InPresence 152New Directions
August 20, 2018
To view the video, “Meditation With a Spiritual Friend”, as described in InPresence 0115, see: https://youtu.be/qxU0okUlIiw
Jeffrey Mishlove engages in a process of introspection about the nature of thought itself — as a result of having changed his mind, at the last minute, regarding the topic for this monologue. This resulted in the insight that one can initiate a shift in consciousness with a simple thought. Jeff proclaims this to be a very significant insight. He also indicates that he is considering the YouTube “live streaming” option.
(Recorded on August 20, 2018)
To view the video, “Meditation With a Spiritual Friend”, as described in InPresence 0115, see: https://youtu.be/qxU0okUlIiw
Published on August 21, 2018
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Here he describes meeting Donald Fraser Keys at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness in Berkeley, California, in the early 1990s. Keys presented Jeff with a copy of his unpublished autobiography in which he describes visionary experiences of traveling in UFOs and meeting with representatives of the Galactic Council. Keys was also the founder [...]
Dr. Hanscom shares that chronic pain has its roots in anxiety. Most surgeries related to chronic pain are being done on anxiety and are unnecessary. All chronic mental and physical disease have the same common origin of inflammation that is caused by an elevated threat response and anxiety. Two-thirds of Americans are raised in traumatic [...]
This the third in a series of interviews with Gail about the cultural practices of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Here she describes how her journeys to the Huichol people in Mexico intersected with her marriage, and how she eventually brought her husband with her to the peyote ritual ceremony. She movingly describes the close, [...]
Here he points out that his remote-viewing mentor, Ingo Swann, expressed concern that alien entities were influencing earth’s population so as to stifle cultivation of our parapsychological skills. Swann felt that human have enormous psychic potentials and aliens find this threatening. He provides some details of his own potential alien encounters in the context of [...]
Here he reviews his earlier project, starting in 1978, of asking remote viewers to describe life in the year 2050. Recently he initiated a new project to look at the year 2060, so that it could be compared to his 2050 results. He describes his careful use of consensus methodology in remote viewing. Furthermore, he [...]
Fred Alan Wolf, PhD, is author of Taking the Quantum Leap, which won the National Book Award in science. He has also written Space, Time and Beyond; StarWave; The Body Quantum; Parallel Universes; The Dreaming Universe; The Eagle’s Quest; and The Spiritual Universe: How Quantum Physics Proves the Existence of the Soul.
Here Greg Bishop relates the stories behind some of the most famous individuals claiming to have had ongoing communications with alien entities. They include George Adamski, George Van Tassel, Orfeo Angelucci, George Hunt Williamson, Ruth Norman, Allen Noonan, and Paulina Peavy. The conversation also explores the psychic abilities of Ted Owens and Uri Geller, ostensibly [...]
Here he explains that Traditionalism is a particular version of Perennialism. It is associated primarily with René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon. It is distinct from the more heterodox approach of Aldous Huxley. Traditionalists feel that the orthodox systems of the world’s major religions afford the best possibilities for spiritual attainment. They particularly frown upon syncretism, [...]
Jungian analysis focuses on unconscious archetypes that operate beneath our cultural conditioning. Transformation, says June Singer, must emerge from within, apart from any preconceptions of the analyst. Dr. Singer, a practicing Jungian analyst, is author of Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung’s Psychology.
Dr. Verny shares that the mind is not totally dependent on the brain. He describes how reviving a patient, who had a near-death experience and his own near-death experience, helped him discover that consciousness is more than an epiphenomenon of the brain. The mind is both dependent on and independent of the brain and the [...]
Kevin Ryerson is a psychic trance medium who has gained considerable attention as the focus of Shirley MacLaine’s Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light. In this program Kevin predicts that the use of psychic intuitives for solving scientific and social problems will become an integral part of our culture within the coming decades. His own [...]
Here he maintains that he is interested in understanding UFO phenomena, not in “proving” that they are anything in particular. The key to understanding is to observe the reactions of people, both before and after their encounters. If they were simply extraterrestrial hardware, it is unlikely they would have such life-changing impacts upon people. Something [...]
Here he maintains that the afterlife depictions from near-death experiencers are quite similar to the accounts provided by young children who remember the intermission period between lives. With important exceptions, mediumistic descriptions as well as reports obtained during hypnotic regression tend to be laden with cultural prejudices. This raises the question of the extent to [...]
A Course in Miracles is a home study system to enable people to unlearn the attitudes that separate them from their potential for spiritual unity. Judith Skutch Whitson was president of the Foundation for Inner Peace, the organization which published and distributed the now classic Course. Mrs. Whitson discusses the origin, history, goals and worldwide impact [...]
Daniel Matt, Ph.D., is professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is author of God and the Big Bang, The Essential Kabbalah, and Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment. Here he discusses the theological implications of the “big bang” cosmological theory, which asserts that the entire universe exploded from an infinitessimally small [...]
Through Joanne’s past life and lives-between-life research, she shares that your life purpose can be identified through many avenues, such as memory triggers that give you clues as to what is appealing or familiar or to you. Most people have an affinity for their life purpose and may need only one past life session to [...]
Here she describes how each animal species has a unique culture. Animals can communicate with us, and can even teach us, if we are willing to quiet our minds, let go of our preconceptions and listen. This often comes naturally to children. In fact, sometimes children experience communication from animals as an imaginary playmate. Animals [...]
A concern with nature and humanity is primary to the social conventions of organized religion. Matthew Fox, a former Dominican priest and spiritual theologian, was director of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College. He is author of numerous books including The Coming of the Cosmic Christ and Original Blessing. Fox says [...]
Here he notes that René Guénon wrote about several types of initiation that deviate from authenticity: anti-initiation (i.e., materialism), pseudo-initiation (i.e., fantasy), and counter-initiation (i.e., potentially, if not actually, evil). He proposes that counter-initiation is the ultimate conspiracy theory – the conspiracy behind all other harmful conspiracies. He provide a number of examples, including Satanism, [...]
Here he describes the “decline effect” in parapsychology research as the result of a psychological “extinction paradigm”. Having subjects repeat a boring task without feedback, in many different disciplines, results in a decline of ability. His research involved training ESP using an automated system, involving forced choices with feedback. Subjects were pre-screened for ESP ability. [...]
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. He has written 37 books. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics and The Pope’s War. Most recently, he [...]
During the 1930s, the Parapsychology research program at Duke University established experimental protocols that were successful in demonstrating the existence of extrasensory perception, precognition, and psychokinesis. The public reaction was enormous and largely positive, while the academic community – psychology in particular – was mostly hostile. At the end of the decade, Rhine published the [...]
Wendie shares that the medical intuition profession can be part of the healthcare team to help decrease medical errors and save lives. Her research shows that medical intuition can assist with increasing the accuracy rate of health assessments. Healthcare professionals can easily learn medical intuition to increase patient outcomes and satisfaction. Medical intuition can assess [...]
Here she describes her successful journey, of more than forty years, as a researcher in parapsychology. Her work encompasses remote viewing, distant mental influence on living systems, and psychic healing. Along the way, she worked with many luminaries in the field. She describes the nuances of navigating through academic and research circles, collaborating with skeptics, [...]
This is second in a series of interviews with Gail about the cultural practices of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Gail shares how she first came to realize that she had cancer while high in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains with the Huichol indians, far from civilization. She describes the shamanic healing that may have [...]
Jean Shinoda Bolen, a Jungian analyst, is author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Every Woman, Gods in Every Man, and The Ring of Power. She discusses Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity, an acausal connecting principle. This principle of connection is like the ancient Chinese concept of the Tao in that it cannot be [...]
Human intuition and perception are basic and essential phenomena of consciousness. As such, they will never be replicated by computers. This is the challenging notion of Hubert Dreyfus, PhD, archcritic of the artificial intelligence establishment. Dr. Dreyfus, was professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, is author of What Computers Can’t Do and co-author of Mind [...]
Terence McKenna, co-author of The Invisible Landscape, says that human survival requires that we become aware of our responsibility for the future. McKenna proposes four key elements of his vision of the future: feminism, space exploration, cybernetics and an increased awareness of our interrelationship with nature and the plant kingdom.
Paul shares that the norm may be that most people, including mental health practitioners, have psychic and paranormal experiences. However, people often don’t share their experiences for fear of being thought of as crazy or diagnosed with a mental health disorder. He differentiates between what may be a psychic experience or a pathology. If the [...]
In this three-hour conversation, James reviews his background in international law. He shares his interest in the rights of indigenous people and how they conflict with the modern tendencies toward standardization. Tunney’s writings on mysticism (light) versus repressive technology (dark) emerges from the insight that there has been a failure of spiritual evolution. This is [...]
The problems of society result less from an intrinsic “evil” in human nature than from our failure to stop repeating behavior patterns from the past. Change, says Virginia Satir, begins with learning to accept and understand the many parts of oneself. Ms. Satir, is one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, was [...]
Here she describes in detail how her life history as a psychic experiencer led her to direct and film this unique project. Based on frequent UFO sightings reported near Catalina Island, off the California coast, she put together three teams of researchers – armed with extensive photographic and scientific equipment. One team was on the [...]
In this provocative program, Michael Scriven calls to task those who maintain that all psychic claims must be either fraud or error. Such an attitude, he says, implies that current scientific models will never be superceded. Dr. Scriven is a multi-disciplinary scholar who has made significant contributions to mathematics, logic, philosophy of science, ethics, education, [...]
In this three-hour interview, he goes through many of the details regarding his 2008 coma and near-death experience. He explains why scientists have been particularly interested in his medical records. He describes three distinct stages of the afterlife that he characterizes as the “earthworm’s view,” the “gateway valley,” and the “core realm.” He shares his [...]
This interview was recorded in Las Vegas, NV, where Walter was one of the award recipients of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies essay competition. Here he discusses his work as an archivist endeavoring to professionally preserve rare records of psychical research and spiritualism. Of particular interest is the research in Winnipeg, Canada, in the [...]
Here he explains that the Experiment With Time, written by J.W. Dunne in 1927, provides a protocol by which average people can demonstrate to themselves that our dreams contain as much information from the future as from the past. He offers a series of steps to aid viewers in discovering the truth about precognition (or [...]
Edith Fiore, PhD, fascinating author of You Have Been Here Before and The Unquiet Dead, discusses her transformation from a conventional behavior therapist to a specialist in the application of spiritualist principles of reincarnation and spirit possession to psychotherapy. In particular, she talks about her experiences using “past-life regression” as a therapeutic technique.
Changes in the human brain and nervous system can result from intensive spiritual disciplines. The late Lee Sannella, M.D., author of Kundalini: Psychosis or Transcendence?, devoted many decades to the exploration of spiritual paths. “Kundalini” refers to energy coiled at the base of the spine which can rise up to the brain. Although Western science knows [...]
Here he describes his original life-changing encounter with Desmarquet’s book, prompting him to make the journey twice to Vietnam in order to meet Desmarquet. This resulted in a close working relationship that eventually led to the Chinese publication. Desmarquet describes how he was abducted by very kind and attractive, 8-foot tall, hermaphroditic, humanoid aliens and [...]
Here James Tunney expresses both appreciation and pointed criticism of the life and philosophy of Bishop George Berkeley (1865-1753). While he is considered among the top rank of philosophers, he was also a slaveholder (at least briefly) and a supporter of British Imperialism. Tunney notes that Berkeley’s version of metaphysical idealism often engenders a feeling [...]
A Jungian psychotherapist, John Weir Perry, MD, is author of many books including The Heart of History and The Far Side of Madness. He suggests that the psychiatric community errs in treating visionary experience as a form of mental illness. Psychiatric labelling and the use of anti-psychotic drugs serve to stifle the valuable integration of [...]
Here he shares his investigations of hoodoo or conjure practitioners in the Carolinas and Georgia. His perspective is not that of a practitioner, but rather that of a sympathetic psychotherapist interested in understanding the prevalent, yet hidden, culture he found himself surrounded by in South Carolina. He traces the origin of hoodoo to the African [...]