Noetic Now / IONS


Dear Noetic Now Subscribers,

Welcome to 2012! No year in recent history (even Y2K) has engendered more speculation, fear, and anticipation. Is it the official end of the world as we've known it or just another year in a string of increasingly chaotic ones? Here at IONS we are inclined to see 2012 as a prominent benchmark in a period of transition characterized by the breakdown of outdated systems and worldviews and the emergence of new ones. As our decades of work have shown time and again, we are interconnected at fundamental levels—within ourselves, with each other, and with the world around us. It is this realization and story, supported by science, which we will continue to champion in service to achieving our highest individual and collective potential.

Noetic Now

As irony would have it, this first issue of the new year has drawn largely from the wisdom of both people and animals at the end of their journey to help guide the rest of us as we navigate the complexities of a changing world that is challenging us to adapt and grow.

New Features

  Life, Death, and What Really Matters
by Karen Wyatt, MD

This precarious moment in time, when apparent destruction seems so ominously close, is actually a gift: an opportunity to remember and embrace our highest potential.

The Wisdom of the Wild

by Susan Eirich, PhD

The spirituality of wild animals is being discovered and nurtured at this unique sanctuary for wounded and abandoned creatures. They have much to teach us, as long as our hearts are open.

The Timing of Paradigm Shifts
by Richard Tarnas, PhD, with Dean Radin, PhD

This short lesson in the history of paradigm shifts reveals the complexity of these movements and the importance of the many forces at play. The Copernican Revolution didn't just happen and neither will the next one—but the conditions are ripening.

Book Excerpt
Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last
by Lee Lipsenthal, MD

In the final months before his passing, former IONS Board Member Lee Lipsenthal captured on paper what for him were the most enduring values he learned from a life well-lived: relationship, love, and gratitude.

Interesting Discussions and Posts

News@IONS / Membership

Thank You!

A big thanks to all our members for your continued support of IONS! We are grateful for the generosity you showed during our end-of-year fundraising. Without your support, we would not be able to continue our work and we want you to know how much we appreciate your belief that consciousness matters! We look forward to 2012 with great anticipation for the new and ongoing education and research projects that you make possible. Happy New Year!

The Fall/Winter 2011 issue of your membership newsletter, The Noetic Post, is now available online. If you aren't a member of IONS, why wait 60 days for the PDF? To receive the Spring/Summer 2012 issue hot off the press, join now!

Last Chance to Sign Up for "Conscious Aging" Telecourse

On January 18th, IONS begins its next 8-week educational program, "Conscious Aging," facilitated by Kathleen Erickson-Freeman, IONS Elder Education Program Manager, and featuring experts in the field of conscious aging. Sessions will take place on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from 5–7pm PT through March 7th. The course is $75 for IONS members and $235 for nonmembers (you can join for as low as $35!); low income rates are also available. To register, go here. Next on the schedule: "Buddha's Brain: Taking in the Good" with Rick Hanson, PhD, from March 14 – May 2. More details coming soon…

Noetic Film Experience – What a Lineup!

From psi research and positive psychology to meditation, mythology, and personal transformation, IONS' first Noetic Film Experience will have something for everyone. Join us March 9–11, 2012, at the IONS EarthRise Retreat Center where we will celebrate the power of film while sharing our experiences via panels, receptions, and Q&A with filmmakers and scientists. The lineup is coming together, and additional films just booked include

  • The Dhamma Brothers, a powerful documentary about the introduction of meditation techniques into a high-security Alabama prison.
  • Finding Joe, which explores the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell and his focus on The Hero's Journey.
  • May I Be Frank, the inspiring story of a troubled man whose life starts to change when he meets the folks at Café Gratitude.
  • Something Unknown…, considered by many to be the best film on parapsychology research ever made.

And this just in: Jean Houston will be joining us to introduce and discuss her new movie, A Passion for the Possible, premiering at the festival! Go here to register or for more information. For sponsorship information, contact Matthew Gilbert at

Live Streaming with Angeles Arrien

On Tuesday January 17, from 7:30–9:30 pm PT, anthropologist-educator Angeles Arrien will be the featured guest at IONS' continuing speaker series at the Aqus Café in Petaluma, CA. Her topic: "The Second Half of Life." IONS will stream the event live over the Internet—go here to watch.

Have You Visited Our New Store Yet?

We continue to add new products to our Media Store, including Rick Hanson's Buddha's Brain and his newly released Just One Thing. Please enjoy a 15% discount on your next order before January 13, 2012. Simply put this code in the View Cart or Checkout section of the store: welcome2012.

Boston Event Cancelled

IONS had planned to sponsor a regional conference in Boston this summer but that event has been cancelled.

Featured Partners

  Discover your Purpose with Jean Houston

There's no time to waste. You feel a deep sense of urgency to give your greatest gift to the world, yet find yourself passionately searching for exactly how to make a meaningful difference while living the life you were meant to live. Join Dr. Jean Houston on a rare and powerful free teleclass titled "The 3 Keys to Discovering & Living Your True Purpose." Jean reveals her time-tested, proven process for discovering your life's purpose and infusing that purpose into your daily life. Register now for this special call.


  Make 2012 the Year You Create Optimum Health

Join IONS' President Marilyn Mandala Schlitz this Tuesday, January 10, at noon PT as part of the Shift Network's free virtual telesummit, "Winter of Wellness: Igniting Optimal Health in All Areas of Your Life." Led by pioneers in integral health, wellness, and mind-body-spirit medicine, you will learn

  • nutritional techniques for increasing natural beauty;
  • proven mind-body technologies that slow aging and increase longevity;
  • groundbreaking health and wellness research;
  • meditation and visualization techniques to help you access your inner healing wisdom; and
  • holistic approaches to creating well-being in your family and your community.

Marilyn's talk is entitled "Transforming Healthcare from the Inside Out." The program runs from January 9 – March 22; all you need is a phone or a computer to participate! Click here to register.


  Spirituality and Psychology Conference
February 17–19, 2012
Menlo College, Atherton, CA

The third biennial ATP-ITP Spirituality & Psychology Conference will bring together clinicians, therapists, spiritual guides, faith-based and healing practitioners, academics, and researchers to explore the promises and pitfalls of the spiritual path. Join keynote speakers Roger Walsh, Shauna Shapiro, Jeanne Achterberg and a host of luminaries including Jim Fadiman, Arthur Hastings, Olga Louchakova, and David Lukoff to examine the nature of spiritual illusion while we seek the wisdom and health benefits available in spirituality. Enjoy workshops, presentations, music, ritual, yoga, meditation, drumming, and social networking. For more information and to register, visit