This past Sunday’s Beyond Awakening featured a dialogue with Candice O’Denver entitled “Open Intelligence Outshines Experience — Uniquely in Each of Us.”
Candice O’Denver is a brilliant and extremely well-educated mother and grandmother, as well as a true “Renaissance Woman” whose teachings are serving people all over the world. I have described her work as one of the most innovative spiritual teachings in the world today, but Candice rarely uses the word “spiritual” at all.
During our conversation, we explored some of the creative leading edges of her teaching work. Her talks and writings express, in my opinion, some of the highest non-dual spiritual instructions; and she expresses them in elegant, original, fresh, and universal terms, without the usual spiritual associations and baggage. The system she teaches is called Balanced View — also the name of her international organization which makes her teachings available freely “for the benefit of all.”
Our conversation ranged widely, hinging upon my noticing of a series of elegant distinctions that are implicit in Candice’s choices of words. For example, instead of calling her instructions “pointing-out instructions” (the phrase used traditionally in dzogchen), Candice speaks about “confirmation.” This choice of words connotes that our relationship to open intelligence and freedom is always already full and doesn’t need to be “pointed out” to us (as if it were “over there”) but is more properly “confirmed” (because it is “right here”).
Candice spoke passionately about the need for the subject/object duality of God to be “wrathfully destroyed.” Several times, she quoted this passage from the Bible; “You are my Beloved and in You I am well pleased,” to demonstrate this, emphasizing that “You” and “Beloved” are One. I agreed, adding that this involves making a shift from a theistic reaching out to an invisible entity “out there,” to the courageous boldness of saying I am God.
Another fascinating (and “spiritually futuristic”?) aspect of Candice’s teaching is her expertise in technology and information systems, as well as her deep engagement with art and music. All these fields are avenues for the expression of Balanced View’s work.
On one hand, she expresses her teachings in terms of “data” and “intelligence” rather than “consciousness” and “phenomena”, and her team has invented a computationally intensive algorithm for open intelligence and spontaneous altruism. On the other, we see the Massive Vibe project, which offers the direct transmission of comprehensive intelligence through a new style of music—combining the off-beat and silence with radically innovative word combinations.
I invite you to listen in to the full dialogue here.