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Integral Enlightenment: Awakening to an Evolutionary Relationship to Life

Over 9 consecutive weeks, this course is designed to push the leading edge of our individual and collective potential. You can own and participate in an intensive program that has guided over 6,000 people in more than 50 countries around the world in discovering the profound meaning and purpose of a life aligned with the impulse of evolution. Youll learn how to tap into the limitless energy and creativity of the evolutionary self, meet the essential challenge of evolving beyond ego, and become the human youve longed to beand the world needs you to be.

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Learn about the revolutionary approach to spiritual practice that is bringing enlightenment out of the Dark Ages

Download our 30-minute guided meditation audio and learn to abide as the perfection at the heart of the cosmos.

Founded by evolutionary pioneer Craig Hamilton, Integral Enlightenment seeks to revitalize and update the spiritual path to meet the evolutionary needs of humanity in the 21st century. It was born out of the recognition that, although there is much about Truth that is timeless, the world has changed in the millennia since the birth of the great religions. And human beings have changed, too. Integral Enlightenment is an approach to spiritual practice that aspires to meet this need by leveraging our unique, 21st century human capacities to meet our 21st century individual and collective challenges. It embraces the wisdom of the great meditative traditions, but also reaches forward to unleash the profound spiritual potential inherent in our recently evolved capacities for self-awareness, introspection, self-authorship and relational intimacy.

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July 2nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm

The spiritual evolution of consciousness from quantum …

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On the basis of quantum physics theories is Michael Knig in his speech before the vivid models of elementary particles with which their physical and mental qualities describe. The electromagnetic interaction plays a special role. Elementary conscious processes, such as information storage, can be already at the level of certain elementary particles - the electrons and positrons - locate. In order to confirm the results of the biophysical basis of modern science, namely that coherent electromagnetic fields - Biophotons - control the biological metabolism. Michael Knig supports his theories with experimental results and also introduced new technological applications that are used to increase our vitality, which currently leads to the development of novel products in the areas of wellness, treatment and preventive medicine. The speaker completes his speech with a philosophical digression in which he points out the potential consequences of the presented models of explanation of quantum physics for the humanities, in particular, exert their impact on the consciousness research, psychology and theology.

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Nathaniel, author of Transitions: A Spiritual Evolution

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Welcome to my website!I'm Nathaniel, author of Perspectives: Thirty Days to Life and Transitions:A Spiritual Evolution.

About the Author Richard D. Riddle Sr holds a Doctorate of Computer Science. He is retired from Defence Contracting and currently works as a consultant in areas of computer systems automation, satellite operations and spiritual development. He is currently working on his third book, Patience.

Richard resides with his wife in Colorado, where he enjoys morning and evening walks, observing sunrises, sampling scotch and spending time with his family. He understands there is so much more needed to better his understanding as he continues his spiritual journey.

About my latest book, Perspectives: Thirty Days to Life

Perspectives discusses the journey of the author to accomplish a task he received: to see the good in all things for thirty consecutive days. He presents the conflicts experienced during and after the 316 days it took him to complete the task.

The author discusses the lessons received that have changed his perspective on the roles of self, the interaction of self with positive and negative energies, and his relationship with others. Perspectives demonstrates what can be achieved when you allow yourself to reject the influence of negative forces in your life and interpret all that we see with the strength of understanding and love. The author encourages self-awareness as well as awareness of both positive and negative energies, so that readers, like the author, will learn to distinguish the bounty of love that exist in their lives. In doing so, readers can experience a greater fulfillment of life and a deeper understanding of our spiritual connections.

Perspectives promotes spiritual understanding and evolution through the authors own personal experiences. In the process, the reader is able to find the method to correlate and advance their own life journey from the information presented.

Those who are truly ready to control their own spiritual journey will be afforded the opportunity to expand their understanding of self and of universal awareness through their continual spiritual evolution.

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Evolutionary Spirituality | Franciscan Spiritual Center

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Come explore what happens when classical spirituality meets modern science. Open your eyes and heart to a spirituality unfolding upward toward Christ growing in awareness of a self-reflective universe where humans, co-creating with God, unite to move the universe to a higher level. Celebrate cosmic history as sacred revelation and explore appreciative ways of thinking about the past, enlightened ways of being in the present, and empowering ways of imagining the future. We will reflect and consider Teilhard de Chardins evolution of consciousness and Christogenesis, as well as insights from Ilia Delio, Judy Cannato, Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Carter Phipps, and Andrew Cohen. They will deepen your spirituality, give you a stronger sense of your connectedness with nature, and stretch your mind and heart.

This program is offered September 24, 2014. It begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. The cost is $35 and this includes lunch. There is a $10 non-refundable deposit. Your registration is not confirmed until your deposit is received.

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(If you pay the deposit online via PayPal there is no option for coming back to pay the remaining amount online. The remaining amount must be paid by a check (mail in or pay on your arrival) or by cash when you arrive for the program. There is no way of processing a credit card at the center. If you really want to pay everything by credit card then pay in full at the time of online registration. If the program is canceled you will receive the full payment back via PayPal. If you are unable to attend the program, the remainder after the deposit will be paid back via PayPal.)

Julie Keegan, OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is an associate staff member at the Franciscan Spiritual Center. Her ministry includes authoring the Centers Blog, overseeing the website and other electronic social networks, giving retreats, doing spiritual direction and offering workshops on gratitude, Franciscan theology, and evolutionary spirituality. She has extensive professional experience in health care, nursing education, ethics, development, and has been involved in offering programs at parishes and health care institutions.

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June 19th, 2015 at 1:48 am

The Evolution of Mankind and the Dawn of a Spiritual …

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The evolution of the species is observable. This really we cant deny. However, I am not a Darwinist and I dont subscribe to the notion that the survival of the fittest can explain the entire evolutionary process. The impulse of evolution is spiritual.

This is actually a knowledge I gained many year ago in flash of epiphany. I was taking shower when in just a few seconds perceived some information that answered all my questions, even the ones I had not posed. It was not like learning new things but rather remembering. I stood there, saying, Yes, yes, of course. It was as if I knew all that and had forgotten it. Everything was coming back to me in a flash.

Although the experience was overwhelming and I thought about it for some time, eventually I ignored it. Now that I am reading about the NDE of others, I see many of them describe the same thing.

The process of evolution is correct, as Darwin explained it. However, there is a spiritual force behind it that Henry Bergson coined as elan vital or the vital force. This elan vital is immaterial. It appears in organic matter. As the organization of matter becomes more complex the size and the faculties of the elan vital increase.

What Bergson called elan vital is what our ancestors called soul. Volvox is an organism, or is it? You can break the unity of volvox and its components can live independent from each other. By coming together they can work in conjunction as if there is a mind controlling the entire group. The organism suddenly acquires a super-mind that is responsible for the behavior of their collectivity. You can observe the same phenomenon in a school of fish, a skein of geese, a host of sparrows, a flock of sheep, a swarm of bees, etc. Who controls these animals in group? How a murmuration of starlings know when to turn right or left simultaneously without an apparent leader? Watching hundreds of thousands of starlings move synchronically without bumping to each other, forming amazing shapes in sky is fascinating. How can they do that?

A Murmuration of Starlings or a Dance of God?

There seems to be that by coming together these animals become recipient of their super mind. This super mind is of spiritual nature. Whenever organisms of the same species come together and work jointly in harmony they become the seat of their super consciousness that takes control of them and moves them as if they were a single organism.

The entire evolution is based on this principle. Atoms are formed when particles join together. Particles are alive. But when they are organized as atom, they become the seat of a new spirit: the spirit of atom. Atoms are alive, even though their life is so primitive that we dont consider them living. The process continues. Atoms form molecules, molecules form mega molecules, mega molecules form proteins, proteins form cells and cells form big organisms like humans. In each stage of the evolution matter becomes the seat of a bigger spirit and more lively. The cells composing your body are individually alive, but there is no comparison between your life and theirs.

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June 15th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Sahaj Marg Raja Yoga Meditation – What is Spirituality?

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"Spirituality is the science and the art of remembrance" -Chariji

It is the remembrance of our original home, from which we have come. We have become so focused on material life that we no longer remember that divine home. The soul is the traveller on its way back home. The journey is the life we adopt on the way home. It is life itself. The vehicle is the body in which the soul travels through life. Our spiritual goal is to achieve that original condition and the spiritual path is the way we travel to reach that goal.

According to Babuji Maharaj, Spirituality really begins where religion ends. Spirituality is easily identifiable with mysticism. The mystic or spiritual journey is an inner journey of the heart. One of the great tenets or principles of all religions has been that God resides in the heart of the human being. Spirituality focuses attention on the divine effulgence created by the presence of divinity in the heart. Spirituality is the need for an inner existence. (Why spirituality?)

Spirituality invokes no names, confers no attributes, demands no subservience to any artificially created gods of the human mind, and focuses our attention on the infinite, ultimate source of all beings, which is nameless, formless and attribute-less. This approach to the Ultimate can bring together people of all cultures and all religions. If widely practiced, spirituality is perhaps the most potent force for bringing about human integration.(When should spirituality start?).

"As a bird needs two wings to fly, so a human being needs the two wings of existence, the spiritual and the material, to lead a natural and harmonious life. If either is neglected for the other, such a life becomes unnatural and the result cannot be what we desire it to be. Spirituality provides the way to restore this balance within our self."

Highest Bliss is located in ones own Self. - Mandukya Upanishad. Material life may be fulfilling to a certain extent, but it often leaves us with a feeling of emptiness, an indefinable lack of something, even if we do not know what. Most of us want joy, happiness and peace. Spirituality teaches us that real joy, happiness and peace come from within.

Spirituality brings lasting and meaningful change to our lives through inner transformation. As we change, the universe changes around us. With this change, there is a nurturing of the inner qualities of the heart, such as courage, hope, faith, wonder, compassion, tolerance, and most of all, love.(What is Sahaj Marg?)

Spirituality is all about preparing for change Changing from what we are, to what we have to become.

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evolutionary studies of religion – Binghamton University

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Charles Darwin and other early evolutionists were fascinated by religious phenomena and how they might be explained from an evolutionary perspective. Nevertheless, evolutionary theory became restricted to the biological sciences and excluded from the study of many human-related subjects for most of the 20th century. Only now is the theory being used to explain all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life. The new field of evolutionary religious studies is part of this larger trend.

This website provides an introduction to the study of religion from an evolutionary perspective. It includes the following features:

Please visit the EvoS web site for a more general introduction to evolution in relation to human affairs.

This website is funded by a TARP (Templeton Advanced Research Program) grant from the John Templeton Foundation, which is administred by the Metanexus Institute. It is directed by an evolutionist (David Sloan Wilson) and a religious scholar (William Scott Green), with the help of a diverse advisory board. Evolutionary theory includes a number of major hypotheses about religion that must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is for this website to reflect the full diversity of approaches within the field of evolutionary religious studies.

For questions and comments, contact the program director, David Sloan Wilson.

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Evolutionary psychology – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Evolutionary psychology (EP) is an approach in the social and natural sciences that examines psychological structure from a modern evolutionary perspective. It seeks to identify which human psychological traits are evolved adaptations that is, the functional products of natural selection or sexual selection. Adaptationist thinking about physiological mechanisms, such as the heart, lungs, and immune system, is common in evolutionary biology. Some evolutionary psychologists apply the same thinking to psychology, arguing that the mind has a modular structure similar to that of the body, with different modular adaptations serving different functions. Evolutionary psychologists argue that much of human behavior is the output of psychological adaptations that evolved to solve recurrent problems in human ancestral environments.[1]

Evolutionary psychologists suggest that EP is not simply a subdiscipline of psychology but that evolutionary theory can provide a foundational, metatheoretical framework that integrates the entire field of psychology, in the same way it has for biology.[2][3][4]

Evolutionary psychologists hold that behaviors or traits that occur universally in all cultures are good candidates for evolutionary adaptations[5] including the abilities to infer others' emotions, discern kin from non-kin, identify and prefer healthier mates, and cooperate with others. They report successful tests of theoretical predictions related to such topics as infanticide, intelligence, marriage patterns, promiscuity, perception of beauty, bride price, and parental investment.[6]

The theories and findings of EP have applications in many fields, including economics, environment, health, law, management, psychiatry, politics, and literature.[7][8]

Controversies concerning EP involve questions of testability, cognitive and evolutionary assumptions (such as modular functioning of the brain, and large uncertainty about the ancestral environment), importance of non-genetic and non-adaptive explanations, as well as political and ethical issues due to interpretations of research results.[9]

Evolutionary psychology is an approach that views human nature as the product of a universal set of evolved psychological adaptations to recurring problems in the ancestral environment. Proponents of EP suggest that it seeks to integrate psychology into the other natural sciences, rooting it in the organizing theory of biology (evolutionary theory), and thus understanding psychology as a branch of biology. Anthropologist John Tooby and psychologist Leda Cosmides note:

Evolutionary psychology is the long-forestalled scientific attempt to assemble out of the disjointed, fragmentary, and mutually contradictory human disciplines a single, logically integrated research framework for the psychological, social, and behavioral sciencesa framework that not only incorporates the evolutionary sciences on a full and equal basis, but that systematically works out all of the revisions in existing belief and research practice that such a synthesis requires.[10]

Just as human physiology and evolutionary physiology have worked to identify physical adaptations of the body that represent "human physiological nature," the purpose of evolutionary psychology is to identify evolved emotional and cognitive adaptations that represent "human psychological nature." According to Steven Pinker, EP is "not a single theory but a large set of hypotheses" and a term that "has also come to refer to a particular way of applying evolutionary theory to the mind, with an emphasis on adaptation, gene-level selection, and modularity." Evolutionary psychology adopts an understanding of the mind that is based on the computational theory of mind. It describes mental processes as computational operations, so that, for example, a fear response is described as arising from a neurological computation that inputs the perceptional data, e.g. a visual image of a spider, and outputs the appropriate reaction, e.g. fear of possibly dangerous animals.

While philosophers have generally considered the human mind to include broad faculties, such as reason and lust, evolutionary psychologists describe evolved psychological mechanisms as narrowly focused to deal with specific issues, such as catching cheaters or choosing mates. EP views the human brain as comprising many functional mechanisms,[citation needed] called psychological adaptations or evolved cognitive mechanisms or cognitive modules, designed by the process of natural selection. Examples include language-acquisition modules, incest-avoidance mechanisms, cheater-detection mechanisms, intelligence and sex-specific mating preferences, foraging mechanisms, alliance-tracking mechanisms, agent-detection mechanisms, and others. Some mechanisms, termed domain-specific, deal with recurrent adaptive problems over the course of human evolutionary history.[citation needed]Domain-general mechanisms, on the other hand, are proposed to deal with evolutionary novelty.[citation needed]

EP has roots in cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology but also draws on behavioral ecology, artificial intelligence, genetics, ethology, anthropology, archaeology, biology, and zoology. EP is closely linked to sociobiology,[5] but there are key differences between them including the emphasis on domain-specific rather than domain-general mechanisms, the relevance of measures of current fitness, the importance of mismatch theory, and psychology rather than behavior. Most of what is now labeled as sociobiological research is now confined to the field of behavioral ecology.[citation needed]

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April 17th, 2015 at 8:50 am

New ‘Bible’ replaces every mention of God with ‘Kanye West’

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Kanye West is famous for trying to steal other people's thunder, but it seems unlikely that even he would try to knock God off the top spot in the Bible.

However, someone has created the 'The Book of Yeezus: A Bible for the Modern Day' which replaces every mention of God with the rapper's name.

"The Book of Yeezus is a creative vision, bound in a gold leaf-etched, illustrated, black leather book that details the story of Genesis for the new age," a website promoting the book reads.

"In its foreword, we explore our culture's state of religiosity and its capacity for wonder. How does spirituality, an evolutionary reflex, manifest in a digitized world? Why does Kanye West take such outsized significance in the lives of many?

"The Book of Yeezus is an interventionist art, coffee-table novelty, that will appeal to Kanye fans everywhere and those made curious by this enormous cultural phenomenon."

On Etsy, where the book was first made available, the creators said: "For this generation, Generation Y, Kanye West is not only its greatest spectacle, but in some senses, a spiritual figure.

"We are here to spread a doctrine. Well, a pseudo-doctrine. We ask you to use your pulpit for Good."

West, who last year married Kim Kardashian, is a self-professed Christian and regularly includes religious references in his music.

"I'm Christian, and I'm hip-hop. So you mix those two things together, and you want to express yourself a certain type of way, and be bold. I wanna be like Christ. That's not to say I have a god complex. But it's like, if people pick a favourite Halloween character it's like, that's what I would pick! Don't people pick people that they look up to?" he said of his last album, Yeezus, which included a track titled "I am God".

He also said in a recent interview with Vulturethat his upcoming album will be "a joyful noise unto the Lord".

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Douglas Todd: Facing up to loss – psychology, philosophy and the Easter story

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Michael Vedviks obituary blamed the Seattle Seahawks last-minute loss of Februarys Super Bowl for his untimely demise one day after the game.

The wife of the Washington state man said her freshly dead husband, 53, would have found the gallows humour hilarious.

People find a lot of different ways to deal with lifes inevitable endings, whether its losing football games, jobs, relationships, friends or, someday, their own time on this planet.

One often-useful response to the fear of loss is humour. As Woody Allen said, I dont fear death. I just dont want to be there when it happens.

In addition to jokes, however, psychology, philosophy and spirituality are also employed to come to term with the tragedy, as the ancient Greeks put it, that things fade.

Facing up to loss and death is the central theme of Easter, which the worlds two billion Christians this weekend.

The story of the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, who came to be known as the Christ, or Messiah, takes on lifes most profoundly difficult challenge.

To deal with the fact that every special person, every wonderful experience and everything we love in this world will eventually end, Christians say Easter teaches that death is not the final word.

Even though human lives are full of passion and creativity, existence also entails, as the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead put it, perpetual perishing.

Its no wonder so many look to humour to face the angst.

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