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The Summer Speakers Series is Here!

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Please join us for the Spirituality Mind Body Institute Summer Speaker Series, 2016, at Teachers College, Columbia University. This season features Marko Pogačnik, Dr. Andrew Newberg, and Barnet Bain.
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 PM in Milbank Chapel
Rediscovering the Cosmos of the Earth with Marko PogačnikThursday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM in Milbank Chapel
How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain
with Dr. Andrew Newberg

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM in Milbank Chapel
Communicating Spirituality on the Screen: Making the Extraordinary Ordinary with Barnet Bain



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UNESCO Artist for Peace
Rediscovering the Cosmos of the EarthTuesday, June 28th
6:30-8:30 PM in Milbank ChapelThe ecological destruction of our home planet is primarily the consequence of dealing with the Earth as a material object and not viewing it as a complex consciousness. Based upon his direct experience the author presents the Earth as an autonomous multidimensional cosmos and a conscious creative being. Ways of perceiving the so-called “invisible” extensions of reality will be presented as well the methods of communication and collaboration with the beings of the Earth; be it trees, places and also the elemental beings – focuses of the Earth consciousness operating in nature.
The talk is aiming at:
Understanding better the sacredness of the Earth and its consciousness
Understanding the role of the human being within the Earthly Cosmos
Opening the path of perception and communication with the Earth and its beingsWebsite: markopogacnik.com



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How Enlightenment Changes Your BrainThursday, June 30th  
6:30-8:30 PM in Milbank ChapelThe bestselling authors of How God Changes Your Brain reveal the neurological underpinnings of enlightenment, offering unique strategies to help readers experience its many benefits. In this original and groundbreaking book, Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman turn their attention to the pinnacle of the human experience: enlightenment. Through his brain- scan studies on Brazilian psychic mediums, Sufi mystics, Buddhist meditators, Franciscan nuns, Pentecostals, and participants in secular spirituality rituals, Newberg has discovered the specific neurological mechanisms associated with the enlightenment experience–and how we might activate those circuits in our own brains.In his survey of more than one thousand people who have experienced enlightenment, Newberg has also discovered that in the aftermath they have had profound, positive life changes. Enlightenment offers us the possibility to become permanently less stress-prone, to break bad habits, to improve our collaboration and creativity skills, and to lead happier, more satisfying lives. Relaying the story of his own transformational experience as well as including the stories of others who try to describe an event that is truly indescribable, Newberg brings us a new paradigm for deep and lasting change.Website: www.andrewnewberg.com



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Communicating Spirituality on the Screen:
Making the Extraordinary Ordinary
Wednesday, July 6th
6:30 – 8:30 PM in Milbank Chapel
It is human to develop a complex story to explain our circumstances.  You have likewise developed a ‘story’.  A mental narrative you or I have created, but nevertheless assume has reality in the world as a fact.  We all make stories constantly based on evidence from past experience that colors our thoughts about the present and future.  My focus is about helping myself and others develop a relationship with the timeless present.   For this reason it is valuable to ‘model’ Being behaviors whenever possible.  This is the power of film.Author and film-maker Barnet Bain’s film credits include ‘Milton’s Secret’ (director, writer) starring Donald Sutherland and Michelle Rodriguez based on the book by Eckhart Tolle coming to theaters 2017, Oscar-winner ‘What Dreams May Come’ (producer), Emmy-award nominee ‘Homeless to Harvard’ (executive producer), and ‘The Celestine Prophecy’ (producer, writer).
Barnet is the author of ‘The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work’, (Atria, 2015).

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