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🌷WELCOME FROM ...IONS Austin!🌷

We are delighted and welcome your interest!

IONS Austin is a registered community group of the INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES (IONS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please visit http://www.noetic.org . ”Noetic” comes from the Greek word “nous," which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.”

IONS was co-founded by the late astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1973. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, transformative learning, and engaging a global community in the realization of our human potential.

OUR GOAL:
IONS' Goal is to create a shift in consciousness worldwide—where people recognize that we are all part of an interconnected whole and are inspired to take action to help humanity and the planet thrive. This link provides an overview of IONS and an excellent brief video: http://noetic.org/about/overview ">Overview of IONS.

IONS AUSTIN LEADERSHIP:
The Austin IONS community was launched in 1993 and has been blessed with strengths in leadership with exceptional programs and speakers through the years.

The IONS Austin Community Group Leader(CGL) is Joe Lam. Joe aspires to introduce dynamic, compelling, and transformative noetic programs to the IONS Austin’s community.

General topics range from quantum effects, research findings, psych, para-psych, and other metaphysical and consciousness related interests. Additionally, IONS Austin welcomes expert speakers in the fields of health and healthcare, wellness, community, ecology, environmental and sustainability.

In fostering the pursuit of excellence in our humanity, we seek to be part of an interconnected whole and are inspired to take action to help humanity and the planet thrive.

PLEASE NOTE:
Unless otherwise stated, IONS Austin events are held at:

Unity Church of the Hills
9905 Anderson Mill Rd
Austin, TX 78750

(Enter thru the main front doors. We meet in Friendship Hall, immediately to the left of the sanctuary)

COSTS OF MEETINGS:
Costs range from free-will love offering for our Speakers Series to low commensurate costs for workshops and retreats.

OUR EVENTS:
All IONS Austin’s events are announced in MeetUp and FaceBook. Please view meeting details, times, and dates there.

Inquires to: ionsatx@gmail.com

See us on MeetUp, FaceBook, and YouTube.

Again, welcome to IONS Austin! Together, lets make for a better World.

We look forward to seeing you soon at IONS Austin! You’ll be glad you came!

Pic: Early morning sunrise on the IONS campus in Petaluma, CA. 11/2018

Upcoming events (2)

DEMYSTIFYING KUNDALINI w/Steven Vazquez, PhD

Unity Church of the Hills

DEMYSTIFYING KUNDALINI: Spiritual Awakening and Transformation of Consciousness WIth Steven Vazquez, PhD IONS Austin welcomes back Dr. Steven Vazquez! Last year, Dr. Vazquez “wowed” our IONS audience with a spellbinding talk that included a live demonstration of his amazing light and color healing therapy. Now he’s back speaking on a topic that engenders much intrigue and mystery. This presentation will focus on direct experiences of spiritual awakening, not solely intellectual concepts. Conversion experiences, near-death experiences, plant medicine use or spiritual energy are examples of direct experiences. However, our focus will be on direct spiritual experiences that lead to transformation of consciousness. Paramount in these experiences is the Kundalini experience that is popularly misunderstood and will be defined. Scientific research about Kundalini will be presented. A case for the universality of Kundalini in many cultures will be made, so it is seen as something that not only occurs in Yoga. Aspects of Kundalini may be shown in live demonstrations with volunteers. ADDED BONUS ... This presentation will introduce Dr. Vazquez’s 5 part seminar series on DEMYSTIFYING KUNDALINI beginning on April 10th here at UCOH. Further details on the 5 part series is posted as a separate event. Join us for exploring ultimate states of consciousness and transformation with an eye on the Kundalini experience! WHEN: Tues - Apr 2nd. 7pm Registration and doors open 6:30pm COST: Suggested $5 Free-will love offering. No one is turned away. PLACE: UCOH: Friendship Hall 9905 Anderson Mill Rd Austin TX 78750 Stay for tea and sweets at our IONS Social following immediately after the presentation at a nearby residence. Feel free to bring your fav sweet item to share (optional). Pls come and join in the fellowship! We would love to see you!! BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Dr. Steven Vazquez, LPC-S, LMFT has been a therapist in private practice for over 39 years and has authored three books including Spiritually Transformative Psychotherapy. He has been a presenter at over 50 professional conferences and many organizations. Dr. Vazquez has founded a new model of psychological counseling called Emotional Transformation Therapy® (ETT®). He has taught in eight different countries and conducted over 100 professional trainings. Dr. Vazquez experienced gradual Kundalini spiritual awakening in 1984 that led to his ability to facilitate energetic healing. IONS' GOAL: To create a shift in consciousness worldwide—where people recognize that we are all part of an interconnected whole and are inspired to take action to help humanity and the planet thrive. We thank you for your interest and support! 🌷

DEMYSTIFYING KUNDALINI - The Seminar Series

Unity Church of the Hills

April 10th to May 8th DEMYSTIFYING KUNDALINI - The Seminar Series: Spiritual Awakening and Transformation of Consciousness w/Steven Vazquez, PhD and Chuck Robison, MDiv. IONS Austin is honored to introduce this 5-part participatory seminar series, a DEEP-DIVE into the heart of the Kundalini experience. Kundalini. Its a topic that engenders much intrigue and mystery. This seminar series will focus on direct experiences of spiritual awakening. Conversion experiences, near-death experiences, plant medicine use or spiritual energy are examples of direct experiences. However, our focus will be on direct spiritual experiences that lead to transformation of consciousness. Paramount in these experiences is the Kundalini experience that is popularly misunderstood and will be defined. Scientific research about Kundalini will be presented. A case for the universality of Kundalini in many cultures will be made, so it is seen as something that not only occurs in Yoga. INTRODUCTION: This Kundalini Seminar Series on Spiritual Awakening and Transformation of Consciousness will be introduced by Dr. Vazquez’s talk at IONS Austin on Apr 2nd. PLS COME TO THE FREE (Free-Will Donation Love Offering suggested) INTRODUCTION on TUE - APR 2nd at 7pm. DEMYSTIFYING KUNDALINI: The Seminar Series - Begins Wed - 7pm Apr 10th. This 5-Week Kundalini Seminar Series will be on Weds - beginning Apr 10th from 7pm to 9pm and will end with the last session on May 8th. The seminar will be led by Steven Vazquez, PhD and Chuck Robison, MDiv - Theology. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Those that are ... 🔹 Mystified by or feel called to the “Kundalini” or spiritually awakening experience 🔹 Desiring to take their spiritual journey to a much deeper level 🔹 Wanting a clearer perspective of Spiritual Awakening and Transformation and how it can impact your life going forward FREE Course Introduction on April 2, Tuesday, 7 PM at the IONS Austin presentation. Demystifying Kundalini - The Seminar Series: The seminar series beginning Wed -7pm Apr 10th will include in-depth discussions and discoveries into Varieties of Spiritual Awakening, What is Kundalini?, Beyond Kundalini Yoga: The Universal Experience of Kundalini, The History of Kundalini in America, The influences of Carl Jung, Gopi Krishna, Swami Muktananda, and Scientific Research on Kundalini. Class 1: April 10, Wednesday, 7 PM Recognizing Kundalini Symptoms. Psychological Aspects of Kundalini—Lee Sannela. The Biology of Kundalini—Jana Dixon. Class 2: April 17, Wednesday, 7 PM Indian Philosophy and Kundalini—Joan Harrigan. Christian Kundalini—Philip St. Romain. Class 3: April 24, Wednesday, 7PM The role of meditation in the transformation of consciousness. The five types of meditation that have the most research to support them and historical traditioN. The ETT® Samadhi process. Class 4: May 1, Wednesday, 7 PM Near-Death Experience and Kundalini—Yvonne Kason. Understanding Treatment for Blocked Kundalini. Class 5: May 8, Wednesday, 7 PM. Extended Human Abilities and Kundalini. Kundalini and Spiritual Evolution. Please note: This date marks the Birthday of the Buddha, His Enlightenment Date, and the date of his Death Aspects of Kundalini may be shown in live demonstrations with audience volunteers during the course of the seminar series. Join us for this deep-dive as we explore and demystify Kundalini and the ultimate states of consciousness and transformation. We look fwd to seeing you there. Namaste! 🌷 WHEN: Starts Wed - Apr 10th. 7pm - 9pm on 5 Weds. Ends Wed - May 8th. Registration and doors open 6:30pm COST: $100 FULL ENROLLMENT for all 5 sessions PAID IN FULL at 1st session on Apr 10th. Or $25/session payable at the door. ++CASH ONLY PLEASE++ PLACE: UCOH: Friendship Hall 9905 Anderson Mill Rd Austin TX 78750 PRESENTERS AND HOSTS: 🔷 Dr. Steven Vazquez, LPC-S, LMFT has been in private practice for over 39 years and has authored three books including Spiritually Transformative Psychotherapy. He has been a presenter at over 50 professional conferences and many organizations. Dr. Vazquez has founded a new model of psychological counseling called Emotional Transformation Therapy® (ETT®). He has taught in eight different countries and conducted over 100 professional trainings. Dr. Vazquez experienced gradual Kundalini spiritual awakening in 1984 that led to his ability to facilitate energetic healing. 🔷 Charles D. Robison, MDiv in Pastoral Counseling is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Presbyterian Minister, a former Protestant Chaplain at the United Nations in New York and a well-known Corporate Executive Portraitist. He is author of the 1972 Judson Press book, Look Deeply and Co-Author, with Karen Robison, of The Quantum Conspiracy, Published by O Books in London in 2009. Chuck is also CEO of What If It Really Works? Chuck had a life changing experience when he met Pandit Gopi Krishna and photographed him in 1983 at the United Nations. Gopi Krishna addressed the United Nations in concert with the Hopi Elders who presented their ancient prophesy at that event. Chuck is currently the Vice President of The Kundalini Research Foundation in Stamford, CT. Gopi Krishna [masked]) Author and Founder of the The Kundalini Research Foundation. 🔷 (HOST) THE KUNDALINI RESEARCH FOUNDATION in Stamford, CT. Kundalini Research Foundation was founded in 1971 by Pandit Gopi Krishna and Mr. Gene Kieffer Gopi Krishna [masked]) Author and Founder of the The Kundalini Research Foundation. “I was born to parents of Kashmiri Brahmins and resided for most of his life in the valley of Kashmir. At the age of seventeen, having failed the entrance examination to college, he dedicated himself to a discipline of regular meditation and strict adherence to an exemplary code of behavior. He secured a post in the Department of Public Works of the State, married and raised a family. In 1937, he underwent his first experience of the forceful awakening of Kundalini, which he later narrated in his autobiography. In 1946 he founded a social organization dedicated to abolishing the dowry system and the strictures against the remarriage of widows. “Little did I realize that from that day onwards I was never to be my old normal self again, that I had unwittingly and without preparation or even adequate knowledge of it roused to activity the most wonderful and stern power in man, that I had stepped unknowingly upon the key to the most guarded secret of the ancients, and that thenceforth for a long time I had to live suspended by a thread, swinging between life on the one hand and death on the other, between sanity and insanity, between light and darkness, between heaven and earth.” ― Gopi Krishna, Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man to encourage the scientific investigation of yoga and its disciplines leading to the evolutionary transformation of human consciousness known as Turiya, Samadhi, Illumination and Enlightenment. Their work and the resulting science will make it possible to verify nature’s laws of human evolution, cultivate balanced genius and creativity, heal the divisions between religions, outlaw war, and unite humanity in a healthy, peaceful and prosperous future for all. 🔷 (HOST) IONS Austin (IONS Austin is the Austin community group of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)), under the direction of Joe Lam, has joined forces with this group to host and provide professional marketing expertise. Joe holds a B.A. In Marketing & Logistics from Michigan State University and a Masters in Metaphysics from the University of Metaphysics/Sedona. Joe sits on the board of INACS (Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies) as Vice President & Treasurer. He has been responsible for the dramatic growth of IONS Austin and has put his considerable marketing skills to work for a number of Austin Non-Profits. 🔷 (HOST) Unity Church of the Hills has a long standing relationship with What If It Really Works? and with IONS Austin. Both organizations are in alignment with the forward-looking direction and ministry of UCOH. The organizers of this program are grateful for the support and consideration extended by UCOH and especially by Ellen Fannin.

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