Explorations into Consciousness

Episode Synopsis

Amy Lansky, former NASA computer scientist and author of the book Active Consciousness, talks about her primary influences; Barbara Brennan and Rudolf Steiner, healers and adepts who could see the etheric body. She discusses the importance of studying the Russian mystic, G. I. Gurdjieff’s work and his concept of the 4th way.

Guest Bio

Lansky has often been called an “intuitive scholar.” She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1977 with degrees in mathematics and computer science, and she received her doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in 1983. She did research work at several Silicon Valley institutions, including SRI International and NASA Ames Research Center, until she left the field in 1998 to pursue her interest in homeopathic medicine. This unusual move was prompted by the miraculous cure of her son’s autism with homeopathy. Since 2005, Lansky has been a student of Gary Sherman and Ellen Miller, the creators of a system of self-development and inquiry called perceptual integration. Amy Lansky is widely regarded as an expert writer and speaker on homeopathy.

What is Active Consciousness?

“Most of us use the term “conscious” or “consciousness” to denote the state of awareness when we are awake or alert, as opposed to asleep or simply unaware of what is going on. This is what I call “mundane” or “shallow” awareness or consciousness. Another feature that is commonly associated with the word “conscious” or “consciousness” is how we affect the world around us — that is, whether we “consciously” or “unconsciously” do things. For example, we might consciously move our hand, as opposed to unconsciously blink our eyes. This form of consciousness is more active (as opposed to passive), but it is still shallow or mundane.

When meditators access a stillness within them that is focused in the present moment — the Now — they also often access a deeper form of awareness. This depth awareness links them to their inner or higher Self — the part of them that perceives things from a higher and wiser perspective. Access to the Self is the goal of most meditative practices and yields what I call deep consciousness.

When a person uses deep consciousness to affect the world around them, they are exerting active consciousness. For example, using active consciousness, a person might enable their own body or someone else’s body to heal, affect the behavior of a physical object ( the behavior of an otherwise random device) and make wise and fortuitous choices that direct them toward their goals.” – Amy Lansky

“Amy Lansky’s new book is an inspiring and far-ranging investigation of contemporary consciousness research. In her program to spare us from the madness around us, she draws on Rudolf Steiner, Gurdjieff, Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Radin, and many others. She is also encouraging us to explore the transformation of our consciousness as a way to increase our peace of mind, happiness, and what the Buddhists call liberation from the wheel of suffering. Who would not want that?”
Russell Targ, author of Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness

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