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The Noosphere and Cosmic Christ: Happy Birthday Teilhard de Chardin

by Jeremy Johnson

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The Noosphere and Cosmic Christ: Happy Birthday Teilhard de Chardin

Happy birthday, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (May 1, 1885 – April 10, 1955). Give a listen to this excellent biographical podcast with Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloak Wilson.

King: “The human is not finished yet!”

Tippet: “He sees evolution both on a physical… and spiritual… that evolution proceeds towards spirit. Even as he looks towards Peking Man, and see himself as a 21st century human, he imagines future man looking back and seeing a primitive spirituality. He imagines this flowering of consciousness; this evolutionary consciousness.

King: “It’s mind blowing! The whole region of cyberspace… They say Teilhard is the patron saint of the world wide web. He used to say that we will intensify our communication: but what are we doing with it? That’s the big question. We have to create it.”

Though banned from publication in his lifetime, Teilhard’s posthumous writings went on to influence brilliant thinkers in their own right like media theorist Marshall McLuhan, scifi [1] writer Philip K. Dick, and more recently, Rev. Matthew FoxThomas BerryBrian Swimme, and theologian Elizabeth Johnson‘s ecological thought  and “growing forward tradition.”

Read the Mass on the World here.

The Phenomenon of Man.

[1]  In Dan Simmon’s Endymion, a future Catholic pope takes the name Teilhard 1st.

The Imaginative Generalization of Evolutionary Theory

by Jeremy Johnson

The Imaginative Generalization of Evolutionary Theory

Here’s a new essay by Matt Segall, PhD candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies:

In the case of the connection between evolutionary theory and the new physics, Whitehead’s experiment is to imaginatively generalize Darwin’s specialized concepts of variability, reproduction, and inheritance, such that evolution comes to describe the activity of self-organizing entities at every scale of nature, no longer just the biological. In this sense, as was mentioned earlier, biology becomes the study of the evolution of the larger organisms, while physics becomes the study of the evolution of the smaller organisms.

The Altered Universe of Iboga: An interview with David Graham Scott

by Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson:

David Graham Scott, documentary film-maker underwent ibogaine treatment for his opiate addiction. In a single session, “the director managed to put an end to his drug dependency.” Claiming that ibogaine treatment can become an “addiction interrupter” has hopefully boosted the chances for this psychedelic to be placed back on the path of legalization.

Originally posted on Psychedelic Press UK:

In 2003, Glasgow based documentary filmmaker David Graham Scott underwent ibogaine treatment for his long-term opiate addiction. After a single session at a London clinic, the director managed to put an end to his drug dependency. The experience is documented in his autobiographical 2004 film ‘Detox or Die’. This year, Scott returns with a follow-up. Although his new film ‘Iboga Nights’ shows that iboga is far from a magic bullet for treating addiction, it does show that the psychedelic still has a great potential of becoming an acknowledged addiction interrupter.
David filming Iwan as he performs his bwiti inspired ritual

David filming Iwan as he performs his bwiti inspired ritual

During the three years it took to make the film, David Graham Scott followed various opiate addicts and iboga providers. He travelled to the Netherlands to witness treatments conducted by an experienced iboga therapist, one of which had a very dramatic outcome, as well as stepping in as a provider…

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by Jeremy Johnson

Today in 1943: Albert Hoffman Intentionally Experienced the Effects of LSD

“On this day in 1943, chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann first intentionally experienced the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide, more commonly known as LSD.”

A different reason to celebrate this weekend.

Incarnational Religion

by Jeremy Johnson

Here’s Matt Segall of CIIS talking about techno-culture, Transhumanism and its structural ties with gnosticism. By contrast, perhaps we can take the ancient Christian view that life must be lived “in and through.”

An apt. video for Easter! Happy Easter for all those who celebrate.

Evolutionary Christianity in Conversation

by Jeremy Johnson

Brian Mclaren, Steve Mcintosh, Bruce Sanguin, Morgan Mckenna, and Ross Hostetter sat down and had a conversation about ‘evolutionary Christianity,’ a developing theological worldview popularized by contemporary authors like Ken Wilber. Bruce Sanguin is a spiritual teacher and founder of Home for Evolving MysticsSteve McIntosh is an integral philosopher and author of Evolution’s Purpose, who I had the pleasure to meet in person and podcast with.

On that note, don’t forget to check out Michael Dowd’s work over on Evolutionary Christianity.

“Trust yourself.”

by Jeremy Johnson

“I require a society on the brink of social breakdown to do my work. A society on the brink of social breakdown is the healthiest situation for individuals…” – McKenna

“We do not have…

by Jeremy Johnson

“We do not have a new story yet. Each of us is aware of some of its threads, for example in most of the things we call alternative, holistic, or ecological today. Here and there we see patterns, designs, emerging parts of the fabric. But the new mythos has not yet formed. We will abide for a time in the “space between stories.” It is a very precious – some might say sacred – time. Then we are in touch with the real. Each disaster lays bare the reality underneath our stories. The terror of a child, the grief of a mother, the honesty of not knowing why. In such moments our dormant humanity awakens as we come to each other’s aid, human to human, and learn who we are. That’s what keeps happening every time there is a calamity, before the old beliefs, ideologies, and politics take over again. Now the calamities and contradictions are coming so fast that the story has not enough time to recover. Such is the birth process into a new story.”

from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, by Charles Eisenstein.

We are an underdeveloped country

by Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson:

Jon Kabat-Zinn says why we, as Americans, are an”underdeveloped” country when it comes to compassion and attention. What do you think, is he right?

Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

Very important point and anyone who has traveled at all knows how true this is.

Bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn talks about what mindfulness means to him personally, and argues that the United States is an “underdeveloped” country when it comes to compassion and attention.

This clip is from the “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference on March 8, 2013. The Greater Good Science Center co-hosted this conference with Mindful magazine.

Click here for a list of posts featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work on Beyond Meds…he’s very good at making mindfulness and meditation accessible to those who’ve not practiced before.

Here are some books of his that are popular. You really can’t go wrong:

coming●  Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life

●  Wherever You Go, There You Are

●  Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

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The Teilhard de Chardin Project: Coming April 2015

by Jeremy Johnson

Originally posted on Teilhard de Chardin:

The Teilhard de Chardin Project

The Teilhard de Chardin Project

I started this blog in the Spring for several reasons.  First, I had recently had a “reconversion” and wanted to more deeply explore my faith.  Second, I was frustrated in some of my interactions with both agnostics and religiously-oriented people who believed there was somehow a conflict between faith and reason. Third, I had discovered the writings of Teilhard de Chardin and thought that his message needed to get out to a wider audience. Fourth, I wanted to correct some misconceptions of Teilhard de Chardin, both from “conservatives” who thought he was an “unorthodox” Christian and from “liberals” who wanted to strip the Christianity out of Teilhard de Chardin’s vision.

Shortly after I started this endeavor I found The Teilhard de Chardin Project.  This is a large undertaking by Frank Frost Productions, in collaboration with numerous others. The highlight will be a documentary…

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