Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ICC speaker preview: Flávio Amaral on pseudo-science vs science

Watch a brief conversation with ICC speaker Flávio Amaral, MS (Brazil) about his upcoming talk:

Preliminary Study of Evidences of Pseudoscience in Conscientiology


This presentation will analyze conscientiology as a cognitive community, through the lenses of Mario Bunge’s perspective in his essay “What is pseudoscience?” (1984). Preliminary characteristics about the conscientiological cognitive production are raised within the 12 items proposed by Bunge to distinguish science from pseudoscience. The goal is to encourage the epistemological and sociological discussion about conscientiology, and to draw attention to problems in its theoretical construction and social dynamics. I highlight the need for greater attention regarding the scientific approach on this community, which should avoid its isolation from interdisciplinary and interinstitutional dialogue.

Flavio Amaral 1

Flávio Amaral has a degree in Economics, a Master’s in Business Administration, and is a professional in the financial sector. He was a volunteer, instructor, founder and administrator of conscientiological institutions from 1999 to 2012. Co-author of Inversão Existencial (Editares, 2011) and author of Teáticas da Invexologia (personal edition, 2012), he is currently an instructor of parapsychology, conscientiology and projectiology at the Namaskar Institute, and studies parapsychology at the Institute of Parapsychology and Mental Sciences in Joinville-SC, Brazil.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Castaneda's Don Juan: Alive and Well?

Don Juan

Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly a group that he called the Toltecs. The books, narrated in the first person, relate his experiences under the tutelage of a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named Don Juan Matus. The books became a classic in OBE literature, but readers were left to wonder if there was a real Don Juan inspiration.

Castaneda's first three books – The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge; A Separate Reality; and Journey to Ixtlan – were written while he was an anthropology student at the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA). He wrote these books as his research log describing his apprenticeship with a traditional "Man of Knowledge" identified as don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian from northern Mexico. Castaneda was awarded his bachelor's and doctoral degrees based on the work described in these books.

In 1974 his fourth book, Tales of Power, was published and chronicled the end of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Matus. In his books, Castaneda narrates in first person the events leading to his 1960 introduction to Matus, a half-Yaqui "Man of Knowledge", and his subsequent experiences with him.

He also says the sorcerer bequeathed him the position of nagual, or leader of a party of seers. Matus also used the term nagual to signify that part of perception which is in the realm of the unknown yet still reachable by man, implying that, for his party of seers, Don Juan was a connection in some way to that unknown. Castaneda often referred to this unknown realm as nonordinary reality - what others might call the extraphysical or astral realms.

Tata Kachora

Physicist, consciousness scholar and practitioner and musician Thomas Orr Anderson - who will be a speaker at the upcoming ICC conference in Portugal ( has been delving deeply under the guidance of Tata Kachora, a 101 year-old Yaqui-Mayan nagual medicine man. 

There are those who believe that Carlos Castaneda was once his student and based the character Don Juan upon him... If that is the case, he is now studying with one of the most famous medicine men ever and an experienced lucid projector -- one most people believed to be either dead or a myth. 

Even if that is not the case, Anderson was sufficiently impressed by his wisdom and abilities to dedicate significant time and resources to document some of his knowledge on preserve some of his vast knowledge of plant medicine, spiritual evolution and multidimensionality for posterity.

For the last 4 years, Thomas has been working on a film about Tata. His team has one last 2-month journey to make to finish the filming. For this purpose, they just launched an IndieGoGo campaign:

Visit the campaign page for a video trailer and to learn more about the project. 

You can also meet Thomas Anderson at the 1st International Congress of Conscientiology (Consciousness Science) in Portugal, May 22 - 24, 2015 where he will discuss a consciousness technology for OBE and energy development.

ICC MAY PORTUGAL: Meet co-authors of Filters & Reflections: Perspectives on Reality

You can meet six of the contributing authors of the internationally-acclaimed anthology "Filters and Reflections: Perspectives on Reality" (ICRL Press, 2009) at the ICC conference in Portugal, May 22 - 24. ICC speakers who contributed to this anthology:

> Brenda Dunne, MS & Robert Jahn, PhD
> Antonio Guiditta, MD
> Antonella Vannini, PhD & Ulisse di Corpo, PhD
> Thomas Orr Anderson, MS
> IAC's Nelson Abreu, BSEE 

Full Program of the ICC conference

Brief interviews with some of the ICC speakers

Preview book on Google Books:

Webinar Series by some of the contributors, including some of the ICC speakers

Italian translation of Abreu's chapter in Autoricerca Vol. 5

Related article on Reality Sandwich by Larry Dossey, MD
Review in 
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research

Review in Scientific & Medical Network

Filters and Reflections: Perspectives on Reality - edited by Brenda Dunne, Elissa Hoeger, Robert Jahn, and Zachary Jones
"It has been said that when confronting the unexplained it is best to consider it from several different perspectives. In response to the original essay by Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne, “Sensors, Filters, and the Source of Reality,” this anthology presents an assortment of such perspectives on how consciousness creates its experimental reality. Twenty-one scholars offer an array of subjective “filters” drawn from art, Buddhism evolutionary biology, fantasy, philosophy, physics, psychology, and systems engineering among others, by which “we endeavor to infer, either intuitively or analytically, composite functional models of our world and of ourselves.”
You can learn more about this work as well as other important books in the field published by ICRL Press including works written, edited or translated by Dunne/Jahn, Vannini/di Corpo, and Guiditta here.

Brenda Dunne (Princeton PEAR Lab) on her ICC talk on Consciousness and Biology

Brenda J. Dunne is the President and Treasurer of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) and was Laboratory Manager of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory from its inception in 1979 until its closing in 2007. She also serves as Education Officer of the Society for Scientific Exploration.

Enjoy a brief interview with Brenda Dunne previewing her talk at the ICC conference (May 22-24, 2015 Évoramonte, Portugal).

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Define and further your sense of purpose through action-oriented goals

A new study on sense of purpose from Stanford, confirms insights from consciousness exploration.

Education scholar Dr. William Damon says that research shows that while young people can sometimes struggle with defining their sense of purpose, they are likely to find it in concrete and action-oriented goals.  A previous blog post provided action-oriented tips on identifying one's life purpose or existential program.

Wishing and emitting thoughts and energy for a better future world is a good start, but there is nothing like being the change and co-creating the future through personal and collective action. 

IAC to develop a North American Campus


Dear friends

It’s with great pleasure that we want to announce the official beginning of our USA Campus project. Because of several positive synchronicities, including our congress in Portugal in a month, this is an excellent time to begin this project. As well as now, with the recent expansion activities of IAC, the institution has reached a point of maturity where this is possible.

In all, the IAC will grow even more with this, adding students, volunteers, and more fundraising. This is a project that will materialize with the coming months and years.

Congratulations to the IAC team for this milestone, for all the good intentions and actions all over the world, and let’s keep expanding and advancing the development of the consciousness.

- Luis Minero, IAC president

P.S.: Learn more about our European campus, which will host the ICC conference in May.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Norway's Olav Drageset, MSEE on Physics & Introspection

Catch another glimpse of next month's ICC conference!



Consciousness and Cosmos:  
Proposal for a New Paradigm based on Physics and Introspection


Nonphysical and nonlocal are the main observed phenomena that cannot be explained by contemporary science. This presentation will explore how consciousness and mind can be described from introspection and how string theory is able to model both the physical universe and the inner worlds with their nonphysical and nonlocal properties. Furthermore, it will explain how the negative solution of the energy equation supports the proposed model of the consciousness.

Olav Drageset earned a master’s degree in theoretical electronics in 1970, and held during his career the position as a concept engineer, designing military field communication equipment, including substantial international cooperation. In 1971, he joined Acem – International School of Meditation and has since been practicing and teaching the technique on a voluntary basis. He was aware of two internal aspects, or modes of operations, which were distinctively different from the normal rational thought. In 2004, he got information about the String Theory as a potential Theory Of Everything, and saw that it could describe the two inner worlds, as well as the outer world. The initial understanding has matured through ten years of reading and writing on the subject, and a model including consciousness, the mind, and the cosmos is now firmly established in published scientific peer-reviewed articles and a book.

ICC speaker Ulisse di Corpo, PhD on Syntropy

Preview of Dr Antonella Vannini and Dr Ulisse di Corpo's talk (YouTube)

Entire ICC Program, May 22-24, Portugal

To learn about the ICRL research duo's latest book or to listen to a podcast about their chapter in Filters & Reflections anthology, visit:

Syntropy, Consciousness and the Invisible
The syntropy theory suggests the existence of a dimension which we can feel but which is invisible to us. It also posits that the mind is organized on three levels. The consciousmind on which we are tuned during the time we are awake, characterized by free will, which mediates feelings that come from the unconscious mind with information that comes from the physical plane of reality. The superconscious mind which is directly associated to the source of syntropy (vital energy) and provides knowledge and intelligence. It sends messages through feelings of anticipation, presentiments, insights and inspirations. The unconscious mind, which governs the vital functions of the body and implements highly automated programs. It connects the conscious with the superconscious minds, and can be accessed using altered states such as hypnotic trance.

Ulisse Di Corpo has a degree in psychology and in experimental psychology and a PhD in statistics and social research. He works in the field of social research and provides methodological support and software tools to researchers. In 1977 he developed the vital needs theory, which was the subject of his thesis in psychology and statistics, and since 1977 he has been working on the interaction of syntropy and entropy.
Antonella Vannini has a PhD in cognitive psychology. She is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, and has conducted experimental research works on emotions and retrocausality. She is also a Tai Chi instructor and expert in martial arts interested in the encounter between East and West. She is now studying techniques which allow to harmonize mind and body and is developing the vital needs theory and the law of syntropy in the field of psychotherapy.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sneak Preview of The Resonance Project in Portugal for the ICC conference in May with biophysicist William Brown


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William's website:

Abstract and bios of the 3 co-authors from The Resonance Project

William Brown is a biophysicist and research scientist at the Resonance Project Foundation and Hawai’i Insitute for Unified Physics, where he performs experimentation and theoretical work to better understand the physics of complex systems. He explores all systems of knowledge, from physics and biology to ontology and the nature of consciousness. Although his exploration of understanding is all inclusive, William’s professional background is in cellular and molecular biology. He has worked in numerous laboratory facilities across the United States, performing research in molecular genetics and biology research. After extensively studying the biochemical processes of molecular biology, William has extended this investigation to the physics of living and complex systems, specifically the theoretical framework for how consciousness may be engendered as well as ordering mechanisms driving evolution and negentropy.

Teaser of Quantum Physicist's Talk on QM & Consciousness in Portugal inMay at ICC conference


BRIEF INTERVIEW with Massimiliamo Sassoli de Bianchi, PhD



Tom Campbell, MS in Europe for ICC Conference - Interview

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Watch a Preview with Tom Campbell:

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Campbell on IAC Podcast:

Tom Campbell has excelled as a working scientist and as a professional physicist dedicated to pushing forward the frontiers of cutting edge technology, large-system simulation, technology development and integration, and complex system vulnerability and risk analysis. 

He began researching altered states of consciousness with Robert Monroe, at Monroe Laboratories in the early 1970s, where he and a few others were instrumental in getting Monroe’s laboratory for the study of consciousness up and running. These consciousness research pioneers helped design experiments, developed the technology for creating specific altered states, and were the main subjects of study. 

Campbell has been experimenting with, and exploring the subjective and objective mind ever since. For the past thirty years, Campbell has been focused on scientifically exploring the properties, boundaries, and abilities of consciousness.

ICC conference preview: Vibrational State with Nanci Trivellato, MSc

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Nanci Trivellato, MSc., is a consciousness researcher and an instructor with the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC). She is a charter member of the IAC and has been dedicating to develop consciousness science for over 25 years. Trivellato is the founder of the Journal of Conscientiology and was its editor-in-chief for 15 years. She is the winner of the 2nd IAC Global Award for Scientific Contribution to Conscientiology.

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ICC conference Teaser: Brain Imaging, Vibrational State, Chi Detectionwith Wagner Alegretti, BSEE

Watch the interview:

Mini-bio and abstract:

Wagner Alegretti is an electrical engineer, having worked in power generation, medical equipment and software development. Motivated by his own out-of-body experiences, which started during his childhood, he began dedicating to consciousness research and education in 1980, specializing in subtle energy and psi phenomena. In the area of philosophy, Alegretti has become a reference in cosmoethics and its implications. 

He has been instrumental in bringing conscientiology (multidimensional consciousness science) into the international arena, since he left Brazil and moved to the USA in 1994, and also in the establishment of the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) and its research campus. He served as president of IAC from 2001 to 2014 and is currently one of its most senior researchers and faculty. In 1984, Alegretti started working on the development of bioenergy (chi, subtle or vital energy) transducers. His pursuit for a reliable means of biofield detection led to his ongoing research program employing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

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Monday, April 20, 2015

EARTH DAY: Empowering the world's women

The overarching theme of human history has been one of male domination over women, over other nations, and over nature. The documentary "Mother" points to issues underlying the Planet's population crisis such as overconsumption, poor energy efficiency, cultural anachronisms, economic fallacy of infinite growth, the oppression of girls and women - who, when they have access to education and liberties, tend to have fewer children, have them later in life, and tend to improve the standard of living of their entire communities.

Once, in our pre-history, the male aggressive energy ensured survival. Later, it became a tool to enslave others. Today, not only is this still the case in many ways, it risks to lead to the extinction of humanity - it already leads to the extinction of many species every day. The nurturing and cooperative female energies developed over millennia are precisely what the Earth needs more of. 

Rather than hold back half of the population, communities that empower girls are prospering more and more. Thousands of years of repressive culture can be reversed with education and support from the world's people of conscience. Let us all do what we can, as he very survival of our species is at stake. 

Besides supporting worthy causes like the ones featured in the thought-provoking documentary "Mother," we can also promote more post-materialist education in developed nations. 

Despite the ongoing ethically-confused religious dogma efforts to reverse the trend, contraception has slowed down the population explosion and its humanitarian and environmental ramifications. Still, the population could surpass 8 billion by 2050, if the rate does not reduce. One of the academics interviewed exclaimed that "there is no consumption condom!" One could say that environmental and post-materialist education is that "paradigmatic contraceptive." 

Through transformative experiences like out-of-body experiences, people realize that they are more than the body and that happiness is not obtained by accumulation and competition on a material basis. Rather, more lasting satisfaction derives from awe-inspiring experiences in nature and the arts; from altruism, cooperation, learning and innovation. 

We need powerful new stories for the Earth. Consciousness explorers, ecological stewards, the new economists, and proponents of the "girl effect" are just some of those storytellers.
This Earth Day, we renew our commitment to promote a more cooperative, just and verdant World. 

The ICC conference next month is part of this effort: a cooperation of multiple disciplines, approaches, and organizations shining light on the scientific mysteries of consciousness toward a post-reductionist science and promoting the transformative experiences. 

The ICC will take place at IAC Campus in Portugal, May 22-24. You can learn more about our Campus and its sustainability projects here:


Monday, April 13, 2015

New doc "Death Makes Life Possible" and the OBE/NDE perspective on death

How out-of-body experiences can 
help us understand and cope with death

By Ines Beyer

Death is scary. It is part of life and unfortunately for those leaving unexpectedly early due to an accident or illness it can be a tough crisis to face.  Many of us live as if death would not happen to us and it can be shocking to our psyche when we are faced with death. The loved ones left behind are equally going through a huge loss and grief that can be unbearable to deal with at times. So we must talk about death.

Deepak Chopra and Marilyn Schlitz bring awareness to this topic with the upcoming film  “Death Makes Life Possible.” It is a film that will make us think about what death really means. What happens when I die? What if my partner dies? What is the afterlife like? Our physical life has a purpose and death makes life meaningful. That is the message of the film and we certainly agree. When faced with death, life becomes precious and we want to makes the most of it.

The context in which we see death in general, what we expect and how we have lived our life greatly affects what our death experience and dealing with other people’s death will be like. 

Through out-of-body experiences (spontaneous, intentional, or in the form of near-death experiences) we can have a temporary preview of what it will be like to exist without a body and to visit other non-physical dimensions. Experiencers often conclude that death happens when our consciousness (astral body or “soul”) leaves the physical container and simply does not return to it anymore because the body no longer functions properly. It is like taking off a heavy coat, revealing an inner layer or more subtle bodywhich remains, maintaining our personality, mental capacity, habits and motivations.  

Experiencers tend to overcome the fear of death because the OBE/NDE tends to feel liberating. In fact, birth appearsmore restricting to one’s awareness and capability,transitioning from a freer state to a more restrictive one, experiencing reduced lucidity. A baby develops and goes on to regain some of the awareness throughout child development and life. At the end of life, however, we go from less awareness to greater mental clarity – at least as far as the body is concerned. 

So when you deeply think about the personal accounts of OBE/NDE, death can be described as a moment of transition from one state and body to another. That’s it. We continue to exist and we will have more bodies and lives in the future.  Experiencers describe seeing people from their spiritual evolution group again, those that have already passed and those that join in later years. Death is the deactivation of the physical body, but our consciousness does not die. This is good news. Knowing this can help us be okay and suffer less with the process. 

It is great to read or hear about the afterlife, but often we are not quite sure if it is really true. Those that have lucid out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences lose the fear of death, because they have experienced it first hand. They have seen the other side and interacted with others there. Sometimes they have seen their physical body laying in bed, realizing that it is just a machine, a useful tool. They no longer belief that they will continue to exist based on what they were told, but they now deeply know this, because they have experienced it. The experience is so vivid that it is self-persuasive. However, people are often able to make accurate observation of remote locations or obtain accurate information from the diseased, as well – not to mention the mounting evidence of psi research. 

IAC’s Consciousness Development Program (CDP) is offered worldwide and is a way to learn produce projections of the consciousness (out-of-body experiences) in a healthy and safe way. The OBE is a skill that can be learned. It can provide a way to make multiple observations of the multiple dimensions of the spiritual world.  This way, you can explore and seek answers to life’s questions on your own. You may be able to see where you came from(and are likely to return to), connect to your past lives, understand why you came to this current life and body, what you planned to do hereand what the afterlife is like. In the CDP classes, we discuss the death process in terms of three possible deactivations (desomas). We also discuss how we might spend the period between lives, relationships, ethics, karma and our life purpose.

Why not lose the fear of death, understand yourself likenever before, get inspiration for your life purpose and get a preview of death as an “extraphysical birth.” Make every day count! To learn more visit for a calendar of online activities and in-person courses at IAC’s Research Campus in Portugal or in the educational center nearest you.  To find out more about the Schlitz/Chopra documentary, visit “Death Makes Life Possible.”

Ines Beyer, M.Sc.

Ines Beyer has a Masters Degree in Metaphysical Sciences and is currently an instructor-volunteer at the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC). She is passionate about learning and exploring all facets of consciousness and what makes us who we are at our essence.  She shares a great purpose of educating and bringing awareness to new research in the field of consciousness and the nature of human manifestation, evolution, personal growth and self-empowerment. Her approach is spiritual, yet practical and down to earth. She is especially interested in the mind-body connection, positive psychology and the process of death, helping others reduce fears and coping with death. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

USA physicist Beichler, PhD at ICC: The Evolutionary Imperative of Consciousness

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Professor Beichler taught Physics and other related subjects for over thirty-five years before retiring. He earned his PhD from the Union Institute in 1999 in Paraphysics, a new and highly controversial branch of theoretical physics. His is the only such degree from a fully accredited university in the world. He is presently conducting theoretical research in Cosmology in an attempt to explain Dark Matter and Dark Energy as well as Physics to explain the fundamental nature of life, mind, consciousness and matter, space and time. All of these advances are applications of a new fundamental theory of physical reality called ‘single field theory’, which is a unification of quantum theory and relativity based upon a five-dimensional Einstein-Kaluza space-time geometry. Explanations of many forms of paranormal phenomena have emerged naturally from his space-time structure and model of consciousness as does the simple fact that mind and consciousness survive death.

The Evolutionary Imperative of Consciousness

05/24/2015 | 03:50-04:30


Every living organism is characterized by two different complex physical field patterns: the (1) ‘life force’ or biofield and (2) mind-consciousness complex. The biofield deals with the normal biological functions, which can be represented by a complex three-dimensional matter/energy field pattern within the quantized space-time continuum. This material structure is directly associated with a changing electrical field pattern that generates a more complex magnetic field variation pattern (constituting magnetic domains in various groupings). Together these complex field patterns of electric scalar and magnetic vector potential constitute the mind and consciousness that are characteristic of all living organisms. This model directly implies the survival of consciousness/mind beyond material death, a new form of top-down evolution emanating from consciousness and the necessity of a new higher senses that results from directly realizing and experiencing the higher embedding space-like dimension that is required by the physics of our commonly experienced four-dimensional space-time continuum.

INDIGOGO crowd-funding campaign for the retired professor for travel costs to present at ICC: