IONS Meeting, May 16th, 2013
“The desire to live life to its fullest, to acquire more
knowledge, to abandon the economic treadmill, are all typical reactions to
these experiences in altered states of consciousness. The previous fear of
death is typically quelled. If the individual generally remains thereafter in
the existential state of awareness, the deep internal feeling of eternity is quite
profound and unshakable.”
--Edgar D. Mitchell
"Dogmas–religious, political, scientific–arise out of
erroneous belief that thought can encapsulate reality or truth. Dogmas are
collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their
prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of “I
"The universe does not exist 'out there,' independent of us.
We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be
happening. We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange
sense, this is a participatory universe."
--John Archibald Wheeler
We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our
island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.
--John Archibald Wheeler
"Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time,
dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can
believe nothing else."
"As soon as man began considering himself the source of the
highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to
lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it."
“We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the
ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to
ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.”
― Terence McKenna
“There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others
who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between
those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality
impossible to describe.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms.
For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in
terms of anything else.”
― Erwin Schrödinger
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of
light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
― Carl Jung
“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is
only possible through movement.”
― Aldous Huxley
“Why may we not be in the universe, as our dogs and cats are
in our drawing rooms and libraries?”
― William James
“Hell, in my opinion, is never finding your true self and
never living your own life or knowing who you are.”
― John Bradshaw
When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that
state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of
thousands of years of collective human conditioning.