I'm Joseph Bernard, Ph.D. My work is guiding and encouraging you to live with purpose, to set a course towards a greater realization of what is possible for your life, and to expand your opportunities for greater happiness, peace, and love. As you grow it benefits humanity and makes you an active participant in making a positive difference in the world. 

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What Next at IONS Consciousness in Action?

I feel grateful for all the like-minded people who share in their desire for a better world. This better world would be: guided by the highest consciousness; inspired by compassion and love; in touch with the needs and concerns of the people; supportive of self-realization and the fullest expression of human potential; and encouraging of the intuitive and creative genius in each person. This world would be empowered to resolve all differences and to build a common ground of respect and understanding. This may seem ideal but it is immensely more practical because in you and I is the ability to make it happen. This does not call for us to be any more than who we are capable of being. There is in you and I such a vastness of possibility. Take a moment and feel the buzz of purpose and passion that flows through you. . . . . . . . . . .

Although you may not have yet fully tapped into the forces that wait in you for release and realization, the reservoir is full and the dam of your self-limitations is about to burst. Take some time to explore the following questions and then together you and I will set the world on fire with the passion of a mission that is unstoppable.

  • Find out who the “I” is? Is the “I” who you are?
  • What is your witness consciousness?
  • How do you limit yourself?
  • Which do you have greater control over: the world around you or your mind? Which one has the most potential to improve the quality of you life?
  • These two incredible speakers Robert Thurman and Andrew Harvey had much to say about consciousness in action. Check them out on Google and see what they are about.

The path to be a participant of consciousness in action is full of questions. I hope you find the above questions helpful. Robert and Andrew are definitely worth discovering. I hope to write more about them soon.

T-shirt sales are going great at the conference. It is so exciting to participate and have Peace Together www.peace-gether.com as part of this conference. We feel very involved with people that can make a difference in the world.

Peace and Purpose to you.


IONS Conference Opens to Transform

We made it to Palm Springs last night where the conference begins today. It is 109 outside. Air conditioning is a great invention. We noticed a couple of places we stopped to eat, along the way here, how hurried and unaware people seemed of others. This country sometimes seems to be on speed.

How did we all get to be in such a hurry? How come there is so much worry in people’s faces? It seems that impatience is rushing through our bodies like some kind of survival drug? People seem frantic and unable to look anywhere but straight ahead.

Now at the conference, things seem much more relaxed. I like that feeling. It seems more natural and how we are meant to be. The conference is put on by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and is titled Consciousness in Action – The Science and Practice of Transformation. This is there 12th International Conference. The speakers/presenters sound impressive and I am really looking forward to taking in all these great ideas. I will share as much as I can with you the reader as I go along and after.

Until then, I was thinking more about one love, one mind, one consciousness as we traveled through a barren yet oddly beautiful canyon somewhere between Utah, Arizona and Nevada. We traveled through these 3 states in about 30 minutes as they all come together in this one spot and only imaginary boundaries separate these states.

This imaginary boundary ides is an interesting one. Just like the astronauts who first experienced the earth from far away. They too saw there were no boundaries on the Earth from Space. All these boundaries are imaginary and we humans argue for and sadly even kill in the name of their realness. I wonder if the boundaries between each other are more imaginary than real? That in fact we are one love, one mind, one consciousness more than we are separate? The ego, for sure, argues for our differences. Beyond the ego there is far more in common and our hearts, minds and consciousness are much more open to joining together.

I will write again soon to let you know about the conference. Keep exploring and let me know how the love, mind and consciousness are doing in connecting to the greater union.


Inspirations From The Road - Day One

Today was day one of our journey. We drove for about 9.5-10 hours and now are in a nice air conditioned room and relaxing. We spent many hours listen to a book on CD called Father Joe. I had heard positive things about this book and now that I have heard about 5 hours of it. This is an inspirational story about a priest who is full of heart and consciousness. I got lucky on that pick at the library yesterday. Listening to a book while driving long distances sure makes the time fly. Having Father Joe’s wisdom to uplift us has been a real gift.

The story about this young man and his mentor priest got me thinking about how precious it is to have someone of wisdom and insight to talk with for awareness, perspective and guidance. I found myself wishing I had that when I was a young man. Now, however, I am much closer in age to Father Joe. I’ve had several mentors but mainly through their writings and talks. I guess it is never too late to have a mentor and maybe it is time for me to do some mentoring?

If there is a possible mentor in your life, I highly recommend that you connect with him or her to help you be more fully realized. Guidance from some one who has the knowing you desire can have a very positive result in your life.

This song I listened to on my Shuffle also lifted my higher today. It is One Love sung by Bono and Mary J Blige. One love is a powerful song that made me think, is there one love? The world is filled with love, is there only really one love we are either tapped into or not to varying degrees? I would say yes, what would you say?

I would say there is also one mind of which all minds are a part of that one mind? Does that make sense to you? How about one consciousness, which we are awakening into? I think so, how about you?

I want to explore this idea or one love, one mind and one consciousness further. On this trip, I am going to see what I can learn, observe, intuit and explore talking with others. Your ideas are truly welcome. Please leave your comments below.



Story Telling Time To Wake You Up

Today I begin a 3 week car journey and I am excited. We first travel to Saint George, Utah and tomorrow to Palm Springs for the IONS conference. Then to Santa Barbara and the last week will be in Oregon. I will keep the journal going most days and write about the inspirations and ideas I discover. Today I want to share with you an excellent book that I have been reading. The book is in story form and full of what the author calls, “rules of the game.” The book is titled, Stop Struggling and Start Living by Elfreda Pretorius.

What I most like about the book is that it is a teaching story and that it is written well enough to keep my attention. The story is about a guy who is not doing well and desperate. He finds himself about to end his life when a person appears to talk with him. They have this lengthy discussion about life on this mountain top. I find many of the lessons good reminders and the book is full of questions worth thinking about.

I very much appreciate books that tell stories and also wake me up at the same time, great summer reading material. I have always loved good stories that have heart, that make me think, that expand my viewpoint, that increase my awareness and provide me with insights into myself and life. Some of my favorites include: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman; Joshua by Joseph Girzone; Illusions by Richard Bach; Wandering Taoist by Deng Ming-Dao; Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield are a few that come to mind. Most of these books have follow-up books also worth reading. These kinds of stories are enjoyable to read and leave me a better person in some way.

It seems I am kind of a consciousness junky. I love reading that takes me higher. Can you identify with that? The world needs as many people awake as possible. Reading is one great way to expand ourselves. There are certainly lots of self-improvement books out there. A good story to me is just a more fun way to learn and grow.

Have a good read and be a more awake person. The world needs you and me to show up alert and ready to make a difference.


Body, Fitness and Energy

I was thinking I needed to write about the importance of the body as more then a vehicle that caries me around. The body is a source of energy and wisdom. A healthy body serves you and I in many ways. Body health is being strong, flexible, fit and well fed. When you have a body that is well taken care of with a healthy diet, exercise and time to relax, then you have a powerful partner for the work of you mind, heart and spirit.

I want to talk about a healthy diet first because food plays a big part in how much energy we have. I am not a diet expert but have explored the topic extensively over the years. Eating what is good for my body, mind and heart has become my guide. I eat to fuel me, to keep my mind functioning optimally and for the health of my heart and fitness. When I listen to my body, I know what it needs. (A word of caution here: eating to soothe your emotions can often be less then healthy, talking is better.)

A full program of exercise is important to keep the body running well. I prefer to work out daily because I feel better doing so. Exercise energizes me, keeps my body and heart healthy and clears my mind. My exercise includes endurance work, strength building and flexibility. I prefer cross-training rather then just one kind of exercise. Variety is excellent for maximizing exercise. Yoga and Tai Chi are two practices that I find very valuable.

Eating well and keeping fit gives me the stamina to keep on going through the challenges of life.

One other aspect of the body I wanted to address was the body wisdom. The body is a sensing, processing and feeling masterpiece. The wisdom of the body comes from its innate knowing. The body senses the truth beyond the words. The body feels what is going on at a level more tuned in than the mind. The gut instinct is a powerful predictor of what is coming your and my way. There is wisdom at the cellular level that represents the entire history of human development on the planet. The body is a sure guide when you and I learn to listen to it.

Take good care of the body, let it relax and repair when needed and listen carefully to its knowing guidance. You will benefit greatly from doing so.