"What is called for by our times is a science that seeks to understand the nature of consciousness, not from the outside in, but from the inside out. It is not the world outside us that has created the greatest problems facing civilization, but our own limited consciousness. "


Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, is a social anthropologist, researcher, public speaker, award-winning author of several books, and producer of the feature film Death Makes Life Possible with Deepak Chopra and Petaluma Pictures, which explores the mysteries of life and death.

Marilyn has conducted basic science research on the powers of the mind, including remote viewing, mind over matter, and distant intention and healing. Working with psychologist, William Braud, she developed a methodology for studying distant interactions between living systems (DMILS) that has now been replicated in laboratories around the world. She has engaged in clinical studies of healing, including a NIH study looking at the power of compassionate intention on wound healing in women undergoing reconstructive surgery.

She is Professor of Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University; President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, was previously Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, and served on the board of the Pacifica Graduate Institute.

As Founder of Stallion Springs Academy, Marilyn develops and conducts life long learning programs on consciousness, healing, personal achievement, mindfulness, and spirituality.

With decades of experience in government, business, and non-profit organizations, Marilyn is a valued leader in the field of consciousness.

Latest Blog Posts

  • BEYOND: Global Mind Change in Action
    We must shift from “me” to “we” to address our global crises together. For over 50 years, IONS has been a leader in consciousness research. Join me May 30 - June 2 at their virtual conference, BEYOND: Global Mind Change in Action. Register now: http://www.noetic.org/beyond
  • Sofia 2024 International Humanistic Transpersonal Conference
    The Association for Humanistic Psychology, the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and Sofia University are collaborating to present an International Humanistic Transpersonal Conference. At this time of world-wide crises, with the wars and the violence, when we are becoming more divided and divisive, there is a strong need to promote peace-building activities. We need the kind of activities where we can come together in community to heal the splits and celebrate our common humanity!
  • Sofia University Global Mental Health Conference
    The Sofia University Global Conference will be a three-day (August 18, 2023 - August 20, 2023) online event that unites mental health professionals, researchers, educators, practitioners, and graduate students from all over the world in diverse fields to explore innovative approaches for cultivating mental health and well-being.
  • Podcast – The Ineffable Death–From Terror to Expanded Worldview
    Join Noreen Dillman, on The Healthy and Peaceful Podcast, as I interview Marilyn Schlitz, PhD. We touch upon her career as a transpersonal journey. What's resonating for her now. Her current scientific research and study: exploring the psychomanteum and its impact on grief -- succeeded by its impact on talent & training.
  • Webinar – Grateful Aging: Embracing Our Wisdom Years
    Understanding and managing the process of aging is a central issue in modern society. This webinar and discussion overviews a naturalistic model of aging and transformation. We will identify a set of steps to promote well-being and shift the fear of aging into inspiration for living well.
  • The Ineffable Death Podcast and Video
    Join me, Noreen Dillman, as I interview Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, a social anthropologist, researcher, writer, and charismatic public speaker. Marilyn is a Professor in the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University and has previously taught and/or conducted research at Stanford, Harvard, and Trinity Universities. She is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, an organization she led for more than 25 years. Marilyn is a leader in consciousness studies (over 3 decades). Her research and publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities, and mind-body medicine. She is adept at working with both individuals and organizations, helping them develop the personal and interpersonal skills required for modern leaders.
  • Awakened Campus Global
    The global state of mind — mental or psychological health — is in urgent and indisputable need of transformation, according to the World Health Organization’s 2022 worldwide report. Symptoms of hopelessness, depression, despair, addiction, suicide, and substance abuse are at alarming levels, and rising at alarming rates. In 2021, the United States Surgeon General issued a formal public health Advisory on this issue: generating awareness for the mental health crisis particularly among the population most vulnerable to severe suffering and disease, young adults and adolescents.

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