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Is Consciousness The Next Big Thing? A Review Of The Wisdom 2.0 Summit

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This past weekend in San Francisco some of the world’s greatest thinkers, visionaries and technologists gathered at the Wisdom 2.0 summit. CE writer Tom Bunzel was able to attend the entire weekend in person and shares some of the incredible moments and experiences that luminaries such as Eckhart Tolle, Karen May and Jon Kabat-Zinn helped to create.

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audienceI was blown away when I arrived at the conference center at the Marriott Marquis; over 2000 attendees had come to this sold out Wisdom 2.0 Summit to see luminaries like Eckhart Tolle, Arianna Huffington and John Kabat Zinn along with their counterparts in many high tech companies.

At first I was struck by the parallels between this event and the many trade shows and conferences I had attended as a tech writer –everyone seemed to have an “agenda” whether they were handling a booth, speaking, or in the audience. There were so many coaches, advisers, gurus, guides and so on building a practice that it seemed as though Mindfulness was just the latest product or service that might support our economy –like sustainable energy, technology, mass transport or fossil fuels…

But it didn’t take long to realize that there were many different levels at work here, and that while there is certainly an economic dimension to such a conference (imagine the costs involved alone), and there was the undercurrent of positivity and “feeling and doing good,” even deeper was an awareness that something very special was going on a much larger scale.

At every turn the deeper question was asked:  What is it that Life/Awareness wants me to do?

Soren Gordhamer, founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, and the author of Wisdom 2.0, (one of the first books to explore living with mindfulness and wisdom within the context of our modern technology age) set the tone during his brief welcoming address. He recounted the early days of his conference when there were just several hundred people who could barely explain their “reasons” for attendance at the conference, and at a much smaller venue.  Later in the conference, when he introduced Eckhart Tolle, Soren also revealed much about his personal journey, that involved dropping many of the roles (husband, tech executive, etc.) that he had come to see as his identity. These are the sorts of questions that are only beginning to surface in corporate America –where “change management” and “listening skills” are still mainly seen as “strategies.”

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Therefore, as Arianna Huffington said in her presentation (“Thrive:  The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power” –upcoming book by same title), “we have reached critical mass.”  A discussion of consciousness or wisdom is not just for quiet corners of cocktail parties away from the “realists,” but it is now also prevalent in the board rooms of major corporations. Aside from her new book, Arianna is also offering her own series of conferences, and a mindfulness app – GPS for the Soul – she says,

“what we need is a great course-correcting mechanism — a GPS for the Soul — because otherwise the consequences can be serious, in terms of our health, our relationships, our jobs, and even our country.”

To be sure to a certain extent it is still seen as another means of encouraging engagement and fostering productivity but especially among the younger exponents, many of whom scurried around this conference, a deep and abiding acceptance of circumstances as they are, rather than how they “should” be was eminently manifest. This was nowhere more evident than when a few conference volunteers turned out to be disguised protesters and took over the stage shouting “San Francisco, not for sale,” disrupting the Google presentation.

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Protestors briefly taking over the main stage.

When the stage was cleared by another Wisdom 2.0 volunteer and a hotel union A/V guy, Bill Duanesenior of the three Google executives who were interrupted, put his teaching into practice and manifest great calm and indeed wisdom, suggesting everyone absorb the situation as it was, and feel whatever reactions it may have triggered within. He asked for a period of silence and reflection. Then he acknowledged the sincerity of the protesters in their own right and expressed compassion for the fervency of their beliefs and dedication. He referred to the presentation on the previous day made by the President of Rwanda, concerning the hardships of his country and the injustices and genocide that are part of human existence. And he asked for everyone to consider their own relationship to conflict and how they “show up” in periods of stress.

This was done in an atmosphere of grace and calm that eloquently modeled (in its silence) the notions of compassion, openness and sincerity that his group is bringing to Google.Duane garnered rousing applause from the audience of over 2000, each of whom had his or her own inner reaction to the unusual situation both validated and acknowledged without judgment, pontification or a sense of duality of “us” and “them.”

These values were first eloquently presented in the very first tech talk, “My Wisdom 2.0 Experience: Putting This Into Practice,” from Arturo Bejar, Director of Engineering, Facebook.  He echoed many of the corporate presenters who said that when first confronted by these “revolutionary” concepts he thought they were bunk, but now he is a firm proponent of integrating three main components into all aspects of his organization and indeed his software:

  • Compassion
  • Being heard
  • Intentionality

A similar tone was struck in a powerful presentation entitled “The Rise of Meditation in Tech Community: One Man’s Journey from Seeing it as Bullshit to a Daily Practice,” by Le Web Cofounder, Loic Le Meur. He made the important point that it is not surprising that this movement has emerged so strongly in the field of technology where the “same people who created tech seem to now require ‘space’ and indeed the more we get connected the more we need meditation.” Le Meur admitted that for some in the high tech field there is still a stigma and a sense of shame for being “New Age” but that the obvious benefits of a mindfulness practices, as he himself has experienced them, are self evident. He also eloquently described how with practice he can “see myself getting angry” and retreat to “a space in my mind which I can access any time.”

Another amazing presenter was a personal favorite — Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Teacher, author of numerous books, including two best-sellers: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. I was first exposed to Zinn as a subject in Bill Moyers’ book, Healing and the Mind and have found several of his online videos, including a session at Google, extremely helpful in my own meditation practice. He suggested that at this time it is dharma teachers who are truly changing the world—a world that is very confused and Zinn asked, “so who knows that you’re confused?” In Zinn’s practice, a point of attention is on witnessing your breath, and he echoed Eckhart Tolle when he said that if you were responsible for breathing you’d be dead. This suggests that a mindfulness practice connects intimately with a higher intelligence that “instructs” your entire body; Zinn suggested that the miracle of the various systems at work in the human liver is far more impressive than anything achieved by human science.

The essence of Zinn’s teaching may be that there is “space” for all aspects of our being within consciousness – “awareness can hold everything” – and when we make room for every part of our experience we recognize that we are already whole, and that at bottom there is nothing to attain. When he made the comment, “Meditation it’s not what you think” he suggested that mindfulness gently gets us beyond our “monkey” mind of compulsive thinking, and in touch with heat sutra. Within that space we connect with the truth of true nature –ultimate beauty of being –and the only “motivation” of meditation is presence –not to miss your life.

Zinn said that the origin of the word “suffer” is the same as to “carry,” suggesting that it is possible to simply put down or drop the many imperatives of the mind and find peace. Again echoing Eckhart Tolle, Zinn concluded, that besides sitting quietly in a posture, that the real meditation practice is how we live our lives in full connection with the present moment.

drumsToward the end of the first day I went to the opening reception and was a bit amazed to find a very loud band of drummers from Africa performing to the delight of the crowd; to me that seemed incongruous with mindfulness.

But when I mentioned that to a leadership coach from Silicon Valley (Rebecca Arora) she wisely suggested that the effect of the drums might be to get me out of my head and into my gut. Touche.

Saturday morning featured the Google panel with the three main proponents of mindfulness within the organization.

After the disturbance on Saturday morning, the leader, Bill Duane turned over the panel to Karen May, Vice President, Learning, Google, who was still reacting to what had occurred, but echoed Duane’s comments, and expressed pride that Bill was able to maintain the sort of clarity of purpose and inner acceptance of circumstances (even when challenging) that they espoused in their work at Google. The audience gave Bill a sincere round of applause – he had actually done what Jon Kabat-Zinn had suggested:  bringing the presence practice into daily life. Karen also expressed her appreciation.

Aside about Karen: With over 20 years of professional experience as an organizational psychologist and leadership coach, Karen May joined Google in 2010 to head up the company’s learning, talent and career development programs. Karen oversees a global team that supports more than 28,000 Googlers in more than 60 offices in over 30 countries. The team implements a broad range of developmental offerings, including executive coaching, new hire on boarding, leadership development, and peer-to-peer instruction for Googlers of all levels, regions and tenure.

Karen said that there were several core values to the work their team was doing, but perhaps the key belief permeated Duane’s reaction (or non reaction) to the events of the morning:  “honoring diversity and meeting people where they are.” Then she went on to expand the conversation beyond mindfulness to wisdom, compassion and community, the other core values of her teams vision. Equally important to the concepts mentioned was putting these ideas into concrete practice, through experiments among the team and then throughout the enterprise.  They start every meeting with a meditation led by Bill, with attention to breath and a guided movement toward compassion and understanding.

Karen suggested that at the outset the team’s work was basically an experiment among themselves. What they found initially surprised them; the most skeptical member of their team turned out to be one of the strongest proponents of their practices – he said that he had observed that “he was a better person” after several weeks of engaging in the practices. He was fervent in wanting to take these practices directly out into all of Google but the team was more restrained and worked with other elements including gratitude exercises, Tai Chi sessions, and eventually they produced 15 master-led meditation videos; all of these offerings were completely optional for Google employees but have been increasingly popular and widely adopted. Karen emphasized that the key component of the corporate culture fostered by these techniques is a “posture of respect” for divergent viewpoints and backgrounds, which again resonated with the response by Bill Duane to the protests that began the session.

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Me (Tom Bunzel) with Meng Tan

The third member of the Google team at the Wisdom 2.0 Summit was Meng Tan, whose title is “Jolly Good Fellow, Google.”   After a successful 8-year stint in Engineering and 2 years as Google EDU’s Head of Personal Growth, he now serves with Google’s Talent Team.  His current mission is to “Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace.”

Meng’s focus is on developing skillful “champions” of mindfulness within the organization who can both model and teach the various techniques. Beyond such masters, he emphasizes that each member of the Google community develop his or her own practice of serenity and wisdom (bottom up).  As an engineer he also contends that explaining the science behind these practices will more easily enable proponents to extend the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or whatever practice they choose (if any—all is voluntary) to others and it will proliferate organically throughout the organization.

Meng’s dream is a time when everyone at Google (and beyond) is “wise and compassionate and can deepen their practice in harmony with the company, their families and the world at large”

 

Bill Duane concluded Google’s presentation with these suggestions for fostering these techniques in any organization:

  • Build mindfulness support among true believers
  • Consistently espouse best values
  • Note the cognitive improvement that unfolds
  • Create supportive networks to continue these practices
  • Manifest ethical leadership at all levels

Another fascinating session was “The Mindful Workspace: Proximity, Compassion, and Generosity” presented by Jonathan Rosenfeld, Ph.D. who, has been advising businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies for over 20 years and brings a psychological and systemic perspective to change management. (Change management is a buzzword that is used by many consultants in their work with organizations and it is refreshing to see the principles of greater wisdom applied to the field)

Generally the concept has been to align goals with that of management –which would essentially be greater profit.  Many of the coaches and consultants that presented at the conference, echoing Rosenberg’s principles, are bringing the deeper needs of all employees into focus so that change is seen as an empowering movement and not so fervently resisted. Rosenberg mentioned two things which I particularly liked –he reminded the audience of the Greek notion of philocracy,

Philocracy – the power/rule of love; love as a governing principle.

Philocracy is a system of conscious organization. It is the assumption that what you love and understand you will also manage well. Philocracy assigns responsibility only within each person’s sphere of wisdom -the area in which they can demonstrate conscious love”

In addition, Rosenberg put this in terms our tech-imbued world can understand, calling this a “new operating system.” We might think of it as “uninstalling” a bottom line mentality and replacing it with a new human-centric program to allow for organic change management.

Mid Saturday was the first official lunch break and it provided the opportunity to meet some of the 2000 fellow attendees.  When one considers the scope of the conference, much of it was actually watched on giant screens unless one could get close enough to the stage. But a major attraction was the “scene” itself, and lunch provided a great chance to meet like minded souls.

I encountered a company from Pasadena that teaches mindfulness practices, Tools for Peace (TFP) is dedicated to strengthening and supporting emotional and social intelligence as well as academic and professional success. TFP has partnered with over 20 organizations, universities and schools. TFP developed Stop, Breathe & Think (SB&T), a step-by-step mindfulness, meditation and compassion-in-action curriculum that guides participants through a variety of mindfulness activities, personal reflection and group discussion. Participants begin with an introduction to mindful breathing, a basic building block of mindfulness, and build upon that skill by following a three-step process. I also exchanged cards and later had drinks with a fellow writer, Kartik Subbarao, who is another engineer who has “awakened” and written a book on “Enlightening Technical Leadership.” All in all, for me, Saturday afternoon was amazing.

Therefore, as Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO, Huffington Post presented a session after lunch titled (“Thrive:  The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power” –upcoming book by same title), and confidently proclaimed, to tumultuous applause, “we have reached critical mass.”  A discussion of consciousness or wisdom is not just for quiet corners of cocktail parties away from the “realists,” but it is now in the board rooms of major corporations.  2013 year was the year well-known CEOs “came out” as meditators. And these techniques are no longer considered “far out” or “New Age;” but rather when actually applied they can bring a profound level of awareness and insight to even challenging circumstances—even apart from their usefulness in the ordinary world of meetings, agendas and productivity. Arianna says that it is

“time to redefine the notion of success from a two legged school of money and power. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg –a third metric for defining success –to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving.”

According to her, the third metric is composed of four pillars:

  • Well being
  • Wisdom
  • Wonder
  • Giving

She suggested that instead of resumes we shape our lives according to what may become our eulogies –not how hard we work or worldly accomplishments but how we live. She said that Wisdom 3.0 is about applying these principles to a life  shaped from the inside out; she quoted Rumi who said we should “live life as though everything is rigged in our favor.”

Arianna shared a personal story that she said might well have an analog with many in the audience –that her shift was precipitated by tragedy and a low point where daughter almost died from cocaine addiction.  She refers to such moments as pivotal “entry points” into our journey or path of growth and enlightenment. When she herself collapsed from exhaustion at one point, she realized that there is “no success” in “lying in a pool of blood in my house.” Arianna concluded by urging those present to “embrace your entry point” and as a symbol of community actually gave out her “personal” email address; not surprisingly it’s arianna@huffingtonpost.com

This was followed by a candid conversation between the singer and songwriter, Alanis Morissette and Dan Siegel, Mindsight Institute. Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and he is the founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships.

The pair was openly enamored of one another and were both colleagues and friends.  They talked about receptivity and openness in both the therapeutic space in which Dr. Seigel works and the creative world of Ms. Morissette. They discussed the essence of “connection” and conscious conversation, Alanis saying that “at my best I am nothing,” meaning that she is open to what the world and other people are bringing.

Dr. Siegel said that “conscious communication is renegade experience of neural communication” because monologue to monologue is the American way based on individualism, which leads to non-listening and the preparation of what one will say next, rather than a space for what is. So to actually be open during dialog is “renegade,” in its being counter to much of our conditioning toward self-protection and even aggression. Alanis concurred, adding that “aloofness is the survival strategy in Hollywood” and the conversation moved on to the way today’s technology is used as a buffer between people. To text is to avoid real contact and to hide –and in many ways to give in to a fear of real connection.

Both said that it is important to be able to “articulate without interruption” and Dr. Siegel used the concept of “integration as the basis of wisdom” –meaning the ability to be present with all parts of our selves (not just the formative mind) in order to connect. Integration is basis of peace and compassion. He mentioned his brain research which confirms the potential for digital media to disconnect us from ourselves; we become addicted for two reasons –for pleasure to release dopamine and for obsession (clicking on email).

Many therapies bring relief but not healing –integration is a means of creating “Connectones” or  integrative fibers within the brain that reduce chaos and foster harmony. He wondered about Alanis’ experience and asked, “what does songwriting feel like?” – eliciting a “non mental but physical response.” She described it as “somatic” –a way to actually take love in and said that there is no real “choice” in the matter for her – it is an “existential imperative” to create.

But when Dr. Siegel asked whether she experienced healing whether in writing or performing, she said that she did not –the creative process was not experienced by her as a means of healing but perhaps more of being “heard” and receiving without judgment.

They discussed gadgets and how texting can be both a way to use tech to withdraw but potentially also for raising integration if it becomes the means for a deeper way of connecting and becoming linked to one another. Here Dr. Siegel made perhaps one of the key remarks (for me) of the entire conference when he suggested (as a scientist) that his studies in the brain and the apparent “nonexistence” of a coherent self has led him to the realization that there is no reason the self should be bounded by our skin We are ‘not the body’.  The self is both me and we and ultimately a new, and perhaps third entity, a MWE.”

Coming from an eminent scientist this kind of blew my mind because in my own experience of meditation and the practice of daily acceptance I have had insights into the reality (not the metaphor) that who “I am” is truly not bounded by my physical form. It doesn’t last, it is quickly “rationalized” and “integrated” within the material view that is still the societal norm, but to hear a scientist articulate the concept so clearly was truly a revelation.

The afternoon continued with a presentation by Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com. Tony Hsieh is an American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Tony talked about how Zappos and other new startups are starting to leverage the Downtown Project in Las Vegas to accelerate innovation, productivity, “Return on Community, and Return On Luck.”

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Eckhart Tolle on stage.

Then the audience crammed in for what for me was the highlight of the conference, a talk on “The Power of the Present Moment, A Meditation, by Eckhart Tolle. I had never seen Eckhart “in person” and my seat was not great –but it was interesting because I went early and everything was already taken but in the last moment a woman gestured to a guy in front of me that the seat beside her was available, even though it had a coat draped on it.  I quickly confirmed it and sat down. Soren introduced Eckhart and said that a standing ovation was not called for –and that he “would prefer to feel your presence.” I could sense the incredible appreciation and love that greeted Eckhart Tolle when he humbly and modestly took his seat.

He started with what he called the deepest question one may ask, which echoed many of the other presenters – to “ask what life wants from you.” Then he began to describe a three-step process of becoming conscious” and emphasizing that each person can only arrive at a stage relative to his conditioning and being.

How to abide in presence?

The first step is simple Awareness –I am here.  Noticing what is–paying attention to our surroundings, and then our constant habit of thinking begins to quiet. Most of our attention is on the endless stream of thoughts, he explained. “And most of it useless!” The second step is noticing what else is happening around you –and recognizing the wonder of it –sensing an appreciation for the many forms that exist –but again doing so without labeling or thinking but simply acknowledging the infinite variety of nature apart from one’s commentary about it. Eckhart’s third stage is even deeper –to begin to inquire and sense “what is it that knows” or notices all of these things? Or rather what is it besides the content of our thoughts or perceptions, but instead is the subjective container of these experiences.

For example, he continued, in sensing hands, how do I know them? Our thoughts demand attention but if we close our eyes, do we need a thought to know that our hands are there? Can one begin to sense a vibration or energy within the body that is beyond thought –that indeed perceives thought along with sensation, feeling and external forms?

This recognition of Being is “no thing” and what Jesus called “the Kingdom of Heaven.” “But who understands Jesus,” Eckhart joked, “only a few Buddhists.” Eckhart also reemphasized the practice of these concepts – he said that “presence is a state that you can only know by experiencing it, he says. You cannot “conceptualize it.”

“The essence of you is inseparable from the essence of the present moment.  The essence of now is ultimately who you are”

Karen May of Google then returned to the main stage for a “One-on-One with Eckhart Tolle: Awakening in the Digital Age.” Karen noted the enthusiasm and calm of the audience and mentioned how unusual it was to be able to lead a meditation by teaching and instill an actual and tangible experience in those present. She attributed this to Eckhart’s presence and spontaneity –the live freshness he brought to the occasion, and then “in a gesture of presence” she actually tore up her own notes with laughter and appreciation from the audience. She asked Eckhart about the apparent contradiction between his emphasis on dropping one’s “personal story” or commentary by the voice in the head and the use of stories in an organization to foster respect for diversity and communication.

Eckhart suggested that in one’s communication one should look deeply at the other person and not at one’s story about them, or their story –to not confine one’s connection to such a story. A big part of this would be not to think while conversion  but to listen deeply –that the gift of one’s true attention is perhaps the greatest one can convey. Eckhart said that “usually you only get this from a dog.” He suggested that communication become the “personal and spacious dimensions dancing” and that one acknowledge both.

Our “collective story reinforces our roles” which in a corporate environment is necessary up to a point but can also inhibit spontaneous communication. Presence is the key and Eckhart reminded the audience about Ram Dass’ statement on enlightenment –“If you think you’re enlightened, spend a week with your family.”

Similar tests of presence obviously abound in meetings and the corporate world. Eckhart said that it is important to always keep in mind that “one can only behave at one’s level consciousness” and that presence can best be practiced in brief encounters and initially when there is little at stake.  Try to put down the cell phone and truly engage with the clerk in the grocery store and bank, and notice the difference in energy that ensues.

When Karen asked for more ideas about meetings, Eckhart said that if necessary, “you can be the only one (truly) present at a meeting, but cautioned against the Egoic trap of taking oneself as ‘enlightened’ as a feeling of superiority.” “Choose to be present with complete attention,” he said, “not fueling conflict or group unconsciousness.”

Karen and Eckhart then engaged in a discussion of how gadgets can both foster and distract from communication – at that point a cell phone rang and Eckhart wondered, “is it mine?”

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Eckhart Tolle & Karen May. Eckhart wants to take a selfie.

The audience roared.  He cautioned that gadgets can indeed “fill up our mind” which is the antithesis of true mindfulness –he dislikes that term preferring “presence” because he is a proponent of using the mind only for vital tasks and otherwise disengaging the voice in the head. On that point he said he does now text, but he has invented “spacing” or sending an empty text message, which has flummoxed some of his friends.

He reminded the audience of Arianna Huffington’s practice of making her bedroom  a gadget free zone, to avoid the burnout that can ensue when our devices take over. He made fun of email in his own inimitable style by modeling how when an email comes in, we can react automatically by “assuming that every message is urgent and important. They aren’t.” As he did this he hunched over an imaginary device, feigning typing with his thumbs, as he looked furtively upward and around as though in deep thought and agitation by the necessity to reply to every message he had received.

He cautioned against the addictive aspect of gadgets, like cell phone and compared them to TV which also makes people addicted to thinking and ultimately they suffer; especially with television or media which suggests that the future holds a promise that can never be fulfilled.  “Don’t let children get lost in digital world.” He stressed again that the ultimate lesson is that only the present moment is true Life.  All else is illusory. Karen asked him what give him hope and Eckhart replied, “this moment” (with the audience – he gestured around the vast room), and they concluded.

My final experience was in what might have been “the largest yoga class ever in San Francisco,” led by Gopi Kallayil who is the Chief Evangelist at Google for Brand Marketing. Prior to that he was Chief Evangelist of Google+ for Brands, and previously he worked on marketing the company’s flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Gopi called the human body the most advanced technology we know, and gave a glimpse of a “portable yoga practice” that would enable participants to “instantly change state intentionally.” Before the Sunday lunch break he demonstrated and led the audience in a series of yoga postures from beginner to moderately advanced, and modeled conscious breathing. Gopi reiterated that all of these techniques are now made available to Google employees on a voluntary basis.

IN SUMMARY
musingThis overview only the scratches the surface of what comprised the Wisdom 2.0 Summit. In the exhibit hall there were many products, services and practitioners including InterAxon, the makers of Muse headgear, a “hardware” company that reprograms the brain’s “software.” Muse combines training sessions to help you manage stress and calm your mind with real time feedback on your brain’s response to the training. This allows you to track and improve your brain over time so you can enhance the mental skills you already have and do more with your mind than you ever thought possible.

Muse uses sensors to detect and measure your brain activity, just as a heart monitor measures heart rate. This activity is converted into information you can track on your tablet, smartphone or PC via Bluetooth This information is given to you in both audio and visual form so you can see and hear your brain’s performance in real time.

As I mentioned, beyond the sessions and exhibits one of the most profound things to stand out at Wisdom 2.0 was the energy and vitality of 2000 like minded souls.  Finally, I also had the chance to lead a “hosted conversation” which attracted two new friends to a discussion of my own passion, the connection between software and genetics.

As I left San Francisco, I felt deeply that this conference was an event that truly “Life was calling me” to attend.  Namaste.

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New Study Finds “Healing Energy” Can Be Stored & Used To Change Cancer Cells In Vitro

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  • The Facts:

    A new study has found that healing intention and energy can be stored and used to treat breast cancer cells in vitro. It's one of many examples of mind-matter interaction, and mind-body connection.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are these types of results so unbelievable that mainstream science continues to ignore the possibility? Today, is science really science, or has much of it become dogma?

“Healing energy” is something that many health professionals still roll their eyes at. However, more and more health professionals and countless numbers of scientists are creating more awareness about it, due to the fact that the results and the science simply speak for themselves.

Not many people know this, but the “mind-body” connection and “healing-at-a-distance” actually have more statistically significant results when it comes to healing than most of the science used to approve our medications. Healing at a distance is simply someone directing their attention towards the ill, with a healing intention. This is one form of mind-matter interaction that has been documented repeatedly by science.

For example, as far back as 1999, statistics professor Jessica Utts at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have helped to prevent heart attacks more than a daily dose of aspirin . Utts also showed that these results are much better than the research behind various drugs like antiplatelets, for example.

There are numerous examples, and literally, thousands of peer-reviewed publications in the area of parapsychology and quantum physics that demonstrate without a doubt that yes, mind and matter do interact. How they interact, and the nature of these interactions is what we are studying now, which is one of many reasons why so many notable scientists have been gathering for years emphasizing that matter is not the only reality.

Now, a new study published in SAG Journals  entitled Transcriptional Changes In Cancer Cells Induced By Exposure To A Healing Method has examined the effect that healing intention can have on cancer cells in vitro. The goal of the study was to assess if stored or recorded energy has an impact on breast cancer cells by using energy-charged cotton and electromagnetic recording of healers practicing the method.

Ancient Practice

When it comes to healing, the study points out:

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Virtually all recorded societies report that certain individuals appear to have the ability to heal. Oftentimes this healing has been associated with spiritual disciples of one sort or another, and the healers themselves have sometimes been accorded a special status within the culture. Healers have utilized various methods of practice, including laying on of hands, prayer and induced altered states of consciousness, to name a few. Hippocrates, referred to this healing as “the force which flows from many people’s hands.”

This type of healing has been practised in various cultures throughout human history, especially in Buddhism. Ancient texts in this area are full of stories of people with exceptional abilities, but what’s even more exciting is that we actually have real-world examples today that can’t really be debunked.

For example,  when talking about modern-day research, one of the pioneers in this area was a biologist by the name of Bernard Grad of McGill University. In controlled experiments, he discovered that certain people could actually influence the germination of plant seeds, make plants grow at a faster rate as well as influence the curing of seeds that had been shocked by saline solution. Furthermore, he was able to measure the ability of healers to reduce goiter and stimulate wound healing in mice. (source) (source)(source)

What’s interesting about that particular study is that it wasn’t the only one. A study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, as seen in the US National Library of Medicine, demonstrated that a woman with special abilities was about to accelerate the germination of seeds for the purposes of developing a more robust seed stock.  Her name was Chulin Sun, and she entered into a deep trance-like state which sprouts dry seeds in 20 minutes, compared to the normal 3 to 4 days. You can read more about her and access that study here. 

The Science Is There

The cancer study mentioned above goes on to provide more examples:

Since Grad’s initial work, there have been innumerable preclinical studies of healing, sometimes categorized by the target of the intended healing. Benor, for example, discusses healing action on enzymes, cells in the laboratory, fungi/yeasts, bacteria, plants, single-cell organisms, and animals that have been subjected to controlled study. The proliferation of healing studies has continued to rise in recent years. At present, there are several peer-reviewed journals devoted exclusively to the burgeoning field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), publishing both preclinical and controlled clinical studies of healing of a wide variety of conditions. In addition, there is an increasing number of peer-reviewed journals which are not focused exclusively on CAM but that are open to publishing controlled studies in these areas.

Scientists used energy-charged cotton to store healing intention from several self-proclaimed “healers,” and they discovered that of the cells that were exposed to an electromagnetic recording, 37 genes of the 167 tested showed a statistically significant change compared to the control, and 68 genes showed statistically significant fold changes.

Two genes, ATP citrate lyase (ACLY) and interleukin 1β (IL-1β), were consistently downregulated at 4 and 24 hours of expoure to the recording, respectively, in 3 independent experiments. Both acly and IL-1β were also downregulated in cells exposed to a hands-on delivery of the method, suggesting these 2 genes as potential markers of the healing method.

When it was all said and done, the study clearly indicated that there is at least some biological response that has been stimulated by the healer as well as the recording of the healing energy. No matter how small, the effect was there in this study and it has huge implications.

“The consequences of that genomics effect, and the careful evaluation of the several components to induce them, require further study. Multiple questions need to be addressed, such as exposure time of subjects to energy recordings, the composition of the recording itself, what equipment can best capture the healer’s input, and so on. Efforts to find the answers to these questions are underway.

The key takeaway points and conclusions that can be drawn from the study are as follows:

  1.  Reproducible biologic changes have been induced by healing energy, whether by direct hands-on healing or using a recording of healing activity.

       2. Healing intention can be captured and released, thereby potentially allowing the phenomenon to be more widely disseminated.

      3.  Hands-on delivery of the healing intention is stronger than the recording used in this study, suggesting the possibility that the recording did not fully capture the healing potential.

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Going Deeper Into Consciousness

Studies like these are a great way to reach the mainstream, with credibility, expand minds, plant seeds, and show that yes, mind/matter interaction is actually very real, and it’s been demonstrated repeatedly. The fact that black budgets and highly classified government programs utilized parapsychology, while the mainstream ridicules it, says more than enough.

When it comes to healing, perhaps this is why more and more people are gravitating to alternative forms of medicine. An article written by Garth Cook from Scientific American even shows how this information is finally making its way into the mainstream. To instantly brush this stuff off is harming our progress, and possibly a lot of people.

A growing body of scientific research suggests that our mind can play an important role in healing our body – or in staying healthy in the first place….There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats. That was a short ‘aha’ moment for me – where the idea of an entwined system of mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that’s somehow separated from our physical levels.

In Vitro Study

I go into even more detail in this article I published at the beginning of last year: This is How Powerful The Mind-Body Connection Really Is 

The limiting thing about an in vitro study is that it’s not an actual biological organism. That being said, the biological organism that’s accepting distant healing, or healing energy from another person, would be most successful when open to the possibility that it could actually be working. The Placebo effect is very interesting and demonstrates beyond a doubt that consciousness can play an enormous role in healing the body.

There are many examples of the Placebo effect, and it works simply because the patient is firm in their belief that something is going to work–especially when it’s beyond belief, and more like a ‘knowing’.

Consciousness is huge when it comes to healing, and the receiver of the healing plays a vital role, maybe even more than the one who is sending the healing intention, as demonstrated by numerous studies on the placebo effect. We’ve written about it multiple times in a couple of heavily sourced articles you can check out below:

The Strange Power of The Placebo Effect Explained

The Real Power of The Placebo Effect, Explained

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New Physics Study Finds The Real “God” Particle

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  • The Facts:

    A study published in Physics Essays shows how matter is created out of the non-material. There is energy in what we call "empty" space and it can also be used to generate energy. The acknowledgement of the non-material is a big step for science.

  • Reflect On:

    Why has non-material science been shunned by the mainstream community when it has such strong validity? These concepts are now moving out of the theoretical realm, and being confirmed. It opens up metaphysical and spiritual realities as valid.

The search for the “God” particle has been underway for quite some time. Smashing particles together to learn more about the true nature of reality seems to be the only discussion brought up within the mainstream when it comes to discovering the origins of our universe or at least attempting to do so.

There’s one problem, however, and that’s the fact that non-material forces might actually govern the universe, factors associated with consciousness may be a key role in the creation of matter, and this is something that’s been emphasized for decades by numerous scientists who’ve acknowledged these non-material forces. If this is true, looking for a “God” particle is almost useless, because it suggests that our universe has a non-material origin, so looking at physical matter for the answers might not be the best idea, instead, we need to look, examine, and continue to study non-physical phenomena.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade that in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

For years, science has assumed that empty space is just that, empty space, but this isn’t true, and as John Wheeler, one of the world’s pioneering quantum physicists once emphasized, “No point is more central than this, that space is not empty, it is the seat of the most violent physics.”  Fast forward to today and we now know that energy can be extracted from this “empty” space, that we can tap into this “ether” (Casimir) that’s been referred to as one of the most fundamental aspects regarding the nature of reality for thousands of years.

“All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.”– Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907

A study was published by Paramahamsa Tewari, author, inventor, and retired Executive Director (Nuclear Projects) of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India. He was the author of a revolutionary theory in physics, the Space Vortex Theory (SVT), and a number of books on the same, that won early commendation by Nobel Laureates in physics. His theory led him to invent the Tewari Reactionless Generator (T-RLG), a high-efficiency electrical generator.

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“Space is actually not empty and it’s full of energy…The energy in space is not trivial there’s a lot of it and we can actually calculate how much energy there is in that space and that reality might actually come out of it. Everything we see is actually emerging from that space.” Nasim Haramein

A prototype of the machine was tested by Kirloskar Electric, a manufacturer of electrical generators in India. There, it exhibited 165% efficiency (over-unity), breaking our known laws of physics. You can watch a video of the machine here and you will see a demonstration of the machine as well as discussions toward the end of the video with the engineers at Kirloskar Electric.

You can also see pictures, and find out more details on how the machine works in the article linked below:

You’re Telling Me Technology Like This Exists But We’re Still Using Oil Gas & Coal?

The latest study, published in the highly reputable Physics Essays, makes this point clear. That matter is created from this “empty space”, from the void, from what’s known as the quantum vacuum, space, which Tewari theorizes, and shows with his machine (which produces more power than what is put into the system).

The paper is titled Structural Relation Between The Vacuum Space and The Electron. You can access the full study here.

It explains,

This paper presents a formulation of Absolute Principles for vacuum-space that enable revealing the process of creation of a stable electron and its known properties of mass and charge. Fundamental equestions on the electron’s charge and mass are derived from first princimples from the vacuum vortex of the electron’s structure. Also, generation of electrostatic, electromagnetic, and gravitational fields are shown to arise from the vacuum vorte structure of the electron. The electron and positron have been pinpointed to be the fundamental particles of matter.

Tewari hypothesizes, or better yet, shows, that the very seat of cosmic energy in the universe originates from these vacuums of nothingness and that this energy is used to create all matter in our known universe, causing their motion. The paper explains these motions and the impact that the ‘ether’ has on them and what happens as a result.

The paper goes on to state,

The space-vortex structure of the electron, based on the writer’s works,3,4 referred in this paper, provides solutions to both the above problems. The high elasticity required for the fluid-ether is avoided by postulating it as a nonmaterial and incompressible fluid devoid of any known property of matter, such as mass, density, discreteness, viscosity, elasticity, or compressibility, etc. Further, if the properties of “mass” and “charge” of an electron are to be derived from first principles, then a mass-less and charge-less fluid that, as a vortex, can form the structure of an electron, must be postulated. The proof of this postulate—that the universal substratum of space with nonmaterial properties has real existence—is provided by deriving the basic properties of b)“Nonmaterial” signifies a mass-less, density-less, incompressible, nonviscous and continuous fluid. Physics Essays 31, 1 (2018) 109 the electron (mass, charge, gravity, etc.) from the vacuum spacec) vortex structure of the electron, and by explaining its behavior in physical as well as quantitative terms, as experimentally observed.

Although the paper is difficult to understand, the basic message is that the universe, and what we know as physical material matter, is not birthed from a physical phenomenon, but rather, a non-material phenomenon that is undetectable in many ways. For example, we can’t measure it like we do a solid physical object that has mass, but we can detect it, and use it as Tewari has done with regards to the creation of his machine.

Non-material science seems to be ushering in a new scientific revolution, even bigger than the one we’ve seen in the recent past. This is why hundreds of distinguished scientists are currently gathering every single year to discuss such matters.

You can read more about that in detail in the article linked below:

Distinguished Scientists Gather To Emphasize, “Matter” is NOT The Only Reality

The Take-Away Message

The idea that our world is governed by non-material forces has huge implications. It’s like deeming telepathy to be real, for example. Within the mainstream, in many places, this type of study is still considered pseudoscience, which is comical because governments around the world have put tremendous resources into studying and using non-physical phenomenon. Why is this science only for the secretive black budget? Why can’t all it’s findings be revealed? It’s firmly established in scientific literature that non-material science, like remote viewing for example, has tremendous statistically significant validity. Yes, it’s real, and yes, it’s been used for decades, and perhaps for the wrong reasons…

The statistical results of the studies examined are far beyond what is expected by chance. Arguments that these results could be due to methodological flaws in the experiments are soundly refuted. Effects of similar magnitude to those found in government-sponsored research at SRI and SAIC have been replicated at a number of laboratories across the world. Such consistency cannot be readily explained by claims of flaws or fraud.  – American Institutes For Research (source)

If we continue to operate under the assumption that everything needs to have mass, or needs to be “measurable” by the limits of classical physics we’re never really going to move forward, and we’re going to keep teaching false ideas that cause some people to refer to non material science and the generation of devices using non-material science, as false.

This is simply because science has become dogma, and instead of us recognizing that science and the laws of science have always changed, we now reject valid science simply because it defies our own beliefs of what is and can be real…

The acknowledgement of the “ether” is huge, it will change the laws of physics, and create the development of technologies that work with nature, instead of against it.

Out of The Void

Out Of The Void (AUS DEM NICHTS) is a film that recently premiered in Austria, it’s a docudrama about Tesla’s vision and the work of Paramahamsa Tewari. You can view footage of the machine and snippets from the film below.


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U.S. Soldier Claims To Have Shot & Killed A 12-Foot Giant In Afghanistan

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  • The Facts:

    There is corroborating testimony that a patrol of U. S. Soldiers shot and killed a giant 12-15 feet tall in Afghanistan, widely known a 'The Kandahar Giant.'

  • Reflect On:

    What would be the implications about human history if we came to know that there were one or several other humanoid species that once lived on the planet, or indeed still live here today?

In 2002 a U. S. patrol had gone missing in a very remote area of Afghanistan. Another patrol was dispatched on a search and rescue mission, and one soldier on that patrol described what he saw after coming around the side of a mountain:

As we bent around this corner you could see the opening of the cave. And then I see a lot of rocks which is another oddity. And then bone matter. I’m not close enough to identify what kind of bones but I did see what I knew to be a piece of our communications equipment. So instantly we’re thinking ‘ambush,’ maybe animal, you know, could be anything. There was enough room in front of the cave, but it had a sheer drop-off; but there was enough room that we got into a decent dispersal in case of ambush.

Not long after they had gotten into that dispersal formation, they saw something emerge from the cave that, despite their preparedness, caught them fully off guard.

It was a man at least 12 to 15 feet in height. This is a MONSTER. Red beard, with his hair–was longish, past his shoulders, a scarlet red. And Dan runs at him and starts shooting, which broke all of us into the reality–because it was surreal.

While Dan is moving at him, another bro of mine is laying down fire and I start firing. He skewers Dan–he’s now got him on this ‘pike.’ It went through him. He’s got him and he’s coming after more.

We all just clicked in. I don’t know what it was, but I remember we were all like, ‘Shoot him in the face, shoot him in the face!’ He’s taking multiple hits, and he’s still moving.

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Eventually, the giant was killed. Dan had been killed as well. And the patrol unit was soon visited by a helicopter that dropped some cargo netting. They were told they had to bundle up the giant in the netting, and soon after they were done, a larger helicopter came by, dropped a hook, and the giant was carried off.

The soldier confirmed that the red-haired, fair-skinned giant had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. After they had submitted their after-action report, the soldier recounts that they were told by their top brass to re-write it in a particular fashion, presumably to remove any mention of a giant being.

Corroborating Testimony

Although not an eyewitness, another special ops soldier in Afghanistan provides the following corroborating testimony:

We would come back to the base and started hearing this rumor about a unit that killed this, what they started calling this really tall person. At first I didn’t think anything of it, then come to find out that the person they killed was actually three times the size of a man, had extra digits on their hands, and extra digits on their feet, and had red hair, and a special unit had come in and wanted this target.

Well we’d heard that they killed this thing inside a cave, or the mouth of a cave, and there was common knowledge among the military to hear this. When you first hear, you’re thinking like, this has got to be a joke. This has got to be a hoax. Then after things go down a certain way, and you keep hearing it, you start to realize it’s not a joke.

They kept telling us to keep our weapons high, which normally means it’s two to the chest, one to the head, but they kept telling us to put it towards a man’s head, and put it higher. So we would question, why would they want us to shoot higher than a man’s head?

Recorded Interviews

These testimonies are found in the compilation video below, from interviews conducted by L. A. Marzulli with the two soldiers who wanted to remain anonymous. In addition, there is some footage from Coast to Coast with host George Noory featuring a pilot who saw and actually transported the giant.

Pilot’s Testimony

This pilot had landed at a base in Afghanistan and was told that they had to pick up special cargo and that there were absolutely no cameras allowed. The pilot describes the ‘cargo’:

It was basically a dead ‘guy,’ and this guy was extremely large, and when I say large, our pallets are basically, if I remember correctly, about 9 by 12 feet, or so, and this guy was laying in a fetal position, on the pallet, and he filled the pallet. He was around an 1100 pound guy.

The pilot corroborated much more of the details given by the other two witnesses, including the fact that this giant was fair-skinned, red-haired, and had extra digits on his hands and feet.

Widespread Corroboration

As impressive as the consistency of these three separate testimonies is, there is actually much more widespread corroboration about the existence of fair-skinned, red-haired giants with six fingers and toes, and double rows of teeth. Certainly, in Afghanistan, the stories among the natives were rampant about the existence of cannibalistic giants living in caves. The soldiers who could understand the natives’ language tended to refer to these stories as ‘legends’, although a few noted that the presence of bones near cave entrances suggested that humans were killed and eaten by something living in the cave, either by ambush or, according to the natives, by sacrifices they offered the giant.

There is plenty of evidence that a cannibalistic, red-haired race of giants once inhabited North America, and menaced several native tribes whose folklore and legends (or for the tribes, history) tell stories similar to the one recounted in this article:

After years of strife and numerous casualties on both sides of the fence, the natives decided to end this giant threat for good-by uniting under a single flag. It wasn’t long until the red-haired giants were crippled and forced out of their homes.

The giants retreated inside a cave, but were tracked down by the natives, and with a will to avenge their fallen brethren, they set up a considerable fire that had them all burnt or intoxicated. Those who ventured outside to try to escape the putsch were met with retribution to the last one.

In reference to red-haired giants, there is a discussion between David Wilcock and Corey Goode where it is said that these giants have been found in stasis, which means in suspended animation, until such a time that they are supposed to return. More than one person within the UFO community has borne witness to these red-haired giants being found in stasis chambers, in full battle regalia and other adornments, seemingly in preparation to resume their role on Earth at the appointed time.

Reasons For Non-Disclosure

In asking one of the U. S. army witnesses why this information was being kept secret from the world, he said,

My personal opinion is, if it points to the Bible’s accurate, they don’t want it. If it goes against Darwinian Evolution, it’s not to be spoken of.

This is very much in keeping with my previous article on Giants in North America, where it seems that those in power are trying their best to keep everybody from finding out that human history is very different from the neo-Darwinian model in which human evolution has been a slow, unbroken, random pattern without intervention from any other sentient species. It’s likely that just learning of the existence of one different species here on Earth would completely break the spell and have a majority of us ready to demand the truth about our history and our place in this universe alongside other intelligent species.

Snopes Weighs In

Of course mainstream attempts to dampen the credibility of this type of story starts at the top–the top of a Google search, I mean. A search on ‘Kandahar Giant,’ predictably, has this Snopes article first on the list, to tell us of course that the whole story is false. The proof?

A Department of Defense spokesman told us they have no record of such an incident: “We do not have any record or information about a special forces member killed by a giant in Kandahar.”

If you’ve made it this far in the article, I rather doubt that this ‘proof’ is very compelling to you.

Our Role

Our role as awakened and awakening citizens in the truth-seeking community is to continue to do our best to bring to light all the evidence of information that has been suppressed, hidden and denied. As more and more eyewitnesses and other whistleblowers gain the courage to come out and talk about what they have experienced, it is becoming easier to start building a bigger picture about our true history and what’s really going on in our world.

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