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A Virtual Caucus on the “Future Left”—Free Teleconference

When: 
October 25, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Caucuses for Future Left and Right


Join us October 25, 2014 for a Free Teleconference:

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A Virtual Caucus on the “Future Left”

The Institute for Cultural Evolution invites you to join us for a free national virtual gathering on October 25, 2014 in which we will explore the potential evolution of liberal political thinking. We’re calling it the “Future Left”—and we’ll be explaining what it is, how you can recognize it in yourself and others, and why it represents the future of progressive politics. This call will feature our esteemed panelists Elizabeth Debold and Terry Patten, together with your hosts Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps, who will help us understand how progressive politics is changing and how you can play a role in that transformation.

Our larger goal is to overcome political polarization in America by helping to evolve both the Left and the Right. This participatory teleconference will begin our series of planned caucus calls by focusing on the future of the Left, which includes both modernist liberals and postmodern progressives. Our initial caucus call on the “Future Right” will be held later this year.

This first caucus call is on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The call will start at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (1PM Eastern) and continue until approximately 11:45 AM PT.

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As explained in our recent white paper, Depolarizing the American Mind, the political polarity of Left and Right is relatively permanent and existential, continuing to reappear in new form as society changes and evolves. Our approach accordingly seeks to anticipate the future state of these existential political positions by describing the form that the “Future Left” and “Future Right” will likely take in the decades ahead. On this inaugural caucus call we will focus on defining and developing a more positive and optimistic “future political stance” for those on the Left.

What is The Future Left?

An evolutionary principle for working with positive-positive existential polarities, such as “liberal and conservative,” is that each pole needs the other for its own further and fuller development. If one pole dominates or vanquishes the other, pathology is the inevitable result. Applied to politics, this principle indicates that the most sound and politically effective liberal and progressive positions will be those that integrate legitimate conservative values, while still remaining true to their original progressive values. Conservative values can serve to improve liberal positions by challenging and moderating such positions in a way that makes them stronger. The same can be said about the role of liberal values in strengthening conservative positions.

By helping progressive politics move from a position of antithesis, which rejects many of the values of the rest of American society, to a more synthetic position that can better value what America has achieved, we hope to contribute to the emergence of progressive political positions that are able to overcome polarization and accomplish many of their laudable political goals. As described in Depolarizing the American Mind, we are working to evolve the overall consciousness of the American electorate by increasing the quality and quantity of what people are able to value.

Now we need your help to define and develop a more evolved form of left wing politics.

In this free conference call you will: 

  • Understand the deeper cultural and historical forces that explain how our nation has become increasingly polarized.
  • Take part in a “participatory caucus” where you can voice your opinion and vote for your priorities.
  • Develop a newfound hope and sense of potential in relation to the political, social, and environmental crises we currently face as a nation.
  • Discover how to view current issues through a developmental lens―which changes how we think about creating change.
  • Hear what pioneers of the “Future Left” have to say about the most important political issues of our time.
  • Develop a new understanding of what political leadership entails from an evolutionary perspective.

Sign up now for the free virtual call:  A Virtual Caucus on the Future Left. Saturday, October 25 beginning at 10AM PT. We look forward to exploring with you the future of American politics!

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Terry Patten on Integral Theory, the Urantia Book, and More

This brief but illuminating talk by the author of Integral Life Practice is excerpted from the conference proceedings of "Evolutionary Revelation: An Inspirational Journey into The Urantia Book and Beyond" (held in Marin County, CA on June 14-15, 2014).

"Winds of Change" in La Nacion Newspaper, featuring Terry Patten

 

This ariticle has been translated from Spanish to English. The article orginally appeared as a cover piece for the Sunday magazine of La Nación newspaper, Argentina's leading daily, and one read widely in neighboring countries, on the subject of "Is it possible to change?""

The original article can be found here: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1726429-cambios-de-rumbo Terry is featured in the section "Life as Classroom".

Winds of Change

by Fabiana Fondevila

Books, videos, courses and seminars promise to turn us into better versions of ourselves. But beside the lure of instant transformation, some actually dare to jump in, plumb their depths and take the steps towards change.

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Gain confidence and never lose it. Discover the seven laws of success. Rekindle your passion for your lover. Promises of change and even of complete reinvention beckon to us from the covers of books, television shows and workshops of every sort. After decades of self-help culture, it’s right that we should ask: did our lives actually change for the better?

Although the literary genre known as self-help or personal development took root in the last quarter of the 20th century, and especially in the 1990s, the idea of offering instructions for living a better life is almost as old as man. In Ancient Rome, Cicero gave all manners of advice in On Friendship and On Duty. Ovid did the same in The Art of Love, and the Egyptians of the age of the pharaohs conducted their affairs according to a series of tomes titled, appropriately, Codes of Conduct. It could even be argued that the Bible is the all-around best-seller of the good life manuals, with legions of faithful fans.

But modern-day self-help has some features of its own. With its rosy New Age positivism, this social phenomenon seduces many with the illusion of unlimited transformation. According to the tenets espoused by many of its gurus, everything rests on the proper intention. If one falls short on the road to fame, success, mental peace, perfect health or enlightenment (whichever may be the preferred goal), there is no one to blame but oneself.

These are no doubt seductive proposals. In the United States, one of the countries where the genre and fad took hold, the sale of self-help books rose by almost 100 percent between 1991 and 1996. Today, this segment of the publishing industry generates some 2 billion dollars a year. It is also a well-known fact that the consumers of self-help products display an addictive behavior: as soon as they finish one book, workshop or seminar, they are already on the lookout for the next.

But even this mega-successful industry has not been able to answer the one key question: Is it possible to change at will? Perhaps it’s best that we start by defining what we mean by “change”.

Estanislao Bachrach, an Argentine biologist who studied in Harvard, author of the successful Ágilmente (a play on words that could be translated as Swift minds), has just published a second book titled Encambio. Aprendé a modificar tu cerebro para cambiar tu vida (Changing. Learning to change your brain in order to change your life). In it he points to the fact that our brains are a lot more malleable than we once thought. He therefore suggests we undertake a sort of self-directed neuroplasticity campaign, resorting to different exercises and techniques designed to incline our thoughts and emotions in the direction of positive change.

But even with a decidedly optimistic outlook, the author warns that change always involves a certain level of pain or discomfort, something that the brain seeks to avoid as a mechanism of self-preservation. This is why we need to work hard to convince ourselves that a new habit or attitude will work in our favor in the medium or long term.

Is everybody willing to make that effort? "No,"says Bachrach outright. "Some people can’t, because their lives are too tough and they don’t have the time or energy. Others want to, but they get discouraged at the first difficulty. And others just don’t want to. In my team we have seen that only between 10 and 15 percent of those who say they want to change are truly committed to go through with it”. The first premise, then, is the honest decision to get out of one’s comfort zone. And once there is a genuine determination to change, can we steer in the direction of deep and lasting transformation, or can we only aspire to slight adjustments in course?

Virginia Gawel is a psychologist, the director of the Buenos Aires Transpersonal Center and a longtime promoter of Transpersonal Psychology, a discipline which brings together the wisdom of East and West, and incorporates a spiritual outlook. She says, "I like to think of change as a vertical movement, one that moves upwards in spirals. There are people that work hard at studying themselves and move up one circle and then another throughout their lives, so that we could say they are the same people they were when they started, but at the same time their outlook is different, they have a deeper view of themselves and of reality itself. In that context the word ‘change’ amounts to transmutation, like when coal goes through a long and arduous process and turns into diamond”.

But if that movement is horizontal –Gawel continues-, the person “makes pseudo-changes, going round and round at the same level of consciousness, trying out different options and interests without any real depth or commitment. These changes will be of an adaptive nature; a way to make sure that everything stays the same”. This perspective highlights an ingredient that is not too popular for our culture of instant satisfaction: pure, undisguised effort.

Self-help books can be “a signpost that points to the right path, but only as long as we actually walk the path. Reading alone is not enough –Gawel underlines-. It is crucial to practice, to delve deep into one’s emotions. And, as is the case with our physical health, to make sure we are not substituting a book for a specialist who can walk the road with us and keep us safe.”

Something even more complex is at stake when it comes to workshops, courses and seminars. So complex, in fact, that a name has been coined for the distortion they can sometimes bring about: “the Weekend Seminar Syndrome”. This is how it goes: for a few hours or a few days, people share practices and experiences in an atmosphere of complete harmony. During that time they experience powerful emotions and, sometimes, even the impression of sudden illumination. They leave happy and eager to begin their new lives. What is left of that transmutation two weeks later? Studies reveal: little or nothing.

So the question is: what went wrong? Michael Murphy, founder of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, the epicenter of the human potential movement in the 1960s, was one of the first to detect this phenomenon. He extended the workshops to last several weeks, then a few months, but the backwards kick occurred all the same, just as predictably as the initial ecstasy.  In a book he co-wrote with George Leonard, he stated this conclusion: real change can only be brought about by committed and sustained long-term practice.

So here is the second ingredient in our recipe for genuine change: action that is consequent through time.

Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist and author of Mindset, a pioneering book in the area of social and psychological research, launched a new concept in the vocabulary of the social sciences: growth mindset. This attitude distinguishes people who see challenges and even failure as an opportunity to expand their capacities and not a reason to give up. At the other end of the spectrum is the fixed mindset, which describes people who are convinced that we are all born with a limited number of talents and abilities. Neuroscience confirms that the first attitude is in fact correct, since every challenge we face creates new neural pathways and places more resources at our disposal.

In studies done with university students, the researcher found that young people with a fixed mindset did not recover well from bad grades and spent more energy trying to cover up their mistakes than in learning. On the other half, their colleagues with a growth mindset tended to study their mistakes and derive useful lessons from them.

Dweck’s findings produced some useful childrearing advice: in order to promote a growth mindset in children, it’s important to reward their efforts and their willingness to face challenges over their actual accomplishments.  A third element, then, is the ability to get back in the game after a setback, and to do so without shame, fear or regret.

 

LOOKING IS NOT ALWAYS SEEING

The art of transformation is also subtle and complex in the context of a group. Ontological Coaching is a discipline that promotes transformation on an individual level and in collective contexts. Carola Herrscher, an ontological coach and the co-founder of New Paradigms in Organizations, explains: "Coaching invites people to review their judgments and preconceptions about themselves. The aim is to help them see through a wider lens so that they can consider more creative options. One of the premises of this discipline is that language doesn’t just describe reality, it also creates it. That’s why we try to guide people to review the way they speak about things, and to change their interpretations of reality.”

But even dealing with large groups, says Herrscher, change always begins at an individual level. “The first thing is for people to own up to what they feel and how they see the things that happen, instead of projecting them onto others. For someone to be able to say ‘I feel unseen’ instead of saying ‘Nobody sees me’ or ‘Maybe I don’t express myself clearly enough”, instead of ‘Nobody listens’” –says the coach. “When I see the same group in different moments, I perceive that they have been able to start talking about things they couldn’t before, and that is a big step. In my experience, the biggest problem in groups is not technical, the biggest hurdle is the things that don’t get talked about, either because they’re not seen or because they’re difficult to discuss.” A fourth facilitator of change, then, especially in groups, is self-observation and taking responsibility for one’s way of seeing and acting in the world. Growth, it seems, is also something that starts at home.

 

LIFE AS CLASSROOM

We could also pose a more radical question: How much to change? When to declare ourselves satisfied with our progress and just give ourselves the chance to enjoy our accomplishments? If we don’t, isn’t it possible that in our penchant for constant renewal, we might forget that other assignment, that of simply and purely being?

"Like everything else, change is something we can undertake with a healthier or a less conducive attitude. But the impulse to improve ourselves is not only appropriate, it is necessary. Life is a school, and it brings us the same lesson over and over again, until we learn it." So says Terry Patten, coach, international speaker and coauthor, with Ken Wilber of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. Wilber is a contemporary philosopher who set himself the titanic goal of combining all of the wisdom collected by humanity in a single multifaceted theory (which he presented in a volume entitled, with no false modesty, A Theory of Everything). But having developed the theory, there then came the time to bring it down to earth and help people put together an actual integral life, in which no important aspect of existence would be left aside. This integral practice which Wilber and Patten propose consists of a synthesis of the most important teachings of the ancient mystical schools and the postulates of modern science and psychology. In dialogue with La Nación Revista, Patten explains: “The challenge of our time is that we live in an era of great privilege, we have access to so much knowledge, so much wisdom, and, at the same time, we have a hard time dealing with this volume of information”.

As a way to carve a path through this maze, Wilber and Patten propose a wide menu of practices, divided into four main areas: mind, body, spirit and shadow. This last category refers to the exploration of one’s emotions (through some form of psychotherapy or individual work). And although their advice is to opt for those practices which are more amenable to one’s own life and personality, there are some techniques which they consider primary because of their proven effect as motors of change. One is meditation, or some form of contemplative practice.

But no matter what vehicle each of us chooses in order to move forward, it’s clear that Patten views life as a directional process. “As we grow, we begin to see that each moment is an open class taught by the universe. And when we become aware of this journey we are on, we also notice the small choices we make every day. As Viktor Frankl pointed out, even in the extreme conditions of a concentration camp, some people became loving and saintly, while others became degraded. We also have the chance to choose at every moment the path we will take."

Are there any guidelines to help us choose well?

There are three sure paths towards growth: one is to sustain a daily practice. In general, that means a short period of physical exercises and some form of meditation. Another is to consider the many opportunities afforded by each moment. Any pause can help bring us back to awareness, even just walking a few steps or breathing consciously for a few minutes. And a third road is to see each endeavor we take on (writing a book, buying a house, seeking a partner, raising a child) as a part of our practice, and acting with the intention that that action becomes part of a transformative adventure.

There are no formulas for change, then, but there are time-proven paths. To be flexible, persistent, to go back to the drawing board as many times as necessary; to observe oneself, to strive, to make a commitment. And to always remember that which wise men say at the end of the journey: change, like love and fresh bread, must be made anew every day.

My Guru Experiment—A Follow Up Conversation with Tom Steininger and Terry Patten

When: 
October 15, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Terry PattenTom SteiningerOn Wednesday, October 15th, at 10am Pacific Tom Steininger and Terry Patten will conduct a follow up conversation to their recent dialogue entitled: “My Guru Experiment: Twenty Years with Andrew Cohen”.

 

 

 

 

 

Call access details here: http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=61118724

Terry Patten and Dr. Tom Steininger had a rich conversation about Tom’s "Guru Experiment: 20 years with Andrew Cohen" on October 5th, one that stirred up a lot of comments and reactions. As Terry commented, 


"I confess that I felt a bit nervous about this dialogue. There is such fierce polarization and passion surrounding any discussion of Andrew Cohen, with both appreciators and critics arrayed in a wide spectrum of sometimes fierce positions. Some former students say their lives have been wonderfully transformed by their work with Andrew. Thousands of people, including many who were never Andrew’s students, feel like their understanding of spirituality has deepened and grown, aided by the distinctions he’s made, particularly his innovations regarding evolutionary spirituality and collective enlightenment. And there are many who are outraged by his harsh methods and lack of care for his students’ humanity, some who say that they’ve been traumatized and victimized by their experiences with him. But for many reasons, I felt it was important to wade into these waters and open up the beginnings of what I think is an important larger conversation."

Terry and Tom spoke after their October 5th public conversation, debriefing the responses they had received. Tom suggested they have a second conversation about the first conversation and the challenges it raised. Terry agreed that this might be a valuable thing to do. They intend to further open up and explore the complex situation of being a student of Andrew Cohen. Their shared intention is that this conversation be a collective learning process.

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Leading From the Soul: Evolutionary Leadership in Life & Business, Valle de Bravo, Mexico

When: 
December 5, 2014 - December 7, 2014

LEADING FROM THE SOUL: EVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP IN LIFE & BUSINESSS

In this 3 day experiential workshop at Rancho Vidasana, Terry Patten will guide us in answering a call for something far beyond the ordinary cultural “spirit of the times”. Our world is in crisis, which affects everyone of us personally. And it calls for something truly new from us.

Conventional forms of philosophy, spirituality, activism, philanthropy and entrepreneurship are incomplete and inadequate. A new integral evolutionary ethic is required—one that integrates the best of the insights of the leading philosophies of spiritual depth, social activism, science and entrepreneurial innovation.

During this workshop, Terry will coach participants in connecting with the emergent awareness, clarity, strength, and passion inherent in Integral and evolutionary philosophy. Real evolutionary leadership needs a direct energetic connection with the pulse of evolution itself—the rational and trans-rational, spiritual initiation of our time. Learn how Terry can inspire and empower you to live from a higher purpose, in all spheres of your life. 
 
 
Terry’s work on Integral Spirituality and Practice is superb, just superb, and highly recommended. After you get tired of fragmented and broken approaches to spiritual development, try a super-holistic approach and see the immediate difference”.
 

-Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision

Tuition US $1,000: includes the course, delicious food, and great accommodations. Workshop will be conducted mostly in English 
To register email: pabloquirogafernandez@gmail.com
 

 

The Marriage of Science & Spirit: Negotiating the Great Pre-Nup

During the last couple of weeks my inbox has been filled with eloquent emails from Deepak Chopra, Duane Elgin, Sam Harris, James O’Dea, Bruce Sanguin, Michael Dowd, Elisabet Sathouris, and many others — all about the nature of authentic “rational” or “scientific” spirituality. And I have been talking about some of these same issues with Ken Wilber, Andrew Harvey, Craig Hamilton, Duane Elgin and Rick Hanson. Hundreds of smaller conversations are ebbing and flowing — and to a certain degree, they’re all about a single, big topic.

Under the surface of things, and completely invisible to most observers, a great indirect “negotiation” is taking place — one with enormous implications for the future course of human culture.

The mind of rational science is reconciling itself with the truths encountered via spirituality, and the mind of trans-rational spirituality is reconciling itself more rigorously to the penetrating clarities of rigorous, evidence-based rationality. Each is realizing that they must reckon more fully with the other’s incontrovertible truths. That means they’re converging, headed for a “marriage” of sorts. This marriage, as it ripples through world culture, is likely to mark an epochal cultural sea-change.

I think that among our most prescient, original thinkers, there's a dawning awareness that the coming together of rationality with spirituality, the "marriage of science and spirit" is THE big thing happening now in terms of cultural evolution—an event on the scale of the "Reformation" or the “Enlightenment.” It is the most significant intellectual and cultural event of our time and it will reshape the future of human affairs.

             
This means that much is at stake, and there is no deep agreement about the precise terms on which this inevitable marriage will be consummated. In fact, the negotiations over the “pre-nup” bring together a wide range of participants, including some that seem more likely to have “irreconcilable differences” than to be candidates for matrimony.

Though there are, of course, shades of grey in this discussion, the differences seem to fall (very broadly, generalizing shamelessly) into two camps:

In one camp are rationalists, like Sam Harris, who have been recognizing and advocating for the benefits of mindfulness and meditative higher states and seeing a basis for transcending the narrowness of an overly reductive materialism. Harris credits contemplative traditions with confirming “some well-established truths about the human mind: Our conventional sense of self is an illusion; positive emotions, such as compassion and patience, are teachable skills; and the way we think directly influences our experience of the world.” Some see this as a basis for subsuming (some would even say “co-opting”) a non-dogmatic (and perhaps even demystified) “not religious” spirituality into a new, more comprehensive and powerfully modernist rationality.

Although much attention is dutifully paid to the attitudes of the leaders and followers of organized religions, I don’t think they are at the forefront of this synthesis.

In fact, the other camp is occupied by the many spiritual practitioners and mystics, myself included, who have taken to heart the implications of contemporary science, particularly quantum physics. We’re inspired by the mind-blowing ideas that time and space are the same thing, and that energy and light are the same “stuff” as physical matter. We’re especially inspired that our best scientific origin story — the Big Bang, and the processes of cosmic physical evolution, biological evolution and cultural evolution — says that every, every, everything (time + space + matter + energy) was once a tiny singularity. But we’re also inspired by the great mystics and sages and their unifying vision of the world. We are arriving at a rational spiritual vision that is grounded in science but not in “flatland” materialism. We are having the experience of awakening as co-participants in a conscious universal Reality, sometimes called the “Living Universe” or the “Kosmos.”


Each “side” envisions a marriage of science and spirit, but a marriage forged on very different terms. It is not a simple two-sided debate, though; there are myriad factions, each championing particular important “clauses in the contract.”

This blog post is the first of a series on this topic. In future installments, I’ll take a closer look at some of the key current ideas, and a few of the thinkers, who are proposing key terms for the “pre-nuptial agreement” for science and spirituality — the great cultural synthesis of our time.

Andrew Harvey joins Terry on Beyond Awakening

When: 
October 19, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30pm
Contact:

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Tom Steininger joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for “My Guru Experiment”

When: 
October 5, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30pm
Contact:

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An Integral Soul Work Retreat with Terry Patten in Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico

When: 
November 28, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Location

Cuernavaca
Mexico
Contact:

Find out more and register here. Connect on Facebook here.

Integral Life Practice Evening Speaking Event in Copenhagen, Denmark with Terry Patten at ID Academy

When: 
September 17, 2014
Contact:

ID Academy invites you to an exciting evening with Terry Patten - one of the leading voices in the Integral community and co-author with Ken Wilber on the book Integral Life Practice. You can find more info here. You can register here.

Candice O'Denver joins Terry on Beyond Awakening

When: 
August 31, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am

About Candice O’Denver:

Candice studied in a Yale mathematics program for gifted children. At the age of 18, she attended a UCLA international program for young philosophers where she focused on the pragmatic application of philosophy to be of immediate, and permanent benefit. Bypassing undergraduate school, Candice was accepted into and completed graduate school, studying both critical theory and fine arts with a variety of professors at California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.

Candice applies precise levels of organization and explanation used in computer science to arrive at specific results in the philosophy of mind, and has developed a comprehensive educational platform for studying the nature of intelligence. From her 44+ years innovating a comparative analysis of all systems designed to define human nature as well as a standardized comprehensive map for defining human nature in contemporary terms, Candice invented Balanced View, a standardized education in the nature of mind used throughout the world.

Balanced View’s unique methodology applies algorithms to reach the consistent result of the beneficial empowerment of mind, speech, body, qualities, and activities. The Balanced View community role models a life of respect, dignity and exaltation of all, harmonious relating, complete mental and emotional stability, peaceful qualities and activities, life satisfaction and flourishing and skillful action in all areas of life. www.balancedview.org

Register to join! http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

Copenhagen, Denmark: An Integral Life Practice Seminar with Terry Patten

When: 
September 19, 2014 - September 21, 2014

Location

Copenhagen
Denmark
Contact:

ID Academy, in collaboration with Terry Patten - one of the leading voices in the Integral community and co-author with Ken Wilber of the the book Integral Life Practice -invites you to join us for a unique seminar from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21 at ID Academy, Østerbrogade 79, DK-2100 Copenhagen . 

This will be an experiential introduction to the Integral Life Practice, and you will gain a wealth of practical tools to take home to use both personally and professionally.

Terry Patten will be assisted by Ole Vadum Dahl, who is the leading authority in the Integral Life Practice in Denmark.

Starting on Friday 19 September at. 15th

Price on seminar: 3200 kr. You can find more info here. You can register here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integral Life Practice Evening Speaking Event in Copenhagen, Denmark with Terry Patten at ID Academy

When: 
September 16, 2014
Contact:

ID Academy invites you to an exciting evening with Terry Patten - one of the leading voices in the Integral community and co-author with Ken Wilber on the book Integral Life Practice. You can find more info here. You can register here.


  

An Evening Talk with Terry Patten in Stockholm—Integral Soul Work: The Soul of the New WE

When: 
September 25, 2014

Location

Galleri CG6, Cardellgatan 6 (corner Brahegatan/Cardellgatan)
Stockholm
Sweden
Contact:
Name: 
Cornelia Sojdelius
Integral Soul Work: The Soul of the New WE with Terry Patten in STOCKHOLM
 
WhenThursday, September 25th, 6 -10 pm 

Location: Galleri CG6, Cardellgatan 6
 (corner Brahegatan/Cardellgatan), Stockholm, Sweden
 
Fee: 600 SEK (450 SEK if you register before September 1st)
To register email to: cornelia.sojdelius@bredband.net
 

We are lucky to live in a time when several living streams of spiritual awakening are interconnecting and integrating. In our time together we’ll engage an experiential exploration of the intersection between:
  • Soul Work 
  • Integral evolutionary spirituality 
  • A "higher" We, and the Soul of the We
 
Integral Soul Work integrates these three visions of spiritual growth. Terry will communicate a vision of each of these three things and how they integrate, and he will lead experiential exercises that will enable participants to make contact each of them in this integrative process.  
 
This workshop will include spoken teachings as well as silent and guided meditations, and playful yet transformative experiential processes in small groups forucsing on:
  • Encountering & learning to listen to the voice of your soul
  • The process of soul-connected relating to others
  • Discovering a “Higher We” and the “Soul of the We”
  • What is asked of us (each and all together) to become “the ones we’ve been waiting for”

Terry Patten has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute since 2004, and has hosted many of the primary gatherings of the international integral community, including the ongoing Integral Living Room series. He was the senior writer, with Ken, of the book Integral Life Practice. He created the acclaimed 8-session online course, Integral Spiritual Practice. He hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice. He is the founder of Bay Area Integral. He has taught at Notre Dame and Columbia Universities and is on the faculty of Meridian University.

A Perfect Intro to Integral: Alex Howard of Conscious2 TV's Interview of Terry in Budapest in May 2014

Alex Howard of Conscious2 TV's 28 minute interview of Terry in Budapest in May 2014. 

Interview highlights:

 1:10 – What is integral spiritual practice?

 1:46 – Life keeps giving you the same lessons until you learn them

 2:46 – The school is everywhere you look, its every breath you take

 3:48 – Doing the laundry is a meditation

 5:07 – Integral cross training

 11:15 – Hang out with people that are growing

 14:02 – The living heart, the heart of this moment, its always surprising

 16:47 – If you knew you were going to die, what would change?

 17:30 – Feminine vs masculine self-compassion

 21:00 – The scientific view is profoundly mystical

 22:14 – Sometimes we have to earn our own self-respect

 

 

 

Integral Living Room Community Call

When: 
October 2, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Contact:

This October, our Integral Living Room event will explore the unfolding Kosmos, using the popular Cosmos TV series with Neil deGrasse Tyson as our springboard.

Our monthly community calls are our way to stay connected between gatherings. Join us this Thursday evening, October 2nd at 5PT Pacific /9ET. 

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.

http://www.integrallivingroom.com

Integral Living Room Community Call

When: 
September 4, 2014 - 5:00pm
Contact:

This October 9th to 12th, our Integral Living Room event will explore the unfolding Kosmos, using the popular Cosmos TV series with Neil deGrasse Tyson as our springboard.

Our monthly community calls are our way to stay connected between gatherings. Join us this Thursday evening, Sept. 4  at 5PM Pacific /9ET. 

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.

http://www.integrallivingroom.com

Coaching is Inherently Spiritual - Terry Patten on The Coaching Show

The free audio is now available from Terry's appearance 7/30/14 on the Coaching Show, a weekly podcast hosted by Christopher McAuliffe. Listen in and hear why coaching is inherently transformational, spiritual, and revolutionary!

You can access the audio here:

http://wsradio.com/073014-hunt-target-track-attain-goals-david-farbman-coaching-inherently-spiritual-terry-patten/

Eivind Figenschau Skjellum's video interview of Terry: Integral Soul Work and Terry's experience as an early devotee of Adi Da.

Terry's friend Eivind Figenschau Skjellum conducted a virtual interview Terry in advance of his Integral Soul Work workshop. It includes an overview of the disposition of Integral Soul Work and toward the end a discussion of Terry's experience as an early devotee of Adi Da.

Here's what Eivind wrote about it:

American author, teacher of Integral Spirituality, lifelong activist and friend Terry Patten is coming to Norway in September to host a workshop on the Revelation of the Soul. I wanted to interview him about the work he is going to present and what he is observing among activists and serious spiritual practitioners in the world as a whole.

I think you'll really enjoy this talk (especially my TNT friends who are into Adi Da - Terry was his disciple for 15 years).

Here are some highlights:

02:53 - Activists need to feel alive
04:55 - Being seriously playful
07:27 - Love brilliantly and let identities fall away
12:17 - Strategizing the moment is not going to work
16:40 - Soul and self-transcendence
17:50 - The paradoxical relationship between Surrender and Action
19:25 - The need for Self-compassion
21:50 - Healthy idealism and the heart of the heart
22:40 - What to expect from the workshop
24:15 - 15 years with Adi Da
28:00 - Adi Da: Reconfiguring the image of enlightenment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Revelation of the Soul: An Experimental Exploration—Integral Soul Work in Individual, Group, Cultural and Planetary Transformation in Oslo, Norway with Terry Patten

When: 
September 12, 2014 - September 14, 2014

Location

Paramita meditasjonssenter
Storgaten 13 0155
Oslo
Norway
Contact:
The Revelation of the Soul: An Experimental Exploration: Integral Soul Work in Individual, Group, Cultural and Planetary Transformation in Oslo, Norway, September 12th - 14th. Info and registration for the Oslo workshop here
 
 
About this Workshop

It can seem like there are two very different, opposing versions of the process of spiritual growth.

In one, we grow into higher states and stages of consciousness, eventually awakening not just from limiting perspectives and identities and states of mind, but even from the illusion of our very existence as a separate individual. As we awaken, level by level, it feels like our consciousness and identity ascends and expands.

There is another version of the spiritual process, in which we come into a deeper and deeper relationship with our soul and the soul of the world, learning to more and more deeply trust our soul, ourselves, and life itself. In this process, we learn a deep listening, through which we discover our unique creative nature and purpose for being on the planet. From this soul-centric perspective, even transcendent awakening to nondual consciousness is just part of the soul’s journey.

Integral Soul Work includes and transcends both these visions of spiritual growth. It also explores how they converge on the discovery of the unfolding of our collective soul and how that relates to our current global crises. This seminar will help you arrive at an embodied understanding of how these themes are working themselves out in your life right now, and it will give those in attendance an opportunity to explore them experientially together in the space of an emerging new We.

This experiential workshop will explore the place where 4 kinds of work come together:

  • Soul Work
  • Integral evolutionary practice
  • A “higher we” and the Soul of the We
  • Social responsibility in our time of global crisis

It will be organized around experiential processes that focus on:

  • Encountering & learning to listen to the voice of your soul
  • The process of soul-connected relating to others
  • Discovering a “Higher We” and the “Soul of the We”
  • What is asked of us (each and all together) to become “the ones we’ve been waiting for”

How it will be conducted:

  • Playful, fun processes in twos, threes, and small groups
  • Deep transformative interpersonal relating processes
  • Clear short lectures in English (with occasional Norwegian translation if needed)
  • Silent and guided meditation
  • Dancing and conscious movement

Who should come:

All those who are interested in an exploration of the unique soul, and the soul of the collective We, and the potential that lies therein. And anyone who has interest in the transformative effects of Soul Work, Integral Life Practice and Integral Spiritual Practice. Both beginners and long time practitioners are welcome!

About Terry Patten:

Terry has worked with Ken Wilber and Integral Insitute since 2004, and has hosted many of the primary gatherings of the international integral community. He was the senior writer, with Ken, of the book Integral Life Practice. He created the acclaimed 8-session online course, Integral Spiritual Practice. He hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice. He is the founder of Bay Area Integral. He has taught at Notre Dame and Columbia Universities and is on the faculty of Meridian University.

Terry is committed to the development of Integral Spirituality in Europe. He recently presented his Integral Soul Work at the first Integral European Conference in May in Budapest. This will be the second time Terry brings his work to Norway.

Practical details:

Location: Paramita meditasjonssenter, Storgaten 13, 0155 Oslo

Times:

 

Friday 12 September 17:00-21:30
Saturday 13 September 09:00-18:00
Sunday 14 September 07:30-18:00

 

Price: 2990,- Norwegian kroner

 

This workshop is brought to you by Renee Ryerson Coaching in association with Integralt Forum, Authentic Norway and the European Consortium of Integral Coaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annette Kaiser joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for a dialogue entitled "Going into the Wild: Is a Universal Spirituality Evolving?"

When: 
August 10, 2014 - 10:00am

On Sunday, August 10th at 10am Pacific, Annette Kaiser joins Terry on Beyond Awakening, for "Going into the Wild: Is a Universal Spirituality Evolving?" To register:http://beyondawakeningseries.com/

Terry Patten's Integral Soul Work Teleseminar: An Integral Relationship with Your Soul

  • Length: 65:06 minutes (59.61 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Integral Soul Work: The Soul of the New WE with Terry Patten in NYC

When: 
July 19, 2014

Location

The TAI Group
150 W. 30th St 14th Floor
New York, NY
United States

Saturday, July 19th, 1-5pm 

150 W. 30th St (14th Floor)

 

 

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We are lucky to live in a time when several living streams of spiritual awakening are interconnecting and integrating. In our time together we’ll engage an experiential exploration of the intersection between: 

  • —Soul Work 
  • —Integral evolutionary spirituality 
  • —A "higher" We, and the Soul of the We
In Soul work we come into a deeper relationship with our Soul and the Soul of the earth, learning to trust our Soul, ourselves, and life itself. In this process, we learn to deeply listen, through which we discover our unique creative nature and purpose for being on the planet. From this soul-centric perspective, even transcendent awakening, to non-dual consciousness is just part of the soul’s journey.

In integral evolutionary spirituality, we awaken into higher states and stages of consciousness, eventually awakening not just from limiting perspectives and identities and states of mind, but even from the illusion of our very existence as a separate individual. As we awaken, level by level, it feels like our consciousness and identity ascends and expands. Our intellect plays an important role in this process.

Meanwhile, many of us are discovering that it is possible to awaken together into a “higher we” — through the inherently attractive deepening of intersubjective immediacy, emergence and aliveness. This is not just intrinsically self-validating, growth-producing, creative, fun and healthy. It opens up shared states of higher consciousness that people sense have real cultural significance, perhaps as a part of engendering the “revolution of love” we all know is deeply needed.

Integral Soul Work integrates these three visions of spiritual growth. Terry will communicate a vision of each of these three things and how they integrate, and he will lead experiential exercises that will enable participants to make contact with them and how they can integrate.

This workshop will include spoken teachings as well as silent and guided meditations, and playful yet transformative experiential processes in small groups. Altogether it will focus on:

  • Encountering & learning to listen to the voice of your soul
  • The process of soul-connected relating to others
  • Discovering a “Higher We” and the “Soul of the We”
  • What is asked of us (each and all together) to become “the ones we’ve been waiting for” 

You can find more info and register here.

Terry Patten has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute since 2004, and has hosted many of the primary gatherings of the international integral community, including the ongoing Integral Living Room series. He was the senior writer, with Ken, of the book Integral Life Practice. He created the acclaimed 8-session online course, Integral Spiritual Practice. He hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice. He is the founder of Bay Area Integral. He has taught at Notre Dame and Columbia Universities and is on the faculty of Meridian University.

The Integral Living Room: From "Cosmos" to Kosmos

When: 
October 9, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Contact:

Join Diane Musho Hamilton, Jeff Salzman, and me, Terry Patten, this coming October at the next Integral Living Room. We are going to be exploring the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the wonderful 2014 American science documentary television series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. You can register for the Living Room here.

We hope to travel together on Neil's “Ship of the Imagination” through universes past, present, and future as seen through the extraordinary lens of the third person, scientific perspective. We will watch some of the best clips from the program, discussing familiar themes like “Kosmic Address,” “The Human Capacity for Pattern Recognition", and "Forces in Nature."

Not only will Ken Wilber will be our guide as we navigate into the interior spaces of the Cosmos Series, but we'll be engaging it with each other, having "the best conversations of our lives."

And with Ken as our guide, as we learn about a universe governed by fundamental forces, we won’t simply explore gravity, we will look at the staying power of our commitments.

In the second person, we won’t just look at electromagnetism, we will look at love as one of the fundamental forces in the universe. We’ll examine the radical creativity of evolution as the process that encodes both preservation and innovation — giving form to wisdom, and expressing compassion in an ever larger embrace.

And we will see how in the first person, we are every bit the Cosmos, the “star-stuff” itself — learning to trust and inhabit our lives completely, freely, and with full expression. That is our nature and our mission: to practice in all three perspectives, each one undeniably essential to this next phase of our evolutionary unfolding.

You can purchase the entire Cosmos series HERE or individual episodes HERE.

The Integral Living Room is all about our love of conversation and our passion for shared evolution. It’s about creating new grooves in the Kosmos, new ways of seeing, of being, and evolving together. You can register for the Living Room here.

As usual it will be a weekend of practice: presence and conversation, intention and inquiry, expression and listening. Ken Wilber will be our guest. Conversation is our form of art, a spiritual practice, and a way to us to grow and to learn together.

Once again we'll be conduction a series of Community Call leading up the Living Room, starting Thursday, July 3rd, at 5pm PT (6pm MT/8pm ET)

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



Terry interviews Ervin Laszlo on Beyond Awakening, the Future of Spiritual Practice

When: 
July 6, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Sunday, July 6th, at 10am Pacific Ervin Laszlo joins Terry on Beyond Awakening.

Dr. Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. His work in recent years has centered on the formulation and development of the “Akasha Paradigm,” the new conception of cosmos, life and consciousness emerging at the forefront of the contemporary sciences. He serves as President of the Club of Budapest, Chairman of the Ervin Laszlo Center for Advanced Study, Chancellor of the Giordano Bruno New-Paradigm University, and Editor of World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.

He is recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Budapest. Additional prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates.

His appointments have included research grants at Yale and Princeton Universities, professorships for philosophy, systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston, Portland State, and Indiana, as well as Northwestern University and the State University of New York. His career also included guest professorships at various universities in Europe and the Far East. In addition, he worked as program director for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Canadian International Institute of Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.

For many years he has served as president of The Club of Budapest, which he founded. He is an advisor to the UNESCO Director General, ambassador of the International Delphic Council, member of both the International Academy of Science, World Academy of Arts and Science, and the International Academy of Philosophy.

Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (2004, 2005), he got Goi Peace prize (2001). He has authored more than 70 books, which have been translated into twenty languages, and has published in excess of four hundred articles and research papers, including six volumes of piano recordings.

Register to dial in: http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com