Breakthrough Intensive

An 8-month Training for
Ambassadors of a New Paradigm

with Jeff Carreira • October 2016 to May 2017

Immerse Yourself in Ideas, Practices and Perspectives that Change Everything

Understand and Articulate the Shift from Separation and Isolation to Unity and Interconnectedness

Registration for this course is now closed.

 

This intensive is for people who are called to be articulators of a new possibility. Many of us recognize the need for our society to undergo a significant shift in paradigm. We also know that we have something to contribute if we could communicate it clearly.

If you are one of these people please join me on this eight month training designed to bring you to a deeper understanding of the paradigm shift that we are in the midst of and even more importantly to develop your capacity to effectively articulate that shift to others.

Paradigm shifts occur when we face persistent problems that we are incapable of solving, or when we experience possibilities that should not be possible.

Many of us have experienced both of these. Some of us have even discovered some piece of the puzzle that can open up a new possibility for the world.

Historically the work of shifting paradigms has never been supported from inside the existing paradigm. The dominant paradigm doesn’t see the one that is coming even if some people inside it do.

Those who see the change often feel isolated and unable to convey what we see even to sympathetic listeners.

Historically paradigm shifts are generated by circles of like-minded pioneers who start to see the same possibility together. These groups incubate new possibilities, develop them, and ultimately communicate them with the wider world.

This Articulation Intensives is designed to gather and sustain such a circle of visionary individuals.

We find ‘new’ paradigm visions in the experiences of the world’s great mystics. In this Intensive we will embody their courage and dive into the wisdom of our own direct experience.

A different understanding of reality shines through the poetry, art and philosophy of the 18th and 19th century Romantics. They understood that we are participants in an inherently creative process. They embraced the mysterious and the unknowable without letting go of rationality. We will hold the ineffable  core of life as central to our investigation during these eight months.

A dramatic new vision can also be found Charles Darwin’s recognition of the continuity of species, in the spiritual systems of Theosophy and Anthroposophy, in the work of William James and the American Pragmatists, and  in the new physics of Relativity and Quantum Theory that have changed our understanding of time and space.

Carl Jung, Alfred North Whitehead, Peirre Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo and many others offer unique expressions of a new reality.

New paradigm thinking inspired the birth of the literary movement of the American Transcendentalists that included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller.

A more recent resurgence can be found in the artistic movement of Paris in the 1920’s that included Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Salvador Dali.

Then again in New York in the 40’s and 50’s poets and artists like William Carlos Williams, Barbara Guest, Jackson Pollock, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg fueled the counter culture of the 1960’s. This led in turn to the human potential movement of the 1970’s, the New Age movement of the 1980’s and all of the alternative forms of spirituality that have flourished in the past few decades.

The full history of this emergence is not part of our common education because the interpretive framework of the dominant paradigm filters it out – not intentionally or out of malice, but simply as a reflexive act of self-protection. The pieces and connections of the story exist. They only need to be put together to reveal a cohesive story – our story – the story of the emergence of a different reality. This Intensive is an invitation to take your part in writing the next chapter of this story.

This Breakthrough Intensive is experiential.

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The model that inspires this course is the Mystery Schools of ancient Greece. Plato had an Academy. Aristotle started the Lyceum. Plotinus, Zeno, Epicurus, and many others all had schools.

These schools offered much more than knowledge. They were inspired by visions of reality and possiblity, and they were dedicated to giving people a lived experience of those visions. These were experiential schools not just intellectual ones.

Working in the school included learning new ideas, but it also meant engaging in practices and inquiries that explored new perspectives, perceptions and experiences to life.

Like the participants in these schools we will learn to think, feel and act differently. Our intention for this Intensive will be to move into a different reality and explore how to live it.

The goal of this 8-month program is to bring a profoundly different way of being to life and to learn how to communicate it clearly and effectively with others.

The new paradigm needs ambassadors.

To develop and expand a paradigm we must be able to articulate and communicate it effectively. This means some of us need to become deeply fluent in a new way of being so that we become and inspire ourselves and other to live it.

This program is a training for Ambassadors of a New Paradigm.

As a participant In this eight month program you will be on a journey of discovery. You will read four innovative and illuminating books and engage with the subtle and profound ideas and perspectives they contain – to move inside these ideas and explore them from the inside out.

You will not just be learning about a new experience of reality. You will enter into it and explore everything else from there. That is why this school is experiential in nature.

I am tremendously excited to invite you to join me on this journey. We will work together from October to May sharing ideas that will liberate you from the constraints of the existing paradigm and open you into a new one.

You will be invited to work on an Articulation Project that best allows you to communicate your deepest experience of a new paradigm.

I hope you are inspired to join me in this exploration of a new reality.

Sincerely,
Jeff Carreira

 
 

Aims of the Program

 
 

Accessing a New Paradigm

The Intensive will dramatically increase your access to a new way of being. The contours of an emerging paradigm have been articulated by extraordinary individuals over the past two centuries. In this course you will deepen into that shift of paradigm and journey into a deep recognition of a reality rooted in unity and non-separation.

 
 

Articulating a New Paradigm

In this intensive access is the starting point but the ultimate goal is to support you in becoming that new generation of articulators the world is waiting for. To change reality we must articulate what is possible in ways that are clear, confident and inspiring. In this course you will develop and perfect your capacity to express your vision of a new reality in ways that match your strengths and interests.

 
 

The Elements of the Program

This is an 8-month intensive program split into 4 modules each lasting 2 months. During each module we will be focused on the insight and understanding of one of four books that we will study over the 8 months (see below).

Monthly 90-Minute Lecture Sessions

At the start of each month (twice during each module) we will gather via conference call as a large group and Jeff Carreira will introduce the ideas and perspectives that you will focus on that month. Jeff’s has become known among those he works with for his ability to translate subtle and complex ideas and make the remarkably accessible.

Two 90-min Q & A Dialog Sessions with Jeff

You will have two opportunities to engage directly with me in a 90-min Q&A Seminar format. In these seminars we will discuss together the important themes we are exploring.

Monthly Content Summaries

To ensure your understanding of the ideas you explore you will receive content summaries of the focus topic of each month that summarize the big ideas of each of our books and highlight the insights they offer.

Self-Guided Study Groups

Those who would like to engage with the ideas we study more vigorously will have the opportunity to join (or host) self directed study groups. You will receive study questions to focus your inquiry which you can use  in a study group or in individual contemplation.

Access to Live virtual meditations every weekday.

Five days a week Jeff offers the opportunity for you to join him on a video conference to meditate for 30 minutes together. This practice will help ground you in the perspectives we are sharing.

Daily Practice

I ask each participant to commit to 10 minutes of meditation and a 10 min of journal writing during each day of the intensive.

Articulation Project (Optional)

If you choose you are welcome to produce an articulating artifact in the form of a written piece, an art piece, or a performance piece, designed to communicate some aspect of the new paradigm. In doing this we take inspiration from the great cultural creatives of all times who have discovered new realities and articulated it in ways that inspired others to live them.

 

~The Purpose and Structure of this Intensive~

This is a unique offering for those who are ready for a prolonged and concentrated exploration of the new paradigm that is emerging. We are moving out of a paradigm of separation and division into a paradigm of unity and cohesion. The image of ourselves as isolated individuals is yielding to a deep recognition of our existential connection. We live in a universe without breaks or gaps, a continuous reality of which we are an integrated part of a larger whole. In this program we will place sustained attention on an investigation into the new paradigm that will lead to breakthrough shifts in consciousness and in our ability to articulate and share that consciousness with others.


Module 1 October/November 2016

Exploring the Relationship Between world and Self

The first two months of the program will focus on my book The Soul of a New Self and we will explore the inseparably co-emergent relationship between self and world to discover how our sense of self and our perception of reality arise simultaneously as one inseparable whole. We will experiment with shifting our perception to see directly that all of reality is one co-arising whole event. We will see that the boundaries we see between things actually arise as one continuous whole with the things they appear to separate. This new vision of reality will be the foundation that the remainder of the investigations of the course will build upon.

Module 2 December 2016/January 1017

Understanding the Transformative Power of Art

The second book we will read is Alva Noe’s recently released Strange Tools, Art and Human Nature. In this module we will explore the inherently subversive function that art plays in the process of evolving culture. Throughout history art has played the critical role of reflecting back to us discrepancies between who we think we are and who we actually are. It also takes the unconscious assumptions that underpin and shape our experience of reality and display them for all to see. Finally art acts a harbinger of new possibilities by expressing the barely visible contours of new ways of seeing and being. By this point in our program we will be very busy with our articulations projects and this exploration will guide us to completion.



Module 3 February/March 2017

Awakening to the Aesthetic Dimension of Reality

Our third module will be focused on David Abram’s well known book The Spell of the Sensuous. In the book Abrams draws on his extensive first hand experience with Shamans of indigenous cultures as well as his understanding of the Western philosophy of Phenomenology to explore a view of reality that is deeply contrary to the one that we in the modern West have been trained in. Reality does not just sit there waiting to be discovered. Reality is participatory and the perception of it is co-created with the perceiver. We will find that there is wisdom of indigenous cultures that needs to be re-examined and re-embraced.

Module 4 April/May 1017

Expanding Our Relationship to the Ecology of Living (and Non-Living) Things

During our final module we will read a text by Dr. Timothy Morton of Rice University called Dark Ecology. We will use this book to explore one of the most exciting developments in contemporary philosophy, Object Oriented Ontology and how it gives us new ways to think about ecological systems and and the global challenges that our living world now faces. The ideas in this book challenge our foundational assumption of separation and invite us to open to a universe of continuity, simultaneity and co-existence. The philosophical movement known as Object Oriented Ontology is sweeping through the art world and will give us the chance to deepen our exploration of how art can open the space for a new paradigm.


About Jeff

Jeff is passionate about philosophy because he is passionate about the power of ideas to shape how we perceive reality and how we live together. Thousands of people have experienced profound realizations of awakened awareness through the simple meditation technique he calls The Practice of No Problem. He has taught university students about Charles Darwin’s influence on American thought, spoken in recovery centers about the transformative philosophy of William James, and addressed Unitarian church groups about Ralph Waldo Emerson and the roots of their faith. He is the author of six books including The Miracle of Meditation, Embrace All That You Are, Radical Inclusivity, and The Soul of a New Self.  Read more about Jeff 


Comments about Jeff’s teaching work

“In a world in which university education is often thought of as a vocational certificate, seeing someone obviously relishing the acquisition and sharing of knowledge for its own sake was inspiring.”
William O. Shropshire, Provost, Oglethorpe University

“I was drawn into a deeper and richer experience than I have ever had before and I am seeing everything differently as a result.”

“I was guided into a new depth of sensitivity and openness.”

“I discovered a new dimension and a deep motivation to practice with greater intensity.”

“Utterly reorienting in the best, deepest and most liberating way.”

“Brilliant and consciousness changing!”

“Powerful spiritual guidance.”

“This is the most dynamic course I have ever taken.”

“I opened to a new recognition of who I am and I am very grateful for that.”

“The depth of my practice was tangible and it left me swimming in a deep experience of mystery and awe.”

“Jeff is an inspiring teacher.”

“Jeff’s guidance is authentically rooted in his own deep practice and his voice is both authoritative and relaxing — a wonderful combination.”

“Finding this work is like discovering a deep well of water in the desert. It opens a door to a life of freedom and love beyond imagination.”

Session Dates

Whole Group Lecture Sessions

will be held via conference call on Tuesdays from 8 to 9:30pm Eastern Time on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 4
Tuesday, November 1
Tuesday, December 6
Tuesday, January 10
Tuesday, February 7
Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, April 4
Tuesday, May 2

(Lecture sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.)

Q & A Dialog Sessions

will be held twice via conference call from 11:00am to 12:30pm Eastern Time on the following dates:

Sunday, January 22
Sunday, May 7

(These sessions will also be recorded for those who cannot attend live.)

Virtual Meditations

Every Weekday from 8:30 to 9:00am Eastern Time



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~ Registration is now closed ~

 

Registration closed

Tuition


$450


 

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are no longer available for this program.