Knoxville IONS Community Group


The Knoxville IONS Community Group was formed in January, 2004, by members of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) living in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area.

The vision for creating the Institute of Noetic Sciences came in 1971. Nations throughout the world had galvanized around the exciting frontier of space exploration. The potential for scientific understanding of our world seemed unlimited to a naval air captain named Edgar Mitchell. He was a pragmatic young test pilot, engineer and scientist; a mission to the moon on Apollo 14 was his "dream come true." Space exploration symbolized for Dr. Mitchell what it did for his nation as a whole — technological triumph of historical proportions, unprecedented mastery of the world in which we live, and extraordinary potentials for new discoveries.

But it was the trip home that Mitchell recalls most. Sitting in the cramped cabin of the space capsule, he saw planet Earth floating freely in the vastness of space. He was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness-an epiphany. In Mitchell's own words: "The presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes. . . . The knowledge came to me directly."

After his safe return "home," Mitchell sought out others who likewise felt the need for an expanded, more inclusive view of reality. They resolved to explore the inner world of human experience with the same rigor and critical thinking that made it possible for Apollo 14 to journey to the moon and back. In 1973, this small group of explorers founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences-derived from the Greek word nous, meaning something close to "intuitive ways of knowing." (Dr. Mitchell's story is told in the book The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds).

Community Groups are self-organizing, self-directing, voluntary associations of members. While IONS assists these groups in many ways, each one operates independently of the institute and is legally and financially responsible for its own activities.

Although it is not a requirement to be a member of IONS to attend our meetings, we do encourage support of IONS through membership. Please view the benefits of membership at the IONS website and while there, browse the web site to discover the abundant amount of available information.

For information about the Knoxville IONS Group, contact Stephen Anthony at OASIS Institute, telephone 865.588.7707, E-mail


The next meeting of the Knoxville IONS Community Group is scheduled for Saturday, August 31, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

TOPIC: Consciousness Study

SPEAKER: Terry Jeanne

We welcome back to our forum Terry Jeanne, who spoke to our Group in March, on the subject of Acupuncture.

For the August meeting, Terry has selected the subject Consciousness Study—consciousness as relating to our day-to-day and within various arenas of experiences.

"Current human conditions seem to vastly outpace institutional resources in many communities world-wide, as well as in some deeper personal ways—making our exploration of consciousness simply inevitable.

"Working in healthcare for over 20 years, I have developed keen interest in perceptual awareness and cultural and individual understandings of our consciousness and our physicality.

"We’ll review a sampling of investigations, hypotheses, tradition, justified opinion, and the insufficiency or paradox of our nature-of-reality paradigms. Such information reflects on being human and, possibilities for increasing desired response potentials.

"Along with the intellectual, we will also make sure to take a little time ourselves to explore experientially."

Terry Jeanne, Master of Science Oriental Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturist, has performed well over 10,000 assessments and procedures to help people address almost every kind of health concern. Prior to this she obtained her graduate degree in Oriental Medicine through a 3,000 hour masters program with additional clinics that included a full-year externship in a HealthSouth Rehabilitation hospital. Over the last six years she has been working for a multidisciplinary medical team here in Knoxville but actually first did this as an Expressive Therapist in her very first professional job—before integrative medicine was even termed Integrative Medicine.

She’s had a lifelong passion for understanding the nature of reality especially surrounding optimal human transformation. Recently she completed the MC Squared course at the iconic Robert Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia and has studied with the International Academy of Consciousness in the past. She also has a special interest in thanatology and is a certified hospice acupuncture provider.

Please join us for this presentation Saturday, August 31, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, OASIS Institute.

Suggested donation for the IONS Community group $5.00.