The Science of Interconnectedness - A video presentation.
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Deepening Connection and Community
Cassandra Vieten - President of IONS

April Monthly Meeting - Video and Discussion

The Science of Interconnectedness:

Personal and Planetary Healing through the Web of Life

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Rancho Cordova Library at  9845 Folsom Blvd, SacramentoCA (map)

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, many environmental activists have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of our air and water, to save endangered species, and to change the way we live upon Gaia. Yet we have only to look around us to see the continuing grave dangers to our home planet. After 44 years of Earth Days, society remains ignorant of its connection to the Web of Life, which noetic scientists like Lynne McTaggert are calling the Field. Due to this ignorance, our collective thoughts, words and actions continue to lead us down a path of global ecological collapse. 

Join SacIONS at our April 25 meeting to discuss how our consciousness, energy, and love can heal and protect Gaia, the global organism we are all a part of.

We will be discussing and practicing a technique pioneered by David Spangler, a world-renowned mystic, author, and teacher of Incarnational Spirituality. He calls it “subtle activism,” and it does not involve carrying picket signs, signing petitions or begging people for donations to environmental causes.

What it actually involves is described in the next paragraph. In order to get us grounded in the science behind interconnectedness and how subtle activism can work, we will be watching IONS President and CEO Cassandra Vieten's TEDx Talk: “The Science of Interconnectedness." We will also be viewing a video recording of from the 2013 IONS conference that demonstrates the kind of group healing work that subtle activism exemplifies. Finally, we will round out the evening with group discussion.

Subtle activism creates a line of supportive energy between the individual and other people, animals, plants and geographical locations. As David explained it in a recent newsletter, we begin this work by centering ourselves in the sacred universal Presence of compassion and love. Then we unite our own capacity for compassion and love with the universal. Having established that first line, we imagine a line of Light extending out to another person, communicating that that person is not alone but is connected to the Source of love and support.

We then continue adding people by extending the line of Light to them. This creates a subtle web of energy filled with Light, attaching all of us to the “trunk,” or the universal Presence. This method of healing and co-creation is reminiscent of the Native American myth of Spider Woman, the Mother who created all life. She sits in the middle of the universe spinning her web connecting all living things to each other.

The idea is to support the arising of compassion organically and naturally within people’s hearts. We can radiate these supportive lines of Light throughout the environment, perhaps focusing on especially problematic areas in the world (because of armed conflicts, natural or man-made disasters like the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the resulting tsunami, floods or droughts). Subtle activism reminds us that not only is all life is connected, but that our consciousness and love can affect those bonds. Through meditation, energy work, intention and Love, we can consciously participate in the weaving of the Web of Life, thus transforming and co-creating the world around us.
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Upcoming Events 
April6:30 to 8:00 PM
6728 Fair Oaks Blvd
 Suite 300 Carmichael

The Mind-Body Connection
The Science of Good Health & Happiness
April7:00 to 9:30 PM
Dr. Bob Blackstone’s

9401 Mira Del Rio Drive, Sacramento (near Folsom & Bradshaw). If you need help with directions, call (916) 369-7719.
April7:00 to 9:00 PM
Rancho Cordova Library 
9845 Folsom Blvd,

The Science of Interconnectedness: 
Personal and Planetary Healing through the Web of Life
April2:30 to 6:00 PM
Contact Janet Walden
at JEWalden@aol.com
for more information & directions

Video Viewing Circle
Other Dates
Sunday May 18 & June 22
MayStarts at 9:30 AM
Contact Janet Walden
at JEWalden@aol.com
for more information & directions

Inner Work Meditation Group
Eye on IONS 

We encourage you to visit the IONS website.  Did you know that there is a section on the website called Noetic Now?

If you are like me, what really attracted you to the IONS  is the underlying research which is the mainstay of the IONS message.  The research is why I am willing to give my time and money to support them.  Just click on the title below.

Series of Experiments Shed Light on the Role of Consciousness  

Is consciousness generated by the activity of the brain or is it a fundamental property of the universe? The IONS research team has been studying this question for several years using various kinds of optical systems. Our latest experiments, published recently in the journal Physics Essays, confirm our earlier findings. This line of research suggests that consciousness may play a key role in how the physical world manifests.

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The Mind-Body Connection
The Science of Good Health and Happiness

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Baratta Chiropractic & Wellness Center

    6728 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 300, Carmichael, CA (map)


    Located in Carmichael Professional Plaza on the East side of Fair Oaks Blvd., North of Stanley.

  • This Meetup will focus on connectedness of mind and body to help increase our understanding of how our thoughts, words and actions have a direct affect on our physical reality.

    Some of the topics we will explore include reiki, meditation, hypnotherapy, stress management, guided imagery, qigong, yoga and more. We will discuss the research of forward thinking scientists and authors such as Dean Radin, Marilyn Schlitz, Beverly Rubik, Lynne McTaggart, Bruce Lipton and Cassandra Veiten.

    Come explore, discover and experience ‘The Mind – Body Connection’

    Join us the fourth Tuesday of each month 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    *Your generous donations allow us to continue to present programs that expand the understanding of human possibility.*

Thursday March  20, 2014


From 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Dr. Bob Blackstone’s home, 9401 Mira Del Rio Drive, Sacramento (near Folsom & Bradshaw). If you need help with directions, call (916) 369-7719.

This Discovery Group started in SacIONS in January 2013, and will continue monthly in 2014 as well. Together, we have explored a mixture of activities aimed at enhancing the body, mind, and spirit of each of us.  This goal includes the practice of Chi-Gong or Qi-Gong (sometimes called Chinese Yoga), using exercises learned from a variety of master teachers.  

We have also begun using a series of CDs by Dr. Hank Wesselman and his wife Jill Kuykendall on “The Spiritwalker Teachings”, which provide wonderful teachings from the Hawaiian kahuna perspective about the Shamanic wisdom and healing practices. These teachings are sure to stimulate our minds and spirits in discussion and sharing our own experiences, and the CDs also include drumming exercises to assist us in shamanic meditation and journeying.  Including the practice of Chi-Gong and the use of “The Spiritwalker Teachings”, we anticipate an enjoyable and valuable discovery experience together. 
Video Viewing Circle

All sessions start at 2:30 p.m., run until about 5:30 or 6 p.m. and will be held the home of Janet Walden. Contact her at JEWalden@aol.com.  

SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014

WHY WE’RE STORING BILLIONS OF SEEDS--A TED Talk by Jonathan Drori (7 minutes) (Recommended by Greta Henderickson; Description provided by Janet Walden from TED.com)

In this brief TED talk, educator Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity — one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.  Since plants support all life on the planet, preserving the seeds of these plants is critical to preserving biodiversity (and life).

Today, 60,000 to 100,000 species of plant are faced with the threat of extinction. Plants provide the air we breathe, clean water and we all rely on plants for food. Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership aims to save plants worldwide with a focus on plants most at risk and most useful for the future.

THE POWER OF MYTH, Episode #3 – a Bill Moyers interview of Joseph Campbell (60 minutes) (Description provided by Janet Walden)

We watched Episode #1 in December and all agreed it was very good and that we would continue to view the remaining episodes in subsequent months; we screened Episode #2 in March.  They are perfect stand-alone films, so you do not have to have seen earlier segments to enjoy the current one.  We have the new 25th anniversary edition, which includes new introductions from Bill Moyers for each episode, extended conversations with Campbell from Bill Moyers Journal (105 min.), and selections from Moyers’ interview with Star Wars creator George Lucas, which we will also screen April.

This seminal PBS series on world mythology was recently called “Dazzling and still potently relevant” by the San Francisco Chronicle.  Here is a bit of info on Campbell and Moyers, plus a description of the series from Amazon.  Joseph Campbell taught for nearly 40 years at Sarah Lawrence College; he authored and edited scores of books and inspired generations of scholars and artists.   Journalist Bill Moyers distinguished himself at PBS, CBS, NBC, and Newsday; his many honors include lifetime achievement Emmy® and Peabody awards.  Twenty-five years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduringly popular programs ever aired on PBS. In dialogues that adroitly span millennia of history and far-flung geography, the two men discuss myths as metaphors for human experience and the path to transcendence, touching on topics as diverse as world religion, heroic figures, and pop culture.

In Episode #3—The First Storytellers, Moyers and Campbell discuss the importance of accepting death as rebirth as in the myth of the buffalo and the story of Christ, rites of passage in primitive societies, the role of mystical Shamans and the decline of ritual in today’s society.

BONUS FEATURE FROM THE POWER OF MYTH DVD – Bill Moyers’ interview of Star Wars creator George Lucas (28 minutes) (Description provided by Janet Walden)

After his epic series of interviews with Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth—filmed at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch—Bill Moyers returned to Skywalker Ranch to interview George Lucas, whose Star Wars franchise was heavily influenced by Campbell’s work.  

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