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Dear CIHS Community Members,
Happy September! Summer Quarter is almost over, and Fall Quarter is just around the corner.
There are few announcements and several important articles in this newsletter. The first announcement is about our graduation ceremony on Saturday, September 9 at 11 am. We are celebrating the graduating class of 2017. Congratulations!
The course schedule for the upcoming Fall Quarter is announced. The Fall quarter begins on September 25. Registration week for the Fall Quarter is 9/11-9/15. We appreciate your prompt registration. If you are interested in CIHS or have questions about any of our courses or programs, please visit our website (
The next article is from Mrs. Kaoru Motoyama, wife of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, founder and first president of CIHS. She attended the CIHS Board Meeting a month ago at CIHS and addressed the Board. It was a very sweet address so we included her words in the newsletter.
Another article is from Dr. Ji Hyang Padma, Comparative Religion & Philosophy Director. She is dedicated to working to have more CIHS Community Events. Please read her article for more details about community events at CIHS. There are some great events in September.
We also have couple announcements from CIHS alumni and current students. Our alumni, Jesse Kipperman, Class of 2014, MA in Integral Health (IH), wrote his update as a medical student. Also, our current student, Kristi Inzunza (MA IH), is now managing CIHS Social Media with her strong background as marketing professional. Our hope is that many of you could help us to develop CIHS as a unique graduate program. Please read their articles.
Hideki Baba, Ph.D.
Dear CIHS COMMUNITY,
Fall is here. It is a time for renewal, and the time when academic school years begin. At CIHS we celebrate graduate or commencement, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 am. If you would like to come and see what it is like to attend and finish at our unique research and graduate school, you are welcome to come. Students, it is great to support our graduating students and commencement provides inspiration. It is always a time of beginning. The word means, to begin anew. Because life is a cycle of endings and beginnings, and as it shows in our graduation program with two Master of Arts students who are continuing on to get a PhD at CIHS and the end of a PhD in Clinical Psychology. The trick of the PhD, whatever subject, is that in which the work, hard and heartfelt, never ends. It just marks the end of your independent search for deeper and independent research and practice. All students are at a beginning of a new phase of life. There is still space if you would like to come to graduation please RSVP to email@example.com
To that note, I want to thank the entire CIHS community for the flowers, cards, notes, kind and gracious words of help and support, phone calls and kindness extended to my family and me as we helped my other transition and I went out on a significant bereavement leave. The entire community including the Board, Administration, Faculty, and Students made accommodations for this and supported my integration, the commencement of integrating life after the loss of a parent. The community showed its heart to me and I want to thank everyone for helping me to transition to my new reality
This is the initial listing of Fall Classes.
Fall Classes 2017, Winter Registration Begins 9/11-9/15, Quarter begins 9/25
Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences,
Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D. CIHS requirement all new students.
, Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D., elective Comparative Religion and Philosophy
Introduction to Integral Studies,
Mali Burgess, Ph.D., Core requirement for Bachelor degree completion program
Foundations of Integral Studies
, Thomas Brophy, Ph.D., CIHS core requirement.
Sam Aganov, Ph.D. Psy Highly Recommended for Licensure
Law and Ethics in Psychology
Sharon Mijares, Ph.D.
Psy Highly Recommended for Licensure
Psychotherapy Approaches and Strategies
, Tamara Goldsby, Ph.D., highly recommended for licensure.
Human Sexuality: Clinical Considerations
, Michelle Dexter, Psy, D.
Psy Licensure REQUIREMENT.
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
, Sharon Mijares Ph.D., CIHS PhD core requirement all programs, except Life Physics specialization.
Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research
, Randy Fauver, Ph.D. MA CORE requirement all CIHS programs
Topic of Special Interest: TBA
Beverly Rubik, PhD, elective all programs, except licensure track PhD. If you have a question about this, please speak to Dr. Umansky, Director Psychology Program.
Topic of Special Interest Awareness and the Afterlife
, Mali Burgess, PhD., elective all programs
Ultimately, it is up to you to ensure you have taken all the core requirements for CIHS and for your specific degree program. You can compare your transcript to the catalog that was in utilization when you began your current program. Additionally, your Program Directors are happy to advise you and provide direction, too. We welcome your questions and inquiries.
If you are curious about CIHS' unique research institute and graduate education, please email one of us and we will guide you to the person with whom your inquiries are associated. Earning a spiritually minded and academically focused graduate degree can help you evolve professionally, academically, and spiritually. If you have any questions, please let me know. I am happy to see prospective students on campus to discuss our innovative programs or to speak with you by a phone appointment.
Hope Umansky, PhD
Dean of Academic Affairs
Director, Psychology Program
Message from Former Board of Director
Greeting at CIHS Board Meeting on Aug 10 2017
Dear Executive Board Members,
It has been six years since I came here last in 2011. I am very happy to see you again, all who are sympathetic with the concept of CIHS, love CIHS, and work hard for CIHS.
Two days ago, I stepped into the President's room, and I was deeply moved when I recognized the room is still full of love and wisdom left by the late President. I was certainly convinced that his concept of establishing CIHS is succeeded by the Board members. It will definitely crystallize the very principle of future world peace.
Dr. Motoyama hoped to create a global society where humans live in symbiosis with nature, every race on the earth has absolute trust in each other with love and wisdom, and we peacefully lead a pleasant existence in good health. Indeed, he not only wished but actually practiced this high goal all throughout his life.
To realize his aim, Dr. Motoyama clarified facets of existence and functions of the soul and the divine self which work beyond physical law. In addition, he also showed how the higher consciousness acts on matter, body, and mind, and he made great endeavor through strict science to describe a humankind as a complex compound of body, mind, and soul. It was because he was quite certain that any academic theory without a scientific verification would be useless in the real world, even if it sounds magnificent. He insisted such a theory is based on just a virtual reality made of his or her subjectivity.
Dr. Motoyama had studied physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, electrical physiology, and so on, in order to prove that humankind lives within multi-layered realities as a multiplexity of existence. At the same time, he also studied various kinds of eastern energetic medicine through many experiments in electrical physiology and demonstrated with the Apparatus of Meridian Identification (AMI) that a subtle energy system is certainly in actual existence. This great work can integrate traditional medicine into a modern scientific one. Dr. Motoyama thought of the AMI as a measuring instrument which would become an intermediary between eastern and western medicine, and he strongly desired that his work with the AMI would be taken over and developed by younger scholars all over the world; and that CIHS would be the very place which offers such chances to them.
Religious study, sociology, environmental science, psychology of religion, these are all subjects of inquiry by Dr. Motoyama. He researched various types of religion through all the ages, and he investigated both the objective laws and the law of causality on religious phenomenon. Besides being a prominent scholar, he had been practicing asceticism through his whole life. In consequence, he actually met "the Divine-God-the Absolute" and reached the stage where he felt God and he were merged into one. Based on these studies and practices, he said, "the authentic religion gives people power of life and a guiding principle with love and wisdom anytime, anywhere." "God has always been conducting each person all through history to lead a peaceful life in harmony. Therefore, it's only natural that various religions differ from each other because they guide different people who live in different regions, which justly differs also in climate. Given these circumstances, in the upcoming global society, we need philosophy and religion which comprehend western and eastern principle, in order to live in harmony and in cooperation. It is not until religions and philosophical theories of all ages and cultures are analyzed through both objective academic studies and subjective religious experiences that we can establish the genuine world religion for all human beings." Then, in fact, he founded CIHS as the place where inquiry into the truth is celebrate while studying academically and undergoing spiritual training in an integrated way.
I think we are all kindred spirits, and all of you deeply understand and sympathize with the concept of CIHS. Today you are gathering here to retain and contribute toward this school, applying our concepts in each of your work. It is a great pleasure and honor to express my gratitude to you.
I really appreciate this opportunity offered by God the Creator and Dr. Motoyama: the god Tamano-hikari-terasu-oomikono-kami (Divine Child Lighting the World with Divine), Dr. Kazuhiro Motoyama, and all of you.
Community Event Updates
Dear CIHS Community,
I am just back from a summer of teaching at Omega Institute. My core offerings: teaching meditation, and Bridging the Color Line, a series of Restorative Justice Circles for Omega staff. It proved to be a most necessary time to have the conversation-and one of the best places in the world to have that conversation. At Charlottesville and so many other places in our country, we saw the pain caused by racism revealed starkly, as our collective shadow. As that poison comes to the surface, though, it is possible to see it, and free ourselves, as well as others To give some teaching on the problems of racism and racial inequity, let me borrow a few words from Dr. Brene Brown, whose research on emotions such as empathy and shame has been cutting-edge:
Fixing this will take 200 million acts of courage. Speaking out when you see something go wrong. Speaking out with a sense of curiosity. Take this work & weave it through your life.
It is my intention to bring these restorative justice dialogue skills into the CRP program, as a key element of our experiential learning. In this way, CIHS students will be well prepared to work in the field of interfaith studies and activism, and to be reflective and responsive agents in the world, in every way.
This September, dialogue will begin with our International Day of Peace celebration on September 21st.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION: TAI CHI
We are expanding and strengthening our Community Education Programs!
The first offering of this new academic year will be Tai Chi, with Master Richard Hsu. These Tai Chi classes will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning September 18th.
Tai Chi is an ancient art form that originates from China, that is best described as "meditation in motion." It rejuvenates the body's internal energy, achieving better blood circulation and reducing mental stress. Daily practitioners of Tai Chi observe many positive benefits including a better balance of body and mind, as well as reducing the effects of aging on flexibility and mobility.
Our classes teach Yang-style Tai Chi, which includes twenty-four postures, or short forms which are the most popular style world-wide, including China. The basics are easy to learn but still retain the basic essence of the art form. Each lesson consists of different warm-up routines that incorporate deep breathing and standing meditation. As part of the warm-up, a popular routine called Baduanjin qigong or "Eight Brocades" will be introduced. For a healthy life-style and longevity in retirement, incorporate Tai Chi as part of your daily exercise!
Master Richard Hsu
studied and practiced Tai Chi for over thirty years under grand master Tsung Hwa Jou . He wishes to share his personal experiences of healthy and happy living with friends, demonstrating his belief in a sound mind dwelling in a strong body. Through Tai Chi, Master Hsu has learned that mental health is just as important as physical fitness, and his teachings help students accomplish both spiritual peace in mind as well as wellness in body, an all-critical balance between Ying and Yang.
FALL EQUINOX MEDITATION AND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CEREMONY
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 6 pm - 7 pm
This Fall Equinox meditation and International Day of Peace ceremony is part of our partnership with United Religions Initiative, an organization that works internationally to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
We will share an interfaith meditation as an expression of gratitude for the Earth and its blessings always pouring forth.
As part of this, we will engage in intercultural dialogue, with a special focus on "courageous conversations" and all will be invited to make a personal commitment to creating cultures of peace.
Other Continuing Education programs are emerging-- more information will appear in a separate notice.
I hold office hours on Tuesday afternoons-holding space for all, as we share a cup of tea. Contact me to set up a time to drop by the CIHS offices. I am thankful to share this journey with all of you.
Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D.
Cool things CIHS Alumni are doing
CIHS - The Mind, Body, and Spirit
I Needed for Medical School
In 2007 I was barely getting by at the University of California Santa Cruz with low grades and a lousy attitude about the education system. I believe myself and many others are shuffled through a well-established system starting early on being told we need to achieve high honors, volunteer, and engage in extracurricular activities to be competitive for college, so that one day we can be "successful". But this success is often shaved through the lens of a culture that can sometimes be quite misguided. My soul felt this at the time but my mind was unable to understand what I was going through.
Lacking perspective and clarity at that time I am lucky that I at least obtained my bachelor's degree in neuroscience and behavior, but I almost decided to drop out completely. I was able to begin working with children on the autism spectrum because of this degree and began to feel fulfillment but I still felt something lacking in my life. Without really knowing what that was I considered the idea of going back to school. But after many weeks of endless searching for schools and programs, nothing felt quite right. That was until I found and visited the California Institute of Human Science.
I could tell there was something special being offered at CIHS and will never forget the impact Dr. Motoyama's presidential address had on me as I read it. I thought, "This is it. This guy gets it, and I want to learn from him." I could also tell that I would be welcomed, not just as another student among the masses at a large university but as a part of the community. So taking a small leap of faith I enrolled and moved to Encinitas to be closer to this supportive community. My classes began to teach me that part of what I had been lacking in undergraduate school was balance.
Western civilization has put so much emphasis on knowledge, facts, and scientific rigor. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, I believe it to be detrimental in some cases if one cannot see the bigger picture. Even now in my education as a student doctor, I see far too many of my colleagues and even some professors adhering too strongly to statistics, or a notion that if a healing modality hasn't been published and proven through a double blinded control study, then it's worthless.
Going to CIHS helped to open my mind and body, but it also helped me to get in touch with spirit. It helped me to understand that just because we may not know why something works, that doesn't mean we have to shy away from it and not use it as a technique or healing modality. Spirit has an enormous role to play in our healing. This mentality is part of what drew me towards an osteopathic medical school. I believe many of the osteopathic tenets fall closely in line to this approach and adhere to treating the patient as a whole; mind, body, and spirit included.
The science in medical school is bafflingly difficult. And frankly I have doubted whether I could survive at times. However, it's been my vision of how I will combine this information with my background in integral healing from CIHS that keeps the fire lit beneath me. It's been the knowledge that behind every bone, syndrome, and endless biochemical reaction I've had to tirelessly memorize lies more than just that. There lies spirit, emotion, beauty in creation, and a mystery that allows for infinite healing potential yet to be tapped in to.
CIHS truly gave me a chance to get back onto my feet and become motivated to learn again. Not just because of what I fantasized it may become one day, or the job I may get, but because it truly interested me. I began to appreciate how fortunate I was to have the opportunity to learn instead of feeling forced to. CIHS taught me to believe in myself and my own intuition, and to spread this confidence to other healers which I am surrounded by now. While providing me with a physical degree that was necessary for my admittance, perhaps equally as important, CIHS provided me with the time and guidance to figure out my dreams, and then the support to nurture, grow, and follow them.
The level of consciousness, awareness and openness at CIHS is truly remarkable and I feel incredibly fortunate to have found it. I am truly grateful for those that have paved the way and helped me to foster this perspective. It helped me to gain new light on myself, the world, existence, and fellow mankind which has allowed me to heal with love, compassion, and spirit. I look forward to continuing to foster this approach and contribute back to my community by keeping this very special flame alive. To quote Motoyama, I truly believe CIHS to be the place to "educate and nurture the kind of people who have deep insight into the nature of things and arm them with the great power of an education that can make a difference in the real world."
CIHS Social Media Development
Calling all students and faculty... We need you! In the coming months CIHS will be increasing our social media presence via both our website and Facebook page. To do this, we need your input. We would like to share with fellow students, faculty, and the entire world, the amazing research, collaborations, and papers that are being created by the CIHS Family.
In addition to your own work, please feel free to send any information you think would be a good fit and would be enjoyed by fellow students, prospective students, etc. I am hoping to create a mix of academic excellence with some "wow, that's interesting" material! This might include links to your own (affiliate) websites, articles you have come across when conducting research, photos from recent travels (and sharing your experiences as well), poetry or art you have created, (even a favorite recipe would be fun!).
I am very grateful for your assistance in helping to fill our pages with the type of content that makes CIHS the amazing school that I am proud to attend.