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Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

When: 
October 3, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location

virtual
United States

Reminder: We are excited to be hosting the next Integral Living Room in Boulder on November 9 - 12, 2017.  

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 http://www.integrallivingroom.com/the-conversation-so-far/

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://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/ZLGJOV12XUJJ540G

For more info on the next Living Room event in Boulder: http://www.integrallivingroom.com

This year the theme of the Integral Living Room is be “A Shout from the Heart: Living an Integral Activism” is about how we show up, putting our hearts on the line through our activity. We will be examining Ken’s injunction to wrestle with our moral obligations, to engage, and to“speak out, … shining our headlights into the eyes of the complacent.”  

Integral Living Room 2017 — A Shout from the Heart

When: 
November 9, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Location

The Integral Center Boulder, CO
United States
Contact:

Integral Living Room 2017

“A Shout from the Heart”*

Boulder Colorado, The Integral Center

November 9-12

Find more info and register here.

A Message From Your Hosts  

Thanks for your interest in the next Integral Living Room! Our fifth gathering in November of 2016 was a great success, but it was emotionally intense. We began the event the morning after election day, and our conversations unfolded amidst the shock waves of the election. After many exchanges regarding our hopes and fears about the outcome, the three of us kept talking. We took some time to contemplate direction the of the next Integral Living Room, and after several months, we decided on the theme of:

A Shout From the Heart!

We want to pick up on Ken’s injunction to wrestle with our moral obligations in this time.
We want to explore how we “speak out, to the best of our ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine our headlights into the eyes of the complacent.”

We are excited to do it again, to explore what we have learned about taking action built on spiritual practice and enacted through a developmental lens. The Integral Living Room is a gathering where we come to talk, explore, and learn from each other’s work in the field. At the Integral Living Room, we are always catalyzed to a whole new level of intimacy, vulnerability, and mutual trust. There is nobody we would rather learn from than you. 

We hope you can join us in Boulder November 9-12, 2017, to hang out with some very special friends, old and new, in a space that lets us all go as deep and wide as our hearts and minds allow.

In the meantime. scroll down for five years of Integral Living Room community podcasts and blog posts on topics ranging from politics and religion to science and culture.

Diane, Terry and Jeff

Find more info and register here.

Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

When: 
July 20, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location

virtual
United States
Contact:

Reminder: We are excited to be hosting the next Integral Living Room in Boulder on November 9 - 12, 2017.  

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 http://www.integrallivingroom.com/the-conversation-so-far/

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://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/ZLGJOV12XUJJ540G

For more info on the next Living Room event in Boulder: http://www.integrallivingroom.com

This year the theme of the Integral Living Room is be “A Shout from the Heart: Living an Integral Activism” is about how we show up, putting our hearts on the line through our activity. We will be examining Ken’s injunction to wrestle with our moral obligations, to engage, and to“speak out, … shining our headlights into the eyes of the complacent.”  

A prayer to the great “I don’t know"

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A spontaneous prayer from a recent virtual gathering where Terry tuned into that mysterious source—that which is dark and light, whole and fragmented, everything and nothing. The prayer is also a contemplation on contacting what is deepest in us as we face the koan of how we can be the change we want to see in the world. Enjoy.

The moment of soul initiation—with Bill Plotkin

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From a public conversation with depth psychologist,

wilderness guide and author—Bill Plotkin

In this brief clip, Bill describes "the moment of soul initiation," when we realize that the soul isn’t here to service our individual unfolding. It is we who have a sacred responsibility—a “blessing and a burden” to serve the soul and embody its work in the world.

And our soul’s work goes beyond us—it expresses the purposes of the anima mundi, the soul of the world. 

Register to access the full dialogue and other Beyond Awakening dialogues here: http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

Jeremy Lent joins host Terry Patten for “How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Headed? What kind of worldview can create sustainable flourishing?”

When: 
June 25, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Contact:


June 25, at 10am PST, Jeremy Lent joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for "How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Headed? What kind of worldview can create sustainable flourishing?" This public conversation will be an exploration of some of the deeper questions emerging from Jeremy’s recent book, The Patterning Instinct, which is a fascinating, timely investigation of the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability.

Jeremy argues that the same underlying patterns of Western thought that gave us the benefits of science are also driving us to possible catastrophe. I’ll be asking Jeremy to discuss this thesis in more depth, and we’ll explore whether this perspective leads to idealizing other cultures or historical epochs.

Register to join the dialogue here.

Dancing with the Planetary Crisis: A Soul-Initiation at Esalen with Terry Patten and Sarah Marshank

When: 
July 30, 2017 - August 4, 2017
Contact:

Terry will again be co-leading a workshop this year with Sarah Marshank at historic Esalen in Big Sur, CA. Register and find more info here.

Dancing with the Planetary Crisis: A Soul-Initiation

Do you recoil from global warming and our planetary ecological predicament? Do you see extreme weather events as inconvenient anomalies or fierce teachers? Is it possible to be transformed through opening to our denial, fear, anger, and grief? Can we transmute despair into empowered joy, courage, and creativity? Together we will experience the power in naming the poignancy of these times. Prepare to go deep and discover your unique, soulful, intelligent, and meaningful place in the world.

Workshop activities and explorations include the following:

• Silent and guided meditation and prayer

• Deep conversations

• Embodied transformative work anchored in transpersonal and somatic psychology

• Interpersonal processes and creative activities including conscious movement, imaginal theatre, and vocal expression

• Clear context for understanding and anchoring your learning

During our time together, you can release emotions that prevent you from acting powerfully from your soul’s clarity and wisdom. You can gain skills for identifying when you fall into negative emotional and thought patterns and learn to bring your awareness back to your deepest self. Prepare to experience an integral, evolutionary, soul-centered, embodied initiation into a life of self-compassion and radical service of all humanity.

Register and find more info here.

WORKSHOP LEADERS 

Terry Patten

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

Sarah Marshank

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

  

The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage Your Conscious Evolution: Online Training with Terry, Free of Charge

When: 
June 17, 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Virtual
United States
Contact:


 

***ANNOUNCING***
The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage 
Your Conscious Evolution

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
9:00AM US Pacific, 12:00PM Eastern

 

Join Terry for ‘The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage Your Conscious Evolution’ at No Charge

During the event, he'll describe several of the most critical confusions that can draw us into a subtly false relationship to the very matter of doing any kind of practice, even when we DO our practices in a regular, deeply committed fashion. It’s especially crucial that we cut through all the "BS" and find our way to a clear, true relationship to our lives in these challenging times, when a new level of human maturity is so sorely needed.
 
Some time ago Terry found myself going even deeper into an inquiry about how these challenges and obstacles arise, which allowed him to home in on exactly what insights and shifts can dissolve them and allow practitioners to unleash the liberating implications of regular, radical, integral, embodied, awake practice.
 
In many cases, you could be doing many things “right,” and yet due to these confused spiritual beliefs or myths, your practice could actually be distancing you from what would really transform your life and work.
 
Have you ever felt like...
  • There’s not enough joy and pleasure in your life and practice?
  • You can't escape a sense of deep, spiritual loneliness?
  • You need a breakthrough to energize your spiritual and practical life?
  • You need to reject opportunities in the real world in order to follow a more enlightened path?
  • You're disappointed in yourself because you tried a daily spiritual practice but were unable to sustain it? 
If so, then you may be unconsciously falling victim to at least one of these myths.
 
By bringing greater awareness to these deceptive beliefs, we can begin to let them go without resisting them, very naturally freeing up our energy for greater forward momentum.
 
This is why Terry was inspired to conceive these teachings and offer them in a concentrated form, without charge.
 
Join Me for The 5 Spiritual Myths Event at No Charge
 
During the event, he'll describe how, paradoxically, each of these myths actually originates in a profound truth — but then distorts or confuses the truth in ways that create the “same-old same-old” patterns of hopeful seeking and gnawing, low-grade unhappiness, preventing the genuine transformation and empowerment people (and our world) so deeply need.
 
Whether you feel the call to evolve to a whole new level in your spiritual life, want to make a difference in our hurting world, want to revitalize and deepen an existing but stagnant spiritual practice, or kick-start a healthy, balanced, integral evolutionary practice for the first time… 
 
Join Terry for this transformative event where you'll be taking the first step toward a truly integrative, holistic spiritual practice that will awaken you from the “consensus trance”.
 
Here’s how a couple of people who've experienced this teaching have described the effect of this transformation on their own lives:
 
“I’ve changed nearly every aspect of my life. I found myself slowly shifting patterns I had built up over decades and breaking free of all that was ‘not me’ and have embarked on a new career, a new marriage, and a new sense of self.”
---Lynn, Dallas
 
“I’ve increased my consciousness as simply awareness of what is. I have been able to feel really deeply and I have gone through a difficult situation and process feeling supported, nourished and surrendered to the Mystery, sustained by my practice.”
---Paola, Mexico
 
Join Terry for My ‘The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage Your Conscious Evolution’ Event at No Charge  
  
Toward the end of the call, he'll also share about his upcoming course, Integral Spiritual Practice: An 8-Session Course to Activate Your Conscious Evolution and Awaken the Full Potential of Your Body, Mind, and Spirit.
 

A Brief Heart Practice to Activate Radical Trust

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One of Terry's key teachings is called “moments” practices. These are practices we can do very quickly, many times a day, to reawaken awareness, energy and feeling. In this brief clip, Terry guides you through one of his favorite “moments” practices, Heart Breathing. It's a way to reconnect with your heart intelligence and well-being. It can be done anywhere, anytime, as often as you need or want. It is a simple, but powerful way to directly experience that “all life is practice”.

Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

When: 
May 25, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location

Virtual
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 http://www.integrallivingroom.com/the-conversation-so-far/ 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: http://www.integrallivingroom.com

Can Integral consciousness help us navigate the stormy era of Trump?

Join us to explore this question at the Integral Living Room Community Call on Thursday, May 25th (see your local time above).  

The theme of this year’s Living Room is Integral Activism. While activism can take many forms, in this call we want to focus on developing a more integrally-informed approach to President Trump and his supporters. For instance:  

  • Do we support him as our president? Do we join the resistance? Offer empathy and support? Or tune out in favor of non-political issues?

  • How do we talk - and listen - to our loved ones and friends? Can we move the conversation beyond tired left/right tribalism?

  • How can a developmental view help to keep us from getting stuck in confusion and upset? What other integral insights support our involvement in the political process.

  • And how do we hold it all in the context of a greater unfolding of innate perfection?

Our periodic community calls help us prepare for the Integral Living Room event, a beautiful gathering of kindred spirits which will take place in Boulder this coming November 9 - 12. You can find out more about it (and sign up with early bird savingshere. You will also find a rich archive of calls and blogs from past Living Room conversations on a variety of topics.   

Please join us for the next Integral Living Room community call
Thursday, May 25 at 6 pm MT (5PT/8ET)

The call is free. If you have already registered for previous community calls, you will receive a reminder with your special PIN, as usual. If you haven't registered yet you can sign-up here.

We hope you will join us next Thursday!

Diane, Terry, & Jeff

P.S.  To find out more about the Integral Living Room, visit our web page at integrallivingroom.com

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

When: 
March 31, 2017 - 10:00am
Contact:

CONSCIOUS AGING 

 LIVE BROADCAST SERIES OF THE WISDOM FACTORY

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

When: 
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: http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

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

Location

Virtual
United States
Contact:

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 http://www.integrallivingroom.com/the-conversation-so-far/ 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: http://www.integrallivingroom.com

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

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

Location

Virtual
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,
Terry
 
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: http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

Integral Soul Work and Citizenship in a Brave New World

When: 
March 25, 2017

Location

OLLI
4215 Arts Village Dr
Sedona, AZ
United States
Contact:
Phone: 
928-852-0055

 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. www.terrypatten.com

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: http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/

 

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

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

Location

Alexandria, VA
United States
Contact:

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.

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In Terry's words:

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

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

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

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

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

To our evolution,

Terry

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

 

The Good Medicine of Grieving and Giving Thanks

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

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

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

First, the grief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next, Taking Our Medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving into Gratitude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, Regathering Around the Old Table

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So this is a special Thanksgiving.

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

To our evolution,
Terry

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

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

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

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

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

I invite you to listen to the podcast here.

The Evolutionary Case for Hillary

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

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

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

Turning up the volume

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

Not so Hillary Clinton's supporters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Revolution will evolve

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

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

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

The truth about your vote

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

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

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

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

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

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

Realistic optimism is not naive; it is generative.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To our evolution,

Terry

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

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From a dialogue with Peruvian Shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada

 

 

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

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

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

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

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