Thursday, December 27, 2012

“Out-of-Body…Outside the Box” by Luis Minero

This article was originally published in Mystic Journey Bookstore blog

“Out-of-Body…Outside the Box” by Luis Minero

What does that mean?

When you are in a classical out-of-body experience (OBE) you experience yourself temporarily outside the container of your consciousness (soul). This container is your physical body. As much as it is necessary and enjoyable to have, it poses certain restrictions on our essence (consciousness, soul). It directs us to perceive mainly the physical dimension and focuses our perception mostly on our five senses.

So what happens then, if you leave the body? In this condition you are literally outside the box (brain), and now you can perceive with your subtle body, the so-called astral body; and none of the physical limitations or rules apply anymore. This means that you can fly, travel between places in non-physical dimensions at the speed of thought, pass through physical objects and structures and much more.

In some dimensions, when conditions are ideal we may even have greater awareness than is physically possible, you may be able to see more colors, have 360-degree vision, greater mental acuteness, a heightened sense of smell, hearing and intuition. Plus, there is greater access to information about your past lives, which is normally more limited when inside the body.

With the astral body we can explore non-physical dimensions, which are the same dimensions we existed in before we were born and where we will return to after our physical body dies. Here we can find relatives and friends that have passed away and – among others – beings such as spiritual guides.

What is very interesting is that we can experience first hand that we continue to exist after death. An OBE can serve as a preview of death and as a reassurance of our nature as a consciousness. Many people who have had such experiences lose the fear of death completely. At the same time, we may find answers to our objective in life (or life mission); access greater knowledge about ourselves, and our history as a soul.

All of this can lead to an expanded perspective of life, inspirations and new ideas, because we are literally able to think outside the box. This understanding often results in personal evolution and spiritual growth, which is why the OBE can be used as a tool for spiritual growth and self-development.

Now, all of this may sound like science fiction if you haven’t yet experienced it by yourself, but the good news is that leaving the body is a skill that anybody can learn to develop. There is no special gift required, just some willingness, time and practice.

This is the reason why I became a researcher at the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC), why I have been volunteering for over 15 years, taught classes worldwide and written the Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experiences book. I, along with many other volunteer colleagues, do this to enable others to have their own OBEs and experiment by themselves. Once you experience a lucid OBE first hand and explore the non-physical dimensions directly, all of these things I mentioned before are no longer a matter of belief or an interesting theory, but become direct knowledge and experience – and nothing is more powerful than this.

Would you rather read a theory or philosophy about the soul or experience yourself what it’s like to be in your natural “soul”-condition? Probably, the latter is true.

Click here to read more about Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience: A Practical Manual for Exploration and Personal Evolution. To purchase this book, click here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Telephone Telepathy?

Have you ever surprised yourself by successfully predicting who was ringing your phone, because it seemed unlikely?  A friend of mine had a telephone that malfunctioned such that the ringer did not work anymore.  One day, he was concentrated on his work and picked up the phone. Moments later he realized he had picked up the phone even though it had not actually rung.

British biologist and consciousness researcher Rupert Sheldrake conducted a scientific study related to this experience that many people can relate to.

The average success rate of over 1,000 trials was over 40% in a 1 out 4 odds experiment, which should have yielded around 25% hit rate, expected by chance.

Do you have a surprising case of telephone telepathy? A single case does not constitute scientific evidence, but studies such as this one demonstrate psi phenomena can be successfully researched.

UK's Nolan Sisters have a go at Rupert Sheldrake's Experiment

In a popular Youtube video, an illusionist surprises folks with a magic trick - or is it a case of telephone telepathy?

Nelson Abreu
IAC California

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Video: Interview with Luis Minero by Alan Steinfeld

Luis Minero, the author of  Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience, was interviewed by Alan Steinfeld of New Realities (New York-based show on metaphysical topics). 


This interview will be shown on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Time Warner cable channel 57 (Spirit Network), Monday Dec 3 @ 9pm.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Recall of Friendships from Period Between Lives and Life Mission Training

In an article published in Conscientia magazine, IAC Germany's Anne-Catrin Vogt publishes an intimate and inspiring personal account of a recalled experience from the pre-birth, preparatory, period between lives. Today, the author taught the course inspired by the experience for the first time in London. Stay tuned for the next opportunity to watch it live or online via our Google calendars of activities or our Facebook page, both accessible via our homepage.

The Sense of Interconnection: Penta Experience
by Anne-Catrin Vogt, IAC Germany

Source: Conscientia magazine, 13(1): 83-86, jan./mar., 2009
Original in Portuguese: O Senso de Interconectividade: Experiência na Tenepes
Translation: Nelson Abreu


The author addresses the retrocognition of a group dynamics experienced during the intermissive course. The phenomenon took place during a PENTA (personal energetic task) session. Based on this experience, it is being proposed the term sense of interconnection to describe the value attributed to the para-bond or the interconsciential relation between the intermissive course mates.

Keywords: Interconnectiveness, Parabond, Reurbanization

Responding to the invitation to participate in the roundtable PENTA around the World of the V Forum on PENTA and the II International Meeting of PENTA Practitioners, I selected an experience that took place during a PENTA session on March 6, 2009 at my residence at the time in southern Germany. The objective of this personal account is to describe a retrocognition, which I consider a consciential extrapolation, and to reflect and discuss about the topic of interconnection among the participants of the intermissive course.

I find this topic is related to the entry “Para-linked” in the Encyclopedia of Conscientiology, within the specialty of psychosomatics. According to the author, “the para-link is a para-groove inscribed in the subtle structure of the psychosoma of the intraphysical consciousness when it was still an extraphysical consciousness, during its pre-resoma, intermissive period, with some extraphysical friendship, that is, with another extraphysical consciousness during the Intermissive Course (IC).” (VIEIRA, 2007, p. 1.678). In this same entry, the author affirms: “The para-link is the greatest tie of affinity and empathy, with para-genetic, psychosomatic, holosomatic, and multi-vehicular foundations, between intraphysical consciousnesses, male or female. (VIEIRA, 2007, p. 1.680).


I was born in southern Germany in 1968 and the Foreigner’s Syndrome was a constant throughout my life since infancy. Since my youth, I had plans of living in another country. After concluding my academic studies, I initiated an odyssey through various countries, accessed diverse lines of knowledge, but was unable to find a place or line of thought that satisfied me. Today, I know that I had been searching for my evolutionary group.

At 28 years old, I found part of the group in Curitiba (1996). For me, it was like finding home. The welcome from the people of the group, with great respect and friendship, left a lasting and profound impression. Since I moved with my evolutionary duo overseas, in 2003, and, in particular, since the beginning of activities of conscientiology in Germany, where I established residency in 2006, I felt that the PENTA work had, as an objective, to assist with extraphysical reurbanization.

The holothosene of Germany is marked by a long history of wars, and the extraphysical work may be at least as important as the intraphysical work of dissemination of Conscientiology in the country. Probably, it is the multidimensional work that molds the possibilities of the intraphysical work in terms of access to people (students of Conscientiology).


In the practice of PENTA, in the aforementioned day, due to light non-alignment of the vehicles of manifestation, I had a retrocognitive experience of being in the intermissive period, as a member of an intermissive course, together witih other intermissivists, participating of a group exercise.

The retrocognition began with an image of intermissive group extraphysical consciousnesses of the same evolutionary level which I was a part of. All were holding hands, forming a circle, and the exercise consisted of being in a profound state of concentration and reflection to produce an elevation of thought and sentiment.

The idea of a chorus came to mind, in which each component knows its role and the harmony was achieved via the elevation of the thosenes with total interaction among the components. We were in mutual resonance which I interpreted as being in connection with the cosmic fluid.

The purpose of such an exercise was to re-enforce the materthosene of the group existential program and to increase the probability of re-encountering the group, when in the intraphysical condition, and recalling the para-bond and the commitments assumed during the intermission.

There was a strong affinity and connection between the members of the group, and in a way we articulated and elevated thosenes throughout the group dynamic. Continuing with the chorus analogy, the members sang in unison, however each singer performed his or her part, integrating to the other parts or voices, composing a whole. The result did not seem like music, but rather subtle energy.

We understood that each one would make an effort to do his or her part within the assistantial maxi-mechanism, but what united us was the group existential program, planned during the intermissive course. The central theme had to do with the extraphysical reurbanization of the planet.

My lucidity increased significantly due to the elevation of the thoughts and sentiments. The thosenes were the healthiest possible, centered on maxi-fraternity and on the future work in the condition of intraphysical consciousness. The workshop was based on the maximum interconnection among the participants. The objective was to enter into resonance with other intermissive period participants and to reach a maximum harmony.

Holding the para-hand of the partner increased the rapport and mutual commitment. I think we planned mechanisms of mutual help in this life. For example, those who arrived first would evoke those who were to arrive later. There were no barriers or reservations, preferences or clans among us. We all knew we had the same value. There was no hierarchy. The relationship was horizontal. We elevated our thoughts and sentiments in unison. We were conscious that the existential program of another was as important as one’s own. The union and the collective work was the predominant thosene.

It may have been the experience that left me the most distant of individualism and egoism. There was no space for personalisms or worries about self-image. We abandoned individualism without losing individuality or diminishing personal value. We had profound knowledge of ourselves and each other, with total authenticity in our manifestations. This transparency increased the sense of interconnection and gave us greater personal confidence to come to this life.

I recall switched positions to hold the para-hands of everyone. With this idea, there was a strong impact on the psychosoma and the non-alignment ceased. I was touched and I recalled evoking those who had not joined the group intraphysically.

In sequence, I felt a repercussion in the cardiochakra. I understood the phrase “strength in union” in a deeper way. The greatest analogy I could find for this force is that of a great current. I felt much gratitude for being part of this group and for having the opportunity to prepare for my intraphysical life with such a high degree of lucidity, knowing where I came from, where I was going to, and what my role would be in this life and that I would have, side by side, evolutionary friends with the same objective.


My hypothesis is that with this group dynamic, we bid farewell to the intermissive course, keeping the mutual compromise for the current lifetime, through group extrapolation and great confraternization, before being dispatched, one by one, to resoma. We knew the challenge of intraphysical life, with its tortuous paths, and we knew there was no guarantee we would encounter our evolutionary group. Despite this, we had the motivation to work to the maximum, with our healthiest thosenes, still as extraphysical conciousnesses.

The greater our lucidity and the strongest our perception of this resonance, the greater the probability of infusing this experience within our consciential structure, giving it an intrinsic value that could be captured in the intraphysical state.

I believe that we entered in resonance with the cosmic flux and with the holothosene of extraphysical reurbanization. I do not know how to clearly define the resonance with the cosmic flow, but the degree of elevation of fraternal sentiments induced me to think that we were in connection with the Extraphysical Central of Fraternity. I could not differential faces or people, because the priority was the group. The individuality took second plane.

I consider this an experience a significant recovery of cons in terms of magnitude. I could say that, through it, I integrated the sense of interconnection as a value in this existence, with which I aim to align my manifestations. The following sentiments prevailed after the retrocognition ended: intimate well-being, confidence, fraternity, harmony, optimism, responsibility, serenity, and unity.


Right after the experience, I felt the responsibility to share the experience with the other intermissive period colleagues, and the invitation of the V Forum on PENTA arose as an opportune synchronicity to share the experience. Perhaps this personal account can rekindle the recall in other intermissivists

The proposal of using the term sense of interconnection seems to be the most accurate of the nature of the para-link between the members of the intermissive course, where fraternity and solidarity predominate. I think this sentiment is a common value among all.

The effects of the experience have been lasting and expand through the current moment, generating more associations of ideas, allowing me to connect things that had seemed disparate. For example, the interconnection and the force of the chorus with extraphysical reurbanization, the world state, and the European Union.

The European anthem is not only an anthem of the European Union, but of all of Europe in an ample sense. The music was extracted from Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th symphony, composed in 1823. In the last part of the symphony, Beethoven inserted the poem “Ode an die Freude” (Ode to Joy) by Friedrich von Schiller, written in 1785. This poem expresses the idealist vision of Schiller, shared by Beethoven, in which humanity unites itself through fraternity. The “anthem expresses the ideals of liberty, peace, and solidarity and constitutes the standard of Europe.” (EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS, 2009).

Those ideals can be synthesized in the phrase: “Alle Menschen werden Brüder” (all human beings will become brothers), part of the poem by Schiller. The sense of interconnectivity may have its roots in the first intermissive course, and through this experience I deduce that this sense will be applied or developed in two phases: First phase: development of the sense of interconnection as a value among us, intermissivists.

Second phase: extension of this sense of interconnection to the Homo sapiens reurbanizatus.

Only when we feel empathy, fraternity and responsibility for the evolution of the consreus, will universalism be impregnated into our consciential structure. “In the evolutionary trajectory, there comes a level, inevitably, when a consciousness divests itself, spontaneously, of all egoism to embrace pure altruism definitively, without restraint, without loss of identity, sacrifice or major personal difficulty.” (VIEIRA, 2003, p. 848).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Excerpt of talk on synchronicity in Gainesville at Seraphim Center

Excerpt of a transcript of a discussion at Seraphim Center, Gainesville, FL with Nelson Abreu as we near 10 years since our first activities there in 2003.


Actions, people you meet, things you see, read, things that fall on your lap out of nowhere, a thought that comes to mind, something you hear -- so unlikely, so bizarre, sometimes a string of them. Is this just coincidence?

Audience: "I lived off the Alaska Highway, 250 miles from the nearest city. Someone came through from the highway with a piece of leather with a drawing and inscription from a temple. He gave it to me. I thought it was great because I had been to Nepal. A week later a Buddhist monk came by. I wouldn't even be able to find it, had he not come within about a week, because we put away things that we value but they are hard to find. It turns out that it was his from masters' monastery, and I was a conductor for it to return to its original place."

I am sure most of you have had at least one synchronicity that made you stop in awe. Sometimes it seems as if a sign that reveals "yes, we do live in a material world," as the Police song you played some minutes ago, "but that there is more." We are not just bodies. Is there a plan, purpose? I think so!

Audience: “I was at the beach, and I felt I should be in this particular part. I made a great detailed landscape drawing. Two people came in between me and the view, but there was something about them that attracted me. After they left, I finished my drawing and went walking by the park. I saw them again and so asked them if they would like to see my drawing. They were both art teachers at a university in Jacksonville. They seemed to like it and I felt such a connection with them. We hung out all afternoon. It was all very enjoyable, how it came together.”

I went to a conference with some other friends who were also going to present. We were at the last event of the evening, the day before our presentation. So, I thought we should hand out some announcements. The moment I told my friend to hand them out as people left, I pointed to a guy who was leaving "Like this guy, who is leaving." My friend ran into him when he went to the bathroom. Turns out he had only left for a little while. When I leave, I run into him again. He and his girlfriend come the next day. He was very sharp, asked good questions, and we all felt we would like to keep in touch. We forgot to exchange contacts.

The conference was over, we packed up and got our rental car. We were so hungry on the highway, but we missed the first exit. I had a pre-sentiment that there was not going to be another exit for a while but I was unable to advise the driver to exit immediately, for some reason. Sure enough, there was no exit for a good while. After maybe half an hour, there is an exit with a Subway but it closed just before we got there. Fortunately, there was a chain restaurant that one of my friends had tried before and was not bad. We were so hungry, anyway. We had a good time and enjoyed our food. We are about to ask for the check, when I see the back of someone seating nearby. I could not see the face of the lady across him. It turns out it was the young couple from the conference. They lived two hours away from the Penn State campus. We exchanged contacts and offered them a book.

Let us say that there is something important that you want to study to help others, like teen suicide. You start running into relevant situations and information, from the magazine article at the dentist's office to the book that fell from the shelf as you walked by. You just started a business but after a while your money is running out and you run out of confidence. An idea, a quote you read once, then comes into your mind: "People who accomplish great things, must take great risks." You regain your confidence and that day you get your first order. 

The examples thus far have been all nice and "heart-warming," but what about when you decide to take a right turn and the lamp post falls on your head. How often do lamp poles fall, and why did I have to in that spot, at that time? You had an unpleasant dream before your flight that seemed to predict doom, so you decide not to go last minute. The usually-punctual flight companion missed the flight because he overslept - a very rare event. But the remaining two friends went along and died in the plane crash. Why? We cannot be too simplistic about it: "The latter deserved to die - they had karma! The former, no, they are meant for great things!" How do these things happen, and why?

Some things are generated by ourselves, and many are not really synchronicities. Let's say you pick your birthday, say 4 / 27: 427 is your number. You start noticing the time 4:27 all the time. After a while, you notice that you under-estimated your brain's biological clock, and you stop paying attention to it. At the airport, months later, you are informed that your wonderful airline overbooked the economy flight. They arrange an alternative, and you wonder if you should stay or if you should go. You think you should stay, and happen to see 427 in the running announcement screen and you take this as a pointer to go with your intuition. So, it started out as not being synchronistic, but then, because you were no longer actively pursuing it was used for a synchronicity you could identify.

Audience: “My dad still lives in the same house I grew up in. The house number is 403. When I moved to Florida, I got married and his parents' house was 4103. It was not why I married him, but that was interesting. Unfortunately, that marriage did not last very long. When I moved to Gainesville, I found an apartment complex that was reasonable. The address there was 4203, where I lived for 10 years.”

Yes, I notice numbers can come up in different contexts. Some of it is self-generated, even biologically, but not always.

What else can trigger synchronicities? We can think of past lives. Of many previous experiences, you would have met many people, have had close relationships with many people, but many, many people. You would have been friends and family. So should it be surprised that we develop a proneness to meet certain people with whom we develop an instant connection; or even the opposite, an instant repulsion or dislike. But why? Many times there is nothing horribly wrong with them. So, as we explore this it comes part of our self-discovery and self-development progress. Sometimes, synchronicities relate to what we "tune in to." We might run into events related to what we have been thinking about or feeling or our degree of ethics.

Imagine ten people in the zoo, when the lion escapes. Eight manage to escape, and two twins trail behind, looking equally appetizing. It turns out that the one who got attacked was an illegal hunter and mistreated animals since he was a child. The other was an environmentalist and donated a lot of time and energy to protect animal life. So, was that just a coincidence? The lion being instinctive felt more threatened by the hunter. What we do, think, and feel is going to determine to some extent who we run into. Something someone tells me could help me solve a problem I'm currently dealing with. Apparently complete opposites, cops and criminals are so closely associated. The thief that goes clean, moves to another town, but keeps getting mugged. "Wait! I'm the good guy now, what's going on?"

We're not going to go into details now into concepts of karma, but it's not just an individual process. Why are we born into specific families for example? Why do we have the parents we have? What we have done in the past is done, but we can choose better postures and decisions today. There may be a tendency in humans today to divine this process? Are you sure it was an "angel?" How do you know? Was it from a positive source, a mal-intentioned source, a not so wise a source? We have to take care with eagerness to follow an idea that might not even be our idea. We can test things out and discern. How can we sponsor synchronicity? Well, it helps to be more alert and lucid, pay attention, be observant. Reading about it helps: classics include the novel "The Celestine Prophecy" and works of Carl Jung, who came up with the term. We can read about the processes involved in synchronicity like bioenergetics, energetic attractions, and karma. On reincarnation, I recommend the book Retrocognitions by Wagner Alegretti and Life Before Life by Tucker.

Another issue is merit; nothing is for free. If you want to experience a certain thing or spiritual assistance, considering there are limited resources, it's economics, who is going to have it? When we are watching TV, do we need help? Not usually! If we are counseling someone, we might merit more assistance. The more you invest in helping, the more you merit assistance through synchronicity, the out-of-body experience and increased parapsychism like telepathy or your ability to perceive and interpret energies. Why? Because you are putting it to good use. You will often run into the right people, being in the right place at the right time.

You can become a key player for something, whether at the local or the international level, we don't really know who we are. Maybe someone in this room is supposed to write a book that would help thousands of people throughout the world; we should not underestimate that.

Nelson Abreu, B.S. Electrical Engineering, is a volunteer at International Academy of Consciousness - Los Angeles Educational Center 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Energetic or Psychological Contamination

- Adapted by Nelson Abreu from a piece by Nanci Trivellato

Among poorly understood topics in medicine and behavioral studies is so-called psychological contamination, that is, the transmission of attitudes through mental influence or the imitation reflex. Although this process is well-known among psychiatrists, psychologists, and sociologists, many of these professionals do not consider its bioenergetic aspect.

You may have observed how, if a person yawns, sneezes, laughs, or cries others in the room may follow suit. This effect is more powerful in large crowds, like a live sporting or entertainment event, where individuals may feel an unusual level of emotion and hundreds to thousands simultaneously laugh, cry, or feel connected to the same artist or athlete.  Another example can be found in charged political events where a small fight can propagate into a chaotic situation resulting in vandalism and even lynching involving many people who are otherwise peaceful by themselves. 

Herding and groupthink, or the restrictive influence of a group’s culture on an individual’s intellectuality, has become part of our lexicon. Emotional or affective rapport can also play a part in psychological or energetic contamination. A typical case of affective rapport is evidenced by the mother who can feel that her daughter is not feeling well at school and is invoking her help. A more objective example can be found in the work of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research lab, which found that couples perform better in remote perception and human-machine anomalous interaction studies.

Do you find that you act with less authenticity or exhibit certain behaviors when around different groups? The critic Noam Chomski coined the expression “intellectual self-defense” referring to thinking freely and critically without being gullible or lazy to verify the “facts” and the history behind events other than the version of the world we are told by family, the media, religion, government, etc.

These phenomena are related to auric coupling, that is, the temporary fusion of the auras (or energies) of people. This condition allows a natural, spontaneous, and instantaneous transfer of bioenergies. Even though one might not realize or perceive that the transfer occurred, that does not stop the other person’s or the group’s patterns of emotions, sensations, or ideas from affecting them.
Without a doubt, it is imperative that we understand we are constantly exchanging energies with people and places, even at a distance. This connection can intensify leading to reactions in our energetic field that can result in mental, emotional, or even physiological reactions. The more lucid we are with regards to our own energies, the better we can detect our auric couplings with other people – physical or non-physical, healthy or pathological – and we can cleanse and defend ourselves when necessary.

All too often we feed ourselves dispensible ideas that often have their roots in repressed emotions or energetic blockages, which in turn impede the flow of more evolved ideas.  However, we can train to clean our own “mental litter” and protect or isolate ourselves from environmental “consciential pollution” through awareness and intentional control of their energies.

With time, people may realize that thought is action and that when we invoke others – whether it is a sexual fantasy or replaying an argument – we establish an energetic connection with them. We can learn to identify these interactions and to decide whether or not they are healthy. Sometimes we might want to connect with someone with an ill pattern, donate energies, and then disconnect. This is different from being unwittingly or unwillingly drained such as with the typical phone call where the friend only calls to complain. Organizations like IAC specialize on training individuals to become more aware of other dimensions of everyday life and to control their other bodies: the energosoma or holochakra (body of energies), the psychosoma (body of emotions, astral body), and the mentalsoma (body of discernment, ethics, and serene sentiment).

Nelson Abreu is an IAC instructor based in Los Angeles, California.
Nanci Trivellato is an IAC director based in IAC Campus, Portugal.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lucidity: The other Deficit in the Elections

by Nelson Abreu

As we approach the end of the presidential campaign in the U.S., voters appear largely polarized, often holding strong opinions on which leader and set of policies are best. Given the complexity of many of the issues, it is a pity that the media coverage has been dominated by short assertion sound bites, rather than in-depth dialogue and analysis amonh more exempt experts that break down the issues and choices.

A recent study ( ) confirms that once individuals are required to explain the details of their policy positions, the illusion of depth of understanding tends to vanish, often leading to a partial or complete change of opinion. It turns out most of us think we are policy wonks, until we are truly put to the test.

Another study ( ) has revealed that we tend to answer polls, decisively agreeing or disagreeing, even on non-existing legislation, for example. I.e., few simply admitted ignorance. Answers could also be biased by stating whether someone of their party affiliation agreed or disagreed with the fictious legislation. This finding puts into question any polling that is not preceded by in-depth research and dialogue.

As we approach election day, we are reminded that democracy is a work in progress and hope it can become more influenced by reason than passions and special interests. 

Nelson Abreu, B.S. Electrical Engineering, is a volunteer at International Academy of Consciousness - Los Angeles Educational Center 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Chakras: Tools for Developing Self-Awareness

- by Nanci Trivellato

Each of us has an energetic field that encases our body and internal organs. This energy, called bioenergy or chi, is responsible for life as it fulfils our need for subtle energy. The vortexes existing in this energetic field are called chakras. The chakras act as points of connection between our physical and non-physical (astral, extraphysical) bodies, enabling energies to flow from one of these vehicles of manifestation to the other. They are the means by which we absorb energy from and externalise energy to the environment, and exchange energy with others; therefore, they form the core system through which we sustain our energy levels, vitality and health.

Unfortunately, most individuals, even those who have some theoretical knowledge of chakras and bioenergies, do not clearly perceive the processes taking place in their chakras and are therefore unable to discern whether the sensations or reactions they experience stem from an energetic problem or from some other source.

Considering that our chakras are the energetic ‘devices' through which we exchange and maintain our bioenergetic level and that the energies of our chakras can vary in quality, to have awareness of what is going on in our chakras is vital to our wellbeing.

Our set of chakras comprises the energetic body and the aura, the second being a reflex of the energies of the energetic body per se. Our energetic body or aura is made up of thousands of chakras. Different schools of thought acknowledge and study a different number of chakras. In terms of our practical manifestation in this life, it is essential that we understand and are able to sense the ten key chakras mentioned further on in this article.

If an individual learns to consciously distinguish and master his energies, it is possible for him to rid himself of intrusive energies and to balance the amount of energy in each of his chakras. Nonetheless, as most people are neither aware of nor able to control their energies, their main method of replenishing their energies is via the separation of their non-physical and physical bodies, a process that occurs every night during sleep. In other words, even on an unconscious level, we experience a type of semi astral projection (out-of-body experience) during certain phases of our sleep. This results in an increase in the amount of energies we absorb from the extraphysical dimension; fulfilling, therefore, our need for subtle energy.

In cases in which an individual is not absorbing energies properly during the night due either to energetic blockages or to the pattern of the energies surrounding him or established in his bedroom, he may wake up feeling physically and mentally rested, but not revitalised in terms of energies. In some conditions, the individual may also feel drained during the day due to a loss of energy (from the whole energetic body or from one particular chakra).

We often hear people talking about the chakras as if they were separate organs, each acting independently of the others. However, the chakras operate collectively. This is why sometimes we feel well and vitalized while at other times we feel depleted or drained energetically as a whole, without one specific chakra being responsible for the condition.

Nonetheless, even though the chakras are interconnected and affect one another, each chakra carries out a specific function, working in harmony with the physical body. For this reason, energetic equilibrium is a vital component of physical health and well-being. An imbalance in one's chakras can have physical repercussions. Some of the repercussions most commonly noticed in everyday life are those related to emotions, energetic blockages or the activation of one's energies. For example, an accumulation of energy that is emotional in nature in the heartchakra may cause a person to feel pressure in the chest, tachycardia or shortness of breath. Obviously, we should always verify first if our sensations have physical causes. Once this is done and when we can be sure that the sensations do not originate from the physical body, we should consider the possibility of there being an energetic or chakral cause. Another example is when individuals experience an uncomfortable block in their throat (usually followed by pressure, heat or an aching sensation) even though no physical cause is known for this condition. This may be the result of an energetic blockage in their laringochakra, a condition sometimes caused by intense shock.

The trials and traumas of past lives can also cause blockages in the chakras which may result in physical problems. Conversely, the individual's physical condition influences his or her energetic condition.

Our attitude, intentions, thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions also have repercussions on the chakras, both positive and negative. In deepening our self-awareness and improving our overall attitude we affect the quality of our chakras' energy. Similarly, if we can sense our chakras and identify the quality of the energy of each, it helps us to increase our self-knowledge and to identify the characteristics of our personality that we may need to improve.

So, chakras can show us where our strong and weak points lie, where there are blockages, and how we may be repressing information related to our past (either from this life or previous lives). The chakras can also be used to help us better understand how we couple energetically (both consciously and unconsciously) with physical and non-physical people, some of whom are balanced and some of whom are not. Energetic coupling is the result of a more intense exchange of energy with physical or non-physical individuals and this can greatly affect a person's condition, depending on the nature of the energy absorbed. With sufficient knowledge of chakras we can identify the type of energy and the chakra responsible for triggering the coupling, and can then work on the points that are producing the non-desirable couplings and reinforce those that increase our connection with more evolved consciousnesses.

The ideal way to research the chakras is through the conscious out-of-body experience (OBE or astral projection) because this experience allows us to perceive the energetic and non-physical reality that surrounds us. It also allows us to actually see our chakras and the energetic connections between them and non-physical beings. We can also see which chakras are blocked or activated and in some cases are able to understand why they are like that. Research on chakras should also involve observations of medical aspects related to physical, psychological and mental conditions. Clairvoyance is another useful tool for researching chakras but is less profound and effective than the out-of-body experience (astral projection or astral travel), which allows direct observation of the reality from a subtler perspective.

Although we have thousands of chakras, only the main chakras have produced consistent research results. Let's take a look at the most important ones:

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Solechakras: these are the chakras, or energetic centres, in the soles of our feet. One of the functions of these chakras is to absorb the energy from the earth. This energy is related to our physical vitality. We tend to absorb more of this type of energy when we are in contact with nature, such as when we walk in a park or a peaceful place, or when we come into direct contact with the soil. Synonyms: double solechackra, plantchakras, pre-kundalini.

Sexchakra: this chakra is related to our sexual energies and receives energy directly from the solechakras. The sexchakra distributes energy to all the other chakras, maintaining the vitality and health of the holochakra (energetic body). Regular, healthy sexual activity is beneficial to our energies as it generates an energetic intensification which is an important factor in maintaining the healthy condition of our energies as a whole. The person in an unbalanced condition of lack of sexual fulfilment may experience unpleasant energetic couplings with physical and non-physical individuals. Synonyms: basic chakra, genital chakra, kundalini, muladhara, radical chakra, root chakra, svadhishthana.

Umbilicochakra: this chakra, located approximately one inch above the bellybutton, is connected to our survival instincts and general instinctive emotionality. This is why we sometimes feel pressure in the abdomen when we face danger, experience fear or are worried. A sedentary lifestyle, digestive problems or a constant state of anxiety or insecurity can cause blockages in this chakra. Synonyms: gut brain, manipura, solar plexus chakra, umbilical chakra.

Splenochakra: as its name suggests, this chakra is located near the spleen. It is involved in the process of absorption of non-physical or cosmic energy during a lucid projection or out-of-body experience. A deep devitalisation (profound lack of fulfilment or sadness inside one's self) can have repercussions on this chakra. El Tibetan Buddhism considers that this chakra is connected to the sexchakra. Synonyms: sacral charka, spleen charka, third chakra.

Cardiochakra: is located between the lungs and is related to less instinctive emotions such as compassion and resentment. It absorbs energy from the air or prana. In general, the cardiochakra is more sensitive in women than men. An imbalance or blockage in this chakra can sometimes manifest as a sensation of heaviness or pressure in the chest despite there being no known physiological cause. Regular affectivity, physical contact with the people we are close to and a love of life helps to maintain a healthy cardiochakra. Synonyms: anahata, fourth chakra heartchakra, lung chakra, thoracic chakra.

Palmchakras: are located in the palms of our hands and are directly related to the pulmonary plexus and the cardiac plexus. They are used to direct energy, allowing us to energize environments or people in a focused way. Palmchakras are also related to our perception of energy, that is, we use them to identify areas where pockets of energy (which may be either balanced or unbalanced), have accumulated. It is important to understand that we can donate energy via any of our chakras, however, due to our habit of using our hands to perform work, it is usually easier for most of us to direct and donate our energy with our hands. Nevertheless, we should avoid being conditioned to direct our energies only with our palmchakras.

Laryngochakra: is located in the throat and is connected with the pharyngeal plexus. It is directly related to communicability and self-expression. Lack of energetic strength or personal self-defence, and certain emotions can all affect the functioning of the laryngochakra. This is why we sometimes feel a knot in our throats when we are under intense pressure. Synonyms: cervical chakra, fifth chakra, laryngeal chakra, larynx, throatchakra, vishuddha.

Nucalchakra: positioned at the back of the head in the cerebellum region, the nucal chakra is related to communication with non-physical consciousnesses (individuals who have passed away). Sometimes we experience various sensations in this chakra when such consciousnesses are present. People who exhibit greater energetic sensitivity and who have an aptitude for mediumship usually have a more activated or sensitive nucal chakra. Synonyms: cerebellum chakra, umeral chakra.

Frontochakra: located in the forehead between the eyebrows, the frontochakra, also known as the third eye, is responsible for clairvoyance and is related to our lucidity outside the physical body. It is possible to develop the frontochakra through exercises with bioenergy and through the use of concentration and rationality. A well-developed frontochakra allows for the amplification of extrasensorial perceptions in general and greatly facilitates the lucid projection. Some people experience sensations of pulsation, movement, contractions, etc. in the forehead due to the activation of the frontochakra. Synonyms: ajna, brow chakra, frontal chakra, head chakra, pineal chakra, sixth chakra, third eye.

Coronalchakra: situated on the top of the head and related to the pituitary gland, the crownchakra faces upwards. When activated, the crownchakra stimulates all the other chakras, however this is only possible through the conscious development of the energy of the other chakras. Certain exercises and techniques with bioenergy can help to expand this and other chakras. The phenomena of retrocognition (recall of past lives) or precognition (forecast of future events or lives) are related to the combined functions of the coronalchakra and the frontochakra. The recollection of out-of-body experiences (astral projection) is also related to these chakras. Synonyms: crownchakra, sahasrara, seventh chakra.

Nanci Trivellato MSc. is a researcher and instructor of conscientiology and projectiology since 1992. She is currently the  Director of the Department of Research and Scientific Communication of the IAC. She has conducted conferences in 14 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is the founder of the Journal of Conscientiology, a scientific periodical of which she has been the Editor-in-chief since 1998. She has conducted research in the areas of despertology, energometry, holokarmality, holochakrality, paraperceptiology and projectiology. Many of the results of these studies were presented internationally at congresses and conferences of Conscientiology and other areas of human knowledge. Trivellato was the winner of the 2010 edition of the IAC Global Award for Scientific Contribution to Conscientiology with her study on Vibrational State. 

This article is from the IAC website introductory articles section

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wagner Alegretti delivers landmark talk at Florida International University's Program in the Study of Spirituality on 12th anniversary of IAC

International Academy of Consciousness
November 2012

IAC Delivers Landmark Talk at FIU – Florida International University
Dear Friend,

Wagner Alegretti,
IAC President
On October 23rd, Wagner Alegretti joined a list of some of the world’s most prominent figures in the field of spirituality when he delivered a keynote lecture at Florida International University as part of their Program in the Study of Spirituality. Approximately 130 academics, staff, students, and South Florida residents learned about the scientific basis of the consciential paradigm, with particular focus on Alegretti's research into bioenergy and neurophysiology using the fMRI and other electrical apparatus. 
With 46,000 students, FIU is one of the largest public universities in the United States, featuring the world’s only undergraduate program in the scholarly study of spirituality.  Dr. Nathan Katz, pioneer of Indo-Judaic research, heads the program, and invited Alegretti to give the talk, based on Alegretti’s extensive record of international speaking and scientific-technical background.

The audience
In his lecture, Alegretti articulated how the scientific approach can be applied to experiences normally relegated to religion. The sizeable attendance confirmed that there is a significant academic interest in the research that IAC does; and Alegretti’s presentation - as well as the high-caliber debate that followed it - demonstrated the legitimacy and quality of the work, opening the door for further dialogue in a serious academic setting. 

The intraphysical team
IAC has previously collaborated with the U.S. academic community by creating extracurricular courses at Miami-Dade College, co-creating the curriculum for (and guest-lecturing for) the University of Florida's curricular psychology course on consciousness, and speaking at academic conferences hosted by universities nationwide, including University of Arizona, Utah Valley State College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Miami, DeSales University, and City University of New York.

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Infinite Lifespan: From Physical Life Extension to Consciential Immortality

- by Nelson Abreu

Several top scientists believe that humanity is not far fromachieving interminable biological lifespans, rendering biological death theultimate preventable disease.  Thispossibility raises several questions. We seem to have a difficult time appropriating Earth’s resources to thecurrent population level. What will happen if life spans were to continueindefinitely? And, like other resources, would such extension be available onlyto a few?  What would be theconsequences?

What motivates humanity’s major quests?  Much of what we do is set against theinevitability of death, the uncertainty of what follows, and the struggle tofill the void left by these. If we discovered we already survive death and havean infinite consciential lifespan, then we would lose fear of biologicaldeath.  Consequently, ourmotivations and priorities would morph and the quest for biological immortalitywould become less relevant. From this perspective, life extension researchremains an important venture, but life quality extension should take centerstage.

Llifespan extension, from the standpoint of our contemporaryaverage life expectancy could operate as a sort of existential moratorium thatcan either act as a “second-chance” to finish one’s life work or as a “bonusround” to take on a new project beyond the original expectations. Lifeextension and health improvement and recovery research could help us enjoy alonger phase of consciential maturity, or the condition many people achievecharacterized by the ability to ponder choices, consequences, and more complexscenarios with greater experience, clarity of thought, and serenity so as tomaximize productivity in terms of spiritual evolution and service.

However, eternal biological lifespans are practically irrelevantunder a consciousness-centered paradigm. The consciential paradigm can beconsidered a dualist perspective. That is, it admits consciousness as adistinct extraphysical element of the cosmos; yet it works with energy (andmatter) to interact with other consciousnesses and the environments theycreate. 

Mastery of out-of-body experience and bioenergy wouldimprove the quality of life and could even contribute to extension of lifespanthrough health improvements. But someone who has experienced several consciousout-of-body experiences would be unlikely to pursue biological eternity,because they realize they can exist beyond the physical body.  Eternal lifespan loses its relevance becausewe overcome the misconception that once the biological body dies we cease toexist.  According to projectiology,the proposed science of human manifestation beyond the physical body, we arealready immortal beyond our ephemeral physical body.

There is something to be said for an unknown, but inevitabledesoma or deactivation of the soma (human body) as a motivator. This conditioncreates a healthy pressure or stress that encourages us to take advantage ofthe opportunities of physical life. A person knows that they have a certain amount of time to take advantageof their opportunities to accomplish their objectives and then it is going tostop, with or without possible extensions.  An indefinitely long intraphysical existence could lead theindividual, in many cases, to become accommodated and squander opportunities notguaranteed to resurface anytime soon. With an infinite physical lifespan, theimportance of the present compared to the endless future is minimized. 

Consider the benefits of physical death: depending on whatyou accomplish this lifetime, you can program and prepare for your nextphysical lifetime from a higher perspective (intermissive period orextraphysical period between lives), enjoying expanded acuity because you arefree from the dense, physical body. The “heavy veil” effect of dense matter on your lucidity is clearlyperceived during loaded projections (with the non-physical body carrying a lotof vital energies). Projectors report bradykinesis (difficult,uncharacteristically sluggish movement as if attempting to move throughmolasses), inhibited visual perception, and difficulty in maintaining aheightened level of lucidity in the vicinity of the body.

We can experience different types of genetics andenvironmental conditions in successive lives.  For instance, we could experience life in differentextraterrestrial bodies and civilizations reported in non-physical travel andsome retrocognition or past-life recall accounts. Alternatively, we can see theworld from the less feminist and the less chauvinist perspectives andunderstand that each side has its strengths and limitations: one is notnecessarily superior to the other and we can learn from both conditions.  We can comprehend both sides not simplytheoretically, but experientially – there is no replacement to direct, firsthand experience.

Relationships between consciousnesses can end up in a veryunfriendly manner, to the point each party considers the situationirreconcilable after many years of troubled relations.  A new life with limited recall of pastexperiences, allows for the development of positive experiences that timearound, perhaps through closely associated family roles.  Later on, these more positiveexperiences can be jointly evaluated mitigating the negative effects of the original dispute.

Death also facilitates for the recycling of paradigms and influence structures in all sectors of civilization: "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it" (Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor, 1950. 33).

There is also certain logic to the cyclical nature ofalternating biological lives and non-physical period between lives.  In the physical dimension, people ofall strata of spiritual maturity and awareness (or levels of enlightenment),social groups and cultures mix in a way that does not happen so easily in morerarified dimensions.  We foregomuch of our extraphysical acuity and memory so that we can take advantage ofthese interactions, which provide rich experiences that accelerate our personaland collective evolution or integral development.

On the other hand, it is eventually more productive toreturn to the extraphysical dimension and prepare for a fresh start in a newbody. Voluntary, non-pathological desoma through will alone, executed afterone’s life task is complete, is described in ancient traditions (and morerecently in 700 Experiments of Conscientiology by Dr. Vieira) as an appropriateactions by more spiritually-evolved or enlightened individuals.  For some time, we can “enjoy a periodof existence without the physical body – our favorite pet – that cannot survivewithout sleeping, breathing, eating, and drinking.” 

Free from sexual and survival needs and instincts, theconsciousness can experience advanced forms of manifestation, learning, travelor locomotion, thinking, communication, and cognition that cannot be mapped tothe more coarse physical senses and body. Accounts of such experiences are mentioned in Projections of the Consciousness – a dairy of out-of-body experiencesby Dr. Waldo Vieira or other such classics by Robert Monroe or Muldoon andCarrington. A thematic issue of the Journal of Conscientiology (N. 26)explores the Intermissive Period and Intermissive Courses (period between livesand preparation for next physical existence).

Many people who undergo a near-death experience arereluctant to return to temporary physical life (not to mention eternalbiological life) because they feel pleasantly liberated and serene away fromphysical density and responsibility. This reaction demonstrates a certain lackof maturity, as neither condition is better; we should simply take fulladvantage of each.

Considering how many people are unhappy with their life, thepriority becomes revealing the purpose of life.  Yet, what can we possibly do that has not already been donein this millennial search?  Most ofour attempts, chiefly our contemporary search has been limited to the physicalistperspective.  The out-of-bodyexperience and other psi phenomena can reveal extraphysical variables or amultidimensional and multiexistential (many lives) perspective.  Increased self-awareness and continualpersonal and collective improvement – the development of the full spectrum ofhuman potential and intelligences – and the consequent reduction of sufferingfrom immature choices and behaviors emerges as principal aim of life.

Ultimately, according to conscientiological theory, ourintegral maturity will eventually allow us to exit the cycle of successivephysical and extraphysical existences (existential seriality akin to rebirth),permanently freeing ourselves from the limitations of the physical and extraphysical-emotional bodies – the very opposite of limitless biological lifespan.  

Nelson Abreu, B.S. Electrical Engineering, is a volunteer at International Academy of Consciousness - Los Angeles Educational Center 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Brief History of Psychometry

Psychometry is a primarily-subjective "psychic ability" whereby an intraphysical, projected, or extraphysical consciousness obtains simultaneous information by getting in contact with energies of a place, object, or another consciousness.  In the scientific treatise Projectiology, Waldo Vieira briefly discusses extraphysical psychometry, defining it as "knowledge acquired by the projected human consciousness regarding the present and past, as well as details about personalities, by way of direct extraphysical contact with the double of these physical objects (catalysts) that pertain to the [time or times] regarding which the individual wishes to know."  

In out-of-body experiences, we can more easily and spontaneously perceive details of the holothosene, or "information field" of environments. Vieira observes that lucid projection “potentiates the psychometric capacity of the intraphysical sensitive, bringing one closer to the mentalsomatic capacity to surpass the limitations of intraphysical time and space.”  Extraphysical psychometry "utilizes the spontaneous amplification of the perceptions" of the lucid projector "in order to feel, perceive, or see the essence of things."

Psychometry is often used in everyday physical life as well, often without conscious awareness of the process.  For example, we may “feel” or “read” whether a person is being truthful through bioenergy.  Someone can walk into a room and sense that there has been a serious argument there recently.  With increased acuity, one could even pick up on details of the event – the subject of the argument or details of the individuals involved, for instance.  

Although referring to a "psychic ability" that has been used since ancient times, the term psychometry itself was coined in 1849 by Joseph Rhodes Buchanan, a medical doctor and professor of physiology in Kentucky (USA).  Buchanan is considered the pioneer of scientific investigation on this phenomenon, known in parapsychology as token-object reading (T.O.R.), as it typically refers to sensing the nature of an object by "reading," "sensing," or "measuring" it through psychical means.

Dr. Buchanan's interest may have begun when an American Civil War general described his unusual sensitivities.  For example, the general confided in Buchanan that he got a foul metallic taste whenever he touched brass.  Curious to explore the phenomenon, the physician found that some of his own students were able to identify different metals even if wrapped in paper and randomly picked by hand. 

Some were even able to identify symptoms or diagnose illnesses in patients merely by holding their hands.  They also successfully identified various medicinal drugs in identical vials, more often than could be accounted by chance.  Buchanan published the results of these studies and his theories in a book entitled Journal of Man as well as a Manual of Psychometry (Boston, 1889).  Buchanan thought that all things registered information in their "astral light," "ether," or - in the case of the human body - "nerve aura" and that human “psychical faculties” allowed for this bioenergetic emanation to be "read."

Having followed Buchanan’s work, the American geology professor William F. Denton conducted experiments to see if psychometry would work with his geological specimens. In 1854, Denton wrapped his specimens in cloth so his sister could not see what type they were. She then placed the wrapped package to her forehead and was very often able to accurately describe the specimens through vivid mental images she was receiving.  Was this a case of clairvoyance or visual interpretation of information ready via psychometry? Could his sister have obtained the information telepathically from his brother? Nelson Abreu (IAC California), co-designer of IAC's Psychometry Workshop, discusses the definition of psychometry vis-a-vis other phenomena in an upcoming, co-authored paper in the Journal of Conscientiology, including a proposed new name for the phenomenon.

Italian scientist Ernesto Bozzano (1862-1943), known in projectiology for his pioneering out-of-body experience studies, also investigated psychometry.  In his book Enigmas of Psychometry, he describes several case studies and defines psychometry as a modality of clairvoyance, whereby objects served to provide clues and rapport for the clairvoyant and telepathic abilities of the individual.  Also noteworthy, were the experiments of the German physician Gustav Pagenstecher (1855-1942) conducted in Mexico City, where he practiced.  His research focused on Maria Reyes de Zierold who was able to perform psychometry and other parapsychic phenomena while under hypnotic trance.

In the late ‘30s and into the ‘40s, a number of European police departments enlisted the assistance of Gerard Croiset. In one of his best known cases, he was asked to help to located a missing four-year-old girl from Brooklyn. Without leaving his native Holland, Croiset correctly described that she was dead, the location of the remains and the man behind the hideous crime. The information led to the recovery of the body and the conviction of the perpetrator.  He achieved this through rapport with a photo of the girl, a map of New York City, and a piece of her clothing.

In 1971, George McMullen was administered a battery of psychometry tests by J. Norman Emerson, an expert in the history of the Iroquois nation, an Amerindian civilization. McMullen was able to identify that a clay fragment was part of a ceremonial pipe.  He reportedly described in detail how it was made and used.  He even drew an accurate picture of the complete, cylindrical artifact, including the decorations.

Another interesting figure we come across when studying psychometry is Stefan Ossowiecki.  The Russian chemical engineer was reported to successfully locate lost objects and missing people, having also contributed to criminal investigations as popularly depicted in TV shows, examine archeological artifacts and supposedly detailing aspects of ancient societies. In 1935, an affluent Hungarian named Dionizy Jonky devised a challenge involving a sealed package to be evaluated eight years after his death.  

The challenge consisted of 14 photographs, only one of which depicted Jonky.  Having succeeded in identifying it, through one of several possible psi faculties, Ossowiecki reportedly described many accurate details of Jonky's life and he even identified the man who had been trusted with the package.  These observations could have been obtained via psychometry as they came after energetically handling the picture, or they could also have been relayed by extraphysical consciousnesses, including Jonky himself!  We we never know. 

Finally, Ossowiecki had the opportunity to examine the package.  After concentrating upon it, he stated "Volcanic minerals" and "there is something here that pulls me to other worlds, to another planet." He also sensed sugar, which seemed disparate of the other ideas.  As the account goes, inside the package was a meteorite enclosed in a candy wrapper.  Here we see the possibility of psychometry based on association of ideas related to the holothosene of the object.  

You too can develop your psychometry as part of your continual multidimensional awareness!

Nelson Abreu (IAC California) is an electrical engineer by training, co-designer of IAC's Psychometry Workshop and its associated research project. Look for a related, forthcoming paper in the Journal of Conscientiology.