Articulating A New Reality

An 8 Month Breakthrough Intensive for Ambassadors of a New Paradigm with Jeff Carreira



October 2017 – June 2018


Shifting from a paradigm of Separation and Isolation to one of Unity and Interconnectedness



Who is this for?

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 articulate 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 express your understanding of that shift to others.


Paradigm Shifting?

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

Many of us have experienced both of these. And many of us have discovered some piece of the puzzle that can open up new possibilities 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 of the 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 share them with the wider world.

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



When I first envisioned this course three years ago I wanted to create an intellectually rigorous program that would challenge us to think deeply and creatively about some of the foundational ideas of the paradigm that is emerging.

I found that among all of the many of the course offerings of the alternative spiritual world there were none that gave the opportunity to explore a variety of new ideas deeply over a sustained period of time.

It seemed to me that many of us could rightfully claim to have graduated to a place where a new kind of course offering was needed – you could think of it as a graduate level course for the soul.

Over years of study I have found that what many are calling ‘The New Paradigm’ has a long history. At the very least it is a few hundred years old.

You see, a different understanding of reality had already begun to shine through the poetry, art and philosophy of 18th and 19th century Romantics.

These creative spirits understood that we are participants in an inherently creative process. They embraced the mysterious and the unknowable as well as rationality.

Another dramatic new vision of life emerged in 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 more recently in the new physics of Relativity and Quantum Theory that have changed our understanding of time and space.

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

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

In Paris in the 1920’s Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Salvador Dali continued the revolution in thought.

And 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 and beyond

Those of us who are inspired to live into a new paradigm are continuing this work.

This Intensive is an invitation to take part in writing the next chapter of the story of a New Paradigm.

This Breakthrough Intensive is experiential.

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 possibility, 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. This is exactly what you will do as a member of this course.



Like the participants in the great Mystery Schools of Ancient Greece you will learn to think, feel and act differently. The intention for this Intensive is to move into a different reality and explore how to live it together.



The goal of this 8-month program is to bring a profoundly different way of being to life among a group of participants that will be learning about new ideas as the work to articulate their own.

The new paradigm needs ambassadors.

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

This program is a training for what you could call Ambassadors of a New Paradigm.

As a participant In this eight month program you will be on a journey of discovery.

I have identified some of the most exciting contemporary books for us to read and discuss together. The intimate circle of people who take this course will work directly with me to understand both the ideas and the implications of what these books contain.move inside these ideas and explore them from the inside out.

You will not just be learning about a new experience of reality. We will enter into it and exploring everything from there. That is what makes this school experiential rather than intellectual in nature.

I am very excited to invite you to join me on this journey.

We will work closely together from October to June sharing ideas that will liberate us from the constraints of the existing paradigm and open new possibilities before are very eyes.

Central to this work will be an Articulation Project in which you have the chance to create an expression of your deepest recognition o a new paradigm. The chance to work out our own ideas with the support of a group like this has been an invaluable part of the previous two years of this program.

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

Sincerely,

NOTE: Because of the in-depth nature of this program enrollment will delimited to 24 participants.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead

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 my ultimate goal is to support us in becoming that new generation of articulators. 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.

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).

Each Module will include six virtual engagements held via conference call, two will be 90-minute lecture/Q&A sessions with the whole group of 24, and four will be deep dialog sessions in a working group of 12.

All of the elements that make up this intensive program are described below.

Monthly 90-minute lectures

At the start of each month (twice during each module) we will gather via conference call as a large group to introduce the ideas and perspectives that we will be focused on that month. These discussion sessions will include presentation and Q&A with Jeff Carreira.

Monthly content summaries

To ensure your understanding of the ideas we explore you will receive content summaries of the focus topic of each month that highlight the significant insights you are working with.

Monthly 90-minute deep dialog  sessions

Each month (two times during each module) we will gather in small working groups via conference call to enter into a facilitated collective inquiry led by Jeff Carreira.

Monthly 90-minute Q and A sessions

Each month (two times during each module) there will also be an opportunity for everyone taking the course to gather via conference call to enter into a Q and A led by Jeff Carreira.

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

Each participant will be asked to produce an articulating artifact in the form of a written piece designed to communicate some aspect of the new paradigm. Those for whom writing is not their strongest medium of communication can choose to produce a work of art, create a performance, or work in some other mode of other artifact that will best communicate their vision of a new paradigm. In asking this I am inspired by the great cultural creatives of all times who have discovered a new reality and articulated it in ways that inspire others to manifest and share in it. I intend that the pieces we create be made available (with your permission) to a wider audience so that our efforts can touch the hearts and minds of others. Individual sessions with me can be used to develop your project concept.

Two 30-minute individual coaching calls

I will have two coaching calls with each participant of the course. The first will occur toward the start of the course and will be used to set clear intentions for our work together. The second will be used to discuss details of your Articulation Project.

A three-day residential retreat

Our Intensive will conclude in a three day residential retreat held on the beautiful campus of the Pendle Hill Retreat Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Foundations of a New Paradigm

Below are three foundational perspective shifts that we will focus on during this Intensive. Each of these will undoubtedly figure prominently in the Paradigm to come.

Continuity


We live in a continuous reality without gaps or breaks. We see a world of separate things, but nothing is separate in either space or time. Everything is connected. In our current human form we have a limited range of conscious perception. Within that range of perception things appear separate and isolated, but as your perception expands you begin to see the connections that have always been there just below the surface. In Utah there is a grove of trees that on the surface looks like a forest of 40,000 separate trees. If you look beneath the surface of the ground you discover that all those trees are part of one plant that shares a single root system. If we could see beyond our current dimensions of time and space we would discover the unity that lies behind the appearance of separation.

Spontaneity


The ability to think, feel and act spontaneously is crucial to the New Paradigm. Our conventional perception of reality emerges directly out of the structure of the current paradigm. That is what makes living from a new paradigm so challenging. All of the normal ways that we think, feel and act occur inside of a set of assumptions about what is possible and what is not that defines the existing paradigm. Trying to move into a New Paradigm from inside the existing one is like trying to pick a rowboat up out of the water while standing inside it. Spontaneity opens up the space for something truly novel to emerge through us. Only when we can put aside our ‘already knowing’ mind and open up to our true creative potential will we gain access to a completely different field of possibility.

Consciousness


Our capacity to be conscious and aware is the most fundamental aspect of our experience. Without it we would not have any idea about existence. We would continue to be, but we would have no way of knowing it. Conscious awareness is the unfathomable mystery and miracle that we all participate in every single instant of every day. The key to entering into a new paradigm is found in liberating our awareness. Our current experience of awareness is shaped by ideas and attitudes that keep us bound inside of a particular perception of reality. If we want to move beyond conventional reality we must explore the nature of consciousness until we open up to a living recognition that consciousness is everywhere. We are not conscious beings living in an unconscious universe. We are organs of perception intimately united with the totality of a living conscious universe.

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Purpose and Structure

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.

Modules


Module 1: Book One
Paradigm Shifting by Jeff Carreira

This short book will take us on an experiential journey of discovery to reveal how our current perception of everything is being shaped by ideas that we hold – consciously and unconsciously – about reality. This book contains a number of exercises and thought experiments of a variety that the author refers to as wormhole inquires. These exercises will give us the opportunity to shift us out of your normal perception of reality into a new one and will create the overarching context for the remainder of the readings of this program. Our exploration of this book will reveals that we live in a conceptual world that is generated by the words that we use to describe and understand it.

Module 1: Book Two
Contingency, Irony and Solidarity by Richard Rorty

In this book we will explore Rorty’s groundbreaking notion that we should not think of language as a system of symbols that point toward a reality that exists independent of them. Instead we should think of language as a set of social customs that define which realities are available for us to experience and which are not. We will go on to explore Rorty’s conviction that philosophers should not busy themselves trying to find the language that best describes reality. Instead they should create language that increases human solidarity by bringing people together in new and novel ways.

Module 2:
Small Arcs of Larger Circles by Nora Bateson

In our second module we read Nora Bateson’s wonderful book which is a paradigm bending exploration of interconnectivity at all levels of being. Drawing on her own extensive experience as well as the work of her father, Gregory Bateson, Bateson challenges the paradigm of separation that we live and critiques the notion of “Systems Theory” that her famous father was instrumental in founding. Systems theory, according to Bateson, is too mechanical to embrace reality as the living, intelligent ecology of mind that it is. She concludes the book by offering her own theory of “Symmathesy” which will offer us a window to explore the true depth of interconnectivity between all aspects of physical, biological, emotional, psychological, intellectual, sociological and spiritual levels of being.

Module 3:
Beyond Biocentrism by Robert Lanza, MD

Our third module will center on the groundbreaking work on Robert Lanza. His book Beyond Biocentrism is a survey through some of the most astonishing discoveries of Quantum Physics. Lanza uses these discoveries to show that the paradigm that we live in is woefully inadequate to explain even the results of our current understanding of science. He then shows how his theory of Biocentrism can account for many of the largest paradox of modern science simply by shifting from a materialistic assumption about reality to one that recognizes the primacy of consciousness in the universe.

Module 4:
Becoming Animal by David Abram

In this book Abram shows us how directly connected we are to the Earth that we live in. We have been trained to assume that our existence is independent from the planet we live on. In this amazing book we will discover that the features of the Earth may be directly responsible for generating the characteristics we have come to associate with being human. We will see how we have grow out of this planet – we are not separate from this planet. In fact, we will discover that it may be more accurate for us to think of ourselves as a feature of planet Earth rather than an organism that happens to live on it.

Dates and Schedule

Lectures

Tuesdays

8-9:30pm Eastern

Oct 10
Nov 14
Dec 5
Jan 2
Feb 6
Mar 6
Apr 3
May 1

Q and A’s

Saturdays

12:30-1:30pm Eastern

Oct 14
Nov 18
Dec 9
Jan 6
Feb 10
Mar 10
Apr 7
May 5

Dialogs

Tuesdays

2-3:30pm or 8-9:30pm Eastern

Oct 17
Nov 21
Dec 12
Jan 9
Feb 13
Mar 13
Apr 10
May 8

4 Day Retreat

5pm Wednesday June 6
to
3pm Sunday June 10th

What past participants are saying


The Breakthrough Intensive course, with its parallel meditation practice, has opened up a new world of mystery for me, a world that was always already there but hidden from view. Take nothing for granted and life becomes a thrilling journey into possibility and wonder.”

– J. Cameron Duguid, Edinburgh, UK


The texts and Jeff’s lectures were profoundly helpful in providing fresh language and context that opened the door for exploring what it means to live from a paradigm of non-separation. I feel like I am now seeing life through new eyes!

– W. Van Horn, CA, USA


I could not be more excited to be a part of this growing co-learning community with an unspoken agreement to deeply care for each other in the process of giving our best to give birth to newly emerging potentials.

– K. Edwards, NC, USA



The Breakthrough Intensive is a model for future education. The course responds to the needs and aspirations of the highest possibilities with intellectually rigorous, yet experiential, philosophical studies, as well as a nurturing and inspiring container for the creativity that is longing to come through each individual’s unique articulations.

– T. Harper, New York, USA


The Breakthrough Intensive has evolved from a Philosophy course on paradigm shifting into a community intent on creating a new paradigm. I am passionately devoted to this community.

– C. Sweeney, Toronto, CA


Wow, what a year of growth and learning! Especially in the domain of philosophy, a subject I’ve never studied before. One of Jeff’s greatest gifts is his ability to receive the intent of others and nurture that with open-heartedness, enthusiasm and love. I was amazed by the scope, breadth and beauty that has been revealed.

– D. Powell, CA

Registration

Please note that enrollment in this program is limited to only 24 participants.

Tuition Options
Price
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Payment Plan $2400
(4 monthly payments of $600)
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* Cancellation Policy *

Refunds are available up to 60 days prior to the start of the course. Refund requests after that will be subject to a cancellation fee of $300. No refunds will be given less than 15 days prior to the start of the course.

About Jeff

Jeff Carreira has single pointedly pursued spiritual awakening for over twenty years. As the Director of Education of an international nonprofit organization he guided the spiritual growth and development of hundreds of individuals worldwide. He continues to lead groups of people through the mysteries of awakening and transformation guiding them into the profound depths of meditative practice and mystical inquiry. His sensitive and precise guidance will invite you into unlimited possibility. His direct and supportive manner of instruction consistently brings both experienced practitioners and novices alike to their most profound realizations.

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