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The Knoxville IONS Community Group was formed in January, 2004, by members of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) living in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area.
The vision for creating the Institute of Noetic Sciences came in 1971. Nations throughout the world had galvanized around the exciting frontier of space exploration. The potential for scientific understanding of our world seemed unlimited to a naval air captain named Edgar Mitchell. He was a pragmatic young test pilot, engineer and scientist; a mission to the moon on Apollo 14 was his "dream come true." Space exploration symbolized for Dr. Mitchell what it did for his nation as a whole — technological triumph of historical proportions, unprecedented mastery of the world in which we live, and extraordinary potentials for new discoveries.
But it was the trip home that Mitchell recalls most. Sitting in the cramped cabin of the space capsule, he saw planet Earth floating freely in the vastness of space. He was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness-an epiphany. In Mitchell's own words: "The presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes. . . . The knowledge came to me directly."
After his safe return "home," Mitchell sought out others who likewise felt the need for an expanded, more inclusive view of reality. They resolved to explore the inner world of human experience with the same rigor and critical thinking that made it possible for Apollo 14 to journey to the moon and back. In 1973, this small group of explorers founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences-derived from the Greek word nous, meaning something close to "intuitive ways of knowing." (Dr. Mitchell's story is told in the book The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds).
Community Groups are self-organizing, self-directing, voluntary associations of members. While IONS assists these groups in many ways, each one operates independently of the institute and is legally and financially responsible for its own activities.
Although it is not a requirement to be a member of IONS to attend our meetings, we do encourage support of IONS through membership. Please view the benefits of membership at the IONS website and while there, browse the web site to discover the abundant amount of available information.
For information about the Knoxville IONS Group, contact Stephen Anthony at OASIS Institute, telephone 865.588.7707, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this meeting, we will welcome Dr. Quinton Wacks, a frequent presenter at our forum. Quinton's subject is titled “ Growing Psycho-Spiritually Through Our Shadow Work.”
This is the second of two recent programs at OASIS on Psycho-Spirituality. The first, "Spiritual By-passing," was the topic of our May program. This program addresses the required work (according to Jung and many others) with our Shadow, the denied, disowned, repressed, projected parts of each of our psyches. In short we are very limited in our ability to grow psycho-spiritually until we include and integrate shadow work as part of our on-going awareness and practice.
In the first half of this IONS program we will listen to Robert Masters CD on "Shadow Work". In the second half of our meeting we will process and share what we have learned and how it can be implemented as practice for our psycho-spiritual growth and betterment going forth in the remainder of our lives. Again it must be stated that this is "required" in order to grow in our aspirations to realize our highest spiritual selves.
Dr. Wacks, long time presenter at OASIS Institute, is a retired professor of psychology at Lincoln Memorial University and former instructor in the U.T.K. continuing education program. He currently teaches non-credit continuing education classes for Roane State Community College's Oak Ridge Institute for Continuing Learning (ORICL) and for Pellissippi State Community College. He is a practicing Spiritual Director in Knoxville and sees directees at OASIS Institute. See flyers and cards at the front desk.
Please join us for this presentation Saturday, August 25, 3 - 5 PM, OASIS Institute.
Suggested donation for the IONS Community group $5.00.