As I was flipping through the pages of this forty-seventh issue of EnlightenNext, I found myself surprised and pleased—even though I’ve been present every step of the way of its ongoing creation—to see what a satisfying philosophical and spiritual smorgasbord we’ve pulled together here.
Evolutionary spirituality lives and breathes with passion and conviction through this broad array of articles and essays. In “The Powers of the Universe,” our cosmologist mentor of many years, Brian Swimme, takes us on a mesmerizing journey, evocatively describing what he identifies as the ten qualities of the interior dimensions of our material universe. In “Dreams of an Eco-Spiritual Futurist,” Senior Editor and resident environmentalist Ross Robertson has conducted a fascinating and thought-provoking interview about the future of sustainability with British eco-strategist Hardin Tibbs.
We are very proud to be able to present two original in-depth essays by authors Gary Lachman and Peter Heehs, respectively, on two of the grande dames of evolutionary spirituality: the inimitable Madame Blavatsky and the great evolutionary sage Sri Aurobindo’s alter ego, the Mother. In both of these captivating and informative pieces, we travel back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, where we learn about the cultural and historical ferment in which these pioneering and controversial women emerged as two of the first spiritual teachers to speak about the evolution of consciousness.
Finally, there are dialogues between myself and Ken Wilber, one of the most influential philosophers of our time, and Deepak Chopra, a leading contemporary spiritual icon. My conversation with Ken was edited from a teaching he and I did together at the Boulder Integral Center last August, while the conversation with Deepak was taken from EnlightenNext’s first virtual Evolutionary Worldview Seminar, held last May for thousands of people from seventy-six countries around the world.
Speaking of virtual seminars, I hope you will be able to join us for our second one on May 7, 2011, where we will officially begin the lead up to our live-and-in-person EnlightenNext conference, scheduled for the Spring of 2012. I have to confess, this is perhaps our favorite project, as the conference will bring together thought leaders in unique “holonic” groupings to catalyze inquiry and discourse at the very leading edge of their own fields. From spirituality to environmentalism to science to gender to politics, we will use a variation of the EnlightenNext Method forged through our many years of deep spiritual practice and evolutionary pathfinding to create a powerful intersubjective context where many people will be able to have the perspective-enlarging experience of a lifetime!
In the meantime, we are busy working on an expansion into the online world. Stay tuned as EnlightenNext’s creative inquiry becomes more accessible and even more responsive to our evolutionary moment.