A New Republic of the Heart
a collective experiment in being the change
A leading-edge, international community of spiritual practitioners and change agents is coming together to be the change we want to see in the world.
We are awakening and practicing together, we are touching others lives, we are creating real-world impact, and we are engaging with others in daring social experiments to catalyze rapid social transformation.
We’re becoming deep, tender friends to one another — and to future generations. We’re mentoring one another and nurturing our specific initiatives. We’ve created a space in which leadership and creativity are blossoming.
Our future is up for grabs — and we’re coming alive. Are you ready to join us and bring your gifts?
What if you went all in?
Have you been feeling heartbroken, even horrified, by the unsustainable direction of culture and society? Are you also feeling a heroic impulse to stand and protect the future of life?
If so, then you may already be an active change agent, a serious practitioner, or both. Like us, you try to make a real contribution. And yet, you know more is asked.
The world is asking us to go beyond our ideas and our very way of being, to grow. Our culture is suffering a crisis of fragmentation, our politics are gridlocked, our public institutions are failing, our attention is being manipulated, and the living Earth, our very home, is on fire.
But human societies are nonlinear systems, capable of shifting dramatically, rapidly, and seemingly miraculously. Even though the trends seem hopeless, evolutionary emergence is entirely possible. We’re showing up as our very best, and making space for personal and collective emergence. We’re forging a new kind of brother-sisterhood.
We know it will take everything we’ve got, individually and collectively, to co-create the rapid social transformation asked for in this time. But what could be more meaningful and challenging work, a more inspiring purpose, or a more authentic basis for cooperation?
Holistic Social Transformation
We’re asked to participate in a Great Turning, in whole-system transformation. That means personal and relational transformation, and evolutionary activism. We can’t remain inside the old paradigms, old worldviews, not even existing models of change. They led to our current predicament. We need sacred fellowship, brothers and sisters who are practicing, changing, truly levelling up.
Perhaps your spiritual practice is vibrant but you haven’t yet found a way to engage in activism head-on. Perhaps you’re working hard as a change agent but you’re feeling called to a new level of personal development and transformation. You may have friendships with other good people but haven’t found a deep tribe — a healthy, engaged community of like-minded individuals who share your commitments.
People are sensing that only spiritual practice, or only deeper relationships, or only social action is not enough to transform our world. However, committing to all three is a rare and powerful move — a new paradigm of being the change — that will transform us and could transform our world.
• Inner Work – Personal development, daily practice commitments, spiritual awakening
• Interpersonal Work – Authentic relating, we-space practice, experiential community
• Outer Work – Real-world action, conscious citizenship, systems influence
The 8 Pillars of Being The Change
To be the change and do the change, multiple shifts are necessary. If you join us, you will experience these shifts in your own life and see them happening in others. This is a profoundly vibrant and inspiring process.
We’ve outlined the most essential principles in the eight pillars below. As part of the community, you will experience teachings and practices expressing these core pillars. This will deepen your skills and understanding and uplevel our fellowship. As our community grows and becomes one of many centers of influence in the larger field of social experiments, these shared practices will allow us to multiply our impact and set an example for change agents everywhere.
Relating to all of life as practice and practicing every day
We will relate to life as a never-ending opportunity for practice, growth, and transformation — a conscious and constructive relationship to every moment of living.
- We establish a foundation of daily practice through the 5 M’s — Mornings, Moments, Mission, Milestones, and Momentum
- We come to a deepening appreciation of how the aspects of practice intersect, enhancing each other
- We shift from from the perspective of the separate self-sense to Life as Practice as seen from the unbroken wholeness of Prior Unity
Co-creating higher we-space and authentic relationship
From the beginning of this journey, we will be learning to enter deep we-space by building awareness, trust, and intimacy as well as shared perspectives, values, and intentions.
- We cultivate capacities to see and be seen by others through our Pods, Dyads, special projects and Large Group Sessions
- We deepen somatic and energetic awareness of the we-space and our ways of being there
- We cultivate the capacity to shift from a subjective to an intersubjective locus of awareness
Being of benefit through practical action that influence systems
In a suffering and fragmented world, we will explore which actions will make a meaningful difference and how we can sustain our contribution with integrity.
- We commit to something greater than ourselves and take responsibility for creating consequential results
- We note where we have influence — our own life choices, our family, community, work, organizations & institutions — and take action there
- We learn to convene and skillfully participate in conversations that matter
Breaking from the consensus trance and creating a new human pattern
Our experiment is radical in the sense that we are coming together to live on the basis of an entirely new emergent pattern. We open to radical change — in ourselves and the world.
- We explore what it takes to break free of society’s consensus trance
- We experiment with making wise changes to our news, media, and cultural diets
We consider how we can support one another in our ability to go sane in a crazy world
Being lived by the impulse of evolution, and seeing opportunity in our crises
In the face of daunting challenges, we realize that our future is not fixed. We open up to the evolutionary impulse of emergence and invite creativity and possibility in each moment.
- We learn to see with evolutionary eyes as we view our lives, and this point in history, within the great story of evolution
- We practice going beyond our creative edges and allowing latent leadership capabilities to come forth
- We begin to relate to loss and crisis as opportunities to invite emergent creative responses
Redefining activism as a multidimensional, systemic, integral, holistic endeavor
We understand that all parts of a system are interconnected and influence one another — and rapid social transformation invites engagement at every level.
- Seeing the limits of conventional activism, we discover the many untapped opportunities of an integral whole-systems approach
- We inspect our own worldviews and paradigms, and work together to awaken from their limitations
- We examine leverage points for catalyzing holistic transformation, starting at any and every point in the system
Integral Soul Work
Discovering and embodying our unique heartbreak and purpose
What does it mean to BOTH awaken from the dream and fulfill our soul’s unique story and purpose? What is the synergy among awakened souls?
- We practice and support each other in listening to the still, small voice of our soul or daemon
- We open to our deepest reasons for being alive, becoming both more grounded and more courageous
- By doing integral soul work in community we discover and explore the resonances and synergies among our unique souls
Living from our prior unity and an interconnected relationship to all of life
Our capacity to create and be of service multiplies when we orient to life as the practice of wholeness and awaken to the participatory and miraculous nature of our existence.
- We practice meditation techniques that enable us to open into samadhi and rest as open awareness.
- We expand sensory awareness of our interconnectedness with the living earth and the more-than-human world.
- We cultivate and stabilize a sense of wonder, joy and curiosity capable of navigating our turbulent times.
What exactly does this community experiment do?
Large Group Video Sessions
Our entire community. Every 2-3 weeks, 90 mins. Sessions are Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1:30 PM PST. The form will vary.
- We experience the power of our vibrant, international community greeting and seeing one another, and sharing a few moments of mutual appreciation.
- We sit for a short group meditation to drop in to presence, wholeness, and love for our community.
- We experience a short teaching to deepen our practice of one of the eight pillars, deepening our group coherence. Some teachings focus on emergent topics that respond to what’s happening in our community and world.
- We enter small breakout groups to connect with friends in the community, engage in heartfelt conversation and practice deep we-space relating.
- Lastly, we return to the large group format for discussion and live reports from members or sub-groups who are advancing projects within our community and outside it.
- All Large Group Sessions are recorded (video and audio) and shared.
Small Group (Pod) Video Sessions
Groups of ~5 people, Every 2–3 weeks, 75–90 min.
We meet online in small groups for deep conversation, mutual support, we-space practice, and more intensive training in principles introduced in the Large Group Sessions.
Partner (Dyad) Video Sessions
Groups of 2 people, 30–60 min.
We meet online or by phone every week for more intimate relating, more focused support of your practice and challenges, and deep we-space.
Q&A Sessions with Terry
Occasional ad hoc Q&A Sessions with Terry
Terry will respond to questions and offer coaching during our primary course sessions. Additional Q&A sessions will be announced and scheduled as needed.
Your Personal Outer Work
If you are not already actively engaged in beneficial activism, the outer work, you will choose an arena in which to engage at least two hours per week. You can originate your own project or join an existing initiative, organization, or cause. (There are so many ways to be of real service!) You are welcome to apply to volunteer for our nonprofit, A New Republic of the Heart, as well. You are also encouraged to share your experience and growth with the whole community in our Large Group Sessions, breakout groups, and online community forum.
Online Community Discussion
A private forum where we can find recordings, information about sessions, links, handouts, and other support materials. It’s also a place optimized to help you to meet others, connect, share insights and discoveries, ask for support and respond to the requests of others. We can also share our projects, writings, and other creative expressions here. You can also invite others into written or video conversations, and respond to such invitations.
Creating a new human pattern and catalyzing rapid social transformation 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 many years ahead, but for the sake of the other serious practitioners in our community, you’re asked to make a nine-month minimum commitment. Your commitment to participate long term and show up with integrity is essential — both to your own transformation and for the deep brother-sisterhood that makes this transformational community so special.
You can flexibly choose the form of your participation:
You can choose to fully participate which takes 2–4.5 hours per week or engage as a supportive observer if and when your life doesn’t allow enough time. Simply sign up and we will give you an opportunity to define your level of engagement.
How to Get Started
1. Join by Jan 31
2. Complete registration and contribution
3. Create a profile in our community forum
4. Attend our orientation meeting on Jan 29
5. Attend our first community meeting on Feb 12
A Letter from Terry Patten
Hi, I’m Terry Patten. I invite you to imagine what’s possible in this new decade, and especially this already wild new year. Although I’m painfully aware of dark happenings already underway (Australian bushfires, Middle East conflicts, US & international politics) I have a GOOD feeling about 2020, and I sense that all that is healthy in us has gathered the grit, coherence and clarity to make a huge visible difference, and that it will be visible very soon.
At the beginning of 2019, I launched a social experiment with change agents and spiritual practitioners from seventeen countries focused on being the change for real. Our experimental community was even more surprising and successful that I’d hoped, and we witnessed countless individual transformations and inspiring practical initiatives among our members. Our vibrant sangha is more fired up than ever, and committed to making this an ongoing, permanent collective and to expanding it. I actively led all of our meetings last year, however, in 2020, we’ll be doing some new — I’ll be inviting the We of our community to come forward and we’ll begin to operate more like a collective, in shared leadership.
It will be a bold leap forward, and I invite you to be a part of it.
Perhaps you’re a friend of someone in this community. Perhaps you read my recent book A New Republic of the Heart and are feeling motivated to be the change at a new level. Or perhaps you experienced my recent event on Rapid Social Transformation and are ready to participate in the field of social experimentation that’s beginning around the world. However you got here, I want to thank you for reading about our community. If the spirit of our work resonates with you, you’re invited to join us.
Would you like to participate in co-creating our future? Shall we get started?
In service to all that we love,
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 to over 10,000 people during the past 15 years.
Terry is the creator and host of the podcast State of Emergence, which convenes daring conversations with leaders, scientists, change agents, and teachers about humanity’s urgent challenges. He 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.
A New Republic of the Heart
The book that sets a context for our experiment
“We all know that humanity is at a critical turning point — and Terry Patten’s groundbreaking book A New Republic of the Heart is THE manual for all who want to meet this moment as the historical call to action that it is. Combining brilliant social commentary along with a step-by-step blueprint for catalyzing whole-system change from the inside out, Terry shows us the way to rise into our personal and collective destiny.”
Hi, I’m Siobhan McClory. I’m so grateful and moved to have joined Terry to help facilitate the amazing community that formed and co-created our 2019 social experiment. I was surprised and delighted by what emerged.
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 my heart to yours,
thank you for joining with us as we explore
what it means to be the change our world deserves.
“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.”
“I just want to appreciate all my dyad and pod friends who have 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!”
“This experience is bringing me the capacity to overcome survival mode […] like having this connection to something greater so we can overcome the difficult times we may be experiencing soon. I am experiencing it and having this great source to keep evolving.”
“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.”
“The courage that has emerged over the year is 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.”
“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 you. I have become more certain of how important the activism is.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The transmission and the quality of the space has continually expanded, grown, matured and deepened. I’ve just been so amazed. I would not have known that this was possible. I honestly think we’re on the cutting edge of the most important thing to do in the world right now.”
“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.”
“Like all true spiritual guides, Terry Patten shows us how to open our hearts and respond to this suffering world.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Get Started Today
In 2019 Terry took a bold step and gave over his work to this nonprofit, inviting people to join a social experiment in a spirit of generosity. We’re going forward now in that same way.
We want you to feel welcome to participate, and we also need to cover the experiment’s costs. It must be worthwhile, dynamic and sustainable. Many investments are required to make it work — such as staff, tools, media production, teaching resources, web development, and much more.
You are the one who identifies your monthly contribution amount. $95/mo. is the sustainable level. Those who contribute more (thank you!) make it possible to include some who cannot. $65/mo. honorably covers the “hard marginal costs” of your participation. Some valued participants can only afford a lower amount. Just go ahead and identify it, down to $35. Contact us at [email protected] if you need to discuss other options. We are very excited to welcome you as part of this courageous and generous community!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I Join the Online Video Sessions?
A: Our video sessions are simple and easy ways to learn, make friends and be part of our experiment. They allow 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 sessions via computer, mobile device, or telephone. We use Zoom video conferencing and will provide you with clear instructions. It’s easy and a lot of fun!
There is no additional charge for connecting to Zoom via computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.
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 forum is open only to participants in this experiment. The intention is to provide a lively, supportive environment outside of our sessions. Here we continue the conversations and deepen our 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 sessions range from 30–60 minutes. Pod sessions range from 75–90 minutes. You work together to establish a day and time for your session and determine the platform you’ll be using. Dyad partners will change every 6–8 weeks and pods change every 3–4 months.
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 engage as a supportive observer in our experiment, so they can learn, witness, and participate in a more limited capacity. If you’re interested in this level of participation, proceed through the normal sign-up process and we will give you an opportunity to define your level of engagement.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Community participation is billed monthly. Our nonprofit staff and volunteers make a huge investment in generating our community, and as we cohere a group field, it affects 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.
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.
Are you ready to be the change?