Julia Mossbridge, PhD, is a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, science director at Focus@Will Labs, an associate professor of integral and transpersonal psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research primarily involves understanding how time is perceived by our unconscious and conscious minds and is secondarily related to authenticity and human interconnectivity. Julia Mossbridge has a doctorate in communication sciences and disorders from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. The 2014 winner of the Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions Award, Julia Mossbridge is coauthor (with Imants Baruss) of Transcendent Mind, author of The Garden and Unfolding. However, the latest book from Julia Mossbridge is titled The Calling and is a 12-week program to discover, energise and engage your soul’s work. Please enjoy my interview with Julia Mossbridge.

How do you describe your occupation?

Lately, I call myself a futurist. That’s because I focus on doing research and creating technology that supports what I believe to be the most hopeful future direction of humanity. And it sounds better than “used-to-be-a-psychophysicist-cognitive-neuroscientist-who-got-disenchanted-with-academia-and-started-focusing-on-whatever-seemed-compelling-and-transformative.”

What is something about you that people might find surprising?

Not much — my usual personality itself is surprising, so it’s difficult to surprise. But okay, in that context, I guess it would be surprising that I like to have the same thing for breakfast every morning: whole milk Greek yoghurt, berries, almond butter. When I have to vary from that recipe, I get grumpy.

What are you reading at the moment and what made you want to read it?

I’m reading this list of questions at the moment, and for a few months I put off reading it. Didn’t feel like the right time. What made me want to read it today is that I finally felt compelled to answer these questions — even though I’d never read them until now. As to what causes that compulsion, it’s a bunch of nonconscious processes I can’t control, so my explanation about “why” I’m finally reading the questions and writing answers would be largely bunk. I’ll spare you that particular just-so story.

What was your favourite book as a child and why?

The Amazing Brain by Robert Ornstein and Richard F. Thompson and My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss. I loved these both equally and would flip back and forth. I had them both practically memorized. Now that I think about it, that flip, back and forth, reminds me of my current compulsion to study both the external manifestations of mind as well as the internal, private experience. But as a child, I can’t answer “why” — it’s what I did.

When did you fall in love with psychology?

I never fell in love with psychology. I have been annoyed by psychology as a discipline much of my life. My father was a physicist and my mother and step-mother (my mother’s wife after divorcing my father) were psychotherapists. Both physics and psychology seemed terribly, terribly flawed in that neither grasped the whole truth. Together, they began to — but at the time no one was uniting them. They seemed like disparate poles, not only conceptually (one so external and not admitting of internal experience, the other not admitting of the objective), but in terms of societal status (one on top of the academic hierarchy, the other on the bottom) and gender involvement (one dominated by men and the other by women). Notice in all those comparisons, I still don’t need to tell you which discipline is which of the two poles.

What was the last book you purchased, and why did you buy it?

I bought the book Heads-Up Dreaming by Carlyle T. Smith.  I bought it because Smith is a respected dream researcher who, in his 70s, published a beautiful paper about precognitive and/or telepathic dreaming. Then he wrote this book about psychic dreams. I wanted to understand his thinking, coming from a successful mainstream psychology background into the recognition that people have psychic experiences in their dreams.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring psychologist looking to begin their career?

I’d give the same advice to a young and an older aspiring psychologist — anyone who is starting a career in psychology, regardless of their age. “Don’t be a psychologist. Be a person who is curious about some particular set of questions. Learn whatever disciplines you need to learn to answer those questions.”

What book have you found most inspiring, what effect did it have on you?

Love Poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky. It made me see that connection with whatever we call God is the one thread that both uplights and unites all different kinds of people. This connection is my highest hope for humanity’s future — the gift of self-transcendence and connection with this unconditionally loving something.

What’s the most obscure book you own; how did you discover it?

I have this book Through the Time Barrier by Danah Zohar. It’s a simple, brief exploration of precognition, but it’s the first book on precognition I ever read. I found it at a garage sale. Its cover is torn and I don’t often reference it, but I keep it for nostalgic reasons.

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?

Quantum Electrodynamics by Richard Feynman. I read it a year ago, then re-read it recently. He’s clear about what he wants to say, regardless of whether he’s correct. He’s not dancing around, trying not to be wrong. He’s just communicating ideas clearly. It’s beautiful.

What is your proudest achievement?

Becoming a whole human being after working through my difficult childhood and adolescence — so much so that my son seems to be flourishing. What a gift!

If you were trying to impress a visitor, which book that you own would you leave on the coffee table?

If I were trying to impress a visitor, I’d be really depressed. That’s a miserable position to be in — trying to impress someone. If I detected I was in that state, hopefully, I’d cancel the visit and spend some time writing, meditating, working out, or doing controlled precognition so I could get in touch with who I am again. I’d also probably over-react and clean the coffee table of all books, so my urge to impress the visitor could not be fulfilled in any case.

If an alien landed in your garden; which three books would you gift them to showcase humanity in the best possible way?

I would not give them books. What if they couldn’t read English? Also, what would they be doing here landing in my garden if they didn’t know humanity was basically good? So I would communicate telepathically with them and try to learn their language, if they had a verbal language. Then I would propose we write an English book together, to let humanity know about them and who they are.

In the world of psychology, what current research studies are you most excited about?

Any study that focuses on mental time travel grabs my attention, whether it’s precognition, episodic memory, anticipation of future events, or what have you. I think mental time travel is one of the keys to health — specifically, lovingly connecting oneself with the past and future versions of oneself.

Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?

Sure! The Star Gate Archives, volumes 1 and 2 by Ed May and Sonali Marwaha — it’s all the declassified papers about remote viewing. Also Time Loops by Eric Wargo — it’s a beautiful journey into mental and physical time travel concepts.

Which book sat on your shelf are you most excited about reading next and why?

Altered States of Consciousness by Marc Wittmann (see an interview with Marc Wittmann here). He’s a friend and colleague and his writing is exquisite. I can’t wait! Gotta go read it now….

If you’d like to learn more about Julia Mossbridge, you can find her on her website.