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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.
The next meeting of the Knoxville IONS Community Group is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
At the October meeting, we will view the documentary Conversations Beyond Proof of Heaven, with Eben Alexander MD, and Raymond A. Moody, Jr. MD PhD.
Is there life beyond this life?
If we all knew our life on planet Earth is just one in a series of many lives, what would we do differently? What implications does this knowledge have on the everyday, the economy, and the world as we know it? Join filmmaker David Hinshaw as he documents the exploration of these questions and more in a dialogue between Dr. Eben Alexander and Dr. Raymond Moody.
Set against the backdrop of Dr. Alexander’s Virginia home and contextualized by his own passionately recounted experience of being brain dead for a week—a near-death experience unlike any other ever detailed—the film invites you to become a part of the conversation as Dr. Alexander and Dr. Moody discuss:
- Soul School — what it is and why we are here.
- Consciousness — is it dependent on the brain or a richer, freer state that exists beyond the physical mind?
- Time — how it flows, how we perceive it linearly, and how all things are happening at once.
- Science and Spirituality — the possibility of merging the two as partners rather than adversaries and the consideration of science in the question of the soul.
Rich, real, and engaging, this film captures that something we all know about divine nature that is beyond words but felt at the deepest level. Get ready for the experience of this lifetime—an experience you will want to share with friends and family—as Dr. Alexander and Dr. Moody shed light on the divine plan of the Universe to help us with the realization that we are far more than we ever thought ourselves to be.
Please join us for this fascinating video experience Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Suggested donation for the IONS Community group $5.00.