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The Institute for Consciousness Research is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization with the goal of raising public awareness of Kundalini—the divine super-intelligent principle guiding mankind towards the evolution of a new faculty of mind—higher consciousness or enlightenment. According to this view Kundalini is a psychosomatic mechanism in the human body that is responsible for inspiration, revelation, genius, psychic abilities, and spiritual illumination. Our primary goal is a scientific investigation of Kundalini and we believe that this research will lead to a new understanding of evolution, religion, mental illness, and other paranormal phenomena related to the mind.
In addition to the research described on this site, ICR holds conferences, distributes a newsletter, publishes articles, books, CD’s and DVD’s and maintains a reference library on the subject of Kundalini and consciousness.
The main objectives of ICR are:
- To conduct research into the existence of a mechanism responsible for the evolution of human consciousness through the investigation, identification and understanding of subtle energy systems and their psycho-physiological manifestation in the human body.
- To hold and participate in conferences, seminars, workshops and discussion groups directly related to the research being conducted by the Institute.
- To publish and distribute newsletters, articles, tapes, books and other material containing the research conducted by the Institute and by other researchers and authors that is relevant to the research undertaken by the Institute.
- To maintain a reference library of books, audio-visual and other material related to the research and the other activities of the Institute.
Meet the ICR Board of Directors (2014-2015)
Michael Bradford has been involved in research on Kundalini for more than 35 years. In 1977 he traveled to India where he spent six years serving as a volunteer worker for the Central Institute for Kundalini Research, founded and directed by the late Pandit Gopi Krishna. Michael has been a board member of the Institute for Consciousness Research (I.C.R.) since it was founded, and has been Director of Publications during this time.
In 1985 he began working full time as an IT consultant in the data processing field, and retired in March 2014. He began studying Vedic astrology with Hart DeFouw in 1995, and has been seeing clients and teaching since 2003. He is now a full-time practicing Vedic astrologer in the Toronto area.
Dale L. Pond has been involved in Kundalini Research for more than 30 years and is the corresponding secretary of The Institute for Consciousness Research. She resides in Markdale, Ontario, Canada, with her husband Paul. In 1975 she was introduced to meditation and spiritual laws and had a transformative experience that changed her life. In 1977 she met Gopi Krishna and learned about Kundalini, the psycho-physiological mechanism held to be responsible for the evolution of consciousness acting within the human body and brain. In 1988 she experienced a profound Kundalini awakening that opened her up to the creative impulse. Poetry flowed, songs came and she began painting and wood sculpting. She also had what she calls ‘a blossoming of the intellect’, which inspired her to read, focusing mainly on the lives of mystics and geniuses in order to understand the process she was undergoing. Having found the answers to many of her questions within this framework, she continues to promote Kundalini research. She intimately shares details of her transformative experiences and how she has woven them into her life in a balanced and healthy way.
Paul Pond, Ph.D., has a doctorate in physics and has been involved in Kundalini experience and research for more than 40 years. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject. His focus has been on lifestyle issues and their impact on individual spiritual experience.
In 1973, after having spent three years doing post-doctoral research, Paul’s life underwent a dramatic event while he was meditating. The experience included energy movement in the body and an explosion of inner light and sound followed by a river of tears of joy. His perception and direction of life permanently changed at that moment. He realized that there are subtle laws of consciousness just as there are the physical laws of physics and decided shortly thereafter to pursue the study of consciousness.
At the time, Paul had no idea what had happened to him. It was the introduction of the concept of Kundalini through the writings and discourses of Gopi Krishna whose call for a scientific investigation of the Kundalini phenomena appealed Paul. He has added his voice to the call for open-minded research into Kundalini ever since.
Ted Wood is a founding member and current treasurer of ICR and has been an active supporter of Kundalini Research for more than 30 years. He is a Unitarian Universalist and member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Ted serves on the Board of Amnesty International Toronto Organization and is Chair of Amnesty International Group 142 which focuses on the rights of Indigenous peoples. Ted is a Chartered Professional Accountant and retired Chief Financial Officer..
Patrick was introduced to the books of Gopi Krishna in the mid 1970's, at the same time that he took up the practice of meditation. Those writings, and Patrick's experiences in meditation were leaps forward in answering questions which had been left unanswered in his undergraduate studies in biology.
Gopi Krishna's appeal to scientists to examine and test what he claimed about human consciousness, has continued to resonate deeply with the scientist in Patrick, from those early days to the present. Though he has been immersed in the business world. Patrick has never ceased to hunger for a world that embraces the gift left behind by Pandit Gopi Krishna - a glimpse of our destiny.
Sabine Bruestle first became interested in the “spiritual world” in 1984 and as part of her own healing process studied various energy healing modalities. She became involved with ICR and the exploration of Kundalini in the early 1990’s after spending several months in Zuerich, Switzerland, administering the literary estate of the late Pandit Gopi Krishna. Connecting with our “inner sparkle”, that light, that love, that moves us deeply, and creating a healthy lifestyle and physical environment to support that, are topics very close to her heart. Sabine is actively engaged in the corporate world as Director of Operations of a Specialty Medical Device company and is a long-time board member of ICR.
Myrna Filman is a Nurse Practitioner who resides in northern California. She became interested in spiritual issues at a young age. This lead to an intense longing and search for answers to questions regarding the nature and meaning of life that have piqued humankind since the beginning of time. Following an intense Kundilini awakening at the age of 21, this search took her to Europe where she met Gopi Krishna. She has worked in neuroscience research and psychiatry. She remains involved in promoting Kundalini research and Kundalini as the basis of consciousness and religion.
More board member profiles will be posted soon!