill Plotkin will paint a vision of elderhood as it is for a few and could be for many. He will inspire us to realize that true elderhood is a goal worthy of aspiration. And it’s never too late!

    Topics:
    Psychology
  • Teleseminar

    Consciousness and Non-Duality

    Guest
    Amit Goswami
    Host
    Cassandra Vieten, PhD
    • Apr 20, 2011
    • None

    Even today, the tendency is to look at consciousness dualistically --- consciousness separate from matter. This position is not compatible with science; so scientists have emphasized material monism/everything is matter philosophy. We will show that this is not compatible with quantum physics. We then develop a fully paradox-free idea of monistic idealism --- everything is consciousness. We will discuss how a science based on this nondual philosophy succeeds as an inclusive science that can deal with all natural phenomena.

  • Teleseminar

    The Curious Illusion of Consciousness

    Speaker
    Susan Blackmore
    Host
    Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
    • Apr 13, 2011
    • None

    Most theories of consciousness, Blackmore suggests, try to explain the wrong thing. They may seek some particular brain function, area or process, or hope that the neural correlates of consciousness will reveal what “gives rise to” consciousness. I suggest that consciousness is not that kind of thing. The real question is why we are so deluded and whether we can throw off the illusions of self, consciousness and free will. Susan Blackmore suggests that this is not only possible but essential if we are going to make any progress in understanding consciousness.

  • Teleseminar

    Is Consciousness Energy?

    Speaker
    Christian de Quincey, PhD
    Host
    Dean Radin, PhD
    • Apr 6, 2011
    • None

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    What is consciousness? It’s an age-old question that still stretches the limits of science. Is consciousness a form of energy? Christian de Quincey has dedicated a career to exploring this puzzle — philosophy’s “hardest problem,” science’s “final frontier,” and spirituality’s “deepest mystery.” Using the Four Gifts of Knowing, he guides us into this perennial mystery. Join Dr. de Quincey to explore different theories of consciousness, how mind and body are related, and how consciousness can make things happen in the physical world.

  • Teleseminar

    The Timing of Paradigm Shifts

    Guest
    Richard Tarnas, PhD
    Host
    Dean Radin, PhD
    • Mar 30, 2011
    • None

    A major paradigm shift within the collective depends on more than just theory or new empirical data. It needs a whole new soil, a larger archetypal matrix in which to bloom and grow. Richard Tarnas will describe the archetypal dimension, how it can be seen in the Copernican revolution and how Jung brought the archetypal dimension to the forefront. He will also discuss how astrology can be used to see the timing of when archetypal patterns will play out and the mass transformations we can expect to experience at the archetypal level in the coming years.

  • Teleseminar

    The Liberative Model of Adult Development

    Speaker
    Rick Levenson , PhD
    Host
    Kathleen Erickson-Freeman
    • Mar 24, 2011
    • None

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    Rick Levenson offers a new model of adult development, the liberative, defined by an increasing freedom from biological and social determinism.  The liberative approach can complement reductionist approaches in psychology by introducing a more mindful psychology, one guided by an overarching development perspective that features conscious development as an explanation for behavioral change.  Rick addresses adult development and aging from a psychological, not a biological, point of view.  Areas to be addressed include the kinds of psychological and behavioral changes that can be construed as development.

    Topics:
    Psychology
  • Teleseminar

    The Revolution Has Begun

    Speaker
    Kenny Ausubel
    Host
    Angela Murphy
    • Mar 23, 2011
    • None

    We’re experiencing the dawn of a revolutionary transformation.  Like a baby being born, a new world is crowning. From breakdown to breakthrough - it’s a revolution from the heart of nature and the human heart. It leads with a basic shift in our relationship with nature; from resource and object to mentor, model and partner.

    The story of today’s battle is above all the battle of the story. As human beings, we’re hard-wired for story, and when our story conflicts with the facts, we tend to stick with our story. Ausubel will discuss how people around the world are working to help birth the transformation to a new story.

  • Teleseminar

    Brain Functioning

    Where to create a positive shift in paradigms

    Speaker
    Fred Travis
    Host
    Angela Murphy
    • Mar 16, 2011
    • None

    This presentation will center around two points: 1) The brain processes in-group and out-group experiences differently.  Different styles of brain functioning are also seen when considering facts about other paradigms and suggests a neurobiological explanation of "paradigm blindness."  2) Every experience changes the brain.  To change the current paradigm one needs to seek post-symbolic experiences that transcend symbolic, representational thought.  Research will be presented suggesting that meditation practices build brain circuits that support a more wholistic world view .

    For images to go along with his presentation, click here. http://drfredtravis.com/IONS_JPGS.htm

  • Teleseminar

    Whole Systems Transformation from Inside Out

    Speaker
    Monica Sharma, MD
    Host
    Angela Murphy
    • Mar 9, 2011
    • None

    Transformation on an individual basis is challenging enough, but what does it take to effect transformation on a large scale?  Does collective change happen from the upper levels of society down, or from down, up?  For Dr. Monica Sharma, collective change happens from inside out.  Dr. Sharma has been working internationally with groups from all levels of society, and will share with us her wisdom gleaned over the years.

  • Teleseminar

    Consciousness in Film

    Speaker
    Stephen Simon
    Host
    Angela Murphy
    • Mar 2, 2011
    • None

    Spiritual films allow us to look at our humanity when we operate at our best, and Stephen Simon has made it his mission to make more of these types of films available. He promotes films in which the characters experience difficult challenges, but at the end of the day, there is always transcendence, a powerful transformation and a pathway through whatever the darkness may be.  He will discuss how he got interested in spiritual films and the path he’s taken to provide uplifting films that allow us to feel better about being human.

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