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Turning the Page

Turning the Page

Preach the Good News at all times. If necessary, use words.

St. Francis of Assisi

Dear Friends of ISC,

Integral Spiritual Center began as a collaboration between some of the most highly respected spiritual teachers in the world today, who, in addition to fully embracing their own particular paths, came together to explore a trans-path path to the future. Through three exquisite teachers’ gatherings, three lovely seminars, numerous one day events, dozens of endlessly fascinating conference calls, and a lively web presence, ISC has worked to nourish the vision of Integral spirituality and share it with thousands of practitioners around the world.

It’s a vision that the world is hungering and thirsting for, perhaps now as never before. Religion, blamed for countless conflicts in our past and present, could very well be the key to peace in our collective future. Like the first moment of dawn, this very moment is pregnant with boundless hope, with infinite possibility. For the first time, the various paths—their textures, their contours, and their blind spots—are coming into view, in the light of a new day. For the first time, a truly Universal Catechism—perhaps the great work of ISC—can be embarked upon, mapping out each path through its every stage, the blueprint for what Ken Wilber calls the conveyor belt, precisely the "startling new role for religion in the modern and postmodern world."

As part of the evolution of ISC, I’m writing to let you know about some changes to our web presence, taking place as of this week. All ISC content has been migrated to its new home on our newly launched site, IntegralLife.com, which transcends-and-includes the offerings we have made available on this site. The new portal provides our entire community with an extraordinary opportunity to gather, to connect, and to share their successes—and their struggles—with integral practice and integral living. The site is filled with features that make searching, browsing, and experiencing the content straightforward and intuitive. We believe that content to be some of the best to be found anywhere on the internet, and the portal has been designed to make the delivery more effective—and the discussion more engaging—than ever before.

Here are some specifics regarding the transition:

  • Your ISC membership is completely transferable to a premium, full-access membership at Integral Life for no additional cost. If you have yet to create your Integral Life profile, you can do so here.
  • All new spirituality content updates will take place at Integral Life as of next week. So, this is the last time you will receive a weekly e-mail update from ISC.org.
  • You will continue to have access to the content on ISC.org until mid-October. At that time, the content functions will be removed. (Don’t worry, ISC.org will remain!)
  • Lastly, if you do intend to access content from ISC.org, please be aware that a database transfer issue has left some broken links. Every affected file is available at Integral Life, so please create an IL account to access them (click here to do so).

As these changes are implemented, our overall vision and intention for ISC is very much alive, and continues to blossom. We are working actively with Ken and the rest of our teachers to plan for further Integral Spiritual Center events in 2009 and beyond. We’re delighted to hold the Integral spiritual vision with you and to share it with all, and we will continue to offer our hearts, our minds, and our strength toward realizing that vision. So please be on the look out for more remarkable content and events to come….

It’s been my great honor to meet you here, week in and week out, over the past two years, and to witness with all of you a "Miracle called We," arising in our very midst. We have indeed shared the Good News with one another, using words—as necessary across this virtual space—but transmitting at all times the simplest of messages: Love. To much more of the same on Integral Life, and wishing you every blessing,

Rollie Stanich
Chief Facilitator
Integral Spiritual Center

Emptiness and Form: A Love Story (audio)
 
Ken Wilber and Dee Black discuss the exquisite dance, the sweet and noble romance of Emptiness and form.  From the timeless moment of its realization that "it's no fun having dinner alone," Eternity has been in love with the productions of time, in the first and the oldest of love stories.  Pure perception sees—and is seen—through a kaleidoscope of perspectives, each beloved, priceless, and unique in all of history.  Perception and perspective—and we are all of that.  Too often we become identified and fused with the perspective, obscuring the window of stained glass that was lovingly fashioned and designed to bathe the sanctuary in color and in light.  Too often we become lost in the dream, the nightmare of samsara. 
 
But Hafiz knows the Beloved's eternal habits.
  Have patience,
For He will not be able to resist your longing
  For Long....

 
Where Your Treasure Is (video)

Father Thomas Keating discusses his discovery of the gift of contemplation, a pearl of great price hidden in a field of obscurity.  Contemplation, he says, is the great gift of the Church, yet one that has been buried beneath the dust of five centuries.  The whole point of the tradition is to enter, via the contemplative path, into the same relationship with God that Jesus did....

Published Friday, October 03, 2008 11:35 PM by rollie

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