The Axiom Faculty
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If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed.
-- Terence McKenna
Axiom Faculty, brought together through gatherings such as
Conferences, national lecture and workshop tours and international expeditions
and pilgrimages, is composed of scientists, researchers, mystics, shaman,
pundits, seers, healers - exceptional teachers showing us new maps of
reality. We invite you to look closer.
Visiting professor and novelist Tom Robbins suggests that Axiom is the "Timbuktu U." gypsy campus -- attended at powerful, beautiful and interesting places by an international student body.
Pir Vilayat Khan
Alberto Villoldo, PhD - the founder of The Four Winds Society,
trained as a psychologist and medical anthropologist and has investigated
the traditions of the Andes and the Amazon for more than 25 years. He
has developed a body of shamanic knowledge that is readily accessible to
the West, and provides us with a scientific framework through which we
can learn the ancient healing practices which can be “known but not told.”
His newest book, Shaman, Healer, Sage, was selected as book of
the month by the One Spirit Book Club. He lectures and trains widely,
as well as seeing private clients.
Arthur Hull is recognized as the father of the community drum circle movement. He is a motivational speaker, keynote presenter and an internationally acclaimed master at facilitating groups of people through a common experience using music and rhythm. Since 1985, Arthur has used the Village Music Circles™ metaphor to build team spirit and promote unity in corporations, schools and communities worldwide. As a performing musician for 30 years Arthur has studied and worked with many renowned percussionists including Babatunde Olatunji, Hamza El Din, and Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead. Arthur is a Signature Series Endorsee for REMO, Inc., and has designed many REMO World Percussion Drums and facilitates national and international REMO sponsored events.
Barbara Marx Hubbard is a noted futurist, author, and public speaker who shows that while the multiple, converging crises our planet is going through may appear meaningless, painful and confusing, they are simply birth pains. A new state of consciousness is being born, re-ordering the future of our species and the very cells of our bodies. She is president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and one of the co-founding board members of the World Future Society.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara Marx Hubbard…is the
informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.”
--R. Buckminster Fuller
Recommended reading: Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential
Brooke Medicine Eagle
is an American native Earthkeeper, teacher, ceremonial leader, sacred ecologist,
songwriter, Feng Shui practitioner and catalyst for wholeness, whose dedication
is to bring forward the ancient truths concerning how to live a fully human
life in sustaining harmony with All Our Relations. She is a member of Sacred
Ground International, an educational foundation based in sustainable living
and buffalo ranching on her home Crow Reservation. She is the author
of a spiritual autobiography, Buffalo Woman Comes Singing; and
her new book on the transformational practices of Earth magic and ascending
into our greater humanity, The Last Ghost Dance.
Recommended reading: The Last Ghost Dance: A Guide for Earth Mages, and Buffalo Woman Comes Singing: The Spirit Song of a Rainbow Medicine Woman
Carlos Castaneda † and his party have had a significant
impact in bringing an awareness of shamanism and other realities to many
in western culture. Time Magazine describes Castaneda as an "enigmatic personality
who was either an unfairly vilified anthropologist or a wildly inventive
novelist." Either way, he opened the doors of perception for many.
Recommended reading: Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
Recommended reading: Being-In-Dreaming/an Initiation into the Sorcerers’ World by Florinda Donner
Recommended reading: The Sorcerers’ Crossing by Taisha Abelar
a Quechua Indian trained in traditional Andean Shamanism, was born in
Bolivia and is Founder of the growing Pachamama Movement in South America
and Europe. He founded the Janajpacha (meaning Paradise) Community
in a purpose-built traditional mountain village in his native Bolivia.
This remarkable international center of healing therapy, initiation
and ecological education attracts people from all over the world.
Chamalú’s writings incorporate the lyrical use of verse-like prose
and have been compared to The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. They are
a celebration of that magic communion. It is the true shaman’s insight into
what humanity has lost and must rediscover if it is to survive. His
teachings provide an exciting introduction to the indigenous wisdom of
the Andes, about being closer to nature, healing the earth and venerating
its sacred places.
Recommended reading: Gate of Paradise: Secrets of Andean Shamanism, Chamalú: The Shamanic Way of the Heart
Ph.D. is an author, teacher, artist, founder
of the Spiritual Emergence Network, and co-creator of Holotropic Breathwork™. She is president of Grof Transpersonal
Training, Inc., vice-president emeritus of the International Transpersonal
Association, and an advisor to the board of the Spiritual Emergence Network.
Recommended reading: Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis, The Stormy Search for the Self : A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis
Coleman Barks is the author of numerous Rumi translations
and he has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi
was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyer’s Language of Life
series on PBS (1995).
“I wait beside these poems with a kind of heart-listening…I’m not the cook, more a strangely elated waiter bringing out dishes. I hope I am at times to be the empty screen on which Rumi’s joy and grief can play. These poems are beyond me. That’s why I love working on them. They draw me where I have to go.” --Coleman Barks
“Not since the popularity of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran in the 1960s has a poet made such a dent in American culture. And if any one person could be said to be responsible for the Rumi renaissance it would have to be Coleman Barks.” --The New York Times
Recommended reading: The Essential Rumi, and The Illuminated Rumi,
Colin Wilson burst upon the literary scene with
his bestseller The Outsider when he was 25. He is an enormously
prolific writer with some 80 major works to his credit which deal with a wide variety of subjects: existential philosophy, religion, occult and supernatural phenomena, music, sex, archaeology, astronomy, and cosmology. His most recent book is The Atlantis Blueprint with Rand Flem-Ath.
Recommended reading: The Atlantis Blueprint: Unlocking the Ancient Mysteries of a Long-Lost Civilization,, Alien Dawn: An Investigation into the Contact Experience, From Atlantis to the Sphinx, and The Outsider and Beyond
Dan Millman is a
past world champion gymnast, university coach and college professor whose
disillusion with "the usual life" sent him around the world and into the
depths of his mind and heart. His experiences generated an approach
to life he calls the way of the peaceful warrior. Dan has been
trained to recognize the basic life-patterns which lie beneath the theater
of our lives. His Peaceful Warrior Program for Transformation covers
practical methods for improved mental clarity, emotional freedom, and physical
vitality in daily life.
Recommended reading: Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth
Deepak Chopra, M.D. has written twenty-five
books, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. He
is also the
author of more than one hundred audio- and videotape series, including five critically acclaimed programs on public television. In 1999 Time magazine selected Dr. Chopra as one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century, describing him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” Dr. Chopra currently serves as CEO and founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California. Dr. Chopra is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, continuing to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. His work is changing the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness.
Recommended reading: How to Know God: The Soul’s Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries, Ageless Body, Timeless
Mind : The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old, Journey into Healing : Awakening the Wisdom Within You
Deva Premal &
Miten - Deva Premal grew up in a spiritual family
where she was introduced at an early age to chanting and meditation.
Her mother is a music teacher and her father an artist. As a child
she studied the violin and later in life found that it was her voice that
was her instrument. Miten, her partner in life and in music, established
a successful career in the ’70s and ’80s as a singer songwriter touring
with such bands as Fleetwood Mac, Ry Cooder, and Lou Reed. He left
that life to pursue a more spiritual path living in a commune and practicing
meditation. It was here he met Premal and found his music coming
from a deeper source. These two musicians have traveled the world
for the past 10 years almost year round -- constantly singing in concert
and in workshops. This life has become their meditation, and their
Virtue is a fourth-generation metaphysician and clairvoyant
spiritual healer who holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in counseling
psychology. She is a faculty member of the American Institute of Hypnotherapy,
and an advisory board member of The Depossession Institute, a professional
organization of spirit-releasement therapists. Dr. Virtue’s work has
been featured in McCall’s, USA Today, and Woman’s Day;
and she has appeared on Touched By An Angel, Oprah, Good Morning America,
The View with Barbara Walters, and many other shows. After many years of
helping patients using traditional psychotherapy, Dr. Virtue began to incorporate
her intuitive skills and angelic messages into the therapeutic process.
“As we move into the millennium, the angels are speaking and making their
presence known to more and more of us, and we are listening.” Dr. Virtue
has shared a timeless tool for us to use as we are called to collectively
heal our planet and ourselves. The angels are here more now than ever because
of the millennium shift. This is the time, which prophecies predicted when
the heavens would open and the angels would sing. We are in one of the most
exciting times in history, and the angels are here to help us usher in the
new age of peace.
Recommended reading: Healing with the Angels, The Lightworker’s Way : Awakening Your Spiritual Power to Know and Heal
Edgar Mitchell, Ph.D., an Apollo astronaut who having taken the hero’s
journey to the moon and returned, brilliantly delineates how humankind’s
exploration of both outer and inner space represents the next epoch in
the evolution of life itself, a process over which human beings have increasing
control. Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973
"to expand knowledge of the nature and potentials of the mind and spirit,
and to apply that knowledge to advance health and well-being for humanity
and our planet." He has spent over twenty years studying human consciousness
and psychic and paranormal phenomena in the search for a common ground
between science and spirit.
Recommended reading: The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds
Laszlo, Ph.D., founder and President of the Club of Budapest, was
one of the first representatives in the area of systems philosophy and general
theory of evolution. He published nearly 70 books translated into as many
as 18 languages. In the course of his long academic career as a professor
for philosophy, systems philosophy and future sciences, he worked in teaching
and research at a variety of reputable universities in the US, Europe, and
the Far East.
Recommended reading: Macroshift: Navigating the Transformation to a Sustainable World
Fred Alan Wolf
earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UCLA. He continues to
write, lecture throughout the world, and conduct research on the relationship
of quantum physics to consciousness. He is the National Book Award
Winning author of Taking the Quantum Leap and many other books
including The Spiritual Universe. He is a member of the Martin Luther
King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. Dr. Wolf has taught at the University
of London, the University of Paris, the Hahn-Meitner Institute for Nuclear
Physics in Berlin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and San Diego State
University in the United States. His latest book is entitled Mind
Recommended reading: Mind into Matter: A New Alchemy of Science and Spirit, The Spiritual Universe: One Physicists Vision of Spirit, Soul, Matter, and Self, The Dreaming Universe : A Mind-Expanding Journey into the Realm Where Psyche and Physics Meet andThe Eagle’s Quest: A Physicist’s Search for Truth in the Heart of the Shamanic World
Roth is founder and director of The Moving Center and is an internationally
renowned theater director, philosopher, and recording artist who has
created her own form of ecstatic dance. She is the best-selling author
of Maps to Ecstasy: A Healing Journey for the Untamed Spirit and
Sweat Your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice. Her teachings,
for the past thirty-five years have permeated many areas of the culture
and included many diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, corporate
offices, theaters and growth centers. Her work has been featured in numerous
national publications. Her award winning musical recordings are
on the cutting edge of shamanic trance/dance music. Roth’s workshops
have an electric intensity that mates contemporary currents of rock music,
modern theater and poetry to the ancient pulse of shamanism.
Recommended reading: Maps to Ecstasy: A Healing Journey for the Untamed Spirit and Sweat Your Prayers: Movement As Spiritual Practice
is a rare blend of scientist, visionary and scholar
with the ability to speak to our minds, while touching the wisdom of our
hearts.” -Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Best selling author and guide to sacred sites throughout the world, Gregg Braden has been a featured guest for international conferences and media specials bridging ancient wisdom and modern science. A former earth scientist and senior aerospace computer systems designer (Phillips Petroleum, Martin Marietta Aerospace, Cisco Systems) Braden is now considered a leading authority on bridging ancient traditions and the science of our future. His journeys into the remote mountain villages, monasteries, and temples of times past, coupled with his background in the hard sciences, uniquely qualify him to bring the benefit of long-lost traditions to the forefront of our lives today. Captivating audiences of all ages, Braden empowers our lives with a life-affirming message of hope, through his remarkable synthesis of science and spirituality.
Recommended reading: The Isaiah Effect: decoding the lost science of prayer and prophecy, Awakening to Zero Point: The Collective Initiation and Walking Between The Worlds: The Science of Compassion
Hank Wesselman, Ph.D. has worked for 25 years with an international group of scientists
investigating the mystery of human origins out in East Africa’s Great Rift
Valley. In the 1970s, while doing fieldwork in the remote, arid landscapes
of Southern Ethiopia, he began to experience spontaneous, extraordinary expanded
states of awareness similar to those of traditional shamans. In an attempt
to understand, he went beyond scholarly research into direct, personal contact
with the ancient methods practiced by tribal people for achieving mystical
states. Wesselman is an anthropologist who has taught anthropology
at the University of California at San Diego and the University of Hawaii
at Hilo, and currently offers classes at American River College and Sierra
College in northern California.
Recommended reading: Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future, Medicinemaker: Mystic Encounters on the Shaman’s Path and Visionseeker: Shared Wisdom from the Place of Refuge
Howard Martin is co-author
with Doc Childre of the book, The HeartMath Solution, and is an Executive
Vice President and Chief Creativity Officer of HeartMath LLC and was one
of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath. HeartMath
is at the forefront of human development with techniques that use the transforming
power of the heart to release stress, access higher levels of intelligence,
establish emotional balance and stimulate higher brain functioning. Howard
has been with HeartMath’s world-wide training and consulting team since
1991 and has been instrumental in developing and teaching HeartMath’s
practical, yet dynamic, programs in mental and emotional balance and
personal efficiency to thousands of program participants. Howard Martin
shares breakthrough scientific research which shows that the heart is
the control tower of the body’s systems and overall health. These
life-altering techniques show how to deepen the qualities long associated
with heart-intuition, compassion, courage, love,
appreciation and joy. As a result, one can tap into a power that can greatly improve performance, health and relationships.
Recommended reading: The HeartMath Solution
Smith, holder of eleven honorary degrees, is considered to be
the world’s foremost religious scholar. His book The World’s Religions
has been the most widely used textbook on its subject for a third of
a century. Counting its several editions, it has sold over two and a half
million copies world-wide. In his work, this eloquent, warm, and
accessible teacher presents his passionate, vital message about the full
potential of the human spirit. Smith also takes us into the religious
significance of entheogenic plants and chemical. In 1996, Bill Moyers
devoted a 5-part PBS special to Smith’s life and work, "The Wisdom of Faith
with Huston Smith." Smith has produced three series for public television:
"The Religions of Man," "The Search for America," and (with Arthur Compton)
"Science and Human Responsibility." His films on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism,
and Sufism have all won awards at international film festivals.
Recommended reading: Cleansing the Doors of Perception, The World’s Religions, Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World’s Religions
Hunbatz Men is a
Mayan Elder, Day Keeper - an authority on the history, rituals, art, ancient
healing techniques, chronology and calendar systems of Mayan civilization.
The Daykeeper, in the tradition of the Maya, is the recipient of knowledge
that has been passed down from generation to generation through centuries
of time. It is an oral tradition that implies a lifetime of learning.
His teachings contain revelations that are most needed in today’s anxious
world and are a great contribution to the quest for the ultimate truth.
Recommended reading: The Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion
Hyemeyohsts Storm is the legendary and world renowned author and teacher
who first introduced the knowledge of the Medicine Wheels, the Legacy of
the Zero Chiefs and their Sacred Medicine Wheel Teachings, to the modern
world in his best selling classic Seven Arrows, published in 1972,
and now in its 46th printing. He is a Northern Cheyenne and German
mixed blood, who was born and raised on Indian reservations in Montana. Storm
is the Founder and Director of the Spiritual organization - The Circle of
the Earth Temple and Institute, and the Founder and Director of the International
School of Metis Art, and is an artist and teacher, as well as a writer.
Recommended reading: Seven Arrows and Lightningbolt
Swan Storm is an American Metis (mixed blood) woman and is Hyemeyohsts Storm’s partner in Life and in Teaching. For over fourteen years she has studied the Knowledge of ancient Earth Teachers, Leaders and Zero Chiefs, who were women of the Medicine Wheel Teachings and Ancient Ceremonial Wisdom. Swan is now a highly respected Earth Teacher in her own right and is currently completing her first book and a musical CD.
brings us an inspiring adventure that invites us to use our imaginations
to bridge to an invisible world, reaching beyond the confines of the physical.
Her techniques come from researching the dolphins of the Hawaiian Islands
and finding out about the workings of their holographic thought processes
as they move within a “dreamtime” dimension. Ilona’s visionary work
is an inspiring adventure that invites us to recreate our world through
accessing the wisdom of dolphins and the dimensions of the dreamtime.
Recommended reading: Journey to the Center of Creation: Entering the World of Dolphins and the Dimensions of Dreamtime
highly acclaimed sacred music composer,
recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines
influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating
a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that
is truly world spirit music.The Kirtan presentation by Jai and Geoffrey at The Prophets Conference Victoria had the crowd singing and dancing in utmost celebratory joy. Jai Uttal and Geoffrey Gordon have taught workshops together at Esalen Institute, California Institute of Integral Studies, Omega Institute, Yoga Journal Conferences, International Transpersonal Association, Body and Soul Conferences, as well as yoga centers in the U.S. and internationally.
Recommended listening (Music CDs): Nectar: Live Kirtan & Pagan Remixes [LIVE] and Shiva Station
synthesized his interest in interactive psychology, Eastern and Western
philosophy, science, futurism, ecology, history, and mysticism in The
Celestine Prophecy. This adventure parable about a spiritual
journey to Peru created a model for spiritual perception and actualization
that resonated with millions of people and focused on the mysterious coincidences
that occur in each of our lives. It has become one of one of the
most successful self-published books of all time. In October 1997 Redfield
was awarded the highly prestigious Medal of the Presidency of the Italian
Senate at the XXIII Pio Manzu International Conference in Rimini, Italy.
Pio Manzu is a non-governmental arm of the United Nations headed up by
Recommended reading: The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure, The Tenth Insight, and The Secret of Shambhala
Merrill Redfield is the author of the bestsellers Creating
A Life Of Joy and The Joy of Meditating. Salle Redfield lectures
internationally on creating a joyful, purpose-filled life.
“You are part of a larger plan, and if you pay attention, you will realize that the guidance you experience is leading you in a particular direction. Each of us has a destined calling in life, a truth we must tell, one that becomes clearer as our lives proceed…Use this information, along with your strong desire to help make the world a better place.” --Salle Merrill Redfield
Recommended reading: The Joy of Meditating and Creating a Life of Joy
is an award-winning writer, photographer,
video producer, and workshop director. She is the author of God Is
at Eye Level - Photography as a Healing Art (Quest Books, 2000), Marry
Your Muse - Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity (Chicago:
Quest Books, 1997), Making Peace - One Woman’s Journey Around the World
(New York: Friendship Press, 1990), and co-author of A Waist is a Terrible
Thing to Mind—A Wake Up Call. Her work has appeared in the New York
Times, Ms., New Age Magazine, Harper’s, Christian Science Monitor, National
Catholic Reporter, Utne Reader, Texas Highways, and in dozens of newspapers
and magazines around the world. Her photographs have been exhibited at
the National Women’s Hall of Frame, Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey, Los Angeles County Museum, Tyler Art Gallery, the Children’s Museum,
Sarah Lawrence College Gallery and in several international venues. As an artist/activist, Jan’s commitment
to spiritual healing and social justice resonates in her work and her
workshops are vibrant with that passion and sensibility.
Recommended reading: God Is At Eye Level: Photography As A Healing Art and Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity
Jean Houston, Ph.D.,
is a scholar and researcher in human capacities, and for the past 30
years has co-directed, with her husband Dr. Robert Masters, the Foundation
for Mind Research, first in New York City and now in Pomona, New York.
Their work has focused on the understanding of latent human abilities.
She is the founded of the Mystery School--a program of cross-cultural mythic
and spiritual studies dedicated to teaching history, philosophy, the new
physics, psychology, anthropology, myth, and the many dimensions of our
human potential. Dr. Houston was the protégé of the late
anthropologist Margaret Mead, who instructed her in the workings of organizations
and power structures in many different cultures. With the late mythologist
Joseph Campbell, Jean Houston frequently co-led seminars and workshops
aimed at understanding interrelationships between ancient myths and modern
Recommended reading: Jump Time: Shaping Your Future In A World of Radical Change, A Passion for the Possible, The Possible Human and A Mythic Life
Joan Phillips Ocean, M.S.W.
shares the ancient wisdom uncovered during her research work with dolphins
and whales. She experiences their gentle communications as sound holography,
a "language" that intensifies physical senses, bypasses rational-cognitive
paradigms, resonates directly with our cellular intelligence, and awakens
multiple levels of perception and consciousness. Ocean has devoted her life
to "participatory research"—swimming among the dolphins and whales, watching
and learning from them as they transcend linear sensory reality and expand
into the larger Universe where the unknown civilizations welcome us.
She explains that a merging of different dimensions, of differing planes
of existence, is occurring now and that when we choose to prepare ourselves
mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually to cross thresholds of
consciousness, our belief systems will expand to accommodate these beautiful,
unknown, yet faintly familiar realms.
Recommended reading: Dolphins Into The Future and Dolphin Connection
Joanne Shenandoah, Wolf Clan, Oneida Nation, Six Nations Iroquois, has been selected as North America’s Native Artist of the Year (2003). With 12 albums to her credit and a Grammy Nomination she has been described by the Associated Press as the most honored aboriginal musician of her time. She has nine Native American Music Awards as well asan honorary doctorate from Syracuse University.
John Perry Barlow is a former lyricist for the
Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since
May of 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center
for Internet and Society, following a term as a Fellow with the Institute
of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Barlow could
be described as an outspoken advocate for opening technology information
as an avenue to create needed changes as a form of conscious evolution, understanding,
freedom and community. He has written for a diversity of publications, including
Communications of the ACM, Mondo 2000, The New York Times, and Time. He
has been on the masthead of Wired Magazine since it was founded. His piece
on the future of copyright, "The Economy of Ideas" is taught in many law
schools and his "Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" is posted
on thousands of web sites. He was the first to apply the term Cyberspace
to the "place" it presently describes.
Recommended listening: Jupiter Roundtable: Copyrights and Piracy/Intellectual Property and Royalties
John Mack, M.D.,
tells The Prophets Conference “a story of one man’s determination to
bear witness to cosmic mysteries with extraordinary implications for the
An esteemed professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, Dr. John Mack has worked closely with hundreds of individuals from around the world who have reported life-changing experiences with so-called "alien" beings. Dr. Mack reports, "The people who have these experiences move. They change. They grow. They transform. They become Earth-conscious. That is why I seek to give them voice, for they become passionate on behalf of the stewardship of the Earth."
The profound, surprising and at times deeply spiritual impact these experiences have had on their lives led Dr. Mack to realize that the Western world needs a way to address intelligences and realities that are not clearly in the objective or the subjective realms but seem to partake of both. In his books Abduction and Passport to the Cosmos, Dr. Mack suggests alien encounters and other phenomena such as near-death experiences and ’past-life’ recollections are vehicles for recovering perennial wisdom. He places emphasis on spiritual transformation as the nexus of the alien encounter experience, even likening it to a shamanic expansion of consciousness. Dr. Mack won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for A Prince of Our Disorder.
Recommended reading: Passport to the Cosmos : Human Transformation and Alien Encounters, Abduction : Human Encounters With Aliens
Judith Bluestone Polich
the attributes of alchemist, synthesizer and visionary Judith can best
be described as a “shift -shaper” helping to cogently define the parameters
of the new reality. She has traveled world-wide studying ancient sites
with a special interest in the ancient ruins of Meso-america and Peru.
An early apprentice of popular Toltec nagual, don Miguel Ruiz, she is
one of first Eagle Knights he initiated into the Toltec tradition.
Also a student of the ancient mysteries of the Inca mystical path, she
is an initiate of the fourth level of the Andean priesthood. Judith Bluestone
Polich is the author of award winning Return of the Children of Light—Incan
and Mayan Prophecies for a New World.
Recommended reading: Return of the Children of Light—Incan and Mayan Prophecies for a New World
John Hagelin, Ph.D.
is a world-renowned quantum physicist,
educator, author, and public policy expert. Dr. Hagelin has conducted pioneering
research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) and his scientific contributions in
the fields of particle physics and cosmology include some of the most cited
references in the physical sciences. He is co-developer of what is now considered
the leading contender for a grand unified field theory, known as Supersymmetric
Flipped SU(5). Dr. Hagelin is unique among particle theorists in his dedicated
efforts to apply the latest scientific understanding of natural law for
the benefit of the individual and society. In his book, Manual for a Perfect
Government, Dr. Hagelin shows how, through educational programs that develop
human consciousness, and through policies and programs that effectively harness
the laws of nature, it is possible to solve acute social problems and enhance
Recommended reading: Manual for a Perfect Government
Jonathan Goldman is a writer, musician and teacher. He is an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. Jonathan is the author of Healing Sounds: The Power Of Harmonics (Element Books), Shifting Frequencies (Light Technology) and The Lost Chord (Spirit Music). He has studied with masters of sound from both the scientific and spiritual traditions, including the Dalai Lama’s Chanting Gyuto and Gyume Monks and has been empowered by the Chant Master of the Drepung Loseling Monastery to teach Tibetan Overtone Chanting. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Film Making from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in the Independent Study on Sound Healing from Lesley College. He is a lecturing member of the International Society for Music and Medicine.
Joseph Chilton Pearce is a world renowned thinker, author, and advocate of evolutionary child-rearing practices, who has expertise that spans a broad range of disciplines: psychology, anthropology, biology, and physics. He has been a seminal figure in the study of human consciousness and child development for over a quarter century, beginning with the publishing of his influential works, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Exploring the Crack in the Cosmic Egg. His greatest publishing success was with the national best seller, Magical Child, in which he delineated an exhaustive and visionary approach to child rearing, especially focused on support for the "non-violent" birthing approach revived by LeBoyer, Lamaze and Odent, and popularized by Sondra Ray. He has since written three other books, most recently, The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit, referring to the inherent potential which he claims lies dormant within all human beings - exploring how we can transcend our current cultural and societal crises.
Judith Orloff, M.D.
is accomplishing for psychiatry
what physicians like Larry Dossey and Dean Ornish have done for mainstream
medicine - she is proving that the links between physical health, mental
well-being, and spiritual connectedness cannot be ignored. Affirming that
intuition is the bond between these seemingly disparate areas of our lives,
Dr. Orloff presents workshops and lectures at medical schools, hospitals,
alternative health-care forums, and mainstream and experimental educational
institutions - venues where she can offer hands-on, workable intuitive tools
to medical practitioners, patients, everyday people. Transforming the face
of psychiatry, Dr. Orloff, asserts that we are keepers of an innate intuitive
intelligence so perceptive that it can tell us how to heal - and prevent
- illness. Yet intuition and spirituality are the very aspects of our wisdom
usually disenfranchised from traditional health care.
Recommended reading: Dr. Judith Orloff’s Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness and Second Sight
Krishna Das met Ram
Dass in the winter of 1968, who had just returned from his first trip
to India. After living and traveling with Ram Dass in the U.S., and hearing
Ram Dass’ many stories about Maharaj-ji, Krishna Das traveled to India,
where he was blessed to meet and stay with this extraordinary guru. While
living in India for almost three years, Krishna Das’ heart was especially
drawn to the practice of Bhakti Yoga—the yoga of devotion. Fanning the
flames of his inner longing, Maharaj-ji led him deeper and deeper into
the practice of kirtan—chanting the Names of God. As an appointed pujari
(priest) for the Durga temple in Maharaj-ji’s ashram in the foothills of
the Himalayas, Krishna Das immersed himself in the worship of the Divine
Goddess. Over the years Krishna Das has made numerous pilgrimages throughout
India, meeting teachers and saints of many spiritual traditions. He has
studied Buddhist meditation practices and has been initiated into Tibetan
Buddhist practices by lamas from various lineages. Krishna Das leads chanting
and satsang. Sharing his heart through music and chanting is the basis
of Krishna Das’ own spiritual work.
Recommended listening (Music CDs): One Track Heart, Breath of the Heart, and Live on Earth
President and C.E.O. of The Monroe Institute, is the daughter of the
late Robert A. Monroe. A native of New York City, she moved with her
family to Richmond, Virginia in 1961. She graduated from the Collegiate
School in Richmond in 1969, and later attended the University of Virginia
at Charlottesville and the University of Richmond where she majored in
veterinary medicine and business respectively. Throughout the years, Laurie
has been involved with her father’s achievements in developing the evolutionary
technology known as the Hemi-Sync® process. She grew along with him
and his consciousness expanding experiences since she was eight years
old. She was a part of the early years of research and development in New
York and Richmond. Being a part of all of this through the years has
enabled Laurie to utilize the knowledge gained from her father in her
professional life as well as in her personal growth. Laurie is dedicated
to continuing the work of her father; to maintaining a local parent organization
and to establishing a global network that facilitates the many benefits
of the Hemi-Sync technology being widely known and available. Laurie believes
that the primary benefit that the Hemi-Sync process brings to humankind
is the knowing that we are more than our physical body and that in this
knowing, our quality of life will be enriched here and beyond.
Recommended reading: Journeys Out of the Body, and Ultimate Journey
Fox a post-modern theologian, has been an ordained priest since
1967. Fox is founder and president of the new University of Creation
Spirituality in Oakland, California, and Editor in Chief of Original
Blessing-A Creation Spirituality Network Newsletter. In 1995
he was presented the Courage of Conscience Award by the Peace Abbey
of Sherborn, Mass. for his message of ecological and social justice, mysticism
and blessing. Other recipients of this award include the Dalai Lama, Mother
Theresa, Ernesto Cardenal, and Rosa Parks.
Recommended reading: Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
Michael Harner, Ph.D.,
an anthropologist considered by many to be the world’s leading authority
on shamanism, has practiced shamanism and shamanic healing since 1961
and pioneered their return to contemporary life. Founder of The Foundation
for Shamanic Studies, a non-profit educational organization, he has
publicly taught shamanic methods since the early 1970s. He has been a professor
at Columbia, Yale, the University of California at Berkeley, and at the
Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York, he has
done fieldwork in the Upper Amazon, western North America, the Canadian
Arctic, and Samiland (Lapland).
Recommended reading: The Jívaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls, Hallucinogens and Shamanism, and The Way of the Shaman
Michael Lerner, Ph.D.
is editor of TIKKUN magazine, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in San Francisco,
and author of The Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility
in an Age of Cynicism and Jewish renewal: A Path to Healing and
Transformation. He holds Ph.D.s in philosophy and in psychology.
Described by some as America’s pre-eminent Jewish intellectual, and by
others as one of the most significant spiritual innovators of our time,
Lerner was honored by Utne Reader as one of America’s 100 most visionary
thinkers. He is currently working on a spiritual commentary on the
Torah and creating a network of spiritually oriented professionals from
all walks of life to implement the vision articulated in his most recent
book Spirit Matters.
Recommended reading: Spirit Matters andThe Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility in an Age of Cynicism
Michio Kaku, Ph.D. is an
internationally recognized authority in theoretical physics and also
the environment. He holds the Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical
Physics at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University
of New York. His goal is to help complete Einstein’s dream of a "theory
of everything," a single equation, perhaps no more than one inch long,
which will unify all the fundamental forces in the universe. He has lectured
around the world and his Ph.D. level textbooks are required reading at
many of the top physics laboratories. Dr. Kaku is the co-founder of string
Recommended reading: Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the Tenth Dimension and Visions : How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Mikela & Philip Tarlow
have written Digital
Aboriginal, which represents the next step in our personal journey to
articulate the relevant trends affecting our culture and the key ways this
will affect how we live our lives and build our businesses. They have
devoted themselves to articulating a psychological futurism; a way of envisioning
the road ahead, that takes into account the creative potential of the individual.
The Tarlow’s have worked with people from all walks of life to help them
envision the future in more powerful ways and then translate these visions
into action. Senior executives, sales and marketing teams, award winning entertainers,
business owners and entrepreneurs in almost every field have used their material
to generate ideas and build innovative business practices.
Recommended reading: Digital Aboriginal
is an author and teacher
in the fields of metaphysics, shamanism and healing. Her work combines energetic
healing techniques with shamanistic principles to provide integrated and
balanced healing and growth processes. Deities and totems assist in this
transformative work. Nicki has been visiting Egypt since 1978, and utilizes
her intimate connection with that pantheon to catalyze deep and profound
experiences for those who study and travel with her. She currently gives
lectures and seminars internationally, and specializes in spiritual tours
to Peru, Egypt and other sacred power centers. Underlying her work is the
pledge to help in the healing of Mother Earth through recognition and honoring
of All Our Relations. Nicki strives to fulfill her commitment by assisting
others to recognize their inherent wisdom and power.
Recommended reading: The Golden Cauldron: Shamanic Journeys on the Path of Wisdom andPower Animal Meditations: Shamanic Journeys With Your Spirit Allies
C. Norman Shealy, M.D. is the founder of
the American Holistic Medicine Association and a world-renowned neurosurgeon.
He is director of the Shealy Institute in Springfield, Missouri, a center
for comprehensive health care and pain and stress management. His
seminars and workshops are given worldwide, and attended by physicians
and laypersons alike. He has acted as consultant to leaders in every specialty,
including the personal physicians of President’s Kennedy and Eisenhower.
He has written many books including Sacred Healing, Miracles Do Happen,
The Self-Healing Workbook and The Creation of Health with
Recommended reading: Sacred Healing: The Curing Power of Energy and Spirituality
Dreamer received her name, which means one who finds and pushes
the edge, from the inter-tribal elders with whom she has apprenticed for
fifteen years. Since 1984 she has facilitated workshops and wilderness
retreats, and evenings of poetry, storytelling, and meditation. Blending
ruthless honesty, humor, insight and compassion for our human struggle,
Oriah seeks to inspire and challenge herself and others to live life fully.
In 1994 Oriah wrote a prose poem entitled "The Invitation" which was unexpectedly
copied and shared by thousands around the world through bulletin boards,
the Internet and readings at weddings, funerals, spiritual gatherings,
and workshops. The book, The Invitation, published in 1999, expands
upon the thoughts, feelings and insights of the original piece, exploring
what it is we all "ache" for at the deepest level of our being.
Recommended reading: The Invitation and The Dance: Moving to the Rhythms of Your True Self
Since 1979, Paul Devereux has written, or has been engaged upon writing,
almost 20 books, many dealing with geomancy or Earth mysteries, making him
an authority on the power places of the ancient British Isles. He has
archaeological discoveries and has produced popular works and peer-reviewed papers in academic publications. Devereux is a founder and the director of the Dragon Project Trust, a research effort studying unusual aspects of prehistoric sacred sites, and is involved in a range of multi-disciplinary work, centered on archaeological concerns and consciousness studies.
Recommended reading: Places of Power: Measuring the Secret Energy of Ancient Sites
Paul H. Ray, Ph.D.
is a founding partner in a new consulting firm, Integral Partnerships,
LLC, designed to help those organizations whose constituencies or customers
are Cultural Creatives to be more successful, by aligning their internal
activities and values with the values and needs of their constituencies
or customers. He has surveyed and classified well over 100,000 Americans
in the past thirteen years, showing how the subcultures of values permeate
all aspects of American life. During the time of the research reported
in the book, he was Executive Vice President of American LIVES, Inc., a
market research and opinion polling firm specializing in surveys and focus
groups based on the Lifestyles, Interests, Values, Expectations and Symbols
of Americans. The research projects that led to discovery of the Cultural
Creatives include studies of the effects of values on consumer choices and
preferences of Americans in housing, cars, food, recreation, vacation travel,
finances, health, political causes (e.g., environment), media use, and
altruism; and he also leads studies of innovation by consumers and business.
Recommended reading: The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
Sherry Ruth Anderson,
Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in San Rafael, CA.
and co-author of the best-selling The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding
of the Sacred in Women and The Cultural Creatives with Paul
Ray. She is also a founding partner in a new consulting firm, Integral
Partnerships, LLC. She received her B.A., cum laude from Goucher
College and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto. She went
on to chair the Department of Psychological Research at the Clarke Institute
of Psychiatry from 1975-1982 and was Associate Professor of Psychiatry
at the University of Toronto Medical School. During that time she was a
consultant to the Medical Research Council of Canada and the National Institutes
of Mental Health in the United States. From 1977-84, she studied Zen
Buddhism and served as Head Dharma Teacher at the Ontario Zen Center.
Recommended reading: The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business
Academy and of The Findhorn
Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest. As a student, he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return to the UK and took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science, and conducted there some of the early work on 3-dimensional displays, presaging by some twenty years the advent of virtual reality. His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through. He has written several books in this area -- The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.
Recommended reading: The Global Brain Awakens: Our Next Evolutionary Leap
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
is a senior statesman of the world spiritual
community. He is the author of several well-known books, the most
recent of which is Awakening: A Sufi Experience, published last year
by Tarcher Putnam. He is the head of the Sufi Order International, which
offers a universal approach to spiritual development. During his lectures,
seminars and retreats, Pir Vilayat introduces an ancient stream of wisdom
- present in all religions and humanistic philosophies - into the global
awakening happening in our time. Through the depth of his knowledge and the
power of his presence, Pir Vilayat leads his audiences to the experience of
“Awakening to the Divinity within.”
Recommended reading: Awakening: A Sufi Experience
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in clinical
psychology from Harvard University where he has also been a postdoctoral
fellow in psychopharmacology. He has been exploring states of consciousness
and transformational practices for over thirty years, ever since he helped
found the Harvard Psilocybin Project in 1960. He is a psychotherapist
and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he
teaches courses on ecopsychology and ecological worldviews. He is co-founder
and president of the Green Earth Foundation, an educational organization
devoted to the healing and harmonizing of the relations between humanity
and the Earth. Metzner is among the pioneers in broadening psychological
theory to include the world that lies beyond our social connections.
His "green psychology" gracefully brings the fullness of the natural environment
into the theory and practice of psychotherapy. He has taken us beyond
the city limits of conventional psychology to see our deep emotional connection
to the planet at large, and he deserves to take his place among the major
figures in modern psychological thought.
Recommended reading: Green Psychology: Cultivating a Spiritual Connection with the Natural World, Ayahuasca : Hallucinogens, Consciousness, and the Spirit of Nature
Ram Dass has led
the life of seeker and traveler, teacher and social activist for 45 years.
The quality of his conscious-ness is legendary, not only for the words spoken,
but because of the spell that is somehow invoked in his company. Ram Dass
is well known for his experimentation with LSD and his anthem book of the
late ’60s “Be Here Now”. But his life works include much more than these.
Early on he created the Prison Ashram Project, introducing deep spiritual
work in prison. To the taboo surrounding death & dying in this culture,
he responded with the Dying Project, introducing dying people to other
planes of consciousness. Noticing the need to combine social action with
spiritual motive, Ram Dass co-created the Seva Foundation, working with
doctors and activists in India, Nepal, Guatemala and here in the US. He
has worked with business people in the Social Venture Net-work, and with
Creating Our Future, a spiritually questing organization for teenagers,
among many other causes. The common theme in all of these projects has been
the application of spiritual principles to social realities.
Recommended reading: STILL HERE: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying, and Be Here Now
Riane Eisler is
best known for her international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade:
Our History, Our Future, hailed by novelist Isabel Allende as "one of
those magnificent key books that can transform us" and by anthropologist
Ashley Montagu as "the most important book since Darwin’s Origin of Species."
Eisler was recently honored as the only woman among twenty great thinkers
including Vico, Hegel, Spengler, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee featured
in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians, in recognition of the lasting importance
of her work. This modern Renaissance woman is increasingly recognized
as one of the most original thinkers of our time.
Recommended reading: Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow’s Children, The Chalice and the Blade, The Partnership Way
Robert A. F. Thurman, Ph.D., named as one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most
Influential People of 1997, has been a college professor and writer for
30 years, and holds the first endowed chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies
in America (Jey Tsong Khapa Chair, Columbia University). He is the
co-founder and president of the non-profit organization, Tibet House New
York. He was the first Western Tibetan monk, a student for over 35 years
and a friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the author of several
books, including Inner Revolution and Essential Tibetan Buddhism and is acknowledged
as a key figure in American Buddhism. Thurman lives in New York City
with his wife, Nena, who is managing director of Tibet House New York. Thurman
also is the father of five children including actress Uma Thurman.
Recommended reading: Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness and Essential Tibetan Buddhism
Robert Venosa. The Fantastic
Realism art of Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide and is represented
in major collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars and
European aristocracy. In addition to painting, sculpting and film design
(pre-sketches and conceptual design for the movie Dune, and Fire in the
Sky for Paramount Pictures, and the upcoming Race for Atlantis for IMAX),
he has recently added computer art to his creative menu. His work has been
the subject of three books, as well as being featured in numerous publications
- most notably OMNI magazine - and on a number of CD covers, including those
of Santana and Kitaro. New York City born, Venosa was transported into the
world of fine art in the late 60’s after having experimented with psychedelics
and having seen the work of the Fantastic Realists - Ernst Fuchs and Mati
Klarwein in particular - both of whom he eventually met and studied under.
Venosa moved to Europe in the early 70’s settling in the celebrated Mediterranean
village of Cadaques in Spain, where he enjoyed the honorable and mighty
pleasure of getting to know and hang with neighbor Salvador Dali, as well
as the numerous notables in the world of art and literature who gravitated
to that magic locale. Much of Venosa’s work and attendant exploits
have been published in his book, Noospheres. Presently Venosa
maintains studios in both Boulder, Colorado, and Cadaques, Spain. He
also devotes a few weeks each year giving workshops at such institutes
as Naropa in Boulder, Skyros Institute on the island of Skyros in Greece,
and Esalen at Big Sur, California.
Recommended reading: Illuminatus
as a painter and sculptor, intersperses her life of creating art with
giving painting technique workshops with Robert Venosa at such institutes
as The Skyros Institute on the island of Skyros in Greece, Esalen Institute
in Big Sur, California and the CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies),
as well as private workshops in Boulder, Colorado and on the Big Island
Hawaii. Martina is also a Reiki-master, studies western herbalism and is continuously trying to broaden her understanding of how the universal energy moves in, through and around us. Hoffmann’s work has been exhibited internationally as well as being published in books, calendars and magazines such as Illuminatus, Drinking Lightning, One Source, Sacred Journeys, The Return Of The Great Goddess, Celebrating Women’s Spirituality, Magical Blend, Expose and Nexus.
Ross Heaven is an author, healer, shamanic practitioner and one of the world’s first fully initiated white priests of Vodou, the shamanic spiritual tradition of Haiti. Complementing his shamanic work, Ross has trained in psychology, Imagework (with The Skyros Institute), reiki, reflexology, crystal healing, feng shui, and aromatherapy, and is recognised as a powerfully effective healer. His first two books - The Journey To You and Spirit in the City - were met with great acclaim:
The Journey To You: "A very well-written
book, drawing on many authorities. Both theory and practice are superbly
and it is full of warmth and wisdom. For the complete newcomer or for the experienced shaman,
this is probably the most important book on shamanism to be published in years".
—David V. Barrett, author of The New Believers
Recommended reading: The Journey to You: A Shaman’s Path to Empowerment
Russell Targ is
a physicist and author who was a pioneer in the development of the laser
and laser applications, and co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute’s
investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. Last year
Targ retired from Lockheed Martin as a senior staff scientist, where he
developed airborne laser systems for the detection of wind shear.
He now pursues ESP research at Interval Research Corporation, in Palo
Russell Targ and
Dr. Harold Puthoff were co-founders
of the once-secret Stanford Research Institute Remote Viewing Program,
which began in 1972. Their research goal was to learn to understand
psychic abilities, and to use psychic perception to gather information
about the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In 1984 Targ facilitated
a successful 10,000-mile, Moscow to San Francisco remote viewing with famed
Russian healer Djuna Davidashvili. Targ observed that the in-flow
of information that is the hallmark of remote viewing, and the out-flow
of intention that plays a part in facilitating distant healing are on either
side of the quiet mind and the stillness that can arise between these two.
Recommended reading: The Heart of the Mind : How to Know God Without Belief , and Miracles of Mind : Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spiritual Healing
Ingerman is the author of Soul Retrieval:
Mending the Fragmented Self (Harper San Francisco 1991), Welcome
Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home, (Harper San Francisco 1994),
A Fall to Grace, Moon Tree Rising Productions 1997, and Medicine
for the Earth, (Three Rivers Press 2001). She has also recorded a two
tape three hour lecture “The Soul Retrieval Journey” (Sounds True 1997).
Sandra has an MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute
of Integral Studies. She teaches workshops on shamanism around the world
and was formerly the Educational Director of the Foundation for Shamanic
Studies directed by Michael Harner. Sandra is a licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist and Professional Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico.
Recommended reading: Medicine for the Eart
Serge Kahili King, Ph.D.
was fourteen when he was initiated into the path of
Hawaiian shamanism by his father. At seventeen he was adopted as the grandson
of Joseph Kahili of Kauai, a "kupua" or shaman of the Hawaiian tradition.
In addition to his years of training with the Kahili family, Dr. King spent
seven years in West Africa being trained in African shamanic traditions,
and has made in-depth studies of the Maya and other such traditions around
the world. Today he teaches people how to use shamanic healing techniques
and uses his knowledge to help others discover their own creative power.
Recommended reading: Urban Shaman and Earth Energies: A Quest for the Hidden Power of the Planet
Stanislav Grof, M.D.
is a psychiatrist with nearly forty years of experience researching non-ordinary
states of consciousness. He received his scientific training in
his native Prague, leading to many prestigious positions, including fourteen
years as Scholar-in-Residence at the
Esalen Institute. He is one
of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology
and a founder of the International Transpersonal Association. He has
published many articles and books, receiving high praise from such respected
authorities as Joseph Campbell, Ken Wilber, and Huston Smith. Having attracted
worldwide attention, his work has taken psychology into realms so radically
new and far-reaching they challenge our understanding of the laws of nature
Recommended reading: The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness, The Holotropic Mind, LSD Psychotherapy: Exploring the Frontiers of the Hidden Mind, The Adventure of Self-Discovery
Sri Swami Satchidananda† is the founder of the worldwide Integral
Yoga Institutes. An esteemed Yoga master, and spiritual leader, Sri Swamiji
is regarded by many as an apostle of peace. He is often affectionately referred
to as the “Woodstock Guru,” because he inaugurated the famed Woodstock Festival
and went on to introduce an entire generation of young people to the benefits
of Yoga. The practices and principles of his Integral Yoga are at the
foundation of Dr. Dean Ornish’s landmark work in reversing heart disease
and Dr. Michael Lerner’s noted Commonweal Cancer Help program.
Recommended reading: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Integral Yoga Hatha, and Beyond Words
McKenna †, the late author and explorer, spent
the last twenty-five years of his life in the study of the ontological foundations
of shamanism and the ethno-pharmacology of spiritual transformation.
He traveled extensively in the Asian and New World Tropics, becoming specialized
in the shamanism and ethno-medicine of the Amazon Basin. His interests
included multimedia modeling of historical processes using Novelty Theory,
a branch of fractal dynamics invented by McKenna.
Recommended reading: True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author’s Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil’s Paradise ,
The Archaic Revival : Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History , and
Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
Software: TimeWave Zero
is an award-winning best-selling author, international lecturer, teacher,
and psychotherapist. His books have been written about in Time magazine,
and he has appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, and on
numerous radio and TV shows including "All Things Considered," CNN, and
BBC. A former journalist, international relief worker, and the executive
director of a residential treatment facility for abused children, he now
lives in Vermont where he is a guest faculty member at Goddard College and
fulltime writer. Thom’s most current book is "UNEQUAL PROTECTION: The Rise
of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights."
Recommended reading: Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation
might be called a confectioner of prose. He can take
the most mundane concepts - sheets of rain coloring winter, a leftover building
from the world’s fair, ruddy beets freckled with soil - and with his own
brand of verbal alchemy make them into rich, sweet treasures. Robbin’s
is known for his offbeat plots and inventive style. His prose is funny,
wise, provocative, erotic, lyrical and a little on the wild side.
His books include: Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls
Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume,
Skinny Legs and All and Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas - highly
original novels that have left their mark on our culture. Robbin’s
characters speak through him expressing profound prophecy.
Recommended reading: Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas and Another Roadside Attraction and Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
Zecharia Sitchin, whose work challenges everything
we thought we knew about human civilization, is considered by many to be
the greatest historian of all time. Sitchin is one of a small number of
orientalists who can read the Sumerian clay tablets which trace Earth’s
and human events to the earliest times. He has a profound knowledge of modern
and ancient Hebrew and of other Semitic and European languages, the Old
Testament and the history and archaeology of the Near East. Sitchin lifts
the veil that has separated humanity’s fate from its destiny. He dares
to reveal the nature of Prophecy in the Old and New Testaments and the secret
code that links Mankind to the stars.
Recommended reading: The Cosmic Code, and The Lost Realms