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[Video] Things are far too serious to lose our sense of humor

My teacher defined humor as “freedom from the implications of experience.”  It seems to me that this liberating stance is precisely the orientation we need if we are to meaningfully engage our crazy time and wicked problems — ecological, political, social and cultural. 

Last fall, as part of the WeSummit, I explored this idea of light-hearted sobriety with my friend and student, Grant Hunter, along with many other themes from my upcoming book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, to be released by North Atlantic Books on March 6. 

During our lively, insightful (and yes, sometimes playful) dialogue, Grant invited me to demonstrate how I use the relational practice of “3-1-2” to confront the impossible question of our time, the conundrum that the very engines of human progress and accomplishment are destroying our planetary host. 

3-1-2 refers to adopting third, first, and second person perspectives and it’s a process I use to catalyze passionate contact between practitioners willing to engage a deep inquiry into the meaning of the world crisis and healthy responses to it. 

In 3rd person, we face the aspects of our global situation that we don’t want to think about, talk about or feel. Something shifts when we take that honest look. 

In 1st person, I express my inner work to be with the fact that I’m alive at a time when human civilization is undermining our planetary ecology. I confess my deep caring. I confront the fact that (even as I do all I can to contribute to a solution) much is beyond my powers. And yet, I sense intuitively that if I stay in this question there can be breakthroughs.   

2nd person is where the true gold lies; that’s when I turn to “you” tenderly. This is one of the main thrusts of A New Republic of the Heart. It’s also what excites me most — experimenting in human collectives with a different kind of consciousness, cooperation and altruism, such that we can begin piloting little nodes of inter-subjective awakening. 

Separately, these nodes catch fire, and then they synergize. Whatever is valid in the experiments that I’ve been innovating can interact creatively with whatever is successful and sustainable in your experiments. Something emerges that is bigger than anything we could have done separately. 

I invite you to view the video here. The interview begins at the 1-minute mark and is about an hour long.

To our evolution,
Terry

PS: A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, will be released March 6th, but it's available now for preorder from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or your local independent bookseller.

Things are far too serious to lose our sense of humor

My teacher defined humor to mean “freedom from the implications of experience.”  It seems to me that this liberating stance is precisely the orientation we need if we are to meaningfully engage our crazy time and wicked problems — ecological, political, social and cultural. 

Last fall, as part of the WeSummit, I explored this idea of light-hearted sobriety with my friend and student, Grant Hunter, along with many other themes from my upcoming book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, to be released by North Atlantic Books on March 6. 

During our lively, insightful (and yes, sometimes playful) dialogue, Grant invited me to demonstrate how I use the relational practice of “3-1-2” to confront the impossible question of our time, the conundrum that the very engines of human progress and accomplishment are destroying our planetary host. 

3-1-2 refers to adopting third, first, and second person perspectives and it’s a process I use to catalyze passionate contact between practitioners willing to engage a deep inquiry into the meaning of the world crisis and healthy responses to it. 

In 3rd person, we face the aspects of our global situation that we don’t want to think about, talk about or feel. Something shifts when we take that honest look. 

In 1st person, I express my inner work to be with the fact that I’m alive at a time when human civilization is undermining our planetary ecology. I confess my deep caring. I confront the fact that (even as I do all I can to contribute to a solution) much is beyond my powers. And yet, I sense intuitively that if I stay in this question there can be breakthroughs.   

2nd person is where the true gold lies; that’s when I turn to “you” tenderly. This is one of the main thrusts of A New Republic of the Heart. It’s also what excites me most — experimenting in human collectives with a different kind of consciousness, cooperation and altruism, such that we can begin piloting little nodes of inter-subjective awakening. 

Separately, these nodes catch fire, and then they synergize. Whatever is valid in the experiments that I’ve been innovating can interact creatively with whatever is successful and sustainable in your experiments. Something emerges that is bigger than anything we could have done separately. 

I invite you to view the video here. The interview begins at the 1-minute mark and is about an hour long.

To our evolution,
Terry

A Magenta Solstice Message from Terry

I’m writing to wish you a blessed solstice. Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is the ancient time for hunkering down, reflecting, and noticing what remains in the still point between days getting shorter and longer.
 
It’s also the natural cycle closest to the end of the year — a time to cherish and nurture the inherent goodness that always survives every diminishment, every tight squeeze, even “the dying of the light.”
 
We now celebrate it as members of a global community that includes dear friends in the Southern Hemisphere for whom this is the summer solstice, so it’s a different kind of time now, one in which all our cycles can be seen in a bigger context.
 
For me, that means knowing that every blossoming implies an eventual wilting, and that every withered flower bears seeds for a new life. It’s “all moments at once — all the time.”
 
This year we’re celebrating gratitude for the miracle of life, for our beautiful world, and for all our personal blessings after a year that for many of us has been filled with losses.
 
There are the public experiences — intensifying polarization, challenges to our democratic norms, the rise of authoritarianism — and also wildfires, record floods, super storms and an intensifying climate emergency.
 
And yet life is SO profoundly okay, so good, so trustable. BOTH dimensions are intensely real — and poignant.
 
There’s a profound richness to the vulnerable and openhearted feeling this is releasing in me now — bright with intensity, like the color magenta (the hybrid of the longest and shortest wavelength colors) or the joyous bittersweet intensity of soulful minor chords.
 
And it is with that feeling that I send you this solstice holiday message of appreciation and blessing.
 
Thank you for being a part of my life and journey.
 
Love,
Terry 

evolve Magazine 2017 interview—Terry Patten & Pawan Gupta

I invite you to check out my interview in the latest issue of *Evolve* magazine, along with Pawan Gupta, in a rich exploration of the dynamics and relationship of personal and cultural trauma and healing. 

 

Looking outside, we all see the woundedness of our world. Looking within, we all see that we have been wounded and hurt others. How do these aspects relate to each other? And how can we reach deeper sources of healing, reconciliation and evolution for ourselves and for the world, when we understand and feel this connection? 

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LICHTBLICKE FÜR EINE VERWUNDETE WELT

Die kulturelle Dimension von Heilung
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Und wir haben gerade auch eine Aktion für Geschenk-Abos, bei der jeder, der ein Abo verschenkt, selbst beschenkt wird:
evolve verschenken ist ein Geschenk!
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So Much to Be Grateful For — Even With So Much to Grieve

This year, as I get ready for Thanksgiving, I’m feeling deeply grateful for the miracle of life and its cycles, and the many blessings I enjoy living in Northern California.
 
This year I am especially grateful that I have just finished a major labor of love. My new book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries will be released by North Atlantic Books on March 6th. I sent in the galleys last week. I’m feeling grateful for the way early reviewers have praised it, too. For example, the famous psychologist Stanley Krippner has called it “required reading for every person over the age of 16.”
 
I’m very proud of it. It’s a major book—one that I believe takes our human conversation into important new territory. It unfolds a deep confrontation with what’s really happening — the terrible truths of our time, but also the wonderful secret that the evolutionary pressures of our time have already been transforming us, birthing us into a new stage and structure of human culture. It will never be too late for us to make a meaningful difference, in countless ways — even by slowing down, waking up, waking down, stepping forward, connecting with each other, taking action and allowing everything to be different.
 
According to the publisher, “A New Republic of the Heart addresses our global meta-crisis in all its aspects—environmental, economic, political, and cultural—from a breathtakingly, all-encompassing perspective. Even more remarkably, it frames our global and societal crises and opportunities as challenges to us, now, personally—in terms that penetrate our usual abstractions and avoidance.”
 
My Thanksgiving blog post is intended to be a letter from the heart, not promotional in any way. But my book is big in my heart right now, so I can’t hold back from saying a little something about it. (You’ll be hearing a lot more from me about it—and the ideas it contains, but that’s a different post.)
 
What is most clear in my heart this year is the intensity of both gratitude and grief in the collective field. Fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, shootings, scandals, corruption, lies and brinksmanship—2017 has been a wildly challenging year on many levels. Americans, like people all over the world, are mostly good-intentioned, honest, civil and helpful to each other—and yet the stories we tell each other are electronic images of hatred, distrust, violence and division.
 
It will take difficult, necessary, creative, and ultimately rewarding work for us to meaningfully address our most “wicked” problems. But it begins in every heart. Our inner and outer transformation are entirely interdependent. We tend to be in denial about our collective situation, and it’s necessary to awaken from it, or else we will unconsciously collude to bring about the futures we fear.
 
But taking our many dark trends seriously, and discussing the unraveling of human civilization as if it is a formidable trend, frightens us. We stay away. We are learning to take multiple perspectives, but we only want to “try on” perspectives that seem like they’re healthy. We’re reluctant to unflinchingly explore what can be learned by donning our worst-case interpretations of current events; it seems like a mistake, because we imagine it will weaken us, pumping our bloodstreams with the chemicals of fear, anger and grief. And yet they keep suggesting themselves by the increasingly outrageous and apocalyptic dramas that are playing out in our shared world.
 
But there is another alternative. We can practice letting go into radical gratitude for this day, for this Thanksgiving day, and for whatever day it is as you read these words. And we can sometimes, on the same day, alternately open our hearts to everything we fear to feel. We can feel and see what we fear with eyes that are wet with gratitude. We can evolve our way of grieving; it doesn’t have to collapse our hearts; it can expand them.
 
I want to give you a gift (free to us both) on this Thanksgiving Day. As Brother David Steindl-Rast says in this video, this day is given to you, to me, today, and it is the only day we are given. We can notice the gift of this day, this moment, the infinite depth and brightness that are the very nature of our own consciousness, the beauty and uniqueness of the dawn and dusk of this day, of the weather, the sky, the people we meet. We can remember that today we can be a gift to each person we meet, just by looking at them with eyes of love.
 
Amazingly, we can do this practice even on days when in some other moments our hearts are doing the practice of allowing themselves to break. In fact, it is easier for a heart cracked open to be deeply grateful and generous—easier than it is for one that’s muted, idling in neutral.
 
Every year Americans dedicate one holiday to gratitude, and to feasting. And yet for me, it is always bittersweet.
 
When I was a child, we gathered around a blazing hearth at my grandmother’s house, a collection of over 25 uncles, aunts, and cousins. And yet it has often been a time of grief. When I was 19, my father died of a sudden heart attack on November 22, the day I am writing this, also the anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Last year, I was still grieving the “Trumpocalypse” which got me musing about the defiant message that was sent by the Trump insurgency, and about Thanksgiving tables where conservative and liberal cousins sit across from each other. This year’s blog summarizes the disposition that emerged from what I explored last year.
 
Let’s respond to the beauty and terror by showing up and waking up. Let’s join in remembering our innocent delight and gratitude. Joy is the substance of life. But not the subjective bliss into which so many of us often try to escape. The joy that can coexist with all the colors and flavors and textures of the human experience never needs to be a spiritual bypass—indeed, it is a practice. We can notice that winter follows summer, but we can also notice that pleasure follows every pain. The wheel turns—in both directions. Life springs forth, reasserting itself, with every heartbeat.
 
The ordeal of a great impending collective transformation is softening and deepening us at this particular moment of human history. We can engage the practice of learning to inhale “great draughts” of feeling-awareness and aliveness, and exhale ever-expanding gratitude. We can deepen in that practice even as we sometimes breath in incredible pain and grief. This year, many people tell me they feel they are witnessing humans seemingly choosing hate and destruction, and, on the largest scale, willfully damaging our very life support systems—the living Earth, the sacredness of the blue-green marble, the planetary life-process upon which human life depends. That is undeniably at least a part of reality. Yet, it isn’t the whole story; it is a partial perspective. But it sees and faces something very real.
 
Yet today, we are also taking time to give thanks. Let’s do so wholeheartedly, truly brightening up, relaxing and receiving the blessing gifts of this day, this hour, this moment. It does not serve to turn judgment upon ourselves and feel guilty—in fact it is actively destructive. And besides, as I often say, “Things are far too serious for us to lose our sense of humor!”
 
Our glad hearts, accepting the miracle of this moment, this breath, this day, this life—that is the foundation of all sanity. Let’s return to it again and again. Let’s learn to face and be willing to see what is before us, even when it seems to take the form of something utterly heartbreakingly unacceptable. Let’s also learn to inhale the stubborn, resurgent, sassy, upstart affirmation of life that surges through our nervous system. Let us learn to be the embodiment of that great “Yes!” Let us practice a gratitude today that is imbued with compassionate gravitas. Let’s come together in the totality of our experience, brothers and sisters, doing a practice at the heart that grows our depth, intelligence and maturity.
 
I am grateful that my life requires me to regularly take stock, get down and speak from the heart in posts such as this, and that people like you, all over the world, take time to consider what I say and make use of it. You are making use of my gift, which completes the circle of my offering. Thank you.
 
Wishing you every blessing,
Terry 


PS: My new book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries is available now for preorder from Barnes and NobleAmazon, or your local independent bookseller.

Who’s to blame for our ecological and cultural crises?

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What does it mean to take responsibility for our ecological and cultural crises? The nondual perspective says that everything is connected to everything else. There are no independent relationships and thus nowhere in particular to “point the finger.” But in another sense, as people awakening to whatever degree of choice we have, we realize responsibility is distributed throughout the human system, so we each do have some real responsibility to the future. A third way to view our predicament is as an inevitable crossroads and an evolutionary opportunity.

Terry explores these ideas in this brief (3 1/2 minute) audio clip and suggests that whether we succeed or not at turning the corner to a sustainable future, the sacred invitation of this lifetime is both spiritual and social—we can awaken into a different way of being human individually and together—and a new relationship to the earth, our fellow creatures, and one another.

The Acceleration of Crazy

A recent video conversation between Terry and David Riordan in which they explore the “acceleration of crazy” as our current national "reality show" unfolds. Terry describes how he's navigating these heady times, and suggests that major stage transitions like the one we are currently living in are, by their very nature, revolutionary, calling us to a higher, deeper, and more enriching human commons. https://integrallife.com/the-acceleration-of-crazy/

What Now - A Momentous Leap: Integral Life's Year-End Conference

When: 
December 29, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Location

Broomfield, CO
United States
Contact:

 

Terry joins Helen Palmer, Ken Wilber, Jeff Salzman, Diane Musho Hamilton, Patricia Albere, Roger Walsh and other presenters at What NOW, a four day year-end conference in Broomfield, Colorado that will help you navigate and explore the era of massive worldwide disruption we now find ourselves in.

About "What NOW"

It seems clear we are heading into one of the most disruptive periods of human history the world has ever known. And even now, what we currently see is just a hint of the incredibly disruptive forces that are waiting just behind the curtain — automation, genetics, artificial intelligence, etc. — ready to descend upon our civilization and force us to discover new strategies of coexistence.

But of course, in these times of rampant disruption there is newfound opportunity for fresh ideas to emerge, to replace outmoded ideas that are generating an enormous amount of evolutionary friction, and to begin reshaping our notions of the world, our work, and our shared future.

This is why we are holding our What Now conference this New Year — to help you navigate and explore the era of massive worldwide disruption that we now find ourselves in, and to discover the inner resiliency and adaptability we need — not only to survive this breakneck era of transformation, but to thrive and actively participate in its unfolding. Learm more and register here. 

Here are some of the topics we hope to explore together:

  • Party-before-country politics.
  • The culture war between tribalism and globalism.
  • The 1% accumulating more wealth while the middle class declines economically.
  • The extreme fragmentation of media and the rise of fake news and hate propaganda.
  • The continued acceleration of technological innovations disrupting core industries and contributing to the loss of industrial jobs.
  • The re-emergence of a bipolar geopolitics with the rise of China and the waning of American influence
  • The denial of climate change and worsening environmental degradation.
  • The faltering of premium health care for all.
  • A broken response to immigration.
  • An education system not relevant to the 21st century.
  • The continued confusion about the role of religion and spirituality

We-Space Summit—an online gathering of 150 trailblazers and pioneers of collective practices

When: 
October 9, 2017

Location

An online event
United States
Contact:

Monday, Oct. 9th, Terry's dialogues with a group of his senior students will air for a 24-hour period, free of charge. Learn more and register for the We-Space Summit here:  www.thewespacesummit.com 

During these rich, dynamic conversations, he'll explore the concept of the integral We-Space, tracing it back to the 1970’s encounter work of the Human Potential Movement. The panel will also discuss the full spectrum of We-Space practices — from the yang quality of ragged truth-telling, called parrhesia in ancient Greece, to the receptive yin practice of sacred conversation, called sohbet by Sufi mystics, engaged with the tongue and ear of the heart. Uniting these two ends of the spectrum is the Mystery that reveals itself in silence.

By signing up for the We-Space Summit, you will gain free access to listen online to this 5-day Summit from the period of October 9th to 13th, 2017. You will also join a Community of Practice newsletter that will highlight the emerging work, ongoing research and trainings from the We-Space Summit speakers and catalysts. 

Learn more and register for the We-Space Summit: www.thewespacesummit.com 

 

Terry speaks at the Gathering for Change Agents - Activating the Social Mycelium

When: 
October 4, 2017

Location

online event
United States
Contact:

Mycelium is the root structure for mushrooms. The “social mycelium” is the mostly invisible, underground filaments of a new, healthy human culture, nourished by our innate wholeness and able to sense what resources are needed to heal our world. Oct 4th, I’ll be speaking on “Activating the Social Mycelium” at the Gathering for Change Agents, a no-fee virtual open-hearth circle of community. Register here to join the community call. Full presentation description below.

 

Activating the Social Mycelium with Terry Patten

Mycelium is the root structure for mushrooms. The “social mycelium” is the mostly invisible underground filaments of a new healthy human culture, seeded and nourished by our innate wholeness, whose roots are quietly spreading across the planet. Like its biological counterpart, this social mycelium is able to sense what resources are needed, and to redistribute those resources, restoring balance by healing the common, life-destroying thoughts, habits, and behaviors endemic in our world.  And yet this vast and potent network is often hidden to the casual observer.

Terry Patten will invite you to consider how to “Activate the Social Mycelium,” and to participate in the cultural processes through which human civilization can escape our current karmic patterns and shift to a higher kind of order. Our many cultural crises seem to require impossible, unprecedented levels of creative ingenuity. But we are not meant to face and address these problems alone. We are asked to arrive together in a level of deep contact that activates the great, mysterious wholeness that animates and surrounds us all. 

 Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how, like the mycelium, we are creative participants in a larger natural process, richly capable of self-transformation and healing
  • Learn how even in times of suppressive cultural environments, we can reliably tap into our innate goodness 
  • Understand the link between individual ingenuity, our collective human ingenuity, and the evolutionary process itself

Register here to join the community call.

 

 

 

 

Universal spirit and our unique soul journeys

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A brief clip where Terry explores the spiritually rich tension between the two practices which are fundamental to creating a more beautiful, sustainable future — a universal spiritual practice, and our unique personal soul journey.

Terry Presents "A New Republic of the Heart" at the Consciousness Congress in Puebla, Las Animas, Mexico

When: 
October 7, 2017

Location

HOTEL COURTYARD MARRIOT LAS ANIMAS Puebla, Las Animas
Mexico
Contact:

Terry joins speakers Stanley Krippner, Lois Holzman, Siegmar Gerken, Cathy Salit and Harris Friedman at the 5th Consciousness Congress in Puebla, Mexico. Info and registration here. 

From the organizers of the Consciousness Congress

4 years ago we realized a dream — to convene a gathering of professional people who would transmit their knowledge, experience and vision for a better world. This gathering has evolved and become the “ CONSCIENCIA Congress”, Science and Spirituality. Each congress we summon the brightest minds and the clearest spirits, those willing to share their awakened consciousness. 

We combine science and spirit in a simple way to sow the seeds of change that will lead us to happiness; but not a superficial happiness. Rather a happiness that can only be achieved through the spirit.

This year's theme is "The Consciousness of Love". 

Info and registration here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow and Celebration—A Workshop with Terry Patten in Malinalco (near Mexico City)

When: 
October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Location

Ollinyotl
Mexico
Contact:
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Hosted by Circling En Español and Práctica Integral de Vida

Shadow and Celebration with Terry Patten

Hosted by Circling En Español and Práctica Integral de Vida

Location: Ollinyotl, Calle Cerro de la Ascension, 52440 Malinalco (near Mexico City)

These are both light and dark times. 

They are scary because we are realizing that our lives are threatened by irresponsible leaders. And we fear darkness because we know our collective way of life is unsustainable, and eroding the foundations of our well-being. 

But they are light because all mankind’s greatest wisdom, from all traditions, are in conversation with all the other forms of our best intelligence. And they are bright because, from a systems perspective, conditions are ripe for miraculous emergence. 

But mostly they are bright because we are here and we’re choosing life.   

Under such circumstances, it is important to get together and say “Yes!” together, to celebrate and magnify the light, and bless one another and empower ourselves. When we are also doing that, we naturally also face the shadow, and the energy keeps flowing, instead of getting stuck. And that "conversation with the night” in turn deepens our ability to celebrate and conduct the light into life, and recognize each other as conscious light, and strengthen our bonds.

A simple way to understand the Shadow is that it is our "unlived life." They are the parts of us that we are not aware of, but which nevertheless continue to impact our way of being, our relationships and all aspects of our life. And this includes not only our "darkness" but also our most radiant light, of which we tend not to be very conscious. Knowing, facing, embracing and integrating our Shadow is a powerful way to a life of greater presence, awareness, love, connection and fulfillment.

We invite you to this profound and transformative workshop of integral practice with one of the preeminent teachers in the world-wide theme: Terry Patten

What is a comprehensive (integral?) practice retreat? integral practice is a way of developing ourselves by working with our body (exercise, movement, dance, etc), our mind (learning, talks, theory), our emotions (shadow work, connecting dynamics) and our spiritual dimensions (meditation, contemplation, yoga).

The workshop begins on Friday the 13th in the afternoon and ends on Sunday the 15th in the afternoon. Includes 2 nights of lodging and 2 days of rich and healthy food.

For more about Terry, visit www.terrypatten.com

More reports and inscriptions: terrypattenmexico@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

The practice of Living in the Gap

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The life of practice is all about "living in the gap” between your current reality and your highest aspirations, always deepening in relation to the Mystery and the lesson of life and death. When we take a stand for a higher possibility and abide together in the questions of how that can be realized, we step into “the fast lane” of growth and insight. It’s a practice to do so without grasping reflexively for an easy or premature resolution.  In this brief clip, Terry explores the implications of these questions and of "Living in the Gap". 

The Heart of Mutual Awakening Becoming the Hidden Wholeness of a World in Crisis—Mexico retreat with Terry Patten

When: 
October 10, 2017 - October 11, 2017

Location

San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Contact:

October 10th and 11th, 2017
12 pm to 5 pm
Language: English (por favor pregunte por la traducción al Español)
More Information: http://lifepathretreats.com/terry-patten


Many of us are inspired to conscious evolution—committed not only to personal growth, but is also purposed toward making a positive difference in our larger world. We have tasted spiritual inspiration. Yet we know there’s more. We sense that it’s possible to live a dynamic spiritual life 24/7, not just in occasional glimpses.

We can see that we live in a critical time in human history and evolution. Our lives and choices count — right now. And we feel called to participate in creating a better future. Yet we feel frustrated. We feel profound evolutionary tension. Even though we want to make a difference, we are merely one of more than seven billion people on the planet, and huge forces in our world appear to be spiraling out of control.

We sense that a truer, bigger, more meaningful life is possible, necessary, and calling us forward. Yet, we know that in order to really respond in a way that will contribute, we’re going to need to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We know we will need a culture of mutual awakening that has never previously been possible.

We intuit that practice is not optional. Sustainable transformation will require ongoing committed communities of practice involving our bodies, minds, spirits, shadows—and our service to others. So it is time to gather and rest as awareness in the big questions of our time, and allow ourselves to intuit and experience the brother-sisterhood of the heart that is already becoming the basis for our lives in the time ahead.

Terry will offer educational lectures, tell stories, and lead meditations and fun interactive exercises. There will also be time for questions and answers and integration.

Register and find more info here.

About LifePath Center

LifePath Center is a network of wellness and personal growth professionals based in San Miguel de Allende. For almost two decades, LifePath Center has provided holistic healing services and self-realization programs to San Miguel residents and visitors from other parts of Mexico and many other countries.

LifePath Center, which houses over twenty bilingual (English/Spanish) wellness practitioners, is a focus of community activity in the area of personal growth. LifePath enjoys a reputation as the premier location for wellness of body, mind, and spirit. It is known as the largest and most comprehensive wellness center in all of Mexico.

About Terry Patten

Terry Patten is the founder of Bay Area Integral and a key voice in integral evolutionary spirituality, culture, leadership, and activism. He co-developed Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute and was the senior writer and co-author of the book Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. He hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening where he has engaged leading-edge conversations with many of the world’s most renowned thinkers and teachers. He speaks, consults, and coaches on four continents and via the web. His new book, A New Republic of the Heart: Awakening into Evolutionary Activism, A Guide to Inner Work for Holistic Change will be released by North Atlantic Books in January 2018.

 

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

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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