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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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team