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Podcast: Crisis, Healing, Civic Engagement With Terry Patten [The Amiel Show]

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Terry joins Amiel Handelsman for "The Amiel Show" a podcast dedicated to increasing the quality of leadership in our complex world, to discuss the outcome and aftermath of the presidential election.

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In Terry's words:

Last month I shared a blog post that I’d written in response to the outcome of the recent U.S. presidential election. I suggested that even though many of us, including myself, feel shattered by the election of Donald Trump, it is important to recognize that it presents an important test and opportunity in the “school of life.

I’m continuing that exploration here, and sharing a podcast I recorded with Amiel Handelsman on the “light-hearted sobriety” that is needed to answer the call to greater civic engagement in the wake of the election. Things are far too serious to lose our sense of humor. Or to forget how blessed we are to have been gifted with even a few years of conscious embodied existence.

In this podcast you’ll hear me recommend that we take the election of Donald Trump personally — as a call for social engagement, which is an essential dimension of practice. And that requires a whole-hearted, honest self-appraisal that recognizes our blind spots — our privilege, our softness, our hypocrisy, our sense of entitlement. Here is a doorway to a necessary and transformative growth opportunity.

You’ll also hear me discuss becoming willing to take “the good medicine” of this disruptive outcome, which is a process in itself. If we go deep enough—and stay superficial enough to stay focused on the objective world, we might find our way to a new kind of effective “civic practice.” A part of it opens a door to a new kind of discourse, where we listen to one another and let ourselves be affected by differing perspectives and value systems.

Out of this, we can, and we will evolve, even through traumas and periods of decline and disruption, toward a much more coherent social whole.

To our evolution,

Terry

You can also check out Amiel's blog post here. 

 

The Good Medicine of Grieving and Giving Thanks

This year at Thanksgiving, many of us are in shock, still grieving what might be a horrific collective tragedy — both the presidential election, and what is about to unfold in the Trump era.

So I am writing this for those folks who are grieving, at a time normally dedicated to giving thanks, to both resonate with that grief and to suggest that in facing daunting new responsibilities as engaged activists, we may evolve to a whole new level of integrity, realizing that this is an important test in the school of life.

For me, this paradox of grieving and thanks seems appropriate to the season. Like JFK, both my father, and my spiritual teacher died during the Thanksgiving season. It has always been a holiday full of both sadness and joy, a time for gathering with loved ones in both grief and gratitude.

First, the grief

This year our grief is collective. The behavior of the 45th President during the campaign was, to use a charged word, deplorable.

We watched Donald Trump seemingly lie and bully and trick and charm his way into becoming the most powerful man in the world. Early signs indicate his administration may be controlled by a group of conservative Republicans, including many who have implacably opposed and attacked the most recent Democratic administrations and presidents, even at the cost of American well being, prospects, and our national interest and reputation. They have some legitimate policy ideas, but no coherent reality-based program.

We face an urgent global ecological and climate crisis, and related economic, social and cultural crises that can only be addressed meaningfully by a skillful combination of both so-called “conservative” and “liberal” approaches and attitudes. The modern and postmodern left are in disarray, with a long road ahead before they can cohere any real power.

Key democratic institutions, like our free press, are weaker than they’ve been in the history of the republic. It is not entirely delusional to fear that we are all — conservative and liberal, and all of nature — at the mercy of Donald Trump’s whims.

That’s the danger of what looms ahead, casting such a stark shadow. As soon as Trump takes his place as President, personifying the government, we will be displaced as never before from our civic identity.

We may no longer be able to locate ourselves simply as proud citizens of the United States of America, the first modern democracy, the cradle of progress and innovation, the most benign superpower in human history.

We will also be citizens of a country ruled by three unified branches of government led by a man who has for over a year been publicly flirting with making our nation the most consequential ecological criminal in history, ready to institutionalize policies that will someday be prosecuted before the International Criminal Court as “Crimes against Humanity” (and crimes against all Earth’s living creatures, trees, flora, rivers and oceans.)

The existential reality of this has descended upon us suddenly. A great cloud of alarming cognitive-moral dissonance is reshaping our collective story and identity. Something shifted in our guts when we realized the too-horrible-to-contemplate was suddenly not a bad dream but our actual waking situation. America and the world are not as we had assumed. Neither is our future.

Next, Taking Our Medicine

It is a monumental task to emerge from our long-held asana of denial, but it is good medicine in any case, so best to simply swallow it and get moving.

What just happened? Trump voters are a disparate group, and it’s unfair to generalize about all of them. But, as a group, they seem to have been primarily distinguished by being less educated than other voters. His “base” made fake news go viral, generally expressing a great deal of incoherent anger. Together, they just delivered us a conclusive “fuck you”. This was a revolution by vitality against mentality, cohering the resentment of the belly against the arrogance of the head, the people who work with their hands and their guts vs those who work with their heads and their hearts, the uneducated vs the overeducated.

If you are reading this, you, like me, probably fit in the “overeducated” category. The good news is that there’s a way to learn this lesson. Instead of presuming that we are victims, we can presume that we participated in creating this situation and that we can make changes that will transform its seeming implications. Making that move—from presuming that we are victims of circumstance, to presuming that we are at cause, the co-creators of this situation, empowers us. It means we can change our act and make a difference.

Let’s accept that there is no path forward for a dissociated elite. We will have to find authentic ways to re-engage our cousins and neighbors who voted for Mr. Trump. One of the most important practices pointed to by all great spiritual traditions is the importance of spending time in Good Company, with people whose consciousness you wish to emulate. This moment of truth means one thing quite clearly: Instead of only retreating from our unwashed fellow-citizens into Good Company, we will need to be Good Company to them. We must learn to cohere friendships among people of good faith that are strong enough that we can magnify Good Company in a way that has social influence. We have no way forward without reweaving our social fabric. At first, person-to-person, intimately, until we’ve learned enough to do it authentically in other media.

This is a time that will be calling for heart conversations. Luckily, we know Trump voters, and we love them. And they love us too, don’t forget. We may be sharing dinner with them today. That’s our opportunity this Thanksgiving.

Remember that you love your conservative cousins. Listen to them. Remind them of your connection and strengthen it. Ask for their compassion. And be patient with slow, organic progress.

That may be a tall order. On the surface, some of them can be pretty rough, but most are easy to love. They are our spouses, children, parents, friends, neighbors, co-workers, co-religionists, schoolmates, salespeople, customers, and colleagues. They often have the best intentions. Most of them work hard and try to conduct their lives with class and honor. It’s true, though, to me and many people like myself, too many of them seem contracted, selfish, resentful, misinformed, arrogant, emotionally violent, and dangerous.

And we seem to them like abstracted, superior, arrogant, soft dreamers and “knowledge workers”, people they carry on their backs as ones who create tangible wealth. They are the builders, tradesmen, cops, firemen, merchants, small business people and hard workers who drive the American economy. They see us as free-riders, who skate by, designing and gaming the system to our advantage, and to their disadvantage. They have a point. And they just delivered us an emphatic “fuck you!” Let’s learn from it.

Moving into Gratitude

So this is a great gulf we can each begin to bridge. This is the moral and cultural battle, and every one of us is on the front lines. To the degree that we are able to practice virtue and wisdom, we become a force for healing and evolution.

This grim election result suddenly changes the context of our lives. It makes those of us who are practitioners fellow inhabitants of a new reality. We cannot simply be prosperous middle class citizens of Trump’s America. To the degree that we sustain our values, we will become citizens of a new polity, a resistance movement.

For some of us it feels as though we have been conscripted into a revolutionary cadre in the mountains. Except it is not a deliberate conspiracy, it is just a raw moral understanding arising in our hearts. It can arise at any time, in anyone, and thus will pervade all corners of the fabric of society — an invisible, organic, decentralized, inherently revolutionary movement, with potential expressions in every human heart, regardless of political persuasion.

Thus we might discover that we have allies in unlikely places, even among many members of the Republican party, and, possibly even in the new administration. Probably even in the Trump family — in whatever ways the hearts of Tiffany, Ivanka, and Melania will influence the 45th president. Perhaps Donald’s immense will to self-glorification can express itself in the desire to be a successful, respected President of the United States, measured by the 20-20 hindsight of history. Maybe he will even do what it takes—even reach out to Democrats—to achieve that. His significant shifts on many of his rallying issues in the past few days might be a portent of this.

But it is most important to locate this commitment, authentically and personally, in your heart, and mine. Each of us notices a call to civic duty. It’s a call for a politics of virtue, as my friend Steve McIntosh has observed. Our inherent intelligence — cognitive, moral, and practical — is on alert, orienting itself toward what is highest and best for our collective evolution.

Without thinking about it, and certainly without talking about it, we are an inadvertent conspiracy, a new republic of the heart, an invisible commitment to be of meaningful benefit to the health of the whole, especially when its health is under threat.

This change seems likely to require that many people who were not heretofore politically active now will find it possible to take a stand, assuming civic responsibility, presuming to be “at cause” of larger events, rather than a victim of them. This means effectively engaging as citizens in relation to the Trump administration, both attempting to elicit its best behavior and helping avert or prevent its worst. That means some of us will be active by engaging within the system’s key institutions, others will engage opposition outside the system, and not forgetting that still others will be engaging an invisible activism by participating directly in Trump’s administration.

A fierce intention toward wholeness is spontaneously emerging in our hearts. We realize our well-being is intertwined with the thriving of the whole human and non-human family. We feel moved to act under a logic that reflects multiple bottom lines — including self-interest, but also the interests of our loved ones, neighbors, region, nation, world, biosphere, and inner and outer cosmos (what Ken Wilber means by “Kosmos”).

This Thanksgiving may be a good time to have conversations with like-minded friends and family about these matters.

It may also be a time when we can have conversations with friends and family who see the world entirely differently, conversations in which we become curious, in which we listen to them, and strengthen our bonds, beginning, at least in small ways to do the crucial work of reweaving our frayed social fabric.

The coherent heart intelligence of all human beings, in and out of America, activated by this urgency, will find new channels for cooperation and synergy, functioning, like a collective psychic immune system, mounting “constructive resistance” to whatever in Trump’s programs is insistently destructive of essential values, including the health of the living Earth.

Crisis conditions bring out the best and the worst in us. This moment seems like it will embolden what’s worst in us, empowering human arrogance and unkindness. But it is also calling upon what’s best in the human heart, at least in those of us who are humbly related to something bigger than ourselves. That’s something wonderful we can notice this year at Thanksgiving. We can pray for it, intend it, call upon it, and give thanks to it. And we can talk about it.

Wholeness, integrity, coherence and health are synonyms for a principle. It’s not just a passive abstraction, wholeness has agency. Wounds heal. And the power of wholeness surges in response to fragmentation, incoherence, regression and corruption. We each can recognize it in the crowd of voices in our hearts, some that are powerfully inspired toward thriving, moving us to serve wholeness and health and integrity, willing to clean up messes when necessary, showing us that we are unalterably committed to life.

These subjective intentions reflect a larger phenomenon operating at every level of the natural world, a universal evolutionary impulse. The homeostatic reciprocal living processes cited to support the Gaia hypothesis cohere because the entelechy of wholeness attracts and animates coherent synergies. We don’t have to imagine that Gaia has interiority or “soul” qualities to see the significance of this.

Finally, Regathering Around the Old Table

And here we are, still engaging our age-old tradition this Thanksgiving. So let’s gather with friends and family and give thanks. And there is much to be thankful for.

We can give thanks for the dedicated service of our first integral president, Barack Obama.

We can give thanks for our loved ones and the loving connections we have — even with our unwashed, feisty relatives.

We can give thanks for our beautiful living earth and sky, our mother planet.

We can give thanks for the fact that we have lived so much of our lives under conditions of such privilege, and that we we have been given the opportunity to see and understand so much.

We can have meaningful conversations with each other, in whatever way restores and deepens our bonds, and reweaves the social fabric, heart-by-heart.

And we can give thanks for the fact that we are headed for a time in which circumstances will give us an opportunity to live lives of meaning, and to embody integrity and virtue, and to reconnect with each other. Postmodern life has made these human needs terribly difficult and confusing to fulfill, and they will soon be available in new ways.

We can pray for the humility and wisdom to discern and embody new levels of virtue, and to forge new levels of friendship and community.

We can pray to live as practitioners, awakening always, growing and changing, and becoming the change we want to see in our world.

And we can give thanks for the opportunity to live during “interesting times” when our practice, and what we do, has the possibility of mattering so much—to the whole future of our living planet.

So this is a special Thanksgiving.

Evidently there will be much more for us to learn this year. And there will be much to do. I thank you for tuning in and sharing this journey with me.

To our evolution,
Terry

Podcast—The Trump Era: Day 1 - Three integrally-informed friends attempt to face reality

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On Tuesday, I was in Boulder with Diane Musho Hamilton and Jeff Salzman preparing for the Integral Living Room gathering which begins tomorrow. We'd assumed we would also be celebrating the historic election of Hillary Clinton.

Instead we found ourselves coming to terms with the victory of Donald Trump, processing our sadness, our concerns, and our hope that perhaps this could mobilize us all to live from our values in a much more powerful and direct way as practitioners and activists.

We recorded a conversation of our process to share with you, in case it might help you make sense of things as well. Some of the questions we considered were:

  • Where are we?
  • Why did this happen?
  • What do we need to see?
  • How might we respond?

I invite you to listen to the podcast here.

The Evolutionary Case for Hillary

Four years ago, I launched "Integral Obama", pointing out "If there’s one thing that’s become painfully clear over the last 12 years, I think it’s this: it’s incredibly difficult to accomplish constructive change as a President, but it’s terribly easy to make disastrous mistakes."

This year you can join me and many other evolutionary leaders in declaring transpartisan support for Hillary Clinton here.

Clearly, integral evolutionaries aren't satisfied with the reductive "left-vs-right" of two party politics. And yet a dimension of practice is civic engagement. This is why I feel it’s important to voice my support for Hillary Clinton — loudly — something that has proven difficult for many.

Turning up the volume

Throughout this campaign, Trump supporters have felt free to be loud. Bernie supporters had no problem being loud.

Not so Hillary Clinton's supporters.

We are a silent majority, and diverse, operating from a spectrum of rationales for supporting her candidacy. Mine is an evolutionary case, and I’d like to put it forward here.

I view Hillary Clinton’s fundamental politics as a stand for the American family becoming stronger, together. Those closest to her say she is an amazing listener, willing to give thoughtful attention even to those who are her "enemies" when they make a positive case for something real.

Her inclusive, feminine approach presumes that everyone has a voice and offers one or another way for them to have input, or even a seat at the table. Her "realpolitik" has the masculine strength to participate in the tough business of politics and to be responsible for America's unique capacity to protect and preserve intelligent public discourse, scientific evidence, and democratic processes. This creates space for a conversation, a dialectic through which American culture can evolve.

Her willingness to engage in a give and take with the rich and powerful is not a sign of a “corrupted heart,” but a capacity any successful president will need. It is the reason she may be able to forge a different kind of policy success than Obama has been able to do.

Where others see “evil”, I see determination and realism, a professional but conventional engagement with the game of politics, all made less palatable by her understandable desire for a “zone of privacy” as well as a lack of political charm. But Hillary has a rich history as a committed idealistic social servant, going back to her undergraduate years, all of which speaks even more loudly through her flawed history. Some are turned off by her “squareness” as a member of a previous generation. But in my view, these are all secondary criticisms; I don’t think a perfect person can realistically rise to this level of power.

There’s much to respect and admire in this woman — the first woman ever to rise to contention for a position as the most powerful individual in the world. Could the feverish negative reaction she arouses really be cultural resistance to that epochal sea-change?

It’s clear that during her presidency, Hillary Clinton will treat her opposition far better than it treats her. She seems well suited, as a mediator to play the role of the mother of the country who looks out after everyone, and the health of the whole, even if it's like an unruly family with a surly faction of high school age saboteurs who hate mom's guts.

The Revolution will evolve

Because of Hillary’s ability to work within the established systems, Bernie's revolution has a path toward sustainable actualization in the context of her administration. Working together, once she's elected, good people can influence her administration's policies — because she’s shown that she can let herself be influenced in a healthy way. But it will require organizing and compromising. Wikileaks made it apparent that this will require building coalitions among constituencies ("we" not "I").

We need radical change now regarding climate policy. We can’t afford to act unwisely and allow ourselves to be swept into another great era of backlash and gridlock. That would be a huge disservice to the planet.

What we ought to be attempting is to forge the fastest and most radical change that is politically possible and sustainable. But that's a big constraint. Culture evolves slowly. This is what I think Clinton meant by saying "get a life" in response to the "keep it in the ground" movement. It's not politically realistic — Yet. But if we keep organizing and work to hold Hillary’s feet to the fire, we can make a difference, and keep gaining power and influence. And we will be able to begin keeping it in the ground much sooner.

The truth about your vote

Here's the truth: Either Hillary Clinton or her opponent will be elected president this year. And if you vote for someone other than Hillary, or if you don't vote at all, then you are helping to elect her opponent. And just think about how you will feel if that happens. Imagine waking up on November the 9th and looking into the eyes of your daughter or son, or looking into your own eyes as you stare into the mirror. Imagine how you'll feel if you stayed home, or if you didn't do everything possible to elect Hillary.
--Michelle Obama

By supporting Trump, a personification of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth) GOP leaders and many candidates and even Trump voters have temporarily lost moral standing (even though many of the interests and concerns of Trump voters need to be addressed in a serious way).

Republican leaders and candidates accommodated a caricature epitome of the sinful and ugly American. They deserve to be defeated. It takes profound myopia to fail to notice this moral opportunity.

To my Republican friends, I say this: if your candidate is solidly defeated, please look deeply into your hearts and ask yourself if it isn’t your patriotic duty to give Hillary’s administration a chance, to see what's possible without gridlock. If good people stay politically involved across the spectrum and engage the new administration, in the spirit of the 7 virtues: prudence, justice, sobriety, courage, faith, hope, and love, we could see powerful, positive trans-partisan changes for our country in our lifetimes.

A landslide for Hillary, and even a Democratic majority in congress, would create the conditions for American culture to cohere healthy responses to our planetary crisis.

To my progressive and radical friends, I say this: Yes, Bernie was better in so many ways. But not in every way. Skepticism is appropriate toward Hillary, but not cynicism, which shapes what it sees. Some of you are tending to lose sight of that, and are even credulously hallucinating the conspiracy mind manufactured by the decades-old, right wing Clinton witch-hunt.

Realistic optimism is not naive; it is generative.

This statement is an affirmative framing of the fundamental strategy embraced by Bernie Sanders and Bill McKibben. Remember, progressive policy opportunities are narrow and fragile, and narcissistic capitalists are playing for keeps.

What actually happens matters. Under a Clinton administration, there’s room to make creative differences and have lasting impact.

To my integral evolutionary friends­­­­, I appreciate that we, necessarily, span a great spectrum of sympathies, and that not all of you will resonate with every aspect of this analysis. Some of you are more libertarian, and this post more squarely addresses the radical left. But you know you have political responsibilities, and an obligation to question your own thinking. Please consider the overriding necessity of political stability and a forum for intelligent policy-making. If you can’t resonate with what I’m offering here, at least you can recognize the danger of a sociopathic President Trump.

I’m enclosing a few links that go deeper into some of what I’ve voiced above.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/19/13288594/new-silent-majority
https:[email protected]/the-leftist-case-for-clinton-c5de3dfd8a67#.jjwpvwmoo
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1996/02/26/hating-hillary

I hope you’ll join me and vote wisely—and raise your voice for Hillary — loudly.

To our evolution,

Terry

A shamanic ceremony of sacred reciprocity and healing with don Oscar Miro-Quesada

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From a dialogue with Peruvian Shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada

 

 

 Kamasqa curandero and shamanic adept don Oscar Miro-Quesada recently joined Terry on Beyond Awakening for "Living the Mystery: Opening Up to Gaia’s Song of Grief and Love."

In this audio clip from their conversation, don Oscar offeres a beautiful ritual, an on-air ceremony using the language of the highland people of South America, “the descendants of the Inka” a powerful onomatopoeia that conjures the unseen forces that inhabit the mythic soul-infused powers of his people. Learn more about don Oscar here www.heartofthehealer.org

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Podcast: Election 2016—An Integral chat with Jeff Salzman, Diane Musho Hamilton & Terry Patten

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Terry and Diane Musho Hamilton join Jeff Salzman on Daily Evolver the day after the second Presidential debate (Oct. 9th), to try and make Integral sense of this extraordinary national election ordeal.

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Living the Mystery: Opening Up to Gaia’s Song of Grief and Love—don Oscar Miro-Quesada joins Terry on Beyond Awakening

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October 23, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Oct. 23rd at 10am PST, Oscar joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for "Living the Mystery: Opening Up to Gaia’s Song of Grief and Love." This public conversation will be an exploration of the dark waters of the shamanic soul in the presence of what Terry calls the “koan”, the impossible riddle of our human predicament. Together they will lean into the questions that emerge from these uncharted territories, and don Oscar will go into ceremony to shift the energetic ground of everyone who tunes in live or listens to the recording. Learn more about this upcoming dialogue here.

[Audio] Finding a “YES” to our challenging times

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Finding a “YES” to our challenging times

In this brief audio clip, Terry invites you to consider the possibility that your soul chose to be born into this time, in this place, under these exact circumstances as part of its initiatory journey. Consider that you chose to be born into a time when all human wisdom— spiritual and scientific — are in conversation, when evolution is becoming conscious of itself, and also when everything you love, our whole living planet, is uniquely imperiled. Not only that, consider that your life journey has a unique contribution to what’s called for now — a healthy, conscious, awakened human response.

http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

Defying Cynicism and Nihilism with Michael Meade

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From a dialogue with Michael Meade

Going Beyond “Re-activism”

 

In this brief audio clip from renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology, Michael Meade, he expresses the heart’s resolute stand against cynicism and nihilism. Michael believes that life intends to continue and humans are essential to it. Inside the soul of each of us, there exists something divine that is inextricably linked to the cosmos. http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

Integral in Action—evening workshop with Terry at Unity of Tustin

When: 
September 27, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Unity of Tustin
14402 S. Prospect Ave.
Tustin, CA
United States
Contact:
Phone: 
(714) 730-2697


A world-in-crisis asks for a heart-to-heart conversation. During this evening workshop, Terry will build upon the groundwork he laid during the first two sessions to convene that deep existential conversation. It is a sacred matter. So ceremony and silence will be part of this session—as will vulnerability and heart contact. We will celebrate the process of coming alive in a new level of conversation. Learn more and register here.

 

We all understand that the “inner work” is not integral unless it expresses itself dynamically in every way—including through the “outer work”. The highest integral consciousness is also profoundly humble. The highest leadership is servant-leadership, which sometimes looks like “leading from behind” or even “first followership”. 

 

Terry intends that those who attend will have an opportunity to emerge from this session better able to be citizens of a new polity, a “New Republic of the Heart”. Learn more and register here.

 

The Integral Heart — evening workshop with Terry at Unity of Tustin

When: 
September 26, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Unity of Tustin
14402 S. Prospect Ave.
Tustin, CA
United States
Contact:
Phone: 
(714) 730-3444

During this evening workshop, Terry will transmit the integral heart directly through prayer, ceremony, dharma talks, guided processes and interactive exercises. Learn more and register here. 

 

“The voice of the soul is heard by the ear of the heart.” Our heart intelligence is the source of our deepest wisdom. It’s not “the heart vs. the head”, but the inclusive intelligence at the center of the being. 

 

Wholeness has agency, and its nature is life, health, radiance and love—the essence of sacredness and divinity and grace. Where is the wisdom of wholeness? Since it is everywhere, where do we direct our attention? It is intuited as a sphere “whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere”. It is at the life center, the hara, as well as the head and the heart. Wholeness is recognized by us on every level, but its distinctive fragrance is most like what is at the very center of the being, which is the heart. 

 

This second evening session will activate the heart’s intelligence.  Learn more and register here. 

Integral Consciousness and Practice — workshop with Terry at Unity of Tustin

When: 
September 25, 2016 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Location

Unity of Tustin
14402 S. Prospect Ave.
Tustin , CA
United States
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Terry will share a living experience of integral consciousness and practice, through talks, guided processes and interactive exercises. Learn more and register here.

 Integral philosophy is often described as “psychoactive” because it illuminates so many interconnections between seemingly contradictory perspectives and the Living Divine Mystery. Using just a few key distinctions, a multidimensional and sacred Reality is revealed. 

But integral consciousness isn’t a static thing; it demands to be lived, and it must always be rediscovered. Thus, it expresses itself through a life of ongoing integral practice. It is love-in-action of every color and species, and always growing and changing. 

 This first afternoon session will bring integral consciousness and practice alive, laying a foundation of understanding for the two sessions that will follow.

Learn more and register here. 

 

Going Beyond “Re-activism” — from a dialogue with Adyashanti

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From a dialogue with Adyashanti

Going Beyond “Re-activism”

 In this brief audio clip from American spiritual teacher and author Adyashanti, he explains how our best intentions, in the form of “re-activism,” can exacerbate the storm of polarization, political or otherwise. If we can come from a sense of grounded unity within, rather than acting from a reactive, fear-based center, then the chance for healthy dialogue and change becomes possible. http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

Newfield Network's Virtual Summer Symposium

When: 
August 15, 2016 - August 27, 2016

Newfield Network's Virtual Summer Symposium

Living the Art of Becoming

August 15th-27th 2016

This will be an opportunity for us to come together as a community of change agents and become collectively inspired, renewed, and transformed.

Terry joins twelve other thought leaders & luminaries for this virtual symposium entitled: Living the Art of Becoming. REGISTER HERE. 

Terry's webinar will take place August 24th Wednesday at 10am MT/9am Pacific/12 EDT 

 

From the event organizers:

You will have access to mind-blowing presentations that explore the emergent edge of possibility that lives within us. Here you and I can discover how to think, feel, and practice in new ways to live a continually transformative life.

This becomes a springboard for participating in collectively designing a more brilliant future. In fact, we have created a post-symposium design & action section for participants to take what they have learned and work together to bring something new into the world.

Who Is This Symposium For?

  • Do you desire transformative change in your life?
  • Do you want to turn personal transformation into compassionate action in the world?
  • Do you desire community of like-minded people to engage in new conversations & explore new possibilities together?
  • Are you a coach, facilitator, teacher, leader, or practitioner of some kind who is looking for new tools & distinctions to support your clients?
  • Do you passionately care about our world and want to participate in a collective movement for co-creating a more beautiful future?

If you answered YES! to any of these questions, this symposium is for you!

So what is Becoming anyway?

Becoming is the process by which life flourishes & blossoms, forever arising as something new, creative and fresh. Becoming is the heart of transformation itself. In this symposium, thirteen thought leaders & luminaries will offer diverse presentations centered around the theme of becoming.

And the best part…because it is a virtual symposium, you can attend from anywhere and will have access to the videos forever after the event is over! That way if you miss one of the presentations you can watch it later or if you especially loved one in particular you can watch it over and over again.

Speakers list:
 
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Julio Olalla
Terri O’Fallon
Charles Eisenstein
Terry Patten
Bob Dunham
Susanne Cook-Greuter
Lonny Jarrett
Veronica Olalla Love
Steven McIntosh
Gonzalo Cordova
Thomas McConkie
Alexander Love

The discounted price of $97 will only be available to the first 200 participants or the August 14th cut off date, at which point the price goes back up. Join a community of like-minded people and engage in a powerful process of learning, today.

You will be transported into new realms of discovery & offered practices to transform your life and the world.

 

Michael Meade joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for "The World is in Trouble and it Needs Your Genius"

When: 
July 17, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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On Sunday, July 17th, I’ll be joined by renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology, Michael Meade, for a dialogue entitled:

The World is in Trouble and it Needs Your Genius.

Michael combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.

He says that when the world is churning — from our outer atmosphere and institutions to our inner tempests — wildness is unleashed. What scares us also calls to our depths, where our genius resides. Deep sea creatures of the psyche — hatreds and fears and huge forces, threaten to engulf us.

On Sunday, we’ll be exploring Michael’s idea that though the news is troubling, it may be that our troubles are of the “right kind.” They may be calling to the souls of each of us in ways we can learn to listen to and hear.

Michael suggests that in a rapidly changing world faced with seemingly impossible problems, it becomes important to understand that each person has something to contribute to the solutions.

No one comes into the world empty. There is something seeded in each of us, waiting to be awoken, ready to lead us on the path to our true identity and our true purpose in life.

I hope you’ll join us on Sunday. Our world is now in great need of an awakening of the genius qualities hidden in each of us, including you.

Register to join here.

To our evolution,

Terry

 

About Michael Meade

Michael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He is the author of Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn’t End, and The Genius Myth. He is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.

Letting current events into our hearts in ways that empower us—Mark Nepo

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A dialogue with Mark Nepo

Letting current events into our hearts in ways that empower us  

 

In this brief audio clip from Mark Nepo’s dialogue with Beyond Awakening host, Terry Patten, Mark discusses practicing with the shocking violence of the daily news. He suggests there is a way to process and internalize tragedy so that rather than becoming paralyzed and shut down, our compassion is awakened and we are empowered to take action. http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

The Integral Living Room: a 4-day Exploration of Death and Dying with Diane Musho Hamilton, Terry Patten, Jeff Salzman and Ken Wilber

When: 
November 10, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Location

The Integral Center Boulder , CO
United States
Contact:

Join the Integral Tribe for a 4-day Exploration of Death and Dying

Every spiritual tradition says that we only live fully when we face death as a practice. Some say that awareness of our inevitable death is the basis of the path because it teaches us how to live.

And yet we tend to live in the illusion of immortality, in a superficially positive affirmation of life that is also a subtle “denial of death.” This tends to numb us, and makes us illiterate in regard to the grieving that is such a profound dimension of the fabric of wise human living. It makes it hard to metabolize the many smaller losses that are woven into the fabric of aging, and of illness.

This is why your death is such a wise and uncompromising mentor. And why it can unlock new levels of appreciation for the gift of life, as long as it lasts.

Death twitches my ear. “Live,” he says, “I am coming.” ~Virgil

The Integral Living Room has always been a place for “high play,” and for daring to say the things we usually avoid. It is a place where even the most serious and edgy conversations can also be funny, liberating, and joyful.

In the Integral Living Room, we will “get down” with what the Buddha called the “heavenly messengers” of sickness, old age, and death. Through deep conversations and experiential exercises, we’ll make contact with the ancient and unchanging core of our mortality, as well as the emergent dimensions of the integral consciousness with which we are learning relate to it—and to each other.

Join us at the Integral Living Room for a transformational encounter with the universal teachers, death and dying, this November 10-13.

Refresh your relationship to life and death and love and loss

  • Enter a deep Integral conversation about your mortality.
  • Deepen your capacity to face and learn from loss and grief.
  • Touch into the timeless, deathless nature of who you are.
  • Explore death and dying in four quadrants.
  • Explore how your view of death and dying changes as you develop.
  • Face your losses with smart, deep friends who are also facing theirs.
  • Engage practices in preparing to die, and practice preparing for the death of others.

The Integral Living Room

Thursday, November 10th (7pm) to Sunday, November 13th (1pm) 2016

The Integral Center, Boulder CO

The Practice of "Losing Face"

In this brief video, Terry invites you to let go of looking good and open up to freedom. Instead of pretending to have it together, celebrate when you look ridiculous! Losing face is the secret to reacquiring the totality of your being.

Sarah Marshank joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for "The Dynamism of Stillness Emerging: Exploring Incarnational Non Dual Aliveness"

When: 
May 8, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Contact:

 

On Sunday, May 8, I’ll be joined by the dynamic teacher of embodied feminine awakening, Sarah Marshank, for a dialogue entitled: The Dynamism of Stillness Emerging: Exploring Incarnational Non Dual Aliveness.

Sarah is a dynamic teacher of embodied feminine awakening who sees our crisis as an opportunity for the evolutionary emergence to call us forth into an integrated, authentic relationship — not just with Divinity, but with ourselves, one another, and all Life.
You can read my full blog post and find participantion instructions here.

Living our question in a time of global change

Our amazingly wonderful and terrible times represent a profound koan, an impossible riddle that we must resolve, an infinitely deep question that undoes our mind and reconfigures our consciousness.

We are the most blessed humans in history. We are information and material-rich. We are unlocking the human genome and exploring the vastness of the cosmos.

And yet we face global challenges on an unprecedented scale — environmentally, politically, and economically.

How do we rise to meet the challenges of this time? How can we be a part of the solution? What is needed? We don’t fully know.

In this brief video, Terry suggests that by living these questions, letting them transform us individually and collectively, something new and paradigm-shifting can emerge.

 

Colin Beavan joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for "Helping the World by Wanting What Actually Makes You Happy"

When: 
April 20, 2016 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
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This Wednesday—Helping the World by Wanting What Actually Makes You Happy with Colin Beavan

AC_COLIN-BEAVAN_0412_085-739x1024This Wednesday, April 20th at 5pm PST, please join me for a special broadcast with author Colin Beavan, for a public conversation we have titled:

Helping the World by Wanting What Actually Makes You Happy

Colin is best known as the man who committed to reducing his carbon footprint to zero by living sustainably for a full year in New York City, as chronicled in the documentary No Impact Man. His new book is How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness that Helps the World. In it, he invites readers to explore the practical spirituality that can arise from questioning the story that we can’t make a difference. He also suggests that taking small, practical steps that express our compassion for others and the planet can simultaneously bring unexpected happiness into our own lives.

Colin discovered a whole new level of personal fulfillment by rejecting the standard narrative of what makes for a happy and successful life. That story, in its many forms, usually results in two things: one is the hamster-wheel of always chasing money and status; the other is the endless search for personal happiness. He says that what really creates happiness is moving from “self-help” to “each-other-help.”

Our conventional life approaches have not only failed to bring us happiness — they’ve also caused grave problems for the planet. But there’s a growing movement around the world of many thousands of people who Colin calls “lifequesters.” These people are forging non-standard lifestyles that are better for them and better for the world.

Colin’s most important message is that living a life in line with our values is much easier than we think. The first step is to understand what actually makes human beings feel happy and purposeful — as opposed to what society tells us. Then, one small step at a time, we can begin to build those happiness and service-oriented elements into our everyday choices and decisions, experimenting with finding what makes us feel healthy, safe and like we matter to the world.

Using our experiences with these small decisions to build confidence, we can then begin making larger adaptations to our life circumstances to support the new, purposeful way of life we are discovering.

Colin helps people notice how our lives are deeply shaped by the stories we tell ourselves. If we tell ourselves the story “I don’t make a difference” over and over, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many of us are trapped inside that story. Also, we often assume that if we tried to make a difference it would mean doing all kinds of things that don’t feel “natural” to us.

Colin turns this thinking on its head, suggesting that all we have to do is to notice and choose what is natural to us. As we make choices that express our innate compassion, we can emerge from the false narrative in which so many of us are trapped. We can begin to make new, more compassionate choices toward making a difference, even if at first they seem like baby steps.

In the context of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, most of us are “refusing the call.” The good news is that this refusal is the first step of the Hero’s Journey! Within each of us, our psyches yearn to complete that journey. When we don’t find ways to express our innate compassion, we painfully stunt our development as human beings.

Helping the world is not a sacrifice. It can be the greatest fulfillment of our nature. You can become yourself to save the world. And you can save the world to become yourself.

We deepen spiritually as well. Colin recently spoke at Harvard Divinity School about Tolstoy & Gandhi’s concept of “bread-labor.” Tolstoy said the first commandment was “by the sweat of thy brow, you shall eat your bread.” If we don’t put the labor into feeding ourselves, we become divorced from some essential aspect of ourselves. Tolstoy saw this as a political and a spiritual issue. The aristocracy were disconnected from God because they didn’t do any manual labor. For this reason, Gandhi spun his own cotton. Today, self-reliance, growing our own food in our communities, creating with our hands, puts us in a better place to experience Mystery and allows us to be in the existential insecurity that comes with experiencing God.

Colin’s work offers an invitation to reframe the possibility of making these kinds of “each-other-help” changes to our lives. Rather than being shamed by the “shaking finger of should,” we can regard these shifts as a happy opportunity to live our values more fully, build community, and contribute to the betterment of the world.

I’m excited to dialogue with Colin and discover a different place where some key themes of my own spiritual teaching, like Courage and Trust can be enacted in new ways. I hope you will join us!

Register to join the call here.

Michael Dowd joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for "The New Ten Commandments and the Coming Apocaloptimism"

When: 
March 27, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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This Sunday, March 27th, at 10am PST, bestselling evolutionary theologian and pro-future evangelist, Michael Dowd, joins Terry for a public conversation entitled:

The New Ten Commandments and the Coming Apocaloptimism

Michael claims that the scientific evidence on climate change indicates that it’s too late to prevent dramatic changes in human lifestyles, values and identities. Tune in to learn why he thinks this Great Reckoning can also be a Great Homecoming, where our prodigal species returns to a right relationship to reality.

The taboo against ecstasy

Part of our unspoken contract with conventional society is that there’s a certain range of how we get to be. It’s fine to be worried. It’s fine to strive. It’s fine to be depleted.

But if you break open in the spirit of freedom itself — or joy itself? That’s just weird!

There’s a taboo against ecstasy.

In this brief video, Terry suggests that breaking this taboo and daring to be love and happiness as you…is our sacred invitation in this life.

The Integral Living Room

When: 
November 10, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Location

The Integral Center
2805 Broadway St.
Boulder , CO
United States
Contact:


The Integral Living Room

November 10–13, 2016

An Exploration of Death & Dying


Every spiritual tradition says that we only live fully when we face death as a practice. Some say that awareness of our inevitable death is the very basis of the path because it teaches us how to live.
 
In the Integral Living Room, we'll get down with what the Buddha called the “heavenly messengers” of sickness, old age, and death. Through deep conversations and experiential exercises, we’ll make contact with the ancient and unchanging core of our mortality, as well as the emergent dimensions of the integral consciousness with which we are learning relate to it—and to each other.
 
Check out the Living Room site where you can learn more and register. Check out our early bird and alumni pricing.

We’re excited about deepening the realization of our mortality together with you and our other favorite integral explorers. If you know anyone you think would enjoy joining us for this integral "Exploration of Death and Dying", please share the word.

It’s great to be back in the groove of the Integral Living Room, and to have you with us!

Diane Hamilton, Terry Patten, & Jeff Salzman

Embodying the Intelligence of Your Heart and Soul at Esalen Institute

When: 
July 24, 2016 - July 29, 2016

Location

Esalen Institute Big Sur, CA
United States
Contact:

Embodying the Intelligence of

Your Heart and Soul 

July 24-29 , 2016

Join Terry Patten and Sarah Marshank to reconnect with your embodied wisdom, power, and passion.

This program will help you join the ear of the heart to the voice of the soul, fostering intimacy with yourself, others, and the unknowable source of it all.

In a safe and nurturing space, begin to release the armoring around your heart as you engage in the following:

• Embodied transformative work anchored in breath and somatic psychology

• Playful interpersonal relating processes in twos, threes, and small groups

• Silent and guided meditation, and prayer

• Dance, conscious movement, and vocalizing

• A clear, inclusive context for understanding and anchoring your learning

Get ready to feel secure in your connection to the sacred flow: your next inspired idea, the energy that enables you to perform at your best, and the guidance for life’s most important choices.

During our time together, you can practice releasing the inner taboos against ecstasy, freeing up creativity, and discerning the voice of the soul and the soul’s higher purpose. Come enjoy an integrated, evolutionary, heart-and-soul centered initiation into a life of practice that is both sustainable and transformative.

Find more info and register here.

Terry Patten is the co-author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice. He is a pioneering innovator, advancing the evolutionary edge of spirituality, as well as a facilitator of intimate collective awakening. He has a lifelong commitment to social activism.

Sarah Marshank is the founder of Selfistry, a methodology dedicated to mastering the art of being human. Integrating theory from Eastern and Western philosophy and psychology with meditative and somatic practices, Sarah guides practitioners to discover their authentic self and purpose in life.