Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
We can use this thread for discussion of anything related to the upcoming conference. Alas I will not attend due to living far, far away and have other priorities for my limited finances. The abstracts and bios for presentations can be found at this link. Our forum host Balder (aka Bruce Alderman) will be presenting:
Sophia Speaks: An Integral Grammar of Philosophy
The four pronouns at the center of the Integral model have yielded impressive explanatory and integrative power. However, while they are useful for classifying disciplines according to their primary epistemological orientations, they are not sufficient to account for or disclose the ontological views which inform our perspectives. After situating Integral Theory in a longer lineage of “pronoun philosophies,” I introduce an expanded set of grammatical lenses to complement Integral’s four person-perspectives. These lenses, based on six common parts of speech, can serve both metaphysical and meta-metaphysical ends, helping to identify the ontological views that inform our person perspectives, and providing an integrative architecture for correlating and interfacing various metaphysical systems and integrative meta-theories.
Another one of interest to me is this one by Gary Hampson and Mark Edwards:
Awaken: An Analysis of the Transformative Lyrics and Music of the Progressive Rock Group, Yes (Re-regarding and regaining the flower and fruit of Yes as neo-baroque future dreamers creating the spiral aim)
This presentation offers a “fusion of insight” arising from the often-spiritual, often-densely “baroque” lyrics and music of the progressive rock group Yes. Various lenses are employed to help empower the hitherto neglected connections between this “wondrous” art form and integrative studies. These include the authors’ first-person perspectives regarding their experiences with Yes music. The analysis addresses various spiritual traditions, The Beloved, and Audrey Kitagawa, spiritual mentor of the (most-times) lead singer/lyricist, Jon Anderson. Themes include: ecstasy, empowerment, Enlightenment, the evolution of consciousness, injunctions, Love, the Moment, nonduality, Sun as archetype, and world challenges. “Songs cast a light on us” (Awaken, Yes).
I've compiled a list of papers from the recent ITC (available here) that I think are relevant to the main themes of this forum:
Towards A Meta Integral Philosophy – Mysticism in the Philosophies of Bhaskar, Panikkar and Wilber, by John O’Neill
Integral Islam, by Jalaledin Ebrahim
The Senses: Demystifying Awakening, by Terri O'Fallon
Conscious Cosmopolis: Bernard J.F. Lonergan’s Critical Realism as a Complementary Approach to Integral Theory, by Neville Ann Kelly
Integral God: Wake Up, Grow Up, Show Up, Lighten Up: Sacred Activism and Falling in Love with the Divine, by Marc Gafni, PhD, Center for World Spirituality and Sally Kempton
Integral Skepticism: A Tool for Critical Realism, A Necessity for an Integral Community, by Elliott Ingersoll
From Embodiment to Post-Metaphysics: Preaching Integral Theory Beyond 'the Choir.' by Tom Murray
Re-enchanting Research: Transdisciplinarity as Practical Mysticism, by Leigh Price
Causal Leadership: A Natural Emergence from Later Stages of Awareness, by Venita Ramirez, Geoff Fitch, and Terri O’Fallon
The Magellan Courses: Explorations in Self-Organizing, Co-Creative Transformative Learning, by Bonnita Roy
The Meaning of Planetary Civilization: Integral Rational Spirituality and the Semiotic Universe, by Tim Winton
A new letter from Meta-Integral:
I was heretofore unaware that the conference was also a live webcast or I would've watched at least some of it. Can I presume that all the talks were also video recorded? I know they've audio recorded them in the past. Either way, perhaps we can all chip in and have a set available for the forum?
All of the talks were at least audio recorded, and some of the prominent ones (not mine) were video recorded. I haven't put money down on it yet, but I am planning later this year to purchase these recordings. (I want to be able to watch Sean's presentation, for instance). I'm not sure if we'd be able to post any of that content here, but I will inquire about that.