Keynote Presentation description: For thousands of years, mystics and shamans throughout the world have reported experiencing the existence of a “greater spiritual reality” populated not only by “formerly physical” people (and animals), but “higher” spiritual beings (e.g. “angels” and “guides”) as well. If 21st century science succeeds in creating a sensitive and reliable technology for accurately detecting the presence of spirit, the question arises, who will choose to use this revolutionary communication technology? Will the desire to use spirit communication technology be primarily limited to our “ancestors” – i.e. people who have transitioned before us? Or, will higher spiritual beings, including angels and guides, choose to use it for the purpose of fostering our personal and global wellness, enlightenment, and peace? In this presentation I will review state-of-the-art evidence involving optical-sciences technology as well as mediums which lead to the controversial conclusion that in addition to dedicated people “on the other side,” there are higher spiritual beings (e.g. Angel Sophia and her team) who are indeed deeply interested in – and committed to – the creation and utilization of the emerging “Soul Phone” technology (Schwartz, 2011; 2014). Transformative implications of the expanding partnership between “us” in physical reality and “Them” in the Greater Reality will be discussed.
Saturday Banquet Presentation Title: "A White Crow Spirit: What Susy Smith has taught me about the other side after she died"
Saturday Banquet Presentation Description: Immediately following the death of Susy Smith, 89 years old, the author of thirty books on parapsychology and survival of consciousness, it was possible to conduct two experiments to see if evidence of her continued consciousness could be obtained. Experiment I involved a single-blind design with an experienced research medium who serves as Chairperson of the Mediumship Research Committee in the Human Energy Systems Laboratory at the University of Arizona. Experiment II was partially blind and included two new research mediums who were blind to the name and history of the deceased person (Smith). The findings from both experiments provided strong evidence for the continuance of information about Smith.
On February 11, 2001, Susy Smith had a massive heart attack during dinner and passed away. She was 89 years old. She was to be honored on March 8, 2001 at The Great Debate, a dialogue between a leading medium (Laurie Campbell), a celebrated skeptic (Ray Hyman, Ph.D.), and a well-known scientist (Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.) at the Duval Auditorium at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.
Susy Smith had been looking forward to her passing for many years. She had designed (1) initially with the collaboration of members of the Board of Directors of the Survival Research Foundation in 1971, and (2) recently with the authors of this paper (Schwartz and Russek, 1997), a controlled afterlife codes experiment. Smith has offered a $10,000 prize to anyone who can successfully receive her secret message. Smith's experiment operated on the web (www.afterlifecodes.com, no longer functional) as part of the Susy Smith Project in the Human Energy Systems Laboratory. It is described in detail in her last published book (Smith, 2000).
The presentation honors Smith, who Russek calls "the matriarch of survival research." It presents findings obtained with the collaboration of three research-oriented mediums that provide support for the hypothesis that Susy's consciousness has continued since her passing.
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Linda G. Russek, Ph.D.
Human Energy Systems Laboratory
University of Arizona
Bio: Gary E. Schwartz is a professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. He is also corporate director of development of energy healing for Canyon Ranch Resorts and the author of several books, including The Afterlife Experiments, The G.O.D.Experiments, The Truth about Medium, The Energy Healing Experiments, and the coauthor of The Living Energy Universe. He has authored or coauthored more than 450 scientific papers including 6 in the journal Science, and has co-edited 11 academic books. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs including HBO, Discovery, Arts & Entertainment, and NPR.
THE SACRED PROMISE
How Science is Discovering Spirit's Collaboration with Us in Our Daily Lives
Gary E. Schwartz, PhD
The Urgent Message of THE SACRED PROMISE
Do spirits exist, and if so, can they play a useful if not essential role in our individual and collective lives?
Are there sources of invisible information and guidance waiting to be tapped and harnessed if we are just willing to listen?
If we, in our essence, are spirits too, can we come to see this possibility when we look at ourselves in the mirror? And can we draw on this great inner potential and power with wisdom and love to change our ways accordingly, before it is too late for humankind?
I believe that science not only can address such questions, but in the process can potentially help increase our ability to receive spiritual information accurately, and we can then act upon it safely and wisely.
There Is More Out There
We live in a critical time in human evolution. We are overpopulating the planet and making a mess of the earth in the process. The effects of our unchecked growth are widespread and well documented, from air and water pollution, through the destruction of plant and animal life, to economic and climate instability.
Brief Academic History - Past and Present
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona, at the main campus in Tucson. In addition to teaching courses on health and spiritual psychology, he is the Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.
Gary received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1971 and was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years. He later served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, was director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988.
In September 2002 he received a $1.8 million dollars award from the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health to create a Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science at the University of Arizona, which he directed for four years.
Gary collaborates with Canyon Ranch on biofield science and energy healing research and serves as the Corporate Director of Development of Energy Healing at Canyon Ranch.
Publications and Honors
Gary has published more than four hundred and fifty scientific papers, including six papers in the journal Science. Gary has also co-edited eleven academic books, is the author of The Energy Healing Experiments (2007), The G.O.D. Experiments (2006), The Afterlife Experiments (2002), The Truth about Medium (2005), and The Living Energy Universe (1999). His new book The Sacred Promise: How Science is Discovering Spirit’s Collaboration with Us in Our Daily Lives was published in January 2011.
The Energy Healing Experiments (2007) received the Gold Medal from the Nautilus Book Awards.
Gary is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research.
He received a Young Psychologist Award and an Early Career Award for Distinguished Research from the American Psychological Association. He served as President of the Biofeedback Society of America and the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. In 2004 he received a Distinguished Scientist Award for Energy Psychology from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and in 2006 a Distinguished Scientist Award from the United States Psychotronic Association.
Gary is highly experienced in speaking publicly about health psychology, energy healing, and spiritual research, and is in high demand. He has been interviewed on major network television shows including Dateline and Good Morning America, as well as on MSNBC, Nightline, Anderson Cooper 360, and The O’Reilly Factor. His work has been the subject of documentaries and profiles on Discovery, HBO, Arts & Entertainment, Fox, History and the SciFi Channel, among others.
Gary has been interviewed on hundreds of radio shows, including four evenings on Art Bell's Coast to Coast AM, and on PBS, CBC and BBC. His work has been described in various magazines and newspapers including USA Today, the London Times, The New York Times, and The LA Times, as well as a feature profile in Biography magazine.
Gary is married to Rhonda Eklund-Schwartz, an artist and writer.
Rhonda's new book Love Eternal: Breakthrough Personal and Scientific Evidence for Life After Death includes surprising evidence of the apparent role that Marcia Eklund, her deceased mother, and Susy Smith, Gary's deceased adopted grandmother, played in bringing them together from the "other side." This extraordinary, seemingly unbelievable evidence is provided in detail in Love Eternal.
Gary's hobbies include collecting Pacifiic Nortwest Coast, Southwest Coast Native American, and African sculptures, reading mysteries and non-fiction books about science and spirituality, watching the wildlife behind his home, listening to (and playing) smooth jazz, and walking and exploring.