Brightening Every Darkness

Terry Patten will offer a special 4-session “wisdom exploration” to share his heart’s deepest insights at the edges of his own life-threatening and life-brightening health challenge (rare, “incurable” cancer).

Terry will be joined by three wise friends and inspiring teachers — Diane Musho Hamilton, Indra Adnan and Craig Hamilton — to explore the profound ways that personal mortality resonates and “rhymes” with our collective mortality.

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Session One

Collective Mortality “Rhymes” with Personal Mortality

A conversation between Diane Musho Hamilton and Terry Patten

 

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 Your Commitment

Creating a new human pattern is only possible among people with a real commitment. We are dedicated to growing a community that you’ll want to be a part of for years, but you’re asked to make a nine-month minimum commitment. Your commitment to participate long term and show up with integrity is essential to your own transformation and to creating a deep brother-sisterhood.

Fully participate at 2–4 hours per week or become a supportive observer when you don’t have as much time.

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You choose your monthly contribution. We operate as a nonprofit, inviting you to join in a spirit of generosity. We want you to feel welcome to participate, and we also need to cover essential costs so it’s worthwhile and sustainable.

Our sustainable level is $95/mo. If you can contribute more, you’ll make it possible for people who cannot. $65/mo covers our marginal costs. Some participants can only afford a lower amount down to $35/mo. Contact us at [email protected] to discuss other options. We are honored and excited to welcome you at whichever amount feels true to you. Join us!

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Terry Patten is a philosopher, activist, consultant, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, as well as Integral Life Practice, which he co-wrote with Ken Wilber and colleagues at the Integral Institute. As a teacher, he has taught an integral approach to personal transformation for over 15 years.

Terry also founded the consciousness technology company Tools for Exploration, led a key team at the HeartMath Institute, and is currently involved in businesses engaged in restorative forestry, developing fossil-fuel alternatives, addressing collective trauma, and empowering human beings to reclaim our data, online relationships, and power.

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Hi, I’m  Siobhan McClory. I’m so grateful and moved to help facilitate the amazing community and social experiment. 

As a certified Integral Master coach™ and long time meditation practitioner, the recognition that we are always in a process of becoming is close to my heart.

In my coaching work, my focus is in guiding that process in ways that enable conscious, sustainable change. As I get to know each of you, I look forward to being of support through mentoring sessions, supporting your groups and dyads, and also as a fellow practitioner in our bewildering and yet beautiful world.

From Participants in the Community

“I just want to appreciate all my dyad and pod friends who taught me so much in our conversations. Since we started, I’ve set up meditation classes, I’m setting up a local group, and I’ve done campaigning as well — three campaigns!”

Linda Granville

“Thank you for helping us to grow flowers instead of storms. This is blossoming into something. It is building rooms where the truth can be freely spoken. I feel a big movement in the world of this connecting, even while some of the craziness is going on.”

Finlay Hinde

“This experience is bringing me the capacity to overcome survival mode […] having this connection to something greater so we can overcome the difficult times we may be experiencing soon. I am having this great source to keep evolving.”

Lili Albi

“One year ago I was lost in frustration and I had no outer work. […] Today I have grounded myself and I have for the first time in my life felt that I am loved. I go from here out into the world and have my outer work. I’m so pleased to see what 2020 will bring.”

Mette Millard

The courage that emerged over the year was really what I was seeking […] allowing me to reach out into my community and be the warrioress I knew I was. And giving me the language of activism and being an activist. All of this steeped in love and more love.

Sheila Dobie

“What’s happening inside myself is I have grown more aware of the suffering of other people, and how important it is to be open to these feelings and to let them work on me. I have become more certain of how important activism is.”

Guðrún Hrefna Guðmundsdóttir

“The groups and dyads have held me and supported me in the shifts I wanted to have during this year. I feel very clear now on who I am, where I’m going, and what I want to do […] The ripple affects for us as individuals and as a group will keep happening for years to come.”

Helen Rawlinson

“I’m so grateful that I stood up for it and that you all received me. I’m grateful for the faces that I see that I was able to get to know through the pods and the dyads. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue. […] Just so much expectation for what is to come.”

Kimberly Kinser

“The transmission and the quality of the space has continually expanded, grown, matured and deepened. I’ve been so amazed. I would not have known this was possible. I honestly think we’re on the cutting edge of the most important thing to do in the world right now.”

Kristin Nauth

From Colleagues of Terry Patten

“The world is changing now, rapidly and radically. Terry Patten imparts a challenging insight to us all—helping us feel and understand how the world is calling us to transform our interior lives as well as our behaviors relating to our immediate urgent evolutionary challenges.”

Thomas Hübl

Teacher, Mystic, and Founder of the, Academy of Inner Science

“Like all true spiritual guides, Terry Patten shows us how to open our hearts and respond to this suffering world.”

Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei

author of, Everything is Workable

“A superb, terrific, exciting, sane, and enlightening look at more truly integral approaches to activism. It represents a social activism that is certainly social, but also personal, emotional, spiritual, ecological, relational, and that stems from, and points toward the very leading-edge of evolution itself.”

Ken Wilber

author of, The Integral Vision and Grace and Grit

“In a stunning marriage of wild heart and cool mind, Terry Patten turns the black diamond of our global darkness to illuminate our hearts, hone our wills for selfless service, and resplendently deepen our commitment to enact our divine identity and its joy, whatever happens.”

Andrew Harvey

author of , The Hope — A Guide to Sacred Activism

Patten brings a wealth of integral thinking to a seminal perspective on human and cultural development. The genius of this work lies in the author’s own deep knowledge of inner practices that offer a synergy of body, mind and spiritual practices which, together, evolves the human condition and elevates one’s ways of being and working in the world.

Jean Houston, Ph.D.

Chancellor, Meridian University

“Terry Patten has woven together strands from evolutionary neuroscience, deep ecology, integral theory, and spiritual wisdom to offer a practical path forward out of humanity’s current morass.”

Rick Hanson, PhD

author of Buddha's Brain, Hardwiring Happiness

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I Join an Online Video Meeting?

A: Video meetings are simple and easy ways to learn, make friends and be part of our community. It also allows our community to welcome people from anywhere in the world, and with great flexibility—home, office, or wherever you have a reliable internet connection. You can join the weekly sessions via computer, mobile device, or telephone and access session materials via computer or mobile device. We  Zoom video conferencing for our live events, and we will provide you with detailed instructions. It’s easy and a lot of fun!

There is no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.

Q: When exactly are the sessions?

A: Sessions in will occur at Noon Pacific Time (CA) on Wednesdays. Here are the confirmed dates for 2020:

Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 11, Mar 25, Apr 15, Apr 29, May 13, Jun 3, Jun 24, Jul 8, Jul 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 9, Sep 23, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 2, and Dec 16. 

Recordings will be provided if/when you’re unable to attend live. If you participate in small group (pod) and/or partner group (dyad) sessions, they will be scheduled later, at a time that works for you and your fellow participants.

Q: What if I can’t make all of the sessions?

A: Each session will be recorded, both in video and audio format, and posted to the community website, so if you have a scheduling conflict, you can watch or listen to the recording at your convenience!

Q: How does the Community Online Forum work?

A: Our online community is open only to participants in this course. The intention is to provide a lively, supportive environment outside of class. Here you will be able to continue the conversations and deepen your understanding with fellow participants.

Q: How do the Small Group Pods and Partner Dyads work?

A: When you get started, after completing a survey to determine timezone compatibility, you’ll be introduced to your first dyad partner (2 people) and pod (4–6 people). Dyad meetings can range from 30–60 minutes. Pod meetings will range from 75–90 minutes. You will then work together to establish a day and time for your meetings and determine the platform you’ll be using for your meetings, either by video (Ex. Zoom, Skype, Adobeconnect) or audio (ex. Freeconferencecall.com, Maestroconference.com). Dyad partners will change every 6–8 weeks; We will have 3 different pod configurations over the course of our year together.

Q: What if I can’t commit the time required but I want to be part of it?

A: Sincerely interested, supportive individuals whose lives don’t allow them to commit to this whole experiment are invited to audit this program so they can learn and observe and participate in a more limited capacity. If you’re interested in auditing, go through the normal sign-up process; we will give you an opportunity to define your desired level of engagement later.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: This course is for the most part billed monthly, so you only pay as you go. Thus, in some sense it is an honor system. However, we make a huge investment in generating the community, and as we cohere a group field, it hurts everyone when anyone drops out. So we invite you to register, participate, confirm your commitment, and if you don’t cancel by Feb. 29, 2020, to fulfill the required 9 months of participation and payment. If unexpected circumstances force you to withdraw, we ask you to have a conversation first. Be aware that our expenses will not be reduced by your early withdrawal. So if a completion conversation becomes necessary, we ask you to make a mutual and respectful agreement about the remaining payments.

Q: How can I reach Customer Support?

A: Please contact us at [email protected] or +1 612-470-5495 and we’ll get right back to you.