EUROTAS NEWSLETTER No. 66
4 April 2012
Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé, Lyudmila Scortesca, Jure Biechonski, Dietrich Franke, Ingrida Indane, Steven Schmitz
Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier
Summary of Contents
Dear EUROTAS members, dear friends,
Some time ago Ingrida and I sat in a Coffee-shop in Riga and had been discussing the essentials of this year’s EUROTAS conference: Creativity and Spirituality. We found out that Transpersonal Psychology houses a lot of understandings what the transpersonal means, what spirituality is about. There is the personal and the transpersonal, the understanding of relatedness and the “knowing field”, there are ghosts and protection techniques, there are different states of the divine, shamanic journeys, enhanced states of consciousness – supporting to heal personal and collective wounds. All spiritual techniques and traditions are reaching out for healing the human wound of imperfectness, overcoming anxiety and the suffering of the world and realizing humans’ very essence which is the creative impulse to love. The very essence of human’s spirituality in its core is not understandable, lies beyond theories, beyond words. The very essence of the heart cannot be described, it only can be realized. And creativity, creative arts are the excellent tool to perfectly express which is not describable. Ingrida and her team have a long-standing experience dealing with supporting and provoking the creative impulse. In the past, they had been organizing several international events realizing art, and art-psychotherapy, events which aimed to evolve the creative, spiritual impulse. The idea of this conference will be of active, creative participation. It will support the understanding of creativity and the spiritual impulse, and it will support the limits of understanding by engaged action, creative participation. So please come, join us at this conference, fanning the flame of the creative, spiritual impulse in EUROTAS.
Ingo B. Jahrsetz
There are so many things happening in areas with which EUROTAS is involved and some of them are included in this Newsletter – some in different languages!
The main purpose of this Newsletter is to urge you to sign up for the EUROTAS conference in Latvia which will build on the successful and uplifting conferences of recent years to which an increasing number of those interested in Transpersonal issues are coming. Do join us if you can.
This is your Newsletter and please may I ask you to send in information about your Association, about yourself and your transpersonal work and about any relevant meetings which you will have or others will have that may be of interest to our readers
Here are the latest details about the Conference. Please Register by April 30 for the best fees!
The web section of EUROTAS 2012 conference is open on our web www.transpersonal.lv from the beginning of January, 2012 in Latvian, English and Russian languages.
In registering for the conference, we advise you to use the bank account, opened for us by the EUROTAS board member and Treasurer Dr. Dietrich Franke in Freiburg.
As always we plan to have lectures, workshops and discussions during the day, and there will be different creative cultural events in the evenings. Also we are going to integrate creativity in all the process to make this conference like a real piece of art itself!
Your registration now will help us a lot. If you need any assistance in registering or planning your pre- or post- conference stay in Latvia, please feel free to contact our coordinator Inese Berzina email@example.com and we will do our best to help you. Latvia is a transpersonal country and there are many places, where you can increase your spiritual energy before or after the conference as well!
See below for further details
EUROTAS 2012 Conference: “Spirituality and Creativity” 20-23 September at the Baltic Beach Hotel, Jurmala, Latvia
Registration of presenters through May 31
By April 30 – best registration, lowest fee!
Preconference seminar: Connie Miller “Soul drama”, September 17, in Jelgava Narkological Clinics
Post conference seminars:
- Vitor Rodrigues “Regression Therapy”, September 24-25, in Riga.
- Steven Schmitz and Pier Luigi Lattuada “Shamanic Ways of Transformation”, September 24-25 is planned in a hostel near Augstroze Lake in Vidzeme.
The themes of the Conference will be:
Thursday: Spirituality and Creativity in Psychology and Psychotherapy
Friday: Scientific Research in Transpersonal Psychology
Saturday: Creativity and Spirituality in Everyday Life. Stereotypes and Consciousness. Nature-Human-Ritual.
Sunday: Synthesis and Integration. Role of Transpersonal Psychology in the Development of world Global Processes.
The Conference will:
- provide an invaluable investment in the transpersonal movement and in the scientific understanding of Transpersonal Psychology
- strengthen the conviction that spirituality and creativity is an integral part of contemporary life.
During the creative process people often find themselves in a special altered state of mind. Art in its essence is transpersonal. We are creating this Conference as a large piece of art and invite you to paint it with the colors of your personalities and presence. This will be a happening where everyone will become an artist!
We invite psychologists, psychotherapists, philosophers, educators, artists and other specialists to explore and prepare lectures, presentations, workshops and discussions on the following questions:
- What do we all have in common as a world community?
- What is distinctive in our cultural needs?
- How can we speak about spirituality and creativity, while retaining a scientific approach to these phenomena?
- What is the mission of Transpersonal Psychology in everyday life and today's culture?
- What is the role of Transpersonal Psychology in the development of global processes?
- What do we mean by the word "spirituality"?
- Do spirituality and religiosity differ, and if so how?
- What is the significance of spirituality in psychology and psychotherapy?
- Does spirituality influence creative thinking, and if so how?
- Does creative thinking and activity promote spirituality, and if so how?
- Are the spiritual and the material the same or opposite?
- Are spirituality and modern science compatible?
- What is the interconnection between spirituality and creativity?
- What is the scientific research on creativity?
- How is creativity experienced in altered states of consciousness and everyday life?
- Are there factors that promote or inhibit creativity?
- What are manifestations of creativity from antiquity to the present day?
- Are we experiencing an economic crisis or a spiritual crisis, or both?
Everyone is welcome to submit their presentation with the following criteria:
- Use an approach that is compatible with the science of psychology;
- Develop a creative and dynamic presentation; and
- Include empirical evidence.
Many well-known psychologists, psychotherapists, art therapists and philosophers as Ashok Gangadean, Ingo B. Jahrsetz, David Lukoff, Serge Beddington-Behrens, Mara Vidnere and others from the whole world have already registered for our Conference. We are certain that the process of organizing the conference and your participation itself will bring more positive movement. This conference will remind us of the importance of spiritual values and their application to help overcome our personal challenges of the current economical crisis.
- Latvian writer Sudraba Edžus has a well-known story about Crazy Dauka – a boy who wanted to reach the place where the sky and the sea meet, to get to know what is beyond...
We invite you to come together with us to explore “what is beyond the horizon”!
- Our conference will take place at the Baltic seacoast. The sea is a symbol of unity, wisdom, depth, and new challenges.
We are aware of our responsibility. However like Crazy Dauka, do we feel a sense of challenge!
Ingrida Indane (EUROTAS2012 Conference Director)
Perspectives Gathering – Sunday April 1st 2012 at Pax Lodge
The Fool's Journey
A day exploring the archetype of the Fool with Beata Bishop and Alison Gaffney,introduced by Monica Anthony
Monica will set the scene for the day, introducing the Fool in an astrological context. In the morning Beata will lead us. sharing her material and insights on the Fool in the Tarot, his/her playful-malicious aspect as the Trickster, and the relevance of the archetype in our world here and now.
In the afternoon Alison will continue the theme with an inner exploration: our own personal journey with the Fool.
We will bring the threads together in a group discussion on the relevance of the Fool for the individual, in the collective and in our transpersonal community – this will link with Monica's introduction, bridging the inner and outer worlds, conscious and unconscious, and continuing the theme of community from previous sessions.
Venue: Pax Lodge, Olav Centre, 12C Lyndhurst Road, London NW33 5PQ
Cost: £25:00 (to cover room hire and including lunch, tea and coffee)
For further information: Contact Alison on 020 86536445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Organisations present events with international teacher, radical theologian, and spiritual activist
Friday 6 April-Saturday 7 April at St Agnes Church, North Reddish, Manchester
Fri 2 pm: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of the Planet
Fri 7.30 pm: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of the Cosmic Christ
Sat 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Day Workshop: Spirituality in the 21st Century
Contact Clive: email@example.com, 077899 15263
Monday 9 April 7.45 pm Public Lecture at Universal Hall, Findhorn, NE Scotland
Our Emergence into Christ Consciousness: An Imperative for Our Time
part of the Into Christ Consciousness conference
Contact: www.thebooth.co.uk or 01309 690110
Wednesday 11 April 7.00-8.30 pm Public Lecture and Book Signing
The Marriage of the Sacred Masculine with the Divine Feminine
at Alternatives, St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London
Contact: 020 7287 6711, www.alternatives.org.uk
The Wrekin Forum is a project of the Wrekin Trust an educational charity concerned with the spiritual nature of humanity and the universe registered under the Charities Act 1960, No 262303, supported by voluntary contributions
In February 2012, The Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Conference 2012 held its conference – Spirituality: Promises and Pitfalls
This event in Menlo Park, California, USA, brought together clinicians, therapists, spiritual guides, healers, academics, and researchers to explore the timely topic of the “promises and pitfalls of the spiritual path.
Videos are now available for viewing ON DEMAND. For a small fee you can gain access to this archive of videos through the following website: http://itp.givezooks.com/events/online-conference
The videos include the keynote speakers (Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., James Fadiman, Ph.D., Robert Frager, Ph.D., and Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D.), some of the workshops and presentations, the Editorial Panel (editors from the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and Revision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation) and the “Weaver Panel” (Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D., Brant Cortright, Ph.D., and Paul Roy, Ph.D.) which helped to weave together the Conference at the end.
Transpersonal psychology is characterised as a contribution given by scientific research to the study and comprehension of inner experiences of the transcendental type.
Transpersonal psychology seems to characterise itself as a wide thought and research movement, working towards an integration of psychological principles and methods with spiritual practices or shamanic rituals, in order to synthesise mind, meditation, spirituality and transcendence, the ordinary consciousness and extraordinary one, mystic ecstasy or shamanic experiences.
Transpersonal psychology works for the realisation of the self, the awakening of the spiritual nature in each individual, and of one’s most genuine human qualities. It seems that the word ‘transpersonal’ applied in psychology, was first used by Roberto Assagioli, the father of “Psychosynthesis,” and then by C.G. Jung. It refers to the areas of the psyche that go beyond the identification with individual personality. Transpersonal psychology thereby refers to the particular approach that studies and develops spirituality and spiritual experiences in a psychological context.
This approach began to assert itself in the field of psychology in the 1960s, moving from the works of A. Maslow, who first put emphasis on an “evolutive” psychology that would take into account the “development of potentialities,” the “gradual needs satisfaction,” the “relationship between persons” involved in the therapeutic setting, and the “mystical experiences” as basics in a self realisation process.
In this book we can find a review of the main theoretical and practical transpersonal models and a contribution by internationally well-know authors like: Stanislav Grof, Laura Boggio Gilot, Massimo Rosselli, Eliezer Cerqueira Mendes.
Detailed information and book ordering directly on our website holotropospublishing
holotropos-Verlag Regina Beller
Tel.: +49 (0)781 41215
The ancient shamanic cultures honored Nature and were speaking to It in the hope of finding an equilibrium linked with a universal coherence. A profound communion with Nature, trance, the journey within other dimensions, the dialogue with the invisible are generally part of these customs.
The shamanic path is the earth's spirituality, a return to nature so that it takes care of our illnesses, our follies and shows us the path towards the conscious being. Learn to communicate with nature, to see and hear becomes a psychology of nature, a reconnection to the most profound life forces and a return to the essence and the essential. Trance within dance becomes both mentor and guide, it is the rhythm which creates the drive and leads to the revelation. Nature opens the door to the invisible world and realigns Man with his own values..
With many blessings
Dear Contemplative Fire friend
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Quiet Garden Movement which I had the privilege of initiating and which is a sister project of Contemplative Fire. A number of our Contemplative Fire Companions are involved in the Quiet Garden in different areas. This simple ministry of hospitality and prayer can be a lovely way of engaging with different aspects of our trefoil and rhythm of life.
A week or so ago, the Church Times printed an excellent three page article by Jamie Cable on the vision and work of The Quiet Garden Movement and, for your interest and your own networking of this resource, I attach it now.
For further details of the birthday celebrations on 28 April at Worth Abbey and of the Movement itself, please log on to www.quietgarden.org should you have received this already, please forgive duplication.
0114 262 0655
Reg Charity No: 1106392
The SoL European Forum in Stockholm, May 21-23, 2012
May 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM - May 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel, Frosundaviks Alle 15, Solna/Stockholm, Sweden
TOWARDS A NEW REALITY - TRANSFORMATION OF ORGANIZATIONS AND VALUES Register Now! Visit www.solsweden.org/sol-european-forum-2012/ for info and to register for the Forum. Peter Senge, Barrett C Brown, Anders Wijkman, Johan Rockström, Kajsa Balkfors, Alain de Vulpian, Tor Eneroth, Katarina Chowra, Göran Gennvi, and more will be there to share and inspire. Welcome to Stockholm and The SoL European Forum May 21st - 23rd 2012 - to explore the TRANSFORMATION OF VALUES AND ORGANIZATIONS IN A NEW REALITY! The toxic influence of our collapsing economic system is being felt across business, the environment and our society. A more human-centred capitalism is emerging to replace it, driven not from above, but by people from all levels and sectors - How can we contribute to the systemic change going on in organizations, business and society at large (economy, ecology, politics?)? - Is there a need for a new generation of leadership? - How can we, as a SoL community, engage our collective intelligence to address today's challenging issues? SoL Sweden, on behalf of The Society for Organizational Learning is delighted to invite you to participate in this SoL European Forum in the beautiful surroundings of Stockholm, in order to explore the shift taking place in Europe now in cultural, ecological and economic fields and its challenge for our corporations and societies. We strongly believe that you are part of the next generation of leadership and welcome you to explore and co-create the new reality at The SoL European Forum 2012 from a perspective of Organizational Learning and Systemic change! The Forum is open to everyone, SoL members (at a reduced cost) and non-members. Welcome to contact Elisabeth Nyberg/Christer Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further questions!
Event Owner: Annika Bergenheim (Coordinator - Program manager SoL Sweden at SoL - Society for Organizational Learning)
The HH the Dalai Lama will be visiting the UK from 15th - 23rd June 2012 to spread his message of non-violence, dialogue and universal responsibility, particularly to young people.
Manchester Arena, Manchester
Stand Up and Be the Change
Saturday 16th June
Real Change Happens in the Heart
Sunday 17th June
Sunday 17th June
Royal Albert Hall, London
Real Change Happens in the Heart
Tuesday 19th June
Please visit www.dalailamascotland.org for details on His Holiness' Scotland visit.
22nd / 23rd June
SESAME RESEARCH EVENING
Explorations Across the Pond
An evening of Play, Research and Discussion with David Read Johnson (Ph.D)
- What are the connections between the seemingly different approaches to dramatherapy of Sesame and Developmental Transformations (DvT)?
- What unites Sesame’s oblique, non-verbal and non-interpretative approach, with its emphasis on myth and ancient stories, with the seemingly direct and verbal encounters in DvT, where interpretations abound in ‘the now’ of the existential moment?
- May such differences be based partly on geographical factors i.e a more traditional/historical British approach which values archetypes and myth versus the more contemporary, brash and provocative world of American improvisation?
During this evening we will be exploring, playing with and researching the myths and realities of two important approaches to dramatherapy: Sesame and DvT. DvT uses improvisational play, in which the therapist and client(s) enter into continuous transformations of embodied encounters in a playspace (a mutual agreement of the pretend nature of their interaction). Play, within DvT, helps to loosen or deconstruct unhelpful structures/blockages to Being, that is to playing with depth and intimacy.
David Read Johnson (founder of DvT) has shared a warm relationship with Marian Lindkvist (founder of Sesame) over the last 28 years. David will share his reflections on the deep connections that exist between the two approaches and lead us in an experiential session to illustrate these links. He will also address avenues for research in both approaches. Members of the U.K. DvT Advanced Practice Group will also be available (some of whom are Sesame trained dramatherapists) to provide reflections on their experiences in DvT. Details will also be provided of furthering practice and training in DvT (in the UK).
As the focus of the evening will be primarily an exploration of the historical, philosophical and methodological similarities and differences between Sesame and DvT, it may be of particular interest to Sesame trained dramatherapists.
David Read Johnson is Director of the Arts in Psychotherapy, New York, Co-Director of the Post Traumatic Stress Centre, New Haven, Connecticut and Associate Clinical Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. He was a founding member and past President of the National Association for Drama Therapy (US)
During this time of rapidly evolving consciousness there are several opportunities for meeting with others towards holding a higher aspiration and a common vision for humanity. The purpose of this email is to bring to your attention a forthcoming gathering “Into Christ Consciousness” which is a collaborative endeavour being held at the Findhorn Foundation, 7th -11th April 2012. You may already know about this, in which case the attached flier (CCflier4web) gives details in a way that you might easily network on to others. Just spreading the word that this is happening can itself create further energetic resonance, so we will be grateful if you can find time to do this.
Matthew Fox, ground breaking author of ‘Original Blessing’, ‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’ and founder of Creation-Centered Spirituality, has recently asked to join us. The other attachment (M.Foxprepub.pdf) relates to a public talk he will be giving suggesting that our collective emergence at this time into “Christ Consciousness” is an essential step for the survival of humanity. He will be with us for the final two days. We are also attaching a flier (MatthewFox2012tour.doc) that gives details of other talks etc that have been arranged with associate organisations of the Wrekin Forum in different parts of the country.
Across the world there are ‘portal groups’ working with this theme and David Spangler – who contributed some of the founding impulses of the Findhorn Foundation - gave an inspiring talk recently on Christ Consciousness which you can access on http://lorianpress.com/christ.htm and also on http://intocc.net/home/htm
This is an invitation to consider connecting with us in whatever way feels right for you.
With many blessings, Janice Dolley
2012 - LA FIN D'UN MONDE?
Bon d’accord je vous l’accorde, pas très original comme thème. Mais comment ne pas l’évoquer en ces temps où tout, autour de nous, entre dans ce frétillement, ce tremblement, ce frisson qui annonce un changement. Nombreux nous sommes à avoir déjà vécu cette sensation qui précède la transformation, la délivrance aussi inconfortable puisse-t-elle être parfois sur notre chemin personnel. Aujourd’hui c’est collectivement que cette renaissance pourrait se vivre.#
Rythmes de vie et consommation frénétiques atteignent leur paroxysme et perdent leur effet hypnotique en cédant la place au mécontentement, à la colère, à la violence et surtout à la tristesse. Car en deuil nous sommes depuis trop longtemps de nous-mêmes. Nous sommes tous assoiffés de reliance, de partage, d’accueil et nous avons cependant tendance à demeurer dans le désert.
Tout s’est organisé ces dernières années comme si la dualité voulait à tout prix être vue, perçue et cela a réveillé nos esprits, aussi désagréablement parfois c’est vrai, que le bip-bip du réveil qui nous sort de l’insouciance de la nuit.
Nombreux sont ceux qui, parmi nous, cherchent avec courage, en traversant des étapes de profonde douleur, de doute et tout aussi inévitablement d’amour. L’amour sève qui relie les différents niveaux de notre être et les mondes. Car il n’est question que d’amour, qu’il soit cruellement absent, ou présent en abondance dans notre traversée. Cette sève est en train de monter, vous la sentez, hein ? Elle cherche son chemin. Elle nous enseigne que nous devons honorer la cruauté de la souffrance autant que la merveille de la vie.
Alors pour aller plus loin dans cette mutation et à la rencontre de ces différents niveaux de nous-mêmes et de la vie, l’IRETT mettra sur votre route cette année des passeurs tels des lanternes pour éclairer encore plus l’arrivée de nos esprits. Ceci à travers le corps par le biais de nombreux séminaires de Respiration Holotropique afin d’éveiller nos conscience dans l’invisible et nos sens pour qu’ils soient à l’affut de chaque possibilité qu’il nous sera offerte de marcher dans la direction de ce renouveau. Richard Moss accompagné d’Eros, pour nous inviter à un processus d’auto-transcendance. Chaque expérience de profonde communion érotique, que ce soit avec un autre ou avec la vie, étant une restructuration fondamentale de l’être possible à chaque instant de la vie. Vous trouverez également des séminaires plus théoriques pour étayer le pont entre l’ancien et le nouveau monde d’une plus grande compréhension de notre psychisme avec aussi le démarrage d’un nouveau 1er cycle psychopraticien transpersonnel fin février. Jacques Mabit partagera l’évolution de son regard et de son expérience sur la face cachée du monde, celle qui donne un support à la face visible, celle qui appelle tellement de nos jours à reprendre sa digne place. Hedy et Yumi Schleifer avec la richesse de leur couple qui initie les couples, car à l’origine il est un homme et une femme. Et enfin Stanislav Grof du haut de son expérience et de sa sagesse, nous parlera de la mort car renaissance il ne peut y avoir sans mort.
Alors bonne dernière année à nous tous, ensemble. Unissons nos particules de pensée créatrice, en nous mettant au service de la vie, en mettant autant de cœur à l’ouvrage que si c’était le dernier car dès lors que nous avons conscience de notre finitude chaque acte se révèle sacré.
Alfred Grof promises to write more in the future! The Editor wrote to him; Nice to hear from you. Are you still working on transpersonal matters? Perhaps you could tell EUROTAS newsletter your news and views
Happy 2012! We are still working on transpersonal matters, we have an "integral salon" (Wilber) every two weeks and organising a conference in Austria in the summer 2012: www.integrale-politik.org - English text on that website under "manifest"
Yes, you are right I should write something for the EUROTAS newsletter,
all the best,
Please read the second paragraph from the Editor again and send some information about your Association and yourself! See you in September in Latvia