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Our production team is excited to be moving forward on the Death Makes Life Possible film project!  In collaboration Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Foundation, Co Director, Mark Krigbaum, I am thrilled by the progress that our team has made.  Over the past few months we have received feedback and made many changes to the film. We showed rough cuts to a small group of film makers and producers, such as Steve Michelson, Founder of The Video Project and producer of many films, and Jay Wood, producer and writer of Crude Impact. We also showed it at the IONS Conference...

[caption id="attachment_938" align="alignleft" width="233"] Shri Aurobindo (1872-1950)[/caption] Adapted from the Preface to Consciousness & Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine While science has contributed to our understanding and treatment of disease, it has also served to limit the development of a model in which personal relationships, emotions, meaning, and belief systems are viewed as fundamental points of connection between body, mind, spirit, society, and nature. For increasing numbers of health-care consumers and professionals alike, the biomedical model fails to offer a system for understanding the fullness of lived experiences—minimizing or negating completely the possibility for human transcendence in the face of illness and...

I'm delighted to announce that I'm a new board member of the esteemed academic institution, Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Pacifica's focus on depth psychology compliments my career in consciousness studies and health and well-being. The motto, "Animae Mundi Colendae Gratia," is a beautiful framework for the spirit of the institution: By creating an educational environment with a spirit of free and open inquiry, consistent with the recognized values of academic freedom, Pacifica is dedicated to cultivating and harvesting the gifts of the human imagination. So that these insights may influence the personal, cultural, and planetary concerns of our era, this...

Adapted from the Preface to Consciousness & Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine Centuries ago, adventurers exploring the frontiers of our planet discovered, again and again, that they lived in a wider world than previously assumed. During this period, the art of map-making made tremendous strides. Fictitious lines of latitude and longitude became as important to navigators as the force of currents and the direction of winds. Perceptions of the world changed as new tools were discovered and new ideas unfolded. More recently, the quest to understand the universe and our place in it follows a similar pushing of boundaries with its...

Wonderful Enlightenment Mountain The three thousand great thousand worlds arise in a single thought. When the great manifests within the small, another world is reached. As the breeze blows through Ukiah, fragrant flowers smile. When it rains in Talmage, moistened plants rejoice. With boundless joy and giving, bring benefit to the multitudes. With vows of kindness and compassion, alleviate suffering and bestow happiness. The constant changes of the land are speaking the great Dharma. Wonderful Enlightenment Mountain wells forth from the earth. --Composed by Venerable Master Hua on April 20, 1978 As a public speaker, I have had the opportunity to teach in many venues, from the United Nations to...

My holistic doctor offered me the best cure for stress: get lost in nature. While he may not have been speaking directly to my love for gardening, that is where I find my greatest reprieve from the stresses of life. The pumpkins, grown from heirloom seeds that date back centuries, are making great strides. With an awesome force of nature, they are running wild in a controlled kind of way. The vast vines push through the fence, finding wide-open spaces to make their mark. Like my ancestors who came to American before the American Revolution (see Seeding Our Future, Minding Our...

by Marilyn Schlitz & Elizabeth Valentina Introduction Welcome to Part Three of three. In Part Two we reviewed 5 – 8 of twelve basic tools that are important in practicing whole person healthcare, based on the tremendous insights of health care practitioners. These include: cultivate loving kindness, model optimal health, develop a support system, and create healing rituals. Tools: 9 – 12 (visit Part One for 1 – 4; visit Part Two for 5 – 8) 9. Set intentions for optimal healing. Ask yourself, “What matters most?  What values do I want to adhere to?”  Based on these reflections, you can craft an...

by Marilyn Schlitz & Elizabeth Valentina Introduction Welcome back for Part Two of three. In Part One we reviewed 1 – 4 of twelve basic tools that are important in practicing whole person healthcare, based on the tremendous insights of health care practitioners. These included: examine your worldview, take an integral perspective, develop healing relationships, and deep listening. Tools: 5 – 8 5. Cultivate loving kindness. Many healing practitioners note that the greatest source of healing in the world is love.  Offering human to human, heart centered care is at the core of the healing relationship.  Delivering care with loving kindness may transform...

by Marilyn Schlitz & Elizabeth Valentina Introduction Great strides have been made in the study of whole person healthcare. Integrating body, mind and spirit has become a key dimension of health education, prevention and treatment. Despite many advances in a wide range of holistic approaches, however, our health care system remains primarily disease-centered rather than focused on the well-being of the whole person. To thrive as individuals and as communities of caring, we are called to develop an appreciation for both the inner wisdom of direct personal experiences of illness and health (your own and your patients), and for scientific and technological developments that...

Lisa Reagan of LILIPOH Magazine interviewed Deepak  Chopra and me about the upcoming Death Makes Life Possible film for their Winter 2013 edition. Download the PDF of the full article here: Death Makes Life Possible LILIPOH Spring 2013 This article will soon appear in Mandrin. Science is very influenced by the dominant paradigm of materialism, but it is now being informed by spiritual insights. One of the extraordinary things of our times is that never before have so many ways of approaching reality come into contact.  - Marilyn Schlitz This article also appeared June 10th on the Kindred Community website, including a Soundcloud link...

Before the rain drenched winter was over, I got the spring itch. I made my way to the Petaluma Seed Bank, eager to begin my small backyard garden again. This wondrous Seed Bank, housed in an historical building from the days of the California gold rush, specializes in heirlooms, free from genetic engineering and artificial anything.  Truly home grown. I wandered through the thousands of seed possibilities, feeling a sense of promise that awaited me over the months to come.  I found a packet of Squash Connecticut Field pumpkins. Reading the package, I learned that these seeds were a source of...

Marilyn Schlitz joins Deepak Chopra to explore the idea of nonlocality.  Marilyn discusses some recent experiments and research protocols for looking at psychic healing and seeing how the mind can be used to effect physical changes in ourselves and others. How is this possible? Why is this type of research relevant to more mainstream medical practices? [embedplusvideo height="365" width="600" standard="http://www.youtube.com/v/IpuYRWptJuQ?fs=1" vars="ytid=IpuYRWptJuQ&width=600&height=365&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=" id="ep6237" /]...

I just returned from an exciting conference held at the biotech company, Promega. The meeting was entitled Final Passages: Research on Near Death & the Experience of Dying. This eleventh in a series of bioethics forums was held in Madison, WI, April 26–27, 2012, and focused on scientific research into social and ethical issues around dying and near-death experiences. A stellar lineup of global experts addressed a wide range of topics as well as the implications of current research for understanding consciousness. The conference was introduced and chaired by Bill Linton, the founder and CEO of Promega. In his opening remarks, Linton...

It's been quite a year -- and it's barely April. Extreme political unrest is underway throughout the Middle East. Earthquakes rock New Zealand, China, California and Japan. Shifting plates and tsunami waves in the Pacific Ocean have nuclear power plants perched on the edge of explosion. Like many, I track these global events through social media. I'm overwhelmed by the graphic images that are communicated through video links and real time postings. The Twitter feeds about the earthquake in Japan move so rapidly I can't follow more than fragments of what is being shared. Fearful talk of the next Armageddon is...