This week, I had the great pleasure and honor to spend time in Austin, Texas, where I did a presentation on Deep Creativity for the local Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) group on Tuesday (4/3) and then led a Global Chant circle at the Unity of the Hills Church on Wednesday (4/4). What I discovered during my brief stay is a very thriving spiritual community that is making significant advances in a number of areas related to consciousness and mind-body health.
At the heart of that community are Joe and Lynne Lam, my very gracious hosts. Joe heads up the IONS Austin group and is always looking for ways to bring people together. The folks he is attracting include some of the most fascinating healers, thinkers, and innovators I have had the pleasure to meet. Their work is so groundbreaking that I want to share a little of it with you:
Chuck and Karen Robison run a website called "What if it Really Works?" which features interviews with pioneers of what they call the "new spiritual culture," including Marianne Williamson, Bruce Lipton, and Tom Campbell. Chuck is a former United Nations Chaplain and Karen served as a youth minister for one of the largest New Thought churches in the U. S. They are also the co-authors of The Quantum Conspiracy.
Richard Massey, M.D. and Meridian Grace, N.D. have a shared practice called Awakening Health that addresses major health issues by looking at the underlying relationship among psychological, spiritual, and biochemical factors. Their groundbreaking work attracts clients from all over the world, and their commitment to this healing work is truly inspiring. If I had a life-threatening health issue, I would seek out their expertise without hesitation.
Anne Beversdorf is a vedic astrologer and the author of Vedic Secrets to Happiness, which uses simple karmic remedies to help resolve imbalances in virtually any aspect of a person's life. Besides that, she also uses a technique called Family Constellations to address ancestral factors that can contribute to mental and physical health issues. I found Anne's work to be brilliant and insightful.
There are so many other wonderful people I met in Austin, whose work I intend to discuss in future blog posts. It was a great honor for me to meet Susan Raja-Rao, the wife of the brilliant Indian novelist and scholar, Raja Rao. I was especially touched when she told me that her late husband would have loved the ideas in Deep Creativity. Susan gifted me with a collection of Raja Rao's writings that I have just started to read. His ideas about Vedanta, Indian culture, and the search for truth and happiness resonate deeply for me.
Finally, I want to share a few brief thoughts about Joe and Lynne Lam, pictured here in a field of blue bonnets near their home. They are the kind of open, supportive and loving people around whom spiritual communities can arise and thrive.
Joe's enthusiasm is absolutely infectious! When he introduced me to the IONS group on Tuesday evening, he did it with such warmth and humor that it set the tone perfectly for what I wanted to share with them that night. I am grateful to Joe and Lynne for making my trip to Austin so memorable. And of course, I am looking forward to my next visit!