Abstracts/ Upcoming Presentations


Simon Senzon

Intellectual Fields of Consciousness and the Chiropractic Term Innate Intelligence in the Literature Simon Senzon, MA, DC PhD candidate at the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University Director of The Institute Chiropractic Research Fellow at the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation Abstract: Transmission of consciousness through culture may be tracked as a clash of worldviews, which becomes evident within peer-reviewed literature. One way to examine this phenomenon is to choose a specific concept as it is debated within a distinct profession. The chiropractic term Innate Intelligence is ideal for such an analysis because it has evoked controversy and misinformation based on clashing worldviews at least since 1915. The more recent chiropractic literature could be analyzed to understand how this classic chiropractic lexicon is a focal point between those advocating for a materialist, rational, biomedical paradigm, and those pushing for a non-materialist, post-rational, chiropractic paradigm. By examining the literature for quality, citation patterns, and influence on the intellectual field, we may learn a great deal about how complexity of consciousness emerges in culture even when confronted by misinformation and attempts at domination by other worldviews. Presentation


Heather Lutz

Science is being called upon to transcend the bounds of the status quo in order to meet the needs of postmodern society. Using AQAL Integral Theory, this presentation will offer a possible answer to this call. In doing so, it will define a new role for scientists. Using AQAL quadrants, it will propose an evolved model for using the scientific method. It will propose the necessity of the transpersonal and transrational development of the researcher, the development of inner technologies, and the value of an integral-aperspectival lens. In addition, it will clarify the relationship between the scientist and the scientific method highlighting how the integral scientist is a necessary prerequisite for an integral scientific method. Finally, it will examine scientific knowledge production through an integral lens.  


Jennifer Lyke

Sometimes Students Do Good Work: Two Examples of Experiential Projects in an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Class on States of Consciousness This presentation discusses experiential projects completed by undergraduate students enrolled in an interdisciplinary course on “States of Consciousness” with an emphasis on two particularly well-done examples. The assignment directs students to alter their consciousness, without danger or drugs, over the course of approximately eight weeks of the semester. Students are specifically asked to reflect on their experience while doing the project from start to finish, and to include those reflections in their final reports and presentations. Often students choose simple or easy projects and their papers demonstrate little to no self-reflection. However, occasionally students describe substantive metamorphoses during the process of completing the project. Two such examples are summarized: a student who sought psychotherapy for the first time, and a student who attempted to contact a spiritual guide using witchcraft. Philosophical and conceptual issues related to consciousness and illustrated by these projects will be discussed along with pedagogical issues relevant to undergraduates.  Poster


Diana Ali

American Spiritualism is an American religion that was born in 1848 in Hydesville, New York. Its central principles state that there is life after death and that mediums have the capability to communicate with discarnate beings. Mediums are persons who claim they can communicate with the dead. Today, Lily Dale, New York is the largest surviving community of American Spiritualism, with a population of mediums that host an annual festival that draws large crowds from around the world upwards of 20,000-30,000 visitors. The author of the present interdisciplinary study conducted empirical research with twelve medium participants in Lily Dale, for qualitative and quantitative purposes. The purpose of the study was to better understand why American Spiritualist mediums believe they are communicating with discarnate beings and to explore how they experience alterations of consciousness. There was a total of 10 women and 2 men (N=12). The mean age of participants was 62.58 (SD=13.53; age range: 36-76 years; N=12). Participants were tested on the Big Five personality measures, a Communication with Discarnate Beings Interview Questionnaire devised by the researcher and on the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory to test altered states of consciousness. Significant differences were found between the medium sample when compared to other populations. Presentation


Beth Torpey

Global Sustainability, the Evolution of Consciousness and the Role of Water Abstract This presentation addresses the question, “Does water have properties which can assist in the development of consciousness evolution”. The subjects of global sustainability, the evolution of consciousness and the role of water are explored. The need for global sustainability and the current importance of such awareness are established as well as an examination of worldviews and a discussion of paradigm shifting. Examples of worldview shifts through college coursework are also provided. The importance of intention is explored as well as an examination of intention and water experiments. Explanations of the possible operating mechanisms of the intention and water experiments are provided. The next question addressed is whether intention-infused substance can improve mood, which leads to the overall question of whether intention infused water can have a positive effect on awareness and consciousness. The Orch-OR theory of consciousness, the Fourth Phase of Water and the Quantum Soul theory are explained and explored for potential mechanisms.  Poster


Nick Bustos

There is substantial phenomenological evidence positing a domain of human experience outside the constraints of dualistic, physicalist frameworks. Coupled with progressive advances in contemporary consciousness studies suggesting – contrary to the Newtonian/Cartesian materialist/physicalist worldview – that consciousness rather than matter is primary, this leads to a radical redefinition of the apparent subject/object dualism which appears to govern our day to day experience. This has necessary and profound implications for the practice of psychotherapy, whose essential basis assumes and reifies a strict dichotomy between therapist (self) and client (other). This presentation will focus on the experience of ‘ego-negation’ (EN) in the psychotherapy encounter, which serves as the practical, experiential corollary relative to ontological models suggesting an observer-dependent, non-dual reality. Ego-negation in psychotherapy, which denotes a dropping of the sense of ‘I’, and where the sense of individual separation falls away, has important implications for treatment provision, as therapists report immersion in and identification with a numinous inner dimension, resulting in therapeutic interventions delivered from an intuitive, holistic grasp of the patient, rather than surface-level analysis. Thus the question: what does this mean for psychotherapy as a healing modality and further, as a profession? I will present findings from phenomenological research and recent publications, which includes personal and public case examples, in the exploration of this topic, to convey that ego-negation is an experientially-real phenomenon, and one that appears to have potent healing consequences for both therapist and client, and importantly, provides further evidence for a worldview which transcends the explanatory limitations inherent within current physicalist/materialist models.  Presentation


John St. Claire

Sound, water, sacred geometry, and crystals: revealing the mystery of consciousness Human bodies are 60% to 70% water by volume but are 99% water by number of molecules. Luc Montagnier, who won the Noble Prize for discovering the AIDs virus, has demonstrated that information can be stored in structured water, and this information can inform our DNA. For over 10 years I’ve used sound, crystals, and sacred geometry in my practice to transform a wide variety of human conditions. The incredible success of these methods led me to the California Institute for Human Science where I have been studying the mechanism underlying these results. I propose that information may be stored electromagnetically in the hexagonal rings of the atomic lattice of both quartz crystals and the hexagonal rings of structured water, which exists in every living cell. I’ll present the results of my studies, demonstrate how it relates to Professor Montagnier’s work, and how this guides my practice. Using a standard magnetic tape erasing process, I erased Tibetan bowls. Spectral analysis of recordings after using the bowls on 40 clients showed that information was stored in the bowls, which changed the sound in specific, measurable ways. That information could be erased, which created a more harmoniously pleasing quality to the sound, that was objectively measured. Based on my studies with Marcel Vogel, I developed a unique protocol for storing information in quartz crystals and have made statistically significant measurements of various methods to erase that information. I propose a new theory on how information may be stored in the atomic crystalline structure. The hexagonal rings of both crystals and cellular water are analogous to self similar fractal antennas. This structure may point to a mechanism for the transmission and reception of subtle energy information. Could the structure of the water in our cells be a fractal antenna to cosmic consciousness? I believe I have developed a method to delete information stored in the water comprising 99% of our molecules, restoring them to their natural state. In this natural state, we feel deep inner peace and connected with our life purpose. As a side effect, people often look 10 years younger and persistent uncomfortable physical conditions may change significantly or disappear entirely. Poster


Christopher Zdenek

Trans-logical Post-Formal Consciousness. A model for multi-modal way of being and understanding human history and as a means for optimal global, national, corporate and individual behavior. Presentation


Tobi Zausner

WHAT IS REALITY? THE FRACTAL NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS As reality molds consciousness, so does consciousness mold reality. An investigation of the subjective nature of reality reveals a fractal basis for consciousness. While fractals are recognized as size invariant mathematically repeating patterns, this paper investigates an extension of the definition to include metaphorical models of fractals characterized by an equivalency of meaning. Rather than being defined by visual similarity, these fractals share an ontology of meaning. We see this type of fractal clinically in psychological patterns that include repetition compulsions, transference, counter transference, and habitual behaviors, where repeated thoughts and actions create self-similar patterns. The fractal format is also active in our perception of the world because consciousness organizes the stimuli it receives into fractal patterns of recognition. Attempting to categorize new experience through similarities to known experience the brain creates schemas, organizing fractal structures which simultaneously quicken our perceptions of the world yet limit them to what we already know. As we grow and evolve, the ongoing iterations of ourselves create a fractal relationship extending in time rather than space. This temporal rather than spatial extension is found in time crystals, a newly created type of matter that repeats a pattern in time but not in space. Although our reality appears solid and three-dimensional, string theorists like the Princeton physicist Juan Maldacena believe that we are an emergent phenomenon in an illusory world. He theorizes that what we perceive as a three-dimensional world is a holographic projection from a two-dimensional source. Because we never see the actual world but only its recreation in our mind from continuous stimuli impinging upon our senses, it is possible that instead of perceiving what we think is a solid reality, our consciousness is decoding the inverse Fourier transforms of a holographic projection into the illusion of an environment. If this is true, we are not only ephemeral iterations organized by consciousness, but our world also becomes a repeating holographic fractal through time.  Presentation


Mel Schwartz

Change A Word-Change Your Consciousness I've often wondered why the broader worldview shift away from mechanism has taken so long. I've come to believe the answer lies in large part in our use of language. Our continued reliance upon the "to be" verbs keep us rooted in constructs of permanence, objectivity and victimhood. These verbs have in common a core insistence on inert states. This presentation will elucidate the advantages of E-prime language, the absence of to be verbs.  Presentation


Barbara Karlsen

Embodying Nature; Towards a Fuller Ontology of Human Becoming. We now have a scientific story of intimacy with the universe and Earth that reveals our profound interconnectedness with all of life. This intimacy includes other species of life that have helped shape us and, in part evolve us to find our human place in a world that includes them, too. It is not a construction process that we might imagine from an engineering point of view but a vastly more complex interweaving of different cells, genes and organisms that shaped the human body. The truth is the human body is deeply intertwined with the biosphere. It is not something that needs to be genetically re-engineered because it is ill equipped to deal with modern life. We are part of Nature and we need Nature in order to bring the ‘full force’ of our species wisdom to meet the challenges of our time. Thanks to new technologies most of them developed only within the past few years, we are quickly redefining our identity as an individual human species. Scientific findings in molecular biology and genetics are discovering that the human body is colonized by a variety of microbes, most of them in the gut, which play an important role in all aspects of our health. These microbes come with their own set of genes that influence as well as constitute our human genome. This profound shift in our scientific understanding has direct consequences for our biological health on all levels and is confounding a long tradition that we are constituted by an individual human genome. We are symbiotic organisms. Which means that our bodily existence is designed to reproduce not only a human self, but also manages to create adaptive alliances with other life forms in the biosphere; alliances that we humans should be studying now for clues to our own survival. And that is the emphasis of this presentation. How we can use self directed movements to flourish the deep wisdom that is always guiding the body in its evolutionary unfolding. Presentation


Robert Wright, Jr.

According to recent surveys, a large segment of the American public regularly  wrestles with anxiety disorders or are suffering from chronic pain maladies. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that over 40 million adult Americans and more than 10 million teens and children have one or more serious anxiety disorders. Likewise, the Institute of Medicine reports that over 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. Western medicine approaches for handling anxiety and chronic pain disorders typically provide sufferers with pharmacological solutions which sometimes relieve symptoms but rarely address causation. In this presentation, Dr. Bob will discuss how when anxiety and chronic pain are viewed through an attentional lens, Complimentary medicine and holistic alternative non-pharmaceutical approaches not only can provide symptom relief, but also begin to address underlying causation for anxiety disorders and chronic pain maladies. Part 1 of the presentation will cover the  psychoneuroimmmunolgy and psychophysiology of anxiety and chronic pain and how and why attentional foci can work to intensify or lessen the  symptoms of anxiety and chronic pain by generating shifts in conscious and non-conscious awareness; framed within the  contextual lens of the Wilber-Combs Matrix as Quadrant 1 & 2 experience. In Part 2 of his presentation, Dr. Bob will demonstrate a custom Open Focus exercise designed to give attendees an opportunity to begin dissolving their own anxiety and chronic pain. The release of  bodily feltsense fear, pain, tension and worry  [Wilber-Combs Matrix 1st & 2nd  person quadrant experience] will allow participants to experience an ontological shift or firsthand “knowingness” of what it feels like to dissolve anxiety and chronic pain. A byproduct of this experience is that attendees may simultaneously unwind their habitual stress and gain insight on how bodily feltsense phenomena can be used and viewed as a valid qualitative 1st and 2nd person research inquiry method. 


Miloslava Kozmova

Volition: Does it Exist in Non-Lucid Dreams? Volition as a process of executive cognitive skills known from the consciousness of waking life (see review by Dijksterhuis & Aarts, 2010) has been defined as “active intrapsychic mechanism” (Rangell, 2009, p. 1159). For individuals, during their awake times, it constitutes a “central and essential component of human psychic functioning” (Meisner, 2011, p. 1123). In a different state of consciousness—in the lucid dreams during which dreamers know they are dreaming (van Eden, 1913)—the lucid dreamers might be able to influence the mechanics (Purcell, Moffitt, & Hoffmann, 1993) and content of the dreams (Gackenbach & LaBerge, 1988) and thus could exercise volition. In the non-lucid dreaming state of consciousness during which dreamers are, for the most part, immersed in their internal realities, the content of dreams is predominantly uncalled for and unpredictable (Kozmová, 2008). For this reason, in the scholarship of deficiencies of cognitive processes during non-lucid dreaming, the consideration of volition remains at the level of conviction about its loss (Hobson, Pace-Scott, & Stickgold, 2000, p. 821). In this artificial distinction between two states of consciousness based upon presumed deficiency of cognition in non-lucid dreaming (e.g., Hobson et al., 2000), volition is deemed to depend on “self-reflective awareness” (Fosse, 2000, p. 492) of two—lucid and awake—states of consciousness (Hobson et al., 2000, p. 821). Regarding non-lucid dreamers who are asleep and mostly separated from waking life realities, and thus no longer in the waking state of consciousness, the question could be posed whether this strictly dichotomous distinction between states of consciousness is applicable to continuity of cognitive processes including volition. In essence, as sleeping persons, do all non-lucid dreamers lose access to their executive skill of volition since the theory predicts “normally involuntary dream experience” (Hobson, 2009, p. 41) along with dreamers “inability to direct either . . . thoughts or actions in dreaming” (Kahn & Hobson, 1994, p. 2)? In this presentation, the author argues, based upon phenomenologically-based research (Kozmová, 2012, 2017), that the specific conditions—situations that require, from the non-lucid dreamer, problem-solving on one’s own behalf or on behalf of dream character(s)—give rise to either emergent or characteristic ability to use varieties of volition on a developmental continuum. The implications of phenomenologically documented existence of volition and other cognitive processes of executive skills (e.g., decision-making, evaluation, etc., Kozmová, 2012) present a neuroscientific dilemma: The current scientific zeitgeist continues to favor focus on deficiency of mental processes during non-lucid dreaming (e.g., Domhoff, 2018). With the existing classification of non-lucid dreaming volitional processes (Kozmová, 2012, 2017), it remains unclear whether there actually needs to be engagement of any nocturnally active neural substrates for existence of volition. In other words, could it be that volition during non-lucid problem-solving dreams (defined briefly as “attempts for resolution of dilemmas within immediacy of … dreams” [Kozmová, 2012, p. 51]) comes to existence as an emergent, free-floating, transient, yet discernible feature of consciousness that could be actualized without traces of nocturnal neural activation during dreamers’ pursuit of covert or overt goals? References Dijksterhuis, A., & Aarts, H. (2010). Goals, attention, and (un) consciousness. Annual Review of Psychology, 61, 467-490. Domhoff, W. G. (2018). The emergence of dreaming: Mind wandering, embodied simulation, and default network. New York, NY: Oxford. Fosse, R. (2000). REM mentation in narcoleptics and normals: An empirical test of two neurocognitive theories. Consciousness and Cognition, 9, 488–509. Gackenbach, J., & LaBerge, S. (1988). Conscious mind, sleeping brain: Perspectives on lucid dreaming. New York: Plenum Press. Hobson, J. A. (2009). The Neurobiology of consciousness: Lucid dreaming wakes up. International Journal of Dream Research, 2(2), 41-44. Hobson, J. A., Pace-Schott, E. F., & Stickgold, R. (2000). Dreaming and the brain: Toward a cognitive neuroscience of conscious states. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23, 793-842. Kahn, D., & Hobson, J. A. (1994). Self-organization theory of dreaming. Retrieved August 12, 2004, from http://www.asdreams.org/jopurnal/artciles/3 3_kahn_hobson.htm Kozmová, M. (2008). The investigation of nocturnal cognitive problem-solving using cross-cultural dreams. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA. Kozmová, M. (2012). Dreamers as agents making strategizing efforts exemplify core aggregate of executive function in non-lucid dreaming. International Journal of Dream Research, 5(1), 47-67. Kozmová, M. (2017). Non-lucid dreamers actualize volition as ego executive capacity by engaging in problem solving. International Journal of Dream Research, 10(1), 30-62. Meissner, W. W. (2011). Volition and will in psychoanalysis. Journal of the Psychoanalytical Association, 59, 907- 938. Purcell, S., Moffitt, A., & Hoffmann, R. (1993). Waking, dreaming, and self-regulation. In A. Moffitt, M. Kramer, & R. Hoffmann (Eds.), The functions of dreaming (pp. 197-260). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. Rangell, L. (2009). The role of unconscious volition in psychoanalysis: Commentary on Meissner. Journal of the American Psychoanalytical Association, 57(5), 1157-1165. Van Eden, F. (1913). A study of dreams. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 26, 431-461. 


Ji Hyang Padma

Consciousness and Healing: Perspectives from the Mahayana Tradition. The role of consciousness and intentionality in healing represents a key component of Mahayana Buddhist worldview-- and presents a significant challenge to Western ontology. Ritual (embodied narrative) mediates between consciousness and the body, so that positive change can happen. The rituals of Mahayana Buddhism create the ground for experiences of radical empathy between client and healer, support psycho-spiritual integration of the healing crisis and also contact deep archetypal realms of the psyche. In reclaiming the power of ritual within healing, we have access to a deeper well than object-materialism provides. Through this exploration of ritual we will rediscover healing as catalyst for spiritual transformation.


Richard A. Buck

Consciousness, Spirit and Liberating Relationships. This paper explores the idea that human relationships can be transformed into liberating relationships, relationships offering freedom to pursue personal goals and at the same time freedom from oppression, through certain transformations of consciousness and spirit. The starting point in this exploration are ideal Christian relationships modeled on the relationship of the Persons of the Trinity as spelled out in the social doctrine of the Trinity, espoused by Jürgen Moltmann and others. These ideal Christian relationships, endowed by the Holy Spirit, are characterized by the relational qualities of diversity, equality, harmony, inclusivity, and freedom. This inquiry then reformulates concepts of the five relational qualities beyond the Christian context by grounding them in principles independent of specific religions, employing the arguments of G.W.F. Hegel and others in the philosophical tradition. It is proposed that the five relational qualities facilitate liberating relationships by satisfying the desire for recognition posited by Hegel as fundamental to transformation of consciousness and emergence of spirit. Through the integration of relational qualities of cognitive diversity, power equality, harmony, inclusivity and freedom, new structures of consciousness and forms of spirit emerge—giving birth to liberating relationships. 


Jeffrey Quackenbush

The Reification of Consciousness. Scientific work on the physical morphology and behavior of the nervous system has produced an impressive heap of information about the functions of the organ and how these functions relate to human and animal cognition and various subjective states, particularly in consciousness. However, there are two related problems concerning the connection between the observed physical brain and cognitive experience, for which there is no accepted account. First, the representations of cognition appear to mediate and reproduce physical form in objects across arbitrary spans of space and time. For instance, a triangle drawn on a piece of paper and perceived in one moment can be generated at some other arbitrary place and occasion in the imagination or to be drawn on another piece of paper. We have no theory which explains how this is possible in physical terms. Second, the hard sciences lack a conceptual framework for reconciling our understanding of the objective physical world with the experience of the subject that is common to all human beings. This presentation will contend that these twin problems have produced a reification of consciousness in scientific epistemology, and, in focusing on the second problem, will seek to propose a physical definition of subject and object in terms of perspective. Specifically, it will argue that perspective is an aspect of physical world, rather than a function of perception, and formal concepts of subject and object follow from this alignment and can therewith bear broad utility. Examples drawn from everyday life will be discussed as illustration.


David C. Borsos

The Esoteric Philosophy of Alice A. Bailey and Relevant Applications to Consciousness Studies. Bailey’s 1,300 page A Treatise on Cosmic Fire is arguably one of the most important books written on consciousness in the past one hundred years but it is virtually unknown within academia. Eighteen of her published volumes are claimed to have been transmitted to her telepathically by the Tibetan teacher Djwhal Khul. They constitute a modern presentation of the Ageless Wisdom tradition and integrate ideas from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity to meet the needs of the modern, scientific mind. They contribute to the “fusion philosophy” or “comparative philosophy” called for by Buddhist scholars Mark Siderits and Jay Garfield but they have an advantage over the many important Buddhist perspectives offered in recent decades to topics in philosophy and cognitive science in that they are not restricted to the interpretation of ancient texts. They are of great value, therefore, in that they provide a complete, modern model of cosmology, ontology, and epistemology for contemporary research in consciousness studies, philosophy of mind, transpersonal psychology, and other areas. In particular, these writings provide the “conceptual framework” sought for by the authors of Beyond Physicalism, including Edward F. Kelly, Adam Crabtree, Paul Marshall, and Henry Stapp, a framework that is needed to support the evidence for post-mortem survival. These authors address one of the greatest limitations of modern thinking, shared even among transpersonal theorists: the rigid adherence to the assumption that human development is restricted to a single life experience. Mainstream scholars are so fearful of alternative views that some, including Rocco Gennaro, Jaegwon Kim, David Papineau, and Susan Blackmore, have contributed to a volume entitled, “The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death.” My presentation will therefore emphasize Bailey’s various understandings of the soul concept, which do not contradict the anātman doctrine, and explicate the process of reincarnation. One of the reasons Bailey’s writings have been excluded from transpersonal studies is that they are erroneously believed to be unscientific. In fact, Bailey was writing about microtubules (the nadis), plasma cosmology, and biofield science, and providing coherent explanations for telepathy, clairvoyance, near-death and out-of-body experiences as early as 1919. Another reason Bailey’s writings have been ignored is that they are very challenging. Arthur Hastings, the only scholar in transpersonal studies who has written on Bailey, admitted that he found her book, A Treatise on White Magic, “quite difficult to understand,” yet this volume pales in complexity compared to her magnum opus, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. Notably, Dean Radin recently published a book, Real Magic, that brings some attention to the topic and briefly notes Bailey, and Pim van Lommel references Bailey in his book, Consciousness Beyond Life. Several other academics have mentioned Bailey in recent years but no one seems to be studying her work. The presentation will close by directing interested researchers to a new website dedicated to building a bridge between Bailey’s writings and academia. The core of the website will be a suggested six-semester study program which will help prepare students to approach her masterwork, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. Presentation


Elizabeth W. Krasnoff

Sound Medicine Workshop: Sound, Healing, Consciousness. Vibration is the language of consciousness (Laszlo, 2017). Sound Medicine is the science of using audible vibration to release stored energy with conscious intent towards healing. Sound Medicine can be used for the reduction of stress and illness through its properties of unity, synchronization, regulation of our emotional and physical body, and the expansion of consciousness.    

Come learn how sound affects your nervous system and how to use sound in order to bring about a state of peace and calm, reducing the stress in your life and easing your journey. We will use a technology that measures your heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), to guide us. After a brief overview of the science of vibration, in this workshop you will experience how to  measure your nervous systems response to sound using your heart rate and to select sounds to achieve a state of uplifting calm and expanded consciousness. We will explore sound techniques such as Crystal Bowls, Toning, Tuning, Chanting, Singing and Drumming. Presentation


Joseph L. Subbiondo -- California Institute for Human Science

The Relevance of Linguistic Relativity to Consciousness Studies. Scholars are increasingly integrating multicultural and multidisciplinary studies into their research; and, as a result, they are developing new areas of inquiry and expanding traditional disciplines. A prime beneficiary of this integration has been consciousness studies because it is situated at the intersections of several, if not all, disciplines. In my presentation, we will explore the relevance of linguistic relativity to consciousness studies. We will start with Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897-1941) who, as a scholar at Yale, presented the strongest version of the principle to date as exemplified in his assertions: “Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about”; “We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language”; and “A change in language can transform our appreciation of the cosmos.” While most linguists ignored linguistic relativity during the mid twentieth century due to the dominance of generative grammar with its emphasis on universal deep structure grammar, it has reemerged in the late twentieth century to the present with the growth of cognitive linguistics. While current versions of linguistic relativity vary in degree from that of Whorf, they offer similar insights into the interrelationships of language, thought, culture, and self. As studies of consciousness come to the forefront of scholarly inquiry, the role of linguistics in facilitating this inquiry is as critical today as Whorf advocated nearly a century ago. Presentation


Rick Barrett

Chinese internal martial arts develop  body-mind-spirit integration to access supernormal abilities and  superconscious states of awareness. Transformation is achieved through gongfu (diligent practice over time) and understanding  the inner energy alchemy that feeds the transformation process. Much of  this information is veiled by arcane symbology and poetic descriptions,  making it inaccessible to the uninitiated. 

In this presentation, I will discuss and  demonstrate nervous system correlates (Combs-Wilber Matrix: Upper Right)  to the experiential aspect of the practice (Upper Left).  This will  include mindfulness and distinction of Afferent and  Efferent Nervous System activity, Hemispheric Synchronization of the  brain, and whole-brain coherence through deliberate consciousness of  pre-conscious somatic activity.  

The presentation will include a short guided meditation using techniques developed from these ideas. 


Asoka Bandarage

Ecological Consciousness and the Middle Path

Linking consciousness and social change. Presentation


Constance Sharff and Wes Geer

Addiction and consciousness researcher Constance Scharff, PhD and Wes Geer,  former lead guitarist for Korn (2009-2013) and founder of Rock to Recovery will present, "Rock to Recovery: Using Music Therapy with Non-Musicians to  Improve Mental Health Outcomes." In this exciting, interactive presentation, those in attendance will have an opportunity to experience a Rock to Recovery session and later discuss how music therapy can both change consciousness and be used to improve mental health outcomes. No musical experience required. Presentation


Ed Sarath

Central to my work as artist, pedagogue, scholar and integral change  visionary is the idea of an arts-driven revolution in creativity and  consciousness that takes hold in education and society. Within the arts,  moreover, I view the improvised musical art form  of jazz as a particularly robust integral transformative catalyst. This  talk probes a range of considerations by which jazz and improvisatory  creativity are coherent with a non dual vision of consciousness. From  the long legacy of jazz innovators who have  been involved in meditation and related disciplines, including Alice  Coltrane’s extensive engagement in Vedanta, to studies involving  intersujbective dimensions of consciousness (which I argue are  primordial to individual consciousnes) that are enlivened in  collective improvisation and meditation, to art-based insights into the  socio-political dynamics of consciousness research; I lay groundwork  for what I suggest is a new wave in consciousness research.   

In intersperse my commentary with jazz flugelhorn interludes.  Presentation


Zoran Josipovic

I  will introduce arguments toward a non-representational reflexivity  theory of nondual awareness. An expanded map of consciousness will be  outlined, which includes, in addition to the well-known contents of awareness and levels of arousal, the indeterminate substrate  and the nondual awareness or consciousness-as-such. Our previous  hypothesis on the precuneus network for nondual awareness will be  further discussed in relation to non-representational reflexivity, and in the light of current theories on the neural  correlates of consciousness. Presentation


Anngwyn St. Just

Trauma: Time,Space and Fractals : With unresolved trauma the past is always present and the experience of overwhelming life events can alter our perception of  both time and space. A fractal vision of trauma views our individual human experiences, relationships, and families as an integral part of a much larger whole which includes Nature, culture and historical context. It seems that we live in a fractal universe and time itself may be a fractal phenomenon. This presentation will explore the role of linear and non-linear time,as well as perception of time in understanding the causes of replicating traumas  in the experience and healing of individual,family and collective trauma.