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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+++March’s First Friday Speaker+++


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With Joan Bird, PhD

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

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

According to tens of thousands polled in 36 of the most developed countries in the world, 50% of the public privately accept the UFO phenomenon as extraterrestrial. And of these, 20% believe that extraterrestrials are living among us. Dr. Bird will present evidence she finds compelling that advanced civilizations from off planet are visiting Earth and probably have been throughout human history. How do we make sense of the split between those who find the evidence convincing and those who do not? For those beginning to take the subject seriously, what do we have to learn from the ETs? In the course of her 15 years researching the phenomenon, Dr. Bird has come to see many connections between the ET phenomenon and the research activities of IONS, and is looking forward to sharing her findings and reflections with a noetic audience.


Dr. Joan Bird has a background in conservation biology, and holds a BS in psychology and a Ph.D. in zoology. She worked for various conservation organizations including The Nature Conservancy, but has spent the last 15 years exploring the subject of UFOs. Her interest and research in UFOs and ETs began with the 1998-2000 crop circles in northwestern Montana, when she began wading through the vast literature, interviewing witnesses and befriending veteran researchers. She recently entered the world of professional Ufology with her book Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials (2013). The book has been well received by both general audiences and UFO researchers (given a 5-saucer review in the UFO Magazine, Open Minds).
Since its publication, Dr. Bird has been speaking on the UFO subject and was recently honored to be added to the Humanities Montana Speaker’s Bureau. She has been interviewed widely by local and national media and was a guest speaker on internationally syndicated Coast-to-Coast radio. Bird is an opening day presenter for the 2015 International UFO Congress in Scottsdale, one of the largest UFO conferences in the world. A lifelong student of unexplained phenomena, and long-time member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Joan has spent much of her life working as a community educator and change agent, both for the environment and for a more conscious, peaceful and compassionate world. She believes “UFO literacy” is an important piece in the consciousness shift.

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+++April’s First Friday Speaker+++

Exploring Reincarnation through History and Fiction:

Using who and what we have been to better understand who and what we are


With Victor E. Smith

Friday, April 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

The study of reincarnation and related esoteric teachings was banned from Christianity in the 6th Century, an expedient to consolidate the power of both Church and Empire. To preserve them through the ensuing Dark Ages, a few courageous writers braved the stake designated for heretics to encode these ancient beliefs and practices in works of seeming fantasy, such as the Grail legends, Tristan and Isolde, and the romantic poetry of the troubadours. These beautiful classics—prototypes of modern visionary fiction—survived. But only lately, with the merger between all-inclusive spirituality and quantum science, is their powerful substructure being decoded.

The essence of the concept of reincarnation, a key esoteric component, lies in the immortality of Spirit and its expression in the individual soul, which is posited to preexist and postdate the current lifetime. The living soul’s destiny is not some static state of perpetual reward/punishment, but as an active agent in the unfolding evolution of the Universe. Most humans still live with the worm’s eye view of “you only go around once.” But, the grander bird’s eye view is readily available once the smoke of imposed ignorance is cleared away.

Victor E. Smith (Vic), a generalist in his earlier professional life with careers in education, business, and computer training, is now investing his lifelong passion for history, spiritual development, and paranormal studies into writing visionary fiction. In this lecture, Vic will discuss the discoveries he made, often in travels around the world, while creating his reincarnation novels, The Anathemas (2010), The Perfect (2015), and The Elect (to come). He will demonstrate that history and imagination, particularly as related to reincarnation, are powerful experiential tools for expanding individual and cosmic consciousness. Vic is an organizing member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance, an organization that mentors and promotes a genre of fiction in which “growth of consciousness is the central theme.”