For millennia, people have reported extraordinary experiences through wisdom practices and traditional techniques that have led to advancements in technology, business, education and personal growth. We intend to unlock the mysteries embedded in these transformational practices.
The IONS Discovery Lab (IDL) is exploring an overarching hypothesis: everything is interconnected, and embodying this awareness reveals information and energy not limited by space and time, and can profoundly amplify transformation, innovation, and well-being. We seek to answer three important research questions about this hypothesis:
- What is the relationship between interconnectedness, extended human capacities, and transformation, innovation, and well-being?
- Which experiences or practices maximize these factors or their relationships?
- Which personal characteristics lead a person to benefit from experiences and practices based on these factors?
To answer these questions, we are collecting data from thousands of people who participate in workshops, seminars, retreats, and other programs, providing the core measures online to reach a global audience. The IDL core measures are currently available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and German. The data collected will allow us to conduct multidisciplinary, translational, and unprecedented research on both the effects of noetic practices and the mechanisms by which those effects take place.