Recently I recorded a conversation with the astoundingly eloquent and learned, mystical poet-on-the-fly Andrew Harvey. We’ve entitled that dialogue “Reckless Love and Friendship at the Edge” and we’ll be broadcasting it on Sunday, October 19th at 10am Pacific.
Andrew and I have always been able to converse frankly and passionately and catalytically. And yet over the last few months our practice of “sacred conversation” has begun to venture more and more boldly, wildly, and fruitfully into edgy, unknown territory. So we decided to start recording our conversations, and also to begin to teach together (we’ll be co-leading a 4-day seminar in the San Francisco Bay Area, March 5-8, 2015).
This is the first of those “basement tapes” — and the conversation ranges widely, probing into a number of the most alive and edgy topics we’ve been contemplating in our exploration of “what really matters”.
We began by speaking about practicing with metabolizing the horrors in the daily news (it took place during the surge of ISIS’s atrocities), and then flowed into a contemplation of intense spiritual feeling, passion, emotion and arousal vs. the value of “cooler” meditative states.
We then contemplated the evolution of contemporary spirituality, noting that this is no longer an age of great Gurus, like the 70s and 80s. This seems to be a time for collaboration, for spiritual friendship, and for experiments in awakened democratic intersubjectivity.
We reflected on how this presents us with a demand to reawaken from all our past patterns, and to continually show up freshly and curiously in each new moment. In doing this yoga, there’s “no place to hide.” So we challenged ourselves and each other, including our own strengths, like eloquence — which can draw us to fall in love with the sound of our own voices. And in doing this we dropped more deeply into our own friendship and the catalytic nature of the conversation itself, making it an offering to the evolution of love and dharma.
And we talked frankly and passionately about sexuality — its sacred, tantric, alchemical nature and also the necessity of a healthy relationship to sex in a culture where our relationship to sex and to committed relationship is so rapidly evolving.
This drew us into a contemplation of the subtle nature of anxiety, and the process of facing and transmuting the deep biologically-based anxiety that operates in the very cells of the body. We reflected on some of what Aurobindo and the Mother and Adi Da have said about the potential for transforming not just our minds but our actual physical protoplasm.
I hope you listen in!
About Andrew Harvey
Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.
No one brings together the world’s wisdom traditions in such a potent and timely way as Andrew Harvey. Perhaps it’s because in many ways he has lived them. He was born in South India and lived there until he was nine, which he credits with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred.
As a young man, disillusioned with Oxford, he returned to his native India, where a series of mystical experiences initiated his spiritual journey. Over the next thirty years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices, including studying Hinduism, undertaking the Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva vows, and engaging an exploration and explication of Rumi and Sufi mysticism in Paris with a group of French Sufis. He also has a rich scholarly knowledge and deep personal experience of the meanings behind the Gnostic Gospels and Christian Mysticism.
He has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S.
He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity.
He has also worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.
He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, October 19th at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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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: 206-402-0100 (alternate #: 501-707-0312)
- Then, enter Access Code: 272072#
- To listen live online go to: http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=61161060
To download the audio after the teleseminar is complete go to the Beyond Awakening Audio Page
We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team