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The Mysteries of Consciousness
A Recapitulation of a Post in academia.edu - Uploaded by co-author Ingrid Frediksson
The purpose for this page is 1. The essays are some of the earliest (1970-1990) academic efforts to present epistomological evidence for alternative concepts of consciousness beyond the conventional Mind = Brain paradigm and 2. The material may not be accessible to non-subscribers and because there is no interactive menu, even subscribers need to discover content by scrolling through the entire body of work. The PDF format also renders copy/paste text replete with ommisions and errors. To download the entire PDF version go here
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The Mysteries of Consciousness: Essays on Spacetime, Evolution and Well-Being Introduction by Ingid Frediksson
The purpose of this work is not to clarify what consciousness is, but it is to push consciousness toward a new paradigm in science. One of Einstein’s partners in discussion was the physicist from the University of London, David Bohm. Another of Bohm’s discussion partners Karl Pribram, a neuro-physiologist at Stanford University. Bohm and Pribram’s theories, considered together, provide a profound new way of looking at the world: Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond space and time; the brain is a holo-gram enfolded in a holographic universe. Researchers in Japan have now provided mathematical evidence that the holographic principle might be true and the holographic paradigm is real.
The Individual Papers Listed in Order
Six Protocols, Neuroscience and Near Death - An Emerging Paradigm Incorporating Nonlocal Consciousness by Stephan A. Schwartz
Stephan A. Schwartz is the Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing of the Samueli Institute, and a research associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. For 40 years he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Part of the group that founded modern Remote View-ing research, he is the author of four books and over 100 articles.
It has been more than six decades since Gilbert Ryle, Waynflete Professor of Meta-physical Philosophy at Oxford, coined the phrase “The Ghost in the Machine,” in his book The Concept of the Mind, as a way of criticizing what he saw as Descartes’ absurd mind-body dualism. Since then the nature of consciousness has been largely explored only from the assumption that it was an as yet not understood neurophysiological process entirely resident in the organism. Its inherent physicality became an ironbound axiom. However, a growing body of experimental research now challenges this and a fundamental transition is underway in science. Still a minority position, it is nonetheless the trend direction in a wide range of disciplines, from medicine to biology to physics. Whole new sub-disciplines have emerged driven by the results of this research since Ryle’s dismissive words. This work is pushing toward a new paradigm, one that is neither dualist nor monist, but rather one that postulates consciousness as the fundamental basis of reality. Max Planck, the father of Quantum Mechanics, framed it very clearly in an interview with the respected British newspaper The Observer in its January 25, 1931, edition. Context is always important, and Planck understood very well that he was taking a public position, speaking as one of the leading physicists of his generation, through one of Britain’s most important papers. He did not mince words: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” Two corollaries flow from Planck’s assertion: First, the existence of Nonlocal Consciousness, an aspect of consciousness independent of space time and not resident in an organism’s physiology. Second, that all consciousnesses are interdependent, and interconnected.
Consciousness and Spacetime - A Possible Solution by Jan Pilotti
Jan Pilotti, B.Sc., M.D., is a retired child-adolescent psychiatrist, a scientist, and studies the relationship of near death experiences, consciousness and dimensions. He was co-editor of a book about near-death experiences, published in 1982, and has written about the subject and gives pre-sentations at conferences about consciousness.
The evolution of physics led to the important discovery of spacetime in Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity and to the problems of determinism vs. chance, particle or wave and non- reality vs. non- locality in Quantum Mechanics. Relativity and QM are not easily unified. The mind-brain problem is still unsolved. A unified possible view is to take consciousness as fundamental besides matter and energy and beyond brain. Consciousness, phenomenal properties, are described in an extension of special relativity to a six-dimensional spacetime, three space and three time dimensions, which also supports a realistic interpretation of quantum mechanics.
The Psi-Track and Other Unexplained Energy Field by Göte Andersson
Göte Andersson is an artist whose discovery of the “Psi-track” phenomenon gained the attention of physicist Jens A. Tellefsen and Dr. Nils- Olof Jacobson. Together they carried out scientific tests that resulted in an award-winning article about the subject. Has written two books about the phenomenon.
More than twenty years have passed since the author discovered and thereafter started investigating an energy phenomenon which is unfamiliar in normal science. It is still truthful to claim that these phenomena are repeatable under single-blind test conditions and even to high degree, double-blind. In 1987 I discovered that a person can establish a remarkable type of energy on another being, object and even to a distant place. Research has shown that the energy field can be established over considerable distances. I have named the energy the psi-track, with regard to the fact it probably belongs to the psi-area. To carry out a final classification of its nature is at the present time diffcult to perform. Further forward in this essay is an account of how a person with an extraordinary ability and perception could actually see the psi-track plus other notable energy phenomenon with the naked eye.
The Role of Consciousness in the Origin and Evolution of Life by Allan Emrén
Allan Emrén, Ph.D., studied mathematics, theoretical physics and chemistry at the University of Göteborg, and was senior lecturer and research engineer in physical chemistry and nuclear chemistry at the University of Göteborg and Chalmers University of Technology. He is the managing director and a board member of Nuchem Research AB in Tollered, Sweden, and performs scientific research in a number of areas including physics, chemistry and renewable energy.
During the origin and evolution of life, there were a number of essential large steps that had to take place in addition to a more or less steady evolution. Common to those steps is that no known mechanism is efficient enough to make them happen. In the present paper a “Super Darwinian” approach will be taken in an attempt to make it plausible that life and evolution towards a conscious species is possible. An example of the obstacles is that a self replicating peptide has to be smaller than 37 units for life to be probable on earth, or less than 111 for the entire universe. This could be compared to the smallest known RNA sequence able to copy another molecule, being 165 units long. Furthermore, the initial genetic code had to switch into the present DNA based one. As the original code probably was very different, switching from one to the other was extremely difficult, similar to an evolution of Chinese written language into English. Thus, intelligent life should not be able to appear anywhere in merely 14 billion years. As we are here, however, there has to be some mechanism that makes intelligent life possible, unless we are created and developed in a supernatural way.
DNA Consciousness - From Theory to Science by John K. Grandy
Menas C. Kafatos received a B.A. in physics from Cornell University in 1967 and a Ph.D. inphysics from M.I.T. in 1972. He is the founding dean of the Schmid College of Science and Tech-nology at Chapman University, and now directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles in a wide range of science.
John K. Grandy studied biology at Canisius College, and has a masters of science based upon cancer research with concentrations in neurophysiology and molecular immunology. He has published articles in medicine, genetics and on consciousness, and he has lectured at such places as Harvard, the Imperial College of London and Stockholm University.
The five major themes of DNA consciousness were presented for the first time at the International Conference on Humanism and Posthumanismthat was held at Belgrade University, Serbia in April 2009. This conference and four additional conferences that I would be invited to over the upcoming two years would have a profound infuence on the transformation of DNA consciousness from theory to science...In past articles I argued that the focus of consciousness has historically been on human consciousness. However, there was no all-encompassing definition of consciousness which allows the inclusion of other forms or degrees of consciousness. It became obvious during my synthesis of the theory of DNA consciousness that a novel definition needed to be derived that encompassed all degrees of consciousness; from the level of quarks (I don’t know enough about string theory to include the substructure of quarks) up to the level of humans.
Do Consciousness and Electrons Exist in Water? by Ingrid Fredriksson
Ingrid Fredriksson has an M.A. degree in public health education. She has written several books, including Flow Forever, The Third Book, The Power of Thought, Free from Dangerous Stress, H20: Just Ordinary Water, and There Is No Death. She is editor of Aspects of Consciousness: Essays on Physics, Death and the Mind (McFarland).
The Universe We Can't See With Our Eyes: Every one of your cells are conscious, together they make up you and your conscious-ness. Does consciousness and electrons exist in water? In every living being and organism there is an entire world as amazing as the one we see around us. In our body there are 100 trillion cells (10 to exponential 12), and DNA that extends 10,000 kilometers. The base pairs in our DNA are held together by hydrogen. Maybe the hydrogen bonds in DNA’s base pairs constitute our immune system and our consciousness! There is water in the cells, and between them, and while large molecules have to go through membrane proteins to enter the cells, small molecules like H2O and O2 can pass through the cell membrane without difficulty. In the spaces between the brain cells, at the end of every neuron, the basic unit of a brain cell, are synapses, where chemical charges build up. In the same space dendrites—tiny filaments of nerve endings communicate with other neurons, sending out and receiving their own electrical wave impulses. This, together with the quantum hologram and nonlocal consciousness, provides an explanation and an exciting developmental phase in the illusion in which we live. Consciousness appears to exist in everything that has DNA. If we conceive a non-local consciousness, as it is demonstrated by the EPR paradox, Alain Aspect, or modern information technology, we gain a number of explanations for what had previously been unexplained, as when consciousness leaves the body in out-of-body or near-death experiences when people describe having seen their body from above, or when a loved one dies and knowledge of this reaches us instantaneously on another continent. “I have my body and I am consciousness” says Pim van Lommel.
The Non- Local Universe Is the Conscious Universe by Menas C. Kafatos, Hyejung Lee & Keun Hang Susan Yang
Menas C. Kafatos received a B.A. in physics from Cornell University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. in 1972. He is the founding dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, and now directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles in a wide range of science.
Hyejung Lee is a Korean Medical Doctor (KMD) and professor at the College of Korean Med-icine, Kyung Hee University. She has published more than 200 articles about acupuncture and science, as well as a book,
The Meridian, Philosophy of Flow.
Keun-Hang Susan Yang holds an M.S. in bioinformatics and a Ph.D. in computational biology and neuroscience from George Mason University. She is a professor of computational science and biosciences in the Schmid College of Science and Technology and director of international scienceprograms at Chapman University.
Today we realize that quantum theory has many profound implications for understanding the nature of consciousness. Consciousness continues to challenge all of science and it is fair to say that, although much progress has been made in the understanding of the brain as a physical object of incredible complexity, not much progress has been achieved in understanding or even accounting for the most elementary subjective experiences. Today, scientists in many polls about what are the two most important and unsolved topics facing science, they respond the nature of the universe and the nature of conscious experience...The issue of consciousness presents a clear embarrassment to modern science. Despite the great successes of theoretical physics, cosmology and quantum field theory, despite the advances of molecular biology, and brain science... we still don’t have a comprehensive theory of consciousness. It is even worse than that; we seem not to agree on a common framework of terms. Yet, any theoretical advance will have to involve an understanding and development of a suitable set of mathematical languages...It is now an accepted construct from quantum measurement theory that observational choices in the laboratory determine the context of what is to be observed, we may even state (as Richard Feynman and John A. Wheeler would hold) that without observation, particles don’t even have any properties. In the participatory quantum universe, as Wheeler (1981) would say, “no phenomenon is a phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon” and as such, the observer’s choices play a fundamental role. The observer is an integral part of the process of what is to be observed. Quantum theory opened the door to consciousness but did not provide a solution, except hints of what the next steps might be (Kafatos and Nadeau, 2000; Kafatos, Tanzi, and Chopra, 2011).
What Is Love? - The Physical Cosmology of Spiritual Union by Richard L Amoroso
Anthropic Multiverse Cosmology - Noetic Context for Love
Richard L. Amoroso is a theoretical physicist and noeticist. He is the director of the Noetic Advanced Studies Institute, California, and of the quantum computing research laboratory at Veszprem University, Hungary. The author of over 30 books, 200 academic papers and chapters in five languages, he holds four U.S. patents on quantum computing and related medical technologies.
Until now descriptions of the nature of love have been left to the muse of poets and inspiration of philosophers. Psychologists usually refer to love as an emotion and biologists as a biochemical condition. Proponents of Artificial Intelligence (AI) suggest love can be described by a computer program even with current computer technology if we only knew the correct algorithm. Cognitive psychologists would profess that love reduces to configurational states in neural networks, microtubules or synapses. These aspects are not denied only that they are the wrapping and not the essence of love itself. Now that the physical cosmology of the mind-body interaction (awareness) has been discovered, it is possible to describe the fundamental basis of love. What is the soul, what is life, what is intelligence, and especially what is love and why it takes a whole cosmology to be adequately described are questions that noetic science begins to formally answer.
Noetic Science is based on an alternative to Big Bang cosmology called the Holo-graphic Anthropic Multiverse (HAM). This alternative cosmology is required because the Big Bang has no life principle able to describe consciousness beyond chemistry or an erroneously theorized computer program in the brain (Mind = Brain). Scientifically Hubble discovered a cosmological redshift, not an expansion of the universe as has been concluded by Big Bang cosmologists. A cosmological redshift is however observed. But in HAM cosmology if one assumes that the photon of light has a tiny mass, 10-65g, then redshift occurs instead by a “tired-light” mechanism. Imagine skipping a stone across water. Each time the stone hits the water and skips, it loses a little energy and the skips and velocity of the stone get shorter and smaller until thestone stops and sinks into the water. In terms of astrophysics this means light still gets redder and redder with distance but eventually it loses all its energy and disappears from view in our telescopes. This is the limit of observation in cosmology. In physics minute photon mass is created by the periodic internal rotation of the photon’s energy that creates a gravitational field (periodic mass) causing the photon to couple to spacetime once per wave cycle and lose energy just like the skipping stone. If the photon had no mass, why wouldn’t the speed of light be infinite instead of merely 300 k/s?
Consciousness in the Third Millennium by (Al Faki & Fredriksson)
Amna Al Faki, M.D., is a professor of pediatric and child health at Omdurman Islamic University in Sudan. She is the originator of the hypothesis that the heart is a sensory organ, and the principal organ for the emergence of consciousness, through heart-brain interaction.
Ingrid Fredriksson has an M.A. degree in public health education. She has written several books,including Flow Forever, The Third Book, The Power of Thought, Free from Dangerous Stress, H20: Just Ordinary Water, and There Is No Death. She is editor of Aspects of Consciousness: Essays on Physics, Death and the Mind
The “heart intelligence” together with “brain intelligence” seems a feasible approach to explain the biological phenomenon of consciousness. I (Al Faki) published the first paper in the world stating that the heart is a sense organ that deals with feelings, emotions, thought processing and extra sensory perceptions. Furthermore, that it plays a fundamental role in the emergence of conscious experience, conscious act (Amna Alfaki, 2009, Medial Hypothesis) and not solely a simple mechanical pump. In fact I consider the heart as a substrate and the first step in emergence of conscious and voluntary action. Consciousness at the current time is the most exotic and challenging subject of research in neuroscience, neurophysiology, psychology, philosophy, human sciences, religion and advanced research in technology related to artificial intelligence, space sciences, etc. So consciousness is now at the heart of all important scientific research, but in spite of all what has been mentioned above, the important question is does the unexplained phenomenon of consciousness deserve all this extensive effort? That is, the multidisciplinary international annual forums and conferences which have now started in many parts of the world including the United States, Europe, Canada and others to explain in scientific bases the genesis of consciousness. Is it worthwhile? Is it cost effective?
The Need for an Existential Holism by Alf E. Sjöberg
Alf E. Sjöberg is a member of the Värmland Writers’ Association in Sweden, holds a master’s degree in business administration and managerial economics from Columbia Pacific University and worked as an accredited auditor. He lives outside Karlstad, Sweden, and is the author of several books as well as numerous reviews and articles.
On wisdom (holo-thesis) as something far more than knowledge (synthesis) for the purpose of finding the meaning, possibilities, and goal of life, was it, I wonder, the hope of wisdom that remained at the bottom of Pandora’s Box when all the knowledge-based troubles were set loose from it?
In this essay I wish to bring out some paths—as remarkable as they are possible—to an existentiological model of explanation. It begins with aquantum philosophy perspective in connection with yoga and the hypothesis of the Tree of Life. It then becomes possible to look more closely at the phenomenon of Stonehenge and shamanism as a development of consciousness in ancient people. From there we must ask ourselves what interest is, and how the ancient Greeks responded to that question mythologically. We are then able to pose the question of what growth actually is and whether it is sustainable. The purpose of growth that is sustainable is the quality of human life: an existential quantum humanism with its meaning, possibilities, and goals. But this requires wisdom, for knowledge seems not to suffice. Wisdom “x-rays” knowledge when it manifests itself as illumination in meditation.
Thinking Matters - Well-Being, Mindfulness and the Global Commons by
Janet McIntyre-Mills is a sociologist based at Flinders University. She is the author of books about social and environmental justice, public policy and governance. Her research focuses on well- being, consciousness and cosmopolitan ethics associated with governance and democracy,and addresses excessive social, economic and environmental consumption.
As I get older and I look around me, I begin to understand the notion that we write the landscape in our daily choices and we create the world around us with every word we utter and every action we take. The joy of living and the life- giving energy as we create rapport with one another can contrast with the negative energy or deathly silence or coolness towards one another which creates distance. When we die who we are andhow we live as individuals and as groups is written in the landscape and a memory trace is carried by those with whom we made a connection. For some the memory trace is carried at the local level by their grace and their stewardship of the land which they touched gently and with care. For others the memory trace is carried through their words written on paper from trees that have been felled and carried in digital waves through highly developed internet systems that generate land fill and toxins. It seems to me that living lightly and designing renewable forms of communication will become increasingly important. The work of Yoland Wadsworth and Rose Bird stresses the importance of human praxis. Our bodies are part of the environment when we are alive and when we die. The connections we make with other sentient creatures and with the land is part of this understanding of the interconnectedness of life. We need to think of the human body as connected to the air we breathe and to the land or air to which we will return.
Systematic Mental Training - Effects on Brain, Mind and Reality by
Lars-Eric Uneståhl received a Ph.D. in psychology from Uppsala University in Sweden and is the founding president of the Scandinavian International University. He has been a visiting professor to a number of universities around the world and has organized seven world congresses in areas including sport psychology, mental training, and hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine. He is the author of 21 books and many research articles, and his mental training programs are used in many countries around the world.
Integrated Mental Training (IMT) was created in 1969 based on 10 years of research focused on three areas: (a) hypnosis, self- hypnosis and other alternative states of con-sciousness (ASC); (b) mind and body issues, especially directed to sport performances (the author was an athlete himself); and (c) the effects of systematic and long-term training on mental, emotional and social processes and areas. IMT is based on the training and use of “alternative states of consciousness” (ASC?), mainly self- hypnosis. Another important part is the learning and development of “alternative systems of control” (ASC?) like triggers and images. IMT also uses “alternative systems of change” (ASC?) from very structured and voluntary effort–based changes, to cybernetic programming.
Index to J. E Beichler Consciousness Papers by Jim Beichler - Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, Consciousness Studies, Faculty Member - Consciousness Manifesto: Physical origins of consciousness through evolution and revolution Once the positivistic/escapist interpretation that human consciousness is epiphenomenal, i.e., accidental, is dismissed there are two possible approaches to the scientific study of consciousness. Bottom-up consciousness, from the individual organism or being to the universe, and Consciousness from the top-down, from the universe to the individual. These two approaches mark the outer boundaries of the present scientific search for a theoretical model of consciousness, even though Consciousness goes beyond science and moves into the realm of metaphysics.
Living in a Mindful Universe A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness
Dr. Eben Alexander shares the next phase of his journey to comprehend the true nature of consciousness. His challenge parallels a revolutionary shift now underway within modern scientific understanding of the nature of reality. Ultimately, direct experience is key to fully realizing how we are all connected through the binding force of unconditional love and its unlimited ability to heal. See also: Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander (PDF download) and Beyond the Brain An Interview with Eben Alexander
2015 by Richard Smoley - Today the intellectual world is facing an insurrection. It has nothing to do with politics or economics. It is about worldviews. Contemporary intellectual thought is hidebound by a materialistic view of the universe that automatically shuts out anything of the "spiritual," or, God forbid, "mystical." More and more evidence is coming to light that refutes this narrow view of reality. And more and more intellectuals are standing up against it.
The Theosophical Society Our mission is to encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.
Mystery of the Mind A Critical Study of Consciousness and the Human Mind by Wilder Penfield (1975) - (Published in Project Muse PDF in 2015) In the past fifty years scientists have begun to discover how the human brain functions. In this book Wilder Penfield, whose work has been at the forefront of such research, describes the current state of knowledge about the brain and asks to what extent recent findings explain the action of the mind. He offers the general reader a glimpse of exciting discoveries usually accessible to only a few scientists. He writes: "Throughout my own scientific career I, like other scientists, have struggled to prove that the brain accounts for the mind. But perhaps the time has come when we may profitably consider the evidence as it stands, and ask the question...Can the mind be explained by what is now known about the brain?" The central question, he points out, is whether man's being is determined by his body alone or by mind and body as separate elements. Before suggesting an answer, he gives a fascinating account of his experience as a neurosurgeon and scientist observing the brain in conscious patients.
The Inside Story - Consciousness, Nature, Transcendence by George Theiner - A transdisciplinary conference on Mind, Matter, Meaning & Mysticism - November 9-10, 2018, Villanova University, Pennsylvania: Philip Clayton, Does Mind Emerge from Matter?; Terrence Deacon, Is There a Deep Continuity between Mind and Life?; Timothy O'Conner, Panpsychism vs Dualism: Does it Matter?; Ilia Delio, Can Matter Transcend Alone?
The Science of Consciousness Abstracts for Conference at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, April, 2018 Center for Consciousness Studies, U. of Arizona - Upcoming: Interlaken, Switzerland - June 25-28, 2019
The Laszloinstitute The new paradigm - the paradigm of cosmos and consciousness emerging at the cutting edge of the sciences - combines the latest discoveries in the empirical sciences with the timeless wisdom of the great spiritual traditions. Recognizing and living this paradigm is the key to our wellbeing, our life, and our future. It is a beacon that illuminates the bonds that link us to each other, and to all living things on this planet. We are not strangers on the Earth, but expressions of the trend that unfolds in the universe. We are evolved expressions of the force that joins the proton and the neutron to form the nucleus of the atom, and attracts electrons to build complex atoms—and atoms to build molecules and molecules and cells to create living organisms. That force is in us. It “in-forms” every cell of our brain and of our body.
Science and Nonduality Insights from the Mystics - With the Scientific Revolution, empirical discoveries began to undermine religious doctrine, and tension grew between those who sought truth through rational inquiry based on observation and those who accepted the authority of various religious dogmas. While the liberation of science from religion resulted in tremendous technological advances, it also led to the fragmentation of knowledge and to a science no longer engaged with the big questions of what it means to be human, to be conscious, and to seek meaning and purpose. If our civilization is to be saved from its own excesses, it is urgent to answer the longing of those with a deep spiritual intuition who cannot find their way through a religious world so alienated from the contemporary mind. It is vital to give birth to spiritual paths which are 100% compatible with a modern view of the world. SAND honors and nurtures the exploration and experience of nonduality as a pathway to greater wisdom and wellbeing in the context of the unique challenges of the 21st century
The Unknown Brain TED Radio Hour, 2015 -
The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain: Jill Bolte-Taylor: How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?; Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What Makes The Human Brain Unique?; Nancy Kanwisher: What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?; Rebecca Saxe: How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?; David Chalmers: How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?
Institute of Noetic Science IONS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, transformative learning, and engaging a global community in the realization of our human potential. We conduct, advance, and broaden the science of what connects us, reaching new understandings about the nature of reality and our extended capacities. Our goal is to create a shift in consciousness worldwide—where people recognize that we are all part of an interconnected whole and are inspired to take action to help humanity and the planet thrive.