In Conversation with a Prophet: A Leonard Cohen Listening Party with Terry Patten

Posted on February 27, 2017 by  
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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. Terry is the founder of Bay Area Integral, a member of Deepak Chopra’s Evolutionary Leaders group, 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. Terry is the co-author with Ken Wilber of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. He created the acclaimed online course, Integral Spiritual Practice, and  hosts the online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice.

 

 

Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died…

He died the day before Donald Trump was elected president. And yet many lines of his remarkable poetry speak to the challenge of the Trump era like no other voice—in terms both hauntingly beautiful, and brutally penetrating.

So I invite you to gather with me and other members of our community to listen to a few of his beautiful songs and to respond, from the heart, in small groups. I’ll offer brief comments to introduce a series of songs and the conversations we’ll be having in the afterglow.

Leonard was for me, perhaps the poet of our times, a true poet, something rare and precious. As he so beautifully put it, “I wanted to stand with those who clearly see G-d’s holy broken world for what it is, and still find the courage or the heart to praise it.” And, my oh my, did he!

But he also made us face all the brokenness. “He was possessed by a lasting sensation of brokenness. He was broken, love was broken, the world was broken,” wrote his old friend Leon Wieseltier in a New York Times tribute upon his death. But he regarded it as “a gorgeous imperfection.” After all, he wrote the words: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” The teaching was plain: fix the crack, lose the light. And yet he worked feverishly to work a healing of the spirit.

Which means he was our elegant poet of revolution. Recall some additional words from that classic song, Anthem:

I can’t run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud.
They’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Or the haunting prophesy of The Future:

Get ready for the future.
It is murder.
Things are going to slide,
Slide in all directions.
Won’t be nothing,
Nothing you can measure anymore.
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
Has crossed the threshold
And it has overturned
The order of the soul.

When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
I wonder what they meant.
When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
I wonder what they meant.

And yet in that same song went on to intone the basis for hope: “love’s the only engine of survival.”

It is luminous prophesy, so relevant in our moment, echoing in these lines from Democracy Is Coming to the USA:

It’s coming to America first
The cradle of the best and of the worst.
It’s here they got the range
And the machinery for change
And it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.
It’s here the family’s broken
And it’s here the lonely say
That the heart has got to open
In a fundamental way.
Democracy is coming to the USA.

But he was not primarily a “political” poet. He was a poet of love, and a poet of sadness. He waged a long and public war with despair. It was harrowing, but ultimately successful. As he put it in comments during a live performance, “I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and major religions… but cheerfulness keeps breaking through.” Or in his song, Heart with No Companion, “I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair/ With a love so vast and shattered it will reach you everywhere.” He found so much in the darkness; in his hands it was an occasion for uplift and praise. He made darkness and imperfection gorgeous.

And he still lives! We can hear his voice any time. In that voice, I hear a roadmap for the soul to navigate some of the impossible questions of our time.

So I invite you to gather for some rich soul food in the company of our greatest poet, and celebrate him. And let’s take in his guidance, and talk back to him, shining our light into the darkness he forces us to feel, and be joined at the heart.

It’s not easy to navigate the era that began the day after his death.  So let’s use his inspiration to find our next steps, the steps we can still take in this broken time, as we ring the bells that still can ring.

But to do that, we must be healed. He invoked that beautifully too, you know:

O gather up the brokenness
And bring it to me now,
The fragrance of those promises
You never dared to vow,
The splinters that you carry
The cross you left behind.
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind.
And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn,
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb.
Behold the gates of mercy
In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving
The cruelty or the grace.
O solitude of longing
Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind.

In Conversation with a Prophet:
A Leonard Cohen Listening Party with Terry Patten

Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)

Day of Event: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship
No one turned away for lack of funds

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

PRE-REGISTER HERE:

Designing a World that Works for Everyone: An Evening with Futurist Richard David Hames

Posted on February 22, 2017 by  
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Richard David Hames PhD is a distinguished foresight practitioner and one of the most sought after pundits on the demise of what he refers to as architectures of suppression. Described by Forbes Asia as “one of the smartest people on the planet” Richard is among the world’s most influential polymaths. Constantly sought after by government agencies and business corporations for his remarkable accurate insights, Richard provides his audience with deep intelligence on a range of issues concerning the future of humanity. An Australian citizen, educated in Europe and domiciled in Asia, Richard has been honoured with numerous awards. A compelling speaker and the author of six books, Richard is CEO of Centre for the Future, and eight months ago co-founded MiVote (mivote.org.au) which is already one of the hottest socio-political movements in the world, and he is the strategic mentor behind Riversimple’s hydrogen economy activities in the UK. As a foresight practitioner Richard and his team have examined hundreds of topics, ranging from the future of conflict and work to taxation, business and society, food security, international terrorism, smart cities, financial services, healthcare, science and alternative energy.

Once in a while we have the opportunity to present a speaker with an extraordinary scale of accomplishment and involvement in world affairs. So it is with much excitement and enthusiasm we announce an evening event with renowned futurist, Richard David Hames on Wednesday, March 8.

Richard actually prefers the term “foresight practitioner” to futurist, and in many respects it’s an apt moniker. In 2005 he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later. He correctly foresaw the circumstances that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rouseff in Brazil and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. He also predicted the socio-political conditions that eventually led to Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US.

And in his presentation with BAI he’ll explain why he is now anticipating the collapse of the global monetary system as we know it, and a sequence of events he expects to threaten the sovereignty of the EU while revitalizing China’s aspirations.

But Richard is not a doomsayer and most of his work these days is focused on the Centre for the Future, a unique global, multi-generation enterprise curating a 100 year Mindful Uprising on behalf of our species.

In this evening program, Richard will explore how it might be possible to design a world that works for everyone. How do we react with wisdom to political events when they seem to be spinning out of our control? How do we begin to sort fact from fiction (and legitimate concerns from off the wall conspiracy theories) when the means for doing so have been buried by a corporate media intent on blurring such distinctions and saturating the news with celebrities behaving badly? How might it be possible to use profound knowledge to trigger community activism at a time when even the laws of nature are assailed by myopic self-interest? And how do we begin to interpret and respond to such ignorance, particularly where it is worn as a badge of honor, in ways that neutralize fear and reinvigorate hope in the minds of those who have lost faith in any kind of a viable future for sapiens?

These were the questions that led to the establishment of Centre for the Future. The heart of its agenda is the reinvention of the shared civilizational worldview and the incubation of projects aimed at redesigning our most life-critical systems. During his presentation Richard will:

  • Explain the unique qualities of the Centre’s philosophy, including the various elements that combine to generate a “deep design” capacity for whole-system reinvention
  • He then uses mivote.org.au, the first project in the Power & Governance theatre – to describe how this philosophy works in practice.
  • Discuss what can be achieved by applying the principles of a Mindful Uprising to wicked problems related to economic equality, injustice, conflict and climate.

And just for his American audience, Richard will devote time to the recent US Presidential election, a segment he calls:

Making America Great Again & All That Jazz

We’ll engage Richard and each other in an extended strategic reflection about America’s future role in the world; trends and patterns that could so easily lead to societal confrontation and collapse; and possible resolution of the issues that currently divide the US as an imagined construct.

Richard will use a fast-track version of the Centre for the Future’s Transformational Narrative dialogical method to set an expanded context, explore fresh insights, and propose possible accommodation of the key issues with us. A conversation not to be missed!

This is a rare opportunity to delve into global issues with a highly respected thought leader. Don’t miss it!

This Event Will Be Recorded! If you are not able to attend live, we will make an audio recording of the event available for sale. Please visit the Event Recordings page about a week after the event.

 

Designing a World that Works for Everyone:
An Evening with Futurist Richard David Hames

Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, 94710

Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)

Day of Event: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship
No one turned away for lack of funds

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

PRE-REGISTER HERE:

You’re Invited to BAI’s Holiday Party!

Posted on December 26, 2016 by  
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Join us on January 28 in Berkeley for the annual winter gathering of the Bay Area’s Integral community. Connect with the denizens of the local Integral world. Laugh, dance and open your hearts to the Mystery of existence in excellent company.

If you are new to BAI we heartily invite you! Even if you’ve never been to a BAI event before, this is the perfect introduction into the beating heart of what matters to us… inspiring, nurturing, and sustaining evolutionary community. Bring a friend or come alone, our parties are easy to join. If you’re a BAI regular, you know this already!

We hold our Winter gathering in January to avoid the holiday crush and start the new year right.

If you haven’t already heard, our community knows how to whoop it up… there will be great food from Market Hall in Oakland, music from DJ Heartbeat (aka Lloyd Barde), and the kind of conversations you find nowhere else.  (Those who say you can’t talk about politics and religion at a party have never been to one of ours!) No topic is taboo, but consciousness, humor and love rule.

Please register in advance to so we can properly prepare the feast.

We hope to see you there!

BAI Holiday Party 2016

Saturday, January 28, 7:00 to 10:00pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, 94710

Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $35 couple
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)

Day of Event: $25 regular
No one turned away for lack of funds

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

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Trump and the Future: An Integral Community Gathering

Posted on November 17, 2016 by  
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trumpThe election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States is already a defining moment in US history. He vanquished 16 contenders on his way to the GOP nomination then slowly but surely closed the gap with Hillary Clinton in the final weeks of the campaign and pulled off a coup that has stunned the world.

Some of us saw it coming and some of us were caught by surprise. Regardless, the implications are staggering. The prospect of a significant regression in social evolution seems grimly real, with huge repercussions for the planet. Or is this one of evolution’s meanderings that will fertilize the ground for new emergence? Or both? Either way, the future is going to be different in ways we are only just beginning to understand.

We would like to offer a forum for the Integral community to come together at this time of uncertainty and deep concern for the future.

Trump and the Future:
An Integral Community Gathering

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Education Bldg., Connie Barber Room
1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley
Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 to 9:30pm
By Donation

NOTE: The location and start time are different for this event.

This will not be an “event” in the usual sense. We see two main purposes for the gathering:

Support Each Other: Many of us are feeling various degrees of shock, anger, sadness, fear, etc. We need a collective hug! Not in shock? Maybe you can give a hug to someone who is!

What Happened? Nearly all the conventional political wisdom, and nearly all the polls, had Clinton winning. And many of us in the Integral community were seeing it the same way. Clearly, we were wrong. What did we miss? What did we misjudge? But even if you predicted a Trump win, there is still much to learn about the deeper evolutionary forces at play in these elections. The Integral perspective is an important tool in that process because it gives us a way to include literally everything.

We are organizing this gathering quickly so the program is still taking shape. We have invited some of the leaders of the Integral community in the Bay Area to offer (short) comments and to lead small group discussions, but the overall process will be dialogical.

Let’s come together to support each other and to begin to understand how we can best serve that which wants to happen through this evolutionary moment.

Thomas Hübl: Awakening In Our Intimate Relationships

Posted on March 6, 2016 by  
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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Waiting List: If the registration box below shows a waiting list option, you may add your name to the list and we will contact you if a ticket becomes available. If no waiting list option shows then the waiting list is full.

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Thomas Hübl is a modern mystic, a spiritual teacher whose work is deeply informed by the great spiritual traditions but also represents the leading edge of the evolution of spiritual practice in the contemporary marketplace. Thomas has devoted his life to awakening and supporting others in their quest for greater awareness. His work has world-wide resonance and has deeply transformed the lives of thousands of people. Find out more at thomashueblonline.com

We’re happy to announce an evening event with spiritual teacher, Thomas Hübl, on April 9.

We sponsored Thomas’s first talk in the US exactly five years ago. Terry Patten invited him after meeting him at an Integral gathering in Germany in 2010. He has been one of our most popular speakers, and we’re also happy to see that his work in the US and Canada has grown tremendously in that time.

Thomas’s April talk will be Awakening in our Intimate Relationships.

The main theme of this talk is that our closest relationships are a pathway to an awakened life. The outside world and other people do not stand in the way of our spiritual awakening, they are a way through to our awakening. Rewriting our past and transcending habitual patterns involves friction and challenges—the very kind of challenges we often encounter in intimate relationships.

By awakening to our unconscious patterns and attuning to our intimate partners, we can do more than simply heal and enrich our relationships; we have the opportunity to transcend thousands of years of human habits and rewrite the course of relationship history.

When we become free from the past, we can emerge in the moment spontaneously, creatively, authentically – committed, yet full of freshness, eros and surprise.

Join us for an insightful and inspiring evening with Thomas and discover how to transform your intimate relationships into an awakening spiritual practice. Thomas will teach for about an hour and lead a guided practice, then take questions from the audience.

 

Thomas Hübl: Awakening In Our Intimate Relationships

Saturday, April 9, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Fairfax Community Church
2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Fairfax, CA

Pre-Registration: $25 regular, $18 senior/student/hardship
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)

Day of Event: This event is sold out so there will be no registrations at the door

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

PRE-REGISTER HERE:

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Waiting List: If the registration box below shows a waiting list option, you may add your name to the list and we will contact you if a ticket becomes available. If no waiting list option shows then the waiting list is full.

Integral Goes To The Movies, with Mark Allan Kaplan

Happening on March 16, 2016  
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Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D.  is an award-winning filmmaker and the pre-eminent theorist and practitioner of the application of Integral Theory to the cinematic arts. Mark has worked professionally in the entertainment industry, conducted seminal research in Integral and transpersonal approaches to cinematic media, and is the founder of the Integral Cinema Project, an independent research, production and educational initiative sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society. In 2008 he received Integral Institute’s Integral Life Award in recognition of his continuing groundbreaking research.

Join us for an evening of movie clips, popcorn, and some serious fun with Integral film theorist, filmmaker, and media psychologist Mark Allan Kaplan in Integral Goes to the Movies.

Using various movie clips Mark will show us how to be a savvy spotter of Integral trends in popular media and deepen our understanding of the ways current media and technologies are helping to transition us into an Integral Age.

Mark will unpack how films as diverse as Groundhog Day and Inception, and TV shows like Lost and Sense8, map the evolution of consciousness. You will…

  • Learn how Integral and all the other altitudes of consciousness are embedded in our media
  • How these media altitudes mirror, help or hinder the evolution of our individual and collective consciousness
  • Discover which movies viscerally represent the different Integral lenses
  • Get a copy of Mark’s Top 10 Integral Movies List

Going to the movies usually isn’t a solo affair so we set a special price for couples. So bring a friend or a date for a fun and stimulating evening of pop culture.

And, yes, we really will provide popcorn…

 

Integral Goes to the Movies

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Rudramandir (Map)

Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship
Special “Date Night” Couples Discount: $30 (Pre-Registration Only!)
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)

Day of Event: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship
No one turned away for lack of funds

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

PRE-REGISTER HERE: