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Staff Picks: Our 2011 Media Favorites on Consciousness Matters

by Heidi Fuller

After hours (and we do have them!), members of our staff enrich their lives and entertain their minds by staying connected to the world of consciousness science and shifts in worldview through books, films, and other media. Here are some of our favorites from the last year. Check them out in 2012!

Rusty Shores
Membership and eCommerce Coordinator

The Adjustment Bureau – “A movie about free will and the unseen forces behind reality—like The Matrix without all the violence.”

“Caprica” the series (only lasted one season) – "Themes of monotheism and polytheism but with a twist: the humans are polytheistic and the Cylons (robots created in the image of humans) are monotheistic."

The Archetypal Cosmos by Keiron Le Grice – “A great synthesis of depth psychology and new paradigm sciences.”


Tiffany Mitchell
Operations Manage

Happy – “This movie presents touching stories of happiness arising from authentic values: a beautiful antidote to the materialistic worldview.”

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition, a workshop with Charles Eisenstein – “As an exploration into the role of money, this workshop brings to consciousness how money works in the marketplace and its related assumptions. It weaves in ideas from Lewis Hyde’s The Gift, a top-ten-on-my-list nonfiction book I read years ago.”

The Untethered Soul CD with Author’s Insights – “A straightforward map of a spiritual life.”


Dr. Cassandra Vieten
Research Director

Daryl Bem’s paper on precognition / retrocausation – “I love that this paper was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. I co-presented with him at a well-attended session at the Society for Experimental and Social Psychology in October.”

Ego by Peter Baumann – “Peter is a friend and colleague who wrote this provocative book with Michael Taft. Peter also is launching a cool new initiative called Being Human.”

“I had the privilege this year of once again visiting Snowmass, CO, to spend time with a group of scientists and Father Thomas Keating, an 88 year-old Trappist monk who is helping to revive Christian contemplative practice. Meditation is not just for Buddhists!”


Matthew Gilbert
Editorial Director

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” – “A refreshingly unbiased look at what host station The Discovery Channel called ‘the deepest mysteries of existence…at the very edges of science.’” Featuring our own Dean Radin.

The Watchman’s Rattle – “A well-written and sobering look at what happens when a culture reaches its ‘cognitive threshold.’”

Fringe-ology – “A journalist goes down the rabbit hole of the debate over the validity of paranormal phenomena and finds more problems with the skeptics than the believers.”


Dr. Marilyn Schlitz
President and CEO

Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum – A search for the afterlife and a number of famous thinkers associated with it. “Love this book!”

IONS Conference

Sages and Scientists Conference


Ken Homer
Worldview Literacy Project Manager

Even the Rain – “A gripping movie within a movie. While shooting a film about the landing of Columbus in the New World, the movie’s director has to contend with his lead character’s role in a tense political situation over the water rights of indigenous peoples. The scenes reenacting Columbus’ landing make deft use of Columbus’ journals to depict the clash of worldviews that ensued, with ‘the discovery of the New World’ as the modern day counterpart of that clash—played out among the fight for water rights in Bolivia.”

Sex At Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha – “In this book, the authors make a compelling and brilliantly documented case that monogamy does not come naturally to the human species. A sprawling, erudite, and humorous look at sex and the narratives we have about it.”

Yemen Blues CD by Yemen Blues – “This amazing group is made up of musicians from Israel, the U.S., and Finland and sings in Arabic, Hebrew, English, and French. Their original music is mixed with covers of traditional and modern Middle Eastern music played with a raw blues-inflected groove on a plethora of unusual instruments. Hard to sit still when they are playing.”


Kathleen Erickson-Freeman
Elder Education and Planned Giving Manager

The Freedom to Love, an online course by Pema Chodron through Sounds True – “Very effective meditation training in working with transforming emotional and physical pain to attain equanimity, joy, and compassion.”

Buck – “This movie tells the story of transmuting an abusive and traumatic childhood into a legacy of healing via the way horses are treated and ‘started’ in the U.S.”

Being with Dying by Joan Halifax – “Wonderful insights for cultivating compassion during the dying process; excellent meditations for the living to cope with their own mortality and impermanence.”


Dr. Dean Radin
Senior Scientist

Cowboys and Aliens

Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies, ebook by Rick Strassman, Slawek Wojtowicz, Luis Eduardo Luna, Ede Frecska.

Dance of the Photons: From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation by Anton Zeilinger.


Connie King
EarthRise Retreat Center Outreach and Communications Manager

Birdie’s Museum Adventure – “I love this book because I had so much fun illustrating and designing it for a great program at Crocker Art Museum.”

Tea with Mussolini – “With a great ensemble cast—English actresses Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright as well as Lily Tomlin and Cher—this movie offers a remembrance of pre-WWII Italy and British women in Florence and their love for art and culture. Beautiful and tender.”

“I surprised myself by loving Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way” (especially the young fans posting their performances of it on YouTube) because I was not familiar with her music, only her wild media coverage.”


Leena Michel
Research Assistant

White Lama: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet’s Lost Emissary to the New World by Douglas Veehof – “A fascinating look into the life of an extraordinary person who was the first Westerner to be invited to Tibet. His passion for yoga provided entry to sacred ceremony and teachings.”

Horses, Somatics, and Spirit” at EarthRise – “I had the pleasure of assisting in this Conscious Living Workshop at EarthRise. It was amazing to experience an ‘equine-guided’ workshop where their responses to our energy and body language are the teachers.”


Jason Norris
Website and Data Administrator

Patterns CD by Della Terra – “This is by far my favorite CD for 2011, for I am the lead vocalist and bassist, and the album is like my child! It’s modern progressive rock that speaks to the challenges of loss, transforming damaging behavioral patterns, and reflecting on the interconnections of one’s life.”


Rose Welch
Executive Assistant to the President / Board

The Help. “I read the book and saw the movie. Both were beautifully done.”


Heidi Fuller
Communications and Community Manager

Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal, a pioneer of integral medicine and an IONS board member – “After years teaching others how they can be well throughout their lives—and during their experience of dying—our friend and colleague Lee lived his last well day on September 19, 2011. Remarkably, he chose to portray the hope and possibilities of this practice in this beautiful and compassionate story of his own dying. An especially insightful understanding of how meditation can lead to whole life wellness, first in living and then in dying.”


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