i n t e g r a l c o u n s e l i n g i n s t i t u t e
November 2006 Book Review and Quotes Archive
play in a style called bluegrass. We are three-finger pickers on the five-string banjo often in 2/4 or 4/4 and
sometimes ¾ time. The innate syncopation of playing Three on Five in Four may just give us a peculiar
perspective on the world. It is a perspective that makes the emptiness between notes as important as the
melody itself, like bringing into focus the background of a painting rather than
the central focus of the subject.
defining the pulse of a beat by its absence or by pushing it ahead with a preemptory strike. What I am
describing here is a world view that is at once extremely precise, for without precision the whole rhythmic
structure degrades, and simultaneously fluid - like playing between the notes that most people perceive as
the tune. If I recall correctly, Ken Burns in his great series Jazz, likened the playing of Louis Armstrong to
Einstein's theory of relativity and to the extent that was so, Dizzy Gillespie's
playing to quantum mechanics.
that two people can look at the same information and find it intriguing, suggestive, and convincing or, find it
offensive to one's beliefs and dismiss it out of hand. It takes a precise yet fluid view to follow evidence that is
unpopular to currently held beliefs or anathema to academic standing.
suggestive hypothesis and metaphor to explain psi events like telepathy and clairvoyance. I had the pleasure
of attending his four hour workshop of the same name at Tucson's Toward a Science of Consciousness
conference this year. By the end of the week he literally had no voice left from tirelessly explaining and defending
his research. He states:
otherwise isolated objects. And this is precisely what psi experiences and experiments are telling us. The parallels
are so striking that it suggests that psi is - literally - the human experience
of quantum interconnectedness."
splendid job of describing the history of psi research and puts it in a social, psychological, and scientific/political
context. He also does a neat job of describing psi experience as a continuum.
own psi experience or lean toward belief in psi, this book will provide a basis to put your experience in context.
It will also give you plenty of data to cite next time you are trying to defend or describe your perspective. If you
are open to the possibility of psi, please give a serious read to his cumulative data. If you defensively reject any
possibility of psi because it would violate your beliefs, you would probably reject every point he makes out of
hand, so why bother reading?
for living well:
don't want anyone else to look either. But what's life worth living for? Pushing the horizons of science invariably
involves risk and controversy, but the potential of real discovery always makes those risks worthwhile. Be bold.
Cultivate the spark of curiosity. Courage!"
Review by Tom Tower
November 2006 Weekly Quotes
"It is a wise person who knows where their negativity lies and yet does not become addicted to it.
There is a greater and more generous presence behind your negativity. In it's transfiguration, you
move into the light that is hidden in this larger presence. To continually transfigure the faces of your
own death ensures that, at the end of your life, your physical death will be no stranger, robbing you
against your will of the life that you have had; you will know it's face intimately. Since you have
overcome your fear, your death will be a meeting with a life-long friend from the deepest side of your
"Anam Cara A book of Celtic Wisdom" by John O'Donohue
"There is a gravity within that continually weighs on us and pulls us away from the light. Negativity is
addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form. Within a poetics of growth or
spiritual life, the transfiguration of this negativity is one of our continuing tasks. This negativity is the
force and face of your own death gnawing at your belonging in the world. It wants to make you a
stranger in your own life. This negativity holds you outside in exile from your own love and warmth.
You can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light
of your soul. “
"At some Point in the future a new discipline will evolve. Within that discipline, models will arise that provide
increasingly plausible explanations for psi experiences. By then the experimental evidence will also have
advanced to the point where credible demonstrations can be repeated more easily. Like ball lightning, the
phenomenon may be exquisitely sensitive and difficult to produce on demand, but it will appear often enough
for the theories and observations to be put to the test."