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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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+++December’s First Friday Speaker+++



With Dr. Steven Gurgevich

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $5

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

Neuroplasticity involves repetitive stimulation which encourages the abundant universe of neurons in the brain to coalesce and configure themselves into ‘patterns of learning’, much like creating new circuits. This presentation by Dr. Steven Gurgevich will focus on how a regular practice of self-hypnosis with visualization and imagination serves as a mental rehearsal to achieve the neuroplasticity effects. Regular practice of self-hypnosis with visualization and imagination is a mental rehearsal to achieve the neuroplasticity effects.

Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Steven Gurgevich worked his way through Purdue University in the Gary, Indiana Steel Mills, and after coming to Tucson in 1969 for graduate school at the University of Arizona. He earned two master’s degrees (Counseling/Psychotherapy and Sociology) and a doctorate in Behavioral Science/Multi-disciplinary over the next four years, and opened a private practice in mind-body medicine, specifically clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy, in 1973. He and his wife Joy Kettler Gurgevich, a behavioral nutritionist, call their Tucson-based practice Behavioral Medicine, Ltd.

Steven had learned about — and become “hooked” on hypnosis at age 14, when he was inspired to research the topic after being startled by a hypnotist’s claim that he could “put anyone under — even HIM,” gesturing at the teenager. He learned how to overcome his fear of hypodermic needles, and how to undergo dental procedures without anesthesia.

Dr. Gurgevich, a licensed psychologist, is a member of the faculty at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, where he teaches mind-body medicine to physicians at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is a Fellow, Approved Consultant, and faculty member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). He also has memberships in the American Psychological Association (APA), The Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and state and local clinical hypnosis organizations. He lectures nationally and writes for professional journals and magazines to help further the growing awareness and understanding of this ancient healing art, clinical hypnosis.

He has produced over 40 CDs, many articles, chapters in books, and books for both laypersons and the professional community on his various areas of specialization, which include: Integrative Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Pain Management, Medical Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Worker’s Compensation, and Consultations to Business/Industry, and Evaluative Research, including a collaboration with Dr. Andrew Weil and another with his professional and life partner, Joy Kettler Gurgevich.

More information about Dr. Gurgevich and Joy Kettler Gurgevich can be found at: www.healingwithhypnosis.com, OR www.behavioral-nutrition.com.

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On Saturday, Dec. 5, Dr. G will conduct an experiential workshop called Hypnosis and Neuroplasticity: Experiencing Trance and More, in the Sanctuary at Unity of Tucson (see address above) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The fee for the workshop is $50 and reservations can be made online, at the Friday evening lecture and before the workshop Saturday. Check, cash and credit cards accepted. Go to:

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+++January’s First Second Friday Speaker!+++

Note special Date! As our usual “First Friday” falls on New Year’s Day this year, we’ll have our program one week later on January 8th!

Planetary Pictures for 2016

Eclipses, Retrogrades and the Saturn-Neptune Skirmish


With Carolyn Crawford

Friday, January 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $5

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

As humans we have watched the night sky for thousands of years using it as a calendar or clock to mark the changing times. The sky changes daily with the movement of the sun, moon, and the planets against the backdrop of the stars. And so each degree of change in the heavenly bodies creates a new frequency of energy. Interpreting these patterns of light and the complex energetic variations they display is one way to project future trends in our space-time continuum.

What do the astrological signs point to in 2016? What will the stars, planets and their positions indicate for the upcoming elections or world politics? What will be the economic outlook for the coming year? Where are the hotspots geopolitically and what key dates are hot degrees to watch? A review for the 12 Zodiacal Signs and Chinese Year of the Monkey will be discussed.

Our speaker, Carolyn Crawford, will address these topics and give us some ideas and inklings about what individuals may look forward to as well for the next twelve months. She will also have a booklet available for sale for the year ahead.

Carolyn Crawford has been a professional astrologer since 1980 and has interpreted over 30,000 charts. Her clientele include TV, movie and Broadway celebrities, politicians, royalty, business leaders and prominent socialites. Currently she has a private practice in Tucson, AZ and works as staff astrologer at Miraval Resort.

Carolyn began her astrological studies in 1974 while attending the University of Western Ontario where she received her BA in philosophy and political science. After moving to the Detroit area, she continued classes on psychology at University of Windsor.

She has served on the board of directors for the Michigan Astrological Association and A.R.C. In the mid-80’s Carolyn taught extended community college classes and produced a weekly cable TV show as the “Ann Landers of Astrology”. She has spoken before various astrological organizations including S.C.A.N. (Southern California Astrological Network), A.F.A. (American Federation of Astrologers), T.A.G. (Tucson Astrologers Guild), and Astro-Economics Conferences.

In 1989 she moved to Manhattan where she has been actively working with Wall Street traders and brokers to focus on psychological issues and timing related to personal business cycles. She also wrote a weekly column for Bloomberg News in the form of a weekly business horoscope.

She is currently a member of T.A.G., N.C.G.R and A.F.A.N. She has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Business Week and with husband Arch on The Wall Street Journal Report. She is also listed in Sydney Omarr’s The Astrology Hall of Fame.

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