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Elmira, New York 14901

Compassion:

An Evolutionary Perspective

(Six Tuesdays)

ENHANCING THE SKILLS OF COMPASSION

Six-week Tuesday night discussion series

November 6 - December 18, 2018      6:30-8pm

(no meeting Nov. 27th)

Suggested sliding scale donation:

$1 - 20 per session

Put your human kindness in a vast and inspiring context. This series is intended for the intellectually curious but there is no need to be a scholar of any kind - the topic is very approachable, applicable and encouraging! There will be a lot of humor involved and, of course, cookies!

Are you interested in being kinder to your fellow human? Are you curious about spiritual practices such as meditation, but suspect it is more new age nonsense? Are you disappointed by the existing religious institutions with their dogmatic and rigid belief systems? Do you intuit that something bigger and more beautiful is going on?

Learning about Evolutionary Spirituality is psychoactive, and ought to trigger insights and clarity in you not seen before. Once seen, you cannot unsee them! We will have some short practices to help illustrate the reality of this new perspective.

We can honor what came before, with all its beauty and significance, AND we can welcome in the insights of 300 years of scientific exploration and the philosophical shifts that came along. In doing so, a new evolutionary map emerges, a map that orients us in this baffling world we live in and offers compassionate context for our struggles as individuals and as a species.

Join Seamus Kennedy for this relaxed but inspiring 6-week discussion series. In a simple Living Room style (with tea and snacks), explore the historical map of the Universe and human development (from Big Bang to Right Now), the evolution of consciousness, and the significance of spiritual practice. There will be perhaps 45 minutes of presentation, and then time to discuss with tea and snacks. Discover several basic integral perspectives that help us to optimistically orient ourselves in this [not so] strange new world of political and religious division, vast income inequality and general confusion.

This 6-week event is part of a larger fundraiser, and a sliding scale of $1 to $10 per meeting is suggested; all donations are welcome, and will be used to help build a new external staircase and mudroom for the Living Room at Live Well Upstate.

Seamus will be drawing from the work of several big thinkers and teachers, especially evolutionary philosopher Steve McIntosh, as well as Ken Wilber, Francis Bennett and Pema Chödrön, while encouraging all of us to lend some of our own personal and original thinking to the mix.

Seamus Kennedy, your friend. 
(607) 846-0600

 

Compassion: An Evolutionary Perspective

ENHANCING THE SKILLS OF COMPASSION

Six-week Tuesday night series

November 6 - December 18, 2018     6:30-8pm

Presentation #1 - November 6, 6:30-8pm:

"Something more keeps coming from something less" - Three kinds of Big Bang and an introduction to the reality of "transcend and include".

 

Presentation #2 - November 13, 6:30-8pm:

The Four Quadrants of Reality & the Lines of Development/Intelligence. 

 

Presentation #3 - November 20, 6:30-8pm:  "Growing up" - Eight Stages of personal and cultural evolution, and natural hierarchy. 

 

Presentation #4- December 4, 6:30-8pm:

"Waking Up" - States of Consciousness, meditation, and presence. 

 

Presentation #5 - December 11, 6:30-8pm:

Evolutionary Spirituality - "The Presence of the Infinite" - Beauty, Truth and Goodness. 

 

Presentation #6 - December 18, 6:30-8pm:

Applied Compassion - Activism, Enterprise and Service

 

“It is with some nervousness and definitely a little hubris, that I am nonetheless applying my best enthusiastic self to this little mini-course. Come practice some geekiness and wonder with me! Perhaps even undergo some transformative a-ha’s. 😊”. ~ Seamus Kennedy