Victor Shamas, PhD Explores the Creative Process

Victor was in Austin to address the Austin IONS community.  When we heard he was coming, we wanted to share his brilliance and enthusiasm for life with you.

You will not be disappointed.

Victor’s latest book, Deep  Creativity, reveals, the findings of Victor Shamas’ 30-year exploration of the creative process. Rather than observing creativity in others, he delved into the experience directly in order to uncover hidden truths and break free of common misconceptions. Deep Creativity turns fundamental assumptions about creativity on their head while offering fresh perspectives on the scientific method, fractals, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, plate tectonics, mind and consciousness, hero myths, the life cycle, sleep and dreams, mothers’ intuition, the nature of wisdom, peak experiences, and even the Gospels. Written from a research psychologist’s perspective, Deep Creativity portrays the creative experience as a bold adventure filled with passion, turmoil, inspiration, sacrifice, sheer joy, self-transcendence, and unconditional love.

What is Consciousness?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

We started our company, What If It Really Works?, in 2003 on the NPR station, KOTO, in Telluride, Colorado. Our focus was and still is interviewing experts about New Science, New Spirituality and Consciousness Studies.  At that time there was seldom mention of Consciousness anywhere.

So we sought out people who could discuss this seemingly obscure subject.  One of our first interviewees was Captain Edgar Mitchell, Commander of the Apollo 14 Mission in 1972.  On the return portion of that mission, Mitchell had a profound experience of Consciousness as he was surprisingly connected to everything around him, including Earth from a distance of 225,000 miles away.

This experience was so powerful that he resigned his commission in the Navy and committed his life to finding out what it was. He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences and discovered Consciousness was a hidden secret.

Physicist Dr. Claude Swanson wrote in 2010:“A century ago Neils Bohr proposed that, in Quantum Physics, human Consciousness has the power to disturb experiments.  Just a peek causes something called “quantum wave function collapse”, which means you just destroyed those nice wave patterns your particles were in. So, Consciousness is really powerful. Once you have looked, the particle behaves differently. Despite this enormously important role Consciousness plays, physicists have avoided studying it ever since.”

Well, that was the last century.  Now all of that is changing.  In the 1950’s, the renowned theologian, Paul Tillich described God as “The Ground of All Being”.

That brought God up close and personal.  God no longer lived in the sky somewhere.  He became the basis, the essence of everything.  God became the ground on which and within which all of our lives and all of our world is lived.  God is our ultimate concern.

Today advanced thinkers refer to Consciousness as the Soul of the Universe.  It is found everywhere, on all levels of reality, and has the power to show us the connection we have to beings on the other side of the universe, and to the smallest energies in all material, as yet undiscovered.

Consciousness is also the heart of understanding Quantum anything.  And you are going to hear more and more about this for the rest of your life.  This is at the core of the evolutionary leap our species is taking right now.  The purpose of evolution happening now is to create the new human, which is the target set by God to be the highest expression of God revealing Himself in the Universe.

This new species of human will likely be known as Homo Luminous, or Man of Light.  Light will be recognized as the universal conveyor of information and power. Jesus gave us a hint of all of this when he claimed himself to be The Light of the World.

So here, in two sentences, is a concise definition of Consciousness written in 1935 by one of our great Quantum Scientists.

 “The total number of minds in the universe is One. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing within all beings.”  Erwin Schrodinger, PhD.

 I hope you will take the time to think about this definition.  It is filled with secret information that will change our world.

 

 

 

 

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Rudolf Steiner and the Austin Waldorf School Drama: This War is Not Inevitable!

Our Friend Dr. Stephen Usher, a patron of the Waldorf School here in Austin, asked us to help publicize the Play being presented this Saturday, November 3 at 7 PM at the Austin Waldorf School. 8700 South View Road. Performing Arts Center, Austin 78737

Here is what he has to say:

In the heightened drama of WW1 Germany, Rudolf Steiner, and Emil Molt, risk everything to fight for human rights. 100 years later do we still have a chance? This politically charged, historical drama takes on challenging questions still unanswered today. Join us.

The play follows Steiner and his relationship with famous entrepreneur Emil Molt. The two endeavor to stop the war by attempting to influence the Treaty of Versailles and the Reichstag in hopes that Steiner’s philosophies on social, economic, and legal reform would be accepted.

Getting Serious, HCN, July 19, 2018

By Chuck Robison  

 

You may have attempted to keep an open mind as you have listened to the justifications many people give for why they support the current President of the United States.

On June 6, 2018 I posted one of my “Notes from The Masters Class” at:

Notes From the Masters Class, June 6, 2018

In this short video I compared the moral leadership, shown by Robert Kennedy on the night Dr. Martin Luther King died in 1968, with that of the current President and his leadership of the so-called Mexican immigration crisis. I concluded there was no moral, spiritual or otherwise valid reason for the establishment of children’s prisons and the irreversible separation of parents and children legally seeking political asylum.

The reality is we are treating our Latin American neighbors, who we have danced this waltz with for at least 200 years, in a way that is nothing short of the worst Dicken’s novel about children you could ever imagine.

If you are committed to being a Christian and endeavor to follow The Christ as close as you can, you know that central to The Christ’s teaching is the power and necessity of The Golden Rule.  This globally espoused rule forces you to place yourself in another’s shoes and ask how you might want them to treat you if you were in their position.

On a Christian’s best day in life, there is no way to justify the treatment of these parents and children as young as ten months old. Period.

If you can honestly say that as a Christian you believe our current President’s words and policies in this case are correct and justified, as many do, then God Bless You.  You are going to need that blessing when the tables turn, as inevitably they will.

America has begun the long, painful fall from the grace that has been our rock since 1776.  Cheerleading and supporting and praying for this moment in history, are the ardent Lost Christians who seem to have forgotten The Golden Rule.

If you are a Christian who still seeks to practice The Golden Rule, you have one tool at your disposal to compensate for these Lost Christians who also believe that all bets are off on any of the old rules, because the Christ is returning at any moment, but the reality is He is already here.  He never even left, as He promised He would be with us always.

Forgiveness is that tool.  Jesus demonstrated that from the cross, when He asked His Father to forgive the very people who had manipulated the power of the State to get Him executed for His radical teachings which contradicted the power and policies of the Jewish leaders.

His reason for asking God’s forgiveness for these people? “Father, forgive them for they do not understand anything about what is going on here. They are ignorant and cannot make good decisions.”  This paraphrase of The Christ’s Last Words reveals the profound spiritual blindness of the participants in the execution.

This moment in America’s fall from grace reveals that we have not yet learned what The Christ came to demonstrate:  LOVE IS ALL THERE IS.  All else is an illusion.

There may still be time to learn this, but I caution you:  There is not one shred of evidence in all of known history to suggest that an empire beginning its fall was able to right itself.

If it is possible to right ourselves from this crisis we have voted into action, it must begin with you and me and forgiveness. Forgive everybody. Period. Without having done that, your ticket into heaven is null and void.

Notes From the Masters Class, June 6, 2018

We have a real crisis in America today. It is a moral crisis. For those of us who lived through the Viet Nam War and were exposed to brilliant moral leadership, today’s crisis is as much about leadership as it is about asylum seekers knocking at the door of America for what we hope is still freedom.

These two articles will give you sense of perspective about where we are right now.

A little over 50 years ago, right after the assignation of Dr. Martin Luther King, we heard what is perhaps the greatest speech in American History. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, running for President of the United States, climbed up on a flat bed truck, surrounded by a potentially violent crowd of black people and made this speech. Looking back on what was said that night and what was accomplished, it is hard to imagine today anything of similar power or wisdom being spoken by our current leader. We have devolved. We no longer talk about moral values, nor do we ever hear encouraging words for unity in America from the hearts of our leadership.

Join with me today to let our natural American goodness shine through this horrible treatment of these powerless human beings with love and compassion for those much worse off than we are.

Little White Lies. Hill Country News. April 12, 2018

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

Occasionally, it is a good idea to read through the Ten Commandments. These Commandments are not just good ideas; they are the law. When we understand the laws, we see there are always consequences for breaking them.

In our creativity, we can find ways around anything and our preferred way around the commandment: YOU SHALL NOT LIE is the proverbial “Little White Lie”.

We all tell them, and we excuse these lies even when they are blatant or damaging to ourselves or others.

An old friend once told me that the best way to keep from lying is to not do things that force you to tell lies.

Americans have become accustomed to repeating and believing at least three very dangerous “little white lies”.

1. “America is a Christian Nation.” This may have been true in the past, but it certainly is not true now. If it were true, we would hold ourselves responsible for demonstrating Christian values. This applies especially to our leaders.Here is what Stephen Colbert has to say: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

When we add $1.3 trillion to the deficit to provide a much needed tax break for the wealthiest 1% of our citizens and then claim that the only way to reduce the newly increased deficit is to cut back on services to the poor and needy, and medical care for the elderly and children, we are definitely not a nation acting likeThe Christ has commanded. We are lying to ourselves.

2. “America is a Democracy”. Sounds good. We send our children to foreign lands to support and project democracy. But, it is a lie. We live in an Oligarchy where the richest among us are the ones who call all the shots. The people with the real power are the Billionaires. This may be the best way to run a country,but if it is, then we should stop lying to ourselves and call us what we are: An Oligarchy.

3. “We stand for Freedom”. Sounds good. Especially when we invade country after country to bring them freedom. But, it is a lie. We are history’s largest empire. We encircle the globe and our market place includes even the smallest village in the poorest of countries. In the name and defense of this empire, we bring war and suffering to anyone or any country who does not do what we wantor takes steps to correct us.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 hotly debated the issue of slavery. George Mason of Virginia argued eloquently against slavery, warning his fellow delegates: “Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”We saw The Civil War bring Providence’s judgement upon America because we told ourselves the “little white lie” that black people were just 3/5 human.

Look around you and remember these times. Providence is still very much in control. As long as we keep breaking the Commandment with just “little white lies”, we will somehow have to pay for them, and the trouble with all of that is:

Payback Day may be much closer than we think.

Of course, I could be wrong.

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Being Here Now. Hill Country News February 22, 2018


 

 

By Chuck Robison

In the Fall of 1971 I found my copy of Be Here Now, Baba Ram Dass’ classic introduction to Eastern Thought. I read it, and put it in a prominent and safe place in my library. From time to time, as powerful lessons arrived in my life, I would pull it out and discover that Ram Dass had added deeper understanding in my life with this magic book.

Here’s what I have learned so far.

Now was a big lesson. As a history major, I was and still am a person of deep nostalgia and reverence for the past. I can go there at the drop of a hat. I’ve spent my life taking notes and pictures and keeping memories….some pleasant and some not so.

I am also an early member of the World Futurist Society. I spend a lot of time in the future. Looking at trends, speculating about where we are going and sometimes discovering that I see a future that others do not see which reveals itself in time. I have trained myself to see as far into the future as I can possibly see. My concern for the place America finds itself in today is grounded in the fact that I can see a road we are taking developing into a major tragedy for America and the world.

It has taken me a long, long time to drag myself into being Present. But what a change it has brought in my life. The Past and the Future do not exist. Frequently the past turns out to be about guilt and the future about fear. In any case, you cannot be in either.

Living in the present allows me to see and feel and observe and participate in an authentic and complete fashion. In the present, I need hold nothing back. It is the only place where I can live life at 100 percent and at the speed of light.

Over the past two years I have begun to understand Being. Early on I received a heavy dose of needing to achieve. And I’ve done ok. But being driven to achieve all the time brings with it a belief that if I am not making and doing, then I am of no worth. So that leads to a life of constant striving, missing the mark, being disappointed and feeling the need to constantly strive for more.

But now, after only forty more years, I am beginning to understand that my willingness to just be, to just be present, reveals a huge secret. The Universe has a plan for me and has prepared me to accomplish that plan, and will provide all I need to complete the plan.

It’s the opposite of striving. As I become willing to just be, I find that my future and my role and my accomplishments find me, rather than my striving for them. They come as wonder-full surprises.

All of a sudden life has become almost childlike. Now I live spontaneously and even fearlessly. I am constantly reminded of the 1988 movie “The Incredible Lightness of Being.”

Being is an altered state, a higher dimension, a blessed discovery. And I am grateful God has allowed me to live long enough to learn this.

Joe Lam interviews Chuck and Karen about how they got to this point in their business.

Joe Lam, Head of the Austin Chapter of the Institute of Noetic Sciences interviews Chuck and Karen about the first fifteen years of their business and their plans for the future. This is a revealing interview with Chuck and Karen as they reveal some of the secrets of the past fifteen years!

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Our 2018 New Years Card

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