“Back to the Future”— a Universal Spirituality

by Terry Patten

Last Sunday, I was joined by the remarkable Swiss spiritual teacher Annette Kaiser for a dialogue entitled “Going into the Wild: Is a Universal Spirituality Evolving?”

Something I deeply appreciate about Annette is that she is more dedicated to this universal service than to advancing herself as a teacher or expert. She has accomplished a great deal, having authored 12 books and owning and operating two retreat centers. She has inspired the heart intelligence and influenced the lives of hundreds of students, and also participated in many international teaching conferences, events and initiatives.

And still, she keeps reaching out, intending always to engender a higher cooperation among the diverse and separate initiatives of different spiritual schools and teachers, working tirelessly to help break through the glass ceiling that marginalizes the power of the human heart and spirit to shape human affairs.

This is what is behind her work to help develop a Universal Spirituality. In that overarching impulse, she is a dear friend and ally and heart colleague. Which is why I was so happy to invite her onto Beyond Awakening and to introduce her to people here in America where she is not yet very well known.

Annette completed her studies in economics and sociology, she married, had two children, and a successful career, eventually becoming a senior figure in the field of international development. Her special focus was women’s rights and intercultural dialogue. Along the way, she began meditating and her spiritual life deepened, and in 1982 she met her primary teacher, Irina Tweedie, the acclaimed Sufi teacher and author of Daughter of Fire and Chasm of Fire and became her student.

Even though her Sufi lineage is at the root of her experience, Annette now teaches Integral spirituality and inspires people in a non-dual, Kosmocentric understanding.  Annette says she sees the 21st Century as a call for humanity to recognize itself as undividedly One, co-creating in collective wisdom, locally-globally in the love of One Heart.

During our dialogue, I asked Annette to describe some of the main characteristics of a Universal Spirituality. How will we recognize it? Annette says Universal Spirituality is holarchic in nature. There is no single “author” designing Universal Spirituality, there is a kind of collective authorship with many people sourcing Universal Spirituality together.

Freedom is another quality of Universal Spirituality. The spiritual guidance is alwaysthat a human being becomes free. It is a spontaneous, natural way of living.

Annette says that currently she is referring to Universal Spirituality as “Back to the Future”, and the ways she explains it does seem to describe a kind of time travel! Humanity brings with it collective shadows and if we are going into a “We” field of Universal Spirituality, coming out of individual transformation, we need to do healing and forgiveness work in a collective field. Annette says that if we do that, from the present, it will change the past!

The audio to our dialogue is available now here. Listen in to hear what Annette means by understanding with the heart of the heart. And how she sees the future as a field of all possibility rooted in unlimited love.

 

Going into the Wild: Is a Universal Spirituality Evolving? with Annette Kaiser

by Terry Patten

On Sunday, August 10th at 10am Pacific, I’ll be joined by the remarkable Swiss spiritual teacher Annette Kaiser for a dialog entitled Going into the Wild: Is a Universal Spirituality Evolving?

In my travels, I’ve encountered two European teachers of Integral spirituality who deeply impressed me, Thomas Hübl and Annette Kaiser. Annette’s special gifts include a deep palpable transmission of heart purity and its expression in her dedication to help serve something greater than her own work — the revolution of the heart that can actually transform our world. In this I find in her a deep kindred spirit.

She is particularly devoted to what she calls trans-confessional and transcultural spirituality, which implies an open, aware state of being as the natural expression of an integral way of living. Annette sees this now opening up into a Universal Spirituality that can be the basis for the true politics of the heart: Universal Cooperation.

Although she was first asked to teach others by her Sufi heart teacher, Irina Tweedie, the renowned author of Chasm of Fire, Annette now creatively participates in many ways with different groups, centers and people in Europe and worldwide to engage and realize both Universal Spirituality & Universal Cooperation.

She says that it is significant that for the first time in history, humanity is able to look at our planet in totality. And it is also the first time that we can communicate so easily around the world through a variety of new media (7 billion cellphones in use!) Annette sees this as evidence that human beings are prepared to understand more deeply that they are not separate from each other. And she sees the possibility of the emergence of a new super-holon: One World, One Humanity, One Reality – absolute and relative. Truly “not-two”.

This means that the boundaries between different nations, geographical regions and continents are becoming more transparent and porous. Spirituality too is evolving. The first big step happened in the 70’s, when spiritual lineages and paths opened up to share their unique gifts. It was a democratization of the mystic world. The veil was lifted and for the first time in history, every human being could explore different spiritual paths, communicate, and discover together who they really are.

And there is a next step waiting: a new culture offering a new spiritual freedom, which includes all spiritual paths and transcends them at the same time. This is the culture that can help birth the next emergent world-Holon, which we can possibly call by the name, “Universal Spirituality”.

She has created what she calls the “Integral DO-path” (“DO” is the Japanese for “Tao” and Annette has for years taught “Tai Ji DO”). In the Integral DO-path, she teaches and inspires people in a non-dual, Kosmocentric way of living. It is not a private self-improvement course, but how we can co-create and manifest a more conscious, integral and harmonious world. And this will happen mostly through young people.

As most of you are aware, I’ve been in a deep engagement with Integral Soul Work recently. I continue to plumb the depths of that unique soul which is the essence of the individual. Of the traditional teachings on “soul”, Sufi sources are prominent among those I find most resonant. So I’m curious to explore with Annette where the individual, and his or her unique soul-offering, is expressed in her vision of Universal Spirituality and Universal Cooperation. I hope you’ll tune in!

About Annette Kaiser

 Annette Kaiser was born in Zürich in 1948. She is married and the mother of two adult children. After completing her studies in economics and sociology, she worked for many years in the field of development cooperation. Her special field was women`s rights and intercultural dialog. Later she trained development-experts.

In 1982 she met Mrs. Irina Tweedie and became her student for 17 years. In the late 1980`s Annette opened her Tai Ji DO School, and then trained Tai Ji teachers for over 20 years. In 1991 Mrs. Tweedie authorized her to give the first Sufi seminars. Since 1998, she has been authorized by Mrs. Tweedie to continue the Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya Sufi lineage, guiding human beings on the path of love.

Since 2000, she has been teaching Integral spirituality, teaching and inspiring people in a non-dual, cosmocentric understanding. 
Annette sees the 21st Century as a call for humanity to recognize itself as undividedly One, co-creating in collective wisdom, locally-globally in the love of One Heart.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Sunday, August 10th at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern 

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Bruce Lipton’s Life Transformation

by Terry Patten

Last Thursday, I was joined by the remarkable biologist, author and speaker Bruce Lipton for Learning to Walk My Talk: How Quantum Biology Changed My Life”.

One of the things I really appreciate about Bruce is his warmth and vivacity. He’s so alive! And he really loves people and their potential. I first met him in Colorado over a decade ago, before the publication of his first book, Biology of Belief, and I was struck by how immediately he electrified the crowd of scientists and researchers who had gathered at a conference where we both were speaking.

In the time since, he seems to have become only happier and more energetic. While hosting him at a wonderful event in the Bay Area two weeks ago, and seeing that he’s a great advertisement for his ideas, definitely taking his own medicine, I realized that one of the things I’m most interested in is how he became so infectiously happy and joyful; especially because he’s shared publicly that this wasn’t always the case.

During our dialogue, Bruce explained how early in his career, he conducted pioneering epigenetics research that demonstrated that the control systems, or “brain” of the cell, are not located in the nucleus but in the surrounding membrane; and are largely responding to the condition of the cell environment. As Bruce got deeper and deeper into the science, he realized that many factors can have huge effects on the state of the field environment in which living cells operate.

Most significantly, he saw that our subconscious attitudes and beliefs have enormous effects  at the cellular level. For him, this was an extraordinary, paradigm-shifting discovery.

But even after this insight, Bruce still in his words, “had the same old life.” This was especially painful because he’d starting speaking to groups, telling people about the wonderful implications of his scientific findings. And yet his life still wasn’t so great. And of course people sensed that. There was a disconnect, a missing piece that had to fall into place before this scientific knowledge could translate into a deeper transformational understanding, for Bruce and for others.

For Bruce, the journey to discovering this missing piece began with a motorcycle accident in the Caribbean, where he was teaching at the time. He was transported to the best medical facility, which was at the school were he was teaching, his whole body wracked with pain, barely able to walk. All that his medical colleagues and doctors could offer was pain medication, pills. And these weren’t working. So when he learned that one of the medical students was a chiropractor, he set aside his conventional medical prejudices and decided to give it a try.

The transformative moment came during the chiropractic session when he was introduced to kinesiology, or “muscle-testing”. When he was instructed to speak a falsity “my name is Carol”, his arm immediately lost strength, against his will. He thought he had just been inattentive and demanded it be repeated. His arm was strong when he said his name was “Bruce” but weak when he said “Carol.”

The moment I experienced that, my life changed—instantly,” says Bruce. He realized that something else, something other than his conscious mind was controlling his arm. That “something else” was his subconscious mind, and it was clearly more powerful that his conscious mind. Bruce woke up to the power of the subconscious mind, and the fact that there are two minds, each with different programming, operating in us.

Bruce communicates it simply: The conscious mind operates out of our personal desires, our personal and spiritual identity, our uniqueness, and our creative agentic mind. The subconscious mind operates below our everyday awareness, and when it has a different program from the conscious mind, it will override the personal wishes and desires that we hold in our conscious mind.

Bruce began to tune into the constant stream of thoughts, usually just beyond his awareness, originating in his subconscious mind. He discerned such messages as ”you’re not going to get to work on time” and “that lecture won’t be any good.” He was struck by how negative, even self-abusive his thoughts were. He realized that his fate, and the fate of the work he wanted to pass on to others, rested on discovering the beliefs, or programs, that might be in his subconscious mind contradicting his conscious wishes and desires—and invisibly determining the course of his life.

And in the context of his original scientific insight, this subconscious programming was creating a perceived environment, telling the (mostly negative and limiting) story that Bruce the “organism”, was responding to. This was the missing piece!

He gained further clarity when he started to recognize two voices from his subconscious mind. One was a critical parent dumping abuse onto the second voice, a child struggling against the abuse. Bruce identified with the second voice.

He moved from victim to mastery, and reclaimed his power, when in the midst of a depressive meltdown where both the critical parent and abused child voices were clamoring, he got very quiet.

At that point he discerned a third voice, calm and wise. It asked, “Don’t you have anything better to do than to listen to this stuff?” Bruce wholeheartedly agreed! He immediately left his lab and went to a movie, not even bothering to clean up. And when he got out of the movie the depression was gone.

From then on, Bruce says, “when self-abusing thoughts came in, I’d hear that third voice and laugh! And I started to hear the voice sooner and sooner each time.” In a short time, his depression disappeared. He started to realize that he had power over the way his life unfolded.

Bruce says as soon as he started to take that control back, the real fun began! Whereas, previously, when he gave talks, some people drifted off, or didn’t resonate. Now most of the people he spoke to were leaning forward, and really listening. They could sense and see that he was “walking his talk”.

I hope you’ll listen in to this high-energy conversation. We also discussed the constructive and destructive power of the collective field. And why Jesus could perform miracles everywhere—except in his home town! You can access the recording here.

 

 

“Learning to Walk My Talk: How Quantum Biology Changed My Life” with Bruce Lipton

by Terry Patten

I’m delighted to announce that I will be joined on Thursday, July 24th (not at our usual time — note this will be at 5 PM Pacific) by the remarkable biologist, author and speaker Bruce Lipton for a conversation we’ve titled Learning to Walk My Talk: How Quantum Biology Changed My Life”.

I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Bruce before, and a few days after, he finished a in-person speaking event (packed with over 200 people, rousing, and highly inspiring) in Oakland, California last week. We talked about many things, but I was particularly struck by his personal story—of how he, essentially, learned to “walk his talk”.

As a cell biologist who participated in some of the experiments whose implications gave birth to the emergence of epigenetics, Bruce was one of the first people to realize that science was emphatically disproving a mechanistic view of life. The “brain” of the cell, he found, is not in the nucleus but in the membrane, and it is largely responding to the condition of the cell environment.

As he got deeper and deeper into the science, he realized that many factors can have big effects on the state of the field environment in which living cells operate. Most significantly, he saw that our subconscious attitudes and beliefs have enormous effects.

To Bruce, grounded in a strictly materialistic paradigm, this was an earth-shaking insight. And he soon discovered that there was no way he would be permitted to pursue its implications within his role as a tenured professor in the medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. So he resigned, and began speaking about it.

That was the beginning of him changing his thinking, or his “talk”. But very soon, he was forced to confront the fact that his life didn’t reflect the revolutionary implications of his scientific insights. This led him to a dramatic moment — an epiphany in whichhis heart opened, and his mental insights began to become the basis for his very way of living his life, moment-to-moment.

Bruce is an enormously loving, happy, charming man—a tremendously compelling and enjoyable speaker. How did he get that way? I realized, THIS is what interested me the most, and what I think most Beyond Awakening listeners will find most useful.

So I suggested that we make this the theme of our conversation — how Bruce began to “walk his talk”, and I’m delighted to report that he agreed. Although he has talked about this briefly on other occasions, this will be the first time that he will focus on this story, tell it in detail, and allow me to examine the key turning points that have made the real difference in transforming his life.

Most discussions of new scientific information compartmentalize it in the domain of the “It” — factual, objective, information. But an integral understanding of reality sees clearly that this is a Four-Quadrant affair — in which the “I”, the “We” and the “It” are inseparably interconnected. Bruce is a beautiful living embodiment of this principle, and I’m excited to explore it with him.

So I invite you to join us and listen in, and perhaps ask your own questions. Bruce and I will be talking at a special time, on Thursday, July 24th. May it be an opportunity for us all to “walk our talk” with new power and authenticity!

About Bruce Lipton

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., cell biologist and lecturer, is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Bruce was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and later performed groundbreaking stem cell research at Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, The Honeymoon Effect, and co-author with Steve Bhaerman of Spontaneous Evolution. Bruce received the 2009 prestigious Goi Peace Award (Japan) in honor of his scientific contribution to world harmony.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Thursday, July 24th at 5:00pm Pacific; 6:00pm Mountain; 7:00pm Central; 8:00pm Eastern 

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Please Note: There will be a limited number of lines available on the live conference call, so we encourage you to listen online if possible. To make sure you can get through by phone, we encourage you to dial in early.

ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

Join the Dialogue: About one hour into the dialogue, we’ll open up the lines and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with us directly over the phone or via instant message. Here’s what to do:

To interact live by voice, dial into the conference line number and wait until we ask for a question from someone in your region, or

Send us your question via instant message in the teleseminar window on your computer

Send us your questions and comments before or during the live dialogue by posting them on our Beyond Awakening Community Facebook page

We look forward to your attendance!

Sincerely,
The Beyond Awakening Team

The Psycho-Physics of Love and Hope: Ervin Laszlo’s Radical Take on Deep Entanglement

by Terry Patten

Last Sunday, I was joined by the internationally-renowned scientist, philosopher and visionary, Ervin Laszlo for a public conversation we titled “The Self-Actualizing Cosmos: The Akasha Revolution in Science and Human Consciousness.”

The conversation ranged quite widely, and some of what he had to say even startled me.

I wasn’t surprised when he began by describing his synthesis of the radical holographic implications of the new physics, a paradigm for which he borrows the Sanskrit term “Akasha” to refer to the quantum vacuum, or originating field that is more fundamental even than matter and energy.

He described a new paradigm “that says there is no such thing as empty space, it’s more like what Buddhists speak about—a still, space that is empty but contains everything.”

Ervin says that the cosmic field is a plenum and not a vacuum. And that plenum is the code of how the universe plays out. The blueprint exists, beyond the superficial elements that we perceive. Down deeper, we find that we are part of a deeper reality where all things coexist and co-evolve.

Ervin pointed out that if you ask a quantum scientist “What is the basis of all this? What is matter?” He’ll say…there is no such thing as matter! What you have is energy, based on information moving. David Bohm talked about how the world that you observe is being in-formed. It’s fundamentally information. Instead of bits of matter rushing about, you have a total field that has no gaps, no places where it isn’t present. All information is given at the same time.

Ervin described how the new concept that is arising now in quantum cosmology/field theory is that of a holographic universe. Spacetime is holographic. In a hologram, all of the information that produces the image is present at every tiny point—you can take a holographic film and illuminate any small part of it, and you’ll find that the total image emerges. The “software” of the universe is present in every bit of it.

“You don’t see the quanta,” he explained.”You see the effects. Like with an electromagnetic field—you don’t see the field itself, you see its effect. The universe is basically an unobserved wholeness of which the observed elements are those that meet the 5 senses. We try to understand the whole, but we’re working by inference.”

It’s a profound, liberating, and radically holistic vision of the nature of our reality and our existence. But I had anticipated that.

And I had expected to challenge him, to ask him why he spoke so consistently of “consciousness” but not of “God” or “spirituality” even though the implications of his vision of reality are, in most people’s view, profoundly spiritual. But what was startling to me, was that I didn’t need to challenge him at all! He went straight to the spiritual aspect on his own.

He said what he’s talking about is really not any different from the classical spiritual notions. Plato pointed to this way of understanding reality in the allegory of the cave. Most people believe the shadows are real, but the real world is actually behind them. They have to turn around, to get “enlightened” to be able to see the real world.

Also he freely associated his notion of Akasha, the deepest dimension from which all manifest reality arises with ancient mystical concepts dating back 5000 years or more. He cited Pythagoras and Plotinus, drawing parallels with this view of reality which expresses an ancient notion. The world is not what you see—what you see is the effect of unseen realities that are the real nature of the world.

However, this ancient concept seems revolutionary now, because it’s linked to new scientific data, and thus represents a new paradigm, rooted in ancient understandings, that’s in the process of replacing the current dominant paradigm.

The conversation ranged quite widely, with a particularly interesting description by Ervin into his own practice of using intuition, of tapping into this “Akashic information field” as an aspect of his daily life. He said that he’s always been guided by intuition, and the idea that what he can perceive is only a fleeting image. Underneath is something more profound and real.

He also testified to his own “inverse optimism.” He said that he’s very optimistic in terms of human potential, but quite pessimistic in terms of the current holding pattern of the dominant paradigm. He thinks the break is about to come and that we had better be prepared for it.

But when I asked him what he meant about being prepared, he explained that he wasn’t pointing to storing food and water and guns. He talked about discovering a more healthy way to be before this break. He talked about opening ourselves up to a source of wisdom in the cosmos that can enable us to feel what is needed.

I pressed him further, and he immediately used the “L-word”.

Ervin said, “Love is the connection that we feel to others. Community. Nature. Humanity. Our connection to the cosmos itself. We know this directly whenever we can feel belonging-ness, in a Win/Win way, wherever I can recognize the deep truth that I am the other. This expresses the concept from contemporary physics of “entanglement”, which is a quantum phenomenon. All atoms, all cells are connected, deeply.”

Love, according to Ervin, is at its root recognition, knowing that we are one. It is a spiritual concept that is backed by the latest insights into how systems operate and evolve. The biosphere is such a complex system, with so many physical and non-physical dimensions—emotional, conscious, subconscious elements feelings, rationality, etc. The ultimate element is this sense of my belonging to you and to us. There is no singular sense where we can talk about evolution as if we operated on our own, independently. There is only coevolution, co-development. We and Us—that’s the source of the greatest hope we have.

The new paradigm recognizes that we are all part of one system. With higher consciousness we find ourselves more at home, and we find better and better solutions to our problems, large and small. But the old conception of world is still pervasive. We see it all around us. And it is pushing back. What price will we have to pay to transform?

Our best bet is just to transform ourselves and act according to this new paradigm, of information, of entanglement, expressed by love and oneness.

Ultimately Ervin expressed tremendous confidence, “If you can act like that [from Love] the world will be saved from ultimate collapse.”

There was much more, so I hope you will tune in to listen to this illuminating, powerful dialogue. Tip: Because he was calling in from Italy, Ervin’s voice is a bit faint; if you use earbuds or headphones, you should be able to hear him clearly. You can download the recording here.