Your Universe and You with Dr. Edgar Mitchell
In this profound recording, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon and the founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences, challenges us to re-think our place in the universe and our role in its unfolding.
"The evidence is clear that we are in evolving, creating, self organizing, learning universe and ..... that instead of being passive participants in this play we are the major actors and have been all along. We just forgot who and what we are."
Excerpt from recording: "The evidence is clear that we are an evolving, creating, self organizing, learning universe and…that instead of being passive participants in this play we are the major actors and have been all along. We just forgot who and what we are.”
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Excerpt from "Global Mind Change" with Edgar Mitchell
In honor of Neil Armstrong's life and death, we are delighted to share with you an excerpt of a talk by Edgar Mitchell -- the sixth person to walk on the moon – who talks to us about what what it means to be a human and our place in the universe in his series of lectures, “Global Mind Change.”
I like to suggest that there is a challenge here. Throughout most of human history we have strongly believed ourselves to be very physical beings -- rooted in our physicality, experiencing what we would like to think would be a wonderful life. But quite often, experiencing a lot of trauma and pain and all of those things that go with being human, that is the opposite of having ups and ups and ups. And the question is why? We are rooted in our physicality and yearning for a spiritual experience and trying to ask ourselves: Why me? What’s this all about? And we particularly ask that question “Why me?” when things turn sour.
I suggest to you that the way we need to look at it is that we are not really physical beings yearning for a spiritual experience. We are in reality eternal creative beings creating a physical experience, and it takes quite a shift in mindset to get yourself around that one. But tonight we’re going to give it a try. For those of you who haven’t heard me before, why is this important? What is it about now, that I would bring this up? What is it about the contemporary period that we live in that perhaps makes this a vital alternative viewpoint to think about and to look at? I will tell you that in the last year I have seldom spoken with a person who did not think that something very strange was going on, who did not think that the world was in a rather major crisis and it seemed to be deepening. I will suggest to you that in the last six months it has become almost overwhelming. I can’t talk to anyone who doesn’t feel that way. They seek me out and my telephone is ringing off the hook. Things are happening in ways they haven’t happened before.
Excerpt from "Your Universe and You" with Edgar Mitchell
There is a fundamental original design for all of this. A priori knowledge that the universe was constructed in thought a priori and laid out in all its glory, and we are just following a plan. That isn’t the evidence either. The evidence is that we’re in an evolving, creating, self-organizing, learning universe. And the consciousness that is us is a part of the consciousness that is creating it all along. And that, instead of being passive participants in this play, we are the major actors and have been all along. We just forgot who and what we are. So the ancient question can be rephrased only slightly, to give us a better picture of what it is that we are dealing with. Virtually all of our systems of the past have talked about our physicality; we’ve expressed ourselves as physical beings yearning for a spiritual experience. And if we turn that around and say that the alternative is that we are eternal conscious beings creating a physical experience, I think we have it closer to being right. The problem is that it is very difficult for us to experience that.
How many have heard Deepak Chopra, Dr. Deepak Chopra? Quite a few of you. Good. Some haven’t. Dr. Chopra is an Indian by birth. Not an American Indian -- the real type. Trained in the west. Family of physicians. On the staff at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Hospital and at this point dedicated to bringing some of the ancient wisdom of the ayurvedic medical techniques into western medicine. And he speaks of these subjects, virtually the same as I do, but from the point of view of medical scientist and practitioner. And he gives a wonderful little analogy that I like so much from his native county and it’s called precognitive commitment. It is the notion that you take a young elephant and tie them with a small green vine in their youth, and then as they grow up -- I mean you always tether them with a small green vine -- but when they grow up they may be able to break a chain tied around their leg but they can’t break a small green vine. Because they are precognitively committed to that which confines them. If you take insects and put them in a closed jar, and keep them alive in there for awhile and then take the lid off, very, very few will escape. They are precognitively committed to their environment.
We have become precognitively committed to the idea that we are physical first and spiritual second when it is really the other way around.
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Noetic Science and The Lost Symbol
Featured in the Dan Brown's best selling The Lost Symbol is the concept of Noetic Science. BetterListen! is indeed proud to have 3 iconic titles by the founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dr. Edgar Mitchell.
Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon with the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, became “engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness" during his extraordinary experience. This inspired him to found the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which researches the nature of consciousness as it relates to cosmology and causality. Recently, the Institute of Noetic Sciences is mentioned several times in the new book by Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol, whose female protagonist is described as a “noetic scientist.” Dr. Mitchell has devoted the last 35 years to studying human consciousness and psychic and paranormal phenomena in the search for a common ground between science and spirit.
More info on our three audio programs can be found at Edgar Mitchell Author Bio .
The Institute of Noetic Sciences is running a tele seminar about the key concepts of Noetic Sciences and The Lost symbol. Click here for more info about IONS and the seminar.
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