Please note — the dial in info to participate by phone has changed. The new info is below in the “How to Participate” section.
On Sunday, August 30th at 10am Pacific, I’ll be joined by Peter Russell for “Supposing it’s too late…what then?”
Peter Russell’s work seeks to distill the essence of the world’s spiritual traditions and present it in ways relevant to the current times. He has studied mathematics, physics, and experimental psychology, as well as meditation and eastern philosophy. At one point he took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation.
Peter is also a brilliant observer of reality. He has recently been deeply contemplating the “worst case” scenario, and he’s been a catalyst to my own deepening relationship to reality.
Those of you who have been following my work and my public conversations on Beyond Awakening probably know that I have been a champion of an optimistic attitude (even in the face of very dark trends) saying that a positive engagement with our human predicament is “a moral imperative.”
However, I have also often observed how pervasive denial is, how hard it is for us to rest our attention on anything truly upsetting. I’ve pointed out how fundamentally this has contributed to our widespread failure to grapple seriously with the depth of our global crisis, and our mass misperceptions of systemic risks.
Even if we are committed to engaging in a positive manner, we do not grow by avoiding anything. In fact, it is only by squarely facing exactly what we fear that our psyche can become fully whole and grounded and strong. Not superficial, but resting on bedrock.
Peter has long experience developing scenarios, as a consultant for large corporations, and independently. The purpose of developing scenarios is not to predict the future, but to help you to acknowledge and prepare for other outcomes. A growing number of people are entertaining the possibility that the human species could become extinct within a few generations.
It’s terrible to contemplate, but it should not prevent us from exploring what our worst-case scenario might have to teach us.
As we’ve prepared for our dialogue, Peter and I have been exploring the existential implications of the futures we don’t want to imagine, and we are discovering buried treasure in dark places.
He has been a deeply insightful conversation partner. I’m happy to be going public, to share some of what we are learning as we dare to look directly at what we fear to see. I invite you to join us on Sunday.
About Peter Russell
Peter Russell studied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University (UK). As he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind, he changed to experimental psychology and traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy. He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science.
In the 1970s, he was one of the first people to introduce human potential seminars into the corporate field, and for twenty years ran programs for senior management on creativity, stress management, personal development, and sustainable development.
As one of the more revolutionary futurists, Peter’s been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, in Europe, Japan and the USA.
In 1982 he coined the term “global brain” with his 1980s bestseller of the same name in which he predicted the Internet and the impact it would have. His other books include — The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.
His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
*Sunday, August 30th at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
*Find Your Local Time
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.
- To listen live by phone, dial: (425) 440-5100 (alternate #: (415) 633-4267 )
- Then, enter Access Code: 991220#
- To listen live online go to: http://iteleseminar.com/73002729
- To download the audio after the teleseminar is complete go to the Beyond Awakening Audio Page
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, or
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team