A great infographic courtesy of Deepak Chopra Center on the history of meditation:
A great infographic courtesy of Deepak Chopra Center on the history of meditation:
Mission Statement Here at Breathe True Yoga, our mission is to help connect participants to different modalities of meditation and yoga in order to raise their own consciousness and move towards personal enlightenment. We aim to offer authentic, eclectic and creative approaches to the process of awakening each individual. coque iphone Although we borrow from many of the sacred traditions, particularly those of Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Native American Indian, we are non-sectarian in our teachings. We also believe that the most effective means to personal transformation is an experiential one. Thus we provide many diverse modalities in our workshops to create opportunities for self growth. coque iphone For example, when teaching about the chakra system, our techniques may include yoga, mantra, philosophy, visual art, dance, sound journeying, clowning and who knows what else? Here at Breathe True Yoga, the practices taught are well complimented with a clean diet and wellness programs that include hiking trails, swimming, and paddling the beautiful Little Mississippi River. Whenever there is a gathering of like minded people, the individual spirit becomes aligned with the Great Spirit. So come visit us and tap into your Greatness. Enjoy the stillness. Partake in the gifts of the teachings of our predecessors who teach spiritual discipline and truth. Take the opportunity to go deep into yourself; to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Be the dream and the dreamer. If this excites you, come and play! And remember, when you change yourself you change the world. Teachers Eva Dametto: Eva is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and is the co-director of Breathe True Yoga. She received her training in Hatha and Chakra yoga in Thailand at the Pyramid Yoga Center in 2008. Eva has worked as a teacher, yoga instructor, dancer, choreographer, actor, playwright, theatre director and visual artist. She holds an Honours B.A. in Dance and Theatre from the University of Waterloo (1988), as well as a B. Ed. from York University (1997). She has worked for the Ontario School Board for over 20 years as well as Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) where she taught theatre for social change in Sri Lanka. Eva’s background in the performing arts, West African dance and drumming, clown theatre and visual art have all contributed to her eclectic teaching style. coque iphone Most recently Eva partook in a 9 day Healing Sounds Intensive with internationally acclaimed pioneer and teacher of Sound Healing Jonathan Goldman. coque iphone x She (and Daniel) now holds a Certificate of Completion from the Sound Healers Association. Daniel Schmidt: Daniel has been composing music for 4 decades, and through deep meditation practice has come to recognize the musical nature of all being. He obtained an Honours B.A. in Philosophy from Western University (1993). After building a successful music publishing company, running a corporation and learning all the ways of samsara first hand, Dan has become a self-healer and decided to use his media talents to help people to unlearn the conditioned patterns that keep them from flowering into their higher consciousness. coque iphone Some of his many interests include Vipassana meditation, dark retreats, dream yoga/ yoga nidra, kundalini yoga, ancient knowledge of the enlightenment process, and exploring the common experiences of awakened beings and mystics from all cultures. Dan has studied the Ayurvedic system and the 5 elements, incorporating them on a deep personal level through his own healing journey. His mission is to communicate that which is beyond communicating, to express what is beyond expressing, and to do without doing. And he loves to canoe and play in the forest.
The Institute of Noetic Sciences™, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, outlet coque iphone is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, coque iphone xr educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. coque iphone 8 “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” IONS™ conducts, sponsors, coque iphone 8 and collaborates on leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness, exploring phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor. The Institute’s primary program areas are consciousness and healing, coque iphone soldes extended human capacities, and emerging worldviews. coque iphone 2019 The specific work of the Institute includes the following:
Traveling back to Earth, having just walked on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell had an experience for which nothing in his life had prepared him. As he approached the planet we know as home, he was filled with an inner conviction as certain as any mathematical equation he’d ever solved. He knew that the beautiful blue world to which he was returning is part of a living system, harmonious and whole—and that we all participate, as he expressed it later, “in a universe of consciousness.”
Trained as an engineer and scientist, Captain Mitchell was most comfortable in the world of rationality and physical precision. Yet the understanding that came to him as he journeyed back from space felt just as trustworthy—it represented another way of knowing.
This experience radically altered his worldview: Despite science’s superb technological achievements, he realized that we had barely begun to probe the deepest mystery of the universe—the fact of consciousness itself. He became convinced that the uncharted territory of the human mind was the next frontier to explore, and that it contained possibilities we had hardly begun to imagine. Within two years of his expedition, Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973.
Today, Dr. Mitchell serves on the board of directors of the institute. He continues to be active at institute events, including lectures and conferences. He is the author of The Way of the Explorer.
What is Cosmic Consciousness? The Quest for Hidden Reality
by Deepak Chopra
Is there such a thing as higher consciousness? For a tiny fraction of the population, who believe they have experienced God directly, this is a spiritual question with a definite answer. But for most people the question is hypothetical. Every spiritual tradition has asserted that there is a hidden reality which can be uncovered through transcending – or going beyond – the five senses. There are elaborate directions for accomplishing this leap, in the form of prayer, meditation, renunciation, and faith – the religious history of humankind has never stopped directing its aspirations to a higher plane. But everyday life consumes our attention, and in a skeptical age the erosion of belief makes higher consciousness seem very far away if not irrelevant.
On a separate track, or so it seems, quantum physics has altered the universe in radical ways. Solid matter has been reduced to invisible waves existing in a field of mathematical probabilities. Time and space form a background in which relativistic quantum fields float, completely different from the reliable time ticked off by clocks, and the space enclosed inside rooms where solid objects find a place. Yet as with the higher dimensions aspired to by religion, quantum space remains hidden from the five senses. For the vast majority of physicists, quantum reality is about intricate mathematical constructs and experiments that validate them using billion-dollar particle accelerators.
Standing back a little, the resulting picture is quite startling. The two most important ways of explaining creation, science and spirituality, both depend on a hidden dimension. Without this dimension there would be no human existence. Shouldn’t that knowledge revolutionize our lives, here and now? Somehow it doesn’t. A missing link needs to be filled in. Otherwise, the world we inhabit will be disconnected from its source, as it largely is right now.
One proposition, which we strongly endorse, is that the missing link is consciousness. Because so many people relegate spirituality to faith, assuming that nothing about God or the soul can be proved, let’s set that aside for the moment. The link has to be scientific. We must thread a path from quantum theory to higher consciousness. This takes some hard thinking, but a huge reward awaits. Hidden reality will reveal itself for what it actually is. Higher consciousness may well become an everyday experience.
To begin, quantum theory, which has been called the most successful scientific theory in history, unequivocally states that we live in a participatory universe – what we consider as an independent, external reality is in fact tied to how we observe it. The late physicist John Wheeler of Princeton and the University of Texas campaigned for the importance of our participation, pushing against the notion that the universe was simply “out there,” like a bakeshop, he said, that we look at with our noses pressed against the window.
Yet how strange to think that when a physicist makes observations and measurements, the quanta that constitute everything in the cosmos change; indeed, it is meaningless to talk of their properties without presupposing an observer. The universe is tied to conscious acts of observation all the way from the most elementary particles to vast galaxies. Moreover, quantum theory assigns a primary role to the quantum vacuum, the emptiness that precedes observable phenomena like atoms and molecules. Unlike the common-sense notion of empty space, the quantum vacuum is abundantly full of dynamic potential. Wheeler, besides coining the term “participatory universe,” also held that the quantum vacuum is primary in all physics, a view that has gained wide acceptance. The quantum vacuum is a vast plenum (fullness) of spacetime “foam,” beyond which time, space – and physics – come to an end.
By: Lionel Corbett
Many of us are no longer committed to any historical religious tradition, yet we still have a personal sense of connection to the sacred dimension. This situation is not surprising; the traditional images of God no longer work for us, and we often cannot relate to the doctrine and dogma of the traditions, such as their attitude to women and to sexuality. However, human beings have an innate spirituality which makes us want to connect to the sacred. Our ancestors have been on the earth for over 100,000 years, and we have archaeological evidence that human spiritual practices go back to these earliest beginnings, suggesting that spirituality is an intrinsic part of human nature. In contrast to this long period, the Judeo-Christian tradition is only about two thousand years old. This tradition has tried to force our innate spirituality into its particular containers, as if their way is the only way to connect to the sacred. When there is no good fit between traditional teachings and our own beliefs, we feel we have nowhere to go, no way to express our deep need for connection to the transpersonal dimension. Our problem then becomes how to make this connection in a personal way that fits with our own personality and with our contemporary level of consciousness. One common approach is to develop our own blend of many spiritual traditions, taking from all of them practices and ideas which are helpful.
Another approach is to use Jung’s depth psychological model. Jung believes that human consciousness is continuous with a transpersonal or spiritual level of consciousness. This level is an intrinsic part of us; we are born with what Jung calls the Self, which is an image of the divine within the personality. The Self acts as a kind of blueprint for the development of our sense of self, or the person we eventually become, so that the spiritual dimension is actually an integral part of our psyche. We can become more and more conscious of the Self by paying attention to our dreams and to synchronistic events, which are events in the outer world which correspond to our inner world. The transpersonal level of the psyche, which Jung calls the archetypal level, is also part of our complexes, or our emotional difficulties and personality make-up. The spiritual dimension can also be experienced through the body, in relationships, and in the natural world, so there are plenty of opportunities to relate to that level if we are aware of the ways in which it appears to us.