5-wk Online Course; Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9 PM ETNov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (2022)
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— Brian Swimme
This unprecedented planetary crisis is an evolutionary moment. Our holy and holiday practices too often feel detached and irrelevant. Evolutionary rituals connect us to the peril and promise of our cosmic reality.
Image above: Aerial view of ecological disaster of fires in the Amazon, South America.
Evolutionary rituals integrate the wisdom of the New Cosmology, ancient Creation Spirituality, and emergent Consciousness!
Evolutionary rituals that honor the vibrational nature of our quantum reality in which everything moves in a pattern of cataclysm and emergence, are better called dances.
Evolutionary rituals enable the Great Work, what Thomas Berry understood as “ensuring a just, beautiful, healthy, sustainable, life-giving world for future generations of all species.”
Evolutonary rituals are vessels of a new culture of human-earth mutuality. We must reframe or create never-before personal, family, community, seasonal, national, spiritual, and religious ceremonies!
“We must ensure that the language we use, the rituals we celebrate and the symbols we employ keep pointing to the great living cathedral of Earth, sea, and sky.”
— John Philip Newel
Madonna, painting by Mary Ann Maruska
— Matthew Fox
Session 1 (Nov. 1), The Power of Ritual: Rituals are culture’s “cookie-cutters.” Explore the rituals that shaped us! Historically rituals created resonance, cultural and personal identity. Today ritual can aid our retraction from the very stories, values, and norms that have brought us to a planetary crisis and expand the story out of which we live, move, and have being. Experience the r’evolutionary ritual, the Dance of Immensity.
Session 2 (Nov. 8), Strands of Evolutionary Rituals: New rites and practices are gifts of the new story: we live in an emergent Universe. They are a dance of unique wisdom traditions: Science – the new Cosmology and Ecology, Creation Spirituality – inherent in all classical and indigenous religions, and Conscious Evolution – Universe is becoming consciousness of itself through us in these critical times.Experience the Dance of Identity.
Session 3 (Nov. 15), New Symbols, Language, and Altars: Trapped in the language and imagery of a Newtonian worldview, we lack the words necessary to transition from a worldview of separation to one of interconnection. Bringing new images and vocabulary from cosmology, ecology, and the mystics to create wholistic personal and cultural altars and holidays is a form of environmental activism. Experience the Evolutionary Ritual, the Dance of Radiance.
Session 4 (Nov. 22), Reframing Traditional Rituals: Traditional rituals have unexplored layers of meaning and potency and can be reframed inside a Deeptime Cosmic context to deliver fresh experiences that unleash energy and capacity for facing the crises of our day. Experience a Cosmic Communion and Cosmic Beatitudes.
Session 5 (Nov. 29), Creating Evolutionary Rituals: Never-before times call for never-before rituals. Remembrance Day for Lost Species was such a ritual. Following our allurements, which Brian Swimme believes is how we bind Universe together, we’ll identify where Evolutionary Rituals are called for. Doing so we will participate in the most ancient tradition of ceremony there is: creating rituals the land told us to do. Experience the Dance of Becoming.
by Carol Kilby
There will be suggested readings from this book, articles and Youtube videos assigned each week.
1) The Power of Ritual in our Lives
2) The Components of Evolutionary Rituals
3) How to Reclaim Traditional Forms
4) How to Create Unique Practices
5) Altars for Eco-activism
6) Rituals as Vessels of Conscious Evolution
— Barbara Marx Hubbard
This course is a response to the times. In this unprecedented planetary crisis — an evolutionary moment — our holy and holiday practices can feel detached and irrelevant; evolutionary rituals reconnect us to the intimacy, immensity, and generativity of our cosmic reality. This course helps us move beyond the paradigm of our personal, family, cultural, religious and national rituals. Evolutionary rituals ground us in the wisdom of Cosmos and Earth, giving us permission and inspiration to align with the evolution of consciousness, culture, and our species.
Carol Kilby is A member and presenter on the Deep Time Network, Kilby is author of Evolutionary Dancer, Out, In and On the Fringe of the Church. An ordained clergy in the United Church of Canada, she stepped out of the pulpit in 2005 to found the Gaia Centre for Eco-Spirituality and Sustainable Work where she hosted teachers of the emerging scientific and spiritual consciousness including Brian Swimme, Miriam MacGillis, Matthew Fox, Jennifer Morgan, Drew Dellinger, Barbara Marx Hubbard and more. A member of the Deeptime family and graduate of the Deep Time Leadership program, she is currently compiling her second book, Evolutionary Rituals – Because We Can’t Get There from Here! Teaching Model: A personable and visionary zoom-leader, she uses a model of emergent leadership including images, movement, break-through groups, presentations, and MECs – pauses for evolutionary consciousness. Kilby’s aim – the participants’ fullest engagement. Passion for the Earth community, ritual, creativity, humour, and learning – Kilby brings all these to on-line meetings. And awe! [email protected] https://www.carolkilby.com/
— Stephan Martin interviewing Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams,
View from the Center of the Universe
" It is so supportive to have a whole community, from around the world, working together to embody and live out a deep connection to the new cosmology in its ethical and spiritual dimensions. We are the Universe emerging. "- M.J. Zimmerman
" After 20 years of living into the Universe Story, I was reawakened to how truly empowering it is through what is emerging for others on parallel paths from around the globe. "— Penny Andrews
" If you're seeking a meaningful story that explains our place in our Universe and in Nature, and like-minded global citizens, this course may be your next step on that journey. " - David Morton Rintoul
" Everything I have known in life is being integrated into unifying perspectives and connectedness which come like seeds being nourished from a deep space of love, abundance, and creativity "— Marides "Madett" Virola-Gardiola, Philippines
" I am co-creating a space for children older than 7 years old and this course has been granting me a deeper understanding of how I want to position myself and act in this space while deep listening to children. " — Joana Benetton, Brazil
" Being around so many talented and confident people has helped me with developing a children’s book for Montessori Sunday school. " — Nancee Cline
It is all and more than I expected – I am not new to the material though have certainly learned and gained new insights into the wonderful planet we call “home”.
The assignments are doable, interesting, and inviting. I am enjoying the course very much.
Am loving it. The small groups are wonderful. It is such a marvelous group of participants. The networking is fabulous. Love the opening and thoughtful reflections.
I look forward to every session.
I had to miss two weeks and was aware there was something missing in my life, so I know I am finding it really useful and challenging. Also good to make connections.
I am feeling inspired, energized, and more-connected-than ever! I am also enjoying the arc of the course, the meditations, quote sharing, and especially the content.
The content is very interesting and the community so rich. I have been in other Zoom courses in the last years and usually an important proportion of the participants close the camera, do other things while the session is going on… In here most people is really “here.”
We use Sensei integrated with Buddypress so that participants can engage in asynchronous course discussions, and share resources, profiles, and information about their organizations. We’ve had experience using this technology with people of all levels of technical capability. If you have any questions, we’re right there to help you. All meetings are recorded. The course will remain open for one year so you can view recordings, stay in touch and continue to share thoughts and resources with others sharing the journey with you. Our fearless developer, Mohit Sharma, stands at the ready to solve any tech problems that might crop up a long the way.
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