Courage, States of Consciousness, and Edgar Mitchell

The Apollo 14 astronaut and extraordinary researcher of states of consciousness, Edgar Mitchell, was the subject of two posts published on June 9, 2016 that still reflect core ideas for WINN. I hope you will scroll back down and click on “older posts” to find them. It’ll take a long moment to click seven times, but…

A Brilliant Life

Word has just arrived of the death of Jean Millay, a splendid pioneer who worked with states of consciousness, healing, and subtle energies. Jean died in August at the age of 88. Her cousin Edna St. Vincent Millay’s lines can be used to describe Jean’s energetic brilliance, “My candle burns at both ends; It will…

The Mind-Body Problem

The Mind/Body Problem Here’s another poem – but it’s quite different from the one by Robert Bly that was posted last week. My Brain By Lewis Thomas My brain is a computer, plugged in, Switched on, running all the time, Running up, down, out, Humming, Lights on, Ready all the time, In control. It writes:…

Three Healings and One Cello

One definition of “to heal” is “to make whole.” The full account of the first healing – Shin-Ichiro Terayama’s recovery from advanced kidney cancer – is told in RADICAL REMISSION by Kelly A. Turner. Read Shin’s story in Chapter 2 and then go back to the first page – this really is a book to…

Elmer Green on States of Consciousness

Elmer Green taught that we have “two minds” – a this-side consciousness and an other-side consciousness. On this side we tune in to our material world and with our other-side mind we connect with the non-material realm. The brain and the physical body manufacture a concrete reality and, although it is real, it is only…

The Art of the Deal

Tony Schwartz wrote THE ART OF THE DEAL for Donald Trump and regrets it. At first it was just a job, one that the thirty-five year old journalist was glad to have. Then it turned into 18 months of trailing Trump in his daily life in order to gain a coherent narrative for the book….

What Are Subtle Energies?

If you’ve had an experience of subtle energies, you may not be able to explain or prove it, but you’ve learned something about what they are. If you haven’t, you might understand a little more from the opening paragraphs in two books published a few years ago: SUBTLE ENERGY by William Collinge and VARIETIES OF…

Next … ? After Trump’s Election

This week half the country is cheering and the other half despairing. I’ve been saying for a long time that I was going to write something about one of my favorite ideas: “just the right wrong thing”. These words became a useful frame, a way for me to view and deal with some of the…

Edgar Mitchell: The Courage We Need for Today

Let’s begin with poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) – “This is at bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the most strange, the most singular and the most inexplicable that we may encounter. That mankind has in this sense been cowardly has done life endless harm: the experiences that…

Edgar Mitchell On Balancing Reason and Intuition

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s experience of viewing the Earth from space was so moving – and so different from anything he’d learned growing up in west Texas and New Mexico – that he became curious. He wanted to know how the brain could re-organize information to produce such a fantastic experience. After the Apollo 14 mission…