ACISTE (The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences)
PO Box 1472
Alpine, CA 91903-1472
ACISTE is a nonprofit whose mission is to help further the wellbeing of those who have had near-death or similar spiritually transformative experiences through research, education and support. The group creates programs to help those with such experiences to integrate them into their lives and gain deeper understanding of their purpose. The group doesn’t speculate or take a position on how or why these experiences occur. It advocates a heart-centered, wellness model that uses the collective input from experiencers. The group offers an online site for sharing experiences, discussion groups and a list of support professionals and a certification program for those providers.
Among the types of experiences that cause people to perceive themselves or the world differently are surviving clinical death, out-of-body experiences, visions, awakenings, enlightenment, pre-birth memories, after-death communications or other mystical, transcendent, empathic or paranormal experiences. Features may include visions or communications with deceased loved ones, religious figures, God, the light, angels, beings of light or other nonphysical beings. Many contain a profound feeling of peace, love, compassion or forgiveness. Many of these experiences contain messages, guidance, premonitions or reviews of one’s life. Some can be frightening or distressing. STEs can be catalysts for permanent and dramatic changes and positive transformations. Many also involve difficult challenges for the experiencer before integration of the experience into one’s life is complete.
The Boundary Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization dedicated to the advancement of 21st-century science. Researchers are pursuing two deeply connected themes, one concerning the foundations of physics, the other the foundations of mathematics and computer science. The research includes mathematical and scientific analysis intended to answer such questions as whether quantum physics allows for “retrocausality,” or sending messages to the past, and whether human consciousness can affect light patterns. Boundary Institute’s main site has information on its studies and mathematical and scientific theories. The institute also has a related website called www.gotpsi.org, which offers informal tests to the public to give immediate feedback on whether the person taking the test is likely to have elevated levels of telepathy or other psi abilities. The tests are similar to the more precise and repeated laboratory experiments conducted by Boundary Institute researchers to test psychic abilities.
Cedar Creek Institute
4 Cedar Creek Road, Earlysville, Virginia 22936
CCI’s mission, its website says, is to create an interdisciplinary program of high-quality research aimed at elucidating the relationship between the activities of a human mind and the multitude of physiological activities occurring in its associated brain and body [mind-brain problem]. The central strategy of this research program is to explore important areas of human potential neglected by contemporary science, including creative, transpersonal, religious, mystical and psychic experiences and behaviors.
C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota
PO Box 50611
Sarasota, Florida 34232-0305
This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to studying the psychology of C.G. Jung, encouraging personal growth and raising individuals’ consciousness through workshops, small groups and lectures. Carl Gustav Jung was a hugely influential psychologist who created his own form of analytical psychology and pioneered theories of personality and consciousness. Jung coined many terms now considered common, such as the collective consciousness, introvert and extrovert, dream interpretation and personal development through integration of the psyche. The Marion C. Hoppin Library of Jungian Psychology, a bequest from its namesake founding member, contains 3,000 books and periodicals on Jungian related topics. It’s housed within the Argosy University Library at 5250 17th St., Sarasota, Florida.
Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia
This unit of the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at UVA was founded as a research unit in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, who did groundbreaking research on children worldwide who reported reincarnation memories. Using scientific methods, the researchers in the division investigate apparent paranormal phenomena, especially reincarnation, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, apparitions, after-death communications, deathbed visions, psychological studies of altered states of consciousness and PSI or psychic phenomena. Its EEG Imaging Lab conducts experimental research on PSI effects and altered states of consciousness.
Forever Family Foundation
This all-volunteer nonprofit was founded by Bob and Phran Ginsberg after their teenage daughter died, and they found that the grief support groups they encountered did not meet their need to explore communications from and about her. The nonprofit’s goal is to further the understanding of survival of consciousness after death through research and education while providing support and healing for people in grief. The foundation certifies mediums to help those who want to connect with departed loved ones. It has a newsletter, afterlife discussion groups in several states, conferences, resources for those in grief and a monthly radio and web discussion group that includes interviews with specialists.
Global Consciousness Project
The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) is an international effort involving researchers from several institutions and countries, designed to explore whether the construct of interconnected consciousness can be scientifically validated through objective measurement. The project, building on experiments conducted over the past 35 years at a number of laboratories, has placed an array of devices around the world that generate and record random numbers and link the results to a computer server. The resulting records demonstrate that significant world events such as the funeral ceremonies for Britain’s Princess Diana create shared emotions and consciousness that changes the randomness of the numbers in small but significant ways. The website has graphs and tables illustrating ongoing research.
The Monroe Institute
Faber, Virginia, near Charlottesville
This nonprofit retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains provides experiential education programs designed for personal exploration of human consciousness. TMI also serves as the core of a research affiliation and makes information available to the public. TMI was founded by Robert Monroe, a noted radio broadcasting expert who had out-of-body experiences while researching “sleep learning” during the Cold War. He invented the Hemi-Sync technology that uses sound waves to produce deeper and broader states of consciousness.
Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Institute of Noetic Sciences, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a nonprofit that supports individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” IONS conducts, sponsors and collaborates on leading-edge research into consciousness, healing, extended human capacities and emerging worldviews. It offers educational products, training workshops, research news, conferences and workshops, with a retreat facility on 200 acres about 30 miles north of San Francisco. Dr. Dean Radin is its chief scientist.
The Parapsychological Association
The Parapsychological Association Inc. is an international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of ‘psi’ (or ‘psychic’) experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, psychic healing and precognition. Its primary objective is to achieve a scientific understanding of these experiences.
Rhine Research Center
Durham, North Carolina
The Rhine Center had its origins at Duke University in 1930, and the Duke Parapsychology Labs, led by Joseph B. Rhine, were established in 1935 to create professional study of psychic phenomena. The peer-reviewed Journal of Parapsychology soon followed. In 1965, J.B. Rhine retired from Duke University and formed an independent research center, renamed the Rhine Center in 1995, to continue to explore his interest in ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) and consciousness studies. The center provides professional education in parapsychology and public events to explore psychic abilities, experiences, techniques and the culture of ESP throughout the world. It hosts a large research library and monthly meetings to provide a safe and supportive environment for people to talk about their experiences.
The Society for Scientific Exploration
This is a professional organization of about 800 scientists and scholars in 45 countries who study unusual and unexplained phenomena. Subjects often cross mainstream boundaries, such as consciousness, unidentified aerial phenomena and alternative medicine, yet often have profound implications for human knowledge and technology. The SSE publishes a peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE), and holds annual meetings in the United States and biennial meetings in Europe. SSE’s primary goal is to provide a professional forum for presentations, criticism and debate around topics that are ignored or studied inadequately within mainstream science. A secondary goal is to promote improved understanding of those factors that unnecessarily limit the scope of scientific inquiry, such as sociological constraints, restrictive worldviews, hidden theoretical assumptions and the temptation to convert prevailing theory into prevailing dogma.
Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Association
1112 Stevens St., Cassadaga, FL 32706
Established in 1894, this spiritualist community of 55 residences about 30 miles southwest of Daytona Beach, Florida, includes 25 mediums, or psychics who communicate with deceased people. There’s not actually any camping. The term comes from the historically used phrase “camp meeting” for an annual religious gathering. The association holds church services on Sundays and during the week that include spirit sessions with mediums, healing sessions and instruction in the science, philosophy and religion of spiritualism, which the association defines as promoting an individual’s personal experience of God. Mediums and spiritual healers also offer readings and services such as reiki and meditation.
The Spirit University
373 Braden Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34243
This is a place to develop and expand intuition, psychic skills and energetic healing capacity while meeting others who are interested in meditation, energy healing, spirit communications and complementary pathways to health. Classes and events are designed to create an environment free of sensationalism that allows people to interact with like-minded individuals.
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