When our INIT group was together from 1995 to 2000, communication technologies like Internet, cellular, and WiFi were still young. Most people in the world, including most INIT members, were unfamiliar with emails, websites, mobile phones, and wireless… and so our interactions were cumbersome and expensive, compared to what they could be today, if INIT were still active… or if the group decided to get back together.
Then… communicating with each other involved letters, FAXes, international phone calls, and floppy disks and CDs sent through the mail. Letters and disks sent through the mail took days to arrive, so there was no instant way to send computer files rich with digital information.
Now… if INIT were still together, everyone would be corresponding freely with emails and file attachments, maybe Skype, and maybe occasional text messages or phone calls via cell phone.
Then… sharing information with the world involved publishing newsletters and books, writing articles for magazines, attending conferences, giving seminars and workshops, and doing radio and TV interviews (and you had to be wary of interviewers, since some would rather provoke and entertain listeners than inform them).
Now… we would post all of our research results and supporting information on a group website, similar perhaps to what’s available on my macyafterlife website or on the worlditc website that Rolf Ehrhardt and I assembled. The information on that new group website would be closed to the public. The multilingual site would be an “intranet” that only members of the organization could access… but there could be separate websites for public review of our work. (Read more about intranets…. )
Then… getting together to discuss our research involved annual meetings and paying for everyone’s travel, room, board, and entertainment. That was expensive, so we had to rely on the generosity of sponsors… grants from sympathetic foundations.
Now… we could meet once or twice a year or as often as necessary through videoconferences. The software for videoconferencing can be a bit pricey, but not nearly as prohibitive as travel expenses.
So, we live in a new world that can accommodate a network of serious researchers at little cost. It’s a tremendous opportunity for ITC organizations now and in the future.
With the technology and financial obstacles removed, we have only the human factors still to contend with. Those human factors surely include harmony among members and positive public awareness of our work. If we could isolate the two most important messages that we received from Timestream and The Seven during our years of collaboration, I believe the messages would be these:
“It can only work when the vibrations of those present are in complete harmony, and when their aims and intentions are pure.” (—the spirit of the late Konstantin Raudive.) An ITC contact field can be sustained only when there is resonance among the members of an ITC group.
“You say the information we give you is not adding much to what you already know about life after death. This may be true, but have we not often told you, what was revealed should first be more widely accepted before something new can be presented?” (—The Seven ethereals.) Our spirit friends seem to be unable to send us more and more complicated truths about life and afterlife until the information already sent has been more widely assimilated. It’s like feeding quantum physics to a kindergarten class. The students have to be ready before the knowledge can be sent and received.
The first factor, resonance, involves a noble streak within each person… a general sense of good will toward other members. That might involve some degree of inner work for each person interested in joining such a group.
The second factor, public awareness, is something I’ve been working hard to foster, mostly through this (macyafterlife) website. My only intent is to educate and inform. With some 200 regular readers and some 200 hits a day, it’s not making any serious inroads into the world population of 7 billion people… but it’s a start. Our worlditc website does a bit better, getting some 1,500 page views per day. Again, not likely to shift mass consciousness… but I believe these two sites take a small step in the right direction.
Before developing this website, I tried to spread information with books, journals, presentations and interviews. I grew up in a small-town newspaper family, and I was driven from a young age to write books… so publishing books and journals is about all I knew until I became familiar with modern technology. Now (2015) I find all that old-fashioned stuff cumbersome!… books, journals and other printed media… presentations, seminars, interviews…..
It’s FAR easier just to share everything freely on a website like this one!
I spent several years in Toastmasters clubs, which helped me with public speaking… but even then giving presentations and workshops was a real struggle for this introvert.
Long story short, I think the ground is becoming fertile now for another go at an international ITC panel like INIT, but the human factors will still need some work… and maybe always will, since we are noble-savage creatures living in a noble-savage world.