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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+++August’s Friday Speaker+++

How Music Heals the Brain


with Dr. Melinda H. Connor

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public — Admission cost: $5
Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco
off River between Swan & Craycroft

Did you know that beyond being enjoyable, there is extensive research on music’s ability to heal your brain and your body? Dr. Connor will discuss her research on this subject, including how music affects learning, organization, memory, and the polyvagal system including impact on the gut, body, nervous system and overall health. She will share information she discovered researching the Antebellum Negro Spiritual as having particularly healing effects. Dr. Connor will also speak to the use of language in musical lyrics in ways that are similar to those used in Energy Psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Dr. Melinda H. Connor, D.D., Ph.D., AMP, is trained as a clinical psychologist, neuro-psychologist, drama therapist, massage therapist and in over twenty different styles of energy healing. She was the recipient of a three-year NIH T32 post-doctoral fellowship in complimentary medicine research at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Iris Bell. She was also the former director of the Optimal Healing Research Program at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.

WORKSHOP: Please click HERE for information on Melinda’s workshop on Saturday, August 5, 2017

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+++September’s Friday Speaker+++




with Gerald Whitehawk

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public — Admission cost: $5
Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco
off River between Swan & Craycroft

The general cultural dualistic view that the world consists of separate entities that function separately is at odds with the non-dualistic consciousness of our being. How does this affect us? Lao Tzu said: “Dualistic thinking is a sickness.” Esotherapy® emphasizes that dualistic consciousness is the root sickness underlying all diseases and the only thing that needs to be remedied.

Gerald will present this pioneering mind and body healing therapy that originates in native spirituality, Eastern and Western philosophies and psychology. Esotherapy® is a self-realization therapy and healing is only the first stop on the journey to the realization of your full conscious potential.

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The difference between dualistic vs nondualistic consciousness

Dualistic consciousness is the modern understanding that the world consists of separate entities that function separately, with little or no interchange.

On the other hand, nondualistic consciousness is the understanding that there is only one substance or essence and humans, animals, plants, the winds, oceans, the sun and all planets, and the whole Universe are made of one essence that takes many appearances. This essence has been called Great/Holy Spirit, Brahman, Tao, Nirvana or God.  We see this universal singular essence as being conscious and being the etheric substance the universe is made of; we refer to it as Consciousness-At-Large.

The two consciousness coexist in every person

Dualistic understanding exists only in the schooled human mind.  On the other hand, non-dualistic consciousness is the inherent “operating system” of our being.

Cultural dualistic consciousness is at odds with the non-dualistic reality of our being and of the world around us.

To make matters worse society demands that this divided perception is the only “normal” way to perceive “reality.”   We become accepted members of our cultures by learning to perceive reality with a mind conditioned to see and reinforce separation.  This mind amounts to a separate “self” called “ego”, characterized by a spirit of separation.

In exchange for cultivating a “mind” based on this spirit of separation, we are rewarded with social recognition and financial rewards for endeavours that reinforce such presupposed divisions.  We pay the price in general feelings of disconnection, anxiety, depression, stress, breakdown of our families and so on.

How did we go from the miracles of childhood to adult “full catastrophe living?”

From very early ages, as we learn to speak, society compels us to perceive the world through words, which are separate entities.  Society forces us to replace the innate nondual consciousness with the acculturated divided consciousness based on the understanding that idea A is different from idea B and the twine shall never meet.  This is known as “dualism”.

As a result of this dualistic knowledge, perception A is separate from perception B.  In place of the original integrated reality we begin to perceive a dualistic, divided world made of disintegrated categorical entities.  Regarding this dualistic way of seeing the world, Lao Tzu, said:  “Dualistic thinking is a disease.”

Healing and wellness spring forth naturally from consciousness integration

Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Thomas 61 echoed Lao Tzu:  “It is I who come from that which is integrated.  …  Therefore I say that a person, once integrated, will become full of light; but such a person, once divided will become full of darkness.’”

– Jesus in The Gospel of Thomas 61

Some ways to consciousness integration

Historically, mystical traditions, such as Buddhism, Zen, Sufism have outlined pathways so the truth-seeker can return to this integrated nondualistic consciousness.  These paths have been reserved for the very healthy seeking self-realization.  However, we believe that all diseases of the mind, body, society and the world are symptoms of dualistic consciousness, rather than illnesses in themselves.

Understandably, those who are ill are more motivated to change.  However, diseases are mere indicators pointing out where dualistic consciousness integration is needed.  As such, we have formed a consciousness integration therapy named Esotherapy®.

Esotherapy® is a pioneering therapy for self realization

Esotherapy® has its roots in the native spirituality of aboriginal sages, Eastern and Western philosophies, and psychology.  It is a development of these, but not the same as them.  For instance, Buddhism says that the root of suffering is attachment, whereas Esotherapy® explains that the root of suffering is dualistic consciousness without which attachments cannot exist.  It seems rational to think that trying to get rid of attachments without realizing that they come from dualistic consciousness would be a very long process.  Hence, we have created Esotherapy®, a therapy that accomplishes health as a first stop to the realization of your full conscious potential.

Gerald Whitehawk has been a therapist, life coach and meditation teacher for over 20 years. He was trained by his mother in traditional spiritual arts and subsequently received his Psychology degree from UC–Davis. His holistic transpersonal approach focuses on the attainment of sustainable health and self-realization. He believes the main cause of emotional and physical illnesses is fragmented awareness and that non-dualistic esoteric wisdom-centered therapy creates stable self-transformation and healing. He offers free introductory appointments. Esotherapy® is also offered as part of the trauma and addiction program at Sabino Recovery Center.

His special talent is to meet you where you are and compassionately guide you to these peaks of optimal wellness and self-actualization.  He explains that imparting healing without wisdom is like installing a strong door on a house where thieves come through the window.  For more information, please visit www.esotherapy.com