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Jason Silva – The Power of Awe

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Exponential technological and cultural progress have given us the opportunity to more fully realize our potential.


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Religion and Spirituality among University Scientists

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New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom to subsequent generations.

According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.

Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

This suggests that experiences are somehow transferred from the brain into the genome, allowing them to be passed on to later generations.

The researchers now hope to carry out further work to understand how the information comes to be stored on the DNA in the first place. They also want to explore whether similar effects can be seen in the genes of humans.

Professor Marcus Pembrey, a paediatric geneticist at University College London, said the work providedcompelling evidence for the biological transmission of memory.

He added: It addresses constitutional fearfulness that is highly relevant to phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders, plus the controversial subject of transmission of the memory of ancestral experience down the generations.

It is high time public health researchers took human trans-generational responses seriously.

I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally without taking a multi-generational approach.

Professor Wolf Reik, head of epigenetics at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, said, however, further work was needed before such results could be applied to humans.

He said: These types of results are encouraging as they suggest that transgenerational inheritance exists and is mediated by epigenetics, but more careful mechanistic study of animal models is needed before extrapolating such findings to humans.

May our DNA also carry spiritual and cosmic memories passed down in genes from our ancestors?

Research link-http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n1/full/nn.3594.html

Related article: How Can We Change Our DNA Right NOW!

Gregg Prescott, M.S. Editor, In5D.com

The end of the article asks, May our DNA also carry spiritual and cosmic memories passed down in genes from our ancestors? In this writers opinion, yes. Not only is it possible that our DNA contain past life memories, but the entire genetic lineage of each and every one of us, including lives on other planets, galaxies, and/or universes. This is evidenced by numerous past live regressions from people who have experienced previous lives on other planets, universes, and galaxies.

It also seems apparent that some of these past lives can be tapped into through the dream state. For example, I once had a dream where I was a scientist in charge of the genetic manipulation of animals and insects in the last days of Atlantis. I remember seeing some of the hideous creations I made and telling myself, We cant let this happen again. It was as if I was cognizant of being in the present moment, yet completely aware of my Atlantean past life as well. As it turns out, were letting this happen again through Monsantos genetic manipulations.

Let us know what you think about the possibility of cosmic memories being passed down through your DNA lineage and of youve ever had dreams of a past life. Comment below!

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An engagement with the spiritual dimensions of life has always been an essential component of health and wellbeing. In modern times, the role of spirituality and religion in medicine encompasses such practices as the use of meditation and prayer in healing, pastoral counseling, evoking forgiveness and compassion, engaging the mystery of death in end of life care, and the search for meaning in illness for patients and families as well as the health professionals who work with them. Integrative medicine emphasizes the importance of bringing spirituality into the healing process.

Many Americans rely on prayer and spirituality for the benefit of health, said Stephen E. Straus, MD, former Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Indeed, a 2004 survey of more than 31,000 adults conducted by researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics and NCCAM found that prayer was the most commonly used practice among all the approaches mentioned in the survey.

While there are challenges in conducting quantifiable scientific research on the effects of practices as unquantifiable as prayer, recent research has begun to shed light on the role of spirituality in health. There is already some preliminary evidence for a connection between prayer and related practices and health outcomes, noted Catherine Stoney, PhD, an NCCAM Program Officer in the Division of Extramural Research and Training. For example, weve seen some evidence that religious affiliation and religious practices are associated with health and mortalityin other words, with better health and longer life. Such connections may involve immune function, cardiovascular function, and/or other physiological changes.

The primary reason to focus on the role of prayer in healing is not to prove its effectiveness, suggested Larry Dossey, MD, an expert on the role of both consciousness and prayer in health. The best reason goes deeper. Prayer says something incalculably important about who we are and what our destiny may be.

It is in this realm that pastoral care has been so helpful. Institutions like The Healthcare Chaplaincy in New York bring together clergy from a variety of faiths to work with those in need. Pastoral care sometimes consists of last rites, and sometimes simply words of comfort before a chemotherapy session or helping someone to forgive or be forgiven. The loss of health creates one of many grieving experiences. Each person responds in the uniqueness of his or her spirituality. The resources of family, friends, faith and social groups are very important in providing a compassionate and loving presence, says Roger Boss, Staff Chaplain at St. Johns Hospital and Clinics, Springfield, Missouri. Faith and hope are the greatest assets of the patient. Listening is the greatest asset of the caregiver.

Because addressing spiritual issues can make such a difference in an individuals experience of illness and often in health outcomes as well weaving spirituality into medical education has become a priority among integrative medicine leaders. Today two-thirds of the nations 125 medical schools now include courses on spirituality and faith, up from just three in 1992.

Attention to spirituality is also important for health care providers themselves. Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Founder and Director of The Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI), established a program, Finding Meaning in Medicine, to help physicians embrace the original values and impulse for service that led them into the healing arts. Medicine is a practice and a spiritual path, Remen said. Remembering this deep meaning is what keeps us from burning out, is what keeps us alive. We must always remember that we serve life not because it is broken, but because it is holy.

Similarly, the Inner Life Renewal Program at the University of Minnesotas Center for Spirituality and Healing helps health care professionals rediscover their purpose, spirit and lifes work as healers.

Through its commitment to return the soul to medicine, integrative medicine will continue to develop innovative and meaningful ways to address the fundamental connection between mind, body, and spirit in health and healing.

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Who is Dr. Jacob Liberman? | JacobLiberman.org

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Dr. Jacob Liberman is a pioneer in the fields of light, vision and consciousness, and author of Light: Medicine of the Future, Take Off Your Glasses and See, and Wisdom From an Empty Mind. He earned a Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry, a Ph.D. in Vision Science from the College of Syntonic Optometry, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Open International University for Complementary Medicines. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the American Academy of Optometry, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, College of Syntonic Optometry and International Academy of Color Sciences, and Past President of the College of Syntonic Optometry. He is also the recipient of the H.R. Spitler Award for his pioneering contributions to the field of phototherapy. Dr. Liberman has shared his discoveries and insights with more than 2,000 audiences worldwide and been enthusiastically endorsed by luminaries in the fields of health, science, spirituality and sports. He is the inventor of the Color Receptivity Trainer, Spectral Receptivity System and EYEPORT Vision Training System, the first FDA-cleared medical device that significantly improves visual performance. Dr. Liberman is the Founder of Exercise Your Eyes, Inc. and President of the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies And Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM). He is a faculty member of the Institute for Scientific Exploration and serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Science, Spirituality and Sustainability. His most recent project, EYELIGHT, will revolutionize our understanding of how light interacts with the body by evaluating the composition of light entering and exiting the eyes.

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IACS Conference 2016

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 15th International Conference on Children's Spirituality - Spirituality and the whole child: interdisciplinary approaches which will be hosted by Dr Kate Adams at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK.

It will run from Tuesday 26 July Friday 29 July 2016. We welcome abstracts for a range of papers, presentations and workshops on the conference theme, and on childrens spirituality more widely.

Our international key note speakers will be:

Please join us for a thought-provoking and stimulating conference, set in the heart of the beautiful, historic city of Lincoln.

For more details see http://www.bishopg.ac.uk/childspirituality

Download the call for papers here.

On Saturday 4th October, IACS hosted a day event for UK members and other professionals interested in children's and young people's spirituality. 35 delegates attended the event, held at Woodbrooke Study centre in Birmingham. The event was well received and it provided a great opportunity for networking and learning together. A selection of photos can be found in the member's area.

A personal reflection on the day can be read here.

The 14th International Conference on Children's Spirituality was held in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela between 7th and 11th of July 2014. The theme was: 'Our children need peace: the role of the arts, ecology and social networks in children's spirituality'. A small number of scholars and practitioners (including a number of children) took part in a week of papers, workshops and discussion on topics of spirituality, digital culture and the arts.

For the sake of Children: hidden forms of power in caring for children's spirituality.

This conference was held in Leuven, Belgium between 10th and 13th July 2013. It was hosted by Professor Annemie Dillen and explored the complex relation between care and issues of power in situations where children's spirituality is at stake.

This conference was held at East Anglia University in Norwich, U.K. between 1st and 5th July 2012. The theme was 'Spirituality and Physicality: Crossing Thresholds' and was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Photographs, videos and slideshow presentations from the conference are now available from the member's area.

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The Politics of Children's Spirituality

The 11th International conference on Children's Spirituality was held between 1st and 5th August in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Photos and videos from the conference are now available from the member's area.

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At the AGM, the constitution was ratified and a copy can be found in the members area.

It was also proposed and agreed that the association should now be known as the 'International Association for Children's Spirituality' and any correspondence from now on will bear this name.

This conference took place at the The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Tai Po Campus) between 19th -23rd July 2010.The theme was Spirituality and Resilience.

Conference information as well as photo albums and and a short media clip of events are available in the member's area.

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Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality Brain Pickings

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The friction between science and religion stretches from Galileos famous letter to todays leading thinkers. And yet were seeing that, for all its capacity for ignorance, religion might have some valuable lessons for secular thought and the two need not be regarded as opposites.

In 1996, mere months before his death, the great Carl Sagan cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic explored the relationship between the scientific and the spiritual in The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (public library). He writes:

Plainly there is no way back. Like it or not, we are stuck with science. We had better make the best of it. When we finally come to terms with it and fully recognize its beauty and its power, we will find, in spiritual as well as in practical matters, that we have made a bargain strongly in our favor.

But superstition and pseudoscience keep getting in the way, distracting us, providing easy answers, dodging skeptical scrutiny, casually pressing our awe buttons and cheapening the experience, making us routine and comfortable practitioners as well as victims of credulity.

And yet science, Sagan argues, isnt diametrically opposed to spirituality. He echoes Ptolemys timeless awe at the cosmos and reflects on what Richard Dawkins has called the magic of reality, noting the intense spiritual elevation that science is capable of producing:

In its encounter with Nature, science invariably elicits a sense of reverence and awe. The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the Cosmos. And the cumulative worldwide build-up of knowledge over time converts science into something only a little short of a trans-national, trans-generational meta-mind.

Spirit comes from the Latin word to breathe. What we breathe is air, which is certainly matter, however thin. Despite usage to the contrary, there is no necessary implication in the word spiritual that we are talking of anything other than matter (including the matter of which the brain is made), or anything outside the realm of science. On occasion, I will feel free to use the word. Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or of acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.

Reminding us once again of his timeless wisdom on the vital balance between skepticism and openness and the importance of evidence, Sagan goes on to juxtapose the accuracy of science with the unfounded prophecies of religion:

Not every branch of science can foretell the future paleontology cant but many can and with stunning accuracy. If you want to know when the next eclipse of the Sun will be, you might try magicians or mystics, but youll do much better with scientists. They will tell you where on Earth to stand, when you have to be there, and whether it will be a partial eclipse, a total eclipse, or an annular eclipse. They can routinely predict a solar eclipse, to the minute, a millennium in advance. You can go to the witch doctor to lift the spell that causes your pernicious anaemia, or you can take vitamin Bl2. If you want to save your child from polio, you can pray or you can inoculate. If youre interested in the sex of your unborn child, you can consult plumb-bob danglers all you want (left-right, a boy; forward-back, a girl or maybe its the other way around), but theyll be right, on average, only one time in two. If you want real accuracy (here, 99 per cent accuracy), try amniocentesis and sonograms. Try science.

Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? There isnt a religion on the planet that doesnt long for a comparable ability precise, and repeatedly demonstrated before committed skeptics to foretell future events. No other human institution comes close.

Nearly two decades after The Demon-Haunted World, Sagans son, Dorion, made a similar and similarly eloquent case for why science and philosophy need each other. Complement it with this meditation on science vs. scripture and the difference between curiosity and wonder.

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Shantikunj Ashram (All World Gayatri Pariwar)

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Shantikunj is an academy for social and spiritual awakening. It is a spiritually charged pilgrimage center that has given righteous direction and long lasting peace-happiness to the lives of crores of people. Here, about 24 lakhs (24,00,000) Gayatri Mantra are chanted daily by dedicated spiritual seekers and about 1000 people tale part in the Gayatri Yagya.

This is an ideal center that imparts training to the masses based on divine spiritual principles. Training on Scientific Spirituality is imparted here free of cost. All thesacramental rites are conducted here in accordance with the divine Indian culture and by arousing divine inspirations; all these are conducted free of cost.

"The souls of Risis residing in the Himalaya in astral bodies had to be summoned, invoked and installed here in Shantikunj. Temples of various gods have been built at various places but living installation of the souls of all the Risis at one place cannot be found elsewhere. It is still more important to know that not only mere idols of Risishave been installed here for symbolic worship but anyone sufficiently purified and fine-tuned can feel the strong vibrations of their particular energies. Thus, Shantikunj and Brahmavarchas represent the energies of all the Risis." -Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya (my life, its legacy and message)

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