IONS Shift Report 2007: Evidence of a World Transforming

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Directed by Diane Powell, M.D.

JEMI is co-sponsoring Dr Diane Powell’s efforts to produce IONS annual Transformation of Consciousness report, The Shift Report 2007: Evidence of a World Transforming. The report, available now (April 2007), is an 80 page overview of cutting-edge research, with Dr Powell’s examination of what the implications and applications of this research are for people personally and collectively.

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Diane Powell, M.D. is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she also completed her psychiatric training. She was a former colleague of John Mack at Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School and was Clinical Director of JEMI from 2006-2007. Her clinical work has been a bridge between allopathic and complementary medicine. Her long-standing interest in human rights has resulted in clinical work with survivors of torture from over 15 countries, as well as involvement in the promotion of peace. She is also currently completing her book on a new model for consciousness that incorporates her background in spirituality, neurology, psychiatry, metaphysics, and physics.

The 2007 Shift Report: OVERVIEW

The 2007 Shift Report: Evidence of a World Transforming, attempts to chart the transition we believe is underway from a rigid, mechanistic, and materialistic worldview to one that is built on a foundation of interconnectedness, cooperation, and the intersection of science and spirituality. This 80-page document, highlighted with sidebars, charts, and quotations, is organized into four major sections:

Section I – Worldview Breakdown
While acknowledging the benefits that the Newtonian paradigm has provided, this section makes clear that the limitations of this worldview are exceeding our ability to overcome them, leading to potential worldwide disaster. The impacts of such factors as trauma, stress, and the fragmentation of consciousness are addressed.

Section II – Worldview Emergence
The unprecedented intersection of biology, systems theory, neuroscience, and quantum physics is revealing the contours of a new worldview, potentially sparking a new human potential movement. From epigenetics and the study of resilience to chaos theory and insights into the “god experience,” researchers are revealing a world of untapped possibilities, individual as well as collective.

Section III – Integration / Application
This emerging paradigm is showing up in different ways in the major institutions of modern life. This section briefly explores those impacts in the areas of education, medicine, business, psychology, and international trends. IONS’ relevant contributions to these various areas are highlighted.

Section IV – Living Deeply: The IONS Transformation Research Project
This section describes the methodology and some of the most compelling findings of this ongoing ten-year project to map the phenomenon of individual transformation.