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 un