Jason K. Norris, PhD(c), is on staff at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, helping with communications. He is also a life-long musician, performing artist, sound healer, dream worker, and researcher of consciousness. Founder of LucidDrum.com, he promotes hand drumming as an embodied, transformative practice. He facilitates the monthly Full Moon drumming circles at EarthRise Center at IONS, and his latest album, A Journey of Sound & Rhythm: Volume One, was released in July 2013.
Norris is a doctoral candidate in East-West Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, researching "sonic mysticism" and "rhythm psychology," developing an integrative theory of rhythm entrainment. He has an MA in Consciousness Studies and a graduate certificate in Dream Studies from John F. Kennedy University. His BA is in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino.
IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations
Join IONS CEO/President, Steve Villano, with Jason K. Norris, IONS staff member and founder of Lucid Drum, for an exciting dialogue focused on the transformative and healing qualities of sound and rhythm. Jason shares his research on "sonic mysticism" and "rhythm psychology" across cultures and from ancient times to the present.
Noetic Now Articles
- Can people cause electrical disturbances? Sep 14, 2011
Dear Inquisitivegirl, the phenomena with street lights going out while you pass by them is known as Street Light Interference, of SLI. People who experience this phenomena are referred to as " SLIders." It usually occurs instantaneously with no conscious intention.
Here is a link to a PDF of a book that was published by Hilary Evans of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena back in the 1990's. Current research is limited, but there are a lot of resources online for further information.
Here's the download ("The SLI Effect"):
- Sounds of Transformation: Vedic Breath, Orisha Heart Jul 08, 2011
Thank you, Brock. The music you share here is a great example of how various tones and rhythms can be used together. I love all of the different meters happening. It seems a lot of the album was made with synthesizers... I wonder what the experience would be with acoustic instruments. I really like the first track, Kahuna Old, as it has more of an acoustic, live feel.
Fascinating work with speeding up rhythms to find their tonal/harmonic qualities... do you have further resources or research around that?
Rhythmic blessings to you!
- Lucid Dreaming Nov 24, 2010
Hi, Lucid Dreams are a topic of debate, but they can serve as powerful altered states of consciousness. Lucid Dreaming can provide opportunities to experience the divine, communicate with the deceased, have out-of-body experiences, explore creativity, gain insight, and practice just about anything imaginable.
I recommend exploring the discussion forums on the website of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD):
A good friend and founder of www.dreamstudies.org also has some info on Lucid Dreaming though he specializes in Sleep Paralysis. His recent article on The Rise Lucid Dreaming:
And also, What is Lucid Dreaming:
Hope this helps!
- What mind-body practices have had the most beneficial effect on your well being? Aug 13, 2010
I find that hand drumming is a very grounding and powerful transformative practice--one that has been used for centuries, across cultures, in various spiritual traditions. Beating a drum feels akin to beating my chest and saying "I am here," exclaiming my presence to the world. In that sense, it is presence that gives me the most beneficial effect. Through drumming, breathing, listening, observing, etc., the act of being present, in this moment, at this time, helps to center me, relieve stress, and align myself with the sense of connection to the rest of the world.