Yesterday, Nicholas Fuller, Jonathan, and myself had a conversation on the Evolver Social Movement and the self-described “new spiritual counterculture.” In late Spring, Nick published an article on this site entitled, “The Spiritual Counter-Culture is Doomed.” This inflammatory title was aimed towards the eccentric and growing subculture of spirituality, psychedelics, shamanism and healing, which Talat chronicles in his new book: The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic, and wrote recently about for the Huffington Post, The Rise of the New Spiritual Counterculture. As an advocate of this emerging spiritual movement, Talat stepped up to defend it. He encouraged Nick and I to engage with him for a friendly debate. Nick admitted the title of his blog was inflammatory, and Talat also acknowledged that “spiritual counter-culture” was a phrase used to catch the eye in their media campaign. Once that was addressed, a deep and friendly conversation was able to take place between the three of us. Continue reading
Hey readers, and listeners, I’d like to introduce to you EL’s latest podcast series. Miriam and I have weekly conversations that involves us talking about our work. We figured, why not start recording them? We cover a lot of stuff. Evolution. Consciousness. Mysticism. Culture. Social change.
We are young and aspiring grad students at heart. These chats will often be at diners, on trains, or even coffee houses. I always loved the experience of talking about these topics in a public area. Maybe because it spilled forth private meanings and insights back into the world that seems so alien and indifferent to them? Either way, I’m excited to share with you our raw conversations. They’re the most important, I think, because they aren’t published or polished. It’s just us, talking our hearts out.
Diner Dialogues: Planetary Consciousness in the Techno Era
Folks who are interested in evolutionary and planetary spirituality might feel disconnected from having access to social occasions where these subjects can be openly discussed. This is no replacement! But I think the more we share our private and inner visions of the world and our potential futures, the more we can generate that world. In other words, let’s dare to share our conversations and make them public ones–especially in the internet era–that help foster alternative media and culture. As Daniel Pinchbeck recently said on Facebook:
Artists and media makers perform the crucial function of constructing the narrative or mythology that underlies civilization and impels people into action. Our culture requires a rapid polar reversal of its governing ideology, through all forms of creative expression and storytelling. What artists and media makers need to develop, first of all, is the moral courage to recognize the full dimensions of the planetary emergency, without flinching away from it. As they undergo their personal initiation into new levels of awareness and compassion, the work they make will automatically reflect this.
As artists, myth-makers, and social activists, how can we participate in this “crucial function?” I’m hoping to gear EL towards a more service-based platform for creating alternative media, dialogue and discussion. Here’s to social change and transformation, and getting our hands dirty with the paints, and platforms, that require us to grasp the prima materia and work with it. In our time, in an age where a new culture and re-imagined human life is needed, the prima materia is human culture.