Welcome to the Knoxville IONS Community Group web page!
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 email@example.com.
The next meeting of the Knoxville IONS Community Group is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, OASIS Institute.
At our next meeting, we will view the video The Path: Evolution, which is the third in a series of documentaries produced by PATH 11 Productions.
The May 2017 meeting featured The Path: Beyond the Physical, the second of the trilogy.
The Path: Evolution is the third film of The Path Series trilogy and explores the theory that human beings are living in a virtual reality system similar to the rules of an assimilated video game. The film briefly discusses the societal fears of the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, and delves into the importance of humans moving more towards a state of love and cooperation as a vital part of life in order for consciousness to evolve.
The filmmakers follow former NASA nuclear physicist, Thomas Campbell, as he shares his knowledge and the results of his research of consciousness, physics, metaphysics and morality to explain mind and matter, normal and paranormal, life, death, and purpose, with all of this logically flowing from the concept of reality as information.
Out-of-body expert, William Buhlman, remote viewer and former President of The Monroe Institute (TMI) Skip Atwater, and former Executive Director of TMI Paul Rademacher, join the conversation as well, in footage covering a 7 year span from 2008 to 2015. The Path: Evolution will undoubtedly challenge the viewer’s current belief systems and leave a lasting impression on human beings to re-evaluate how they are behaving, treating others, and existing in the world.
Please join us for this informative video Saturday, August 26, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, OASIS Institute.
Suggested donation for the IONS Community group $5.00.