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Weâre excited to announce that 100% of the proceeds from course registrations from now until midnight on Monday, May 12th will be donated to support the Institute for Cultural Evolution (ICE).
Founded by four evolutionary leadersâSteve McIntosh, Carter Phipps, Elizabeth Debold and Michael ZimmermanâICE is a non-profit think tank dedicated to evolving our cultural and political climate by applying insights from Integral philosophy, developmental psychology, and evolutionary theory.
By integrating these approaches, ICE is upleveling the dialogue about our worldâs most critical issuesâfrom political polarization to climate changeâso we can create new leverage points and authentic solutions.
And in doing so, theyâre exemplifying the profound difference we can make through our work of conscious evolution.
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You’re an evolutionary. You know it because you spend a significant part of every day thinking about how to evolve yourself and how to make the world a better place.
You sense that weâre facing an extraordinary and critical moment in the unfolding of our human story, and you feel called to serve in creating the pathways to a more enlightened future.
If youâre like most evolutionaries, chances are you also feel a bit overwhelmed by the task at hand. You sense that there is a much bigger life calling for your contribution. You believe that we can advance what it is to be human–in a way that not only better serves our work, families and lives, but fulfills on the highest promise of humanityâs potential.
Yet you know that to really help manifest these extraordinary potentials, youâre going to need to evolve in a way that few human beings ever have. You need to be optimized with the fullest capacities humans can embody.
Youâve realized that evolution needs more than just witnesses and bystanders. It needs us to wake up and step upâas conscious participants who have developed ourselves to be capable of serving and guiding the greatest collective awakening in our human history.
You know youâre called to be one of these people. What you need to know now is:
Where can you get the specific training you need in order to make this kind of radical evolutionary progress?
And, where can you find a supportive community of kindred spirits who share your passion to evolve not only a better self, but a better world and enlightened future?
An Academy for Evolutionaries
Here at Integral Enlightenment, weâre committed to one thing: empowering evolutionaries. That means providing you with the tools, training and support to evolve and grow in unprecedented ways.
People who are committed to conscious evolution face some unique challenges. This is unquestionably a pioneerâs journey, and it can feel like heading into new territory for which no maps currently exist.
Weâre also acutely aware that traditional paths and practices, as powerful as they once were, are reaching their limitations for many of us who are awakening to this new spiritual calling. We need practices and perspectives that are in step with our times, that integrate both ancient and emerging wisdom, and are informed by an up-to-date understanding of the human condition.
To support the emergence of a whole new way of being human, we need a path that stands up to the complexities and challenges of modern life.
In order to serve this growing need for authentic, effective evolutionary training and support, weâve created what may be the first Academy for Evolutionariesâan innovative global training ground for people like you, who yearn to be âoptimizedâ to make their greatest contribution, and are determined to develop themselves to fully meet this calling.
Over the past 15 years, weâve brought together core insights and approaches based on decades of on-the-ground practice and research at the leading edge of spiritual inquiry.
And now, for the first time, weâve distilled all of this wisdom and innovation into in a single intensive course–to help evolutionariesÂ catalyzeÂ the fundamental shift that leads to radical evolution.
Imagine being part of a cutting-edge weekly gathering of passionate individuals committed to their own and humanity’s evolution. Imagine journeying together to the emerging edges of human potential and learning how to realize that potential in yourself and make it manifest in the world.
If the idea of being part of such a gathering inspires you, we invite you to join us for an adventure of a lifetime.
Over nine weeks, we’ll gather together online and by conference call to push the edges of our individual and collective potential.
Each week, we’ll venture into another aspect of what it means to embrace an evolutionary relationship to life.
First, we’ll step back and take in the big picture that brought us all together in the first placeâour recognition of the precious significance of this human life and our potential to become awakened agents of conscious evolution. We’ll immerse ourselves in the enlightened consciousness that is the foundation of all authentic spirituality. And we’ll explore the new, emerging evolutionary vision that is redefining the spiritual path for our time.
Then, we’ll take a deep dive into the path itself. We’ll explore what it really means to consciously evolve our own consciousness. We’ll carefully examine the obstacles that usually stop us on the path. And we’ll practice proven techniques and exercises to help us gain the evolutionary traction we need to not only surmount but ultimately transcend those obstacles altogether.
Once we have a deep and grounded grasp of the path, we’ll then jump into the most important question of all: What does it mean to have an evolutionary relationship to every aspect of life? We’ll look at the exceptional transformative potential of evolutionary relationships and leadership, and cultivate the skills needed to create them. We’ll explore how we can bring our work lives and careers into alignment with our highest callings. And we’ll discover the essential ingredients to creating “evolutionary culture” in any group we’re a part of, and in the world as a whole.
Finally, we’ll examine what it means for each of us to take the steps we need to take to bring everything we’ve learned and everything we’ve experienced into full embodiment now and for the rest of our livesâwhat it means to truly sustain an evolutionary relationship to life.
Feedback from some of our course graduates…
âBefore I took this course, I wondered how my spiritual life was providing any ultimate benefit or contribution to a more humane world. Craig explains and emphasizes how our practice is so vital to the greater whole, and that we each play a critical role in manifesting a more evolved consciousness far beyond our individual selves. This has made all the difference for me.â
âEileen D., Victoria, B.C.
âWhen I started the course I was coming out of a depression. Â I was experiencing memory problems and a mental fog and I was withdrawing. Over the last nine weeks, Iâve been meditating five to six days a week (something Iâve never done, ever, in my life), and Iâve been aerobically exercising a minimum of 20 minutes four days a week. Iâve had a sense of aliveness, a vibrating, thatâs exciting and electric.â
âI think that this work just cuts to the core and really helps people to clear out limiting beliefs so they can do really do what theyâre on this earth to do. Iâm really grateful for how I can take the work and apply it into my life. Itâs not just something where I go off on retreat and it feels great and I go home and itâs like, now what? Â I am living these principles every single day in my life and in my work.â
âLisa K., Conshohocken, PA
âThe world can be an overwhelming place, leaving one to wonder how they can impact anything at all. Craigâs teachings have made me realize on a more consistent basis that every day, every encounter, every choice can indeed make an impact, as I continue to discover how to get out of my own way. So often we have this huge want and need and desire to do something, and weâre not quite sure how to do it. What this teaching brings alive in me is a capacity to really step into whatever the choice is–to be an active person, making a difference in the world. I donât have to just sit and wonder about it anymore.â
âThe larger community Q&A sessions was amazing. In nearly every Q&A there were questions I had that were asked and answered before I could type them.â
âThis course was the âkeyâ to spark my motivation to return to teaching healing arts after going through a divorce and a ‘dark night of my soul.â I will be eternally grateful to Craig for sharing his gifts of creative inspiration.â
âI had not imagined that an online course could be so multifaceted and could feel so âlive.â I found Craig to be very sincere and I had the sense that he lives what he preaches. I liked that! Craig is not up in the air somewhere talking about some âwoo wooâ stuff. If you are willing to give this course your all, transformation is actually possible.â
âWhat a journey and experienceâthis course blew my mind. Craig, you are so poetic, compassionate, connected, and on the ball all the time that I could not wait to either dial in or listen to the audio recordings. Your teachings are rich, practical, and very, very compassionate and loving. Thank you for being the embodiment of the âevolutionary impulse.â You are a true role model, living and teaching every moment from your authentic selfâsuch a rarity in the spiritual community.â
âN. S., Boulder, CO
âThis is a course that is both deep and practical, leading to life-changing shifts in consciousness. Craig is the epitome of what it means to be an âevolutionaryâ: graciously patient, compassionate, respectful, humble, honest…all the qualities one would hope to find in someone teaching such a course.â
âDebra J., Tucson, AZ
Â âThere are no words to describe what a difference this course has made in my life. I am grateful to have this opportunity to interact and learn with like-minded people. Every word that you say in the course resonates with me like music to my soul. I am also grateful that the technology allows me to keep up with the course even though I am many timezones away. Bless you and thank you.â
âM. Singer, Johannesburg, South Africa
âThis course has changed my life. It caused radical shifts in my way of seeing and living that have not happened for me in my 17 years of spiritual practice. It has enabled me to live life at my edge, inspiring me to show up more fully despite the discomfort of difficult emotions and circumstances. By giving me first-hand, direct, somatic glimpses of liberation and hope, these shifts have infused my being, my body, and my life with meaning.â
âMilagros P, Chelsea, MI
âThis course has empowered me with a certainty and clarity Iâve never experienced before. It has shown me beyond any doubt that I always have a choice, and therefore have the power to really change. This is a lot in nine lessons! This is the fast lane to Integral Integrity, permanently. And it has given me friends all over the world!â
âBrahmani H.J. Maestracci, Treuzy-Levelay, France
âLife-beyond-awakening is challenging terrain, with many paths, obstacles, loose rocks, quicksand, vertical climbsâand some great views. I’d still be at the Information Booth perusing the tour bus schedule if it hadn’t been for this course. Craig Hamilton is a gifted, trustworthy and loving guide. He takes you by the hand and leads you gently along, encouraging and sympathetic but also firm and uncompromising. After nine weeks of demanding hiking, you end up, panting and dripping with sweat, standing on the edge of a cliff with a beautiful view of your potential life as an evolutionary. You cry with relief; you laugh with excitement; and that’s when he gently pushes you off.â
What You’ll Learn . . .
Module One Awakening to the Call of the Cosmos:What it Means to be an Evolutionary
- Why our moment in history is so significant and what it demands of those of us who can recognize it
- Why evolution depends on you: the quantum shift in perspective that can realign your entire life
- The unique role of the human being in the evolutionary process
- Awakening to the unimaginable sense of meaning and purpose that comes from aligning your life with the “evolutionary impulse”
- The transformative power of awakening to our evolutionary interdependenceâand why this single insight gives us access to change in ways we wouldn’t just for ourselves
- How the evolutionary perspective resolves the tension so many of us feel between the impulse to transform ourselves and the desire to improve the world
- How to discover an unshakable inner compass to navigate the complexity of life by aligning with the “moral axis of the cosmos”
Module TwoEnlightenment and Evolution:From Being to Emergence
- Why “being in the now” is the least important part of spiritual life, and how to awaken to an experience of “authentic presence” that includes your desire to create the future
- Experience the dynamic liberation that emerges through wholehearted creative participation in the evolutionary process
- How to distinguish between healthy surrender to the evolutionary impulse and potentially destructive self-abandonment
- Discover the synergistic relationship between being and doingâand why both are essential for an authentic, integral enlightenment
- How to resolve the tension between the call to let go of all attachment and the need to honor your commitments and responsibilities in the world
- Learn to abide at the edge of the unknown in order to midwife the unmanifest creative potentials waiting to be born
Module ThreeAwakening the Will to Evolve:Motivation, Intention, and the Choice to be Free
- Learn to identify the two primary competing “motivational centers” inside you, and how to make enlightened choices even when you don’t feel particularly enlightened
- Why self-fulfillmentâor even self-liberationâis not a sufficient motivation to catalyze genuine awakening
- Why you can’t simply “choose to be enlightened”âand the choice you can make that’s even more important
- Discover the fundamental shift in orientation that can enable you to permanently overcome your resistance to change
- Awaken the “four spheres of motivation” that can propel you to new depths of spiritual awakening
- Release a boundless reserve of spiritual passion and energy by learning how to bring your emotional “center of gravity” into alignment with the force of evolution
- Dramatically accelerate your spiritual development by awakening the usually dormant power of “enlightened will”
Module FourTranscending the Obstacles on the Path:Shadow, Ego, and the Primitive Self
- Discover your core ego strategies and develop precise evolutionary counter-strategies to disable them
- Why awareness of and intimate understanding of our ego is a critical foundation for all authentic spiritual work, so that you don’t get tripped up by your unconscious
- Learn how to harness your “enlightened will” to override the ego’s destructive tendencies
- How to maintain your functionality in the world as you allow the false boundaries of your ego self to fall away
- Sustaining a commitment to evolutionâhow to stay on the path no matter what challenges come your way
Module FiveEvolutionary Spiritual Practice Part One:Unleashing the Power of Meditation
- Discover the Ground of Being at the heart of the spiritual quest, and learn simple practices for anchoring your life in this primordial freedom each day
- Learn why meditation practice by itself rarely leads to authentic enlightenment, and how you can turn each meditation session into a doorway to awakening
- Learn how to ground your meditation practice in an evolutionary context, and why this is even more important than which meditation you practice
- Awaken to the deep and abiding freedom of being that emerges when you let go of wanting or needing anything from life
Module SixEvolutionary Spiritual Practice Part Two:Beyond the Meditation Cushion
- How to create a balanced spiritual life that fully engages all three “faces of God”
- The true meaning of surrender: moving beyond simply “accepting what is” and learning to live in alignment with a deeper order
- Learn how to harness your advanced introspective capacities to propel you to new heights of clarity and spiritual alignment
- Discover an active approach to transformation that enables you to defuse, disarm, and deconstruct the ego in the midst of engagement with everyday life
- Confront the human condition in yourself: awaken to the always liberating power of radical self-honesty
- A Commitment to Right Action: Why making a commitment to “do the right thing”âand acting on itâwhether you feel like it or not is one of the most direct paths beyond ego
Module SevenCreating Evolutionary Relationships:The Exponential Power of “We”
- How to go beyond collusion and mutual affirmation to create dynamic “evolutionary partnerships” that both support and challenge you to fulfill your potential
- The three commitments that can transform any intimate relationship into a “crucible of evolution”
- Why true intimacy can only emerge in the context of a shared commitment to transcending ego
- How to navigate conflict and disagreement in ways that catalyze the evolution of everyone involved
- How to build support structures for an evolutionary life, including a relational matrix around you that fosters your ongoing growth and awakening
Module EightBecoming an Evolutionary Force in the World: The Call to Enlightened Leadership and Co-Creativity
- Where to find the courage to lead in a world that shuns authority
- How to hold authentic power in a way that empowers everyone around you
- How to create evolutionary culture in any group with which you are involved
- How to find the “razor’s edge” between conviction and openness that will enable you to follow your vision without becoming wedded to it
- How to bring your work life and career into alignment with your deepest values and visionâregardless of what you’re doing for a living (well, within reason)
- Why authentic leadership can only emerge from a foundation of genuine humility
It’s more than a courseâit’s a community!
Everyone needs the support of kindred spirits and like-minded comrades, particularly when confronting a challenge as daunting as the evolution of consciousness. But, let’s face itâtheÂ evolutionary journey can be a lonely walk. We represent a new stage of human emergence and, at this point, there aren’t that many of us around. In fact, particularly if you’re new to all this, or live in a small town, you may be the only person of “your kind” that you know!
Integral Enlightenment Graduate Retreat – February 2013 – Monterey, CA
When you join this sacred gathering,Â you’ll become part of a rich, vibrantÂ community of individuals, who, just likeÂ you who are seeking to connect withÂ similarly inclined souls on an evolutionaryÂ path. And you’ll be able to engage with your compatriots in a private online learningÂ community created exclusively forÂ the participants of this course.
This isn’t just another online forum where a few brainiacs argue about the finer points of integral theory. This online learning community is a dynamic opportunity for living experiments and genuine evolutionary engagement. As a part of each week’s curriculum, you’ll be given exercises for contemplation and reflection, and invited to post your responses on the forum. You’ll also be invited to respond in specific ways to the reflections of others, as a way of building the support and connectivity that is such a vital part of the evolutionary path.
Six ways this course changes participants’ livesâ
and helps them change the world
A legitimate question many students ask before taking this course is âWhat will an evolutionary relationship to life really look like in practical terms?â How does a radical shift beyond ego really change things day-to-day?
Our more than 5,500 graduates have told us a few things about that. Theyâve found that this journey propels them into a powerful new experience of life very quickly during and after the course. This conscious, awake, spiritually inspired way of being infuses our life with new capacities and radical freedom.
Students report that this shift not only transforms their own lives dramatically for the better, but supports the true fulfillment of their deepest calling: to become authentic agents of change and evolution in the world. Here are the top six outcomes we hear participants report over and over again:
The ego is no longer in charge
It’s no secret that the ego is a major obstacle for any of us who are attempting to live a conscious, awakened life. Although humankind has evolved remarkably in some respects, we remain in many ways driven by ancient, outmoded instincts and impulses that long ago ceased to be appropriate or necessary. When these unproductive habits and instincts run the show unconsciously, nothing really works the way we sense it couldânot in our lives or in the world.
Our participants report that this course teaches them to effectively de-fuse the ego and its undermining strategies, with a path beyond it thatâs simpler and more direct than most of us can imagine. And the ability to do so opens up whole new vistas of possibilityâin work, family, relationships, and life purpose. The part of the self thatâs unbounded by the egoâs constraints begins to lead the wayâand allow something much more clear, deep and genuine to come through us.
âIâd always worked hard to improve my life but was frustrated with the mixed results I got from therapy and other spiritual approaches. Within the first few weeks of Craigâs course I began relating to my life in a whole new way. Others commented on how I seemed different. When I visited the therapist I had been seeing for over a year because I felt so stuck and depressed, she was so impressed by what she saw and heard that she fired me! Â Itâs been two years and I havenât seen her since.â
âÂ Jeff S., Manchester, NH
âThis course has been possibly the greatest growth-producing experience of my ever-evolving spiritual development. At age 75, I found so much to awaken me about how my ego functions, and the changes I need to make in my relationships, which began to happen during the course. Anyone taking this course will be inspired to participate in becoming part of the movement toward greater unity, complexity and growth of our species. Craig is performing a great service to humankind and nature. I loved his informal, wise and compassionate talks.â
âÂ Barbara B.
Deeper motivation and sustained momentum for lasting change
One of the universal challenges on the path of spiritual development and personal growth is putting insights into action. Despite hard work, glimmers of tremendous potential, and deepening awarenessâeven periods of significant progressâmany of us get frustrated by our tendency to slide back into old patterns. Despite good intentions, we find it hard to âwalk our talk.â
Our participants say that this courseâs unique tools and practices provided them with the traction to leave behind old habits and patterns for good. Many report that issues theyâve struggled with for decades, even their entire lives, gave way and dissolved with newfound access to the evolutionary self.
Theyâre motivated like never before to sustain spiritual and health practices, and take action on what really matters. The result is a newfound robustness and rigor in their commitments and their highest aspirations in the world.
âDuring Craigâs nine-week course, I experienced the power to choose whether I paid attention to negative thoughts (past regrets, mistakes, the lamenting of shortcomings) or not, and I flat-out stopped giving them the time of day. Two years later, that habit is ancient history! The life energy and positivity that replaced that tendency is incalculable. My whole life has blossomed as a result. I practically fell into meaningful work that perfectly fits my values and uses my unique gifts, and allows me to make the difference I always wanted to.â
âÂ Rebecca L.Â
âThis course lit my fuse. I was aware of some of the principles, but they really snapped into focus over the weeks of the course. I found one of the biggest benefits in the session on motivation. I’m now changing my habits to become as healthy as possible, knowing I’ll need great health to pursue whatever else I do to push evolution.â
â Liz W.
âCraig’s teaching strengthened my deepest commitment to living as an evolutionary. This has provided the motivation to establish a daily meditation practice, let go of unwanted habit patterns, and experience a deep reverence for and responsibility to the care of the whole–resulting in greater discipline and dedication in all areas of life.â
âÂ Judy V., Carlton, OR
Richer, more authentic relationships and connections with community
Stepping up to pioneer a new way of being human is an exciting and enlivening prospect, but it can also be lonely out on the leading edge. Weâve all probably noticed how hard it is to change and grow, however motivated we might be, when our social context isnât supportive of our higher evolution. As much as we may love our friends and family, often we feel like âone of a kindâ in our aspirations to evolve.
Thatâs where âevolutionary partnershipâ with kindred spirits becomes essentialâand this course provides a community and environment that fosters such rare and powerful connections. Imagine coming together with others whose sole interest is to call forth your highest potentialâone hundred percent devoted to your individual and collective awakening.
One of the most consistent forms of feedback we receive from course graduates is gratitude for this thriving global community that offers such a powerful, unusual context. Many of these deeply connected evolutionary friendships and partnerships continue long after the program ends, offering ongoing support and infinite possibilities.
âI had been seeking meaning and purpose in my life for a number of years. When I heard Craig speak, I knew I had found that. It was not just his words and the teaching that touched my soul, but the amazing opportunity to join a community of others who strive Â to actually live this teaching. I have found an amazing community of support to nurture and foster that which I was seeking all my life. This has allowed Craig’s teachings to come alive to a depth that is literally unimaginableâ to discover beyond any doubt who we are and why we are here.â
â Rick B.
âI took the nine-week course in the summer of 2011. This course has equipped me with tools and practices as well as an extraordinary community of like-minded people who remind me every day that I am part of the Whole and never separate or alone. This has supported me to embrace uncertainty in my life and feel excited by the possibilities that emerge when I let go of trying to figure things out alone in my head.â
âÂ Lisa K., Conshohocken, PA
Living life as a dynamic, engaged spiritual practice
Many of us wonder how to live an authentic, meaningful spiritual life amidst the often overwhelming complexities and demands of our modern world. The traditional practice of taking time away to meditate and reflect in solitude is often unrealistic for those of us with active careers and family commitments. We keenly want our spirituality to infuse every moment of the day. We long to express our highest spiritual ideals and selves in our living.
The âevolutionary relationship to lifeâ made possible by this course focuses on evolving human nature in action. We hear from many of our participants that when they learn to align their âinner compassâ with the impulse of evolution itself, living becomes a constant, conscious practice.
With a radical change in how they relate to circumstances and other people, everyday life becomes a spiritual experience. This practical, grounded approach has a far greater impact on our lives than any âseparateâ practice ever couldâand in turn, allows us to have more of an impact in the world.
âSince taking Craigâs nine-week course, my experience of life and the way I relate to it has dramatically changed. I have an overall sense of purpose, meaning, clarity, perspective, and power (in a healthy sense). As a result I feel motivated to become a more fully optimized human being so that I may better serve the greater good. Iâm eating healthier foods and exercising; I started a new fulfilling job; and have been spending my leisure time more productivelyâall while feeling more deeply connected to life than I ever have.â
â Susan V.
âThis work provides everything needed for complete integration between contemplative spiritual practice and purpose-filled action in the world. I now have a map in hand and heart showing the way for every moment of my life to be meaningful and aligned with a higher calling.â
âÂ Mary T., Westlake, OH
The discovery of emotional freedom
Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to be kind, generous, and lovingâto express your spiritual idealsâwhen youâre feeling good and life is going well? Most of us find that we can navigate life easily as long as things are going smoothly and weâre getting what we want. But when we donât feel good, or life is challenging, we realize just how much we live at the effect of our feeling states; they tend to determine the way we act and live our lives. Itâs simply part of the human condition.
What if you could find a way to consistently show up in life with wisdom, compassion and presenceâno matter how challenging things got? When we evolve beyond ego and align with the evolutionary self, thatâs exactly the gift we find. We discover our capacity to consciously align our behavior with something other than our feelings, so that we can act from our highest motivations and intentions consistently.
Our course graduates cite this radical realization as one of their most impactful and refreshing course awakenings. They say that this discovery of emotional freedom is one of the most exciting, liberating and powerful benefits they treasure. As a result, they report better choices and decisions, steadfastness in their commitments, and a new level of integrity.
âSince taking Craigâs nine-week course, many places I was in my own way have dissolved. Instead of being driven by or stopped by fear, I find I can stand up for whatâs right even if itâs difficult. My relationships with people, especially in business, have improved dramatically, because Iâm more concerned with what the best thing is, and that makes me more wise and effective in any situation.â
â Robert L.
âBefore Craigâs courses, I had no idea how much my feelings ruled my life. If I was feeling good, that was a good day. If I felt bad, that was a bad day. When I was feeling bad, I allowed that to prevent me from doing the right things; I indulged in addictive behaviors, didnât speak completely honestly, didnât take risks I needed to take in my work life or relationships. Because I didnât like the uncomfortable feeling of letting others down, I constantly put their desires in front of my own desires for an authentic life.
âCraig taught me how to lovingly accept my feelings (including necessary discomfort) while also maintaining the freedom to do what needs to be done. In the last year, I have managed to finish a seven-year book project, step out of an unhealthy relationship into the healthiest relationship of my life, enter the most rewarding work relationships, and move to a city that beautifully fits my spiritual, work, recreational and relationship aspirations. I have a life that would have been completely unimaginable to my former self.â
âÂ Lucy F., Boulder, CO
Facing humanity’s biggest challenges with resilience, perspective and genuine optimism
Evolutionaries often feel passionate about serving and improving the world. But we can also feel daunted by the scope of massive global problems, and institutions that seem omnipotent. It can feel overwhelming and paralyzing to care deeply about our planet given the challenges we face today.
Thankfully, the context of evolution provides genuine hope for change. Our graduates express gratitude for the evolutionary worldview that helped them understand and navigate problems and challenges more accurately. They share that this perspective banishes cynicism–because they realize that everything can and will change.
And because weâre tapped into the limitless, positive and unstoppable momentum of the evolutionary impulse itself, we donât feel âtoo smallâ to make a difference.
Another profound realization that participants are passionate about is the awareness that by developing ourselves, we are âbeing the change,â and doing perhaps the most important work of all: contributing to a cultural shift that may ultimately instigate more improvement than tackling any one issue on its own. This, students say, gives everyday life extraordinary meaning and purpose, and removes the sense of helplessness about âwhat to doâ that plagues many people who yearn to effect change.
âAwesome course for those seeking a path to bring their spiritual practice into everyday life in a very real and tangible way, and for those looking for a path by which society can be transformed. In this course Craig provides a logical sequence of steps that lead us through the “how to” of Being the Change we want to see.â
â Holly H.
âPrior to taking Craigâs course, I had a persistent yearning to be more actively involved in effecting positive change in my workplace, my community, and my personal life. But typically I held back, feeling limited by what I perceived as restrictions of my personality type, or a lack of support–even an undercurrent of doubt that change was possible. The shift that has resulted through the Integral Enlightenment teachings has been transformative! I now recognize where I have allowed unconscious habits and egoic patterns to keep me âsmallâ and ineffective. Through the practices, I have been guided and inspired to step into a more active, engaged role in work and life. From this shifted perspective I now enthusiastically partner with other caring and creative people to help bring about a future of profound potential.â
âÂ Eileen D., Victoria, BC
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an online or virtual course?
Online courses, or virtual courses, are offered over the Internet and telephone. Participants gather together from all over the world in an online learning community guided by Integral Enlightenment founder Craig Hamilton. As with any other class, there are lectures, discussions, and live interactions between the instructor and participants. Between sessions, participants are also invited to post reflections on a special online discussion board and to interact with other participants.
When does the course begin?
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on Monday July 8, 2013 and our first Course Session will take place on Wednesday, July 10.
What if I miss a class or am unable to attend a course session live?
All of the course session recordings are available by phone, through online playback or by download to your audio player. Many people who take the course are unable to attend the live teaching sessions or Q&As, and judging by what they report, their experiences are just as powerful as those of live attendees. You may also post your questions for Craig to answer on the live Q&Asâyou’ll feel very much a part of our community and enjoy the camaraderie of sharing the journey with other participants.
Do I need any special equipment?
The only equipment you’ll need is either a telephone or a computer with an Internet connection. If you participate by phone, you may also incur some long-distance charges for the calls themselves (depending on your telephone service).
About Craig Hamilton
Integral Enlightenment founder Craig Hamilton is a pioneer in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. In his inspired writings, talks, and teachings, he calls us to awaken beyond the confines of the separate ego and dedicate our lives to the further evolution of culture and consciousness itself.Â Craigâs work articulates the vital relationship between individual and collective evolution, and provides practical spiritual training and tools to facilitate it.
As the guiding force behind Integral Enlightenment, Craig offers guidance and teachings to a growing international community of thousands of students in more than 50 countries around the world. Through his online Academy for Evolutionaries, he teaches a series of experiential virtual courses leading participants through a process of awakening into an âevolutionary relationship to life.âÂ This educational and transformational process supports people in evolving individually and collectively, developing and optimizing themselves to make their highest contribution.
Craigâs work at Integral Enlightenment integrates decades of intensive spiritual practice and inquiry with insights gleaned during his eight years as Senior Editor of the award-winning What Is Enlightenment? magazine. For 13 years, he participated in the dynamic living âlaboratory of evolutionâ known as EnlightenNext, under the direct guidance of its founder, Andrew Cohen–ultimately playing a key role in the leadership of this thriving international spiritual community.
Craig is a founding member of Ken Wilberâs Integral Institute and a member of Deepak Chopraâs Evolutionary Leaders Forum, and was a participant in the Synthesis Dialogues, a 35-person interdisciplinary think tank presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His celebrated conversations with other luminaries form the basis of the acclaimed webinar series âThe Great Integral Awakening: Pioneering A New Spiritual Path,â and âAwakening the Impulse to Evolve: The Birth of Evolutionary Spirituality.â He has also been a contributor to Shift magazine and co-authored IONSâ 2008 Shift Report. Craig lives with his wife, Claire, in Marin County, California.
Praise for Craig’s work
If I had to pick one teacher to take a deep dive with around conscious evolution and evolutionary spirituality it would be Craig Hamilton. He is attuned to the frequency of the Impulse of Evolution. He empowers us to make the shift from ego to essence, and from essence to emergence as an expression of the Impulse itself. This is very rare. To be one of his students in depth is a great privilege. Besides all that, he will care about you and stay with you for the long haul of your self evolution.”
âBarbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
Craig Hamilton is a genuine pioneer in evolutionary spirituality and its application in practical wisdom. I highly recommend you check out his work at your earliest opportunity!
âKen Wilber, The Integral Vision
It is rare to find a spiritual teacher who imparts the depth, the clarity, the humility, and the wisdom that Craig Hamilton does. Craig’s transmission of the very spirit of evolution reaches right down into the core Self, awakening his students’ desire to reach their highest evolutionary potential. If you have the good fortune to learn from him, I wholeheartedly encourage you to take advantage of it.
âMichael Beckwith, Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential
Craig Hamilton is a living example of everything he teaches: one who combines passionate commitment to the evolutionary path along with dedicated practice of the core integral ways that expand and deepen the human mind, heart and soul. His superb and sensitive teaching gives the participant both inspiration and potent methods to pursue the path of enlightenment and thereby to profoundly make a difference in both self and society.
âJean Houston, A Passion for the Possible
Craig Hamilton is a fresh, original voice calling for nothing less than the reinvention of spirituality for the 21st century. If you want to discover what it feels like to be the very impulse of evolution, spend some time with Craig. His inspiration is contagious!
âDr. Brian Thomas Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies
Remarkably poised, flexible, dynamic and passionate, Craig Hamilton is a wise voice in the emergence of integral enlightenmentâa new spirituality deeply committed not just to awakening, but to actionâfurthering human evolution and sustainability.
âTerry Patten, Integral Life Practice
I am humbled, awed and inspired by the depth of wisdom, clarity and integrity that shines through Craig’s remarkable teaching work. He provides a rare portal through which any sincere seeker can gain access to authentic spiritual illumination.
âClaire Zammit, co-creator of the Feminine Power Global Community
Craig Hamilton is an insightful and engaging teacher whose artful blend of spiritual insight and personal experience all delivered with a disarming warmth and humor will leave you challenged to question and inspired to act. I highly recommend his work.
âMichael Dowd, Thank God for Evolution
What You’ll Receive:
Nine Weekly 90-minute Audio Course Sessions with Craig Hamilton
In these virtual seminars with Craig, youâll discover the liberating principles and practices of integral-evolutionary spirituality. Each week explores a new vista of possibility, supporting you in making the next step in your process of evolutionary transformation.
Teaching Sessions will take place on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
The first teaching session will take place on Wednesday, July 10th. All teaching sessions will be recorded and available for your listening convenience online or for download to your computer or audio player.
Eight 90-minute Live Q&A Sessions with Craig Hamilton
In live Q&A Sessions, Craig will answer your questions about the course material and how to apply it to your life. Many participants report that these Live Q&A Sessions are as valuable as the Course Sessions. In addition to getting your own questions answered, you can listen to Craig’s dialogues with other participants, illuminating the evolutionary principles as they apply to our personal experience. In addition to four weekday Q&A Sessions, Craig will host four Sunday morning Q&A Sessions.
As the course unfolds, you will have unlimited access to the recordings of all of the Q&A Sessions (listen online or download the mp3 files to your iPod or audio player).
Live Interactive Practice and Reflection Sessions
Immediately after each Course Session and our four Sunday Q&A Sessions, there will be a hosted live 30-minute Interactive Session, where you can interact by phone in small groups with other students around questions designed to deepen engagement and inquiry about the material from that week. We use the innovative MaestroConference platform for these sessions, which enables us to break you into smaller groups, just as a live workshop might.
NOTE: The Interactive Sessions are live discussions, so you will need a phone or Skype to participate in the discussions. You can also listen to the Interactive Sessions over the web and engage the questions as a personal, guided reflection practice.
A Nine-Week Series of Guided Meditations in a Virtual Evolutionary Practice Community
You’ll have access to a sequence of online guided meditations and meditation instructions to support you in building a strong practice foundation for living an evolutionary life. (Suggested virtual meditation times are posted designating several different daily times, five days a week, to accommodate multiple timezones for individuals or groups who wish to “share the field” when others may be meditating. However, the meditations can be downloaded and used at any time.)
Access to our custom-designed exclusive online community forum
Engage online with other course participants in this supportive learning community. As you go through the course, you can join with new friends online to share your breakthroughs and insights, and support one another in opening up to your highest evolutionary potential. Through this collective engagement, you will experience the exciting connection and powerful momentum that’s sustained when we collectively engage in deeply transformative work.
PDF transcripts of each course session
PDF transcripts are a great resource for quick reference to key concepts and answers to frequently asked questions as you step into living an evolutionary life.
Live Summer Meditation RetreatÂ âÂ Virtual Access
Your registration for this course includes free virtual access to Craigâs premiere live meditation retreat this August 10-14: âAwakening to the Natural State: A Journey Into Wholeness.â This five-day live retreat, devoted exclusively to meditation practice, will be held in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. As a student in this course, youâll have virtual access at no charge through daily posted recordings of meditation practices, discussions, teachings and inquiries throughout the five-day event. (If you opt to join Craig and fellow participants in person at the retreat, there will be a registration fee in addition to food, lodging and travel expenses.)
Through a combination of silent practice and engaged inquiry in this gathered community, Craig will be illuminating and exploring a variety of innovative meditation techniques heâs pioneered over many years of teaching and research. Virtual retreats are a remarkably potent way to connect with the material and community; many program graduates whoâve attended previous retreats virtually have reported significant experiences of transformation and upliftment. This event is designed to offer everyone (new meditators and longtime practitioners alike) the benefits of deep and sustained meditation, and the profound power of touching into your true nature.
Special Guest Faculty Workshops
In addition to your weekly Course Sessions with Craig, you’ll also receive exclusive course resources and tools, including special Guest Faculty Audio Workshops with Ken Wilber and Barbara Marx Hubbard.Â These pre-recorded workshop sessions will help to deepen and broaden your experience of the course material.
Guest Faculty Workshop 1:
Potentials and Pitfalls on the Spiritual Path
with Ken Wilber
While many of us have some understanding of what a spiritual life entails, moving from an idea to a lived reality is a jump that many of us struggle to make. Ken Wilber, the world’s foremost authority on Integral and spiritual consciousness, will help us to better understand what prevents us from living a more full expression of ourselves.
In this virtual workshop, you will hear Ken’s thoughts on:
- Why merely understanding Integral and spiritual ideas isnât enough to cause transformation
- How meditation and spiritual insight, viewed or used incorrectly, can slow or halt personal evolution
- How our values and worldviews influence our spiritual insight
Ken Wilber is one of the most widely read and influential philosophers of our time, credited with creating a genuine world philosophy. Ken has a deep expertise of most of the world’s mystic traditions, and has explored academically and experientially the many states of consciousness that different spiritual practices produce. He is the author of 25 books, the founder of Integral Institute, Inc., the co-founder of Integral Life, Inc., and the Senior Fellow of Integral Life.
Guest Faculty Workshop 2:
The Universe In Person
with Barbara Marx Hubbard
Life is full of challengesâbut thatâs not necessarily a bad thing. Evolution is both a vastly creative force and the cause of local, cosmic and sometimes catastrophic crunches. The trick is to be aligned with evolution itself, to find our right position in the evolving world â and within our evolving self.
In this virtual workshop, Barbara will share with us:
- How our perspective shifts from âcrisisâ to âcreativeâ when we see ourselves not as a localized self but as an expression of âThe Universeâ in personal form.
- Why it is that when we commune in an evolutionary context, a higher intelligence emerges.
- Experience the cosmos as yourself in a profoundly moving guided âEvolutionary Meditationâ
Barbara Marx Hubbard has been a powerful creative force in the development of emerging human potentials for over sixty years. A pioneer in the field of conscious evolution, she was instrumental in the creation of many visionary organizations, including New Dimensions Radio and the Association for Global New Thought. She is the author of Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential and Emergence.
Are you ready to evolve beyond the past and harness the power to generate the future?
Imagine your life infused with creativity, depth, energy and resilience.
Imagine showing up for each present moment ready and able to respond with wisdom and clarity, trusting that the faculties you need will be availableâunobstructed by old conditioning, habits and filters.
Imagine the new paradigms of leadership, relationship, collaboration, and more that would emerge when you embody these capacities. Imagine a world in which more of us, even all of us, evolved to express these potentialsâa world in which we naturally did so.
Imagine knowing that you are an integral part of that evolution.
When you are able to cultivate these very real capabilities, youâll find that your deepest hopes and ambitions for a better self and a better world werenât a pipe dream after all. You learn that we can evolve what it is to be humanânot modestly, but radicallyâin a way that not only better serves our work, families and lives, but fulfills on the highest promise of humanityâs potential.
This course is the ultimate training ground for developing the capacities we need to become empowered, effective agents of evolution and change in the world. If youâre serious about your spiritual path, and the contribution you want to make in this life, this program is the catalytic support that can optimize you for the journey in a way youâve never known.
Let one of the worldâs most visionary teachers illuminate the principles and practices of this time-tested, original spiritual path, and guide you through a step-by-step process to activate your evolutionary self and consistently live as a liberated expression of it.
Register today to receive our Special Early Registration Offer
Early Registration Offer ends on June 21