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The Wisdom Factory: Spiritual Lessons and Opportunities that Ripen with Age— an interview with Terry Patten

March 31, 2017 - 10:00am



19 teachers and thought leaders share insights and experience
on how to grow and embrace the later years in life with
joy and purpose

Spiritual Lessons and Opportunities that Ripen with Age 

with Terry Patten 

Watch the live broadcast here on March 31 at 10 AM PT/ 7 PM CET

Register here to receive an email reminder. 

The experience of growing older makes naive spiritual idealism less and less tenable. As our bodies change and we see more and more of those we have known and loved passing away, the bittersweet nature of mortal existence becomes undeniable. Some people close off in resistance and become depressed or resentful, whereas others recognize the evergreen nature of the present moment, and deeply savor the holiness of brokenness.

I may come to “ache in places where I used to play” as Leonard Cohen so poignantly put it, and darkness may no longer be a stranger. But youthful illusions of immortality are blinding, and in the presence of darkness we can come to know the light far more intimately. Most importantly, we soften, and in softening, we become capable of the tenderness that is the essence of both human and divine love.

The elders have the sacred function to hold the suffering and the brokenness of the world. If we do this authentically, pain and loss do not necessarily diminish, but they can be seen as sacred, and authentic lightheartedness more and more often breaks through.







Awakening Your Revolutionary Heart: Transform Angst Into Spiritual Strength, Unreasonable Happiness & the Power to Make a Difference

March 30, 2017

7 Week Training Starts Thursday, March 30, 2017


Activate a Wellspring of Personal and Political Empowerment by Accessing the Hidden Capacities of Your Heart, the Perceptive Powers of Your Mind, and the Indomitable Strength of Your Spirit. 

I invite you to join me and other "revolutionay hearts" on this timely and important 7 week journey. Learn more about the course here.

During the Awakening the Revolutionary Heart training, I'll show you how to empower yourself to make a radical shift into living from your integral heart intelligence, marrying your spiritual life with your energized engagement with life — including engaging as a citizen-participant.

During Awakening the Revolutionary Heart, you’ll:

  • Better understand how you can contribute to the larger “revolution of love”
  • Discover a ground of happiness that allows you to be an active creator in the world rather than retreating away (into silence and passivity)
  • See our moment as a spiritual initiation into a new kind of citizenship
  • Unleash the deeper intelligence of your heart
  • Develop a daily Heart Practice that activates and brings together all dimensions of your being
  • Explore how to penetrate the false, all-too-common ways of viewing current events that hemorrhage your energy, and find a grounded, no-nonsense way to take care of business
  • Discover that the deeper your sacrifice, the deeper the ground for your defiantly unreasonable happiness
  • Understand the inner work of the outer work and empower both
  • Open your heart to fundamental equanimity and freedom that can stabilize you even in the midst of discomfort, threat, pain and loss
  • Deepen your understanding of your unique gifts and purpose
  • Open up into the higher octaves of positive feeling, from peace and acceptance... to pleasure and enjoyment... to joy, ecstasy and bliss
  • Go beyond the false negation of desire to self-actualize and benefit the world
  • Receive a scientific and mystical understanding of why the heart is the source of such rich intelligence
  • Understand the pathway to an evolution of both left and right
  • Be given a practice to turn shocking news into a source of energy and empowerment
  • Understand how to calibrate your practice and activism for the long haul, so that you get stronger every day

Learn more about the course and register here

How grief can instruct us and ennoble our character — with Stephen Jenkinson

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From a public conversation with activist, farmer & founder of

The Orphan Wisdom School, Stephen Jenkinson 

In this brief clip, Stephen suggests that the growing epidemic of pain killers is really a coping mechanism for living in a disfigured landscape. As natural born “practitioners of beauty,” we are brutally confronted by the specter of our dying planet. Overwhelmed by that pain, we desensitize and our capacity to create and appreciate beauty withers. 

But many of us awaken from our denial. Initially, we may become paralyzed with sorrow for the damage of our “head-in-the-sand” existence.

But there is a parallel realization — a kind of “burdensome privilege” that from this moment on, we must proceed in full knowledge of our responsibility to each other and our impact on the world. Stephen says the claim that this lays upon our days is actually ennobling—“true grief”.

Such grief can become “an animator of our days” and the root of a deep gratitude for the remarkable, quixotic alchemy of being alive. 

Register to access the full dialogue and other Beyond Awakening dialogues here:


Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

March 16, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm


United States

Our monthly community calls are our way to stay connected between gatherings, and keep the conversation going! Everyone is welcome, whether or not you plan to attend the in-person event. Find past conversations here If you have already registered for the community calls, you will receive a reminder with your special PIN, as usual. If you haven't registered yet you can sign up here. For more info on the next Living Room event in Boulder:

The spiritual opportunity of our political moment—join Terry for a LIVE virtual event

March 15, 2017 - 5:30pm - 6:45pm


United States

Are you feeling outrage, anxiety or despair about the current political climate — not only in America but around the world?
What if you could learn to transform these troubling emotions into a source of personal and political empowerment so you could navigate life with increased clarity, purpose and spiritual strength?
I have provocative questions — and answers — that can illuminate new ways of understanding and practicing with the challenges now facing us.
On Wednesday, March 15, I will present The Spiritual Opportunity of Our Political Moment: 4 Keys to Transforming Your Angst Into Awakening, Wholeness & Power.

Register now for free. 

During this special online event, I will dialogue with Stephen Dinan, author of Sacred America, Sacred World, and I will invite your soul to recognize its purpose as an “integral revolutionary” — someone who can contribute actively to sanity, wisdom, and cultural evolution in the midst of these tumultuous times.

I'll shine a light onto the rich dance of evolutionary inquiry in a way that you can use to empower yourself to take positive actions aligned with the highest good for your family,
community and country.
During this hour, I will share with you:

  • How our moment is a spiritual initiation into a new kind of citizenship
  • Why the recent U.S. election is a call for the evolution of both left and right
  • A practice that can turn troubling news into a source of energy and empowerment
  • How to calibrate your practice and activism for the long haul, so that you keep getting stronger no matter what 

If you long to be of service to our collective evolution — and to do so in a way that has you feeling energized and empowered — you’ll receive great value from this illuminating hour.
To our evolution,
P.S. During The Spiritual Opportunity of Our Political Moment, I will show you how to transform so-called “negative” emotions into a source of personal and political empowerment by accessing the hidden capacities of your heart, the perceptive powers of your mind, and the unstoppable strength of your spirit.
Register now for free. 
A downloadable recording will be provided later to all who register, whether or not you listen to the scheduled event

Can we honor our soul’s longing AND the future of the living Earth? with Michael Dowd

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From a public conversation with evolutionary theologian, bestselling author and evangelist for Big History 

Michael Dowd 



In this brief clip, Terry asks Michael about finding one’s unique purpose in an era of overwhelming social, ecological, and political challenges. It would be easy to dismiss such soul-searching as impractical or even self-absorbed.  And yet such seeking is inherent to the human experience. 

Michael suggests that the answer lies with the rise of a new system, wherein humans live as supportive members of the earth community.  Within this new paradigm, the experience of discovering our unique soul’s purpose will align with the “body of life.”

Register to access the full dialogue and other Beyond Awakening dialogues here:


Integral Soul Work and Citizenship in a Brave New World

March 25, 2017


4215 Arts Village Dr
Sedona, AZ
United States

 Integral Soul Work and

Citizenship in a Brave New World

with Terry Patten

Saturday, March 25

Are you called to live on the leading edge of evolution, awakening new potentials in yourself
and incarnating more divinity in the world?

The path of the Integral Soul leads us towards unification of body and soul, heart and mind, Spirit and personality. It represents an alchemy of many wisdom schools, each honored for their unique contribution to creating evolved human beings.

The path of the Integral Soul is a birthing ground for true evolutionaries — people like you who are living at the leading edge of our culture.

In this Workshop, you will learn to surrender to the deeper invisible currents that pattern your psyche, and to conduct that energy into your daily life.  As you do, the universe conspires to support you.


Become the head, heart and hands of Spirit 


Saturday March 25   Time: 9AM- 5PM

Cost: early bird before March 15: $87 After or at the door: $115 

Eventbrite tickets can be purchased here.

Venue: OLLI, 4215 Arts Village Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336


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

Be counted on the side of life—with Michael Meade

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From a public conversation with storyteller and mythic thinker

Michael Meade 



 Michael Meade joined Terry on Beyond Awakening for the World is in Trouble and it Needs Your Genius.”"

He said something that Terry has been living by, and that many of us may be feeling:

What arises in us is the sense that “I owe it to the world.” Frightening circumstances in the world call upon something deep inside us. No matter the depth of my own fears, there is something in me that wants to be counted on the side of life over death, enhancing life as opposed to contributing to the collapse and destruction, whether by acting or not acting — since not acting is an act.

Register to access this and other Beyond Awakening dialogues here:


The Integral Practice of Citizenship in Our Wild Times — Join Terry In Person in Alexandria, VA - Feb 5

February 5, 2017 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm


Alexandria, VA
United States

A Conversation about the State of Our Nation: 
What’s Really Happening? 
What Does It Ask of Us? 

Sunday, Feb. 5, 4-7PM
North Old Town, Alexandria, VA  

You can RSVP here.

A new American revolution is emerging before us and through us. It is a revolution that calls us to courageously become our highest selves, to compassionately befriend one another and to work together in community to restore the integrity, health and balance of the living world.

That requires an integral revolution, a transformation that will jar us from complacency, and propel us beyond being entitled, resentful middle class citizens of Trump’s United States. How can we find our way beyond our current contentious, fragmented and unsustainable global society into a new republic of the heart? What is the way of life and practice that draws on and brings forth our best virtues and highest capacities?

It certainly begins with deeply encountering ourselves, our world, and each other. Join Terry and a group of integral practitioners in the Washington DC area to explore our opportunities and responsibilities as citizens of our planet and nation:  

The suggested donation is $30. You can RSVP here.

Many believe that it’s already too late to avert some heartbreaking ecological disasters. Our challenges are more complex, more “wicked”, than anything humans have yet evolved capacities to address. 

And yet despite this reality, evolution has always proceeded against overwhelming odds.
It is up to us to listen deeply, to attune to the mystery and genius of evolution, and to be responsive and ready when innovative, “revolutionary” solutions emerge — and to be prepared to give nothing less than our all. 

Bring your curiosity to the conversation, as well as an open heart and mind. If you can, surrender the need for quick and easy answers. Instead, we’ll pose and explore the questions that matter. Questions such as:

  • How can we, as individuals, choose lives of transformation and social responsibility decisively and signal that to each other?
  • How can we understand the sacrifices and suffering that will inevitably be a part of the next phases of the human developmental ordeal in ways that will make us stronger and wiser?
  • How can we honor, love, celebrate and care for the embodied experience of our brothers and sisters?
  • How can we transform our relationship to death? Our own, and the deaths of people, places and creatures we love?
  • How can we, personally, step into this recognition in a way that enables us to be a stand for a new way of being, even before we have fully matured into it?
  • What are the most essential ways to practice our aspirations to be citizens of a new human possibility?
  • How can we find a soft landing for our overheated human story?

RSVP and learn more here. 


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.



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,


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,

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.

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

To our evolution,


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

Register to access this and other Beyond Awakening dialogues here:


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.



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

October 23, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am


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.


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.


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

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


Unity of Tustin
14402 S. Prospect Ave.
Tustin, CA
United States
(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

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


Unity of Tustin
14402 S. Prospect Ave.
Tustin, CA
United States
(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

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


Unity of Tustin
14402 S. Prospect Ave.
Tustin , CA
United States

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.


Newfield Network's Virtual Summer Symposium

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"

July 17, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am

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,



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.