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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Champion for Conscious Cooperation: Tahdi Blackstone

By Ann Barczay Sloan, Women’s Networking Editor

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“We can live as though everything is a miracle
or nothing is a miracle.”
-Albert Einstein

Yet another extraordinary woman in my life!

I first met Tahdi around 1995 when I was co-leader of a local IONS group in Orange County, CA and I was invited to a gathering of various area leaders held at her delightfully unusual home in a remote section of California’s San Fernando Valley.

Tahdi’s house is a small wooden cottage with a big brick fireplace, but what really makes this place so appealing is the huge deck in the back of the house. There are old live oaks overhanging, tropical and desert plants in an informal array, lots of outdoor tables and chairs, tinkling wind chimes, and, at evening gatherings, the flickering of countless candles. And now I must explain that – though this deck is in “back” of the house - when you are out there, it is clearly the front of the house, because it overlooks miles of valley, trees, hills, and vast fields with massive boulders scattered about as if by a powerful giant. It’s probably because of this primeval vista reminiscent of Africa that Tahdi has named her home “Serengeti West”.

When I lived in California, I always loved going to Serengeti West and attending Tahdi’s events, whether informal gatherings or salons featuring various luminaries in the consciousness movement, such as Planting the Peace Pole with Deborah Moldow from the United Nations, or conversations with people like Dr. Matthew Fox, lecturer, author of almost 30 books and Founder/President of University of Creation Spirituality; James O’Dea (President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences), and Mark Dubois, Recipient of the Beyond War Award.

Who is Tahdi and what is she all about?

Tahdi does not hesitate for a moment as she tells me: “I most want to help turn the world into a family that includes and honors all life and creation, and to support and work with organizations doing that.” As such, she’s definitely on the right track!

Rev. Dr. Tahdi’s formal title is Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Founder / Director of the IONS ~ L.A. Community Group. She is a Member of the World Board of Unity-and-Diversity World Council, and Board of Directors of Arts Olympus whose vision is a global cultural exchange. In her home, she runs a healing center with light and sound frequency generators “where miracles abound”, she smiles. If you think this sounds like a complicated or heavy load, Tahdi is a most warm, light-hearted woman who makes just about everything she undertakes seem virtually effortless.

I’d better explain some basics about IONS at this point!

For those who are not familiar with this highly respected world-wide organization, here is a brief definition found in their mission statement:

The Institute of Noetic Sciences is dedicated to “Exploring the frontiers of consciousness to advance individual, social, and global transformation.”

The word noetic is derived from the Greek word nous, which means intuitive mind or ways of knowing.

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