Join us in exploring human consciousness:

The most compelling frontier of our time.

Friday Monthly Meetings—the Heart of IONS Tucson. Our local community group meets on the first Friday evening of the month at 6:30pm. Speakers focus on issues important to IONS: complementary healing modalities; research on the physical responses to music, meditation, homeopathy, and water; the exciting field of Consciousness Research; and much more.

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+++July’s Special Film Event+++



Friday, July 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $5

Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco; off River between Swan & Craycroft

Our beliefs about what happens when we die define how we live today. And more and more of us are discovering a radical truth: when we release our fear of death, we open to an immensely richer life right here and now. But how do we incorporate this profound insight into our everyday lives? With Death Makes Life Possible, anthropologist, author and scientist Dr. Marilyn Schlitz presents a wealth of teachings and practical guidance on how to turn this taboo topic into a source of peace, hope, connection, and compassion.

Death Makes Life Possible features contributions by eminent scientists and scholars, spiritual leaders and devout skeptics, health practitioners, and people from all walks of life, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Tai Chi Master Mingtong Gu, psychic and medium Dr. Julie Beischel, Dr. Edgar Mitchell (former astronaut and founder of IONS), and paranormal researcher Dr. Dean Radin. This far-reaching film offers an exploration of the myriad ways that we grow and change by expanding our perspectives on the ultimate mystery facing each one of us. The viewer will learn more about:

• How facing the fear of death can motivate us to reprioritize our goals, expand self-worth, and help promote social harmony

• Dreaming and the transformation of death—the fascinating connections and new perspectives we can gain by paying attention to the world of our dreams

• Life, death, and the quantum soul—how post-materialist scientists are introducing new ways of understanding life as part of a nonlocal, interconnected universe that exists outside of linear space and time

• Shifting our collective discourse from “one of fear to one of awe and wonder” in order to heal ourselves and the world we share
“Understanding our relationships with the seen and unseen realms of everyday existence offers us new possibilities for living a big, juicy life filled with humility, purpose, meaning, and hope,” explains Marilyn Schlitz. Within Death Makes Life Possible, the viewer will find a treasury of teachings with the power to transform every aspect of our lives.

Running time 63 minutes. There will be a facilitated discussion following the screening of the film.


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+++August’s First Friday Speaker+++


Claude Swanson

With Claude Swanson PhD

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $5

Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco; off River between Swan & Craycroft

Modern science is faced with a variety of anomalies which cannot be explained using existing theories. Some of these include the out of body experience (OBE), the near-death experience (NDE), ESP, Remote Viewing, the human energy field (aura) and scientific studies on remote influencing (PK) and distant healing (qi gong). These phenomena often reveal effects which penetrate barriers, do not weaken with distance and can be exerted across time unlike any known physical force. They suggest that something is missing in our present scientific understanding. In terms of healing, this mysterious energy has been called “chi” or subtle energy.

A new theory is presented regarding the nature of this energy. Remarkably, it also appears to explain another important anomaly of modern physics, the nature of “dark matter” and “dark energy.” The success of this new theory in resolving all of these anomalies suggests that it may offer an important missing piece in a new science of consciousness.

Dr. Claude Swanson was educated as a physicist at MIT and Princeton University. During those years he worked at the MIT Science Teaching Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory and a Virginia cyclotron in the summer. At Princeton he received the National Science Foundation Fellowship and Putnam Fellowship. His Ph.D. thesis at Princeton was done in the “Gravity Group,” which focuses on experimental cosmology and astronomy, and was headed by Dr. Robert Dicke. His thesis advisor was Prof. David Wilkinson, after whom the WMAT satellite is named.
Swanson conducted postgraduate work at Princeton and Cornell Universities on the design of superconducting plasma containment vessels for fusion energy systems. He then began work for Aeronautical Research Associates of Princeton, a consulting company, and later formed his own consulting company which carried out studies in applied physics for commercial and governmental agencies.
For the last fifteen years, interspersed with his conventional professional career in applied physics, Dr. Swanson has pursued investigations into “unconventional physics.” His principal interest has been unified field theory, the so-called “Theory of Everything” which could explain the universe at the deepest possible level. This has led him to investigate many aspects of the paranormal, which appear to be completely real phenomena which violate our present science. Paranormal phenomena, which have now been proven in the laboratory in many cases, offer a window into the deeper universe, the mysteries of consciousness, and unlock new forces and principles which conventional science has only begun to glimpse.
Among paranormal phenomena which have been observed in the laboratory, and yet which violate present science, are included ESP, psychokinesis (PK), the out of body experience (OBE), Remote Viewing and long distance energy healing. There are also many laboratory experiments showing that Chinese Qi Gong (chee gong) masters can affect radioactive decay, laser light bending and materials properties in the laboratory in ways which utterly defy current physics. These are just a few of the phenomena which indicate that present science is about to undergo a revolution as these new energies of consciousness and the “life force” are included.
Dr. Swanson has conducted extensive research in these areas, including research of the scientific literature, interviews with scientists in these fields, training in remote viewing and energy healing, investigations into “high strangeness” areas such as sacred sites and haunted houses, and investigations into new technology to measure these unusual energies. In order to better understand these phenomena and begin to build a foundation for this new emerging physics, Dr. Swanson has written two books, The Synchronized Universe: New Science of the Paranormal and Life Force: The Scientific Basis.