State of Emergence
Conversations at the leading edge of human intelligence & maturity – facing the darkness and alive to possibilities on the other side of it.
info_outline 063 Tim Freke – Emergentism, Unividualism, and a New Wave of Benevolence 02/22/2021
063 Tim Freke – Emergentism, Unividualism, and a New Wave of Benevolence Philosopher & author Tim Freke examines our meta-crisis in the context of history, considering the nature of “chaos” and the tendency for each generation to imagine it’s living in the “worst of times.” He explores the implications of “paralogical” thinking, his concept of “unividualism,” and how joy and grief coexist at the knife-edge of emergence. Tim is the author of 35 books and the founder of ‘Unividualism’, which integrates evolutionary science with deep spirituality.
info_outline 062 Spiritual Friends Amidst Cultural Madness — The Power of Our Grateful Generosity 02/06/2021
062 Spiritual Friends Amidst Cultural Madness — The Power of Our Grateful Generosity Terry Patten shares a “state of the union” address on the delusion, anxiety, loneliness, and fear gripping so many around the world, as well as the power of sacred, next-stage friendship as a key leverage point for collective healing and coherence. Terry invites members of the New Republic of the Heart practice community to share their experiences experimenting with transformational relating and co-creativity. Terry then extends a special invitation to fellow practitioners and change agents.
info_outline 061 Jonathan Gustin – Becoming Whole: Emotional Maturity, Spiritual Awakening and Soul Purpose 01/30/2021
061 Jonathan Gustin – Becoming Whole: Emotional Maturity, Spiritual Awakening and Soul Purpose Purpose guide and psychotherapist Jonathan Gustin explores the vital process of actualizing our soul’s purpose and key distinctions between purpose, vocation, and pleasure. He explains his “three worlds” model of consciousness, in which the “lower world” represents our descent to the imaginal realm, our discovery of purpose, and our becoming a unique gift to the whole. Jonathan is the founder of the Purpose Guides Institute, serves as adjunct faculty at JFK University, and teaches meditation.
info_outline 060 January 21, 2021 01/23/2021
060 January 21, 2021 In light of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, host Terry Patten shares spontaneous reflections on endings, new beginnings, hope, despair, the spiritual tasks of this time, and how we can refuse to put anyone out of our hearts. We hope that you appreciate this episode, and, most importantly, that you are finding your own way to a renewed and inspired civic engagement during the current transition. Also: We invite you to join on our website (if you haven’t already) by making a monthly contribution to help the podcast thrive. You will then receive access links to our future live Q&A events every month with Terry and others. We hope you’ll join us! For more information on Terry Patten, check out the following resources: Terry’s nonprofit website Terry’s book,
info_outline 059 Bill Plotkin – The Descent to Soul and the Journey of Initiation 01/16/2021
059 Bill Plotkin – The Descent to Soul and the Journey of Initiation Ecopsychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin explores the journey into mature human adulthood via the challenging spiritual process of “soul initiation,” which demands the metamorphosis of our egos into “co-creators” born to serve a unique niche in our ecological and social worlds. Bill is Founder of Animas Valley Institute, which has guided thousands into soul initiation. He’s the author of Soulcraft, Nature and the Human Soul, Wild Mind, and his new book, The Journey of Soul Initiation.
info_outline 058 Stephen Dinan – Conspiracies, a New Paradigm and What’s Truly Holistic 01/09/2021
058 Stephen Dinan – Conspiracies, a New Paradigm and What’s Truly Holistic Evolutionary leader and founder of The Shift Network Stephen Dinan explores how conspiracy thinking and new paradigm ideas sometimes merge in a phenomenon called “conspirituality.” He also considers the psycho-social implications of the radicalization taking place online and which conscious efforts counterbalance it with sanity and trust. The Shift Network serves millions globally through a variety of summits, courses, and trainings. Stephen is the author of Sacred America, Sacred World and Radical Spir
info_outline 057 Thomas Hübl – The New Martial Artistry of Healing Our World 01/02/2021
057 Thomas Hübl – The New Martial Artistry of Healing Our World Mystic and teacher Thomas Hübl explores how all of us are affected by the collective wounds of human history and how we can harvest the evolutionary life intelligence and energy of trauma by consciously allowing the self-healing mechanisms of our own bodies and minds. Thomas works globally guiding large-scale healing events and just published a new book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds. He is the founder of Academy of Inner Science, The Pocket P
info_outline 056 Kristi Nelson – Beyond Gratitude, Discover Gratefulness 12/19/2020
056 Kristi Nelson – Beyond Gratitude, Discover Gratefulness Author of Wake Up Grateful and Exec. Director of A Network for Grateful Living, Kristi Nelson shines light on the differences between gratitude and gratefulness, and she explores the elusively obvious gift of this very moment as a transformational practice. Kristi is a non-profit leader who has worked with Wisdom 2.0, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Soul of Money Institute, and more. She is a stage IV cancer survivor feeling blessed to be sharing the gifts of gratefulness with
info_outline 055 Barrett Brown – Next-Stage Leadership Lessons for the Biden Transition Team 12/12/2020
055 Barrett Brown – Next-Stage Leadership Lessons for the Biden Transition Team Leadership development expert Barrett Brown explores which capacities might inform the new Biden administration as it begins to “lead in the unknown” amidst hypercomplex adaptive systems, heightened polarization, and a damaged information ecosystem. Barrett is the Managing Director of Apheno Advisory and works across six continents with executives from Fortune 500 companies and international non-profits. He also holds a PhD in Human & Organizational Systems and has held consultancy status to the UN.
info_outline 054 Rupert Read – Parents for a Future – Responding to Greta 12/04/2020
054 Rupert Read – Parents for a Future – Responding to Greta Environmental philosopher and activist Rupert Read explores the state of our ecological emergency, its philosophical and spiritual implications, and how the still-untapped power of parents’ love might coincide with rapid transformation. Rupert teaches Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and he is the author of This Civilisation is Finished and the upcoming Parents for a Future. He was Chair of Green House think tank, a Green Party councilor, and a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.
info_outline 053 Tuesday Ryan-Hart – Being the Medicine for One Another 11/21/2020
053 Tuesday Ryan-Hart – Being the Medicine for One Another Systems change strategist and facilitator Tuesday Ryan-Hart explores the trauma, tenderness, and sacredness underneath our discussions of equity and systemic injustice. She considers which skills and relational practices help us to stay in the complexity of collective healing and honor both wholeness and multiplicity. Tuesday leads systems change for diverse organizations, helping them reframe persistent issues and enter into new mindsets. She is a trained psychotherapist and Co-Founder of The Outside.
info_outline 052 Jude Currivan – The Center of the Cosmic Hologram Is Love 11/14/2020
052 Jude Currivan – The Center of the Cosmic Hologram Is Love Cosmologist, futurist and holistic activist Jude Currivan describes her understanding of the quantum nature of reality and its implications for our planetary crises and the potentials for creative emergence. Jude’s work integrates 21st-century physics and consciousness research with essential understandings of humanity’s wisdom teachings. She holds a Masters in Physics from Oxford in cosmology & quantum physics and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading. Her latest book is The Cosmic Hologr
info_outline 051 Diane Hamilton & Jeff Salzman – Processing the 2020 Election, So Far 11/07/2020
051 Diane Hamilton & Jeff Salzman – Processing the 2020 Election, So Far Diane Musho Hamilton (award-winning mediator and Zen Roshi) and Jeff Salzman (integral political commentator and host of The Daily Evolver) take to heart this week’s historic, record-breaking, and disturbing U.S. election. Diane is a Zen Roshi, a trainer of Integral Facilitation, the founder of Two Arrows Zen, and co-author of Compassionate Conversations. Jeff is the host of The Daily Evolver podcast, founder of Boulder Integral Center, and worked closely with Ken Wilber to co-create Integral Life Practi
info_outline 050 Neal Rogin – Gravity, Levity, and Delightenment 10/31/2020
050 Neal Rogin – Gravity, Levity, and Delightenment Filmmaker, social observer, and humorist Neal Rogin explores the cultural narratives binding the human imagination. His playful humor liberates us into self-compassion, levity, and tender service of the heart. Neal has inspired millions through his work at Landmark Forum, The Hunger Project, LiveAid, and Pachamama Alliance, as well as the Oscar-nominated Burning Down Tomorrow and the Emmy award-winning Spaceship Earth. He is the author of Delightenment: Escaping the Solitary Confinement of Your Prisonality.
info_outline 049 Carolyn Baker – Our Sacred Demise and Radical Regeneration 10/24/2020
049 Carolyn Baker – Our Sacred Demise and Radical Regeneration Psychotherapist, professor & author Carolyn Baker explores our planetary predicament as a rite of passage that necessitates a “collective descent into the darkness” and the possibility of “radical regeneration.” Carolyn’s work prepares others for civilizational collapse and abrupt climate change through emotional and spiritual transformation. She was a psychotherapist for 17 years, a professor of psychology & history, has written 13 books including the forthcoming Radical Regeneration with Andrew
info_outline 048 Connie Barlow – The Death of Dreams — And Becoming a Good Ancestor 10/17/2020
048 Connie Barlow – The Death of Dreams — And Becoming a Good Ancestor Science writer, evolutionary educator, and ‘grassroots’ climate activist Connie Barlow explores on what it means to be a good ancestor, especially in response to our heartbreaking ecological predicament, and how "life stages" open possibilities for a more sacred relationship to climate grief, death, and transformation. Connie’s first books were published by MIT Press and her final one, The Ghosts of Evolution, led her to helping native trees move north in advance of the rapidly shifting climate.
info_outline 047 Michael Dowd – A Sacred I-Thou Relationship with the Living Earth 10/10/2020
047 Michael Dowd – A Sacred I-Thou Relationship with the Living Earth Prominent eco-theologian and “post-gloom collapsologist” Michael Dowd explores the psychological and relational journey into accepting our sobering ecological predicament, living with both certainty and epistemic humility, and discovering lightheartedness amidst heartbreak. Michael has delivered programs for TEDx, the United Nations, and Caltech, and his bestselling book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by Nobel Laureates, science luminaries, skeptics, and religious leaders across the spectrum.
info_outline 046 Paul Levy – Dreaming Each Other Awake and Breaking the Curse of Evil 10/03/2020
046 Paul Levy – Dreaming Each Other Awake and Breaking the Curse of Evil Author of The Quantum Revelation, Paul Levy explores the radical implications of quantum physics and how they can transform our relationship to good and evil, life and death, and collective creativity. Paul brilliantly synthesizes wisdom streams from quantum physics, Carl Jung, Buddhism, alchemy, shamanism, Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, and the work of Philip K. Dick. He has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years and is also the author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil.
info_outline 045 Cynthia Bourgeault – Spiritual Mettle and the Good Company of the Holy 09/26/2020
045 Cynthia Bourgeault – Spiritual Mettle and the Good Company of the Holy Modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, and scholar Cynthia Bourgeault explores what it is to live from the “eye of the heart” and awaken into the “imaginal realm” amidst crises. She and Terry reflect on death, find guidance in the company of saints and ancestors, and consider how we can "live the laws of the next world.” Cynthia is a long-time teacher of Centering Prayer, a core faculty member of the Center for Action & Contemplation, and the author of many books, including her latest: Eye of the He
info_outline 044 Vinay Gupta – Zoom Out & Wake Up: How Can We Best Prioritize Our Limited Capacities? 09/19/2020
044 Vinay Gupta – Zoom Out & Wake Up: How Can We Best Prioritize Our Limited Capacities? Technologist and policy analyst Vinay Gupta brings uncompromising clarity and passion in exploring the complexity of our existential risks and how humanity can deploy our limited capacities. Vinay’s early life focused on meditation, culminating in what he describes as enlightenment. Since then, he’s focused on environmental and infrastructure risk, energy policy, and disaster management leading in the blockchain space, inventing the Hexayurt, and founding Mattereum, a financial technology company.
info_outline 043 Dougald Hine & Anna Björkman – Is It Trickster Time? 09/12/2020
043 Dougald Hine & Anna Björkman – Is It Trickster Time? Deep thinkers and community innovators Dougald Hine & Anna Björkman reflect on the nature of sanity, evil, community, and “living culture.” They explore what’s happening in the U.S., intuiting archetypal energies of the “trickster” and the “wild woman” and they imagine how we can nurture wholeness through invitation, hospitality, humility, and humor. Dougald is the founder of the Dark Mountain Project and Spacemakers, and he and Anna recently launched the learning community, A School Called H
info_outline 042 Carter Phipps – Toward Transpartisan Societal Redesign 09/05/2020
042 Carter Phipps – Toward Transpartisan Societal Redesign Insightful author and consultant Carter Phipps explores our intensifying political, economic, and cultural crises by reflecting on the ways progressive cities do not resemble the healthy and sustainable future societies we envision. He suggests how progressives might effectively care for and criticize their own tribe, while also integrating innovative conservative solutions. Carter is the co-author of Conscious Leadership, author of Evolutionaries, and co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution.
info_outline 041 Jim Garrison – Stories, Collective Madness, and Radical Collaboration 08/29/2020
041 Jim Garrison – Stories, Collective Madness, and Radical Collaboration Lifetime social and political activist Jim Garrison reflects on the extreme state of our world and reinterprets our collective madness in light of the wisdom of the natural world, and the archetypes of apocalyptic stories. He and Terry imagine what it means to radically collaborate at a level we’ve never needed to before. Jim was Co-Founder of the Gorbachev Foundation and State of the World Forum with Mikhail Gorbachev. He also served as President of Wisdom University and founded Ubiquity University.
info_outline 040 Daniel Thorson – Curiosity Meets Curiosity Meets Care 08/03/2020
040 Daniel Thorson – Curiosity Meets Curiosity Meets Care Monastic, community leader and host of the Emerge podcast Daniel Thorson joins Terry for a tender and spacious inquiry into what really matters in this vulnerable and sacred collective moment. Daniel shares how a 3-year journey into intellectual sensemaking “crystalized”, and led him to dedicated monastic practice and curiosity about how to care for the people around him. Daniel works at the Monastic Academy, which he trains wise, powerful, and loving leaders for social and environmental peace.
info_outline 038 Gibrán Rivera – White Supremacy, Woke Fundamentalism, and Evolutionary Allyship 07/18/2020
038 Gibrán Rivera – White Supremacy, Woke Fundamentalism, and Evolutionary Allyship Master facilitator and social impact consultant Gibrán Rivera explores how social justice work might evolve to better serve the flourishing of life in one another and cultivate a “we” in the aliveness between us. Gibrán helps turn impact organizations into “networks of collaborative leadership." He's been a leader at Roxbury’s La Alianza Hispana, Iniciativa, MassVOTE, Schott Foundation for Public Education, and the Center for Nonprofits & Voting. He is also the creator of The Better Men Project.
info_outline 037 Charles Eisenstein – From Dehumanization to Sacralization 07/11/2020
037 Charles Eisenstein – From Dehumanization to Sacralization The original, caring, and influential thinker Charles Eisenstein explores the pattern of dehumanization across human culture and what is required to support a pattern of sacralization — to restore the sacredness of one another and the natural world through our listening, sensemaking, generosity, and relationships. Charles is the author of Sacred Economics, The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, and Climate: A New Story. Two of his noteworthy essays are The Coronation and The Conspiracy Myth
info_outline 036 Spring Washam – Medicine for the Heart When the World Needs Our Courage 07/04/2020
036 Spring Washam – Medicine for the Heart When the World Needs Our Courage Gracious meditation teacher, author, shamanic practitioner, and community leader Spring Washam offers compassionate guidance for becoming a courageous ally to people of color and the more-than-human world, guided by our conscious heart intelligence. Spring is Co-Founder of East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland and Founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, an organization that blends indigenous practices with Buddhist wisdom. She is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment.
info_outline 035 Growing into Holistic Antiracism 06/27/2020
035 Growing into Holistic Antiracism In this episode, we share a recent talk Terry Patten gave on "holistic antiracism" to a mostly white community of caring spiritual practitioners. Terry shares he is very much still in process, still learning, not anywhere near the end of this journey. He knows this is a far-from-perfected communication, but decided his most caring and courageous way forward is to lay it on the line, in hopes it will help others on the path. We are all still educating ourselves, still growing. That’s a beginning.
info_outline 034 Peter Limberg – Right Relationship Amidst the Spectacle 06/20/2020
034 Peter Limberg – Right Relationship Amidst the Spectacle Writer, thinker, podcaster, community convenor and Stoic Peter Limberg joins Terry to consider how we can navigate our fast-changing cultural landscapes amidst the meta-crisis in a way that brings memetic tribes into conversation and fosters authenticity, wholeness, and embodiment. Peter convenes a series of online meetings called The Stoa, exploring personal transformation, authentic relating, and sensemaking. Peter also co-authored the influential essay, Memetic Tribes and Culture War 2.0 in 2018.
info_outline 033 Richard D. Bartlett – Small Social Experiments and Macro-Scale Social Transformation 06/13/2020
033 Richard D. Bartlett – Small Social Experiments and Macro-Scale Social Transformation Social entrepreneur and community innovator Richard D. Bartlett joins Terry to explore the dynamics, challenges and potentials of conscious communities, and the possibility for small-scale social experiments of “micro-solidarity” to scale to meet our global challenges. Richard is Co-Founded of Loomio and a Director of Enspiral — a network of people supporting each other for doing meaningful work. His new project is called Microsolidarity and his first book is Patterns for Decentralised Organising.