This October the third cohort of my 8-month Breakthrough Intensive program will begin. This 8-month program is a training for those who are called to articulate a New Paradigm of being for the world.
When I first conceived of the program a few years ago I was responding to the need for a “graduate course” serving alternative thinkers and spiritual adepts.
I looked around and saw lots of courses teaching methods and techniques for individual and collective growth, but not much opportunity for people to develop their own voice and share it with the world.
The Breakthrough Intensive is a vehicle for you to take everything you have already learned and experienced and create something amazing with it.
In my meditation programs I share the miracle of awakening. My retreats are an opportunity to abide in awakened consciousness.
The Breakthrough Intensive is a leadership training for New Paradigm thinking.
At some point in our journey we start to feel the yearning to give back, to take everything we’ve experienced and share it with the world in ways that are compelling and effective.
The new ways of being and thinking that you have discovered can form the foundation of a new world, but only if those of us who are awake to them develop our ability to express them clearly so that they can be embraced by more people.
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 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.
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.
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.
I ask each participant to commit to 10 minutes of meditation and a 10 min of journal writing during each day of the intensive.
Optional articulation project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will be recorded for those that cannot attend live.
Q and A’s