Sunday, March 17, 2013

Balder presents at Bay Area Integral this Wednesday

For any in the San Francisco bay area, my colleague at Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality forum, Bruce Alderman (aka Balder), will be doing a Bay Area Integral presentation Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 pm in Berkeley. This link  gives the details. I'll post the blurb below and encourage you to pass the word and attend. I think Bruce is on the actual frothy edge of to where 'integral' is evolving outside the kennilingus bubble.

Bruce Alderman: Magic Circles, Generative (En)closures, and Kosmic Foam – A Trans-lineage Vision of Spiritual Enactment

For millennia humans have associated the circle with spiritual power and sanctified space: from medicine wheels to mandalas, and from sorcerers' circles to sacred domes. It has been used to evoke feelings of intimacy, belonging, and protection, as well as boundless space, wholeness, and womb-like generativity. In this brief but information-packed presentation, Bruce will explore how several more recent philosophical perspectives — from Uexküll's biosemiotic bubbles, to Sloterdijk's spherology, to sociobiological and object-oriented notions of autopoietic closure — can be linked to ancient circle symbolism to generate an integral translineage model of spiritual enactment and a participatory, pluralist topology of sacred spaces. At this time of cultural and spiritual diversification, we are called now more than ever to find skillful new ways of conceptualizing and navigating this complexity, and of honoring the richness and particularity of the many modes of spiritual enactment we now have available to us. Drawing on his own work in this area as well as several of the core philosophical concepts he will introduce, particularly Sloterdijk's metaphor of foam, Bruce will discuss how Integral post-metaphysics and trans-lineage spirituality can be enriched and supported by the vision of participatory enactment and sacred topology that he will invoke here.
Bruce Alderman, M.A., is adjunct faculty in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU). He received his master's degree in Integral Psychology, with an emphasis on Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, from JFKU in 2005. He teaches Paradigms of Consciousness; Fundamentals of Transpersonal Psychology; Fundamentals of Psychology; Integral Spirituality; Living Systems Theory; Integral Life Practice; and Ethics and Compassion, and has served as a thesis and final integrative project advisor. Prior to working at JFKU, he worked and studied abroad for several years, including teaching courses on creative writing and inquiry at the Rajghat Besant School, a Krishnamurti school in Varanasi, India. His current areas of interest include Integral Theory and practice, transpersonal psychology, integral postmetaphysical spirituality, the time-space-knowledge vision, transformative arts, dream yoga, and interfaith dialogue. When he is not teaching or spending time with his family, he moderates an online discussion forum dedicated to Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality.

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