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No. 64 - 01-11-2011

No. 64 - 01-11-2011

10 November 2011

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, Liv Evensen

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

 

Summary of Contents

1. A Letter from our President

2.13th EUROTAS conference in Varna, September 2011

3. EUROTAS Constuitution and Bylaws

4. New types of EUROTAS membership

5. 14th EUROTAS TRANSPERSONAL CONFERENCE SEPT 2012

6. Daisy.net

7. The Integral Transpersonal Journal and the Journal of Transpersonal Research

8. ATP/ITP Conference Spirituality; Promises and Pitfalls

9. The Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology and Research

10. News from the Centre of Transpersonal Psychology in the UK

11. Interesting Work at the American Community School in Athens

12. The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business

13. The Wrekin Forum – an invitation

14. Transpersonal and Chamanic Visit to Mexico July 2012

15. Last Words

 

 

1. A Letter from our President

Dear EUROTAS members, dear friends

The 13th EUROTAS Conference atVarna inBulgaria

“Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness and Their Role in Human Culture: Bridging the differences”

It was a wonderfully organized event, full of inspiration, highly qualified presentations and workshops – scientific rigor and spiritual depth – all in the magical surroundings on the shores of theBlack Sea. Thank you once more Marian Gospodinov, Elena Evtimova and your team for the organization of this event. Your open-heartedness, your knowledge, and good intuition made it a big success.

The European Transpersonal Association became bigger and stronger as at the General Assembly (the delegates meeting) three new important members were accepted:

Synthesis – the Greek Transpersonal Association represented by its President, Lindy McMullin.

TheReidmanCollege/ School for Holistic Psychotherapy of Israel, represented by Neta Shaked and Tal.

TheInstituteofTranspersonal Psychology,Palo Alto,California, represented by its President, Neil King.

We welcome our new friends and look forward to fruitful collaboration with them. The EUROTAS board co-opted Liv Evenson from Norwayand you will find her address with that of all the other board-members and emails on our website www.eurotas.org

One of the highlights of the conference was the celebration of Stan Grof’s’80th anniversary. Our thanks to Vladimir Maykov who organized a real time interview with Stan on Skype. I felt deeply touched as I spoke with Stan, and I think many participants felt the same – seeing this special person who has devoted his life to the developing of Transpersonal Psychology and to research on “Modified States of Consciousness”. He embodies the spirit of Transpersonal Psychology for many of us.

Each successful conference sets new standards – may the EUROTAS community grow further collecting more experience how to integrate scientific clarity with the integrity of the world’s heart.

Ingo B. Jahrsetz, President EUROTAS

Freiburg/Germany, Oct. 20, 2011

 

 

2. 13th EUROTAS conference in Varna, September 2011

The Varna Conference was a very special occasion as our President has said above. Many of us would like to know how our wonderful hosts reflected on the occasion and in the next Newsletter Marion and his team will let us know. In the meantime we can only reflect of the wonderful welcome, the excellent facilities, the lectures and seminars and all by the side of the lovelyBlack Sea. More next time

 

3. EUROTAS Constitution and Bylaws

As a result of the Varna Delegates’ meeting and in view of the exciting future and the exceptional energy of EUROTAS members at theVarnaconference, the Board after careful consideration and reflection has decided that further consultation is required about proposed changes to the Constitution and Byelaws. After taking more soundings and advice, amendments will to be proposed to the next Delegates Council and published in advance to all concerned. In the meantime following tradition and practice, any transitional arrangements deemed necessary for immediate action will be taken by the Board and retrospective approval sought at the next Delegates meeting. The existing Constitution and Byelaws which are on the EUROTAS website therefore remain in place until the next Delegates Meeting.

This decision was taken as a result of it being pointed out regretfully that the decisions taken at theVarnameeting amending the Constitution were not valid as the rules for amending the existing Constitution had not been followed.

The board will revise its proposals for amending the constitution and present them to the members at the next general assembly (delegates meeting).

 

4. New types of EUROTAS membership

The EUROTAS board proposed the appointment of honorary members and of life-time-members.

Honorary Members

They can be appointed by the general assembly in honor of their special contribution to EUROTAS and to the transpersonal movement in general. Honorary membership will be specially recognized and honorary members invited as our guests to EUROTAS events.

The General Assembly welcomed with gratitude as honorary members

Dr. Stanislav Grof

Beata Bishop

Rumold Moll (posthumously)

Full life-time members

Full-life-time membership is a way to sponsor EUROTAS in its manifold activities. You can become a life-time-member of EUROTAS by donating € 1000 or more. We welcome and will honour such donations.

At the general assembly in Varna Ank van Gulik contributed € 3000. – for the organization of the conference from the East West Association. She will have the status of a life-long EUROTAS member. Thanks a lot, dear Ank!

Professional and other kinds of membership

These are still being discussed by the board members.

 

5. 14th EUROTAS TRANSPERSONAL CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 2012

Eurotas_2012_k14 th EUROPEAN TRANSPERSONAL CONFERENCE

IN LATVIA, SEPTEMBER 20-23, 2012

SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY

Venue: Baltic Beach Hotel, Jurmala (20km from Riga, on the Baltic sea coast), Latvia

Let’s come together to explore what is beyond the horizon there!

The mission of the conference is to focus on the interaction of creativity and spirituality in the field of psychology and psychotherapy, as well as on the role of these phenomena in the growth, transformation, healing, everyday life of an individual and in the development of human society as a whole.

Participants and lectures. We are expecting to have about 300 participants. About 70 lecturers, workshop leaders and performers – the leading specialists in transpersonal psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, and arts – are being invited from more than 20 European countries,USA, and Australia.

Among the presenters: Ingo Jahrsetz (Germany); Mara Vidnere, Aivis Dombrovskis, Guna Svence, Arija Karpova, Arturs Dombrovskis. Mirdza Liepina, Aija Dudkina, Izabella Reute (Latvia); Jure Biechonski (Estonia); Marius Daugelavicus (Lithuania); Vladimir Maykov, Gennady Brevde,Sergej Strekalov (Russia); Vitor Rodrigues (Portugal); Bernadette Blin (France); Pier-Luigi Lattuada, Prem Sambhavo (Italy); Sergej Fausto Sommer (Switzerland); Liv Evensen (Norway); Vineta Lagzdina (Australia); Neal King, Steven Schmitz, Stuart Sovatsky, Christel and David Lukoff, Connie Miller, Dana Klisanin, Melisca Klisanin (USA); and many others.

Information

eurotas2012@transpersonal.lv

(Coordinator of the Conference 2012 – Inese Berzina)

artterapija@gmail.com

(The head manager of the Conference – Ingrida Indane)

www.transpersonal.lv

Information and booking will be available from January 2012

Registration of presenters (call for papers) will be available till May 31, 2012

 

 

6. Daisy.net

Our President, Ingo writes;

Daisynet is a social network providing an internet platform for information and many teaching activities within EUROTAS. Online lectures and webinars can reach students over the entire world in real time. EUROTAS2011 in Varna was a premiere for Daisy.net – many conference-presentations were broadcast in real time. People who didn’t have the opportunity to attend the conference in person can participate online. Several lectures also had been recorded.

This highly qualified network has been founded and brought to fruition by Lyudmila Scortesca and her husband. It carries a high potential for our future.

Lyudmila and her husband write:

Daisynet welcomes the transpersonal community around the world, which is increasing every year. We believe that every member of this community can make a unique contribution to the development of human consciousness and, therefore, in raising intelligent generation.

Creating a common space for interaction and collaboration between people with similar thinking and goals enhances the potential for implementing new and innovative ideas and projects for the benefit of society and for the next step in the development of our civilization.

The Daisy Social Network (DSN) unites people around the world to actively share information, knowledge, ideas, and experiences. Daisy is a social network with a difference. It is for online connections and beneficial collaborations that use Online Video and Video-Internet Television.

Sitting at home in front of your computer, you can lead webinars for students from other countries or participate in these online video events and always have access to the global Internet audience. Then the participants can take an active part in the discussion by sharing their ideas and asking questions.

We, at the Daisy Social Network invite you to join us to become our partner.

The project Daisy is part of EUROTAS and takes its first steps now.

www.daisynet.info

 

7. The Integral Transpersonal Journal and the Journal of Transpersonal Research

The process of grounding and growing within EUROTAS becomes visible by the appearance of two professional journals of transpersonal psychology.

The first one is the “Integral Transpersonal Journal” edited by Pier Luigi Lattuada and Giovanna Calabrese.

This journal is seen as a discussion basis for new transpersonal ideas and concepts. It reviews scientific approaches and creates a new scientific paradigm that is able to understand the particular transpersonal model that is an integration of science, art, and spirituality.

Contributions of EUROTAS members are welcomed.

The “Integral Transpersonal Journal” appears twice a year. For paying EUROTAS members it is included in their membership fees. An online edition will appear shortly on the EUROTAS website.

The “Journal of Transpersonal Research” is an online periodical edited by Roman Gonzalvo inSpain. It collects articles for researching transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy. The journal strikes for its creativity and scientific rigor at the same time. So it fills a long empty-standing gap within the transpersonal field.

The Journal appears once a year, contributions should be sent to the EUROTAS office or directly to Roman Gonzalvo.

 

8. ATP/ITP Conference Spirituality; Promises and Pitfalls

Joint Conference from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology – “Spirituality: Promises and Pitfalls”

February 17 – 19, 2012,Menlo Park,California,USA

The third biennial ATP-ITP Spirituality & Psychology Conference will bring together clinicians, therapists, spiritual guides, faith-based and healing practitioners, academics, and researchers to explore the promises and pitfalls of the spiritual path. Spiritual freedom and awakening are the goal, but spiritual bypassing and abusive power relationships are also well known perils on the spiritual path.

Join keynote speakers Roger Walsh, Shauna Shapiro, Robert Frager, and Jeanne Achterberg along with a host of luminaries including Brant Cortright, Jim Fadiman, Arthur Hastings, Olga Louchakova, and David Lukoff, to examine the nature of spiritual illusion while we seek the wisdom and health benefits available in spirituality.

Recent neuroscientific findings, the wisdom of spiritual teachers, and up-to-date applications for psychotherapy, personal growth and social transformation are all included in this conference. Through experiential workshops, presentations, music, ritual, yoga, meditation, drumming and social networking you will have the opportunity to explore and experience in three tracks:

  1. Spirituality and Culture: The relationship between culture and spirituality as integral parts of human development, world view, and well-being
  2. Spirituality and Research: Transpersonally-oriented research, including neuroscience, and the cultivation of spiritual emergence and development
  3. Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy: The interface of spirituality and clinical practice including the role of spirituality as a resource for clients.

Registration opened in October, 2011. Register early for best pricing!

For registration: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=973319

 

9. The Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology and Research

The Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology & Research was founded by Lindy McMullin and a group of doctors, psychologists, educationalists and individuals interested in promoting Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy in January 2011. In this changing world, there is a need to reach beyond our everyday life, drawing on the wisdom of the ancient world, of perennial philosophy and complementarity.

Synthesis is the non-profit, non-religious Transpersonal Association of Greece, comprised of individuals from various professional fields that embrace the Transpersonal Perspective and who seek to further promote and integrate this enlightened perspective across various disciplines and the larger social context as a whole. This will include providing Transpersonal Literature, Seminars, Workshops and an International conference. Synthesis also provides a setting where like- minded individuals can come and discuss, debate and exchange new and illuminating ideas from the world of Transpersonal Psychology with a focus on research.

We meet once a month for seminars and workshops, embracing the Transpersonal vision in its worldly context, focusing on research, especially in the field of education. Our aims are to bring to light the benefits of Mindfulness Training in schools, to run programs for accreditation in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and to introduce spiritual crisis as part of an informative seminar to the police force and the field of nursing. Our association has members from different countries as well as Greece, in an effort to bring global unity through international conferences and hosting guest speakers through different workshops. Our website has a growing Bibliography and a number of scientific articles, encouraging people to become acquainted with a new paradigm and world view. Greecewill be hosting the 16th EUROTAS conference and we believe that this is an important step in bringing the spiritual richness ofGreece’s past back into its present day struggle to find balance in the global crisis.

www.transpersonal.gr

 

10. News from the Centre of Transpersonal Psychology in the UK

Dear John

It was grand to receive an update regarding EUROTAS and to hear of current developments. I was particularly interested to hear about the recent conference – I do hope it went well inVarnaand that your presentation was well received. When’s your book coming out? I know myself and several colleagues would be very interested in it.

I’m not sure how much Peter has kept you informed of developments at CTP. We’ve had to undergo some fairly rigorous re-writing of policy and procedures as part of our re-accreditation with UKCP. That’s all completed now fortunately and we have a loyal membership of therapists, most of whom trained under Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers. However, membership is not growing, partly because we have not run a training programme for some time now and recent developments have meant that therapists can now register directly with UKCP rather than through a member organisation such as CTP.

Currently, we’re focusing on developing our CPD programme for our members and other therapists interested in the Transpersonal. We also continuing to develop links and joint work with Transpersonal Perspectives, our sister organisation which offers workshops etc for people from all walks of life.

We’re keen to maintain our links with EUROTAS and on behalf of the CTP I’d like to offer my thanks to yourself and Beata for all that you’ve done over the years in keeping that link strong. I have very fond memories of theRegentsCollegeconference myself and hope to attend another conference when time and finances permit.

In the meantime, would it be possible for you to continue to represent CTP? We’re undergoing an internal restructuring at the moment as a result of Peter and a number of other council members stepping down but I anticipate by the spring next year, we will be a position to focus our attention on external links and partnerships much more.

With warmest wishes and kind regards

Mark

Mark Price

Chair, Centre for Transpersonal Psychology

17 West View Road,

St Albans,

Herts

AL3 5JX

 

11. Interesting Work at the American Community School in Athens

The Association has joined EUROTAS and has been welcomed as Ingo has mentioned above. Lindy McMullin is the President and writes about her work with the American Community School in Athens:

‘Mindfulness is a lifetime’s journey along a path that ultimately leads nowhere, only to who you are.’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn 1990).

I recently returned from the EUROTAS 13th International Conference that was held in Bulgaria and am pleased that the Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology & Research was accepted as a member of EUROTAS. Greece will host the 16th EUROTAS Conference in 2014.

The American Community Schoolin Athens has been brought in touch with Mindfulness Training and Mandala Work. This is part of the syllabus being taught in the Middle School Drama classes, something that I believe is only part of a greater whole. Students have worked on the Mandala, a word in Sanskrit that means circle. looking at their characteristics whilst focusing on their own individual potential. Part of our training to become actors and actresses incorporates writing in a journal after every lesson and writing a reflection on progress made during the more experiential parts of our lesson. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the reflections with you.

Students are encouraged to share their experiences of both mindfulness and their experiences of guided visualizations. We sit in a circle for this sharing and each person holds the ‘talking stick’ which embodies respect and integrity, whilst students explore the deeper recesses of their being within a group context. Ever mindful of the aspects of Quantitative Reasoning, one of the class projects is to make a Venn diagram, to illustrate the similarities and differences they have found between the animal they chose to research, their idol and their description of self. In order to follow through to the end of the semester, students will be given the same assignment after they have completed their course in Drama, to see how much they have gained through the course and how their initial criteria may have deepened, through their practice.

I would very much like to hope that at the 16th EUROTAS conference, we will be able to have a team of students talk about their experiences with Mindfulness and that this will serve the world at large, especially by introducing a more global awareness into a shift in the consciousness within the education system world-wide. Up to now, it has been said that ‘our schools do not emphasize being’. From now and onwards, this is an important aspect of change within our society and I am honored to be part of this change within the ACS Athens community.

Lindy McMullin MSc

www.quantumgreece.com

 

12. The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business

Edited by: Luk Bouckaert, Laszlo Zsolnai

LUK BOUCKAERT is Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is director of the SPES (Spirituality in Economics and Society) Academy and President of the European SPES Forum inLeuven.

LASZLO ZSOLNAI is Professor and Director of the Business Ethics Centre at the CorvinusUniversity of Budapest,Hungary. He is chairman of the Business Ethics Faculty Group of CEMS – the global alliance of academic and corporate institutions; and a fellow associate at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge,UK.

A summary of the most important issues, approaches and models in the field of spirituality in business, economics and society. The Handbook of Business and Spirituality presents a comprehensive pluralistic view covering all the major religious and spiritual traditions.

It is a response to three developments that challenge the business-as-usual mindset. Firstly, in response to a growing interest in spirituality applied to models of transformational leadership, in theories of social capital and in practices of values-driven management, it explores the emerging field of business spirituality – its main concepts, models and practices.

Secondly, there is a growing awareness that the world is unsustainable without a strong commitment to frugality and self-restriction, and that material resources such as clean air and water, as well as non-material resources such as trust, compassion and peace, are fragile. Managing our vital resources will not succeed without good management of our spiritual resources. Therefore, this handbook aims to elucidate some of the conditions for a transformation towards a post-capitalist, values-driven global economy.

And thirdly, although the interest in spiritually-driven entrepreneurship and governance is increasing, spirituality remains a vague and confusing concept that needs intellectual clarification. Hence, it seeks to clarify the concept of spirituality in the field of business and economics.

Heuristic in style and content it explores new ideas on the frontier of the discipline which will appeal to scholars and practitioners looking for up-to-date and insightful knowledge. This handbook is structured in five parts:

  • the nature of spirituality;
  • spiritually inspired economics;
  • socioeconomic problems in spiritual perspective;
  • business spirituality; and good practices and working models.

Chapter 5. “Transpersonal Psychology” is written by John Drew and will be available on the EUROTAS website

 

13. The Wrekin Forum – an invitation

Claire McDonald of the Wrekin Trust writes;

Would you like to be a Local Connector or Presenter under the guidance and assistance of the Wrekin Forum? As a Local Connector you will be part of a Wrekin supported UKnationwide network of volunteers hosting groups which explore spiritual enquiry and are part of the evolving consciousness of the planet.

As a Presenter, you may offer your expertise and skills in spiritual areas to those within this collection of groups as they gather together. ”

wrekin_forumPlease contact me

Claire McDonald

Phone: +44 7771 701031 (M)

All is Well and All is Well and All Manner of Thing is Well…

 

14. Transpersonal and Shamanic Visit to Mexico July 2012

This special visit will again be led by Bernadette BLIN, Francis LERY, Magda SOLE, Jaume MESTRES and Jean-Marie JOBELIN

From 21 July to 5 August 2012

For further information – contact us. Phone: +33 1 30 37 17 31

 

15. Last Words

There is a secret cave of the heart. ….. where the entire game is undone and you are exactly where you were prior to the beginning of the whole show. With a sudden shock of the utterly obvious you recognise your own Original Face, the face you had prior to the Big Bang, the face of utter Emptiness that smiles at all creation and sings as the entire Kosmos – and it is all undone in that primal glance and all that is left is the smile and the reflection of the moon on a quiet pond, late on a crystal clear night.

Ken Wilber: A Brief History of Everything.

Please start thinking about the sea as winter approaches and the Baltic Sea at Latviain particular where our 14th EUROTAS Conference will take place in September 2012

No. 63 - 30-05-2011

No. 63 - 30-05-2011

30 Mai 2011

Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Lydmila Scortescu, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé, Jure Biechonski, Dietrich Franke, Ingrida Indane, Steven Schmitz

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Summary of Contents

1. A Letter from our President

2.13th EUROTAS conference in Varna, Bulgaria 21-25 September 2011

3. The European Committee for Certification and Accreditation (ECCA)

4. Jure Biechonski: News from Estonia

5. Centre for Transpersonal Psychology Seminar, London, June 11, Sound and Silence

6. Findhorn Newsletter

7. Last Words

 

 

1. A Letter from our President

Varna

Dear members, dear friends of EUROTAS,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 13th EUROTAS conference in Varna/Bulgaria. It is about the importance of Enhanced States of Consciousness, their healing potential and their bridging role in human cultures.

While Enhanced States of Consciousness in shamanism and many spiritual traditions are used as a potent tool for psycho-spiritual exploration, Western enlightenment had dismissed and pathologized them. Unfortunately, this has led to the inability of human eyes to see the wholeness and holiness of our world.

For Transpersonal Psychology, as for transpersonal oriented business, for ecology and art, science and politics, the knowledge of the dynamic of Enhanced States of Consciousness is crucial.

For Transpersonal Psychotherapy this ability of the psyche is the royal path to gain insights and healing. Healing of thoughts, perceptions, and emotions can happen if they are touched by the Numinous – so wrote Carl Gustav Jung.

This approach is a way to overcome the present crisis of our planet, the re-entry of the human soul and of spirituality into the individual and collective understanding.

We are sure that these themes will attract many people today will be happy if many people join us at this important event in Varna.

Varna is a lovely place at the shore of the Black Sea. You’ll be nourished by powerful nature and an engaged organizing team lead by Marian Gospodinov.

For more information please visit the website www.eurotas2011.com

Please let us know about any problems and questions you might have about the Conference. The organizing team and the EUROTAS office are permanently are working on improvements.

The organizing team would be very grateful if you could apply as soon as possible. An early application enormously supports the organization and the financial planning.

With excitement to meet you there

Ingo B. Jahrsetz

 

2. 13th EUROTAS conference in Varna, Bulgaria 21-25 September 2011. Invitation from Marian Gospodinov

Dear friends,

After great conferences in Germany, Spain, Italy and Switzerland, the board of Directors of EUROTAS decided to place its confidence with the young Bulgarian Association for transpersonal Psychology to organize the EUROTAS’ annual conference in 2011. We are deeply grateful for the great confidence and for the privilege to be a host of this international event.

As a venue we have chosen one of the most beautiful resorts on the Black Sea – Rivera about 17 km from Varna – the sea capital of Bulgaria. The unique nature combination of forest and sea, beach side luxury hotels and the wonderful soft sun of September will make the days of the conference truly inspiring and unforgettable.

When planning for the conference we chose the title:

Non-ordinary States of Consciousness and their Role in Human Culture” and the motto – “Bridging differences” because we would like to attract wider attention to transpersonal psychology, it’s constantly revealed possibilities, its role and meaning for the evolution of the spirit and the consciousness of the humanity.

The Conference will be a tribute to one of the creators of the transpersonal psychology – Stanislav Grof and will feature a celebration of his 80th birthday.

It will also feature some of the pioneers of the transpersonal psychology – Stan Grof (video) and Ralf Metzner, as well as many specialists from Europe and across the world -, Serge Beddington – Behrens, Jure Biechonski, Bernadette Blin, Gennady Brevde, John Drew, Harris Friedman, Marian Gospodinov, Ingo B. Jahrsetz, Pier-Luigi Lattuada, David and Christel Lukoff, Vladimir Maykov, Judith Miller, Vitor Rodrigues, Steven Schmitz, Magda Sole, Dmitrii Spivak, Monique Tiberghien and many others.

We have the pleasure of inviting you to this forthcoming event. It will enable us to create an environment of common sharing, of knowledge and experience and to enjoy again the satisfaction of working together.

With love,

On behalf of the Organising Committee

Marian Gospodinov

 

A note about the Conference in Varna from Katrin Nowack (EUROTAS Office)

Dear EUROTAS members and friends of EUROTAS,

Marian Gospodinov and his organizing team of Bulgaria have reserved the hotel for the next 13th EUROTAS Conference and invite you to reserve your rooms now taking advantage of the reduced, very moderate prices.

If you have any questions about it, please contact the EUROTAS office mail@eurotas.org or Marian Gospodinov mng1122457@hotmail.com

Thanks,

Warm greetings,

Katrin Nowack (EUROTAS Office)

Payments:

Bank account:

Bulgarian Association of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy

Eurobank EFG Bulgaria

Bulgaria Varna 9000 ul.Mir bl.2 vh.E ap.43

BIC/Swift Code: BPBIBGSF

IBAN : BG42BPBI79451462448201

Conference prices

until 01.09.2011 – 260 € – after that 290 €

There are concessions for low wage countries and for students:

until 01.09.2011 – 130 € – after that 145 €

More details from the EUROTAS office (Mon-Thurs 9.30-12.30h. The Office Manager is Katrin Nowack; Wed. 10-12 Ingo B. Jahrsetz). Emails and phone calls are welcome +49-761-475846.

Notice:

Varna is reachable by plane from many countries of the world. There is an excellent connection by Austrian Airlines via Vienna. Some flights are also going via Sofia. If you need help please contact Magda Solé + Jaume Mestres. They will help you to find out the connections that fit for you best.

 

 

3. The European Committee for Certification and Accreditation (ECCA)

As a kind reminder for psychotherapists to become certified by Eurotas: The next meeting of the ECCA (Eurotas Committee for Certification and Accreditation) will be in June 15-19 in Freiburg/Germany.

We’ll be happy to receive your application until then. The certificate will strengthen your place and your work as a transpersonal psychotherapists and it also will support Eurotas in its endeavor to gain professional strength.

Also at this time, the EUOROTAS Board will meet in person for the 2nd time this year. We’ll be happy to receive your proposals and ideas for our work. Please mail them at our office: mail@eurotas.org .

Ingo B. Jahrsetz

 

 

4. Jure Biechonski: News from Estonia

Greetings from Estonia

Dear Friends

As the Estonian transpersonal association has signed a cooperation system with various transpersonal institutes across Europe we looking forward to a very exciting time

The Transpersonal institute in Moldova will start operating in November and we were also blessed by the visit of Dr. Steven Schmitz who delivered an excellent seminar on Shamanic practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy.

In May we are starting our Body Psychotherapy course, which will be delivered by Dr Seigmar Gherken from CORE SOMA. This course is recognised by the ITA.

As my intention is to take Transpersonal Psychology beyond the transpersonal community, I made a presentation in a conference in Japan just few weeks after the earthquake.

In May I will be presenting transpersonal psychology to the Romanian Psychological Association and in June to the Romanian Medical Association. On July I will be presenting at a conference in Mexico, and then I will be giving a seminar in Budapest, supported by the Hungarian Transpersonal Association. In August I will be presenting at the World Council of Psychotherapy conference in Sidney Australia and in October at a conference in Venezuela

In my opinion it is very important for us to take the transpersonal message beyond our small community. The cooperation with the Moldovan and Latvian associations is also increasing and August 5-9 I will be attending the Latvian association summer camp

From July 27-31 we are having in Estonia our traditional Love Camp. It is a residential international event that we are running every year. The topic this year will be PASSION, MISSION AND COMPASSION.

For this seminar we will be joined by Rebecca Sears from Washington USA from the Imago Relationship Organisation and Dr. Tom Barber from the UK from CCTS

This year the summer seminar will be a very special event by a lake in the hills of Southern Estonia.

We will be honoured if you would like to join us. The price for the 5 days seminar including hotel and full board is just 400 Euros.

We are looking forward for further cooperation and exchange which we believe will enrich us.

So please let us know if you want to take part in our student, teachers presenters exchange, and if you have something to offer please let us know, we will be delighted to invite you to Estonia

Blessings

Jure Biechonski

JURE BIECHONSKI biechon@msn.com

 

5. Centre for Transpersonal Psychology Seminar, June 11, Sound and Silence

Sound and Silence – A one-day workshop with Monica Anthony

Saturday June 11th 2011

This workshop is for therapists who are interested in exploring the subtle energy field and the quality of the resonance between themselves and their clients. This enhanced awareness enables us to engage consciously in deep healing processes and to find and cultivate another level of perception from which clarity and insights can emerge.

Taking as our starting point the still place at the interface between sound and silence, we will examine our individual relationship to the natural world in which we live and how we can deepen this awareness to create a greater resource, both for ourselves personally and in our work as therapists.

This creative day is experiential and will include meditation, imaging and some kinaesthetic work. Participants are invited to bring an image or small object connected with the natural world, which has significance for them and which they feel moved to share with the group.

Monica is a transpersonal psychotherapist, craniosacral therapist, hypnotherapist and healer with a background as a musician. For more about her work, please visit: www.monicaanthony.com – A CPD certificate is available.

Time: 10am – 4pm | Venue: ‘The Bridge’, Floors 2 & 3, 42 Borough High Street, London Bridge, London SE1 1XW – www.bridgepsych.com

Fees: (including £20 non-refundable deposit) Members: £85, Non Members: £105 (early bird discount of £10 if booked before 30 April 2011)

Booking:

To reserve a place, please contact: Jeremy Brooks, Tel: 01727 751420 or email: enquiries@transpersonalcentre.co.uk

Cheques payable to ‘The Centre for Transpersonal Psychology’ 17 West View Road, St. Albans, Herts. AL3 5JX

 

6. Findhorn Newsletter

 

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7. Last Words

 

From the Conclusions of “The Varieties of Religious Experience” by William James 1902

  1. The visible world is a part of a more spiritual universe from which it draws it chief significance.
  2. That union or harmonious relation with that higher universe is our true end;
  3. That prayer or inner communion with the spirit thereof – be that spirit “God” or”law” – is a process wherein work is really done and spiritual energy flows.Religion also includes
  4. A new zest which adds itself like a gif to life and takes the form of lyrical enchantment or of appeal to earnestness and heroism.
  5. An assurance of safety and a temper of peace, and, in relation to others, a preponderance of loving affections.

No. 62 - 09-11-2010

No. 62 - 09-11-2010

17thFebruary 2011
Newsletter Editor: John Drew
EUROTAS Board Members
: President Ingo B. Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin
Lery, Jure
Biechonski, Gennady Brevde, Dietrich Franke, Ingrida Indane, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Lyudmila
Scortesca, Steven Schmitz , Magda Solé.
Summary of Contents
There are many rich initiatives in this Newslet
ter
please let us know if you have
similar
conferences and we can include them if appropriate from wherever!
1.
Introduction of the 13
th
Eurotas Conference by the Eurotas President
2. Invitation of the Bulgarian Team to the 13th EUROTAS conference in
V
arna, Bulgaria 21
25 September 2011
3. Next Eurotas board and ECCA meeting
4. Bernadette Blin: update on EAP application process
5. Report on the SEN Symposium; Jo Schnorrenberg
6. Celebrating 40 Years of the Wrekin Trust
7. News from the Ukraine and a re
quest for comments
8. Spiritual Emergency Book launch: Catherine Lucas
9. Uzbekistan and the Catalan Transpersonal Association
10. News from GRETT in France
11. News from the Integral Transpersonal Journal
12. Communication in Eurotas: Call for Video Clip
s
13. News from Perspectives
14. News from Findhorn
15. News from Serge Beddington Behrens
16. World Spirituality is launched
17. News from Contemplative Fire
18. Last Words

1.
Introduction of the 13
th
Eurotas Conference by the Eurotas President
Varn
a at the Black Sea is an amazing place. The first time I was there I could sense this
remarkable blend of sociability and ease with an unquenchable thirst for truth and love, mixed
with a fresh breeze from the Black Sea. What could be a better place for th
e 13
th
Eurotas
conference focused around “Non
Ordinary States of Consciousness”?
Sometimes I think: If these states of consciousness would become more ordinary within
peoples’ life how miraculously the world would change. There would be less anxiety and
more trust; there would be fewer power
struggles and more intimacy; there would be less
inclination to war and more creativity. A sense of humor would shine upon conflicts that seem
to be difficult to resolve; some dreamers would become awake.
“Enhanced st
ates of consciousness” are like a finger directing to the absolute. Within
psychotherapeutic processes they might be seen as one of the most effective tools for healing.
Carl G. Jung said that healing might happen if the person’s normal life is connected t
o the
“numinous”. This is what “Non
Ordinary States of Consciousness” do. They are a spiritual
tool in human processes of conflict resolving and growth.
“Enhanced states of consciousness” can be extremely empowering for artists of all kind. At
present, we
may witness a paradigm shift in many scientific disciplines. While the assumption
of a dead material world has been questioned more and more, the consciousness of the
researcher moves into the center of the awareness. It is the consciousness that creates
the
world.
In future, “enhanced states of consciousness” may support the researcher in his field to bring
awareness in the interconnectedness of the researcher and the research. Even future political
decisions may be influenced by the work with “Non
Ordin
ary States of Consciousness”:
decisions may be deepened and reflected by the intention to nourish and to cooperate.
The 13
th
Eurotas conference in Varna will become a platform for discussion und further
initiatives. Members of Eurotas, experienced scienti
sts and spiritual teachers will give their
best to bring in information und to facilitate experiences.
2011 is the year when Stan Grof, one of the most important founders of Transpersonal
Psychology and pioneer of the work with “Non
Ordinary States of Con
sciousness” will have
his 80
th
birthday. Eurotas will have the honor of offering a celebration for him.
We are very grateful that Dr. Marian Gospodinov, Elena Evtimova and their team are
courageous enough to organize this conference and dare to take this h
ot topic into their hands.
Freiburg/Germany
6/1/2011
Dr. Ingo B. Jahrsetz, President Eurotas

Elena Evtimova, Marian Gospodinov and Ingo B. Jahrsetz at Varna
2. Invitation of the Bulgarian Team to the 13th EUROTAS confere
nce in
Varna, Bulgaria 21
25 September 2011
Dear Friends,
We would like to invite you to the most awaited and important transpersonal event of our
coming year
the13th Conference of EUROTAS which will be held in Varna, Bulgaria.
“Non
ordinary States
of Consciousness and their Role in Human Culture: Bridging
Differences”
It will be a great honour for us if you accept to present your vision of the non
ordinary states
of consciousness and share your wisdom and you may wish to contribute a workshop or t
alk
to our activities. The European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) unites 26 European
associations and we expect more than 300 participants from Europe and from all over the
world. Please give us your reply as soon as possible.
The mission of the Con
ference is to explore the full spectrum of the states of consciousness:
altered, discrete, ecstatic, enhanced, modified, holotropic, shamanic, healing, meditative, etc,
which are different from ordinary, normal states of consciousness in which we are livin
g in
consensus reality.
During this conference we hope to represent all the different kinds of such
non
ordinary states, mentioned above, and reveal their big potentiality for healing, changing,
improving, transforming ourselves and our communities, relat
ionships, communications, our
private and social environment.
Those non
ordinary states are doors for new experience, creativity and any novelty in the
world. Every human achievement, discovery, creation, technology was originally transmitted
to our worl
d through non
ordinary states of consciousness.
They are a way for discovering
our real nature, connection with all beings and the Universe and bridging so many differences
between cultures, nationalities, races and etc.
We want to review the role non
o
rdinary states has played in human history from the time of
the first shamans 50.000 years ago to the discoveries of modern consciousness research,
transpersonal psychology, and other scientific disciplines.
On this base using non
ordinary states of cons
ciousness we could reeducate ourselves and
create a new way of communication with more tolerance and understanding, a society which
can exchange and accept different kinds of views and enriches the human culture.

Cooperating Institutions:
Internatio
nal Transpersonal Association (ITA); European Transpersonal Association
(EUROTAS); MAPS (to be confirmed); Association of Transpersonal Psychology and
Psychotherapy, Russia; John Fetzer Institute (to be confirmed); Institute of Transpersonal
Psychology (to
be confirmed); California Institute of Integral Studies (to be confirmed); John
F. Kennedy University (to be confirmed); Institute of Noetic Sciences (to be confirmed);
Esalen Institute (to be confirmed); Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP); Win
dom
University (to be confirmed).
Cultural Programme:
Festivals of ethnical music. Performance “The Soul of Europe”.
Festival of Transpersonal Arts (dance, instrumental music, chanting, paintings, sculptures,
movies)
Presenters:
Charles Tart (to be
confirmed); Ralf Metzner ; MAPS; Michael Murphy (to be confirmed);
Stuart Sovatsky; David Lukoff; Les Lancaster; Vitor Rodrigues; Bernard Lietar (to be
confirmed); Ervin Laszlo (to be confirmed); Olga Luchakova; Robert Frager (to be
confirmed); Silvia Nakk
ach; Glenn Hartelius; Harris Friedman; Tanna Jakubowicz
Mount;
John Drew; Steven Schmitz; Dr. Ingo Jahrsetz; Evgeny Krupitsky; Evgeny Faydysh; Vladimir
Maykov; Dmitry Spivak; Victor Petrenko; Bronislav Vinogrodsky.
Organizing Committee:
Marian Gospodino
v; Elena Evtimova; Elisaveta Parusheva
Dimitrova; Venelin Dimitrov;
Vladimir Maykov; Ingo Jahrsetz; Les Lancaster;
You can read more about the Conference on its web site:
www.eurotas2011.com
Please send any queries to
mng1122457@hotmail.com
, or
eurotas2011@batpp.bg
+359887236973
Looking forward to your reply,
from Bulgaria, wit
h Love,
The Organizing Committee
3. Next Eurotas board and ECCA meeting
The next meetings of the Eurotas
board will be in March, 28
th
to 29
th
in Monte Carmel / Italy
and in June, 18
th
to19th in Freiburg / Germany. I you have information for the board, poi
nts to
discuss, suggestions for the Eurotas work
please mail it to one of our board members or to
the Eurotas
office.
The next ECCA meeting will take place in June 2011, 15
th
to 16
th
in Freiburg. If you are
interested to become certified by the Eurotas c
ommittee, please send you application as soon
as possible to the Eurotas office.

We also will start accrediting institutes. Please contact us, and send us your application.
4. Bernadette Blin: update on EAP application process
In 2010, EUROTAS applied to
The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) to be
acknowledged as an EWO (European Wide Organization).This is a very important step for all
the Transpersonal Psychotherapists, for Transpersonal Psychotherapy itself and for
EUROTAS.
This would mean t
hat Transpersonal Psychotherapy gets its place and recognition among the
range of other psychotherapeutic methods. EAP and the professional world would consider us
as one of them, because as we all know, Transpersonal Psychotherapy is serious, powerful
and
efficient and has to be represented in this professional domain
.
This would also mean that a training institute accredited by EUROTAS and member of a
NUO (National Umbrella Organization) or a NAO (National Awarding Organization) would
have the prerequisi
tes that would automatically give the ECP to their students once they
obtain their diploma.
This is a big challenge for all the Transpersonal Psychotherapists
a big step!
To get this accreditation, there is a long process and we had to fill a question
naire with 15
questions and our candidacy was presented in July during the EAP meeting in Bucharest.
Thanks to Vitor Rodrigues who took this difficult task to answer these 15 questions. He wrote
a 35
page document.
We were not accepted in Bucharest but th
e committee asked for more information.
Vitor wrote another 32
page document answering all their questions and critics. Once again, a
good job!
The second EAP meeting took place in Paris at the beginning of October. And once again, we
were refused. But,
and this is very important to know, this created much troubles in the EAP
board and some people offered their help and proposed us to come back for a new application
in some months or years.
It seems that when a method is quite «
new
» it may take more
time to be accepted.
Transpersonal is not an easy thing to consider when you are not a «
transpersonally
committed person
». It seems bizarre, not serious, but misunderstood by some people and this
is what happened. They also pointed out that the therapeut
ic process in Transpersonal
Psychotherapy was not clear enough.
Beyond the disappointment, their answer brought us back to our responsibility in this process.
We have to make improvements in our communication, to be much more clear, rigorous and
humble at
the same time. We have to develop a way of talking to the people who are not in
the Transpersonal field, much more simple and be careful not to pretend that we have the
solutions, that we are the best and so on.

At this point, during the next meetings of
the board and ECCA, we’ll work on these topics.
With the help of some EAP board members, we’ll finally get where we want and where we
have to be.
Bernadette Blin
Vice President of EUROTAS
ECCA member
5. Report on the SEN Symposium at Cologne; Jo Schnorr
enberg
Hello, my report of the SEN symposium at Cologne in September 2010 will be on the
EUROTAS website shortly. Bit here are some short extracts to give you aflavour of it and I
hope you will be interested to read it in detail.
The speakers were Gestalt
therapist Peter Schulthess MSc who is an EAP Board member and
president of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), as well as president of
the Swiss Charta for Psychotherapy and Professor Emeritus Wilfried Belschner from the Carl
von Ossietzk
y University of Oldenburg who took up the task of representing the transpersonal
approach.
“Transpersonal Psychotherapy: A Psychotherapeutic Process, a Psychotherapeutic
Method, a Psychotherapeutic Technique?”
This symposium formed the morning part of th
e program of this year’s SEN meeting. Its
central theme was briefly described at the beginning by the moderator as an attempt to
examine critical outside perspectives on the transpersonal approach to psychotherapy. This
seemed necessary and desirable (a no
tion which has only been reinforced by the symposium)
in light of a tendency on the part of psychotherapists with a transpersonal orientation toward
perpetual mutual reassurance during interaction at conferences and meetings. While the
decision to disregar
d biased and generalized condemnations of transpersonal psychotherapy
may be justified, a tendency on the part of the transpersonal “movement“ to stonewall outside
criticism altogether is counterproductive: it robs the transpersonal concept of potential
op
portunities for growth and for acceptance within the psychotherapeutic community as well
as within society overall.
If transpersonal therapy is to be accepted within the therapy community at large, it is to be
measured by the standards that apply in this
community. That is not to say that there is no
room for transpersonal therapists to in their turn question how appropriate these standards
may be. EUROTAS is currently striving for such recognition of transpersonal therapy within
the European Association f
or Psychotherapy (EAP).
(A note must be added about a decision which has been made since the SEN meeting: during
a meeting in Paris in October 2010, the EAP rejected accreditation of transpersonal
psychotherapy and expressly encouraged further development
of the method in order to
reapply for accreditation at some point.)

The task at hand was to examine differences without regarding them as shortcomings: what is
different about transpersonal psychotherapy? Wilfried Belschner titled his lecture “What is
the
healing quality of transpersonal psychotherapy?“ At the beginning, he formulated the
following thesis: “Transpersonal psychotherapy requires more and different skills than
traditional psychotherapy.“
Peter Schulthess presented his critical notes under th
e title “Transpersonal therapy transcends
the boundaries of psychotherapy”, which at the same time summed up the basic thesis of his
lecture. In connection with this thesis, he asked a number of initial questions:
“Is transpersonal psychotherapy
a path t
o spiritual maturation?
a mission and a path to higher development for mankind?
a religion?
a form of psychotherapy?
And what are its theoretical and political implications?”
On the grounds of both its view of man and its therapeutic goals, Peter S
chulthess argued that
it cannot be counted among the forms of therapy founded in Enlightenment (“Aufklärung”)
era thought. … He argued in favor of keeping the areas of psychotherapy and religion
separate, although he could definitely see how spiritual ment
oring could complement and aid
psychotherapy.
I would like to express my hope that the dialog with representatives of other schools of
psychotherapy and other disciplines and professions be continued on a “small
scale” level.
Jo Schnorrenberg
6. Celebra
ting 40 Years of the Wrekin Trust
Co
Creating in Momentous Times
“Out of the confusion of a crumbling society
will emerge individuals who are touched by higher guidance.
These will inevitably flow together with others of like inspiration,
and a new qu
ality of society will begin to form.
This is the true adventure of our time.”
Sir George Trevelyan, Bt
Sir George Trevelyan founded the Wrekin Trust in 1971 and at that time it was one of the first
providers of adult education in the field of spiritual de
velopment. Now, at this time of major
shifts and changes in our world, the Wrekin Trust is working in collaboration with other
individuals and organisations “of like inspiration” to respond to the evolutionary impulse
towards a collective renaissance at a
higher level of consciousness, from which we may truly
care for the earth and for each other.
Increasingly the focus of our work is upon a realization of the co
creative part we all have to
play together with higher worlds in the evolution of this new
paradigm. You are invited to

contribute your own experience and fulfill your role as a co
creator in understanding,
envisaging and manifesting this evolutionary shift, at A TRANSFORUM: Co
Creating in
Momentous Times which will take place at Hawkwood Colle
ge, Stroud, on 25
27 March.
A TRANSFORUM is a shared space for transformational exchange and co
creation that
incorporates the transpersonal dimension. Within it we will look together behind the apparent
turmoil in the world to what is really happening a
nd what is required of us to bring the new
paradigm into form.
For further details, please contact:
Carol Duncan
connect@wrekinforum.org
01243 572714
Janice Dolley
info@wrekintrust.org
01452 840033
7. News from the Ukraine and a request for comments
Our friends from the Ukraine ask for any interest in research which they are doing.
We would like to share our results which perhaps can b
e of interest to EUROTAS members
and may be
for the Newsletter.
While relieving stresses with “Kinesiology
three in one concepts/one brain,” we discovered
that
standard behavioural
kinesiology barometers are insufficient for working on a prenatal
level.
As a result of a 10
year study, higher dimension barometers were discovered.
Barometers enable the relieving of stresses obtained by a person in a prenatal period and
during labour. However the most surprising was the realisation that the conception moment
itself is also a stress, which then affects many stages in life. The major stress obtained during
conception is violation of the harmony with the world, the choice or the lack of it, and
destination
inevitability. The major stresses during first and sec
ond months of prenatal
development are the states: choice
no choice, merger
separation, violation of the harmony
with the universe. Following type of stresses obtained during the fifth
ninth months are
violations at “barometer of destiny/karma” and t
he ”BAROMETER OF WAY/ SPIRIT” and
the “Barometer of reincarnation/ soul”.
In our work the new barometers appeared to give access to the initial stresses. The stresses
then determine our attitude to different life situations and relation to the world as a
whole.
The stresses found illnesses developing then after many years.
Some corrections shown that stress situations of mothers during pregnancy repeated in the life
of their children and grand
children or had direct implication on them. It was also a wond
erful
discovery that the basis of relationship between children and parents is founded during
prenatal development of the parent’s mothers. That is stresses during grandmother pregnancy
directly influence not just children but also grand
children. On the l
evel of physiology this
can have a proof since
Oocyte
is formed in girl’s body during their prenatal development.
Also in the last half
a
year we found not just binary barometers but also barometers we called
“ triplet” or “wavelike.” These barometers all
ow relieving of stresses obtained during
conception. Also we had few cases when the client’s body indicated the need to work in the
past incarnations and it is here the wavelike barometers are primarily used.
I hope our studies will be of interest to other
s.
I would also be interested to know your personal opinion about the direction of our work.
With kindest regards,

Ievgeniia Makurina
www.transpersonal.org.ua
http://indao.info
8. Spiritual Emergency Book launch: Catherine Lucas
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I’d like to wish
you well in all your projects for the coming
year. I’m sure
2011 will
offer us
many opportunities to continue supporting the global awakening of consciousness.
It promises to be a particularly exciting year for me, with Findhorn Press publishing my book:
“In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Moving Successfully Through Your Awak
ening”.
Available for pre
order at:
http://www.findhornpress.com/spirituality
18/in
case
of
spiritual
emergency
416.html?zenid=6t384jrnpkh3n0qhdtcbnep6f2
Happy New Year to you!
Warm wishes, Catherine
Catherine G
Lucas
Founder, Spir
itual Crisis Network
www.SpiritualCrisisNetwork.org.uk
Tel: 00 44 (0)1452 813 274
“In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Moving Successfully through Your Awakening.”
Published by Findhorn Press
ISBN 978
1
84409
546
9
Launch date: 10 Oct 2011, World Mental Heal
th Day
£9.99
$16.95
9. Uzbekistan and the Catalan Transpersonal Association
As a European Network, EUROTAS will publish notes in different languages to give wider
publicity to activities in different countries.
E
stimats amics, és un plaer per nosaltres inaugurar els sopars ètnics de l’Associació amb
Uzbekistan com país protagonista.
Què millor manera de conèixer un país que fer
ho a través
del seu menjar!! El Jaume ens delectarà de nou, aquesta vegada amb cuina t
ípica Uzbeka.
Aprofitarem doncs per presentar
te el viatge
d’Uzbekistan què tindrà lloc del 6 al 13 de
setembre d’aquest any.
“Gaudeix d’úniques experiències al cor de l’Àsia Central. Terres que alimenten els sentits amb
els perfums, colors i sabors a la
ruta de la seda. Escolta els sons del silenci del desert i puja les
escales de la consciència.”
Un pelegrinatge als llocs més emblemàtics, en companyia de coneixedors com el Jaume
Mestres i la Magda Solé.
On:Associació Catalana Transpersonal (A.C.T.), C/G
ranados 5

Quan: 21/01/2011; 21:30
Preu sopar: 18 €
Preu socis: 14€
Es prega confirmació prèvia
Tania Seoane
ASSOCIACIÓ
CATALANA TRANSPERSONAL (A.C.T.)
“Un punt de trobada entre la Psicologia i l’Espiritualitat”
C/Granados 5, Baixos
08017 Barcelona
Tlf:932800989/
620235069
www.facebook/Transpersonal
ww.act
transpersonal.blogspot.com
10. News from GRETT in France
Prochaine FORMATION à la RESPIRATION HOLOTROPIQUE
1ère session du 16 au 20 novembre 2011
Cette formation qui démarre tous les 2 ans et demi en région parisienne ouvre à nouveau ses
portes fin 201
1. Elle s’adresse à vous qui souhaitez approfondir votre cheminement personnel
ou acquérir la maîtrise d’un outil performant dans votre pratique de thérapeute.
téléphone au +33 1 30 37 17 31
Next training in Holotropic Breathwork at IRETT in France and in
French
Starting with a first module in November, 16th to 20th, 2011 (near Paris in a beautiful place
called Chateau de Méridon in the Chevreuse valley).
For more information, see IRETT website :
www.irett.net
or call +33
1 30 37 17 31 or email
at
info@irett.net
.
11. News from Integral Transpersonal Journal
Dear friends, we are working to the next issue of ITJ. There will be articles of Stan Grof,
Ervin Laszlo, Stanley Krypner, Glenn
Hartelius among others.
New articles from Eurotas members are accepted. Please send it to:
transpersonal@fastwebnet.it
To download number zero for free, please see
www.integraltranspersonal.com
12. Communication in Eurotas: Call for Video Clips
This is a call for making short video clips within your national working groups for our
Eurotas website.
At Christmas, I had a skipe call with Ingrida from Latvia
and we did reflect the posibilities of
reworking the Eurotas website. The basic idea is to support communication within Eurotas
and making the website more attractive for readers from other fields.
We worked out a first basic and leading question for mak
ing a clip:
„What does transpersonal mean?“

During your next group meetings, each member of your group may reflect and answer this
question in two or three sentences while recording it. All together, it shouldn’t be longer than
a few minutes, just makin
g short statements to the leading question.
A video clip is a common medium in internet forums and on websites of organisations for
showing the ideas, the personalities, the tasks and the spirit of an organisation. For example,
you may have a look on eac
h other website in the spiritual field, like Andrew Cohen. org or
other websites.
When having produced your clip, please, send the clip on CD or stick to the Eurotas office
mail@eurotas.org
where it will be put into
the website.
We also have an invitation from Lyudmilla from Moldavia to be part of a new internet
platform. More about this at a later time.
Regina Beller, M.A., „Forum Transpersonal“, Freiburg / Germany
13. News from Perspectives
Dear Perspective Memb
ers and friends
A warm welcome to you all joining our list of events and the transpersonal family of Ian and
Barbara. We hope that we can provide as warm a welcome to you all as Dorothy has done
with the fabulous programme of events
over
the
years. We wil
l be working towards making
sure you are all aware of the range of events from the current year’s programme up to June
and then new programmes for 2011
2012 and other exciting things we have planned.
The first one is attached and it is a half day offered b
y our highly esteemed and talented
colleague Beata Bishop on Saturday February 19th.
If you want to join us on that date please get in touch with Jeremy Brooks who you will all
have
probably met in his role as the Treasurer of Perspectives. He is our Compa
ny Secretary
for The Centre and the person taking booking for events. We look forward to seeing you at
one of our events. If you have any questions about the kinds of workshops planned please
don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Best regards
Karyn Fle
tcher
Chair, Education Committee for the Centre
MEET YOUR BODY
MIND
A Workshop led by Beata Bishop
It may not be obvious yet, but there is a silent revolution afoot. It concerns our understanding
of how much autonomy we can gain over our existence, by h
onouring the link between our
body and non
body.

Some 400 years ago the French philosopher Descartes claimed that body and mind were two
separate entities which had nothing in common. Western medicine has been ruled by that
view ever since, which deprives
it of a powerful tool of healing.
Only in the early nineteen
seventies was the bio
molecular basis for our emotions
scientifically demonstrated. Psycho
neuro
immunology (PNI) was born, proving that one’s
thoughts and feelings had a direct measurable inf
luence on the functioning of the immune
system, the chief defender of health. Today world
wide research produces more and more
data to demonstrate the unity and interdependence of body and mind, psyche and soma, in
health and in sickness.
You have more i
nfluence over your well
being than you’ve ever suspected. But once you’ve
understood that your every thought and emotion is a biochemical act, directly affecting the
wonderful live precision instrument that is your body, you must review your everyday way o
f
being: does it serve or hamper your health, your relating to others and to the world?
In this workshop a blend of theory, mini
exercises and visualization will shed new light on
Body mind, our indivisible true self. We’ll look at our potential for self
healing, at the
unsuspected influence of food on all aspects of life, and at the therapeutic possibilities these
insights open up for us.
Beata Bishop is a writer, psychotherapist and lecturer, working along Transpersonal and
Jungian lines. Her special i
nterest in the body
mind link in sickness and health stems from her
own experience of life
threatening illness and long, slow recovery. She works in private
practice in West London.
Date and time: Saturday February 19th 2011, 10am
1 pm
Venue: ‘The Bridge
’, near London Bridge, see:
www.bridgepsych.com
Fees (including £20 non
refundable deposit): Members: £50, Non Members: £75.
Early bird booking
pay in full by December 19th take off £10
Booking: To reserve a
place in the first instance, please contact:
Jeremy Brooks, the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology, 01727 751420 or
Bonjour à toutes et à tous,
14. News from Findhorn
‘Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, power an
d magic in it.’
Goethe
Happy New Year from the Findhorn College Team!
An abundance of snow and ice have now melted away, the days are short and there is a
quietness around which when you breathe it in can be magical. The beginning of a new year
offers ti
me and space for new intentions as well as reflection & insights.
We are including our complete 2011 Findhorn College Program in this January Newsletter so

you can plan ahead for the year!
Already in April, we will launch two new programmes:
Peacebuild
ers Seminar
Communication & Mediation Skills for Peace with
Isabelle Duquesne
This seminar will guide you through conflict
resolution and management. You will explore
inter
cultural communication issues and exercise
mediation skills for peace processes. S
uitable for
those who work in potentially combustible
environments or are interested in creating peaceful
solutions in these challenging times.
More
info…
MSc in Sustainable Community Design
In this Findhorn Module, developed in co
operation
with the
Heriot
Watt University
in Edinburgh,
students will gain first hand experience of integrated
community and ecological settlement design and
applications of low and zero carbon technologies
(LZCT).
More info…
Our well established & successful core programs:
Learning English in Community
a four w
eek English course with lots of Findhorn
Experience
Healing through Art
two weeks of ‘making visible and becoming visible’
Findhorn Community Semester
a new group of 12 students from the US will arrive in
less than a month!
15. News from Serge Bedd
ington Behrens
Dear Friends and Colleagues
The last year has been a very very difficult one for me but now I have emerged with my usual
dedication and enthusiasm for helping people re
connect with their inner lives. Please call me
or email for more deta
ils of my work in Majorca and through the internet
SPIRITUAL RETREATS IN MAJORCA
Helping people re
connect with their inner life.

This is the tenth year of doing my week
long retreats, which again focus on the ‘Via
Positiva’ or building up our quota of
joy, love and spiritual abundance.
The first retreat is from June 11
18 and is entitled
‘LIVING WITH ABUNDANT HEART’,
the second, from August 13
20, is entitled
‘LIVING THE VIA POSITIVA.’
On these retreats,
we pray and meditate, play music, share st
ories, eat good food, explore loving camaraderie,
visit sacred sites and spend a lot of time on beautiful beaches.
Here, either as an individual or as a couple, you will come out and stay with me in Majorca,
for five, seven or ten days (depending upon wha
t you want and how much time you have) and
I will be continually at your service
throughout
the
day to support you
for as many hours as
you want, to explore whatever areas of your life you wish to focus on.
Before coming out to
me, we will have agreed bef
orehand, a specific structure for our work.
www.sergebb.com
Mobile: 00 44 7968 113 075
with love, Serge
16. World Spirituality is launched
WORLD SPIRITUALITY: Spirit’s Next Move
A lecture series hosted by Mariana Caplan, PhD. at The
California Institute of Integral
Studies
Evolving a World Spirituality is the urgent need and great adventure of our time…
The yearning to articulate a World Spirituality is rippling across the globe in the
hearts and minds of tens of millions of peopl
e. They are searching for the “pattern that
connects”
a compelling universal set of spiritual principles by which they can live, yet
cannot find within the confines of conventional religious institutions. For some
people, the classical religions have lost
their power. They seek a path of practice and
commitment that transcends the traditions. For others, their intuitive desire is to
transcend and include the traditions. They seek to live as dual citizens, rooted in their
tradition, even as they locate thems
elves as citizens in the broader community of
World Spirituality. It is now possible not only to be a dual citizen of two countries,
but also to remain committed to one’s native religion or chosen spiritual tradition
while at the same time being a citizen
of World Spirituality.
Join us for this groundbreaking series of dialogues between author Mariana Caplan

and six of the cutting
edge teachers and innovators of our time, representing diverse
religions and spiritual traditions, as we explore this timely su
bject.
Mariana Caplan, PhD
, is a counselor, professor of yogic and transpersonal
psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and
spirituality, including Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual
Path, and Halfway
Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment.
Mariana resides in the San Francisco Bay area, and Is an adjunct professor at the
California Institute of Integral Studies.
EVENT DETAILS
All lectures are 7:00 PM
9:00 PM
CIIS Main Buildi
ng
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco
Full Series: $90/$60 members and CIIS Community
Per Evening: $18/$12 members and CIIS Community
SERIES SCHEDULE
February 3: Claudio Naranjo
Thoughts on an Integral Spirituality Curriculum
February 17: Andrew Harve
y
The World Crisis and Sacred Activism
February 24: Matthew Fox
Mystics and Prophets: Pushing the Restart Button on
Christianity
March 18: Reginald Ray
Beyond Buddhism to the Spirituality of the World
April 7: Tami Simon
Many Voices, One Journey
Ap
ril 28: Roger Walsh and Frances Vaughan
Essential Spiritual Practices for
Everyday Life
17. Contemplative Fire
Dear Contemplative Fire friend
‘Claiming Your Belovedness’ a Henri Nouwen Retreat
Workshop, 18
20 February, led by me
on the basis of
my book/CD interview with Henri. For booking form for this weekend, also at
Whirlow Grange, please see website
This event springs from the creative collaboration and crossover in two of my primary
responsibilities, Contemplative Fire and Whirlow Grange S
pirituality Centre.
Warmest wishes
Philip

Philip Roderick
Contemplative Fire
0114 262 0655
www.contemplativefire.org
Registered Charity No 1106392
Claiming your Belovedness
Henri Nouwen Retreat
Workshop
Led by Philip Roderick
at Whirlow Grang
e Spirituality Centre
Friday late afternoon 18 Feb to Sunday afternoon 20 Feb
£
155 residential; £105 non residential
Venue: Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre
Whirlow Grange Drive, off Ecclesall Road South
Sheffield, S11 9PZ
How is it that so few of us t
ruly feel ourselves to be deeply loved and lovable?
If love is the
core word of the Christian story, how can we get past or underneath the wounds and the
vulnerabilities that seem to inhibit our feeling of being ‘the beloved’?
This retreat
workshop
will
explore these questions in the company of one of the finest Christian characters of the
20th century.
Philip Roderick had the privilege of interviewing Henri before his death and the questions and
answers on the tape/CD of that conversation will form th
e core element of this retreat
workshop.
The interview, fully transcribed in Philip’s book “Beloved: Henri Nouwen in
conversation” (the book includes the CD). * The book will provide the raw material for us to
work on and apply to our own lives.
Henri
’s vulnerability, deep compassion and everyday wisdom will undoubtedly connect with
you profoundly.
Allow the gentleness and strength of the Holy Spirit to guide you in this
Whirlow weekend.
Find access to resource and a strengthening of your resourceful
ness for
the next stage of your journey.
Philip is Bishop’s Adviser in Spirituality in the Diocese of Sheffield and Chaplain to Whirlow
Grange, Community Leader of Contemplative Fire and Founder
Director of The Quiet
Garden Movement.
*’Beloved: Hen
ri Nouwen in conversation’. Revd Philip Roderick. 2007. Canterbury Press,
Norwich. Cost £9.99.
Copies may be obtained from Philip Roderick via the Spirituality Centre office, from Amazon
or any good bookshop.

18. Last Words
“Pilgrimage to the Cedars of Lebanon”
The painting “Pilgrimage to the Cedars of Lebanon” by Tivadar Kosztka Csontvary is a
celebration of the magnificence
of natu
re and the dignity of human spirit. Let us hope in the
renewal of humanity in the years to come.
Tivadar Kosztka Csontvary: Pilgrimage to the Cedars of Lebanon, 1907
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest and recently exhibited at the Royal Academy, London
Nothing new under the Sun
“The first thing I have to say respecting what are called new views is that they are now new,
but the very oldest of thoughts cast into the mould of these new times. The light is always
identical in its composition, but it fall
s on a great variety of objects, and by so falling is first
revealed to us, not in its own form, for it is formless”
From “The Transcendentalist” a talk by R.W. Emerson in 1842

No. 61 - 09-11-2010

No. 61 - 09-11-2010

9 November 2010

Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Lydmila Scortescu, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé, Jure Biechonski, Dietrich Franke, Ingrida Indane, Steven Schmitz

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

 

Summary of Contents

  1. A note from our President. EUROTAS 12th Conference in SwitzerlandProfessor Ingo Jahrsetz gives his impressions of this delightful meeting on the shores of Lake Thun and introduces the enlarged Board of EUROTAS and their responsibilities for the next stages of development
  2. Fausto Sergei Sommer and his team write about the 12th EUROTAS conference at GWATT, SwitzerlandFausto Sergei Sommer who with his devoted team were responsible for the excellent conference at Gwatt, Switzerland, relates some of the high points and issues of the meeting
  3. News from LithuaniaThe newborn European project in Lithuania
  4. The EUROTAS website and newsletterWe need your help and input as both are being updated
  5. News from Croatia – Dan SercarDan sends his regards and hopes to communicate more via the internet
  6. News from David Lorimer David has a new interesting initiative in London and Scotland
  7. News from the Transpersonal Centre, Rock BankHazel continues transpersonal training and courses in the UK
  8. Contemplative FirePhilip and his team continue with their special Christian work which understands the transpersonal approach of EUROTAS completly
  9. News from Germany – the Spiritual Emergence NetworkPeter Loomans continues the SEN work in Germany with the support of a former President of EUROTAS
  10. The Asia Consciousness SocietyA very interesting Asian approach to EUROTAS work
  11. News from GRETT Bernadette Blin and her team invite you to the GRETT conference in France next year
  12. News from FindhornIf you do not know about Findhorn, visit their website
  13. Himalayas – journey of a lifetimeThis could really change your life!
  14. News from the Estonian Transpersonal AssociationJure Biechonski the new Board member for Education introduces the work of his association and himself
  15. Launch of the Integral Transpersonal Journal (ITJ)An ambitious and wide ranging Journal launched from Italy after the EUROTAS Milan Conference
  16. The Moldavian Transpersonal AssociationLudmilla tells of transpersonal developments in Moldova
  17. The Scientific and Medical Network launch the New RenaissanceThe SCM launches it programme and a significant new book. How can EUROTAS work with the SCM?
  18. Last WordsEmerson and Teilhard de Chardin were transpersonal before others invented the word!There are many rich initiatives in this Newsletter – please let us know if you have similar conferences and we can include them if appropriate from wherever!

 

1. A note from our President:

EUROTAS 12th Conference in Gwatt, Switzerland – “Knowledge, pleasure, belief.”

Dear friends,

The Conference took place on the magical Lake of Thun in the Bernese Alps. We had a dreamtime there with late summer weather. It was a good place to meet, to exchange our ideas and to follow the energy that is changing the EUROTAS network.

Fausto and his team ensured an excellently organized meeting – sincere thanks to them and to their many helpers without whom the whole event would not have been possible.

The conference title had been chosen and worked out by our Swiss friends – “Knowledge, pleasure and belief “ – as the key-energies enfolding the “transpersonal” through theoretical considerations, exercises, and as a communications challenge between all participants.

When we asked the question what is the transpersonal about, the response came through the historical unfolding of transpersonal psychology. Its beginnings with the recognition of unique experiences show the infinite extent of the human soul and the richness and creativity of consciousness which is not only related to the human brain but to the nature of our universe. After rediscovering the old spiritual wisdom and integrating modern Western art, science, psychology and psychotherapy, we focus today on ”spirituality in engaged communication”, ”spirituality in every day life” and ”spirituality emerging through ourselves into the evolution of consciousness and into concrete action if that is what is required”.

I think we can see how EUROTAS is changing from a network of a transpersonal family to a professional organization and if envisioned further, to an organization that contributes both internationally and socially. It represents spiritual values and transpersonal methods that could be a valuable contribution to the future of our planet world.

An expression of this new development has been the engaged discussion within the Delegates Meeting which underlines the growing professional activities within EUROTAS:

  • the application process of EUROTAS to become a member of the EAP(European Association of Psychotherapy)
  • the EUROTAS working group of ECCA (European Committee of Certification and Accreditation).
  • the new first and now published edition of the online “Journal of Transpersonal Research” (Roman Gonzalvo.)
  • The cooperation between EUROTAS and the newly re-founded International Transpersonal Association

The Delegates’ meeting elected an enlarged Board. There are now 9 Board Members who will each have a specific focus:

We are very grateful that John Drew will continue his wonderful work and edit the newsletter

There was an intense discussion about how to improve communication between EUROTAS members and how to present it in public efficiently both at its conferences and in between.

The big task of an attractive internet image was discussed. Practical input of members is very welcome.

A center of communication is the EUROTAS office (Mo-Thur 9.30-12.30h. The Office Manager is Katrin Nowack; Mo 10-12 Ingo B. Jahrsetz). Emails and phone calls are welcome +49-761-475846.

With best wishes and hoping to hear from you

Ingo

 

2. Fausto Sergei Sommer and his team talk about the 12th EUROTAS conference at GWATT

 

We were very pleased to hold the 2010 EUROTAS conference here in Switzerland. The weather gods were kind with us so that the surrounding landscape could present itself from the most glamorous side. Therefore the participants felt at ease and the seeds of our work fell on fertile ground. All the members of the organizing team had the feeling that their work was appreciated a lot and that made everybody feel extremely good. So, the team had a great time in spite of the amount of work at hand on such an occasion.

We had the feeling, that the chosen topic for the conference, was very appropriate and that the participants understood the importance and implications for the Transpersonal as such and for particular issues within. The Conference was able to inform the latter of the importance and necessity of a new and up-dated view of what and how the theory and practice of the Transpersonal needs to focus on in future. It is not a matter of changing a title or a name. It is rather a matter of having a vision of how the existing can be integrated into a world that is drastically changing and re-shaping itself. The Transpersonal needs to be part of this transition and not in one field but rather in all areas.

Unfortunately for us here in Switzerland, although we very much hoped for this, not many new faces appeared at the Conference. We were hoping for a coming together of many different schools and groups. This has not happened. Furthermore many representatives from EUROTAS Eastern countries were not present at the Conference. We therefore did not feel supported from part of the EUROTAS community. The small amount of participants was also cause for the financial deficit we have.

However, the Conference was a success. We had many good presentations and all of them of a very high standard. We had many deep discussions during and around the presentations and many a good talk between old and new friends. New perspectives were brought into our consciousness and the belief that the Transpersonal has something important to offer in this world could be reinforced.

We received many a good feed back from participants. However, we would also welcome more feed back now that more time has relapsed. So we invite all participants to contact us and feed us with whatever has moved, pushed and pulled you before, during and after the event.

Thank you all for having been here with us. Thank you all for participating in lively and reflective discussions that further the understanding and the vision of what the Transpersonal is or could be.

Light, love and peace

Fausto Sergej

 

3. News from Lithuania – The newborn European project in Lithuania

The mission of the Conference is to present, both experientially and didactically, breakthrough discoveries Dear friends

In February 2010 the European Transpersonal Centre (ETC) will start activities in Lithuania. The program of the Centre includes seminars of two days or more, sessions, workshops, and long-term courses about the chief masters in transpersonal psychology, psychotherapy and corresponding fields from all over the world.

The events organized by ETC aim to produce profound experiences, deliver fruitful knowledge and skills; assist the processes of evolutional transformation and development and personal growth of their participants.

ETC is not a “firework”, but a “fireplace”. It will nurture continuous activities in a warm atmosphere. Participants in events receive knowledge and practical experience. ETC will cross the divide between English and Russian speaking Europeans and the working languages of the Centre will be both English and Russian

ETC also gives opportunity and space for social meetings, looking for and finding professional fellowship and personal friendship. One of the goals of ETC is to set and improve information exchange between transpersonal oriented persons and communities.

The fundamental principles of our programs are:

  • Versatility. Our workshops are intended for psychologists/psychotherapists as well as people of all professions striving for personal development and creative advancement.
  • Diversity of methods and techniques for managing the patient/client or oneself.
  • High level instruction. Workshops will be conducted by leading specialists renowned in Europe and worldwide, authors of original concepts, and founders of scientific and practical schools.

ETC is an autonomous foundation of the “Whole World” Transpersonal

Association. Activities of the Center are realized and coordinated by the Lithuanian

Branch of the “Whole World” – “Visas Pasaulis”.

The President of the Center is Gennady Brevde, PhD, certified transpersonal psychotherapist. Our Center is launching and developing in close friendly cooperation with the EUROTAS community, national transpersonal associations and their leaders.

The process of establishing and developing of our center will contribute to revival of Lithuanian Transpersonal Association and starting of its activities.

We are interested in and cordially welcome fruitful interaction and collaboration with humanistic and transpersonal oriented people from all European countries, from all professional and non-professional communities and associations.

Feel free to contact us! Our web-address is www.transpersonalcenter.eu

 

4. The EUROTAS Website and Newsletter

Dear John, Ingo Jahrsetz wrote recently:

“On Saturday we had a Skype board-meeting; I also talked with Katrin and Erich about the website. We talked about the process and the difficulty of creating a more interactive website which can be not only attractive for EUROTAS “insiders” but also for other transpersonal interested people. I think that this step is very important to keep EUROTAS lively. On the old website we could observe only very little “traffic”.

There is a high agreement on quality standards and on correct English. There also had been the proposal of a multi-language website which, honestly speaking, I don’t like very much. This in my view would require multi-language coordination.

I think the Board, Erich, and Katrin, myself – everybody is engaged and does his or her best. Of course this is a time of transition and transformation. My view is to encourage more people to bring in their ideas and forms of the transpersonal. This might be very imperfect but finally may lead to a systemic view about how the transpersonal is understood. In EUROTAS there are many different levels and understandings and this probably reflects the world-wide understanding of the transpersonal. I think everybody sees a part of the whole elephant. We can aim for and contribute to a distant land where a more complete understanding of the spiritual may appear.

Please ask readers of the Newsletter to help by sending us material, ideas and comments.

With love

Ingo

EUROTAS delegates are in agreement that:

We are trying to “fresh up” and change the EUROTAS website a little bit (http://www.eurotas.org/) in order to make it more attractive – and more interactive.

Our idea is to create a website that invites people to participate, to discuss, to present their association etc.

Therefore we need your participation!!!

Please send us material: that could be a little presentations of your work, your association.

Or poems, photos, interesting links or videos. Or a joke?! It don’t have to be all the time the great academic abstract 🙂

We want invite people to discuss and share on the website – so if you have topics you want to ask others their opinion about and share something, please send it to me and I’ll put it on the website.

Looking forward to hear from you,

With warm greetings from Freiburg,

Katrin

EUROTAS Office

Dr. Ingo B. Jahrsetz/ Katrin Nowack

Heimbachweg 1A

D – 79299 Wittnau GERMANY

Tel.: +49-(0)761-475846

Fax. +49-(0)761-474646

www.eurotas.org

 

5. News from Croatia – Dan Sercar

Dear EUROTAS friends,

I wish you all a great and successful time at the EUROTAS meeting in Switzerland

Challenging times make that I can not join you all personally, but I believe that we are connected transpersonally!

With the idea of low cost communications, I am looking forward to our making more use of the internet.

To see what we are doing in Croatia, look at our 4 internet portals which are below – you can read them in different languages!

Yours transpersonally

Dan Šercar

dan.sercar@gmail.com, dan@sercar.org

www.angels-city.com, www.hta.hr, www.stih.in

www.taroth.org

tel +385 1 376 0012,

mob +385 98 47 99 27, 91 376 3760

Buconjićeva 4, ZAGREB, HR-10 0000

 

6. News from David Lorimer

Practical Wisdom

Connecting with your Deeper Purpose,

Applying the Philosophy of Success

Seminars with David Lorimer

Autumn 2010 – Spring 2011

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives – William James

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, either way you’re right – Henry Ford

You become what you think about most of the time – Brian Tracy

www.practicalwisdom.org.uk

Dear Reader,

Welcome to my leaflet giving details of my new seminar programme which I have been developing over the last year. The seminars are designed to enable you to take a deeper and broader view of your life and its trajectory, especially if you find yourself at a turning point. I would like to invite you personally to attend one or more events in the company of like-minded people. The seminars are based on work that has proven successful in changing people’s thinking and lives for the better. You will have opportunities to follow up the work in order to help embed these insights in your everyday life.

I look forward to the possibility of meeting and working with you.

Best wishes

David Lorimer

PS Even if you can’t attend, you can always sign up to my mailing list on the website.

Why Practical Wisdom?

Practical Wisdom focuses on helping you apply the fundamental principles of success to your life based on understanding key elements of perennial wisdom. My approach is based on many years of research and reflection about the nature of mind and consciousness and its relation to life.

Science shows that we live in an interconnected universe. Telepathy and other forms of extra-sensory perception point to a shared underlying Unity and Oneness of Mind. Practical Wisdom goes further by asserting that we live in an interactive web of consciousness, questioning the sharp distinction between ‘inner’ and ‘outer’.

Have you noticed meaningful coincidences and recurring patterns in your life? Practical Wisdom regards them as an indication of how what we call ‘inner’ – our beliefs and attitudes – is mirrored in our ‘outer’ circumstances. Thoughts are causes, conditions are effects. To paraphrase the Hermetic axiom: as within, so without. This means that by transforming our attitudes we can transform our lives.

Practical Wisdom explores these principles and insights, explaining how they affect your understanding of life and how best to live it.

Seminars and dates

Consciousness, Synchronicity and the Law of Attraction

Gibliston Mill, Fife, Saturday 23rd October 2010, Saturday 26th March 2011 and Heythrop College, London, Saturday 4th December 2010, Saturday 7th May 2011

What the mind can conceive, and bring itself to believe, the mind can achieve – Napoleon Hill

Telepathy and other forms of ESP suggest that the modern scientific understanding of consciousness – based on the assumption that the brain produces consciousness – is radically incomplete. Beginning with a survey of the New Thought movement going back as far as Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James, we will explore how our minds are both interconnected and interactive and the way in which we are all in fact embedded in and can act on the Universal Mind or Cosmic Consciousness. You will learn:

  • the relationship between your conscious mind, your subconscious and the Universal Mind
  • The significance of experiences of Cosmic Consciousness
  • How we act on the Universal Mind by directing emotionally charged creative thought and maintaining an optimistic attitude
  • The meaning and significance of synchronicity and the mechanics of the law of attraction
  • Keys to transforming your habitual neural pathways and the role of affirmations
  • The power of goals, definite purpose, faith and belief
  • How to modify your self-image and self-concept, enhancing your self-belief and capacity for success

For further information please go to www.practicalwisdom.org.uk

 

7. News from the Transpersonal Centre, Rock Bank

TRANSPERSONAL CENTRE, ROCK BANK

Here is the new Rock Bank programme, for information. It is sent in the hope that there may be something that someone you know will want to come to.

With best wishes,

Hazel.

TRANSPERSONAL CENTRE, ROCK BANK

WORKSHOPS AT ROCK BANK, 50 STATION ROAD, CROPSTON

LEICESTERSHIRE

PROGRAMME 2010 – 2011

WEEKENDS:

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS in TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

WORKSHOP I – APPROACHING THE SELF

  • October 1 – 3, 2010
  • February 5 – 7, 2011 (repeated)
  • October 7 – 9, 2011

WORKSHOP II – THE MASCULINE AND FEMININE WITHIN US

  • March 25 – 27, 2011

WORKSHOP III – CYCLES AND STAGES

  • May 20 – 22, 2011

FURTHER WORKSHOP – ‘INITIATION’ (originally Transpersonal Workshop IV)

  • November 5 – 7, 2010This is a further Transpersonal weekend mainly intended for those who have already completed at least Workshop I in the introductory series.

TIMES of all weekends, Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime:

  • Friday 6. 00 for 6. 30 pm. to 10. 00
  • Saturday 9. 30 for 10. 00 am. to 6. 00
  • Sunday 9. 30 for 10. 00 am. to 2. 00

COSTS: £ 110 per weekend. Reduced-fee places – please enquire.

SINGLE DAYS:

‘Symptom As Symbol’ – Saturday February 5th 2011

Monica Anthony is a transpersonal psychotherapist, craniosacral therapist, healer and astrologer.

‘Claiming Your Authority’ – Saturday May 14th 2011

Dr. Karen John is a trainer, consultant and psychotherapist/ counsellor. She leads workshops that involve taking and sharing authority – in family change and changing families, in leadership and leading teams, in group work, facilitation and supervision.

Emma Ramsden, ‘Passages’ – postponed until a Saturday in May 2012

Emma Ramsden is currently completing her doctoral thesis in drama therapy. She does clinical work in the high secure forensic psychiatric field.

All these single day workshops are open and everyone is welcome to apply.

TIMES: Single days start at 9.30 for 10.00 and end at around 5.30

COSTS: £ 75 per single day. Reduced-fee places – please enquire.

A TWO-YEAR COURSE: ‘A TRANSPERSONAL DIMENSION’

Rock Bank offers a further two-year course in therapy and counselling. It follows the three introductory workshops, and focuses on the perspectives, theory and techniques of Transpersonal psychology. It is intended not only for those in the ‘helping professions’, but for anyone else involved in being with people as they solve their difficulties and grow towards maturity and wholeness. A large part of its value lies in the experience of doing it. If you are interested, please let me know at once.

Hazel Marshall, founder and director of the Transpersonal Centre at Rock Bank, leads most of the weekends, assisted from time to time by other transpersonal therapists. She trained with Barbara Somers and Ian Gordon-Brown in London, and has recently edited a fourth book of their work in the series, ‘The Wisdom of the Transpersonal’:

Hazel Marshall, Rock Bank, 50 Station Road, Cropston,

Leicestershire, LE7 7HD. Tel. 0116 236 4256,

email hazel@rockbank.co.uk, website www.rockbank.co.uk.

 

8. Contemplative Fire

Contemplative Fire weekend workshop retreat in Sheffield: 4-6 Feb 2011

Retreat workshop 4-6 February 2011:

Please note this Contemplative Fire weekend workshop retreat with the highly influential and thought provoking Margaret Silf. It will take place at Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre in Sheffield on 4-6 February 2011. There are limited places. If you cannot be there yourself and happen to know someone in the East Midlands or South Yorks area who might be interested, please forward this to them.

Contemplative Fire launch day in Sheffield:

For your prayers, this Saturday (30 Oct) sees the launch of Contemplative Fire in ‘the north’ near to Sheffield with vision sharing, community building and a Pilgrimage to Now/where. We expect around 40 people to attend.

Warmly

Philip

Contemplative Fire – 0114 262 0655

www.contemplativefire.org

Registered Charity No 1106392

The Burning Bush project team (led by Tessa, together with Jill and Philip) is pleased to present the latest Burning Bush newsletter for Contemplative Fire. There is also news of Contemplative Fire’s presence at the Greenbelt festival.

This issue of Burning Bush focuses on our Rhythm of Life, with contributions from across the community. Many thanks to all those who submitted articles – it’s has been wonderful to hear how as a dispersed community we are ‘living the Rhythm’! Inevitably, there hasn’t been space to print all contributions.

Printed copies of Burning Bush 9 will be available at Greenbelt and at the Community weekend in September. We shall also then give some out to Gathering and small group leaders. If you are unable to be present at any of these events and would welcome hard copy or copies, do get in touch with Jill and she will post them out to you.

Please do be encouraged to forward this email newsletter to anyone, anywhere, who you think might be interested. This is how seeds get sown and our shared ministry develops.

Hope you enjoy the read!

Tessa, Jill and Philip

Contemplative Fire – 0114 262 0655

www.contemplativefire.org

Registered Charity No 1106392

 

9. News from Germany – the Spiritual Emergence Network

Interested people are invited to join the annual meeting of the German Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN).

The program is promising:

In the morning Wilfried Belschner and Peter Schulthess will discuss critical questions from “insiders and outsiders” perspective about transpersonal psychotherapy from a mainly theoretical point of view.

In the afternoon the exchange of more practical experience is on the program, and afterwards the yearly assembly of the members take place.

Address: Kolping Hotel International Am Römerturm, St. Apern-Str. 32, 50667 Köln, Germany, Tel: 0049 – 221 – 20930. www.kolping-international.com.

Please contact Jo Schnorrenberg, Lindenstr. 17, 50674 Köln, Germany, Tel: 0049 – 221 – 47675027,

Email: jo.Schnorrenberg@t-online.de.

 

10. The Asia Consciousness Society

Hello, and thank you for your interest in alerting your members to the Asia Consciousness Society. Below is the paragraph for your newsletter.

With best regards — Anne

The Asia Consciousness Society [ACS] was formed in 2010 to further the study of consciousness throughout the Asia-Pacific region in an integrative manner: multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, and inclusive of both theoretical perspective and practical application. The aim of the society is to be a pivotal focus of consciousness study and application throughout the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together scholars and scientists in order to contribute to the body of knowledge in this burgeoning field. The society takes an interdisciplinary approach for the richest possible collaborative model, to include perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy, cognitive science, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities, physical sciences, and spiritual disciplines. NOTE: Membership dues for ACS are waived for 2010; as of 2011, ASSC members enjoy a discounted membership rate in ACS. For more information: http://acsociety.org

 

11. News from GRETT

Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

Toute l’équipe du GRETT vous souhaite un très bel été.

Nous préparons activement notre chain FORUM de 2011.

les 25, 26 et 27 mars à Dourdan (banlieue sud de Paris)

Le thème?

Rituels et Transformations

Vous êtes tous conviés à pouvoir proposer une conférence et/ou un atelier en lien avec ce thème.

Un comité scientifique étudiera votre proposition.

Vous pouvez prendre connaissance du document APPEL A CONTRIBUTION,

qui vous en donnera tous les détails, en suivant ce lien

Merci beaucoup de communiquer alors avec l’adresse mail : grettforum2011@sfr.fr

En vous remerciant de votre attention.

A bientôt de vous lire, de vous contrer.

Très cordialement pour l’équipe du GRETT,

Christiane Beaugé

 

12. News from Findhorn

Findhorn College – offering news on integrative education for mind, heart, spirit and body.

Summer is getting off to a slow start here at Findhorn (temperature-wise!), but life in all its amazing diversity is still bursting forth. Humans play energetic volleyball games on the village green and bird song rings out around the Park. I enjoy eating my lunch by the Universal Hall while a pair of great tits fly back and forth over my head feeding their young. I am happy to have such close daily contact to so many plants, trees, birds, animals… and also remember that wherever I am, in city or town, if I maintain full presence and awareness I can see signs of life everywhere.

Connecting with Nature

It is increasingly being validated, that the quality of the connection we experience to nature is key to living in healthy relationship with our world and each other. In Crossing Thresholds: Transition Mentoring with Nature-based Tools, Holger Heiten will train participants in using a variety of eco-psychology and nature-based methods for supporting young people and adults through transitions in their lives. Holger’s December course was highly inspirational and I strongly recommend you take a look

Bioneers atat Findhorn the Conference! Regular updates at www.findhorn.org/bioneers

Economic crisis

With the economic crisis very much in the forefront of the news these days, and the realisation the current economic system is not a future-capable way to frame our relationship with our planet, we are offering a course about how to design more resilient community money systems. In On the Money, experienced and knowledgeable teachers John Rogers and Jonathan Dawson will help participants to discover the wealth that lies at the heart of our communities and learn how to mobilise that wealth for the benefit of all. See video clip about the course here

 

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Upcoming courses

BIONEERS – the conference!

Healing Through Art

Applied Systems Thinking – Community Resilience

MSc Sustainable Community Design

Wishing you a creative and sunny summer.

Alice and the Findhorn College team

 

13. Himalayas – journey of a lifetime

Himalayas

5 Element Intensive

13th – 25th October 2011

Gaby Hock & Camilla Gliemann

In collaboration with The Akupunktur Akademiet Copenhagen

A once in a lifetime educational and inspirational journey that combines a course in the Chinese Five Elements with a personal transformational experience, based in a famous Himalayan hill station ashram and Ayurvedic clinic. The venue enjoys panoramic views of some of the highest mountains in the world. Under the direction of a dedicated team of experts you can recharge your physical, cultural and spiritual batteries (taxdeductible and CPD accredited). The seminar will end with the fire element, followed by a pilgrimage deep into the Himalayan jungle to an ancient Shiva temple site renowned for its profound stillness.

  • 5 Element programme: earth, metal, water, wood and fire; focusing on the emotional andspiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine: the seven emotions, the five shen, the heart-mind connection and the mystery of shen ming (radiance of the spirit).
  • Daily yoga & pranayama in support of each element
  • Daily Ayurvedic full body massages (or other massages)
  • 2 Day Sacred Pilgrimage to 10th cent. site with 125 Shiva temples. Time to relax & enjoy the peace, walk in magical forest plus evening celebration with local musicians & camp fire.

Course Leader: Gaby Hock (UK)

Acupuncturist, Psychotherapist, lecturer with 27 years of experience in teaching Taoist & Five Element seminars for the purpose of professional & personal development.

Experienced India lover and adventurer. Supported by: Camilla Gliemann (Denmark) Acupuncturist, Yoga Teacher, Lecturer and Administrator of Akupunktur Akademiet Copenhagen. Dr. Vijay Sheel (India)

Ayurvedic & medical doctor, Director of Auyrvedic Clinic & Charitable Research Hospital.

Cost: Early bird £975 if booked with a £125 non-refundable deposit before 31st October 2010. Thereafter the cost will go up to £1100. The balance is payable by 30th April 2011. Cancellations after 1st May 2011: no refund unless we can find a replacement. Should this cause you any concerns, please get travel insurance.

Included is the full 5 element programme plus 10 days accommodation, full board Ayurvedic/vegetarian cuisine, plus 2 nights hotel & breakfast in Delhi, all transport within India. Excluded is flight to Delhi. Firstcome first-served basis, max. 12 people. Book early to avoid disappointment.

For application & further details:

gaby@oxford-transpersonal.co.uk Tel: 0044-1865-247-851

 

14. News from the Estonian Transpersonal Association

We have at the moment in our Transpersonal institute over 200 students, and this in a country of 1.2 million!

Each month we are planning seminars and workshops with leading experts from around the world. We had already had excellent presentations from John Rowan, UK, Ingrida Idane, Latvia and Vitor Rodrigues from Portugal and we are certainly looking for more exciting presenters to enrich our students.

I have travelled through a few transpersonal association doing seminars and so far was in Latvia, Italy, Romania, Moldova and in Hungary.

Our aim is to start networking between our different transpersonal trainings and set up a student and teachers exchange programme.

We believe that by openness and cooperation we will enrich ourselves and strengthen our transpersonal movement.

As a Board Member of EUROTAS and responsible for Education, if you have any transpersonal training programmes in your country please inform us, if you need help in setting up a formal transpersonal training in our country just ask!

As Ingo said we are now moving from a network of friends to a professional body.

A personal request, as we need your full support and participation in EUROTAS, please please make an effort and attend the next Conference in Bulgaria next year. It is now more important then ever to cooperate and create a strong movement.

I strongly believe that it is our transpersonal duty towards humanity with love

Jure Biechonski, Estonia

 

15. Launch of the Integral Transpersonal Journal (ITJ)

The aim of the Integral Transpersonal Journal (ITJ)

The transpersonal vision is broad, deep, integral and integrating. In many ways the movement that since the 1960s has gradually established itself around this vision, thereby claiming possession of the new emerging paradigm, is revolutionary. While it is firmly rooted in science, it does not forget the wealth of knowledge borne out of the greatest spiritual traditions. Indeed, it seizes upon the most thought-provoking queries and earliest insights to have accompanied mankind throughout its evolutionary path and rises to the challenge of responding to large-scale, all-encompassing questions of meaning; all the while, it traces the outlines of a science of consciousness and ultimately succeeds in conceiving a coherent and spiritualized existence.

Copertina_Integral_Transpersonal_Journal_0We would like to quote E. Lazlo when he says that “the emerging vision of reality is more than a theory and does not involve scientists alone. It draws us closer than ever to lifting the veil of sensory perception and to understanding the true nature of the world. This is a welcome discovery for our own life and prosperity that validates something we have always suspected yet were unable to express in these modern times (even though we have never tried to do so, unless in the guise of poets or lovers). That something is a sense of belonging … we are a coherent part of a coherent world.”

By reaching beyond the barriers of space, transcending linear time and bringing about an amazing expansion of consciousness, transpersonal experiences lead us into the presence of a Oneness; let us knowingly partake in the interconnection, integrality, and consistency of the Cosmos. Our encounter with the Holy can deeply change us, making us take on the responsibility of witnessing and spreading a culture that is entwined in spirituality, imbued with love, geared towards sharing.

From Einstein onwards it has been our belief that science is lame without religion, and religion is blind without science.

We believe in the possibility of tracing the outlines of a Science that does not claim to utter certainties without providing guarantee of validity; a Science that does not wither and die in the exercise of verifiable and repeatable experimental protocols without waiving its duty to question nature by means of reliable investigative procedures; a Science that is not reduced to what is measurable but is capable – as Maslow hopes – of broadening its jurisdiction and its methods, dares to venture boldly where angels fear to tread – as suggested by Bateson – yet, at the same time, knows when to stop humbly at the threshold of the mystery.

We believe it is useful and necessary to work for the rise of a knowledge that, while providing guarantee of validity, speaks wisely on the individual Self’s participatory journey into Psyche’s Kingdom, on the individual Soul’s journey into Anima Mundi, and on the individual’s journey into the Cosmos.

This editorial project starts with the intention of being an instrument for sharing and giving to all those involved in inner experience; a meeting point for those who draw knowledge and inspiration from the transpersonal dimension.

ITJ seeks to provide a space where to gather and discuss openly, where to focus the cultural production of all those who, as humbly yet as powerfully as they can, are capable of casting upon the world the unique look of awareness, while at the same time preparing themselves to process any number of tools and frameworks designed to highlight the guarantee of validity.

In this way we wish to help craft an epistemology that allows the transcendental inner experience and the phenomenal experience of the world of nature, culture and environment, consciousness and matter, to be all examined in a participatory light that is also dynamic and interconnected by means of that threefold gaze as suggested by St. Bonaventure and submitted again by Wilber: an eye of the flesh, an eye of the mind, and an eye of the spirit.

ITJ wants to brand itself as a place of teaching and learning, and where, upon listening, one transcends and encompasses, free from the known, and where one undertakes that journey towards Oneness we strive to partake in.

From a cultural perspective, this is a journey that, following the suggestion of Confucius, should be able to restore things to their proper name, and hand words such as Science, Psyche, Theory, Soul, Spirit, Sacred, Medicine, Void, Love (to name but a few) back to their true meanings.

Best wishes

The staff of ITJ

 

16. The Moldavian Transpersonal Associationews from the Estonian Transpersonal Association

Ludmila Scortesca writes:

The Moldovan Association was founded in 2003 in cooperation with the Romanian and the Russian Association.

Maybe it’s no coincidence the participants to start our development.

We see it as a bridge between Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

Since 2004, regular training in Holotropic Breathwork and the study of dreams by the method of Jung-Seine. Рpermanently conduct trainings and seminars with teachers from other countries included in EUROTAS. Works in conjunction with the Moscow coaches training program on process-oriented therapy. Participation in the project study of the effect of sound vibrations to the change of consciousness. The studies were conducted in the General Military Hospital Affairs of Russia. As a result, it was proved that the sounds of certain frequencies affect the biochemistry of the blood and raise the level of antioxidant in human blood.

This year we are opening the Institute of Transpersonal training and developing project of social network to help promote transpersonal views and ideas via the Internet.

Our idea is to build an online community for the knowledge and skills that will expand the boundaries of audience and most of the educational process.

This project is called Daisy www.Daisynet.info and is based on webinars technology. Web conferencing is used to conduct live meetings, training, or presentations via the Internet. In a web conference, each participant sits at his or her own computer and is connected to other participants via the internet.

We start to create the international telecommunication platform for teachers and students and for all the people who are looking for self-development.

The idea behind this network is to provide access to one of the most valuable resource in human life, access to knowledge.

We are creating a fund that will support and develop the Daisy project.

We all have a natural desire for communication and development.

We hope that our project will make a contribution to the promotion of new knowledge for a better future.

We encourage all who are interested in our project for joint creation, the common good and unity.

Best wishes and love

Lyudmila

lyuararasco@gmail.com

 

17. The Scientific and Medical Network launch the New Renaissance

The SCM have expressed an interest in being more closely associated with EUROTAS and more about that in a future Newsletter. Here is the information about the recent launch of “The New Renaissance.” Book and programme. It is well worth reading this outline below.

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A New Renaissance diagnoses an urgent need for change and renewal in a period of crisis for philosophy, science and society. The Florentine Renaissance, some six hundred years ago, took a huge leap forward into realism, rationality and self-awareness. It was born out of the waning authority of medieval institutions and beliefs. We stand now at a similar junction in history. It is apparent to many that reductionist science with its materialist values – the worldview that has driven modern culture for the last two centuries – is losing credibility. Its objectives of growth and acquisition, and its guiding principles asserting that there is no intrinsic meaning to life or purpose in the cosmos are now widely seen as creating an unsustainable world.

The essays gathered in A New Renaissance are a cultural response to the failings of the materialist worldview. Contributions in the first part diagnose the sources of the crisis in the current worldview. The second section searches for a new understanding of consciousness and mind, based on findings in new non-materialist philosophy. The third section looks to a renewal of spirituality beyond religion, aiming to recapture the personal depth and connection to the cosmos that materialism denies or ignores. The fourth section examines possible reforms in politics, economics and education to help bring forth a society that can sustain the flourishing of human beings in the globally interconnected world of the twenty-first century.

Speakers

  • Prof. Ervin Laszlo is Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, President of the World Shift Network, Founder of the General Evolution Research Group, Co-Chair of the World Wisdom Council, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.
  • Dr. Iain McGilchrist, FRCPsych has been a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford on three occasions and is author of the acclaimed The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.
  • Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolutionary biologist and futurist who is author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution and A Walk through Time: From Stardust to Us, and Biology Revisioned with Willis Harman.
  • Dr. Frank Parkinson has a special interest in the impact of evolutionary theory on traditional theology, especially the creation story now emerging from science. He is the author of Science and Religion at the Crossroads
  • Dr. Oliver Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, and a manager of the Scientific and Medical Network.
  • Prof. Chris Clarke was Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Southampton. His books include Living in Connection, Ways of Knowing (edited) and Weaving the Cosmos.
  • Paul Devereux is a founding editor of the academic publication, Time & Mind, The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture. He has written 26 books since 1979, including Re-Visioning the Earth, The Sacred Place, Spirit Roads and Sacred Geography.
  • Dr. David Peat is a physicist and author of many books, most recently Gentle Action and Pathways of Chance. He runs the Pari Center for New Learning in Italy.
  • Dr. David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experiences. He is currently President of the Parapsychological Association.
  • Anne Baring is a retired Jungian analyst, author and co-author of seven books including The Myth of the Goddess; Evolution of an Image, The Mystic Vision, the Divine Feminine and Soul Power: an Agenda for a Conscious Humanity.
  • Mick Collins is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia.
  • Dr. James Angelo is an educator, composer, pianist, writer, course leader and formerly lecturer/tutor in music at universities in New York and London. He is the author of Healing with the Voice and The Healing Power of the Human Voice.
  • Satish Kumar is editor of Resurgence and a Visiting Fellow of Schumacher College.Max Payne is a former university lecturer in philosophy of science and religion and is a Vice-President of the Network.
  • Dr. Peter Bowman is science coordinator of the University Preparatory Certificate at the Language Centre of University College, London. He is a director of the Henry George Foundation of Great Britain and vice chairman of the Coalition for Economic Justice #
  • Prof. Ian Cunningham is Visiting Professor in Organizational Capability at Middlesex University; chair of Strategic Developments International Ltd and chair of the Centre for Self Managed Learning.
  • Dr. Jean Hardy has been a university teacher for most of her working life, in sociology, political philosophy and, later on, in transpersonal psychology. She is author of A Psychology with a Soul.
  • Tony Hodgson is a management consultant, systems theorist and inventor of The World Game. He is a Member of the International Futures Forum.
  • Chris Wright is author of Your Wake up Call, A Community Manifesto, and The Sufficient Community. He is a founder member of Action for Sustainable Living.
  • David Lorimer is an author and lecturer who is Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network. He is also a Member of the International Futures Forum.

 

18. Last Words

“The first thing I have to say respecting what are called new views is that they are now new, but the very oldest of thoughts cast into the mould of these new times. The light is always identical in its composition, but it falls on a great variety of objects, and by so falling is first revealed to us, not in its own form, for it is formless”

From “The Transcendentalist” a talk by R.W. Emerson in 184

No. 60 - 16-05-2010

No. 60 - 16-05-2010

16 Mai 2010

Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Dear Friends

There are many rich initiatives in this Newsletter – please let us know if you have similar conferences and we can include them if appropriate from wherever!

As ever, love

John Drew, Newsletter Editor

 

Contents

  1. A note from our President. EUROTAS meeting in Riga
  2. The Bern Switzerland 12th EUROTAS Conference
  3. The 17th International Transpersonal Conference, Moscow 23 – 27 June
  4. News from Lithuania: The European Transpersonal Center
  5. News from Bulgaria; 13th EUROTAS Conference 2011
  6. Transpersonal Perspectives (UK) News
  7. News from Serge Beddington Behrens
  8. From Russia always with love!
  9. News from the Wrekin Trust
  10. News from Helen Bazzard
  11. News from Ninna Gay
  12. Centre for World Spirituality news
  13. News from Findhorn, Scotland
  14. Last Words

 

1. Welcome from our New President

Dear friends,

This is a small report from a meeting in Riga, Latvia that took place at April 23rd. We had the situation that three associations would like to organize the 14th EUROTAS conference in 2012. The proposed dates are: 27 -30 September 2012. By our meeting personally it was possible to find a way ahead with mutual support and synergy. I felt very touched that this could happen.

Ingrida gave a wonderful encompassing PowerPoint presentation that showed the transpersonal vision of Ingrida and her group. The conference is envisioned as a bridging between eastern and western European cultures.

For this purpose the Baltic countries are perfectly situated from their political history and from their spiritual tradition. In ancient times the Baltic hosted a diversity of magic and healing practices, and for a long period it had to suffer from the clashing forces of Western and Eastern European interests. Authenticity, creativity and spirituality have become the healing potential for the Baltic countries. And so was the style of this meeting. There was a high leveled state of co-operation and synergy within Ingrida’s team, and also between the representatives of other Baltic Associations.

The title of the planned conference will be”Spirituality and Creativity”. It is an expression of the Latvian collective and had been worked out by Ingrida and her group in a manner of grounded and heartfelt spirituality.

The conference is perfectly embedded in the professional field of Latvian psychotherapy, and will be supported by main-stream professionals and different institutions of the transpersonal field as well. The Latvian organizers will be supported by the Estonian and Lithuanian Associations.

The conference will take place at the beautiful seashore of Jurmala, which is a well known town at the seashore close to Riga.

Best wishes and thanks to all who participated in this meeting

Ingo B. Jahrsetz

President – Freiburg/Germany

 

2. The Bern Switzerland 12th EUROTAS Conference 29 September – 3 October 2010 – Fausto Sergej Sommer

Dear colleagues, friends and interested people

The Eurotas conference 2010 is not far away. We are fully engaged in its preparation. Our team is eager to make the best possible effort for making this event a memorable one, yet, even more one that will bring many new insights, jumps in consciousness, exciting encounters, and playful moments and last but not, least moments of heart content.

We are looking forward to bringing people from all over the world together in a dialogue on what the Transpersonal is capable of. We are convinced that the foundations of transpersonal theory are sound and valid today as at their introduction. However, we are just as much convinced that the Transpersonal needs to go beyond ideologies and move towards sound practical application in all fields of human endeavours. We believe that we sincerely need the diversity of all the transpersonal approaches, all of them holding within a truth of understanding. Yet, we also need the university of a binding system that is tolerant and big hearted enough to hold all these tendencies together. When we look at our history then we find that individualism has lead us to a splitting up in all of human activities, because of the individuals urge and egotism to highlight his/her own doing. What we need is individualism that is responsible and creative enough to see the advantage in sharing and even fighting for a discourse over all and everything. This latter is what the Conference will be about: feeling the overall system; feeling individuality, feeling the joy in creating something not for the moment but for the future of all of us.

My heart is inviting you all to come and share, fight and play

Sincerely

Fausto Sergej Sommer

Here is some further information. On our website www.eurotas2010.ch you will find already most of the information needed to join us in an exciting event, that will carry us beyond everyday consciousness and yet ground us with dialogues on important transpersonal issues. The themes set are Knowledge, Pleasure and Belief as well their Synergy. We have invited four main speakers, who will initiate and set afire each day with controversial presentations. With this we hope to bring new stimuli into our discussions, ignite creative forces and bring forward our best in emotions and thoughts. We intend to hold fast to these day schemes throughout the day even during lunch with table discussions on issues that came up during the morning events. At the end of each afternoon we’ll have a podium discussion on the day’s happenings in order to pin down and focus on the essential emotional and cognitive learning of participants as well as presenters. The transpersonal, and we especially talk about the transpersonal and not transpersonal psychology, is challenged to come up with vessels of knowledge that can be understood and translated into everybody’s life with ease and comfort. We are not in a dream world nor in a virtual space, we are yet again in a paradigm shift that brings us into a world that is in need of answers to basic questions more than ever. Our world today is a highly challenging world, complex and multilayered, full of possibilities and yet there are not enough trees to hug and hold on too. The Transpersonal could be such a tree, if e.g. Eurotas is capable of making the transition from being a mere exchange platform to becoming an inspiring, invigorating source of information and companionship. Our event in Switzerland is geared to be such a platform. We want to have results that can be used in future also and not just happenings that leave us with an urge and longing for food.

Eurotas 2010 wants to be food for the soul and the mind. I invite you to be my guests at a most splendidly set table in an inspiring surrounding.

Looking forward to meeting you all

Fausto Sergej Sommer

 

3. The 17th International Transpersonal Conference, Moscow 23- 27 June

The mission of the Conference is to present, both experientially and didactically, breakthrough discoveries revealing the fundamental role of consciousness in all human affairs and the value for humanity of our growing insights into the nature of consciousness and of the world. We want to review the role the transpersonal perspective has played in human history from the time of the first shamans 50.000 years ago to the discoveries of modern consciousness research, transpersonal psychology, and other scientific disciplines

The Conference will present not only a comprehensive overview of the forty years of the transpersonal paradigm through the voices of its founders and pioneers, but also outline its future perspectives. The lasting legacy of this conference will be several volumes documenting its proceedings in hundreds of papers by authors from many countries of the world, exploring the relevance of transpersonal research and ideas for science, politics, economy, ecology, religion, art, and other fields. We hope to bring over 600 participants from all continents, as well as numerous keynote speakers, artists, and spiritual teachers

Supporting Organizations:

International Transpersonal Association (ITA); European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS); Association of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Russia; Association of Body-Oriented Psychotherapists (Russia); Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology; John Fetzer Institute; All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League; Institute of Group and Family Psychology and Psychotherapy; Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); John F. Kennedy University; Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Esalen Institute; Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP)

Presenters:

Stanley Krippner; Duane Elgin; Max and Ellen Schupbach; Yeshi Silvano Namkhai; Bronislav Vinogrodsky; Vladimir Maykov; Andrey Gostev; Evgeny Faidysh; Dmitri Spivak; Igor Isaev; EvgenyKrupitsky; Brother David Steindl-Rast; Olga Luchakova; Rajesh Dalal; Rick Tarnas; Silvia Nakkach, Alex Key; Brant Cortright; Ingo Jahrsetz; Harry Hunt; John Drew; Alex Grey; Peter Russell; Pilot Baba; Stan and Christina Grof; Amit Goswami; Jenny Wade; Jim Garrison; Joseph Subbiondo; Karan Singh; Stuart Sovatsky; Tanna Jakubowicz-Mount; Jorge Ferrer; Harris Friedmann, Andrew Cohen and others

Supporting Organizations

International Transpersonal Association (ITA); European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS); Association of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Russia; Psychology and Health Department of Russian Psychologic Community; Psychology and Health Department of Moscow Psychologic Community; Japan Transpersonal Psychology Association; Australian Transpersonal Association; Association of Body-Oriented Psychotherapy (Russia); Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology; World Business Academy, Santa Clara; John Fetzer Institute; All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League; Institute of Group and Family Psychology and Psychotherapy; Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); John F. Kennedy University; Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Esalen Institute; Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP); Deep Democracy Institute; Saybrook University; Stas Namin Center; Bitza Investments; European Transpersonal Psychology Association; Transpersonal Association “Whole World”; “Open World” Centre; Advanced Trading; Tibet House

Pre- and post-Conference workshops

Alex and Allyson Grey (21-22st June)

VISIONARY ART WORKSHOP

Visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey teach painting and drawing from the wellspring of inner visions. This workshop is an opportunity for artists at any level of experience to draw and paint from the sacred ground and the mystic eye. We learn, through experiential processes, lectures and artmaking, to empower the process of bringing inner visions to outer form.

 

Stan Grof (21-22st June)

The Adventure of Self Discovery

This seminar will give an opportunity to experience a deep journey into oneself within a group. Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing that integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world.

 

Silvia Nakkach (28-29th June)

SOUND: The Beginning and the Future of Transpersonal Therapies

This seminar is about the role of Sound, Voice, and Music in healing and spiritual awakening. Sound is the foundation for all existence. Our experience of Sound as a vibrational force is central to the awareness of our cosmic consciousness, and Sound expresses the relationship between human and cosmic orders-One in Union with the Infinite Universe.

 

Stuart Sovatsky (28-29th June)

The Unbroken Circle: Tantra of Ideal Life, Love, Death and Rebirth

With rituals, chanting, meditations, dyad exercises and translation of little-known but essential Sanskrit terms, we will journey through a 100 year fully-matured ideal life unto great-great-grandparenthood, grateful death, afterlives (antarabhavas) and rebirth by which a fully-matured One World Family Culture can emerge.

 

Andrew Cohen (28th June)

The New Enlightenment

Join Andrew Cohen in a life-changing exploration of this powerful new spiritual perspective and practice, which he calls Evolutionary Enlightenment. Discover how it can help make profound sense out of life and inspire and empower any of us who feel the call of the Spirit and who care about our collective future.

 

Max and Ellen Schupbach (28-29th June)

Spiritual Pathways of Leaders, Teachers, Facilitators and Therapists

In this two day workshop, Max and Ellen will introduce concepts and methods for leaders, teachers, facilitators, and therapists to reconnect to the unique, deep inner path, or personal journey principle, that can lead through the maze of difficulties and challenges of today’s quickly changing world, and help to re-discover the infallible compass that provides a frame of reference in the twists and turns of our everyday fates.

 

Bernard Lietar (28th June)

Seminar for Small and Medium Sized Firms in an Age of Financial Uncertainty

Contrary to what is generally perceived, it is possible for businesses to take their initiatives in their own hands to deal with cash flow problems. For instance, forming business-to-business networks makes it possible to systematically avoid financial strangulation. Such an approach has already proven successful in several Latin American countries, and is being introduced in the European Union now.

Rick Tarnas (28-29th June)

Cosmos ans Psyche

In this two day workshop, Rick Tarnas will introduce new understanding of human history based on his research of planetary archetipes.

Journey to the Land of Tuvinian Shamanism (2-12th July)

Tuva is a birthplace of an ancient culture, with its original language, authentic ethos and co-existence of shamanism and buddhism. During the trip we will be accompanied by hereditary shamans of Tuva. They will perform rituals in sacred places, near lakes, and mountain sources. They will give us a glimpse of shamanic ancient knowledge and tell us about siberian shamanism.

Programme coordinator — Irina Zingerman

First round of registration — until May 1st 2010.

If you have questions or want to register please email irina.zingerman@gmail.com or call +7-916-558-29-73

 

Registration Fee Before the 31st of May 2010 After the 31st of May 2010
Western countries $ 500.00 (€ 365 $ 580.00 (€ 425
Western countries,Members of the Transpersonal Association $ 410.00 (€ 300) $ 490.00 (€ 360)
Students $ 300.00 (€ 220) $ 360.00 (€ 260)
Developing countries and Russia $ 260.00 (€ 190) $ 300.00 (€ 220)
Developing countries, Russia,Members of the Transpersonal Association $ 200.00 (€ 150) $ 250.00 (€ 185)

 

Visa Support

All foreign participants of the 17th International Transpersonal Conference should obtain an entry visa to The Russian Federation. The Conference Secretariat will send the visa support documents to the participant only after receiving the Registration and Accommodation fees! Please be advised that in order to obtain a visa your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your visit to the Russian Federation. NB! All foreign citizens arriving in Russia have to fill in a migration card while passing through customs. Migration cards will be given to foreigners before crossing the border (in airplanes, trains, buses, ships, etc.) Please be careful while filling in this migration card and keep this card secure until your departure from the Russian Federation.

You can email your request for visa to Anna at itasecretary@gmail.com.

Please visit our website www.ita2010.com

Please send any enquiries to: itasecretary@gmail.com

Or call +7 964 632 52 14

From Russia, with love

Organizing Committee

 

4. News from Lithuania: The European Transpersonal Center

Dear Friends

In October 2010 the European Transpersonal Centre (ETC) will start activities in Lithuania. The programme of the ?entre includes seminars or two or more days, sessions, workshops, and long-term courses of the chief masters in transpersonal psychology, psychotherapy and corresponding areas from all over the world.

The events, organized by ETC are aimed to produce profound, experienced activities which will deliver fruitful knowledge and skills, assist the processes of evolutional transformation, development and the personal growth of their participants.

ETC is not “firework”, but “fireplace”. It will smoothly continue activities and maintain a special atmosphere. Those who take part will get not only acquainted, but experience, knowledge and practice through ETC. It will help to join English and Russian speaking Europeans. The working languages of the Centre will be both English and Russian.

ETC also gives opportunity, auspicious and comfortable space for cordial intercourse, looking for and finding fellowship and friendship; for professional socializing.

One of the goals of ETC is to set and improve information exchange between transpersonally oriented persons and communities.

The fundamental principles of our programs are:

  • Versatility. Our workshops are intended for psychologists/psychotherapists as well as people of all professions striving for personal development and creative advancement.
  • Diversity of methods and techniques for managing the patient/client or oneself.
  • High teaching level. Workshops are conducted by leading specialists renowned in Europe and worldwide, authors of original concepts, and founders of scientific and practical schools.

ETC is an autonomous foundation of the “Whole World” Transpersonal Association.

Activities of the Centre are realized and coordinated by the Lithuanian Branch of the “Whole World” “Visas Pasaulis”.

The President of the Center is Gennady Brevde, PhD, certified transpersonal psychotherapist.

Our Centre is launching and developing in close friendly cooperation with the EUROTAS community, national transpersonal associations and their leaders.

We are interested in and cordially welcoming fruitful interaction and collaboration with humanistic and transpersonal oriented people from all European countries, from all professional and non-professional communities and associations.

Feel free to contact us!

Our web-address is www.transpersonalcenter.eu

 

5. News from Bulgaria; 13th EUROTAS Conference 2011

Dear friends from EUROTAS, greetings from Bulgaria,

I would like to inform you about transpersonal events in our country. On April 12 and 13 we held the 4th annual conference of the BAP (Bulgarian Association of Psychotherapy) – “Psychotherapy in Bulgaria – standards and practices”. Unfortunately we could not have a transpersonal presentation due to the fact that only certain members of BAP were allowed to present. However the positive is that we made the first steps necessary to become members. We were assured the there will be no problems. We were nicely surprised by the positive interest and the attention that we received

We will have the 3rd conference of BATPP in Bulgaria. The first two were held in 2008 and 2009 with the participation of Vladimir Maikov. The conferences will be an annual event.

As the 13th conference of EUROTAS will be held in Bulgaria in 2011 we would like this year’s national conference to be a platform for promotion and a preparation for the EUROTAS conference. This year’s national conference will be held in Sofia during the first weekend of November (06-07). We are still negotiating a venue. This year’s conference theme will be “Transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy – essence and methods”.

With this letter we would like to invite you to the conference as participants and guests. Your presence will be very important for us due to your experience, knowledge, your professional authority and the interest and excitement that you will create in the professional circles of medical doctors, psychologists and practitioners that are interested and work in the sphere of Transpersonal psychology. If you are intending to participate in our conference in November, please contact us via e-mail or by phone. We also expect representatives from the Bulgarian Association of Psychotherapy to attend the conference. We hope that this will be a good promotion for the next year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Warm greetings

Marian Gospodinov – e-mail: mng1122457@yahoo.com – tel. + (359) 887-236-973

Some details regarding the 3rd conference of BATPP in Bulgaria 06-07.11.2010, Sofia.

Most of the speakers will be from our Association – MDs, psychologists, physiotherapists and others that work in the transpersonal area. We have invited as speakers – prof.Pavel Alexandrov PhD, Poli Petkova PhD and Cveta Hubenova PhD, all professors at Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”, who share the Transperonal idea. Workshops and breakout sessions will be organised on such subjects as: Holotropic breathwork, .Family and Systemic Constellation, Process work , Meditation as a Transpersonal method , Regression therapy , the Peter Dunov teachings ( a world renowned Bulgarian spiritual teacher and the special dance Panevritmia, created by Peter Dunov, Orpheism – pagan Thracian spiritual teaching created and spread around our lands before Christianity, the Orpheist ritual Nestinari – fire walking , Kukeri and other old Bulgarian traditional rituals.

The time allowed for speakers is 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes Q&A. Workshops will be 2 hours. The conclusion will be a round table discussion titled “Transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy – essence and methods”.

As of right now we do not have any foreign speakers or participants and will be glad if you can attend with specific lectures. Work languages of the conference will be Bulgarian, English and Russian. Registration deadline is 30.08.2010.

The registration fee will be determined after the meeting of BATPP on 29-30.05.2010.

There are no visa requirements for citizens of countries members of the EU. Visas for Russian citizens can be obtained through travel agencies in Russia. We will give you more details as we go along.

 

6. Transpersonal Perspectives (UK) News

Transpersonal Perspectives Spring Newsletter 2010

Dear All.

I can’t believe that we have arrived at the end of a hard winter and that at last spring is upon us. It seems a long time since we met at Pax Lodge because, of course, this year we had a residential conference in March.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all those people who gave of their time and expertise so freely and with so much love. They are too numerous to mention but without each and every one of them the Conference would have been a poorer weekend. It was a great occasion and I for one enjoyed every moment of it.

Transpersonal Perspective Days have been planned for the rest of the year, and I think you will agree that they are interesting and thought provoking days. I do hope you will be able to join us and don’t forget that we love to meet new people so please bring along friends and relations.

Sunday May 23rd – “Receiving and giving” facilitated by Barbara Siddall.

Sunday September 5th – “Dreamwork” facilitated by Maggie Peters.

Sunday November 7th – “Death and dying” facilitated by Dorothy Allen and Monica Anthony.

Cost. We have, for the moment kept the cost to £20.00 to include the day, lunch and refreshments.

To Book. Please send a cheque (Payable to Transpersonal Perspectives)

To: – Dorothy Allen. 20 Fleetwood Road. Dollis Hill. London. NW10 1ND. Tel. 020 8830 6434. Email. dorothy@itinuk.com

I do hope you will come along to all of our Perspective Days, I find it so special to be with like minded people. It really replenishes me, and I hope you find them equally special.

With very fondest love to everyone.

Dorothy.

 

7. News from Serge Beddington Behrens

Dear Friends

This is just to let you know that ELEGANT SIMPLICITY by my very old and dear friend, John Reed, has now been published. I highly recommend it. It is not long and is very delicately written. It explores the essence of what has gone amiss with our society and shows how, if we only learn to connect to our deeper selves and choose to move away from being so ego-centric, that ‘elegant simplicity’ may start infusing us ! If you are interested in this theme and want to have a copy of John’s book, follow this link.

I have been very busy teaching and completing my own book, so you will not be receiving another newsletter from me for a bit. Please also note that I am now doing many psychotherapy sessions with people all over the world on SKYPE, and finding it very effective. It is fun having a ‘global practice’ in one’s own drawing room!

With Love

Serge

 

8. From Russia always with love!

Dear John,

How are you? In the end of last year despite the crisis we made expedition to India. First we go the Himalaya, then to the South India. And finally reach the abode of Saint Ayyappa. Several years we dreamt about this place, and we visited it – Sabarimala – Ayyappa’s main temple inside the Tiger Reserve. Devotion to Ayyappa is very popular now in India.Hindu people accept Him as a son of Shiva and Vishnu (Vishnu as His Mother). It is said the Ayyappa is the saint of Kali Yuga, the time of Apocalypse. Probably, it’s the reason of His popularity. So many pilgrims we haven’t seen anywhere in India. Every year tens of millions people at Ayyappa’ birthday witness the appearance of fire balls on the slopes of Sabarimala valley. Usually it occurs on 14 of January. Also a very strange phenomenon we saw at the house of English envoy at Kerala. Alexey shot there two amazing plasmoids. You can see them on photos. Certainly, we have discovered these plasmoids only on photos, when we check them on the computer. We have a big collection of spherical plasmoids, but this kind we saw for the first time.

Much love,

Your Brothers Evgueny and Alexey

 

9. News from the Wrekin Trust

Dear Friends

The sunshine and showers of April seem to have migrated to May, as I write this on a blustery Bank Holiday afternoon on the south coast. Wherever we are, we have been reminded recently of just how much our lives are affected by “weather conditions” and how the restless core of our planet and the atmospheric currents surrounding it are way beyond our control. How can we still cling to the belief that we are the centre of our particular universe, when we are so forcibly reminded that “not my will” be done!

Collectively and individually we are going through a time when we must expect the unexpected. This gives us the opportunity either to release old patterns gracefully and gratefully, or to suffer the pain and discomfort of trying to cling on to what must be let go.

When facing the unexpected, we move out of our comfort zone and into a different place of awareness. It wakes us up. Often we experience insecurity and fear as taken-for-granted frameworks in our lives shift or simply disappear, but we also have the opportunity to discover deeper levels of trust and go beyond habitual reactions to outer circumstances. Lynn Bell points out that times of change can break open the stuck places in our psyches, and Neale Donald Walsch says “What can be changed is the way you deal with change, and the way you’re changed by change”.

In doing this, we have to remember that we are not alone. As we come into tune with our deeper selves and with those around us, we realise that we are all part of one collective evolutionary flow and “affairs are now soul size”.

Evolutionary Consciousness is the theme of our Annual Round Table this year, when we shall examine together where is it taking us and what needs to change. Further details of the programme and booking form will follow, but meanwhile do make a diary note of the weekend of 29-31 October. For those who would like to focus on “The Awakening: the Christ Principle Emerges” there are still some places left on the residential weekend at Hawkwood College on 21-23 May – please contact as soon as possible info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk.

With love and blessings

Carol Duncan

connect@wrekinforum.org

 

10. News from Helen Bazzard

Hi Everyone,

I was lucky enough to hold 3 interviews of 40 minutes with the radical priest, Peter Owen-Jones, that were filmed by the BBC. Pete’s 3 part series starts this Friday at 9pm on BBC2. A couple of minutes of these interviews may well be used in episodes 1 and 3 along with other villagers’ input.

Inspired by St Francis, our vicar stopped using money for a couple of months and lived through exchange of work and food both in his home village of Firle and on the road in Devon. Episode 2 takes him to Assisi, Italy.

His aim was to see how living more simply might affect relationship and spirituality. I wanted to explore what this might mean in terms of my interest in Transpersonal Psychology, (and maybe use some of the material at the annual EUROTAS conference.)

I thought I’d let you know in case either you’re interested or happened to see me and wondered what on earth I was doing!

Pete’s other programmes have been fascinating.

Warm regards,

Helen

Helen Bazzard. Integrative and Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Brighton. (UKCP Reg. – HIPS)

 

11. News from Ninna Gay

Dear sisters and brothers,

I hope that you are well, had a good winter and are celebrating spring!

After ten years gathering these special photographs and a stimulating three years journey to realize this second revised edition of SHIFTS: Beyond the Visible, I am happy to give light to this beautiful child! Much Love and Gratitude!

Ninna

Email: ninnagay@gmail.com

SHIFTS: Beyond the Visible New Collection Combines Photographs, Text and Poetry

DUBLIN – In her new book, SHIFTS: Beyond the Visible (published by AuthorHouse), Ninna Gay combines extraordinary photographs that unveil what happens at the unseen level of reality with an invitation to a journey in prose and poetry that is both inspirational and innovative in content as well as scope.

As many ancient spiritual teachings have highlighted for millennia and as modern physics has demonstrated today, everything that exists is made up of light and vibration. In life, the physical realm is connected with the unseen and shifting realm of reality called the Otherworld in the Celtic tradition. A veil exists between these two worlds. Ninna Gay’s photographs capture remarkable moments of significance when this veil becomes thinner. They are illustrations of the different realms of existence which coexist and interact with each other in our universe, as well as of our interaction with them. These photographs reveal how thoughts and emotions, intentions, beliefs and actions generate powerful yet subtle energies which are our constant acts of co-creation with all life. They also exemplify that meditations, prayers, ceremonies and meaningful gatherings can positively affect our individual and collective evolution on Earth.

 

12. Centre for World Spirituality news

Dear Friends,

The emergence of a World Spirituality is an evolutionary step in human history. The yearning to articulate a World Spirituality is rippling across the globe in the hearts and minds of tens of millions of people. It’s for this reason that I’m delighted and honoured to invite you to join me in an extraordinary teleseminar series on World Spirituality: Spirit’s Next Move starting May 4th.

During this 14-week series, we’ll engage and explore leading-edge thinkers, teachers, and scholars from all the great traditions to chart the principles and practices of a sustainable World Spirituality.

Please join me, together with some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading visionaries, spiritual teachers, thinkers and authors dedicated to unfolding a World Spirituality – including Michael Murphy, John Welwood, Reggie Ray, Angeles Arrien Lama Palden, Roger Walsh, Michael Lerner, Jai Uttal, Claudio Naranjo, Sandra Maitri, Terry Patten, Avram Davis, Dr. Marc Gafni, Mariana Caplan, Rabbi Gershon Winkler and others for this unprecedented conversation.

This is a complimentary event, our gift to you! There is no charge to participate. You can participate live, or listen to the recordings later at any time, from anywhere in the world.

Register Today

Together we’ll address the most important questions of an emerging World Spirituality including:

  • If I have moved beyond the traditions but wanted to live a life of committed practice, spiritual obligation, and serious path where do I turn?
  • Where do I find the articulated path, practices and principles of a World Spirituality?
  • What are the principles and practices of a World Spirituality?
  • Is it possible to remain firmly rooted in my religion, while engaging the practices and approaches of other religions and spiritual traditions?
  • Can I live as a “dual citizen” – rooted in my tradition even as I locate myself as a citizen in the broader community of World Spirituality?
  • What unique gifts do the great traditions and leading edge psycho-spiritual practices have to offer to World Spirituality?
  • How do we evolve an authentic life rooted in both commitment and freedom as we live a World Spirituality?

Each week, you’ll have the opportunity to listen in as well as interact with visionary leaders committed to evolving the future of spirituality.

Register Here for this groundbreaking event.

Join me!

Mariana and Marc

 

13. News from Findhorn, Scotland

Dear Friends,

We have just learned that our Bioneers Conference for Europe at Findhorn has been approved for Grundtvig – life long learning European commission funding.

The event will take place 30 October – 2 November 2010.

http://www.findhorn.org/programmes/programme412.php is the web link for the initial information.

With Grundtvig funding participants from all the European nations (apart from UK) can apply to their National Agency and it is likely the full conference fee inclusive of accommodation will be granted.

Interested participants need to contact bookings@findhorn.org and receive confirmation that a place is available…

Then look up the Bioneers Conference on the database and apply to their National Agency.

The link for contact details of the all the EU National Agencies is:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc1208_en.htm#de

The link to the Lifelong learning database is http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/

Blessings of peace and kind regards,

Mari Hollander, Conference Organiser

mhollander@findhorncollege.org

 

14. Last Words

Do put the Switzerland Conference in your diary and come if you can. Fausto and his team are working to make this a special event with the help of many around the world

Please contribute your feelings via your thoughts to the EUROTAS website www.eurotas.org – have you visited it yet? At this time of global opportunity our small voices are important. “Europe se fait par petits pas.” Little steps will enable EUROTAS to make its contribution to our global civilization

No. 59 - 28-03-2010

No. 59 - 28-03-2010

27 March 2010

Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Dear Friends

There are many rich initiatives in this Newsletter – please let us know if you have similar conferences and we can include them if appropriate from wherever!

As ever, love

John Drew, Newsletter Editor

 

Contents

  1. Welcome from our new President
  2. After the Milan Eurotas Conference – Pier Luigi Lattuada
  3. 17th International Transpersonal Conference, Moscow 23-27 June
  4. News from Latvia
  5. Jorge Ferrer – A new book
  6. Peer supervision group in London; Claudia Nielsen
  7. The Sesame Institute – Mary Smail
  8. News from the Transpersonal Centre, Rock Bank
  9. The 2010 Psychospiritual programme
  10. News from Serge Beddington- Behrens
  11. The Burning Bush: Contemplative Fire Silent Retreat, 22-28 May 2010
  12. News from Findhorn
  13. 16th International Congress on Counselling
  14. Last Words

1. Welcome from our New President

Dear friends,

After a rather harsh winter now spring shows its first flowers – and together with it a stream of energy within the work of EUROTAS

This year two important conferences will be happening: The annual EUROTAS conference in Switzerland organized by Fausto Sommer and his team. There is a creative and promising theme: “Knowledge, Pleasure and Belief” and a magic place on at Lake Thun where the Conference will take place from 29th September – 3rd October

From 23/27 June Vladimir Maykov and the Russian transpersonal association invite you to a conference in Moscow: “Transpersonal Discoveries That Are Changing the World.” See below for details

This conference is a powerful renewal of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) with a long and famous tradition which was founded about 30 years ago by Stanislav Grof

Beside the attractive program there will be the first meeting of the new International Board of the ITA. It is an assembly of internationally known researchers. This assembly has an important meaning also for EUROTAS. It is the first time that a large international team of transpersonal oriented scientists and psychotherapists have agreed to come together and carry out common research. It was the initiative of Les Lancaster who carefully put together this assembly – a thousand thanks to him

Another important focus of activities in EUROTAS is ECCA (The European Committee for Certification and Accreditation). As you might have seen at our website, it is a team of five experienced therapists coming together twice the year to certify carefully transpersonal psychotherapists who apply for the EUROTAS certificate. The team kindly asks for more applications to strengthen our transpersonal community and give more weight to transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy in the public eye

This year ECCA will also start an accreditation process for transpersonal training institutes. If you are member of such an institute please contact the EUROTAS office, and we will give you more information. The next ECCA meeting will be in Paris in the middle of May

Our EUROTAS office is reachable regularly Monday –Thursday from 9.30-12.30

Telephone +49-761-475846.

May you all feel connected to us and the EUROTAS family

Ingo B. Jahrsetz

President Freiburg/Germany

 

2. After the Milan EUROTAS Conference – Pier Luigi Lattuada

Dear friends, I still have your eyes in my eyes and already we are looking forward to the ITA Conference in Moscow, ready for new smiles from the heart. The success of Milan, the wealth of content and especially the sense of community that we experienced together has enabled us to develop a new challenge – a magazine of transpersonal science

In view of the large quantity of material collected from the 11th EUROTAS Conference we thought we would produce a journal to promote the debate “Towards a Transpersonal Gnosis.” We may not have the expertise of our friends of the Bay Area and to them we bow with respect and ask and offer collaboration. We believe it is time that the old Europe makes its voice heard and take the courage, if you remember to “dare to open the doors”

We want to open the doors of an integral transpersonal vision, a heart-oriented science and knowledge to face this brain oriented world. And we will start from here in Milan, Italy. As the proverb says: “Milan with the heart in hand”

More news later

With love

Pier Luigi

 

3. The 17th International Transpersonal Conference, Moscow 23- 27 June

“The Consciousness Revolution: Transpersonal Discoveries

that are changing the World”

Moscow, June 23 – 27, 2010.

The mission of the Conference is to present, both experientially and didactically, breakthrough discoveries revealing the fundamental role of consciousness in all human affairs and the value for humanity of our growing insights into the nature of consciousness and of the world. We want to review the role the transpersonal perspective has played in human history from the time of the first shamans 50.000 years ago to the discoveries of modern consciousness research, transpersonal psychology, and other scientific disciplines

The Conference will present not only a comprehensive overview of the forty years of the transpersonal paradigm through the voices of its founders and pioneers, but also outline its future perspectives. The lasting legacy of this conference will be several volumes documenting its proceedings in hundreds of papers by authors from many countries of the world, exploring the relevance of transpersonal research and ideas for science, politics, economy, ecology, religion, art, and other fields. We hope to bring over 1000 participants from more than 50 countries, as well as numerous keynote speakers, artists, and spiritual teachers

Supporting Organizations:

International Transpersonal Association (ITA); European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS); Association of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Russia; Association of Body-Oriented Psychotherapists (Russia); Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology; John Fetzer Institute; All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League; Institute of Group and Family Psychology and Psychotherapy; Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); John F. Kennedy University; Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Esalen Institute; Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP)

Presenters:

Stanley Krippner; Duane Elgin; Max and Ellen Schupbach; Bronislav Vinogrodsky; Brother David Steindl-Rast; Dean Radin; Olga Luchakova; Rajesh Dalal; Rick Tarnas; Silvia Nakkach; Wes Nisker; Alex Key; Brant Cortright; Ingo Jahrsetz; Harry Hunt; John Drew; Alex Grey; Kylea Taylor; Michael Murphy; Peter Russell; Pilot Baba; Tav Sparks; Stan and Christina Grof; Amit Goswami; Jean Achterberg; Jenny Wade; Jim Garrison; Joseph Subbiondo; Karan Singh; Robert Frager; Stuart Sovatsky; Tanna Jakubowicz-Mount; Jim Fadiman; Tom Potterfield; Ralph Metzner; John Drew; Jorge Ferrer; Harris Friedmann, Andrew Cohen and others

Please visit our website www.ita2010.com

Please send any enquiries to: itasecretary@gmail.com

 

4. News from Latvia

Dear Friends

The Latvian Professional Transpersonal Psychology Association (LTPPA) was established in 2001. In early 2009 it was re-registered, and two streams of interests emerged

  1. S. Groff practices and Holotropic breathing
  2. Transpersonal arts therapies

This resulted in the first Transpersonal Summer Academy – “Labyrinth-T” which took place in Latvia from 6 – 9th August last year. It was fantastic!

It was in the countryside on the property of Turs Selga, a transpersonal biologist and labyrinth illuminator, where a an amazing tree-lined labyrinth was established over 15 years ago

International professionals within different fields of expertise came from Australia, Denmark and Estonia. These included transpersonal psychologist Prof. Juri Biechinski; artists Leva and Ole Lindquist and transpersonal music therapist V. Lagzdina

The full moon was on the rise throughout this period. All participants camped in tents in the fields. There was no electricity and we ate around a campfire for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals were made communally and delicious tastes highlighted every meal

Participants came from different parts of Latvia but all had an interest and/or qualifications in art, art therapy, psychology, drama and teaching. There were 35 participants

The program was intense and each day began with a specifically instructed walk through the labyrinth, the site of which held power in itself, and over the days some profound experiences were discovered by the participants. Seminars and workshops were spread across the three days and included: the theory and practice of transpersonal psychology as frame-worked by Juri Bienchonski; transpersonal art therapy and practice, and shamanic journeys were presented by Ingrida Indane; creativity and self-therapy, the human body as sculpture were two sunny sessions given by artists Ole and Ieva Lindquist; building a tepee lodge in American Indian tradition together with the practices of this culture took place over the 3 days with Vineta Lagzdina; two very full sessions of Holotropic breathing, followed by de-briefing were under the guidance of Vladislav Kenga; then a most inspiring introduction to Sufism with a “Zikra” meditation in leadership of Aigars Burgelis; as well as discussion sessions “experimental structure in transpersonal psychology, “medicinal plants for balsamic purposes” with Dr. Turs Selga. Various meditations, chantings, rituals also took place over the days

The program was completed with a traditional and ultra cleansing sauna “pirts” built on the property, with beatings of birch using branches of birch from the surrounding forest.“Labyrinths-T” covered an immense range of principles and practices within transpersonal psychology in just three days, and feedback was very positive.

It gave rise to planning a more extended and deeper program for 2010. We look forward to further development and cooperation with all the inspiring and wonderful people from EUROTAS. Latvia is a truly beautiful country – do come!

Light, love, learning and discovery,

Ingrida Indane and Vineta Lagzdina

 

5. Peer supervision group in London; Claudia Nielsen

Claudia who is responsible for the London Branch of the Scientific and Medical Network writes: “ I would like to form a small peer supervision group in London and am looking for like-minded, practicing psychotherapy clinicians to meet once a month. Our first meeting would probably be face to face, but then we could consider the use of Skype. I would suggest that orientation is secondary to a spiritual inclination, by which I mean a consideration that we humans have a spiritual as well as a physical and mental dimension. If you are interested, please contact me, Claudia Nielsen at Claudia@cnielsen.eu. ”

Best regards

Claudia

 

6. Jorge Ferrer – His new book now in paperback

Dear friends of EUROTAS,

Greetings. I am very pleased to let you know that my new book, “The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies” (co-edited with Jacob H. Sherman) was released last year

The anthology represents my most significant scholarly endeavour since Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: a Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality, and develops the participatory understanding of spirituality in considerable ways. . I hope you find our collective efforts of interest for your work, your research, and/or your spiritual life

The Hardcover edition is available from amazon.com but is expensive. There is a downloadable version for $20 available from SUNY Press http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61696, where you can also access the Table of Contents and some sample pages.

The paperback edition of the new book came out a while ago and in available both at amazon adn suny press websites.

With my warmest regards and hope to see you in Moscow

Jorge

Jorge (Ferrer)

This November Edizione Crisalide published the Italian translation of Jorge’s book, with the title of Una Re-Visione della Psicologia Transpersonale: Una visione partecipativa della spiritualità umana. For more information, go to: http://www.ilgiardinodeilibri.it/libri/__una-re-visione-della-psicologia-transpersonale.php.

 

7. The Sesame Institute – Mary Smail

“The use of drama and movement in therapy – the Sesame Approach”

 

October 2010 to April 2012

A part-time course for registered health professionals

The Sesame Institute, an educational charity, has been training therapists to use drama and movement in therapy since 1964. Psyche and Soma is a CPD training for registered counsellors, psychotherapists and qualified health professionals who want to draw on imagination and embodiment in their existing practice, when words are not enough. It also provides refresher experience for Arts Therapists.

The course places high value on experiential work having its own potency in therapy, and explores the Psyche/Soul, with its symbol based language, as the prime energy in any healing work.

The modules on this two year course take place over one 3-day intensive, 8 quarterly weekends, and 7 supervision groups. The inclusive fee is £2200. Successful graduates will be awarded a Sesame Institute Certificate in the use of drama and movement in therapy.

Modules

The Developmental Perspective, To Move or Two Chairs?, Sounding like my Self, Movement with Touch and Sound, Emerging Play and Story, Symbol and Myth Enactment, Soul Imperative, Soul Research.

More information:

If you would like further details to be sent to you please contact Christine Hanfrey at the Sesame Institute

info@sesame-institute.org

www.sesame-institute.org

27 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY

Tel: 020 7633 9690

Very best wishes

Mary

Mary Smail

Director

Sesame Institute for Drama and Movement Therapy

www.sesame-institute.org

 

8. News from the Transpersonal Centre, Rock Bank

Hazel Marshall gives details of the Rock Bank Transpersonal Centre Programme:

Transpersonal Psychology Weekend Workshops (based on the work of Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers). Friday evening to Sunday afternoon

I ‘Approaching the Self’, October 1 – 3

II ‘The Masculine and Feminine Within Us’, April 9 – 11

III ‘Cycles and Stages’ May 21 – 23

IV ‘Initiation’, November 5 – 7

£ 110 per weekend (some reduced fee places).

Single Days: 9.30 for 10.00 am. Till around 5.30

Pam Allsop, ‘Spontaneous Drawing and Dreams’ Saturday April 24

Emma Ramsden, ‘What is your Story?’ Saturday May 15

Ruth White, ‘Working with your Soul’ Sunday November 21

£ 75 per single day (some reduced fee places).

50 Station Road, Cropston, Leicestershire, LE7 7HD UK (0) 116 236 4256

hazel@rockbank.co.uk www.rockbank.co.uk

 

9. The 2010 Psychospiritual programme

Is now online at www.psychospiritual.co.uk The programme consists of Scottish based trainings, intensives, explorations and workshops in the transpersonal tradition, and also offers a range of Jungian workshops offered by internationally known analysts. Most events take place in Edinburgh

With best wishes,

Mike Wilson

Michael Wilson, Brooklyn Cottage, Church Street, Earlston, Berwickshire, TD4 6HS, Scotland. Tel: +44 (0)1896 849811 www.psychospiritual.co.uk

 

10. News from Serge Beddington- Behrens

You have not had a newsletter from me for some months as I have been finishing off my long book on how, with ‘Heart’, we can ‘make a difference’. It will be published by O Publishing next year

 

I also want to let you know of an important little book about to be published by my oldest friend, John Reed. It is called Elegant Simplicity; Reflections on an Alternate way of Being.’ It will be out soon and I highly recommend it. It is short. It comments on many of the ‘wrongs’ of our society and suggests new approaches. I will let you know when it sees the light of day

 

Many of my latest articles are available on line. See my website www.sergebb.com

My Majorca retreats continue as usual this summer, which are again all about our learning to bring more play and joy and a greater ‘celebratory spirit’ into our daily lives – details below. Some scholarships may be offered to people who want to come but who are struggling financially. To contact me, either ring on 07968 113075 or email me at info@sergebb.com

GROWING THE GARDEN OF THE HEART

at Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucester 23-25 April

with Serge Beddington-Behrens

The heart’s garden is an eminently lush one. So many wonderful and bright human qualities grow there, which sadly we sometimes don’t have access to. Over this weekend, we will explore what some of these qualities are; how we can best fertilise and develop them, and what we need to do to keep our heart garden healthy and free of weeds. The intention is to ‘enhearten’ our world, so that our own personal garden may spread its delights and become increasingly incorporated into – and act as a transformational force upon – the structures of our world

Residential single £199 shared £179

Non-res £139

Fee includes all meals and refreshments (except B & B for non-residential)

Course begins with registration 4-6pm on Friday 23 April and ends with afternoon tea at 4pm on Sunday 25 April

 

With much love to you

Serge

Serge Beddington-Behrens 07968 113075

 

11. The Burning Bush: Contemplative Fire Silent Retreat, 22-28 May 2010

Every year Contemplative Fire runs a substantial silent retreat with input and awareness/aerobic walks. This is primarily for Companions on the Way and those exploring a contemplative-active focus. With stillness, extraordinary natural beauty, the Celtic Christian tradition as our backdrop and our core resource, the time together will seek to build community, deepen belonging and enhance a personal rhythm of life

There is one space left on this year’s retreat from 22-28 May. This will be on a first come first served basis so please do get in touch asap if you would like to take up this place

‘The Burning Bush’ retreat will include some perambulation around the Celtic pilgrimage sites, pre-Cambrian cliffs and beaches of the St David’s peninsula. It will be led by Charlotte Wright (artist and one of the leadership team for the Hemel Hempstead CF Gathering and small groups) and me. We are returning to the delightful St Non’s retreat house, which is perched on the cliffs about a mile from St David’s. The website for St Non’s is: www.stnonsretreat.org.uk Please reserve a place by sending a non-refundable deposit of £80. Full cost will be in the region of £325

A blessed early Spring be yours.

Love

Philip

Contemplative Fire – 01494 758878

www.contemplativefire.org

Registered Charity No 1106392

 

12. News from Findhorn

A warm hello from chilly northern Scotland! In this cold winter weather, we are warm and cosy in our offices in the Park Building and have a nice view of the roof of the Universal Hall dusted in snow. As the ice melts and the days get noticeably longer we are expanding into a 2010 full of exciting programmes and talks

SATISH KUMAR AND STEPHAN HARDING AT FINDHORN

FIELD STUDY VISITS TO FINDHORN FOR STUDENTS

Are you a lecturer or student in a university or college? Or have friends who are? Please tell them about our Findhorn Field Study Visit programme. Students learn about all dimensions of sustainability in a real life situation. This experience often leads them to experience a much deeper perspective on the challenge of

sustainable development and can influence their subsequent studies and work.

Schumacher College speakers at Findhorn

We are delighted that both Stephan Harding and Satish Kumar will be presenting short courses at Findhorn later this year.

Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia with Stephen Harding

29 May – 4 June. Stephan Harding invites us on a journey to explore how Gaian science and a systems view of Life can help us to develop a sense of interconnectedness with the more-than-human world.

A Journey through Inner and Outer Landscapes with Satish Kumar and Daniel Wahl

28 June – 2nd July. In dialogues with Satish, in times of quiet reflection and through participation in community life this programme will offer an opportunity to slow down, deepen and revitalise what has heart and meaning.

All the best from

The Findhorn College Team

 

13. 16th International Congress on Counselling

Final remarks and goals:

“Humanity, Profession, Spirituality of the counselor”

Tolentino (MC) – Castello della Rancia12-13-14 February 2010

 

We have successfully completed the International Conference on Counseling organized by PREPOS, NBCC ITALY and the Saint Valentine’s Knights Association under the patronage of FAIP (Italian Federation of Psychotherapy Association), NBCC International and EBCC (European Board for Certified Counselors)

In the Rancia’s Castle scenario, full of history around the Italian Independence, despite the cold and the snow we have constructed an unforgettable step in counseling development in Italy

200 participants coming from all Italy: 70% of the participants were already graduates counselors and the 30% were counselor educators

The workshop and the talks were really interesting and full of exploring themes around the three areas of the title and were much appreciated

Since the institutional attendance in the Friday afternoon about the certification system and the recognition of the profession (Pier Angelo Sardi, CEPLIS President – Bruxelles e Giorgio Berloffa, Assoprofessioni, UNIPROF, FAC, Accredia) until the Sunday topics of Spirituality passing by the Saturdays workshop and laboratories among the topics:

  • Certification for counselors NCC;
  • Free University of Counseling;
  • Recognition of the Counseling profession;

We went back from Tolentino sharing a sense of a useful profession and a mission to the people, and the certainty of our independence and freedom

The essential results of the Congress:

  • Founding of the Consorzio per la Libera Università del Counseling (Consortium for the Free University of Counseling): meets some of the most important Italian School of Counseling, pooling to share teachers and methods for the common goal of the construction of a strong theory/model for Advanced Relationship Counseling
  • Definition of the social position within the Consortium for the Free University of Counseling
  • Launch of the National Certification for Counselors (NCC) and the related system of Quality certification of Counseling made by NBCC Italy, under the authorization of NBCC USA and International, and opening the preliminary evaluation for eligibility of the first candidates to the NCC
  • The sharing of a Relational way for Counseling as an essential topic of the counseling methods and for the social recognition of this helping-profession. The relational counseling have now a precise identity and a scientific corpus focus on all the human sciences (education, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, medicine, law etc.) to improve development, growing-up, well-being and to resolve conflicts and people’s problem;

Not least the Saint Valentine’s Knights dinner on Saturday night: as every year we lived a friendship moment of sharing values and vision. Immersed in the fantastic Rancia’s Castle to celebrate each-others the value of love, as when we meditates at the Marmore’s Falls feeling the vertigo… When Gabriella sang for us or when Giovanni named new knights and we laugh about our dreams- much to overcome the cold!

 

14. Last Words

Do put the Moscow Conference in your diary and come if you can. Vladimir Maykov and his team are working to make this a special event with the help of many around the world

Please contribute your feelings via your thoughts to the EUROTAS website www.eurotas.org – have you visited it yet? At this time of global opportunity our small voices are important. “Europe se fait par petits pas.” Little steps will enable EUROTAS to make its contribution to our global civilization

No. 58 - 21-12-2009

No. 58 - 21-12-2009

21 December 2009

Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Dear Friends

A long Newsletter with thoughts about the future of EUROTAS from our new President, from Pier Luigi who ran the special Milan EUROTAS Conference, minutes of the EUROTAS Delegates Meeting and constructive views from participants about EUROTAS conferences

Best wishes to you and to your dear ones at this time of gifts and reflection

As ever, love

John Drew, Newsletter Editor

 

Contents

  1. Welcome from our new President
  2. After the Milan Eurotas Conference – Pier Luigi Lattuada
  3. EUROTAS Delegates Meeting Minutes, Milan, 14 October 2009
  4. Helpful comments on EUROTAS meetings past, present and future
  5. Spirituality and Business – A new book by Sharda Nandram and Margot Borden
  6. 17th International Transpersonal Conference, Moscow 23-27 June
  7. Jorge Ferrer – A new book
  8. Synchronicity and Kamilla Dvorakova
  9. Advent Calendar from Contemplative Fire
  10. Last Words

1. Welcome from our New President

Dear friends of EUROTAS,

A month ago we had the 2009 EUROTAS conference in Milan. Pier Luigi Lattuada and his team did wonderful work embracing the energy and the spirit of the EUROTAS network and brought together a Conference which is perhaps typical and unique for Eurotas: a family style meeting and a considerable high conference quality. Thank you Pier Luigi and all the other contributing spirits! Your liveliness and your humility created a sense of oneness, scientific rigor and joy

At the delegates meeting in Milan, you elected me the new president of Eurotas. My heart is open to you and I thank you for the trust you have given to me by your vote. For you and for all others I’ll do my best to serve the interests of Eurotas and to justify this confidence

I appreciated and I am honoring the work of Vitor Rodrigues who stepped down from the board of EUROTAS as its President. He always met me with a lot of humor and with competence in his work and he did it quietly and with diplomacy. Thank you Vitor for the work you did and for the style you introduced to our Board. We found out in all those years that the EUROTAS community bears a lot of treasures waiting to be discovered by others for the benefit of all

The transpersonal can be understood and realized very differently and is present at many different levels. Within the EUROTAS network all these different understandings live and have their place. I have seen it expressed at the annual conferences, at workshops and lectures and in many informal contacts. All these encounters have filled me with gratitude to be part of this lively and spiritual richness

These treasures have to be expressed and communicated. Yes, there are the annual conferences – now Fausto Sergei Sommer and his team are preparing the next one on the beautiful Lake of Thun in Switzerland. The theme and title is KNOWLEDGE PLEASURE AND BELIEF. The website is just being developed and you can contact the organizers now if you want to present your work. In February you can register at http://www.eurotas2010.ch/

What can be done to strengthen our network during the year?

One possibility might be the EUROTAS forum on the Eurotas website. There you may express ideas, questions, describe projects and experiences. I know that virtual communication is not always the best way to do things, but it could be a first step. In Freiburg we have a small group which is engaged kindly to moderate your website contributions

As a mean of communication also our office in Freiburg/Germany can serve – mail@eurotas.org. There we are also reachable by phone at regular times: Mondays -Thursday 9.30- 12.30

Katrin Nowack will receive your calls and if possible answer your questions. I can be reached by phone each Wednesday between 10.oo -12.oo. So please contact us whenever you feel like it on +49-761-47 58 46

I think that a lot more possibilities and ways to communicate exist. Dear Rumold Moll used to travel a lot and he created a lot of connections. Last not least there was his idea of an East-West-project providing exchanges of therapists and ideas. If you wish to strengthen the EUROTAS network then please communicate your projects, your ideas, your need for personal exchange, for self-exploration and training

Recently Pier Luigi proposed to meet once a year to exchange how we work and he offered heart opening places, seducing us to follow his invitation. More details you’ll find in the EUROTAS website “FORUM” within the next two months

There is also a big need for scientific research: E.G. What are transpersonal art, business, psychology and psychotherapy? Are there genuine transpersonal methods? What really does it mean to work or to be “transpersonal”? What exactly is the transpersonal? Do transpersonal people exist? Ideas to start working groups and research groups are kindly requested

EUROTAS is in the process of applying to the European Association of Psychology (EAP). Vitor and the ECCA committee worked for it a lot. We can expect that EUROTAS will be accepted as a member (presupposing it is able to pay the membership fees). EAP membership will strengthen the place of transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy and will bring EUROTAS closer to the “normal world”

What also makes me feel optimistic is a good and continuously evolving relationship between EUROTAS and the American Transpersonal Association (ATP) and the newly re-founded International Transpersonal Association (ITA). Les Lancaster is currently bringing together a highly qualified group of people from all over the world for the new ITA board. Vladimir Maikov is resuming the long tradition of the ITA and is working to offer the 17th International Transpersonal Conference: “Consciousness Revolution: Transpersonal discoveries that are changing the World” – Moscow, June 23 – 27, 2010

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas time and a mindful start of the New Year, seeing the sacredness of our world

Freiburg/Germany

December 2009

Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz

2. After the Milan EUROTAS Conference – Pier Luigi Lattuada

Pier Luigi and other members of the Board welcome your comments and thoughts on Milan. EUROTAS wishes to develop through those involved and interested. You will find some comments in this Newsletter and more are requested for future Newsletters. They can be addressed to Pier Luigi and the Board directly or through the website eurotas.org

Dear Friends here is my report of the Milan Conference.

Gratitude

The warm sun and the fragrance of the humid earth smiles on me as I recall in my heart the memory of days we spent together in Milan. I feel a sense of spiritual brotherhood and professional values. Personally I am grateful, deeply grateful to the board of EUROTAS that honored me and gave all of us the necessary confidence. To all the presenters and all the participants, thank you. You have been extraordinary. The many feedbacks received were enthusiastic, very much appreciated and so were the welcome ideas of constructive criticism

Quality

To organize the 11th EUROTAS Conference was a fascinating journey from the personal and transpersonal point of view. The organizational machine went on its bike after Barcelona. Thus from November 2008, once we had the date, like the Mother who knows she will give birth – love, dedication and confidence were the qualities that were necessary each day

First Steps

The first step, already in Barcelona, after having chosen the title and the date, shared with the board of EUROTAS, was working with the webmaster -Saint Erich! – for the preparation of the website

First teaching

identifying a webmaster, reliable and responsible is vital. The person to seek will combine technical skills, knowledge of the transpersonal world and be readily available for every situation. Erich Meier was just that! Particular attention should be dedicated to the software, to the entries and payments. www.eurotasitaly2009.eu The site was good yet some users had difficulties. We felt it was simple and easy but many users often have little familiarity with computer resources. . Erich is learning our problems and sites will improve and simplify for future conferences

Organisation

At the same time we started with the preparation of a business plan with particular attention, to the economic level, the budget and the logistics, the choice of staff and of partners and of the location. Great help came from the Scientific and Cultural level by drawing up the project and making decisions on the duration and structure of the event

Second teaching

Eleonora, our General Assistant was the soul of the Organization. Without her nothing would have been possible. Seems to me absolutely fundamental to find a person competent and reliable to take on the whole organization

Contact and Communication

Importance of finding contacts, national and international, special guests, the promotional choices, communication and the search for sponsors

Third teaching

Don’t invest too many resources in publicity as the media have high costs and returns are very low. Give priority to personal active contacts and achieve partnership with those who already have experience in the field

Presenters

With the sending out a call for papers, the public phase of initiatives began. Acknowledgement was very encouraging. This started the long and fascinating adventure of contact with all the presenters: their proposals, their requests, the quality and the limits. Every e-mail a world, each contact a teaching. The relationship with each of you has been full and we were lived wired for a whole year. You entered not only in our computer, but also our bodies, our breath, our mind and our soul. It was always one of you there this morning when I woke up or the evening when I felt asleep. In our journey together I had the opportunity to see, once again, the road that we still has to go. I have had the opportunity to see also the enthusiasm, the force that lives inside us and that awaits only a simple smile of encouragement to spread in its entire splendor

Fourth teaching

Start at the earliest the phase of selection of the presenters and to get them to agree. The network of EUROTAS is like a great river which you can then browse with calm

Fifth teaching

Many presenters appear not to have read the periodic reports through websites and the EUROTAS newsletter and have special personal needs. Find the way of communicating the need to respect the indications of calls for paper and the issues of the conference

Volunteers

The sky of conference has been lit up by the brilliant splendor of the volunteers! A force coming directly from the heart without which the conference could not have been realized

Sixth teaching

Provide for time to search for volunteers full of enthusiasm and dedication and with knowledge of the transpersonal world. The staff of the 11th EUROTAS Conference is available to provide a service of voluntary support and service (ALL INCLUSIVE) for future conferences

Some Statistics

Volunteers: 34

Staff working: 19 (team 7 members, media team 4 members, translations 4 members, Press Office 2 members, sponsor research 2 members)

Sponsors: 2 for €4000

Presenters: 125

Total participants: 370

Countries: 24

Partners (for communication and promotion): 2

Institutional Patrons: 4

Round tables: 11

Working groups: 32

Workshops: 52

Video conference: 1

Films: 2

Events: 5

Account

Our heart is happy. The 11th EUROTAS Conference it just seemed like a Conference of good quality, characterized by the presence of many valid professionals, by a good atmosphere and a numerous and concerned participation of the public. In the months preceding the Conference a document was drawn up and presented in plenary and welcomed. This is the Transpersonal Manifesto that will be published in different languages

Much still we can do to improve the quality of the organization and the working methodology. It is necessary to consider the objective limits linked to the structure of a conference, the location, to the time and costs. The balance of the 11th EUROTAS Conference seems will be in surplus of about €15.000 only thanks to the generous free work of 34 volunteers and to the almost unlimited availability of the general Assistant who writes: “without sponsors that allow more extensive investments there seems difficult to increase the organizational quality and make significant changes to the structure .As regards the quality of presentations, this applies to each of us, to our software spiritual and professional, to our courage to embody the term Transpersonal.

Best wishes

Pier Luigi

3. EUROTAS Delegates Meeting – Milan 14 October 2009

  1. Vitor Rodriguez reviewed the conclusions of the last Delegates Meeting in Barcelona 2008– Finances: EUROTAS expenses were reviewed- Membership fees for the EUROTAS associations were agreed €250 for western countries and €125 for low wage countries, legal members €150 and individual members € 60- There needs to be more exchange of information between EUROTAS associations- The Council of Elders project was discussed
  2. A number of members introduced themselves and the Associations they represented. Among them were:Hans-Peter Weidinger (Austria), Vitor Rodriguez (Portugal), Gennady Brevde (Russia), Bernadette Blin (France), Ingo B. Jahrsetz (Germany), Katrin Nowack (Germany), Daniela Tribegea (Romania), Anna Maurer (Austria), Mariam Khorasani-Michels (Austria), Rainer Pervöltz (Germany), Werner (Switzerland), Fausto S. Sommer (Switzerland), Jure Biechonski (Estonia), Tanna Jakubowitz-Mount (Poland), Jo Schnorrenberger (Germany), Erich Meier (Germany), John Drew (UK), Monique Tiberghien (Belgium), Vladimir Maikov (Russia), Xenia Kuleshova (Russia), Steven Schmitz (USA), Judith Miller (USA), Pier Luigi (Italy), Andi (Austria), Renate (Austria), Pia Keiding (Belgium), Magda Sole (Spain), Jaume Mestres (Spain), Marian Gospodinon (Bulgaria)
  3. Monique Tiberghien reminded everyone that this year is the 25th anniversary of EUROTAS
  4. News from Eurotas members:– Rainer Pervöltz read a message of Markus Hohmann, Ireland about the state of their association in Ireland. There are administrative issues to do with their association and they are not yet sure how they will be resolved. Markus told us now there are hopes of new beginnings- John Drew brought greetings to all from Beata Bishop. Beata Bishop will leave the board of EUROTAS because of her demanding new professional interests in establishing the Guertson Institute in Hungary. She sends her best wishes and hopes to come to future meetings. The President said he would like to thank her for all her work over many years in supporting EUROTAS and a vote of thanks was sent to her on behalf of all friends who were present.
  5. New MembershipsAssociations: in Greece there is a group of people that have the intention to establish a new association and will apply to become a member of EUROTASNew Individual members were welcomed: Regina Beller (Germany), Judith Miller (USA), Dietrich Franke (Germany), Román Gonzalvo
  6. Election of the EUROTAS presidentIngo Benjamin Jahrsetz was elected unanimously as the new president of EUROTAS.In reply to his enthusiastic reception he gave special thanks to Vitor Rodriguez for his wonderful leadership during the last six years and especially for all the work he did in a very sensitive, knowledgeable kindly way. Ingo thanked all present for the trust put in him and emphasized his support for communication between EUROTAS members and what the need to address the issue of EUROTAS finances. In order for EUROTAS to fulfil its mission we strongly ask the members to pay their membership fees in time! We need to identify those who would sponsor Eurotas work. Ingo said he was very pleased that Katrin Nowack will work with Ingo and organize the office work of EURPTAS
  7. Hans- Peter Weidinger presented the new legal status of EUROTAS which is now a legally registered association in Austria. He was thanked for this work and his agreement to remain as treasurer. Katrin Nowack will help him to coordinate the finances. Also Hans-Peter has opened up a EUROTAS bank account in ViennaThe Eurotas bank account is:EUROTASErste Bank, BLZ 20111Account number: 284-377-881/03IBAN: AT512011128437788103BIC/SWIFT: GIBAATWWPlease would all those associations who have not already done so send their subscriptions to the bank informing Hans- Peter they have done so
  8. EUROTAS BoardVitor Rodriguez and Beata Bishop have stepped down from the Board. Magda Solé and Pier Luigi Lattuada were elected to the Board in their place
  9. Next EUROTAS Conference:Sergei Fausto proposed the next EUROTAS Conference 2010 in Switzerland:“Knowledge, Pleasure and Belief”; 29th September – 3rd October 2010There was widespread approval for the suggestion
  10. ITP Conference in MoscowVladimir Maykov introduced the 17th International Transpersonal Conference to be held in Moscow: “Consciousness Revolution: Transpersonal Discoveries That Are Changing the World; June 23th –27th, 2010 Details on www.ita2010.com
  11. Sergei Strekalov and Sergei Osipov presented the association “The Whole World”, uniting transpersonal-oriented specialists and enthusiasts in Baltic Region. For now this international association (headquarters in Saint-Petersburg, branches in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) was affiliated into EUROTAS as legal member. Possible membership will be discussed in the next EUROTAS board meeting
  12. The President closed the meeting thanking all those present – the largest group of delegates ever

 

4. Helpful comments on EUROTAS meetings past, present and future

Pier Luigi writes:

We received a lot of enthusiastic comments that we fulfill and honor and we also welcome views that will improve future conferences. There is not space to put all the nice words that people used about the Milan EUROTAS Conference. We include comments in particular from Norman Duncan, Margot Borden and Mick Collins, because they appears to contain many interesting ideas

From Mick Collins

I just want to say that the conference was my first time at EUROTAS, and I want to send my love and appreciation to Pier Luigi and all of the team for such a great conference. Heartfelt thanks. I have organised two multidisciplinary conferences in the past, and I know how much goes into creating these events. I was touched deeply by many of the presentations and made new friends. As a participant and presenter I had a great time and learnt very much.

The feedback that I specifically wanted to give was around the panel session where the subject of evil was raised. I was so pleased that this subject got some space to be discussed, but in my opinion a subject like that will need space for reaction at some point during the proceedings…not only verbal commentary. The reason why I say this is because I was awake until the early hours processing my body reaction to the issues that were raised in that session. I am happy to own and do personal ‘inner work’ on the subject, but when a subject like evil is raised it touches into a deep ‘collective’ level. As ever, some people will be closer to some issues than others. The heart of the feedback from my side was just to raise the idea that it could be useful in the future to have a group process at the end of the day to help bring out any issues arising.

This is not intended as a destructive criticism, far from it. Rather, I hoped that it will be productive feedback for future events. If anything I am recognising that the EUROTAS conference format is a safe place and a container for processing those powerful forces that are at work in the world every day.

Thanks for a great conference.

With Love Mick

From Norman Duncan, Margot Borden, Mick Collins

Transpersonal Conferences – Thoughts and questions from the corridors and cafes during EUROTAS Milan.

We recognise the dedication and work that went into this and other conferences and honour all those involved. Any criticism implied here is only to us all as contributors to the conference

In our conferences we ‘move’ lots of ideas, emotions, personal experience, social and personal encounters. What do we do with these? Are we working with them in a transpersonal way? Are we fully taking advantage of what we generate? What can we evolve the experience and participation of ‘Transpersonal Conferences’ in the near future? We present some initial general ideas here and invite others to participate in an ongoing discussion on these themes – probably in a forum on the EUROTAS website

From a Consciousness of Unity towards a Practice of Unity

  1. Our experience in conferenceIdeas – mostly presented in a vertical manner: expert (mostly male) on the podium occupying most of the time, generally repeating things we have mostly heard before. With so many experienced professionals in the conference we actually waste an opportunity to work together transpersonally, harnessing all our knowledge and moving beyond our comfortable cognitive edges. We spoke about a Consciousness of Unity, but it was difficult to feel the spirit behind that. Conference far too mental – to integrate this we need more honouring of the physical, affective and spiritual aspectsEmotions – Presentations and workshops sometimes contain deep emotional material (Evil, the Holocaust, sex & violence,). These are presented quickly and intellectually – no emotional or spiritual processing. Some of us felt ill at various points in the Conference. On getting support we realised that we were picking up on emotions in the conference energy field. The Conference generates a field but then does not recognise it, contain it or work with itPersonal experience – In our workshop spaces there is some experiential, meditative, bodywork, shamanic voyage and so on. But these are very brief and many workshops really are short discussions run by someone promoting ‘their’ technique, method, book, school, etc. This is partly fine but it is not very effective either for the presenters or the participants. For most of the conference we sat in a chair being talked at, the body and emotions complaining, and the mind only able to take in a small part of what was being presented. Nothing new here from other kinds of conference. Why are we not addressing this in a transpersonal way?Social and personal encounters – There is a wonderfully friendly atmosphere in these conferences. In some places this is nurtured and in others it is more ignored. This strength could be developed into more integrated social working spaces
  2. How can we evolve the experience and participation of transpersonal conferences in the near future?1) We are all one. If our structure separates into experts, presenters and participants, schools, techniques, then the structure itself works against our basic premise. The conference structure and process could be closer to modeling a transpersonal therapy session, or some of the other experiential transpersonal models we discuss and share. This structure would recognise the value of each individual ‘pearl’ present whilst aligning us all to the great string which unites us all.There are already excellent models for working with large groups in a much more creative way, managing the ‘chaos’ and generating new energy from such encounters, for example: Jung: ‘Future workshops’, Open Space Technology, Scott Peck: ‘Community Building’, Arny Mindell: ‘Deep Democracy’, Heron, Rowan & Reason: “Cooperative or New Paradigm Inquiry”We could adapt some of these to make transpersonal spaces where we really harness all the experience present, move through the chaos/death and emerge with something new. General structure might go from order through chaos/death to emerge with a new order. “First there is mountain, then there is no mountain, then”2) Social work spaces – ‘International Cafe Model’ combining work, movement, sharing experiences, social working groups … These allow space for everyone to contribute very actively, to move around organically from group to group (cross fertilization), and are then brought together in very brief plenary presentations to share the key points before creating new work spaces3) Ongoing spaces where we ‘hold’, contain and process all the things emerging and not being dealt with at any time: emotions, illness, ideas, conflictsThese are very fertile spaces which add to and feed the ongoing ‘work’ or investigation4) The “Heart of the Conference” pulses, expanding and contracting whilst maintaining overall creative balances between: yin-yang, masculine-feminine, order-chaos, mind-body-emotion-spirit

From Bernadette Blin:

I’m very grateful for what you have been able to offer us Pier Luigi and of course, I did not attend to every workshop but the general atmosphere was beautiful. I do know all the challenges and difficult choices you had to face and I don’t think there are easy answers. I have been aware of the lack of women on the stage and this is a collective responsibility (men and women together). We also have to deal with places we find and we all know that it’s not easy to find the right place with a transpersonal atmosphere

You can be proud and happy of this great conference!

Love

Bernadette

From Monique Tiberghien

Like for a field of natural flowers, not everything in a conference has to be perfect for giving us the transformative experience of beauty! But it takes a lot of maturation, preparation and caring and you gave us all that, dear Pier Luigi with so much vitality and love in your organising team and with all your volunteers who were really kind and helpful

It was more and more obvious that the public would follow this joyful strength, and yes it became a real blossoming transformative journey. I also felt inspired by the workshops and lectures I followed and even after forty years of professional transpersonal practice I realised that I could add some of their wisdom in my daily work

I am interested by the remarks and suggestions of Margo, Norman and Mick:

1) How to take better care of the healing process going on for the public in the future conferences? In such intense events we probably all went through difficult moments and have been helped as I observed, by individual informal contacts, the morning meditations, the healing effect of the drumming group, the succession of psycho spiritual events and rituals, the wonderful synchronicities and so on. We could be clearer in the future on that point for “managing the chaos and generating new energies”. We could for example propose regular group process sessions (body, dream, emotional, conflict, and meditation work) not only at 8 o’clock in the morning

2) The social work space: We could certainly improve the sharing between participants and staff in plenary sessions and not be stuck in the only traditional form of lecture. Let us go to more cross fertilisation officially. It will help the healing process

It is a joy to realise that every EUROTAS conference has its own genius and we are on our path .Thank you Pier Luigi and team to have been so inspired and giving all the time

Monique, with love

From Magda Sole

Dear family,

I strongly feel that EUROTAS is one big family, loaded of love, of offering, sharing, growing and developing a better world. In which it is a joy to be together, to talk, eat, sing, learn, love, play, travel, dream, meditate and even “think”. From the first day I felt extremely welcome, with messages of love and respect, in spite of my English, practically inexistent.

This fact was in a wide way made by another way of communication that non precise the words, therefore the intellect, but it is also necessary even for the Transpersonal. I also believe that the Milan meeting was full of spiritual, emotional, artistic elements or aspects. Naturally we can improve and I believe, it is beginning to happen every year, we keep on developing thanks, precisely, to this open spirit and understanding, opening the doors without prejudices to everybody who wants to bring a grain of sand to the Transpersonal movement.

“La millor manera de predir el futur és creant-lo”

with love

Magda

From Ingo B Jahrsetz

I appreciate very much what Norman, Margot and Mick have written about the Milan conference. I wouldn’t put too much energy in the fact that there is criticism contained. We need these discussions so that the liveliness and lived unity can evolve more and more. I’m aware about the great work Pier Luigi and his team did as they organized this conference. Both the organization of the Italian Conference and the writing of Norman, Margot and Mick may create an understanding about what it means to organise a conference. think only a few people will know

What is most important is to mindfully witness the ideas and criticisms and engage in the organization of the next conference which will take place in Switzerland. I think Fausto will welcome new ideas and any support which creates a synergistic energy. Warm greetings from a stormy night in the Black-Forest

With love

Ingo

From John Drew

The Conference was outstanding. I think it was in the breadth and qualifications of participants and the subjects covered, in the workshops many of which were experiential , in the presentations, in the careful and dedicated organisation, in the excellent accommodation at remarkably reasonably prices and in many other things a great credit to you and your team and to the development of EUROTAS

The move towards Switzerland next year and the careful and delicate negotiations about Moscow and the bringing of Italy back into the Transpersonal in Europe after difficulties in the past – all in all a resounding success with of course things that could be improved But the Amero-Indian proverb – “ only judge when you have walked in the same moccasins”

I hope that all of you who read this will make constructive comments with feeling and empathy

As ever

Love

John

From Margot Borden

What started out as seeking to explore how we can grow; grow together and grow into the term ‘transpersonal’ is turning out to be much more complicated than anticipated. It seems perfectly natural to me, after a conference, to provide feedback, if we have any, in order to participate in the building of the organization and its activities. We may see strengths, be inspired, but we may also see shortcomings or untapped potentials and the text we are all talking about is just that. What other constructive observations did participants have? How can we create a safe space to express all of this and use it as an incredible and rich opportunity to build together?

Love,

Margot

From Pier Luigi

Dear friends.

Welcome contributions, criticism and suggestions.

We are talking about a European Transpersonal Conference and this means a meeting between European experts of the Transpersonal. The Conference speaks to us of ourselves, who we are and of how we are. More suggestions and comments please

With love

Pier Luigi

5. Spirituality and Business – A new book by Sharda Nandram and Margot Borden

Spirituality and Business: Exploring Possibilities for a New Management Paradigm (Hardcover)

by Sharda S. Nandram (Editor), Margot Esther Borden (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (13 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642026605
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642026607
  • Available through amazon.co.uk

John Drew writes:

Two EUROTAS members have just published a book on this subject of growing importance. “Spirituality” and “business” have many different meanings which makes it a difficult title for a book. Where does “spirituality” begin and end? In Western Civilisation, studies show that while only a small minority claim to be religious, a very large percentage say they are spiritual. Many people, not only in business, are uncomfortable with the word “spirituality” and prefer to talk of values, ethics, morality or even love or kindness. Yet “spirituality” according to some, including contributors to this book, subsumes or includes or is even identical with one or other of these words. A review will be on the EUROTAS website early next year

6. 17th International Transpersonal Conference 23-27 June

Dear Friend,

We would like to invite you to the

Seventeenth International Transpersonal Conference:

“Consciousness Revolution: Transpersonal Discoveries

That Are Changing the World”

Moscow, June 23 – 27, 2010.

The mission of the Conference is to present, both experientially and didactically, breakthrough discoveries revealing the fundamental role of consciousness in all human affairs and the value for humanity of our growing insights into the nature of consciousness and of the world. We want to review the role the transpersonal perspective has played in human history from the time of the first shamans 50.000 years ago to the discoveries of modern consciousness research, transpersonal psychology, and other scientific disciplines

The Conference will present not only a comprehensive overview of the forty years of the transpersonal paradigm through the voices of its founders and pioneers, but also outline its future perspectives. The lasting legacy of this conference will be several volumes documenting its proceedings in hundreds of papers by authors from many countries of the world, exploring the relevance of transpersonal research and ideas for science, politics, economy, ecology, religion, art, and other fields. We hope to bring over 1000 participants from more than 50 countries, as well as numerous keynote speakers, artists, and spiritual teachers

Cooperating Institutions:

International Transpersonal Association (ITA); European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS); Association of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Russia; Association of Body-Oriented Psychotherapists (Russia); Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology; John Fetzer Institute (to be confirmed); All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League; Institute of Group and Family Psychology and Psychotherapy; Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); John F. Kennedy University; Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Esalen Institute; Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), Whole World Association.

Cultural Program:

Festivals of Slavic, Buddhist, Indian, Russian Orthodox, Su?, Celtic, and shamanic music

World Festival of Transpersonal Arts (dance, instrumental music, chanting, paintings, sculptures, movies)

Post-Conference Journey in Russia

Presenters:

  1. Presenters from Outside of Russia:Stanley Krippner; Duane Elgin; Max and Ellen Schupbach; Bronislav Vinogrodsky; Brother David Steindl-Rast; Dean Radin; Eduard Sagalaev; Olga Luchakova; Rajesh Dalal; Rick Tarnas; Silvia Nakkach; Wes Nisker; Yeshi Namkhai; Alex Key; Brant Cortright; Ingo Jahrsetz; Harry Hunt; Kylea Taylor; Michael Murphy; Peter Russell; Pilot Baba; Tav Sparks; Amit Goswami; Jean Achterberg; Jenny Wade; Jim Garrison; Joseph Subbiondo; Karan Singh; Robert Frager; Stuart Sovatsky; Alex Grey; Tanna Jakubowicz-Mount; Jim Fadiman; Tom Potterfield; Jai Uttal; Ralph Metzner; John Drew; Jorge Ferrer; Harris Friedmann
  2. Russian Presenters:Eduard Sagalaev; Gennady Burbulis; Vadim Demchog; Vladimir Kozlov; Tonu Soidla; Vladimir Baskakov; Vladimir Maykov; Victor Petrenko; Arkady Rovner; Victor Makarov; Bronislav Vinogrodsky; Sergey Kluchnikov; Svyatoslav Ponomarev; Marina Belokurova; Svetlana Doroganich; NikolayKudryashev; Slava Smirnov;Vladislav Kenga; German Karelsky; Dmitri Spivak; Igor Isaev; EvgenyKrupitsky; Zhana Drogalina; Evgeny Faydysh; Lev Teternikov; Igor Kalinauskas; Irina Kuris; Ksenia Kuleshova; Leonid Kroll; Alexander Kiselev

Organizing Committee

Drew John; Frager Robert; Friedman Harris; Grof Christina; Grof Stanislav; Hartelius Glenn; Karelsky Herman; Kozlov Vladimir; Kuleshova Ksenia; Lancaster Les; Luchakova Olga; Lukoff David; Malhotra Rajiv; Maykov Vladimir; Mindell Amy; Mindell Arny; Murphy Dulce; Murphy Michael; Petrenko Victor; Rodriguez Vitor; Schmitz Steven; Sovatsky Stuart; Sparks Tav; Vinogorodsky Bronislav.

You can learn more about the Conference on its web site www.ita2010.com

Please send any inquiries to itasecretary@gmail.com

7. Jorge Ferrer – A new book

Dear friends of EUROTAS,

Greetings. I am very pleased to let you know that my new book, The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (co-edited with Jacob H. Sherman) was released a few months ago

The anthology represents my most significant scholarly endeavor since Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: a Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality, and develops the participatory understanding of spirituality in considerable ways. . I hope you find our collective efforts of interest for your work, your research, and/or your spiritual life

Unfortunately, only the hardcover edition is available for now ($90), but the book can be pre-ordered for $77 at amazon.com (still ridiculously expensive, I know), and there is downloadable version for $20 already available at the SUNY Press page for the book, http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61696, where you can also access the Table of Contents and some sample pages.

With my warmest regards,

Jorge

Jorge Ferrer’s Revisioning Transpersonal Theory translated into Italian!

This November Edizione Crisalide published the Italian translation of Jorge’s book, with the title of Una Re-Visione della Psicologia Transpersonale: Una visione partecipativa della spiritualità umana. For more information, go to: http://www.ilgiardinodeilibri.it/libri/__una-re-visione-della-psicologia-transpersonale.php.

8. Synchronicity and Kamilla

How EUROTAS can help

Message to EUROTAS: “Hello, My name is Kamila and I am a student of Developmental Psychology at Columbia University. I am interested in studying Transpersonal Psychology; can you please let me know if there are any PhD programs in Transpersonal Psychology in Europe? Thank you very much, Kamila”

Several contacts and emails later through EUROTAS colleagues Kamila was able to reply to Judith Miller

Dear Prof. Miller

It is beautiful how synchronicity works; I am amazed every time when it happens. Thank you for helping me with finding a school of Transpersonal Psychology and also for your support on my spiritual path, I appreciate having you as my teacher and advisor

I am looking forward to learn more about EUROTAS and if possible, I would like to get involved. Please, let’s talk more about this organization on our next meeting

Kind regards,

Kamila

9. Advent Calendar from Contemplative Fire

Philip Roderick writes:

A few weeks ago, I was filmed as a part of this year’s online Advent calendar. The whole series this year has an ecological and spiritual flavour and I was asked to share something of the story of The Quiet Garden Movement. The piece was filmed in Linden and Stephen Bevan-Pritchard’s Old Smithy garden

Do log on to www.whywearewaiting.com and then click on the relevant date. This is how Pat Ashworth in the Church Times spoke of it:

‘“Care for the world – it’s the only one we have” Archbishop Desmond Tutu appealed yesterday in the video cast that launched the Church of England’s online Advent calendar

Each day offers a video story from a different diocese or agency and is a challenge to change the world. They range from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s reflections on the Copenhagen summit to the Chief Rabbi’s suggestions for “Sabbath moments”. Each one has an accompanying Bible passage and prayer

The daily video casts will be posted on YouTube and promoted on Twitter. They include meditative projects such as The Quiet Garden Movement; lifestyle initiatives such as one in Birmingham to send recycled presents; community projects such as solar panels on a Lincoln church.”

Happy Advent!

Philip

Contemplative Fire – 01494 758878

www.contemplativefire.org

Registered Charity No 1106392

10. Last Words

Please contribute your feelings via your thoughts to the EUROTAS website www.eurotas.org – have you visited it yet? At this time of global opportunity our small voices are important. “Europe se fait par petits pas.” Little steps will enable EUROTAS to make its contribution to our global civilization

No. 57 - 17-09-2009

No. 57 - 17-09-2009

17 September 2009

Board of Administrators: Vitor Rodrigues; President, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Ingo Jahrsetz and Beata Bishop

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

 

Dear Friends

This Newsletter is about the Milan Conference 14-18 October only. Speakers and attendees please note the administrative details belows

Best wishes,

As ever, John Drew, Newsletter Editor

 

Contents

  1. Note from the President
  2. The Milan Eurotas Conference – an update by Pier Luigi Lattuada
  3. EUROTAS Delegates Meeting 11.00 am Wednesday 14 October at the Hotel Ripamontidue
  4. Last Words

 

1. Note from the President

Dear friends of EUROTAS:

We are now coming very close to our next – the 11th, EUROTAS Conference. This time it is in Milano under the auspices of Pier Luigi Lattuada and the Italian Transpersonal Association. As you can see again by taking a look at the program, they did a wonderful job and we can count on another highly impressive event. Big names among the presenters, a powerful program, lots of events, space for contacts and renewal of friendships and a very nice venue. It looks like everything is in place. Besides this, we will have almost a full day for our National Delegates meeting, something that is of the utmost importance as many important issues must be discussed. I am stepping down from being the President and we must elect my successor and two new Board members.

Meanwhile, EUROTAS is undergoing important challenges. As you know, we have a very nice Newsletter, thanks to the enduring collaboration and effort of John Drew. We have a nice website, thanks to a very competent and good willed collaboration of Erich Meyer. We have developed the process of certification for Transpersonal Psychotherapists and implemented it. We have made extremely successful annual Conferences each year thanks to the efforts of National Associations with lots of volunteers. This year Pier Luigi Lattuada and his crew are doing a magnificent and challenging job. We have been expanding and welcoming new member countries and Associations. Our network of connections has also expanded. Thanks to our dear recently departed Rumold Moll, connections with Eastern countries were made and developed and trainers from EUROTAS went there and contributed to the development of local Associations, spreading the transpersonal movement. On our horizons there is the possibility of developing a European Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology, with the precious help of Magda Sole from Catalonia and her group. We are developing stronger international connections, particularly with the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) in the USA. We are trying to move into the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), which would be a major step towards the acceptance and promotion of the transpersonal approach worldwide. So this is the right and necessary moment to discuss some issues, particularly EUROTAS finances as we cannot move on without some health in this area

I am very happy to know that we will have the opportunity of meeting new and old friends during the Congress and that once more we have the context for excellent work

As a last note, I want to say farewell to Beata Bishop, a lady lots of us know about, as she is moving on to demanding tasks in the area of Healing and she is choosing to step down from the Board of EUROTAS. We received her resignation very recently and we can but wish her all the best for her present challenges and tasks. She has served for more than 20 years and made an enduring collaboration with EUROTAS. She has given many wise and impressive talks and will be remembered for her incisiveness, her humour and her always constructive presence. We will miss her but courageously resist jealousy towards many others who will now benefit from her energy and her therapeutic skills. So, dear Beata, you will be in other places during our Congress but we will keep you in our hearts

We know that some people will have difficulty finding funds to come and as we usually do, we will try to help. Ank Van Gulik has taken over the work of our dear Rumold Mol with the East-West EUROTAS foundation. She can probably help some people and also the Board of EUROTAS will try to use some funds for this. Please let us know about your needs. My email is: psicosophos@sapo.pt

Warmest regards to all of you,

Vitor Rodrigues, PhD

President of EUROTAS

 

2. An invitation and some thoughts prior to the Milan Eurotas Conference by Pier Luigi Lattuada

USER GUIDE – NEXT STEPS

In ancient times alchemists worked metals, trying through processing of the material to find manifestations of spiritual purification.

Acting in the world, making an action like organizing the 11th EUROTAS Conference is like an alchemical operation, recommended to anyone who wants to test their own imperfection!

This note is for us to make steps together towards Right Actions!

  1. Each member will soon receive a receipt with precise indications of the services purchased
  2. Each speaker is asked to read the program that is on the web site indicating the date, time and nature of their presentation
  3. In the program there is a note at the end which specifies the nature and duration of different types of presentation. Please make sure you keep to the duration. It is important not to go longer. Please bear in mind that if your contribution is being interpreted consecutively, your presentation time is half of what it is with simultaneous interpretation
  4. May I remind you that if you have paid for the basic package which includes conference admission plus food and lodging, you have paid for the lunches and nights from 14 to 17 October inclusive. Any additional nights will need to be settled separately
  5. Delegates to the annual EUROTAS meeting. This will take place on 14th October starting from 11am at the same premises as the Conference at the Hotel Ripamontidue
  6. As for the hotel, on the web site you can find the link where you can have access to all the info on traveling to the Ripamontidue from any source. Please note that Milan has three airports: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio. Malpensa and Orio al Serio are about 50km from Milan. Linate airport is in town
  7. Those who have not yet made or adjusted their registration are requested to do so before 30th September. After that time we will not be able to guarantee rooms at the Ripamontidue
  8. The website is: www.eurotasitaly2009.eu where you can post your sentences or suggestions in “contributions”, or send them directly to our mail transpersonal@fastwebnet.it

Looking forward to meeting you and sending a hug from the heart

Pier Luigi Lattuada

 

3. EUROTAS Delegates Meeting 11.00 am Wednesday 14 October at the Hotel Ripamontidue

  1. Minutes of last meeting at Barcelona
  2. New member associations
  3. The new legal status of EUROTAS in Austria – progress
  4. EUROTAS membership for institutions which don’t have an Association structure
  5. How to engage action in EUROTAS
  6. Welcoming individual members
  7. EUROTAS finances and payments
  8. The ECTP state of the art
  9. The EUROTAS website and its progress – and encouragement to the Forum
  10. The Certification of Institutes
  11. Elections for the next President of EUROTAS and new Board members (as Vitor Rodrigues is stepping down and we have two vacant places – since Beata Bishop just presented her resignation from the Board). Two candidates are available for the moment: Ingo Jahrsetz as a possible new President and Pier Luigi Lattuada as a new Board member
  12. Next EUROTAS Conferences 2010 (Switzerland, 29-09 to 03-10 2010. Title: “Knowledge, Pleasure and Belief”) and the next ones – we need candidates for 2011 and 2012
  13. EUROTAS Finances
  14. A.0.B:

 

4. Last Words

Hope to see you at the Milan Conference!

No. 56 - 19-08-2009

No. 56 - 19-08-2009

14 June 2009

Board of Administrators: Vitor Rodrigues; President, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Ingo Jahrsetz and Beata Bishop

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

 

Dear Friends

Please read the note from our President who as you will see is stepping down at the Milan EUROTAS Conference. This will be an opportunity to celebrate his special service to EUROTAS and also to discuss future plans. Please note the details from Pier Luigi about the Milan Conference which is looking very encouraging in terms of subjects, speakers and participants. You will see details in the Newsletter also of events in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Good news too for EUROTAS therapists – there is new space on the website for your qualifications and professional interests

Best wishes,

As ever, John Drew, Newsletter Editor

 

Contents

  1. Note from the President
  2. An invitation and some thoughts prior to the Milan Eurotas Conference by Pier Luigi Lattuada
  3. Report from Hungary
  4. The Spiritual Emergence Network, Germany
  5. The International Futures Forum
  6. Annual Conference of the Transpersonal Psychology Section, British Psychological Society
  7. The EUROTAS Website – are you a EUROTAS accredited therapist?
  8. News of Eurotas Associations
  9. Contemplative Fire
  10. Mindfulness in Wales – The Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership
  11. A short note from Gennady
  12. Last Words

 

1. Note from the President

Dear friends of EUROTAS:

I know many of you like me are in a holiday mood so first of all I wish you an enlightened rest and a happy return!

We are coming closer to the Milan Conference and have good news of the preparation from Pier Luigi and his Team. I believe we will have another success both in attendance, the quality of presentations and there will be great sharing, great human experience and general beauty. But please, please, make your airplane reservations and apply for it if you have not yet done so

We know that some people will have difficulty finding funds to come and as we usually do, we will try to help. Ank Van Gulik has taken over the work of our dear Rumold Mol with the East-West EUROTAS foundation. She can probably help some people and also the Board of EUROTAS will try to use some funds for this – although as you may know we still have unpaid subscriptions from some member Associations. But we do have good will! Please let us know about your needs. My email is: psicosophos@sapo.pt

At the next Delegates meeting I will be stepping down from being the President of EUROTAS as I have completed six years on the Board and cannot stay in any capacity according to our Bylaws. So I have asked Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz, from Germany, to apply to become President and he has answered positively. We do have a good candidate then for being the next President. It will be up to the Delegates to vote for him or of course to present other candidates

I was happy to have served EUROTAS for some time and I believe the next President will be able to take us some steps further

We will be discussing this and other important matters at our next delegates meeting (as you know, we will have almost a full day for that). We must find people willing to take on some jobs for EUROTAS and who will keep working on them throughout the year. I hope some of you will be contacting the Board before the Conference, offering your skills and readiness. Many areas will benefit from this, including the Website, the EUROTAS Forum, the possibility of finding some funding, the development of new projects and so on. We will keep you updated

I wish you all the best for these times of some hardship but also of hope coming from the current global crisis. May we all find our place of service at this time

Warmest regards to you all

Vitor Rodrigues, PhD

President of EUROTAS

 

2. An invitation and some thoughts prior to the Milan Eurotas Conference by Pier Luigi Lattuada

A few words more about the proposed Manifesto:

It is said that in the nineteen sixties a blue-eyed German missionary went to an indigenous tribe in the Mato Grosso which had just come into contact with the white man for the first time. A few days later he was found tied to a pole without any eyes. Obviously the Indios liked his blue eyes and so took them. Underlying this story are the Indios and missionary’s assumptions. There is a good possibility that one of the missionary’s assumptions was: Only Christ can offer salvation, and the primitive populations need salvation. The Indios’ assumptions must have been different: if we take his eyes we will gain their strength

We can say that every story has underlying assumptions. They form the basis of every scientific theory, discipline or human action. The problem is that many of these assumptions are implicit; after we have acquired them we take them for granted

As the saying goes: if you don’t know the assumptions on which your actions are based, act on the basis of the assumptions that you don’t know. This means that the assumptions act in your stead

When we really want to know what we are doing, if we want to process systems of knowledge which provide a guarantee and are valid, if we wish to increase our degree of freedom and “personal power” we must be fully aware of the assumptions which we base ourselves on

We intend to list below the assumptions which we share and on which our thinking, feelings and actions, are based. They are basically a series of assumptions, most of which have been shared for thousands of years by the most diverse of spiritual traditions and other main lines of transpersonal thinking as Charles Tart reminds us in his work Transpersonal psychologies

The intention is to come up with a proposal which serves as a guide line for drawing up a “Transpersonal Manifesto” to be approved and signed by everybody who recognises it: scientists, artists, intellectuals, spiritual travellers, willing men and women etc.

Please go on website: www.eurotasitaly2009.eu and post your sentences or suggestions in “contributions”, or send it directly to our mail transpersonal@fastwebnet.it

We will present the Manifesto at the 11th EUROTAS Conference on Sunday 18 in the final Round table: The Wisdom Council: contributions for a Transpersonal Manifesto

Beyond the Mind

11th EUROTAS Conference: 15-18 October Milano

Update:

  • 58 workshops
  • 30 Working groups
  • 5 round tables with more than 20 presenters
  • 6 lessons
  • 1 video conference
  • 2 video
  • 4 events
  • 1 Magic Milano city tour
  • 2 Special guests

 

If not yet done subscribe before 30 September and save 10%

On the website: www.eurotasitaly2009.eu you will find the complete program

We are looking forward to seeing you in Milan

Pier Luigi Lattuada M.d., Ph.D.

 

3. Report from Hungary

Dear EUROTAS friends and colleagues,

Over the past 15 years the Hungarian Transpersonal Association – MTE – has become one of the largest organisations in Hungary whose aim it is to transform and raise the level of consciousness and of self-knowledge both in individuals and in society as a whole. It has been doing this mainly by disseminating the transpersonal world-view via experiential workshops, lectures and an annual Summer School. Organising all these events requires a great deal of work, which the members of the executive carry out on a voluntary basis, in their spare time.

In the past few years there have been several changes in the Association’s leadership; the present group, elected in January 2009, consists of a good mix of old and new members. The main aim of the current leadership is to make the Association function well in today’s prevailing conditions, having learnt from past experience.

From the very beginning Rumold Mol, Beata Bishop and a number of Dutch therapists played a decisive role in making the transpersonal approach known in Hungary; without Rumold’s personal support this would not have been possible.

At first MTE played a pioneering part in introducing therapeutic methods based on altered states of consciousness and body-centred work, and this type of innovative approach remained a distinctive trait of the association over a long time. However, in due course many organisations pursuing similar aims came into being, which made it increasingly difficult for individuals in search of personal development to find what they needed. It was noted that some therapeutic groups based their work on their beliefs rather than on experience.

Official adult education takes no notice of the possibilities offered by Gestalt, transpersonal or any other similar therapy which works with altered states of consciousness and establishes a partnership with individuals in crises or seeking personal development. Yet in the past few years the educational establishment has shown signs of opening up, albeit slowly, to the purely analytical or cognitive methods. The main impetus for this, however, comes from the autonomous group of psychology students, who are willing to test any new approach and technique.

Another focus of a similar orientation is the Kheiron Centre, run by clinical psychologist Katalin Orosz, past president of the MTE, where transpersonal psychotherapists are available for those in need of support.

Another pillar of transpersonal work is the MTE’s week-long Summer School, which was held this year for the tenth time. It enabled participants to experience the depths of the unconscious through various methods and get closer to answering their own existential questions, Holotropic breathwork led by Nico Vissel, a sweat lodge set up by Mark Hoek and a family constellation workshop run by Anja Brasser, all from the Netherlands, contributed to participants’ understanding of what “Crisis = a chance of transformation.” meant to them.

The core necessities of expanding transpersonal awareness are these:

Community – instead of creating a sense of community and closeness separately with each working group, we can learn from the success of certain body-centred therapies, like trance dance or Five Rhythm dance, which easily create an atmosphere of loose community and help people to expand their experience. Hungary holds the world record of having 100% of internet users on at least one social website, which clearly shows people’s immense desire to belong.

Continuity – important to incorporate in the ongoing programme, practising and building up layers of knowledge to create a well-grounded philosophy. Education must find its place in our work, so that experienced pupils, who realize how little they know, can be guided toward becoming teachers.

Sustainability – a core issue. Without funding via donations this work is hardly possible, since disposable incomes are limited and are unlikely to grow. Financial stringency is especially acute today in Hungary, where the heyday of social change is over and financial difficulties are mostly felt by the social groups which are most likely to be drawn to our work.

One of my tutors used to say, “Learn to walk before you try to run.” In this context we might say, “Get grounded before you try to fly.” Clear direction and systematic work involving our hearts will help us along our path; any help and contribution from the wider community would be greatly appreciated.

Blessings,

Árpád Mondok

President, MTE

 

4. The Spiritual Emergence Network, Germany

The Spiritual Emergence Network Germany will have its yearly meeting in Todtmoos – Black Forest – on 11th and 12th September in the European Guesthouse. The theme is “Crisis and development”

On Friday Marita Grimke will show her cinema-movie: Buddhist Silence.

Saturday includes: Zen-Master Baker –Roshi: “The structure of Refuge”, then Peter and Karin Findeisen: “Retreat possibilities in the Caduceus-Clinic (Bad Bevensen)”, Walter Dmoch: Demonstration of Japanese archery, Zen-Mistress Lore Molly: “Zen and Contemplation at the Sonnenhof.” Peter Weinmann: The “Running away house idea”, Regina Gehrmann: The “crisisquest house” and “hometreatment”, Pieter Loomans: The Rütte-Forum project

After a discussion and the yearly meeting of members there will be a lecture about spiritual searching and psychotherapy by Regina Weiser and a guitar/lute concert by Oswald Hebermehl

All people who are interested are invited; 25 Euro is the cost including two meals and non alcoholic drinks.

Registration: SEN, Graf-Dürckheim-Weg 5, D- 79682 Todtmoos, Tel: 0049 -7674-8511, email: info@senev.de

Sleeping is possible in the European Guesthouse, Kirchbergstr. 2, D- 79682 Todtmoos, Tel: 0049-7674-410, email: europ.gaestehaus@t-online.de

Sincerely yours,

Pieter Loomans

SEN Deutschland e.V.

SEN Deutschland e.V. – Netzwerk für spirituelle Entwicklung und Krisenbegleitung e.V. – Graf-Dürckheim-Weg 5 – D-79682 Todtmoos-Rütte – www.SENeV.de Email info@SENeV.de

5. The International Futures Forum

International Futures Forum

This is a most interesting forum for anyone interested in the future of our planet and the site is well worth visiting if you do not know it: www.internationalfuturesforum.com

IFF works on the premise that we live in powerful times, of rapid change, interconnectedness and boundless complexity – and that they call for new ways of thinking and being, new competencies, new approaches to difficult problems and looming crises, new ways to thrive. Their work is also practical, testing out social innovation in the fields of health (including mental health), learning, enterprise, governance and the arts.

The latest IFF newsletter is available for download or email editorial@internationalfuturesforum.com if you are interested in more detail or would like to get involved.

 

6. Annual Conference of the Transpersonal Psychology Section, British Psychological Society

18th – 21st September 2009, Scarborough, UK

You are warmly invited to join us at the thirteenth annual conference of the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section. The conference is open to all who have an interest in the areas of spirituality, meditation, evolution of higher levels of consciousness, transpersonal psychotherapy, wholeness and wellbeing, aspects of paranormal experience and explorations of the possibility of post-mortem survival. The openness, warmth and friendliness of the conference have become its hallmark over the life and times of the Transpersonal Psychology Section. Meet old friends, make new connections and enjoy stimulating presentations and discussions in the peaceful and relaxing surroundings of Scarborough!

For further information & booking visit: http://www.transpersonalpsychology.org.uk

 

 

7. The EUROTAS Website – are you a EUROTAS qualified therapist?

The website is now, thanks largely to our webmaster, Erich Meier working well. Please note it is now available with a new feature. It is a growing list of therapists which Ingo’s colleague Katrin is working on http://eurotsas.org/certified-therapists.html Do visit it and if you are a EUROTAS qualified therapist please send your contribution in a way it can be seen on the website.

The EUROTAS website is – http://www. eurotas.org/ Please look at the activities in the Forum to which you can contribute. National Associations are represented on the EUROTAS website and notes about your Association can be updated at any time. You can place articles and abstracts on the website and to do so is relatively simple

If you have mailing lists that you can make available to EUROTAS, then the Newsletter can be sent to all your members and Erich can arrange this very easily and electronically. Please contact him on webmaster@eurotas.org to inform him of what you would like to do and he will arrange this

As regards articles and other abstracts for the website please send these both to Erich and to me profdrew@eurotas.org so that I can clear them with the Board of EUROTAS if necessary and also help with any editing of short notes etc., if English is not your mother tongue

 

8. New of Eurotas Associations

Please let the editor have a paragraph about your Association as that is where the work is being done and others would like to read about what you are doing. You can also put it on the website – see 7 above

 

9. Contemplative Fire

Our final Gathering was at Abbots Hill School, Hemel Hempstead, on Sunday 12 July at 6.30pm. We are grateful to the School for all they have done. It has been a memorable venue

New Gathering Venue for Herts, Bucks and London

There are many pluses and a few minuses to not having our own buildings in Contemplative Fire! Over the past year it has become clear that, for a number of reasons, we would need to be looking for a new venue for the monthly Gathering which is currently held at Abbots Hill School, Hemel Hempstead. Miraculously, just before Philip’s sabbatical began, what seems to be an ideal venue was suggested, visited and fell into place, located within 3 and a half miles of Abbots Hill School.

So, with a pilot Gathering on 9 August and regularly then from 11 October on a monthly basis, the 2nd Sunday of the month Herts, South Bucks, London area Gathering will meet on at the usual time of 6.30pm in the lovely surroundings of Felden Lodge, national headquarters of Boys Brigade (www.feldenlodge.co.uk).

Please note also that the 3rd Sunday of the month Gathering in High Wycombe takes a break in August but will meet as usual in September. Directions to both Gathering venues are on the Contemplative Fire website.

Do be bold and visit a Gathering, even if it’s not in your area. The creativity is a joy.

Lots of love

Jill

Contemplative Fire – 01494 758878 – www.contemplativefire.org – Registered Charity No 1106392

 

 

10. Mindfulness in Wales – The Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership

The Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership Ltd are pleased to present their first conference. Many say that Mindfulness is where Psychology meets spirituality. In Wales we know there are a range of perspectives from MBCBT to Mindfulness Based Integrated Gestalt. At this conference, you will have the opportunity to discuss and experience many different aspects of Mindfulness. There will

be the opportunity to network with others to extend and develop Mindfulness in practice.

September 19th 2009 at:

The Park Inn, Cardiff

9am (for registration) – 5.30pm

Lunch & refreshments provided.

Book now as some places still available but filling fast – Cost: £95 – 10% discount for students/WPP members – May be part invoiced/part self-funded is required) To book – download form from website www.welshpsychotherapy.org.uk or ring us on 02920 396998 or email admin@welshpsychotherapy.org.uk

Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership Ltd

54 Charles Street

Cardiff, CF10 2GF

Tel: 02920 396998

 

11. A short note from Gennady

Dear friends

I am spending brilliant vacations in Lithuania – and working on some interesting projects, that we are planning to realize with colleagues from Baltic countries.

With love from unbelievable Lithuania

Gennady

 

12. Last Words

Hope to see you at the Milan Conference!

No. 55 - 14-06-2009

No. 55 - 14-06-2009

14 June 2009

Board of Administrators: Vitor Rodrigues; President, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Ingo Jahrsetz and Beata Bishop

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Dear Friends

This newsletter is about the Milan Conference but there is also other news from Findhorn, Jorge Ferrer, our webmaster Erich Meier and our President as well as an update on Milan from Pier Luigi Lattuada

  • The 11th EUROTAS Conference, Milan, Italy 15-18 October 2009
  • The EUROTAS Website – eurotas.org and eurotasitaly2009 has details of how to register
  • See below for pre and post conference workshops
    • 13 October pre-conference workshop. See 3 below
    • 14 October EUROTAS Delegates Meeting. All invited to attend but only Delegates may vote
    • 15-18 October 11th Eurotas Conference hosted by Pier Luigi and his colleagues from Om
    • 19-20 October – post-conference workshop. See 4 below

Contents

  1. Note from the President
  2. An invitation to Milan from Pier Luigi Lattuada
  3. October 12-13 Pre-conference Workshop – Dimensions of the Consciousness – Holotropic Breathwork
  4. October 19-20 Post- Conference Workshop. Take a walk on the dreaming body- A shamanic experience – Pier Luigi Lattuada
  5. A new book and letter from Jorge Ferrer
  6. News from Findhorn
  7. The EUROTAS WEBSITE
  8. News of EUROTAS Associations
  9. Zarathustra and the Transpersonal
  10. Last Words

 

1. Note from the President

Dear friends and Delegates of EUROTAS:

We are getting closer to our next Congress in Milan thanks to Pier Luigi Lattuada and his hard working crew. They have received over 100 high quality proposals for presentations of different kinds and are doing their best to accommodate them. We look forward to another great event of sharing and deepening our knowledge and relationships. Light and Love. We encourage everybody to apply to the Conference within the shortest possible delay.

Also if you have any suggestions or volunteer contributions to EUROTAS please let us know about them (my contact is, as you may know, psicosophos@sapo.pt). Please take some time to take a look at, and participate in, our EUROTAS Forum (directly from our website -see 7 below). It is an important way for sharing ideas, thoughts, comments, and will help to build a better Conference and a better Association. It would be lovely if you could contribute.

We have recently agreed the fees for EUROTAS membership both for individuals and associations. This is €60 for individuals and €150 for associations. These can be discounted in certain cases, so please join!

Meanwhile, we hope this time more delegates from member countries will be able to give us with some input about what is going on in their countries and their Associations. You can do this also, preferably before the Conference, so that we can have some information to share and comment on. For instance, I see that Jure Biechonsky, from the Estonian Association asked for people interested in going there and sharing their experiences. I was one of the few people who answered along with John Rowan. I actually spent a great time in Estonia!

Big Hugs

Vitor Rodrigues, PhD

President of EUROTAS

 

2. An invitation by Pier Luigi Lattuada

The organisation of the 11th EUROTAS Conference continues well.

The phase of collecting papers has been closed with the acceptance of 115 speakers divided into 18 working groups by the Scientific Board, 10 sessions and round tables and 56 workshops.

Because we will have a high number of participants there will be a reduced price for attendance until June 30.th so please sign up before then if you have not done so already and invite your friends if you wish to come too.

On the website, you will find the entire programme and the list of participants, together with how to register at the reduced price

The full programme is on the website. You will see we have lectures from Stan Grof and Lazlo. There are other great speakers, the Soul of Europe Concert and quiet times for meditation and meeting with fellow participants.

You will find at 9 below my article on Zarathustra and the Transpersonal

Best wishes

Pier Luigi

 

3. October 12-13 Pre-conference Workshop – Dimensions of the Consciousness – Holotropic Breathwork with Hans Peter Weidinger and HB staff – Elena Francisc, Ingo B. Jahrsetz & Anna Maurer

Holotropic Breathwork – developed by Stan and Christina Grof – relies on a combination of more frequent and deeper breathing (hyperventilation), evocative music, process-oriented bodywork and intuitive drawing (Mandala-drawing). This setting evokes non-ordinary states of consciousness which enable an access to deeper layers of our soul and to spiritual dimensions of our consciousness. The participants are encouraged to express and let happen all emotions, movements, sounds, memories and pictures that surface. After the breathwork-session the experiences will be shared among the participants and integration into the everyday state of consciousness will be enhanced. The experiences – on a personal, transpersonal and spiritual level – are in connection with the current live situation and can help to make a further step in our development.

Fee: €180 for further details see website.

 

4. October 19 -20 Post- Conference Workshop. Take a walk on the dreaming body- a shamanic experience – Pier Luigi Lattuada and BTE Staff

Biotransenergetics is a poetic fire, an Integral Medicine, a Transpersonal Psychotherapy. It wants to learn to recognize the sacred creative yearning of life and to honour its laws, to “master the Transe”

When we master the Transe, we can “make one from two”, which means to create the condition to overcome any conflict, that is just the contraposition between two opposite forces. When we master the Transe, we become able to transform any enemy into an ally, any symptom into a message, any force into our own force.

We can get to know the forces of the earth, of the water, of the air, of the fire, and then harmonize with them.

We can consider every event: an emotion or a wish, an obsessing thought or a guardian angel as a field which it is possible to enter the Transe with.

When we master the Transe, we can contact the source and we are able to embody the force of the forests and the ocean, the animals and the stones, the waterfalls and the moon, as a manifestation of Divine.

Program:

Monday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2, 30 p.m. 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2, 30 p.m. 5 p.m.

Fee: €150 for further details see website

 

5. A new book and letter from Jorge Ferrer

Many will remember Jorge Ferrer from the London Conference and his book “Revisioning Transpersonal Psychology” He writes:

Dear friends of EUROTAS,

Greetings. I am delighted to let you know that the paperback edition of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008), is coming out this July and can be now pre-ordered at the SUNY Press web page: http://sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61696

Given the prohibitive cost of the hardcover edition, some of you asked me to keep you informed about this release. I hope the book may be of interest for you and your research.

The Participatory Turn

Cuts through traditional debates to argue that religious phenomena are co-created by human cognition and a generative spiritual power.

Can we take seriously religious experience, spirituality, and mysticism, without reducing them to either cultural-linguistic by-products or simply asserting their validity as a dogmatic fact? The contributors to this volume argue that we can, and they offer a new way: the “participatory turn,” which proposes that individuals and communities have an integral and irreducible role in bringing forth ontologically rich religious worlds. They explore the ways this approach weaves together and gives voice to a number of robust trends in contemporary religious scholarship, including the renewed study of lived spirituality, the postmodern emphasis on embodied and gendered subjectivity, the admission of alternate epistemic perspectives, the irreducibility of religious pluralism, and the pragmatist emphasis on transformation—all trends that raise serious challenges to the currently prevalent linguistic paradigm.

The first part of the book situates the participatory turn in the context of contemporary Religious Studies; the second part shows how this approach can be applied to various global traditions, ancient and contemporary, from Western esotericism to Jewish mysticism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sufism, and socially engaged Buddhism

With my warmest regards,

Jorge

 

6. News from Findhorn

FOR OUR ONLINE VERSION, please follow this link http://www.findhorncollege.com/newsletters/090406.php

UPCOMING SHORT COURSES AND DAY-LONG WORKSHOPS

FINDHORN COLLEGE NEWS

California Institute of Integral Studies – staff visits and seminars Clara Lindstrom, Associate Coordinator of Public Programmes at the California Institute of Integral Studies participated in Experience Week in February. A number of other CIIS staff will be visiting Findhorn in the next few months and discussing plans to bring CIIS student groups to Findhorn in 2010.

More information: Prof. Allan Combs and Prof. Richard Tarnas seminars.

http://www.findhorncollege.org/proftraining/allancombs.php

The College hosted Tony Hodgson of the International Futures Forum (IFF) for a day-long workshop for members of the Findhorn Community using a new facilitation/consultancy tool called the World Game. This process helps participants to work with complex problems in a holistic way.

E-mail: college@findhorncollege.org

 

7. The EUROTAS WEBSITE

The website is now, thanks largely to our webmaster, Erich Meier working well. Please note it is now available and do visit it – http://www. eurotas.org/ and in particular look at the activities in the Forum to which you can contribute. National Associations are represented on the EUROTAS website and notes about your Association can be updated at any time. You can place articles and abstracts on the website and to do so is relative simple.

If you have mailing lists that you can make available to EUROTAS, then the Newsletter can be sent to all your members and Erich can arrange this very easily and electronically. Please contact him on webmaster@eurotas.org to inform him of what you would like to do and he will arrange this with you.

As regards articles and other abstracts for the website please send these both to Erich and to me profdrew@eurotas.org so that I can clear them with the Board of EUROTAS if necessary and also help with any editing of short notes etc if English is not your mother tongue.

 

8. New of Eurotas Associations

Please let the editor have a paragraph about your Association as that is where the work is being done and others would like to read about what you are doing. You can also put it on the website – see 9 above

 

9. Zarathustra and the Transpersonal – Pier Luigi Lattuada

The message of Zarathustra to the Transpersonal Community

P. L. Lattuada M.D., Ph.D.

Nirmanakaya

  • I love him whose soul is so overfull that he forgets himself, and all things are in him: thus all things become his down-going.
  • What does it mean to forget himself? I don’t understand…
  • It means to be like heavy drops falling one by one out of the dark cloud that lowered over man: they herald the coming of the lightning, and succumb as heralds.
  • Are you talking about let yourself apart from yourself?
  • What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal: what is lovable in man is that he is an OVER-GOING and a DOWN-GOING.
  • Are you talking about not-attachment? I’m talking about giving birth to a dancing star into the chaos
  • This way you are confusing me. Give me a reference, a mode, a vision, an outlook, with I can look the world.
  • Lightning out thunderbolt of the dark cloud–man –
  • do you think that if I’d look the world with the Transpersonal Vision eyes, this could help me to understand you?
  • Transpersonal is a word easy to pronounce, like love, trust, compassion, consciousness: the sea where can your great contempt be submerged.
  • Yes, but it I also a word difficult to under stand, more than your cryptic metaphors: Trans- personal, beyond the person, beyond the mask, the role, the character. Beyond themselves and their proper attachments, ultimately.
  • Where is the frenzy with which you should be inoculated?
  • I want to say that having an interpretative model of the reality; it helps me to know where am I. Every direction offers models, somehow.
  • I love him who scattered golden words in advance of his deeds, and always does more than he promised: for he seeks his own down-going.
  • Do you want to say that the unique words that deserve to be pronounced are those that suggest silence?
  • I love him who reserved no share of spirit for himself, but wanted to be wholly the spirit of his virtue:
  • You talk about wisdom, I’m interested in join it, don’t you think that the Trans personal model could offer to the heroes on the way a good map to orientate himself?
  • I love him whose soul is lavish, who wanted no thanks and do not give back: for he always bestowed, and desired not to keep for himself.
  • I’m referring to the different trans personal models, drawn to accompany the consciousness during its evolutionary day: I think on Wilber model, that outline a scanned way by pre-personal, personal and trans-personal phases, or at the Grof’s model, that defines 4 different evolutive stages of the interior experience and that delineates a process of abstract experience, till biographic and death and rebirth experience, to the big ocean of the trans personal experiences.
  • I love him who is ashamed when the dice fall in his favour.
  • You talk to me about the goal, but I’m interested on the journey, don’t you think that could be helpful, for our civilized society, to introduce transpersonal concepts on his proper cultural heritage? Those that about the heroes’ trip, or the Campbell’ monomyth, or else the Wilber Spiral Dynamics?
  • I love him who makes his virtue his inclination and destiny.
  • I understand that you agree with Wilber and with his theory about the “4 quadrants”. At a glance, it wants to remind that to access to the knowledge of self it’s not enough but it’s also necessary to behave in the world as real wise men, making a culture and contribute to the construction of a society with wisdom as point of reference.
  • I love those who do not first seek a reason beyond the stars for going down and being sacrifices, but sacrifice themselves to the earth that the earth of the Superman may hereafter arrive.

Sambogakaya

In the Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism are considered three kinds of knowledge.

Nirmanakaya is knowledge that can be expressed through language; the knowledge transmitted through maps and models, the most crude and limited as everyone knows is the least accustomed to the inner experience. Nirmanakaya is the finger that indicates the moon.

Sambogakaya knowledge is accessible through the experience, the situations of life. Situations that often Life, God, the Supreme Consciousness, the Director of Heaven, the Case, the Master, The Self, or you want to conceive, it give us the opportunity for a leap in consciousness. Sambogakaya is the experience of the moon.

Dharmakaya is the crazy wisdom, that is over the mind, that of the enlightened master, of Padhmasambava or Zarathustra. Dharmakaya is the true nature of the moon.

In our little of heroes in travel, human people en route to the trans-personal dimension: what rope tied between animal and super-human, a rope stretched over an abyss; in our little – I’m saying, here we are committed with the 11th EUROTAS Conference. Who was an organizer, who as speaker, who as a participant, who as a supporter, to each his own. Everyone in the sight of the opportunity that the Self offers in order to test your ability to go beyond oneself, the ambush that the Master offers to gauge his “transpersonality”.

Basically we are a community, a circle, a virtual tribe that “semel in anno” becomes real. A community made up of glances and words, gestures and emotions, behaviors and thoughts, of flesh and bones.

A community that can measure looking into the eyes, holding by the hand, observing itself existing on our level of trust and compassion, love and responsibility. A community that in front of their needs and wishes, fears and aspirations, needs and beliefs may take the opportunity of dying to itself and choose the true nature of the moon: the courage to open the door of the share, to dare the unit.

Dharmakaya

A community that can produce culture and wisdom and may do starting from little daily signs, that little signs that go over themselves, beyond protagonism and beliefs, sympathy and antipathy, interests and personal calculations, beyond judgement and identifications, in a word: Beyond the Mind.

 

10. Last Words

Hope to see you at the Milan Conference!

No. 54 - 08-04-2009

No. 54 - 08-04-2009

8 April 2009

Board of Administrators: Vitor Rodrigues; President, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Ingo Jahrsetz and Beata Bishop

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Dear Friends

The 11th EUROTAS Conference, Milan, Italy 15-18 October 2009.

There are only a few spaces left for workshops and talks. Please register for reduced prices before the end of April

 

The EUROTAS Website – eurotas.org or eurotasitaly2009 has details of how to register.

See below for pre and post conference workshops and details of keynote speakers Stan Grof and Erwin Lazlo.

  1. 12-13 October pre-conference workshop
  2. 14 October EUROTAS Delegates Meeting to which all are invited to attend. But only Delegates may vote
  3. 15-18 October 11th Eurotas Conference hosted by Pier Luigi and his colleagues from Om
  4. 19-20 October Post Conference seminar by BTE Staff

Contents

  1. Note from the President
  2. An invitation to Milan by Pier Luigi Lattuada
  3. October 12-13 Pre-conference Workshop – Dimensions of the Concsciousness – Holotropic Breatwork
  4. October 19-20 Post- Conference Workshop. Take a walk on the dreaming body- A shamanic experience – Pier Luigi Lattuada
  5. Stan Grof and the Milan EUROTAS Conference
  6. Erwin Lazlo and the Milan EUROTAS Conference
  7. Call for Papers
  8. Letter to the Delegates from the President of EUROTAS and others
  9. Last Words –Rumold Mol

 

1. Note from the President

So let us stand as realistic visionaries: with this sort of Conference, we are helping the construction of the new Humankind. We are living among us the solution for today’s crisis. So please come to Milan, Italy, and participate with what you have, what you do and mostly who you are. We welcome you.

Vitor Rodrigues, PhD

President of EUROTAS

2. An invitation by Pier Luigi Lattuada

Dear Friends

Sharing

“Sharing” is a fascinating word, it recalls scenery of brotherhood, fire circles, lost ages such as the golden age, or awaited ages, such as the age of aquarium; it speaks the goddess’s language, the language of perennial philosophy, of transpersonal community.

To honour the sharing circle is a hard journey, a personal one starting and ending in front of our ordinary life. The way we look at our neighbour, we face an outrage or a failure, and the way we answer to a call for help or an unexpected effort.

It starts and it ends here and now, when life with the requirement of the world outside put us in front of our courage to dare, to choose confidence and to go beyond fear, choose opening instead of closing, letting go instead of retaining, selflessness instead of self-interest.

Ah, self-interest.

Organizing and participating to a meeting encouraging a culture of sharing means restless warning to our heart calling for responsibility to remember to put the general interest before personal one, the purport before the profit, and the dream before the need.

So, people from the transpersonal movement, let start from ourselves, let us do what is on our duty to honour the meeting in Milan.

Until now we have fifty abstract, others are interested but are still missing. As we should not go over sixty delegates there is not much space left so hurry up. Our intent is to give a chance to everybody. Now it is up to you.

Each one of the first three days will be dedicated to a specific area: education, science and society. Round tables will be organized with experts, whose duty will be to gift their heart and share their wisdom before showing their knowledge.

During meetings and workshops delegates will work to assist participants encouraging insight, what Bohm calls a new order of knowledge, the true knowledge, coming from the silence of the mind.

In the fourth day, from all the different contribution we will work out a “manifesto transpersonal” which collect inside a single document the main themes of the transpersonal vision.

Events of spontaneous theatre, music, chorus, meditation will be held during the evenings and the intervals between the sessions.

If you wish to contribute, please do so soon as the last presentation places are being filled up.

There are two pre- and post- Conference Workshops – see below.

Stan Grof and Erwin Lazlo will speak at the EUROTAS Conference see below also.

Arrivederci a Milano.

Pier Luigi Lattuada, M.D, PhD

President of Om Association

11th EUROTAS International Conference

Beyond the Mind

Towards a Consciousness of Unity

From a culture of competition to a culture of sharing

Dare to open doors

Associazione Om, Via Villapizzone 26, 20156 Milano, – Tel/fax 0039/02.8393306

E-mail: transpersonal@fastwebnet.it ; info@biotransenergetica.it

Web site: www.eurotasitaly2009.eu; www.biotransenergetica.it

 

Thursday 15th October (Click Table Header to sort!)

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Registration
09.00 09.30 Hall Opening Ceremony: The World is As You Dream it
09.30 10.00 Hall Inaugural Session:
10.00 11.30 Hall Round table: Goddess Languages
11.30 12.00 Coffee break (and chanting)
12.00 13.30 Round table: Puer and Senex: Young Warriors and ancient wisdom
13.30 15.00 Lunch ( and chanting)
15.00 17.00 Education: working group and workshops
17.00 19.00 Education: working group and workshops
19.00 21.00 Dinner (and chanting)
21.00 24.00 Sharing group and evening social event

 

Friday 16th October

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Meditation
09.00 10.00 Lecture: Vitor Rodrigues – Science as a Path Rodrigues
10.00 11.00 Lecture: Erwin Lazslo Lazlo
11.00 11.30 Coffee break (and chanting)
11.30 13.30 Round table: Angels fear
13.30 15.00 Lunch ( and chanting)
15.00 17.00 Science: working group and workshops
17.00 19.00 Science: working group and workshops
19.00 21.00 Dinner (and chanting)
21.00 22.00 Sharing group and evening social event
22.00 24.00 Annual Soul of Europe Concert

 

Saturday 17th October

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Meditation
09.00 11.00 Round table – The Town of the Sun
11.00 11.30 Coffee break (and chanting)
11.30 13.30 Lecture: Stan Grof -Psychology of the Future Grof
13.30 15.00 Lunch ( and chanting)
15.00 17.00 Society: working group and workshops
17.00 19.00 Society: working group and workshops
19.00 21.00 Dinner (and chanting)
22.00 24.00 Annual Soul of Europe Concert

 

Sunday 18th October

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Meditation
09.00 10.00 Lecture: PierLuigi Lattuada Lattuada
10.00 11.00 Lecture: John Rowan Rowan
11.00 11.30 Coffee break (and chanting)
11.30 13.00 Round table: Transpersonal Manifesto
13.00 13.30 Final session: Mitakuye Oyasin
13.30 21.00 Magic Milan

 

3. 12-13 October Pre-conference Workshop – Dimensions of the Concsciousness – Holotropic Breathwork

with Hans Peter Weidinger and HB staff

Holotropic Breathwork – developed by Stan and Christina Grof – relies on a combination of more frequent and deeper breathing (hyperventilation), evocative music, process-oriented bodywork and intuitive drawing (Mandala-drawing). This setting evokes non-ordinary states of consciousness which enable an access to deeper layers of our soul and to spiritual dimensions of our consciousness. The participants are encouraged to express and let happen all emotions, movements, sounds, memories and pictures that surface. After the breathwork-session the experiences will be shared among the participants and integration into the everyday state of consciousness will be enhanced. The experiences – on a personal, transpersonal and spiritual level – are in connection with the current live situation and can help to make a further step in our development.

Fee: 180 Euro

4. 19-20 October Post- Conference Workshop. Take a walk on the dreaming body

A shamanic experience – Pier Luigi Lattuada

Biotransenergetics is a poetic fire, an Integral Medicine, a Transpersonal Psychotherapy. It wants to learn to recognize the sacred creative yearning of life and to honour its laws, to “master the Transe”

When we master the Transe, we can “make one from two”, which means to create the condition to overcome any conflict, that is just the contraposition between two opposite forces. When we master the Transe, we become able to transform any enemy into an ally, any symptom into a message, any force into our own force.

We can get to know the forces of the earth, of the water, of the air, of the fire, and then harmonize with them.

We can consider every event: an emotion or a wish, an obsessing thought or a guardian angel as a field which it is possible to enter the Transe with.

When we master the Transe, we can contact the source and we are able to embody the force of the forests and the ocean, the animals and the stones, the waterfalls and the moon as a manifestation of Divine.

Fee: 150 Euro – with Pier Luigi Lattuada and BTE staff

5. Stan Grof and the Milan EUROTAS Conference

Psychology of the Future:

Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.

Stanislav Grof, M.D.

In this seminar, we will explore the process of psychospiritual death and rebirth, using the paintings from depth psychological work with psychedelic substances and holotropic breathwork. The understanding of this process is essential for any serious approach to the ritual and spiritual history of humanity – shamanism, rites of passage, healing ceremonies of native cultures, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, the great religions of the world, and the mystical traditions of all times and countries. The insights from this work throw also new light on artistic creations from ancient times to the modern era and sociopolitical events, such as wars, revolutions, and genocide.

Stanislav Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA).

6. Erwin Lazlo and the Milan EUROTAS Conference

The cutting edge of the sciences

The intuitions reported by mystics, poets, artists, ordinary people, even scientists, often go beyond the range of sensory perception. In the reductionist culture inspired by classical science, they are dismissed as mere delusion classical empiricism claims that there is nothing in the mind that was not first in the eye. However, the classical tenet is not universally upheld. It is exceptional in the annals of history, and even in the context of contemporary cultures. But are the intuitions that occasionally surface in consciousness mere delusion? Or can there be intuitions that are as real and fundamental as sensory perception? This question calls for a deeper look at the possibility that spontaneous insights and intuitions may have a physical basis. This presentation will summarize the pertinent findings surfacing at the cutting edge of the sciences and will thereby seek to legitimize this important but vastly neglected dimension of human experience.

Ervin Laszlo is Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Founder and Director of the General Evolution Research Group, and Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

7. Call for Papers- Milan

Many people said they wanted fewer words and more experience for the Conference.

Ok we’ll try, but we think that its matters of the heart that make the difference.

So please, bring your heart and dare to open the door and we will all enjoy that!

You can present an informal talk (no reading allowed please!), a workshop or participate in a working group.

Talks will last 30 minutes and workshops two hours.

Working groups takes two hours too but in a different way. Between three to six presenters introduce themselves, their work and topics for 10 minutes each. The remaining time is to share experience and ideas with all participating – , something similar to the World Café.

Please send us your proposals as soon as possible. Latest date we can receive them is April 30th.

The 11th EUROTAS Conference Scientific Board will give you an answer before the end of May.

8. Letter to the Delegates from the President of EUROTAS and others

Dear friends,

This is a letter which requires your support so please read it and reply.

We have just finished our ECCA (Eurotas Committee for Certification and Accreditation) meeting in Evora, Portugal. We certified new therapists and discussed ways to improve this certification process.

The good news is that we have now almost 50 certified transpersonal psychotherapists from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA and we are working towards a steady increase of the number of people certified by EUROTAS.

We deeply feel that this process will bring more recognition to the transpersonal model for psychotherapy and strengthen the community of spiritually-oriented therapists. A growing number of well certified therapists will give more support to EUROTAS and recognise transpersonal psychotherapy.

We are now ready to apply for EUROTAS to become an EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) member and a EWAO (European-Wide Accrediting Organization). We will let you know when we have concrete results.

At this stage we need your support and help because you are the bridge between EUROTAS and transpersonal therapists in your countries.

We would like to ask you to inform your associations about our work and to encourage qualified colleagues to apply for this certification process.

Attached, you will find the criteria and the application form. We suggest that you put this information on the websites of your associations and that you forward it to your emailing list of psychotherapists.

We are trying to do our best but without your support we stay very limited to the circle of our close friends. So please give us feedback and answer the short questionnaire attached. We need your cooperation to understand how we can help you more to promote the transpersonal approach to psychotherapy in your country and get more recognition from the psychotherapeutic mainstream.

Our next meeting will be in Milano, October 2009 and your colleagues can take this opportunity to be certified then. Please encourage candidates to apply for certification very soon. See the Questionnaire below.

With greetings from Evora, Portugal

February 6, 2009

The ECCA

Bernadette Blin-Lery

Gennady Brevde

Hans Peter Weidinger

Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz

Vitor Rodrigues

ECTP – QUESTIONNAIRE for DELEGATES

February 2009

  1. How do you think this process of certification is received in your country?
  2. From your point of view, what are the main advantages of receiving the ECTP (European Certificate for Transpersonal Psychotherapy) for your country’s therapists?
  3. How could ECCA improve the process of encouraging candidates to put their names forward?
  4. How could you help us promoting this process?
  5. Do you have any comments or suggestions about this process?

9. Last Words – Rumold Mol

The EUROTAS river of thanks to Rumold will never dry out as Pia wrote so movingly in the last Newsletter. What better recognition would he want that we all now take action and sign up to coming to Milan and offer what we have to offer not only to our friends but to a wider world in these special times of crisis and change?

As Pia wrote: “We miss Rumold and we are in sorrow, Ank and all of us in EUROTAS, so I asked the Prophet to speak about sorrow and he answered:

‘Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute – and this harp – that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight – and Rumold gave us such delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.’

Let’s be in that balance and remember Rumold and be glad and honour him by supporting the EUROTAS which he did so much to support.

No. 53 - 21-02-2009

No. 53 - 21-02-2009

21 February 2009

Board of Administrators: Vitor Rodrigues; President, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Ingo Jahrsetz and Beata Bishop

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Dear Friends – here are some references to the 11th Eurotas Conference, Milan 15-18 October 2009. Please put these dates in your diary. More information will be available soon, but you can access the eurotas.org website and the eurotasitaly2009.eu site for further information.

Please fill in the forms to apply for the Conference for accommodation and meals and also to offer a talk, workshop or discussion subject. There are also bank payment details.

The key dates are

  1. 12-13 October pre-conference seminar by HB Staff
  2. 14 October EUROTAS Delegates Meeting to which all are invited to attend while only Delegates can vote
  3. 15-18 October 11th Eurotas Conference hosted by Pier Luigi and his colleagues from Om
  4. 19-20 October Post Conference seminar by BTE Staff

More details on the websites and in a future Newsletter

Contents

  1. The 11th EUROTAS Conference in Milan Italy 15-18 October 2009
  2. Call for Papers for Milan
  3. An Article by Pier Luigi Lattuada: To map out a hearty route

 

1. The 11th EUROTAS Conference in Italy 15-18 October 2009

Here is some initial information about the EUROTAS Conference so that you can put the dates in your agendas and begin to think about contributions to it.

The draft Programme is very much a draft at this stage although the presence of Stan Grof and Erwin Lazlo is confirmed.

 

Thursday 15th October (Click Table Header to sort!)

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Registration
09.00 09.30 Hall Opening Ceremony: The World is As You Dream it
09.30 10.00 Hall Inaugural Session:
10.00 11.30 Hall Round table: Goddess Languages
11.30 12.00 Coffee break (and chanting)
12.00 13.30 Round table: Puer and Senex: Young Warriors and ancient wisdom
13.30 15.00 Lunch ( and chanting)
15.00 17.00 Education: working group and workshops
17.00 19.00 Education: working group and workshops
19.00 21.00 Dinner (and chanting)
21.00 24.00 Sharing group and evening social event

 

Friday 16th October

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Meditation
09.00 10.00 Lecture: Vitor Rodrigues – Science as a Path Rodrigues
10.00 11.00 Lecture: Erwin Lazslo Lazlo
11.00 11.30 Coffee break (and chanting)
11.30 13.30 Round table: Angels fear
13.30 15.00 Lunch ( and chanting)
15.00 17.00 Science: working group and workshops
17.00 19.00 Science: working group and workshops
19.00 21.00 Dinner (and chanting)
21.00 22.00 Sharing group and evening social event
22.00 24.00 Annual Soul of Europe Concert

 

Saturday 17th October

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Meditation
09.00 11.00 Round table – The Town of the Sun
11.00 11.30 Coffee break (and chanting)
11.30 13.30 Lecture: Stan Grof -Psychology of the Future Grof
13.30 15.00 Lunch ( and chanting)
15.00 17.00 Society: working group and workshops
17.00 19.00 Society: working group and workshops
19.00 21.00 Dinner (and chanting)
22.00 24.00 Annual Soul of Europe Concert

 

Sunday 18th October

From To Room Event / Activity Presenter
08.00 09.00 Hall Meditation
09.00 10.00 Lecture: PierLuigi Lattuada Lattuada
10.00 11.00 Lecture: John Rowan Rowan
11.00 11.30 Coffee break (and chanting)
11.30 13.00 Round table: Transpersonal Manifesto
13.00 13.30 Final session: Mitakuye Oyasin
13.30 21.00 Magic Milan

 

2. Call for Papers for Milan

 

So let us stand as realistic visionaries: with this sort of

Conferences, we are helping the construction of the new Humankind. We are living among us

the solution for today’s crisis. So please come to Milan, Italy, and participate with what you have, what you do and mostly who you

are. We welcome you.

Vitor Rodrigues,

PhD President of EUROTAS

Dear Friends

Yes, we are dreamers, awake dreamers that want to contribute with words and acts in such a context (our post-modern life in this post-modern world) in order to develop a sacred respect, dignified silence, apologetic awareness of our condition as human beings, sympathetic brotherhood and compassionate love for all.

Eurotas and Om, Association for Medicine and Transpersonal Psychology, are building from these preliminary remarks to organize the 11th Eurotas conference entitled: Beyond the Mind (toward a consciousness of unity. From a culture of competition to a culture of sharing). The conference will be held in Milan from the 15 to the 18 of October 2009.

We are sending out the following call for papers and we will be pleased to receive your proposals.

Arrivederci a Milano.

Pier Luigi Lattuada, M.D, Ph.D

President of Om Association

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

At the previous Eurotas conference it was suggested that future conferences should emphasise experience rather than intellectual work alone. We shall try to get the right balance; we believe that the issue is not words nor experience per se, but the opening of the heart. So please, bring your heart and dare to open the door.

We welcome proposals for talks, workshops or for participation in a working group.

The length of talks will be half an hour and workshops two hours.

Working groups will also be two hours duration but the format will differ from that of workshops: Between three and six presenters will introduce themselves, their work and the topics (introductions to be no more than ten minutes each). The remaining time should be devoted to sharing experience and ideas with all participants. The intention is to establish something similar to that which the world cafè connotes.

Please, send us your proposals as soon as possible. The latest date for submission is April 30th.

The 11th Eurotas Conference Scientific Board will reply before the end of May.

For registration please refer to the Registration-Form on the Euotasitaly2009 website

 

Registration and Payment received by 30 May 09 After 30 May 09
CONFERENCE ENTRANCE: 4 DAYS
Eastern Countries and Students € 190,– € 240,–
Others € 250,– € 300,–
CONFERENCE ENTRANCE: 1 DAY
(open day: Saturday) € 70,–
CONFERENCE ENTRANCE-LODGING AND FOOD
(Conference : four days entrance Lodging: four nights in double room four star hotel,food : breakfast and lunch for three days)
Eastern Countries and Students € 390,– € 450,–
Others € 440,– € 490,–
ONE NIGHT MORE (lodging) € 40,–
SINGLE ROOM (4 days) € 90,–
I OFFER (contributions for helping Est Countries or students)
These prices don’t include anything not specified.
Feel free to book your room from this website. Note that special prices for Conference and Rooms are limited to registration using the form above.Please find detailed Informations about the Hotel here: Hotel Ripamonti Milano

 

 

For Registration and Payment:

 

Please subscribe soon and send your remittance to bank account:

Associazione Om

Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria

Agenzia Milano-Olona

Via Olona 11

I – 20123 Milano / Italy

SWIFT: BLOPIT22

IBAN: IT61 K050 4801 6330 0000 0010 009

 

3. An Article by Pier Luigi Lattuada

11th EUROTAS Conference: To map out a hearty route

Beyond the mind, 11th Eurotas Conference

P.L.Lattuada M.D., Ph.D

The history of the transpersonal movement is quite peculiar.

Transpersonal psychology developed in the seventies in the Bay area around San Francisco. Even before been really known it passed through many divisions and sharp disagreement, to such a point that Ken Wilber, a milestone of the transpersonal thought, went off the movement accomplishing the wrench many years ago, as he considered it already on the way of a final and hopeless decline.

The transpersonal movement has been much criticized. Some of its detractors describe transpersonal psychology as a movement of characters talking about spirituality, often arguing between themselves on the real meaning of this word, people a little absent minded, confused in magic and mythological prerationalist thought.

For others the representative of transpersonal movement avoid the hard and ordinary psychological work to seek refuge in non ordinary states of consciousness, often induced by drugs, showing in such a way a eco-primitivism retro-Romantic, to use Wilber’s words (http://wilber.shambhala.com/html/interviews/interview1220.cfm/), that prevents them to speak with exponents of other psychological theories looking to more actual dimension of consciousness.

Still for others, the most misunderstanding, transpersonal psychologist moves in a dangerous area closely with new age arguments. They would say: “they talk with spirits” “They believe in angels”, for them transpersonal psychologist ignore real problems, they regress to the oral phase of development through meditation and mantras murmuring.

However many detractors do not know what they are talking about, as they never met a transpersonal psychotherapist. Others, like Ken Wilber and Claudio Naranjo base their opinion on the experience of the transpersonal movement at the beginning, perhaps they hardly know that in Europe there is a transpersonal movement in good health, counting two international associations, one of them the EUROTAS strong of 24 national associations, including authors such as John Rowan, Laura Boggio Gilot, Vitor Rodrigues, Arturo De Luca, Ingo Benjamin Jahretz, Beata Bishop, Vladimir Maykov, Jure Biechonsky, Bernadette Blin, Judith Miller and myself, just to name a few of them, which published ten or so books and scientific works describing original approaches. Maybe transpersonal critics never had a chance to know all of this.

Perhaps even less known is the transpersonal movement from Brazil, where since the seventies it has been developing in the academic circle bringing forth methods and models absolutely innovating. We are talking about Pierre Weil’s pioneering work, culminated in the foundation of the Universidade da Paz in Brasilia. Or to mention the Eliezer Crequiera Mendes’s extraordinary contribution with his psycotranstherapy and David Akstein with Terpsicoterapia or professor Armando Leite Neves with his transpersonal analysis.

At last is right to mention the contribution of the most viable Psycosintesis, with centres spread all over the world under the drive of fervent minds such as Massimo Rosselli and Piero Ferrucci, just to name some of them.

Let us cite, at the end, the bio-trans-energetic, a wide and articulated transpersonal methodology founded in the early eighties by Marlene Silveira and Pier Luigi Lattuada, my self, who since then worked it out in more than twenty-five thousand hours of clinical work and twelve published books.

Reading carefully the texts and actively participating to the annual eurotas conferences, with delegates from more than 30 countries, and most of all, from the direct and heartily acquaintance of the transpersonal movement representatives, it is possible to deeply understand the essence and vital cultural pregnancy of the phenomenon we are talking about.

For example it would be possible to understand that a unitary vision can only result from an unitary sight, and an unitary sight descend from an unitary state of consciousness which some call consciousness of unity. This consciousness seem to be characterized as a state of being reachable when it is possible to overstep the ordinary mind, usually curbed in a dual vision, due to attachments and personal conflicts. It would then be easy to understand, may be with the support of an encyclopaedic knowledge about quadrants, circles and spirals, that the point is the descent of the mind inside the heart, something easy to be said but endless to be accomplished.

It would then be possible to understand that the word transpersonal does not belong to one or the other but it is available to whoever is truly stepping on a heart bounded road.

This word belongs to the hero journeying toward home, through valleys of passion and ignorance, peaks of intuition and fits of enthusiasm, nights of the soul and never ending awakenings, deaths and rebirths, in the humble attempt to free ourselves and to water to the spring of being, whom somebody calls God, others Self and others heart.

This spring sometimes seems relentlessly drained, other gush plentiful, sometimes seems unreachable others unveil forever present here and now.

In these rare moments of presence, when we are bestowed a sip, the transpersonal dimension reveals itself with its copious and astonishing wealth. In front of such a dimension just stay in religious silence and devotional surrender, compassion for our self and our fellow creatures, with consciousness of the linked unity of everything.

In such a dimension it is unambiguously clear that the access to the unity is possible when we disappear to ourselves, when we have the courage to loose and find ourselves, beyond the mind, which is in the transpersonal kingdoms.

From such a dimension we are often driven away from the icy wind of arrogance, from the avid bite of power, from the wicked thirst of self-importance. The hero coming back from the journey in such a dimension must remember: “not two, one”.

Then, beyond the mind, namely beyond the attachment to our limited personal view, there is the transpersonal vision which appears deeply complete, realizing that the integral vision is absolutely transpersonal.

Beyond the mind, meaning beyond the narcissistic identification with one’s own model, the different psychological models appear to pertain to the linked flow of consciousness expressing the present humankind condition.

Beyond the mind, to say beyond judgement, the travelling hero shyly dear to open the doors.

In the eleventh eurotas conference to be held in Milan from the 15 to the 18 of October 2009 delegates of the transpersonal movement from more than 30 countries will discuss and share ideas, models and experiences, to map out a hearty route for education, science, companies and social organizations.

Doors are open to delegates of psychoanalysis, behavioural and humanistic psychology, to representatives of the academic scientific world, organized religions, as well as political institutions and finally to good will people.

No. 52 - 22-12-2008

No. 52 - 22-12-2008

22 December 2008

Board of Administrators: Vitor Rodrigues; President, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Ingo Jahrsetz and Beata Bishop

Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier

Contents

  1. Letter from the President
  2. The Barcelona EUROTAS Conference- Helen Bazzard
  3. The 11th EUROTAS Conference in Italy 15-18 October 2009
  4. The New EUROTAS website
  5. The Alubrat Congress in Portugal
  6. BPS Transpersonal Section Annual Conference – Tony Turvey
  7. A Message from Jure Biechonski in Estonia
  8. An interesting event in the UKRAINE- Levgeniia Makurina
  9. An Article by Pier Luigi Lattuada: Dare to open doors
  10. A New Newsletter from Serge Beddington Behrens
  11. The Spiritual Research Foundation
  12. A Further Remembrance of Rumold –Pia Keiding

 

1. Letter from the President

 

Dear friends inside and outside EUROTAS,

I am very happy to share some impressions of our recent Barcelona Congress and also some ideas about what will come next. As many of you already know, it was very successful in several ways and also just a happy event: we had family feelings and the joy of being together with a lovely group of people – around 270, actually. We were welcomed by a very warm group of organizers around Magda and Jaume, who did their best to make us feel at home and they kept a smile in their faces even with some obvious lack of sleep… We had a huge amount of high quality presentations, a nice party and drumming. I must confess that the drumming is one of the best memories for me because I am still not used to see everybody dancing with the sound of drums in a plenary room.

For me this brings some visions about where we are with our Transpersonal Movement. I think we are now more mature, we are very serious about it and we dance and play within it at the same time.

During our Delegates meeting, we welcomed three new countries in EUROTAS – Estonia, Italy and Ireland – and so we maintain our expansion as an Association and as a movement. Also we decided that we will welcome individual members supporting us and sharing our spirit.

Our next Conferences are already scheduled, the 2009 one for Italy, 15-19 October, and for the 2010 conference it will be Switzerland. In Italy, Pier Luigi Lattuada,and the OM Association will welcome us a very courageously offer. Things are already moving towards it with a strong pace. The title of our 12th EUROTAS International Conference will be “Beyond the Mind, Towards a Consciousness of Unity. From a culture of competition to a culture of sharing”.

In Switzerland, Fausto Sommer and his crew also made recently a first proposition for a title: “Knowledge, Pleasure and Belief” (we will get back on this later, of course, though it looks nice) The planned dates are 29 September to 3 October 2011.

I had the honor and the pleasure of delivering the last plenary lecture and, during the discussion that ensued, my idea that it is now time for us to go public, contact the media without fear and even make some moves towards the politicians was welcomed. So I hope we will have a sort of manifest from our Barcelona Congress – to be handed on to media people and politicians and, at the same time, I see that Pier Luigi is already working for us to have a more ambitious manifesto at the time of our 2009 Conference. I do believe that at the present moment of crisis in the world (and therefore, opportunity) we do have some suggestions about what should come next for Humankind. Lets start talking about this with a bold heart.

Our website is also different now, with the strong and competent support from Erich Meier. We will make sure that it gets more input and becomes an excellent meeting point for people inside and outside EUROTAS. I hope I will also add a new text about EUROTAS very soon.

And because Christmas is close, I want to wish everybody a time of happiness and light with a clear mind and a warm heart and for 2009, a New Year full of hope and a daring spirit – for we must have a say about the future!

Warm regards, Vitor Rodrigues, PhD

President of EUROTAS

 

2. The Barcelona EUROTAS Conference – Helen Bazzard

 

Nearly 300 participants from all over Europe and from the US, India and other countries around the world took part in a very special conference organized by Magda and Jaime and a dedicated team from Catalan Transpersonal Association.

The many workshops of high quality and interest were complemented by excellent presentations and a warm and welcoming atmosphere which enabled many friendships to be renewed and developed and also progress to be made on the future of EUROTAS. Much of the work of the Conference remains in the hearts and minds of those present, but there will be further publication of the proceedings in due course on the Eurotas.org website and other ways of distributing the work.

Helen Bazzard writes a personal view:

The Ritual of Attendance!

Well, there goes another esplendido EUROTAS conference!

The 4th I’ve attended and yet again, what an experience – each time, I come away with a sense of deep gratitude for having met you all!

Any disagreements merely serve as grit for the pearl.

My faith in the potential of your ideas, work and personal growth deepens and inspires.

The ritual of attendance is interesting, too.

For a while I always went to my local church service at Easter when the priest washes our feet in remembrance of Jesus work.

The first year my timid ego wondered if I could stand the exposure.

The second year I felt glad for the priest in having my rather pretty feet amongst some of the others.

On the third year I no longer thought about my feet because of feeling such closeness to the man kneeling there, at my feet, tenderly wiping off the water with a soft towel.

During my attendance at the EUROTAS conferences, I have run from plenary to workshop desperately trying to digest all the knowledge offered until my mind hummed with exertion. I have experienced really knowing through sensing into heart, mind and body.

This year, thanks to the preciosa, Catalan team, I felt greater connection. And what drumming! My hips moved using muscles I didn’t know I had!

So I honour the connection to your courage in exploring, your dexterity in thinking and your commitment to heart-felt responses.

Human potential is vast and, I believe, only fully maximised through connection to others and our world.

Beyond the Personal I find You.

Helen Bazzard. Transpersonal Psychotherapist working in Brighton, UK.

CTP and EUROTAS Member.

 

3. The 12th EUROTAS Conference in Italy 15-18 October 2009

 

Here is some initial information about the EUROTAS Conference so that you can put the dates in your agendas and begin to think about contributions to it.

The draft Programme is very much a draft at this stage although the presence of Stan Grof and Erwin Lazlo is confirmed

11th EUROTAS International Conference

15-18 October 09

Milano

Italy

Beyond the Mind

Towards a Consciousness of Unity

From a culture of competition to a culture of sharing

Dare to open doors

Associazione Om, Via Villapizzone 26, 20156 Milano,– Tel/fax 0039/02.8393306 e-mail: transpersonal@fastwebnet.it ; info@biotransenergetica.it web site: www.eurotasitaly2009.eu; www.biotransenergetica.it

“DARE UNITY”

“We all are trapped in our minds. Realizing this is the first step of the journey towards liberation – Ram Dass”

Not two repeats the wave riding mother ocean,

Not two whispers brother wind to the flower fragrance,

Not two roars sips of wet summer sister cloud on the back of the sky

Father of lighted flashes,

Not two shines the beam in the ice,

Melt sun, murmur of white moving,

Not two mother, plentiful mother, guardian of fire

Spread flying by smiling steam,

Not two sprouted seed of lavished heart

Not to resounds the beat of the ten thousands beings.

“Not two”, is the expression that better defines “the way” in the age old Tao tradition.

In the Advaita Vedanta the word “Advaita” means “not dual”. Saint Thomas’s Gospel says: “If you do not make one of two, you will not enter the Kingdom.”. The fathers of psychology, from William James, Rollo May to Ken Wilber state that the primary illness of modern society is separation, the dualism between subject and object. Modern physics declares: matter is energy. The 11th international Meeting of EUROTAS, with its five days of speeches, workshops, study groups , and invited experts from thirty countries and from most continents, suggests to dare unity.

Dare to cross the boundaries of fear, the mother of all judgements; to go beyond the boundaries of judgement, the mother of all dualisms; to go across the barriers of dualism, the mother of every conflict, whether interior, relational, social, cultural, political or religious.

Dare to trust our true nature, mother of freedom; to find the courage of responsibility and of sympathy for our human condition. Dare a scientific theory and an experimental practice coming from a unitary theory of the interior transpersonal experience to open the way to ecology of the mind and a culture of sharing.

Dare the descent from the world of ideas of the transpersonal vision to that of everyday life, through practical suggestions in different fields, particularly regarding the scientific, educational, social, environmental spheres.

Best wishes and please let me have your thoughts and suggestions

Pier Luigi Lattuada

First draft programme

Thursday 15 October

9.00 – 9.30 Opening Ceremony: The World is As You Dream it

9,30 – 10.00 Inaugural Session:

10.00 -11,30 Round table: Goddess Languages

11,30 -12.00 Coffee break (and chanting)

12,00-13,30 Round table: Puer and Senex: Young Warriors and ancient wisdom

13,30-15 Lunch ( and chanting)

15-17 Education: working group and workshops

17-19 Education: working group and workshops

19-21 Dinner (and chanting)

21 Sharing group and evening social event

Friday 16 October

8.00 – 9.00 Meditation

9.00 –10.00 Lecture:– Science as a Path

10.00 -11.00 Lecture: Ervin Lazslo

11-11,30 Coffee break (and chanting)

11,30 -13,30 Round table: Angels fear

13,30-15 Lunch (and chanting)

15-17 Science: working group and workshops

17-19 Science: working group and workshops

19-21 Dinner (and chanting)

21 Sharing group and evening social event

Saturday 17 October

8.00 – 9.00 Meditation

9.00 –11.00 Round table – The Town of the Sun

11.00 -11,30 Coffee break (and chanting)

11,30 – 13,30 Lecture : Stan Grof – Psychology of the Future

13,30-15 Lunch (and chanting)

15-17 Society: working group and workshops

17-19 Society: working group and workshops

19-21 dinner and chanting

21-22 sharing group

22 Annual Soul of Europe Concert

Sunday 18 October

8.00 – 8.30 Meditation

9.00 –10.00 Lecture:

10.00 –11.00 Lecture : Pier Luigi Lattuada – The further way

11-11,30 Coffee break (and chanting)

11,30 -13 Round table: Transpersonal Manifesto

13-13,30 Final session: Mitakuye Oyasin

13,30-21.00 Magic Milan

 

4. The New EUROTAS website

 

The new Eurotas Website is now up and running at www. eurotas.org

Please visit it and in particular look at the Eurotas Forum where you can register (preferably with your personal name) and participate in a wide range of transpersonal issues.

If you have any news/articles/information about yourself or your association please contact Eric Meier who is the webmaster and with his team will be able to help you.

 

5. The Alubrat Congress in Portugal

 

The Portuguese International Congress of Alubrat, the Portuguese-Brazilian Transpersonal Association was held between 14-16 November, with the title “Myths and Archetypes: a Transpersonal View”

It was very successful, with close to 100 attendees, high quality talks and workshops and lots of hugs and sharing – like in the Barcelona EUROTAS Congress!.

Subjects ranged from fairy tales and florals to national archetypes and myths, the Divine feminine to super-heroes and fun came along with hard work. The working language was Portuguese but we did have some people from Brazil, Spain, and the UK. Also we asked for people interested in directly collaborating with Alubrat and we were surprised to get a very enthusiastic answer – with signed commitments from quite a number of people.

Our next Alubrat International Conference will be held in Brazil, two years from now, but meanwhile we hope to have a Symposium in Portugal next year.

 

6 BPS Transpersonal Section Annual Conference – Tony Turvey

 

Hello everyone

This year, for the first time, the keynote lectures at the BPS Transpersonal Section Annual Conference were recorded.

The edited lectures are:

Dr. Fraser Watts: The interface between psychology & spirituality

Professor Rosemarie Anderson (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; Palo Alto,California) Keynote: Intuitive Inquiry: a Transpersonal Method. Workshop: Body-based modes of intuition.

Dr David Brazier: Zen therapy & Buddhist psychology

Rob Preece: The nature of mind: a Buddhist perspective in Transpersonal psychology

Prof David Fontana: Mystery and Enlightenment: Transpersonal insights from the Western psycho-spiritual traditions

Dr Malcolm Walley: Transcending the divide: Evolution, being and gender

Prof Les Lancaster: The divine feminine in Kabbalah and transpersonal psychology

The above are now available on the Section website pages off the BPS main website

Go to http://www.bps.org.uk/tps

And then link on the left hand side to Audio Archive

I found the audio downloads worked ok on my Windows pc. Also if you highlight the download icon on the screen and right click your mouse you get the standard options and this allows you to save the MPEG file to your pc. Often saving a download and playing off your own pc can be easier than live streaming from a website .And after you have downloaded once it is always available again.

Best wishes to all and thanks again to Kendall Wrightson for all the time and effort he has put into this project

Tony Turvey

 

7. A Message from Jure Biechonski in Estonia

 

hi friends.

Still recovering from the wonderful experience in Barcelona, and trying to work out on the scale from 0 to 10 how much transpersonal I am.

I made quiet a few new friends, met amazingly interesting people, and made some very good professional contacts, as we have an institute in Estonia for transpersonal hypnotherapy-psychology, and in a country of 1 million population we have 160 students!

I am always interested in teachers exchange and students exchange, and some of the amazing people I have met I am inviting to Estonia to teach our students.

I am looking very much forward to the conference in Italy, apart from trying to connect with some more people, especially with those that I have tried but for some reason it did not happen, so I will try again next conference, this is why I am coming, to meet new people, to have fun and by the way to learn new things.

I have already started to collect materials for my presentations in the next conference.One area is about “embracing the Shadow” and the other is a special development of my passionate subject, psychoneuroimmnology, this time i will focus on The mind body and soul in health.

Thank you all for being there.

thank you for what you are doing

thank you for who you are

with love

Jure Biechonski

President of the Estonian Transpersonal Association

 

8. An interesting Event in the UKRAINE- Levgeniia Makurina

 

Dear friends

We are pleased to announce that in May 2009 there will be a visit to places of force with the famous Ukrainian folk healer Helena Svitko.

The journey will include:

  • the holy sources
  • Hortitsa – the island of magic power of the Ukraine healers”harakterniki”. Zapoprozskaja Sich.
  • Halls of “amazonki”
  • meditation with stars
  • Ukraine rituals with healer amulets
  • Melitipol, Stone Grave (Kamyana Mohyla) “Ukraine stonehenge” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamyana_Mohyla

We will be glad to all who join our trip.

Levgeniia Makurina, Ukraine

UTA

www.transpersonal.org.ua

 

9. An Article by Pier Luigi Lattuada: „Dare to open doors“

 

Eurotas friends may be interested to read this article by Pier Luigi who will be responsible for the EUROTAS conference next year in Italy which is discussed in it.

Beyond the Mind: dare open the doors

P.L.Lattuada M.D., Ph.D.

The logos originates and reaches our consciousness through a hardware made of 10¹º cells of the human brain, and acts in the world thanks to a hardware constituted by hundred billions of cells, by 2300 or 4600 double helix of DNA. Perhaps.

It seems that every brain cells has 10¹º atoms. Perhaps.

Almost seven billions of human being live in an universe born, it seems, from 13 to 20bilions of years ago, from a fire ball, at a temperature of 18 billions of millions, of millions, of millions degree, we live on a planet which seems to belong to a galaxy constituted by 5 billions of stars, inside a universe that it seems has been formed by 5 billions of galaxies. Perhaps.

To contribute with words and acts in such a contest would require first of all a sacred respect, dignified silence, apologetic awareness of our condition as human beings, sympathetic brotherhood and compassionate love for our alike.

Without mentioning science and religion common sense will be enough. Eurotas and Om, Association for Medicine and Transpersonal Psychology , are moving from these preliminary remarks to organize the 11th Eurotass conference entitled: Beyond the Mind (toward a consciousness of unity. From a culture of competition to a culture of sharing), to be held in Milan from the 15 to the 18 of October 2009.

Context

The ybrys (from the Greek term ybrys, insolence, abuse, violence) leads to a strain in the harmonic weft of society, and often forces us to build cathedral without basement, makes us hurry, and makes us omit to stay. If transpersonal view does have a sense, it will find it first of all in the art of sharing: sharing of Self, one’s own resources and creative power, and one’s own limits and shadows as well, with synergy and resonance rather than in competition for aims achievement.

Transpersonal view comes from ancient times but it does come with modern tools, it has the strength of thousand years of history and most of all three centuries of science. And it does know of not knowing.

As Ervin Laszlo remind us we live in the core of a transformation, the deepest and quickest one ever happened in human history, a transformation as radical as the one that led humanity from middle ages to modern era, but this actual one took place in a range of few decades instead of centuries.

Global communication through information technology had dramatic repercussions on environment, economy, politic, education and culture in general.

In a few decades there has been a transition from a world based on few questions with monolithic and positive answers to a world that has many different paths available to investigate the miracle of life, to give an answer to basic questions about us and about a better way to live.

In few decades the housefather, the priest of town, the wise man of the village, have seen their power drowned in the rushing stream of global communication brought by the troy horse of information technology or more easily by the bookstore at the shopping mall.

This change has brought about some people toward a technological run and an absolute faith in the scientific, materialistic and rational method. On the other hand other people castled themselves in orthodox faith, not only religious ones, leading to an increment in fundamentalist phenomenon especially in the poorest and the most threatened population on the planet. Between these two trends in these recent years has been developing a varied trans-cultural world with many facet some prone to esoteric or salvation drift, others venturing in sometime reckless sometime intrepid religious and cultural syncretism. Some people use the term New Age, other the term holism to define such a cultural phenomenon typical of the progressive societies in the third millennium.

Transpersonal ethic

The transpersonal movement differentiate completely from both rationalist dogmatism and religious fundamentalism and New Age simplicity. Transpersonal ethic is watering to a various springs of clear water. The first one is the source of awareness coming from the new paradigm of science and eco-fair culture, the consciousness of the delicate and absolute interdependence between our live and the life on the planet. This means a sacred respect and full responsibility for our actions and attitude, it means working for our own as well as our community wellness; where community includes not only the other human beings but also trees and animals, mountains and forests, waters and oceans, sacred because they are animated with the holy spirit of life and hence they deserve the place to grow and wholly expand their potential.

The second source is the transpersonal ethic, grounded on moral codes mainly coming from the different religions. The transpersonal movement is actively concerned with spiritual traditions and their ethical issues, moreover it has the instruments and knowledge to foster people’s adhesion to their own codes and traditions, as it does not purse any interest to substitute any beliefs or moral value, but rather it works in synergy to promote the dialogue between different traditions and to acknowledge complementarities and alikeness between them.

The third source is coming from the background related to the instruments and knowledge’s of healing processes, and to the mastery of inner experiences and state of consciousness. Just think about the inheritance coming from the psychological research conducted by James, Freud, Jung, Reich, Pearls, Assaggioli and others. Consider the different experiential therapies, group meetings, manpower development, the transpersonal models proposed by Grof, Neil, Tart, the so called technologies of the sacred, Wilber’s integral vision and Maslow’s hierarchy needs.

A responsibility emerges from this extensive set of cognisance and methods so that everyone is called to act supporting and encouraging sharing, assistance and mutual love for the entire living community.

Such a responsibility is not an invitation to elude discomfort and avoid bad attitudes, but rather a clear and unambiguous commitment to knowledge our self, even our shadows, honouring our true essence in every field, would it be psychological, educational, ecological or socio-political.

The event

Being aware that the answers may be found in the questions, intent of the 11th Eurotas Conference is to offer the opportunity to create a field were Logos may become Heart and yield Soul, and Soul may express itself in experiences and effective projects.

Each one of the first three days will be dedicated to a specific area: education, science and society. Round tables will be organized with experts, whose duty will be to gift their heart and share their wisdom before showing their knowledge.

During meetings and workshops delegates will work to assist participants encouraging insight, what Bohm calls a new order of knowledge, the true knowledge, coming from the silence of the mind.

In the fourth day, from all the different contribution we will work out a “manifesto transpersonal” which collect inside a single document the main themes of the transpersonal vision.

Events of spontaneous theatre, music, chorus, meditation will be held during the evenings and the intervals between the sessions.

The 11th EUROTAS Conference Organization is honoured to host two personalities, for whom no presentation is needed: Stanislav Grof and Ervin Laszlo, to them goes our warmest thanks for gifting us with their presence.

 

10. The Spiritual Research Foundation

 

Dear Mr.Victor Rodrigues

I came across the EUROTAS website and its efforts to research the methods on alternative healing

In this regard I would like to bring to your attention SSRF http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/ who are doing extensive research in Spiritual Sciences and sharing the benefits obtained from this research freely with all. The objective is to work closely with the spiritually inclined worldwide and freely share the benefits of this research on Universal Spiritual values in areas related to human psychophysical integration and psycho spiritual awareness for the benefit of Mankind.

The idea is to reach the common man worldwide in a simple language with simple tools yet with a scientific approach. Most of the healing tools are currently based on Eastern healing techniques and they hope to learn and share healing techniques with other cultures and traditions. The mission is to help humanity engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of Spiritual resources. If acceptable please add the website to your links page and/or forward to other interested individuals, research institutions and related groups so that they can benefit from this information

SSRF hopes to co-operate with likeminded individuals worldwide and contribute to the collective growth of mankind at all levels. Yoga is their premise to the absolute but with a scientific appeal and approach. Please feel free to use and share the information on the website with interested individuals. Please use the form on the website to express your views.

The Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) is a volunteer non-profit organization. Over the past 20 years it has under-taken extensive and exhaustive research in the spiritual realm. It has recently begun to publish its spiritual research on its website www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org. In doing so, the SSRF intends to demystify the spiritual realm and provide research that will help humanity to effectively alleviate difficulties in life and progress spiritually.

Thanks and regards

Roger

 

11. A New Newsletter from Serge Beddington Behrens

 

Dear Friend,

This is the first issue of a Newsletter which I plan to be sending out every two months or so. It takes the form of some thoughts around some of the challenges which we are all facing in the world today and suggests other perspectives on how we might view them and survive them. It particularly touches upon some new ways of relating to our current ‘credit crunch’ which I hope might be useful to some of you.

Exactly what precise form this newsletter will continue to take, I am not clear at this stage, but, in addition to a little piece by me on some relevant topic, I would certainly like it to evolve towards being a more formal kind of news bulletin, with interesting comments on items of general interest, by people whose opinions I value. Please, if you have any ideas or responses to this newsletter, do share them and I can include your replies in the next issue. And please, if you don’t feel a resonance with the kinds of things I talk about here – my ideas are not everyone’s cup of tea – please email me if you would lie a copy of the Newsletter : info@sergebb.com, I am most easily contactable on my mobile: 07968 113075.

I wish you a very happy Xmas and New Year.

Love Serge

Serge Beddington-Behrens

 

12. A Further Remembrance of Rumold

 

Pia gave this remembrance of Rumold with Kati playing the harp at the Barcelona Conference

EUROTAS ‘Soul of Europe’ meeting, Barcelona 31st of October 2008

‘Of Joy and Sorrow’

In dear remembrance of the late Rumold Mol

Pia Keiding (DK), Belgium

Katia Van Loo, Belgium (harp)

For those who do not know Rumold Mol, this conference probably wouldn’t have come into being if he hadn’t been.

To Rumold

– In the beginning was chaos. Then came Eurotas, in Greek mythology the father of Sparta. 1

– In the beginning was chaos. Water stagnating in the plain, and the father, Eurotas, carried the waters, stagnating, into the sea by means of a canal.

– In the beginning was chaos, and one of the fathers of EUROTAS came, named Rumold, and he carried water, and carried water and dug canals and made streams between East and West, North and South, and he dug and danced and laughed and worked with such enthusiasm that we know today, just like the real river Evrótas in Greece, which never dries out – even in the driest summer.

– Rumold brought together so many streams and springs that our EUROTAS grew more and more rich in water, rich in energy and diversity and has such a rich amount of science, wisdom, learning, exchange and love, that our EUROTAS thanks to Rumold will never dry out.

We miss Rumold and we are in sorrow, Ank and all of us in EUROTAS, so I asked the Prophet to speak about sorrow and he answered: 2

‘Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute – and this harp – that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight – and Rumold gave us such delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.’

Let’s be in that balance quietly together for Rumold for a moment. Thank you

 

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1 In Greek mythology, Eurotas (Εúρώτας) was the father of Sparta. Eurotas has been said to have carried the waters, stagnating in the plain of the city of Sparta, into the sea by means of a canal. The river that originated from that was named Eurotas (modern name Evrótas) after him. The water of the river comes from several springs, which give the Evrotas such a rich amount of water that it never dries out, not even in the hot midsummer.

2 Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

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