It seems to me self-evident that life is animated by the power of evolution, inside and out, and that we are riding a geyser of emergence toward a sacred world. In this blog I will make that case or grow trying!
Alas, geyser riding is harrowing and I, like you, plainly see the suffering world. What we also see is the arc of history, where with all of humanity’s wrong turns and regressions, we see a clear trajectory of people living longer, more wealthy, more peaceful (in the aggregate) lives, millennia by millennia. A process that is accelerating.
In this view suffering is a call to action. None of us really achieves happiness until all beings achieve happiness. Thus, there is no end of work to do. But, please people, let’s do it with joy in our hearts, because we are on a sacred journey. And considering we crawled out of the mud, we’re doing pretty darn well.
This is what I try to point out on this blog. Specifically, I am a current events junkie, and delight in interpreting emerging politics and culture through a lens of consciousness evolution.
So to make virtue out of passion, I offer The Daily Evolver.
The Integral Living Room–An Exploration of Death & Dying
November 10-13, 2016
The Integral Center
Diane Musho Hamilton, Terry Patten, and Jeff Salzman, along with attendees, will get down and dirty with what the Buddha called the “heavenly messengers” of sickness, old age, and death. Through deep conversations and experiential exercises, we’ll make contact with the ancient and unchanging core of our mortality, as well as the emergent dimensions of the integral consciousness with which we are learning relate to it—and to each other.
- Jeff is honored to have worked for three years with his hero, Ken Wilber, in developing the Integral Institute, and their historic seminars on integral application in business, psychology and spirituality.
- He is co-founder of CareerTrack Training, an adult education company he and his partner built into an international organization producing 3000+ seminars annually, and employing 300+ people.
- Jeff co-founded Boulder Integral (now The Integral Center, under the leadership of Robert McNaughton), a bricks and mortar center for integral study and practice, drawing people from all over the world.
- A long-time practitioner in several spiritual traditions, Jeff has taught meditation and led many retreats. He has a Masters Degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Naropa University (2006).
- Originally from western Pennsylvania, Jeff lives in Boulder, Colorado amidst an amazing array of friends and fellow travelers. He shares his home with his beautiful man, Chuck, and their two dogs, Gracie May and Stella Sue.
- He loves thinking about the ever-arising kosmos*, and helping other people do the same.
* In integral-speak, kosmos includes the cosmos, which is the universe outside us, as well as consciousness, which is the universe within us.