One of the most exciting things about working at the Institute of Noetic Sciences is hearing your stories.
Over the years, we’ve received countless messages from people who have had spiritual, mystical, or transcendent experiences. Most of you are excited to share. Some of you are puzzled and even frightened over what you experienced. And almost all are seeking a deeper understanding of what transpired.
IONS mission is to further research around consciousness by bridging direct experience with science. We call this the noetic handshake.
Many of the stories we receive fall into a category we call “noetic.” In a noetic experience, someone receives information or energy beyond the conventional notions of time and space. This can come in the form of precognition, telepathy, channeling, mediumship, and any of the clairs (clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairaudience, etc.), to name a few.
In other words, these are the kinds of experiences that are often dismissed by our society as imaginary or meaningless — and yet they appear quite real and often have a profound impact on our lives. They are also quite common. If you’re still reading this, you’ve probably had a direct experience yourself.
We are thrilled to launch the Noetic EXperiences Archive (NEXA) project, an archive for collecting the stories you share with us. This archive is an opportunity for you to share some of your most profound life experiences while contributing to scientific research.
The data collected in the archive will be used to generate and evaluate research questions about these first-hand experiences, to serve as preliminary data for larger projects, and to anonymously share with other researchers. The science team is also in conversation with other institutions doing similar work so we can synergize our data collection efforts (e.g., University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies and The Rhine Center).
NEXA is an archive of specific and remarkable experiences that will become a foundation for further research studies. It only takes about five minutes and will require you to:
- Submit a written summary of your experience (or upload documentation if you have it);
- Select the noetic categories that apply to that experience;
- Share demographic information; and
- Describe how the experience impacted you.
If you have had more than one kind of noetic experience, you may submit multiple entries. We will keep your identity anonymous, but data may be released to other investigators in the future.
Are you ready to play a role in the advancement of consciousness research?