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THOMAS HUBL

In this conversation, contemporary spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl begins by clarifying with Michael Stern the We-Space not as a physical space outside us, but as an interior dimension of consciousness and awareness.  He points out that access to the We depends on a healthy felt awareness of one’s self in relation to another and the ability to hold open the space between us with this internal and external felt-sensory awareness at the same time. This then serves as a barometer to navigate different We-Spaces (whether a team, group, culture, society or world), which create distinct fields for us to ground our spiritual practice in the larger cultural process, and infuse consciousness into life. He then points out how this first function of accessing and working inside We-Spaces is challenged by the second function of shadow dynamics, unconscious dynamics that add a whole new level of complexity to the process.  In this conversation, Thomas articulates the necessity of We-Space practice to restore our innate wholeness, to become mature human beings, and for life to emerge into new heights of its own intelligence as he remarks, “We-Space is a possibility to polish the diamond of the human soul so that the light of conscious awareness shines through it more and more.” As the call continues, Thomas shares insights from his groundbreaking work on healing collective inter generational trauma in places like Germany and Israel/Palestine, and points out that as technology forces us to create a new global identity, the We-Space is an essential tool for healing and integrating humanity’s wounds and stepping into our next stage of evolution.

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THOMAS AND FRIENDS

THOMAS
HUBL

HILORIE
BAER

MARKUS
HIRZIG

Join Hilorie Baer and Markus Hirzig with Thomas Hubl in this rare and comprehensive 1 hour and 20 minute inquiry on the We-Space. Thomas gives an in-depth account of We-Space dynamics, which he has been experimenting with over the past fifteen years in different training programs and groups.  In this panel, Thomas articulates how We-Spaces can be facilitated, what are their dynamics, the principles guiding them, and how they can be used for different purposes.  He explores the We-Space as a function of a healing, in contrast with innovative laboratories and productive team spaces. Thomas shares his orientation of how he built We-Spaces, the different principles and he goes into more depth around voicing the power of the We for practitioners. Thomas shares from his background in the core mystical traditions, and points out that we see two ways of practice: one is in solitude through retreat and monastery and the second one is a culturally active or co-creative dimension. Thomas points out how the evolution of these collective containers informed his practice, with reflections on how and why Transparent Communication was developed.  Here Thomas emphasizes the importance of cultivating the subtle capacities of our interior life that relate to our mental, emotional, intuitive and spiritual landscape and how we perceive one another—cultivating this grounded and rooted relational capacity, which he points out, is the foundation of every viable We-Space.  Thomas then goes on to narrate this We-Space awareness with Hilorie and Markus as a way of inviting the listener into the field with them.  Join Thomas, Hilorie and Markus for a rare and insightful conversation on the promise of the We-Space work at this time in history.

KEN WILBER

In this interview, Ken Wilber shares a comprehensive overview and in depth look at the We-Space with Dustin Diperna. Tracing the history of Integral Theory and how this led to his own discovery of the We-Space, Ken begins by articulating why considering the interior dimension of our “inter-subjective” collective experience as a fundamental dimension of reality is so vital to humanity at this time. Ken discusses the We-Space in context of the Integral model, including his framing of the different developmental quadrants, levels and deeper states that We-Spaces can be informed and shaped by. He then looks at the importance of understanding the role of both the structures of consciousness in “Growing Up” and the states of consciousness of “Waking Up” each exists in We-Spaces and newly emerging forms of inter subjective experience. This makes for the possibility of tracking the evolution and development of our We-Spaces in much the same way that we value individual transformation. Following this overview, the conversation opens into Ken and Dustin exploring deeper possible future horizons for We-Space research and possibilities that lie in wait at the leading edge of Integral development. A not to be missed call for those listeners who are Integral aficionado’s.

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PATRICIA ALBERE

In this powerful conversation with Patricia Albere, author of “Evolutionary Relationships” and founder of the Evolutionary Collective, Patricia explores with Alicia Stammer a new kind of “relatedness” that is possible in which individuals engage with each other within the shared experience of unity consciousness. Patricia shares her profound and unusual story of having a ‘dual realization’ with a romantic partner decades ago, and has since been shown the timely significance of our moving into a new era of spiritual development. She has developed that initial awakening into a spiritual path, practice, and community called the “Evolutionary Collective.” For the last ten years, her work has demonstrated the fertile field that develops when we move beyond individual psychology and personal transformation in the We-Space. We discuss together what the Evolutionary Collective is immersed in currently – such as ‘issuelessness’, interpenetrative mutuality and causal collective practices. Patricia is passionate about the fact that this new kind of intimacy and mutuality represents a new paradigm in the ways humans relate to each other: separate individuals experiencing themselves as one organism and tapping into the very essence of evolution itself in the We-Space.

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TERRY PATTEN

Terry Patten speaks with Grant Hunter about the arc of his work teaching Integral Life Practice. He describes how it evolved over time, integrating consciousness with devotion, soul work, and social responsibility. He describes the ancient roots of his approach to We-Space practice, such as the heart dialogue of the Sufi “sohbet” and the ragged truth-telling of “parrhesia” from ancient Greece. Terry demonstrates the “3-1-2” process he uses to catalyze passionate contact between practitioners willing to do deep inquiry into the meaning of the world crisis and healthy responses to it. He describes practicing with the impossible questions of our time as a great collective “koan”. Terry talks about how personal spiritual practice can establish a foundation of trust among a community. He also explores the idea of “a community of the adequate” as it applies to We-Space practice. Finally, Terry draws from themes explored in depth in his upcoming book “A New Republic of the Heart: Awakening into Evolutionary Activism”, to be released by North Atlantic Books in January 2018.

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TERRY AND FRIENDS – PART 1

TERRY
PATTEN

GRANT
HUNTER

SIOBHAN
MCCRORY

ALAIN
GAUTHIER

The morning of this scheduled event, one of Terry Patten’s long-time dearest friends died of a sudden heart attack. Terry didn’t cancel and instead joined this We-Space event with a small group of senior students, dropping all agendas other than to be fully present with each other, authentically. What was real was grieving the sudden death of a dear spiritual brother, and in this, the tenderness of life and death. In the conversation, this We-Space released into a deep container where Terry and friends moved into a deeper human sharing. Themes that rose include trust-based vulnerability, human beings coming together in communion, confronting our own mortality, the fragility of life, and the poignancy of each of our present moments. This heartbreaking loss became a potent catalyst to ever deeper, unguarded and authentic relating among spiritual friends.

TERRY AND FRIENDS – PART 2

TERRY
PATTEN

GRANT
HUNTER

SIOBHAN
MCCRORY

ALAIN
GAUTHIER

In this panel, Terry Patten begins by talking about how his approach to integral We-Space relates to the work that has been evolving since the 1970’s encounter work of the Human Potential Movement, connecting it to much other work in integral We-Space, dialogue, and group process. Then the group engaged a somewhat more typical session of We-Space practice. The core of the work Terry teaches is the practice of turning, courageously and open-heartedly, into the next moment, the emergent unknown. At one end of the spectrum in the We-Space is the yang quality of ragged truth-telling, called parrhesia in ancient Greece. At the other end of the spectrum is the receptive yin practice of sacred conversation with the tongue and ear of the heart, called sohbet by Sufi mystics. Uniting them is the Mystery that reveals itself in silence.

STEPHEN BUSBY

In this interview with Stephen Busby, whose work is called “Embodying Higher Consciousness”, Stephen explores the nuanced and paradoxical nature of inviting higher consciousness and collective intelligence through subtle somatic experience and transparent relational spaces. Stephen emphases with host Michael Brabant, the importance of approaching and being in each practice space and each moment freshly, and being humble in our narrative of what arises within We-Space and its broader implications, while also honoring how presencing of personal experience has far reaching ripples in the collective at large. He highlights the importance of finding coherence horizontally with other practitioners in a group (fostering transparency, intimacy, etc.), while simultaneously nourishing connectedness to higher vertical intelligence through moment-to-moment clarity. In this interview, Stephen also covers how engaging in We-Space can disrupt default cultural tendencies to support each other to be present to what is actually occurring and the emotional impact of this, rather than colluding in each other’s distractibility towards the intensity of what is occurring in our world and in our emotional bodies. So many more fascinating and multi-dimensional topics were discussed in this enlivening and emergent interview.

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STEPHEN AND FRIENDS

STEPHEN
BUSBY

GINNY
NADLER

NANCY
FABIANO

DANIEL
AUF DER MAUER

EVA
GIEDT

JOHN
MCCOURT

As part of an online We-Space experiment, Stephen Busby invited five practitioners to join him from the field of his “Embodying Higher Consciousness” practices, as described in chapter 2 of the book “Cohering the Integral We Space”. Stephen and friends begin by speaking from their experiences of the inner and intersubjective spaces that open up through the practices, particularly when invoking higher frequencies of consciousness. In this conversation, the group finds themselves participating in a powerful and emergent We-Space, as they allowed a deeper witnessing within and between themselves to arise, one where a higher stream of intelligence and a frequency of love became palpable. For those versed in subtle energy relational practices, live We-Space experiments such as these can become potent incubators for next-level skills and capacities, and can support committed practitioners to tap into the deeper multi-leveled potentials of their collective spaces.

CRAIG HAMILTON

In this conversation, Craig Hamilton dives right in to reflecting on what got him initially interested in the We-Space and where his journey started with this work. Craig shares how an unexpected series of collective discoveries and breakthroughs occurred through an earlier evolutionary laboratory that he was a part of. Craig recounts how in one of these meetings, something started to happen in the group that no one had expected or had any frame of reference for. Craig now calls this “collective awakening”, which is where profound experiences of opening to our true nature beyond the mind and ego begins to ignite as a group. In this call, Craig recounts the flavor and textures of these initial experiences and how this then gave rise to a new interest in awakening consciousness through conversation and dialogue. In the shift from speaking about the experience to speaking from it directly, as Craig recounts, this and a handful of other key distinctions opened a pathway to bringing everyone into a higher awakened field of consciousness. Join Craig as he passionately recounts details of his experiences in working with and stewarding the evolution and development of his collective awakening work over these past couple of decades. A call not to be missed!

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BENCE GANTI

In this conversation, Bence Ganti begins by reflecting with Miriam Van Groen on his We-Space work in the Integral Flow experience workshop as well as the Bi-Annual Integral European Conference, which draws 500 to 600 people from 30 to 40 countries. He then outlines his integral or developmentally-aware approach in the We-Space, enabling people to see what stages and states are in the room and navigating from these locations as described in Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory. In this conversation, Bence taps into his vast experience with healing group work in service of opening to our higher selves to give examples of how these levels can show up in We-Spaces and how to work with them as facilitators. He helps us understand the circumstances that facilitators of We-Spaces can look for and influence that can bring about healing and growth at all these stages. The stages show up in individuals, groups, and cultures alike, making them a powerful tool to recognize and work with what shows up. He brings home the importance of doing our own work, but not waiting for ourselves to be perfect. As a bonus, Bence finally sets the record straight on the different (colored) labels for each of these levels that will be useful to those integrally-informed We-Space practitioners.

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DUSTIN DIPERNA

In this visionary discussion, Dustin Diperna begins by reflecting with Rob Renahan on his transformative journey into We-space practice, which began in the integral world and then blossomed into the We-Practice community in San Francisco where they trained 100s of individuals in non-dual inter subjective practice. Dustin delineates four types of We-Spaces towards the possibilities of the third stage of an “Awakened We” where we are sharing the same awareness and finally a “Unique We” that is based in non-duality as well as the relative diversity and embodiment we each bring into the space. He explores how this all connects with and gave birth to his collaborative vision for Bright Alliance and how he sees it positioned in the larger We-Space movement. Unpacking his vision further, Dustin articulates how a constellation of exemplars, bright stars, can help us each navigate across a diverse array of cultures and traditions to a direct experience of non-dual awareness. As the conversation progresses, Dustin discusses a potent trans-lineage phenomenon that arises when non-dual realizers come together in We-Space. Towards the end of the conversation, Dustin invites Rob to discuss his work called Dynamic Presence, where Rob shares how he sees dynamic power hierarchy and causal friendship as a core component at the heart of Bright Alliance.

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BRIGHT ALLIANCE PANEL

DUSTIN
DIPERNA

MICHAEL
STERN

JON
DARRALL-REW

In this call, Dustin Diperna, Michael Stern and Jon Darrall-Rew from Bright Alliance dive into sharing their vision to convene a global community of spiritual leaders to catalyze humanity’s awakening, evolution, and integration. In this conversation, the co-founders explore the vital relationship between We-Space and trans-lineage spiritual practice, emphasizing the necessity of grounding our spiritual realization in, as, and through our human relationships. As the conversation unfolds, the co-founders discuss a promising We-Space possibility where teachers begin to join together to transcend (and include) the traditional guru-disciple model and tapping into the intersubjective field itself as a potent source of transformation and healing. In addition to exploring the role of We-Space on an individual scale, the co-founders also explore updating interfaith dialogue through using We-Space principles and practices to facilitate deeper and more authentic relationships between the traditions themselves. Throughout the dialogue, the We-Space is honored as a sacred form of relational spiritual practice and an essential component of an emerging global spirituality.

A WAY OF BEING IN THE WE-SPACE

CHRIS
DIERKES

In this Summit conversation, Chris reflects with Olen on his initial experiences and potency of the We-Space Community of Practice back in the mid 2000’s. This gives rise to fresh insight into some of the initial shortcomings and blind spots that characterized early forays into the We-Space within the integral world. Exploring key principles for a sound activation and engagement with this work, as they continue their descent, this leads to co-narrating a country path of soul-informed sovereign relatedness in the We-Space. They explore how this approach implicates us existentially as well as at the level of our day to day way of experiencing life. Touching on a central deeper human longing for a way of being in relation to ourselves, one another, the field and the more than human dimensions of our biosphere and planet, the conversation pulls listeners further into an experience of shared co-activation and co-creation. By this point in the conversation, the governor is off and they begin to speak from their own particular signature ways of relating to this work, with one another in the inquiry and the generative possibilities for an emerging way of being human together at this time.

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SANDRA GLICKMAN

In this intimate and dynamic interview, a senior teacher of Trillium Awakening and recently retired psychotherapist of almost 30 years, Sandra Glickman shares her wisdom with Michael Brabant around collective intelligence and embodied awakening. She highlights the immense importance of “holding” as a spiritual competency to be present to intense experiences both individually and collectively. She shares about the utility and limitation of emergent messiness in the We-Space, empowering participants to be more active in the context of the We-Space, skillful vs. unskillful transparency as a facilitator and how tracking our inner experience gives us information about the we space itself. Many more potent themes around We-Space facilitation and spiritual embodiment are discussed with nuance and depth. The interview closes with Sandra offering a refreshingly positive narrative of what is currently taking place in the world and the tremendous growth she has witnessed in how the feminine is honoured in our world over in recent years.

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TRILLIUM AWAKENING PANEL

SANDRA
GLICKMAN

FAX
GILBERT

CIELLE
BACKSTROM

MICHAEL
BRABANT

In this rich Trillium Awakening panel exploring the edges of spiritual embodiment and a more feminine approach to awakening, panel members shared gem and after gem around the facilitation of a We-Space. They discuss the nuances of facilitating We-Spaces, including balancing a feminine and masculine approach, honoring the personal while simultaneously while holding a transpersonal perspective, and how to hold a greater coherence of the Field when chaos or disharmony arises in the dynamics of the group. These seasoned spiritual practitioners and teachers share the gifts of their learning over recent decades that has a noticeable effect of humanizing the role of facilitation through their sharing of an approach to We-Space that is both focused on radical self-realization and also welcoming to the fullness of their human experience for both facilitator and participants. While Trillium Awakening as a dharma path is focused on embodied awakening, there are powerful lessons in this panel that can serve facilitators and participants of We-Spaces regardless of their focus or intention.

TEJ STEINER

In this openhearted dialogue between Tej Steiner and Stéphane Segatori, Tej explores his background and the sense of the collective that is most alive in his work currently. He begins by exploring the mutual awakening aspect of the We-Space, from an “I” to an “I-We”, and its direct benefits in individual lives, which becomes palpable through a felt-sense as the interview progress. After an inspiring depiction of Tej’s initial peak experience of oneness, the conversation turns to his 40 years of wisdom combining the essential best practices on how to intentionally create collective spaces that support growth, especially in already existing groups (family, peers, friends). He explores the new possibilities that exist in this work and how the We-Space evolves. Tej shares his simple powerful We-Space approach of the Heart Circle as a more universal way of relating between humans. He invites 5 core life-skills to emerge: Being clear about purpose, Being Present, Being Real, Being Connected, and asking what do I want next? Tej then proceeds to demonstrate how these 5 elements can be woven into the fabric of We leading to the “Santa-claus warehouse” effect.

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NICOLA AMADORA

Dr. Nicola Amadora begins the conversation with Anne Paré by sharing a heartfelt story of an early experience with nature and animals that lifted her into natural communion with the We-Space. She discovered the deeper she practiced with nature and saints, the more she felt connected to her own being and subsequently could communicate with all of life. Nicola followed the inquiry into how we can relate as humans in this more profound way, which led her to travelling the world to explore within different indigenous and spiritual traditions as well as communities. Realizing how challenged our contemporary culture is to relate from this alive and loving presence, Nicola shares how a shift in consciousness into the very heart of all beings serves as a compass for the We-space.  This felt sense of connection is guiding her work as a therapist, her spiritual teaching, relating and leadership group facilitation.  She developed practices called “Wings of Presence and Embrace” which foster safety, aliveness, awareness, wholeheartedness and a profound level of connection and communication between people. A brief demonstration of this work is offered in the interview. We address how to include our human vulnerability, access juicy lovingness, build trust, and the central importance of embodiment. Nicola describes the We-Space as naturally wired in us. By connecting to it, we experience love’s brilliance, which opens a path for us to engage from inter-relatedness to actively turn the tide in our personal lives and a world on the edge.

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CHRISTIAN PANKURST

In this conversation, Christian Pankurst begins by reflecting with Stéphane Segatori on his early career of facilitating ecstatic experiences as a DJ that opened audiences into group flow.  He reflects also on how the martial arts and chiropractic training connected him to his passion for teaching, which brought him to his current work with HeartIQ. With the focus on the collective in the HeartIQ community, Christian shares how a deeper individuated unity is catalyzed through everyone learning how to drop into their own deepest place together. From this self- and other-connected place, a gateway to group unity opens into a powerful grounded We-Space.  Helping people access their own heart intelligence and resonance through the We-Space has been the HeartIQ approach that is at once very healing and more dynamically witnessed, with a broader emotional range being physicalized. Within HeartIQ, the group dynamic that emerges opens up a pathway for the individual to experience their own deeper sense of oneness at experiential levels, less on the level of belief.  Working with facilitating these experiences of Unity, Christian reflects on the deeper recurring collective we-states: “tribal space”, “grief temple”, “feminine heart orgasm” among others. Christian also explains in detail several of his exclusive practices like the “acknowledgement practice” and the “sharing uncontained truth”. Lastly, he shares a sneak peek of his future vision for a new way of being in his project Humanity 3.0.

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ANDREW VENEZIA

Originator of the practice of Dreaming, Andrew Venezia explores with Thomas McConkie a unique articulation and embodiment of what is possible for the practice in We-Space work. In this conversation, Andrew explores what it means to give a full articulation and expression of one’s uniqueness, a relational aspect, as well as a focus on real and practical change in one’s life, one’s group or organization, and this world. During this conversation, Andrew vividly invites listeners to start Dreaming right now. That is, to try on the view that the vibrant, creative pulse of all manifestation and who we all are inseparable are all here right before us, waiting for our full engagement and participation in. He goes on to demonstrate specific practices, approaches, and share examples about how this particular orientation to life and reality can bring about an abundance of joy and reverence to one’s life as the embodiment of all things. The invitation in the end is powerful as it is poignant: to open to the naked truth of who you are and live as if the whole universe hangs on the single creative act of this and the next moment, because it does.

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