August 6th, 2010
Experts in Spirituality, Paranormal

People We Meet in WAKE UP

Abdi Assadi, M.S., Lic. Ac., is an acupuncturist and spiritual counselor. Raised in Africa, Asia and New York city, he studied a range of healing practices including shamanism, psychotherapy and acupuncture. His work centers on helping his clients use their disease and dysfunction as a doorway to spiritual serenity. He is the author of Shadows on the Path: Revelations and Pitfalls On the Spiritual Journey.

JZ Knight is the unique channel of Ramtha and author of the best-selling autobiography, “A State of Mind, My Story.” Historians and religious experts who have studied her life’s work call JZ Knight the Great American Channel and recognize her as one of the most charismatic and compelling spiritual leaders of the modern age. JZ Knight and Ramtha have captivated and inspired audiences worldwide for the last three decades, bridging ancient wisdom and the power of consciousness together with the latest discoveries in science. JZ Knight has appeared on national TV shows, such as Larry King and The Merv Griffin Show, offering spiritual insight and inspiration to thousands of people from all over the world and all walks of life, including many well-known figures from the entertainment world. JZ Knight is the president of JZK, Inc and Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (, a unique academy located in the foothills of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. The school was established in the 1980s and hosts over 10,000 students from the United States and 60 foreign countries. JZ Knight is the “channel” through which Ramtha delivers his message. Ramtha is an ascended Master Teacher who learned in his lifetime the unlimited potential of our minds for creating reality and the extraordinary in our lives. Ramtha lived as a human being on Earth 35,000 years ago. In that lifetime he discovered the true nature of the human person, the power of the mind, and the malleable nature of physical reality. Through his study of the nature of reality he achieved the supreme convergence of spirit and matter and became an ascended master. His powerful message of hope for humanity has already changed countless lives — none more powerfully and dramatically than JZ’s own life.

Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and author. She currently serves as Co-abbot and Guiding Teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Roshi Halifax received Dharma transmission from both Bernard Glassman and Thich Nhat Hanh, and previously studied under the Korean master Seung Sahn. In the 1970s, she collaborated on LSD research projects with Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with mythologist Joseph Campbell and anthropologist Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1990. As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She also founded the Upaya Prison Project. She was an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard’s Peabody Museum, received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, and was appointed as a Kluge Scholar at the Library of Congress. She is in the Board of Directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the relationship between science and Buddhism.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. Born in London in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was nineteen. In 1991 he moved to Northern California and became the successor of Irina Tweedie, author of Daughter of Fire. In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and the emerging global consciousness of oneness (see He has also specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. Author of several books, Llewellyn lectures throughout the United States and Europe.

Roger Nelson, Ph.D., is an experimental psychologist with a special interest in the lesser known aspects of perception and cognition. During the 1970′s he was a professor at a small college in Vermont, who typically said yes when good students wanted to do experiments in parapsychology. A series of coincidences led him to Princeton University in 1980, where he coordinated research at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab until he retired in 2002. In 1997 he founded the Global Consciousness Project (GCP) which he continues to direct. Nelson’s broad interests in psychology, physics, philosophy, and the arts have generated many opportunities to collaborate with creative people, including the interdisciplinary teams at PEAR and the GCP, developing technologies and experimental applications to study consciousness, intention, and mind-matter interactions both in the laboratory and in natural situations.

At the PEAR lab, Nelson managed the development of a variety of intention-based experiments, making good use of Princeton’s extraordinary facilities. The University’s school of engineering was at the center of advances in electronic and computer technology, ensuring that the PEAR experiments were at the cutting edge. By 1993, Nelson was using random number generators (RNG) in the field to register correlations of data with special states of group consciousness even in the absence of intentions. A few years later, this work led naturally to the GCP, which exploits the same RNG technology as the lab and field experiments, but in a world-spanning instrument designed to monitor the effects of globally shared emotions or states of consciousness. Like many scientists working at the edges of what we know, Nelson is conservative, demanding high quality science that embodies both skepticism and an open mind. Based on a decade of increasingly persuasive evidence from the GCP analyses, he has shifted focus toward public presentations about the research and its implications.

Stephan A. Schwartz is a Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing at the Samueli Institute. He is a Research Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research, and previously founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory, and Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center. For 40 years he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Schwartz is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research, and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in archaeology. Using Remote Viewing he discovered Cleopatra’s Palace, Marc Antony’s Timonium, ruins of the Lighthouse of Pharos, and sunken ships along the California coast, and in the Bahamas. In addition to numerous technical papers and reports on this work he has written four books: The Secret Vaults of Time, The Alexandria Project, Mind Rover and his latest, Opening to the Infinite. His submarine experiment, Deep Quest, using Remote Viewing helped determine that nonlocal perception is not an electromagnetic phenomenon. Other areas of interest include research into creativity and Therapeutic Intent/Healing. He is the columnist for the journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport which covers trends that are affecting the future.

Mark Johns-Colson is an enrolled member and a hereditary chief of the Chehalis Tribe. His hereditary name, Syk Amen, means .to remember like the sun. His bloodlines also consist of Yurok and Dakota. He currently lives on the Skokomish reservation in Washington state. He works with children and has co-founded a non-profit charity, Goodthinking 4 all our relations, which provides help for children living in poverty on North American reservations. To find out more about this charity visit

Umberto di Grazia was working with the Italian Military in the aeronautical field he undertook the study of geophysics specializing in the air school in Florence. He attended the Center for Experimental Cinematography in Rome and got a diploma in acting, becoming a film director and writer. But the great work of Umberto di Grazia is based on the stimulation of the information contained in the unconscious to bring them to a conscious level. Precognition, retro cognition, archeological findings through dreams, psychic intuition, telepathy and remote viewing phenomena are only some of the aspects that have been considered in his studies during these years. He is very well known at an international level for his unusual abilities. Groups of international researchers such as ” Mobius Group” from Los Angeles and Professor Elmar Gruber from Freiburg University in Germany have studied and appreciated his work.

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 psychology and mind-body-spirit medicine, he is the director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health (formerly the Human Energy Systems Laboratory). In September 2002 he received a $1.8 million dollars grant 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 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, director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988. He 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 is co-author of The Living Energy Universe (1999). 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 has 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. His new book, “The Sacred Promise” was released in January 2011.

Richard A. Friedman, MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic. He specializes in Anxiety and Mood Disorders and has expertise in Psycho-Pharmacology and Refractory Depression. Dr. Friedman is also actively involved in clinical research of Mood Disorders. In particular, he is involved in several ongoing randomized clinical trials of both approved and investigational drugs for the treatment of major Depression, Chronic depression, and Dysthymia. Dr. Friedman is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times science section where he writes on Behavioral Science.

Theodore H. Schwartz, MD received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. After completing his residency and chief residency in Neurosurgery at The Neurological Institute of NewYork at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz spent a year at Yale-New Haven Medical Center receiving advanced fellowship training. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the surgical treatment of brain tumors, pituitary tumors and epilepsy using the latest techniques in computer-guided surgical navigation, minamally invasive endoscopy and microsurgery. Dr. Theodore H. Schwartzhas provided commentary for numerous television shows on ABC, NBC, Larry King and CBS in addition to national radio shows. His expertise has been sought through interviews, quoted and published, in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Crain’s New York Business and is asked to lecture throughout the country and world. He has published many scholarly articles for the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Epilepsia, Clinical Neurosurgery the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Nature Medicine, NeuroImage and the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Schwartz has been named one of New York’s Super Doctors, Best Doctors New York and America’s Top Surgeons. He has recently co-authored a book on Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.

Dr. Robert Zimmerman received his M.D. from the Einstein College of Medicine in 1972 and was a radiology resident at Montefiore Medical Center from 1973 through 1976. Following a fellowship in Neuroradiology at the George Washington University Medical Center, he returned to Montefiore as an attending Neuroradiologist and Assistant Professor at Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman moved to Cornell University and The New York Hospital in 1983. He is currently Executive Vice Chair and Professor of Radiology at the WCMC and Director of Diagnostic Imaging at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Zimmerman’s area of interest is adult Neuroradiology. He has authored publications on head trauma, MR features of hemorrhage, and CNS inflammatory disease. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and 20 invited papers/book chapters. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Neuroradiology and immediate past president of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He is a member of the Radiology Review Review Committee (RRC) of the ACGME and Board of Trustee of the American Board of Radiology.

Reverend Edwin E. Ford, Sr. is the Founder and Pastor of Crossroads For Life Ministries(CFLM) in Douglasville, Georgia. The ministry is a Full Gospel Non-denominational, Christ-Centered Ministry. CFLM was born out of a revelatory word spoken by the Holy Spirit of God to Pastor Ford, to aid him in, “Putting People’s Lives Back on Track.” God has given Pastor Ford an anointed message of encouragement, healing, and restoration; laced within the goal of winning souls for the Kingdom. He accomplishes this task through an anointed practical preaching and teaching of God’s word. Pastor Ford is also the Founder and Executive Director of Vision 21 Concepts, Inc. (also called Vision 21). Vision 21 isa volunteer community service program which focuses on restoring communities by restoring lives. As Executive Director, he oversees several programs to equip people with the tools and techniques to excel in their lives. The programs are Computer for Kids, Academic Incentive Program and The Door. These programs are designed to enable youth, economically disadvantaged individuals and families, ex-offenders and the homeless to strive academically and towards self-sufficiency. Pastor Ford retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections in February 2006, after fifteen years of exemplary service. The synergy of these unique careers has truly been the cornerstone of his life and ministry. He graduated from Savannah State University with graduate work at Armstrong State College. He has received numerous civic, community and governmental awards for his extensive work within our community and was named “Douglas County 2001 Citizen of the Year.” He is also the editor of the highly acclaimed Christian Quarterly, “The Conductor”. The people he cherishes the most are his beautiful family which includes his lovely wife Tracey and his four wonderful children, Beyunka, Edwin Jr., Heaven and Emani.

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