Friday, August 30, 2013

Expansion of Awareness and Ultra Deep Space, courtesy of Hubble Telescope

In previous posts, we have discussed the expansion of awareness experiences, the overview effect, and exoprojections. We invite you to re-visit some of these posts and to utilize this wonderful video to inspire your next attempt to trigger an exo-projection or mentalsoma expansion of your own! If you have taken Module 3 of the IAC's Consciousness Development Program, maybe it's a good time to do another session in the comfort of your own home with the techniques you learned or to do a refresher at IAC (basic/major/sponsor members can re-take any part of the CDP free of charge).


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thematic Lecture (Youtube) PSYCHIC CHILDREN: how to understand and help sensitive kids by Nanci Trivellato, MSc



Psychic Children: How to Understand and Help Sensitive Children
(70m39s on TVcomplexis, Youtube, Dubbed in English language)
Recorded at IAC Campus, Evoramonte, Portugal
Speaker: Nanci Trivellato, MSc

Director of Research and Scientific Communication
International Academy of Consciousness



Nanci Trivellato, MSc. (Psychological Research Methods), an instructor and researcher at International Academy of Consciousness (IAC), addresses the important subject of children dealing with their own psychic abilities from both the technical and personal-experience perspectives.

This public lecture is dedicated to parents who have children who may be psychic and adults who may have been psychic during their infancy or youth and who wish to understand those experiences and the relationship they may have with their current condition.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Where's the evidence?

Where's the evidence for psi phenomena, you may ask? The latest guest from our podcast series, Dr. Dean Radin, author of the classic Conscious Universe and most recently Supernormal, has offered a list of some of the top evidence supportive of psi phenomena for your convenience.  Another electrical engineer and frequent IAC blog contributor Nelson Abreu offers additional sources for consideration, in regards to the OBE and NDE. Finally, we suggest the classic Best Evidence by journalist Michael Schmicker. The ultimate evidence, however, may rest in the accumulation of your own experiences. IAC promotes such experiences through its training, such as the Consciousness Development Program.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Great minds who saw beyond the brain

Victor Zammit, author of A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife, recent guest of our podcast series, has collected a list of respected scientists  from throughout the times who have found materialistic reductionism lacking, not equating the source of consciousness with the brain. Zammit also offers a list of some of those who have contributed to the field through research or through their prolific psi abilities.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How can the OBE and bioenergy, psychic mastery help us evolve as a being?

IAC's Nanci Trivellato (Portugal) and Sandie Gustus (London) have written about some of the benefits of the out-of-body experience, subtle energies, and provide an overview of the personal evolution that may lie ahead of us: i.e., how we may become more evolved beings like the kind we can learn about and meet in advanced projections of the consciousness. Finally, Nelson Abreu (Los Angeles) invites us to imagine (and manifest) pragmatic applications for everyday society.

What are your thoughts? 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Reviews of "Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience" by IAC's Luis Minero (Llewellyn Publications, October 8, 2012)

In addition to the very positive feedback from students and readers around the world regarding Luis Minero's introductory book to out-of-body experience, bioenergy, and their role in personal development, we were please to read positive reviews of this work by fellow consciousness researchers.

We invite you to visit the blog of seasoned out-of-body experience self-researcher Robert Peterson for his review and numerous other posts from the "OBE perspective." Bob Peterson is the author of Out-of-Body Experiences: How to Have Them and What to Expect.


Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience
Now available on IAC's brand new webstore
 
In addition, we would like to share a review by physicist and consciousness researcher Dr. Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, published by the Society for Scientific Exploration: the international academic society for edge sciences. You can support and benefit from this unique forum for scientific debate, usually not allowed in mainstream journals and conferences, with your membership. Thank you to JSE/SSE and Dr. Massimiliano for allowing us to reproduce it for our readers, below.


Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol 27, No 2


Demystifying the out-of-body Experience. A Practical Manual for Exploration and Personal Evolution by Luis Minero. First Edition; Paperback: 403 pages; Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2012); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0738730793; ISBN-13: 978-0738730790.



I was very pleased to learn that Luis Minero had written a book on the out-of-body experience (OBE). I bought it sight unseen, and I was not disappointed. It was back in 2002 when I first came across the author’s name in a correspondence to the Journal of Conscientiology (Minero 2002a), the peer-reviewed journal of the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC).

In this letter, Minero analyzed with great accuracy, clarity and thoroughness, the so-called “mind-split” hypothesis, proposed by author Robert Bruce to explain some of the puzzling factors of the OBE phenomenon, like memory loss and dual consciousness (Bruce, 1999). I still remember how impressed I was when I read Minero’s step-by- step refutation of Bruce’s hypothesis, not only for the care and lucidity of his analysis, but also for his natural, didactical style and the balance with which he was able to strongly criticize weak points of some of the ideas presented in (Bruce, 1999), and at the same time give full credit to other innovative aspects of Bruce’s work.

I re-discovered these same intellectual qualities in others writings of Minero, such as his suggestive essay on lucidocracy (Minero, 2002b), a political proposal contemplating the possibility of a government system based on lucidity, with the main goal of facilitating the fulfillment of one’s potential or life mission (existential program). 

I would start by saying that the book’s title may possibly induce the hasty reader in error. Indeed, the demystification in question is not the usual one, consisting in reducing the entire OBE complex of phenomena to a mere hallucination produced by the subject’s physical brain, when his or her sensory inputs are altered in some way. Minero, quite on the contrary, considers the OBEs as experiences describing real projections of the human consciousness through objective subtle bodies (vehicles of manifestations), which can exist independently of the physical body. 

The book’s demystification is, therefore, of a very different kind: it is about those more mystic-like and folkloristic aspects which have been historically associated to the OBE phenomenon, mostly based on immature, emotional or superstitious thinking, and which have little to do with a more mature understanding of this fundamental topic.

A very important point to be emphasized: one can use a sound, scientific approach to the OBEs, without necessarily reducing these experiences to a mere phenomenon of autoscopy, i.e., the experiences of seeing one’s physical body from an out-of-body perspective.  

Minero stresses in many passages and chapters of his manual that the OBE is much more than this. OBEs are described as complex, highly articulated experiences, involving para-matter of a non ordinary kind, obeying para-physical laws, different from the physical laws obeyed by the ordinary physical matter today studied by physicists.

OBE’s are not characterized as the mere exteriorization of one’s awareness to one’s bedroom: to Minero, OBE’s are about exploring physical and extraphysical environments, meeting other (more or less evolved) extraphysical (disincarnated) consciousnesses, providing assistance to intraphysical (incarnated) and extraphysical (disincarnated) beings, with the possibility of working with teams of more advanced and organized consciousness, which are referred to as extraphysical helpers.

Demystifying posits that OBE’s are about understanding the process of death from a broader point of view, i.e., from a viewpoint that considers our biological vehicle as just one among different vehicles we can use to manifest, intelligently and self-consciously, in different existential dimensions. 

Minero describes how individuals have used the OBE as inspiration for re-examining life’s purpose, one’s potential or personal existential directives or priorities. Lucid projectors, those who experience OBEs frequently, often describe observing extraphysical individuals planning what they want to do when they acquire a physical “suit.” I.e., projectors may observe the “intermission,” as Dr. Jim Tucker calls it: the period between two physical incarnations.

Minero suggests that the phenomenon of OBE acquires all its meaning and potentiality when its theoretical study and practical experimentation is motivated by a genuine desire for achieving greater integral maturity (holomaturity), i.e., a condition of inner development which is not limited to the attributes developed in the ordinary physical world, or even just this lifetime. 

The volume, which is not only an instruction manual for self-exploration of the OBE phenomenon, also acts as a guide for stimulating personal evolution.  It is organized in 7 well thought-out chapters. The first one introduces the basic concepts of the proposed scientific disciplines of projectiology and conscientiology, as coined by Waldo Vieira, MD (Vieira, 1994, 2002). The second one deals mainly with the subject of subtle energy (bioenergy, orgone, chi, biofield), and the importance of its mastery to obtain sufficiently controlled, frequent and lucid OBE’s. 

Chapter 3 introduces a multi-vehicular (multiple-body, holosomatic) structure of the human consciousnesses and the characteristics of many extraphysical environments described during projections. Consciousness, in this context, is seen not as a property of self, not as the physical body or any other perceived “body,” but as a synonym for the self. In this work, rather than having or experiencing consciousness (awareness), one is a consciousness: a novel use of the word by Minero and his colleagues. 

Chapter 4 describes the different stages one may go through during an OBE. This is the chapter where the reader will find, very scrupulously described and logically organized, many different techniques one can use to achieve a lucid OBE. Chapter 5 considers many possible interactions and forms of communications projectors report, including the possibility of simultaneous or joint projections, whereby two or more individuals describe meeting while they have OBEs at the same time. 

Chapter 6 includes suggestive neologisms, like holomaturity, assistentiality, evolutionary intelligence and cosmoethics, and finally, in Chapter 7, the author investigates compelling hypotheses, always considering them from the OBE perspective: existential program (life mission), existential seriality (reincarnation, death-rebirth cycle), intermissive courses (training a consciousness possibly takes to prepare itself for rebirth), and many other as well. 

The extreme care with which the book is written can be seen in the details. The volume is equipped with a very useful glossary, with the explanation of the most important neologisms used. At the end of each chapter, there is a practical summary of the key points that have been developed, and throughout the book one can find a number of text boxes, identifiable by specific icons, providing complementary information to the text, in the form of definitions, recommendations, firsthand OBEs, challenging questions, etc. Last but not least, the book is very carefully illustrated, with professional drawings that considerably facilitate the understanding of the topics covered.

To recapitulate, this is a professionally-written text. Per its aim, it is an introductory textbook, which thanks to its pedagogical style will appeal to a wide audience. It is also, I believe, a book which will prove to be instrumental to all those scientists interested in the study of consciousness from an integral perspective, and who sincerely wish to move from the level of pure speculation, or research of third-person accounts, to that of lucid self-experimentation (first- and second-person perspective research).

Indeed, as Minero rightly emphasizes in his preface, direct experiences should be the first step toward a more mature understanding and study of OBEs and allied phenomena. And his volume is certainly a precious tool which can be used by scholars of all kinds to take a first step in that direction. This will help create a more ample, consensual basis for the discussion of the reality of the OBE, considering also that there is a small, but growing number of scholars who take seriously the importance of firsthand experience when the subject of the study is… oneself. 

Now, while it is true that today’s predominant scientific approach remains quite cold regarding disciplined self-study and self-experimentation of consciousness, it is also true that the current scientific debate is increasingly based on experimental evidence, so that more and more researchers are starting to become more open to the possibility of engaging in first-person investigation of the hypothesis of the multidimensional nature of the consciousness. When these researchers look for a reference manual, written in a sincere, and yet non-reductionist style, they will find in Minero’s book a valuable companion. Surely, from now on, it will be the book I will recommend to those who ask me for a highly-readable and professionally-written reference on the subject.

Let me conclude by observing that, in the same way a beginning student of, say, quantum mechanics, has to accept to undertake a long journey of study to obtain first-hand understanding, including acquiring all the necessary preliminary knowledge in physics and advanced mathematics,  the same also holds true as regards the possibility of reaching a direct understanding of the OBE phenomenon, which also requires a considerable amount of personal investment to develop those preliminary abilities described in this work (for example, regarding the control of bioenergy).  Without this discipline, it remains quite difficult to achieve sufficiently lucid, meaningful, frequent, recalled OBEs. The more individuals that can reach this degree of mastery, the more experiments can be repeated and reproduced.

To quote Minero: “In this current world of fast, easy solutions and short-term fixes, there are still no long-term substitutes for personal effort, will, perseverance, and patience.”  And the subjective and intersubjective investigation of the full multidimensional content of the OBE phenomenon posited in this work is no exception.



Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi

Laboratorio di Autoricerca di Base

6914 Carona, Switzerland





References



Minero, L (2002a), Letter to the Editor, Journal of Conscientiology, Vol. 5, No. 17, pp. 63-71.


Minero, L (2002b), “Lucidocracy,” Journal of Conscientiology, Vol. 4, No. 15S, pp. 47-65.


Bruce, R (1999) Astral dynamics, Hampton Roads.


Vieira, W (2002) Projectiology, A Panorama of Experiences of the Consciousness outside the Human Body, Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil, International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology.


Vieira, W (1994) 700 Conscientiology Experiments [Port.: 700 Experimentos da Conscientiologia], Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil, International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Podcast: Dean Radin's latest book is Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities

IAC Consciousness Radio is an educational series of interviews and discussions related to the personal and scientific study of consciousness. Our fourth edition brings you a stimulating hour with Dr Dean Radin, Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the bestselling author of The Conscious Universe. Dr Radin has researched psi phenomena for three decades, including at the historic PEAR Laboratory at Princeton.  

Dean Radin, PhD

Radin is renowned for innovative experiments and educating the public about evidence of telepathy, precognition, distant mental influence on living systems and other psi phenomena.  In this podcast, IAC's Nelson Abreu chats with Dr Radin about his latest book Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities, which links modern evidence for psychical phenomena to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: ancient meditation practices developed and practiced by yogis to harness siddhis or non-ordinary "supernormal" abilities.



RELATED: 

IAC president Wagner Alegretti discusses
consciousness-physics interactions with fellow engineer
Dean Radin (IAC Consciousness TV on YouTube)
 


Thanks to IAC New York's G.S., IANDS board member, who has researched the siddhis as part of his History of Parapsychism course, for contributing with interview prep

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Brenda Dunne & Larry Dossey: The Brain as Filter


In this post, we recommend a blog post Dr. Larry Dossey published in Reality Sandwich, entitled "The Brain as Filter: On Removing the Stuffing from the Keyhole."  He presents the brain as a filter of a larger reality and mentions several other thinkers, past and contemporary, who have shared this view, citing, for instance Filters and Reflections: Perspectives on Reality (ICRL Press, 2009), where you can read IAC instructor Nelson Abreu's contribution on the theme. In his chapter, he argues that the development of multidimensional awareness as studied and promoted at IAC and elsewhere (through mastery of out-of-body experiences, clairvoyance, subtle energy and more) leads us closer and closer to the "Source" reality discussed in the essay that inspired the book. Abreu posits that the "channels" and "filters" of perception - metaphors developed by Brenda Dunne and Robert Jahn at Princeton University - are not solely of the material realm (physiological, social, psychological...) but rather multidimensional, as proposed by projectiology's consciential paradigm. You can listen to Brenda Dunne's introduction to Filters, below.


Filters and Reflections edited by
Jones, Dunne, Hoeger, Jahn (PEAR Lab / ICRL, Princeton)
Also available as a Google e-book




Remainder of Filters webinar series available at http://www.icrl.org

Dr. Larry Dossey is a former physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital and is known for his research and educational work on distant healing. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions at the National Institutes of Health. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988, he became the first physician to deliver the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India. He is the author of 10 books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller Healing Words: the Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine. His latest book is The Power of Premonitions. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing.   


The Brain as Filter: On Removing the Stuffing from the Keyhole

Our body has two life-sustaining filters, the liver and kidneys. Our five-pound liver traps toxins and other substances that enter the body and neutralizes them in quick order. When it is functioning at peak capacity, it can filter two quarts of blood a minute. Our fist-sized kidneys also are sophisticated filters. Each day they process approximately 200 quarts of blood, reabsorbing valuable elements and filtering out around two quarts of wastes and extra water, eliminating them via the ureters and bladder. But perhaps the body's most efficient filter goes largely unnoticed: our brain.
In his book The Doors of Perception, which helped galvanize the counterculture of the 1960s, novelist Aldous Huxley wrote, “[E]ach one of us is potentially Mind at Large. But in so far as we are animals, our business at all costs is to survive. To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funneled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet.”

Huxley, like Henri Bergson, Ferdinand Schiller, William James, and others before him, believed the brain functions as a filter, normally shutting out perceptions, memories, and thoughts that are not necessary for the survival and reproduction of the organism. Rather than producing consciousness, these observers believed the brain largely eliminates it, diminishing what consciousness is capable of revealing to us. As astrophysicist David Darling says in his book Soul Search, we are conscious not because of the brain, but despite it.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Can you interact with "spirit guides" out-of-body?

In this blog post, IAC's Scientific Director, Nanci Trivellato, discusses what the out-of-body experience reveals about extracorporeal, more evolved consciousnesses we term Helpers, which some traditions may have called angels, ascended masters, or spirit guides. Far from the mystical caricatures of religious traditions, one can verify through direct contact via out-of-body experiences that these entities are just like us, except they are currently between physical lifetimes and they have attained certain evolutionary landmarks and characteristics we discuss in Module 2 through 5 of the Consciousness Development Program. For instance, extraphysical helpers have already achieved permanent, total intrusionlessness: another original concept of the neo-science conscientiology which is covered (and actively developed) in our training programs such as Goal: Intrusionlessness. To learn a little more about our research on the evolution of consciousness (spiritual development), you may also enjoy a synopsis of this fascinating subject by Trivellato.