We are at a crossroads in humanity, an evolutionary tipping point. Our collective hearts have been broken open by recent events of senseless violence, and we have seen millions of people standing together in solidarity — calling forth a world in which true justice and equality can be established for all people.
This time also asks each of us to open our collective eyes to truly recognize and repair broken systems based on racism, oppression and the false thinking that perpetuates them ― that is, thinking of the “other” as separate from us.
Our mission at IONS is to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery. We understand that it is not enough to illuminate ideas and research about our interconnectedness, but together as a community we must stand for integrating these ideas and ways of being into the social structures of our time.
To further open the dialogue, we are inviting our community to join together for a special Noetic Global Gathering, Noetic Approaches to Healing and Social Justice. In this 90-minute meeting, we will hear from visionary leaders within the IONS community about how to truly work from a noetic level within ourselves and within the larger society to be part of the solution.
Noetic Approaches to Healing and Racial Justice
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
4:00 – 5:30 pm (Pacific)
Featuring Luisah Teish, Paulette Pipe, Azim Khamisa, and other special guests.
Luisah Teish is a ritual theater performance artist, a spiritual counselor, and an elder and woman chief in the Ifa/Orisha tradition. She is a writer and the author of six books, including the women’s spirituality classic Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Luisah co-authored On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land with Leilani Birely, a Hawaiian Kahuna, and has contributed to 25 anthologies and a host of magazines, including Essence, MS, Shaman’s Drum, and Yoga Journal.
Paulette Pipe is a gifted meditation teacher, best known for hosting the popular meditation/mindfulness practices podcast, “Touching the Stillness.” Paulette heads Touching the Stillness Ministries, a vibrant organization she created to make meditation and mindfulness both practical and accessible for daily application. Paulette is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundation. She is also Keeper of the Flame for Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Board of Trustees; silently holding sacred space during board meetings, to support its deliberations and decision-making process.
Azim Khamisa serves as the Vice Chair of the IONS Board of Directors. Hailed by dignitaries such as the Dalai Llama, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore, Azim delivers his inspirational message to a world in desperate need of forgiveness, peace and hope. Following the murder of his only son Tariq in 1995 through a senseless, gang-related incident, Azim chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge, and this amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) and the subsequent forgiveness movement which has reached millions.
Kele Nitoto is a second generation African-American percussionist. Born and raised in the Oakland Dance Culture, Kele Has studied with Masters of many styles, becoming proficient in West-African, Congolese, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, and Afro-Haitian traditional drumming. A co-founder the Black Dot Artist Collective, Kele has also become one of the Bay Area’s most sought after percussionists for R+B, Hip-Hop and Jazz and has performed throughout the country in dance companies, bands, and teaching workshops and classes. Kele has taught hundreds of workshops and classes over the years with adults and children. He has taught at summer camps, spiritual and workplace retreats, and for countless ceremonies and celebrations. Through it all he continues to explore all aspects of percussive music, and what it can mean to those who hear it.