Andrew Harvey – “Passion and Evolution”

Andrew Harvey believes that the central, fundamental, and most urgent meaning of our world crisis is to call us all to a new way of being and doing in the world.

This is why he has dedicated his life to Sacred Activism. Inspired in part by Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, Andrew believes that the birth of a new divine humanity is trying to take place from the depths of our contemporary crisis, and that it depends upon a radical union of all the opposites that have traditionally been kept separate: a radical union of transcendence and immanence, heaven and earth, mind and heart, body and soul, mystical awareness and radical action.

On Mother’s Day, 2011, Andrew Harvey appeared as Terry Patten’s guest on Beyond Awakening. He passionately and eloquently described the devastating crisis of the planet, saying that the reality of impending collapse must break our hearts and transform our consciousness. Out of that “Dark Night”, Andrew said, we must come alive as Sacred Activists.

Terry agreed, praising Andrew’s mystically vision and awakened eloquence. And yet he also challenged Andrew’s seeming certainty about collapse, emphasizing the Mystery, the fact that we don’t and can’t know exactly what is ahead.

Terry spoke to the moral necessity of hope, and also pointed to the positive, emergent dynamism of our current moment in the evolution of consciousness and culture. The discussion soared, ignited, and stirred a great deal of discussion and acclaim among people all over the world.

About Andrew Harvey:

Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher. Harvey has published over 20 books including The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism. Harvey was a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford from 1972 to 1986 and has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality, as well as, various spiritual centers throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic. He is the founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism in Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives. His website is http://www.andrewharvey.net

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The Terrible Truth & The Wonderful Secret (4-min version)

At this Boulder Integral sponsored event called “Engaging the Future,” Terry Patten addresses what happens at the feeling level when we face our fears about the current environmental crises. He draws from his experience in writing the upcoming book, “The Terrible Truth & The Wonderful Secret: Finding Your Radical Yes to Life in a Time of Extraordinary Change.

Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of integral evolutionary leadership and spirituality. In his cutting-edge writings, talks, and teachings, he not only inspires transcendental awakening, love, and freedom, but also calls us to accept and incarnate our full humanity. This expresses itself in a profound sense of purpose, spiritual inspiration, and evolutionary activism.

Terry is a faculty member in the Integral Executive Leadership programs at Notre Dame University, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and serves on the board of the Wellsprings Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and John F. Kennedy University.

He worked with Ken Wilber a core team at Integral Institute to develop Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent contemporary transformational lifestyle. Earlier, for 15 years, he undertook a life of intensive spiritual discipline in the monastic setting of Vision Mound Seminary. Upon leaving he founded the catalog company Tools For Exploration, which defined the field of consciousness technologies. Terry is also a social entrepreneur involved in supporting restorative redwood forestry. As an entrepreneur and consultant he has worked for twenty years to help leaders bring higher consciousness into practical actions that transform complex human systems. He is also a teacher, coach and consultant who travels widely, challenging and connecting leading-edge individuals and organizations worldwide.

Integral Spiritual Practice integrates the insights earned during Terry’s decades of intensive spiritual practice with those from his years as an entrepreneur and grassroots activist. In his current work, he is helping to articulate an authentic spirituality that illuminates the vital relationship between sincere care, discriminative intelligence, personal responsibility, and spiritual awakening.

A coach, consultant, teacher, and author of four books, Terry lives in Marin County near San Francisco, CA. He is the author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.

Jean Houston: Part 1 Complete: Possible Human, Possible World – Thinking Allowed


This is the full broadcast portion of the interview. It was continued in-studio with an additional 58-minute discussion which is available on our 86-minute DVD.

We are living at a unique historical moment when the cultures of the entire world are available to us, and we are challenged as we have never before been. In part one of this two-part program, Dr. Jean Houston describes the range of human capacities that are found in different cultures. She focuses on language as an expression of the way societies cultivate human potential.

In part two of the full DVD, Jean expands upon the learning experiences she had with Margaret Mead, elaborating on her own experiences working with different cultures. To illustrate her work in human capacities training, she leads an exercise called “Cleansing the Doors of Perception.” Then follows a powerful poetic reading by actress Peggy Nash Rubin. Jean then elaborates on how these experiences may call forth within the viewer new visions and deeper understandings.

Jean Houston, Ph.D., is founder and director of The Mystery School, a program of mythology and culture. She is past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and also director of the Human Capacities Training Program. She is author of numerous books including Search for the Beloved, Godseed, Lifeforce, Mindgames, Listening to the Body (coauthored with Robert Masters), The Hero and the Goddess and The Possible Human.

“Only Higher Consciousness Can Transform Our World” – Dr. John Hagelin [updated May 23, 2012]

In a recent national broadcast, Integral Spiritual practice-,Terry Patten, faculty at the Integral Executive Leadership programs at Notre Dame University and host of the series Beyond Awakening seminar series, interviews Dr. John Hagelin, world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, and author, about a variety of topics including:

• the importance of the discovery of higher states of consciousness, and how this discovery radically changes our understanding of the limits of human potential.

• the difference between the Transcendental Meditation technique and other techniques of meditation,

• the unique contribution to the field of consciousness made by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and,

• the implications of the Transcendental Meditation program for the transformation of society—for solving intractable problems in the field of education; reducing crime, terrorism and war; and promoting social harmony and world peace.

Interview Excerpts:

Dr. Hagelin: “Until you can change the consciousness that pervades our society, and that pervades our voters, especially in a democracy we get the government we elect. We get the government in a sense that we deserve. And we are going to continue to have fear-based and narrowly centered policies and elected officials until we deserve a better government. So I have come back more, although I certainly remain politically active, to raising the collective consciousness of the people, and in education introducing the experience of higher states of consciousness through meditation in order to elevate society, and on that basis to start to see a much more profound and rapid social transformation.”

Terry Patten:You’re doing that work through the David Lynch Foundation?

Dr. Hagelin:

“Yes. In the last 4 years we have taught meditation to half a million students, especially in inner city schools through David Lynch Foundation. This would have been in my opinion impossible even five years ago due to fear surrounding the idea of meditation that to many seems foreign, even Eastern, possibly religious, and would conflict with the separation of church and state and such concerns you might expect could be raised. Those fears have really been overcome, primarily based on the acute need to do something different in the schools that will help our students cope with severe stress…. and boost educational outcomes, expand creativity—really develop the brain for improved educational performance.

That is what’s happening. And it’s because of the research on those results and the concrete and undeniable transformation of these schools that have now incorporated the TM technique as part of the curriculum. On that basis it is really spreading rapidly. The demand far outstrips our ability to fulfill that demand.

This is a very exciting transformation because it is really transforming the individual from the inside out through expansion of comprehension and consciousness in a measurable way in terms of brain functioning. This is going to create a more profound type of development than education traditionally delivers, and on the basis of more profoundly developed individuals with expanded comprehension, ultimately a new world. I don’t think that there is any other way.”

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