Past Events
February Gathering--2012
Topic: The Untethered Soul: Book by Michael A Singer
Date: Sunday, February 19th
Place: Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
          Metro Bus Rt: 5, 345, 355
Time: 2:30-5:00pm  (Tea Social at 2:30pm)
Admission: Free

"What would it be like to be free from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to find this kind of inner peace and freedom? The Untethered Soul offers a simple, profoundly intuitive answer to these questions."
--from IONS website

Continuing our focus on the Individual change, this month we are using Michael A. Singer's 2007 book, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, published by Noetic Books, to deepen our exploration and discussion of our inner space...the question of who we really are.

The IONS website introduces the book:
"The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being."

It would help if you have read the book, but it's not necessary; we will read paragraphs from the book which will introduce the core of its concept.

January Gathering--2012
Topic: Mini-workshop: Immunity to Change
Date: Monday, January 30th
Place: Greenwood Library  8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle
       Metro Bus Rt: 5, 48, 35
Time: 6:00-8:00pm  (Join us for social time at 5:30pm)
Admission: Free

Many of us make a new year's resolution and miserably fail. IONS presented a teleseminar, "Immunity to Change" by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey in 2009; one of the most original and brilliant approaches to a personal and organizational change.

Anne Sweeney, President of Disney-ABC Television Group, writes about their book:

"A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don't change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation aren't enough: even when it's literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive... Kegan and Lahey examine why change is so hard and offer innovative, practical insight to overcome the internal and external obstacles and to meet the challenge of change."

We are going to listen to the audio recording of the 2009 IONS teleseminar together. The format is more like an experiential workshop, rather than a lecture. Bring a notebook and pen.

This could transform your life!

December Gathering--2011
Topic: Annual Holiday Potluck: "Food and Spirit"
Date: Monday, December 19th
Place: Greenwood Library  8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle
       Metro Bus Rt: 5, 48, 35
Time: 5:30-8:00pm
Admission: Free, but please bring light snack

In this Holiday season, we'll have an annual potluck and talk about food!

One of the IONS teleseminars this year was "Eating with Reverence" with Shannon Kring Buset, and in its description it asks:

"What does the way in which we in the US raise, purchase, prepare, and eat our foods say about us? How does it speak to the way in which we regard our bodies, our communities, our environment, and the universe at large?"

How do other cultures and traditions relate to food and spirit? Please join us and share your experiences and stories. Let's celebrate together with food, music and great conversation!

You can download the teleseminar by going to:

November Gathering--2011
Topic: Noetic Now: IONS Online Journal and Blog
Date: Monday, November 21st
Place: Lake City Library
         12501 28th Ave NE
         Metro Bus: 41, 64, 65, 75, 243, 306, 312, 522
Time: 6:00-8:00pm  (Join us for social time at 5:30pm)
Admission: Free

This month, we are exploring the rich resources of the IONS website.

1. Go to:
2. Click "Noetic Now" from the menu on top.
3. You'll find the current issue and archives of Noetic Now Journal and Blog.
4. Read the ones that interest you.

Bring suggestions for which articles/blogs to talk about with the group at the gathering. You can post your suggestions or thoughts on our Facebook group wall:!/groups/59754897072/
If you haven't joined our Facebook group, click "Aske to Join Group."

You can also join IONS Online Community for free, if you haven't done so. You can participate in online forums and discussions with other IONS members all over the world. You'll receive email updates from IONS as well. In the IONS website (, click "Support Us," "Become a Member," then scroll down to find "Join our online Community."
October Gathering--2011
Topic: Integral Health and Human Flourishing: Elliott Dacher's Work
Date: Monday, October 17th
Place: Northeast Library 6801 35th Ave. N.E. Seattle
       Metro Bus: 64, 65, 71, 76, 83
Time: 6:00-8:00pm  (Join us for social time at 5:30pm)
Admission: Free

We are focusing on Elliott Dacher's work this month. Elliott Dacher is a past fellow at IONS and a past advisory board member of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. IONS is currently hosting an 8-week online course, titled "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing," and the recording of Part 1 is available for free on their website:

At our gathering, we will explore topics such as Integral Health and Consciousness, Ancient Wisdom and Contemporary Science, Human Flourishing, Meditation, etc. A lot of resources (articles, blog, audio and video recordings) are also available on his website:
September Gathering--2011
Topic: Cosmology and Brian Swimme's work
Date: Monday, September 26th
Place: Northeast Library 6801 35th Ave. N.E. Seattle
       Metro Bus: 64, 65, 71, 76, 83
Time: 6:00-8:00pm  (Join us for social time at 5:30pm)
Admission: Free

"Brian Swimme is a mathematical cosmologist on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He brings a unique perspective to the understanding of the 13.7 -billion-year trajectory of cosmic genesis, viewing humanity as having evolved out of, and being an integral part of, the universe as a whole." (from IONS website:

We'll be talking about Brian Swimme's work at our gathering this month. You can download 5-page PDF article, "Participating with the Universe" at:

He will be in Seattle for the Northwest Premiere of his new film, Journey of the Universe on Thursday, Sept. 29th, at Harvard Exit.

If you have read his books or watched his video series, please come and share your thoughts.
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