The Living Mystery Symposium 2021: Diversity In Consciousness is almost upon us! It begins Friday at 8pm EST/5PM PST and rolls through the weekend, but I will post the Youtube Live links here on Thursday so that you may easily view it right here–and also share it.
Yes, please share this symposium with everyone. Why not? It’s for everyone, that’s why it’s free. So, whether you’re watching here or at OurUndoing.com, JaylonProductions.com, from a Facebook page, Twitter, or Twitch, please share it to your social media on Thursday. Give your friends and family a heads up and ask that they share it, too. Let’s get this thing circulating out there or else what’s the point?
There’s no time anymore for closed-off conferences about deep issues you’ve got to pay an arm and a leg to get into. Society needs a stiff shot of depth to remind us who we are and what we can be when we’re not arguing over obvious crap because picking a side and defending it feels empowering for 10 minutes at a time.
Let’s go. Let’s show up. Let’s spread the word. Let me show you what’s in store:
Friday and Saturday are live-streaming but they are prerecorded. Sunday is a truly live livestream. And it will go something like this….
8pm EST/5PM PST
Relational Rhythms – A conversation between Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Lehua Lopez. This is one of those fascinating discussions you’re going to want to watch again and again. You’ll keep getting something from it, it’s just that good. They discuss issues of Western and Indigenous mind and culture as they share their respective Lakota and Hawaiian points of view with us. The way we’ve treated indigenous people around the world is as if they have different beliefs. They may, but what they truly have are completely different, completely brilliant minds. Their understanding of Earth rivals that of Western science because they never separated themselves from her to observe and dissect life as “objects” apart from themselves.
1PM EST/10AM PST
Origins of the Imagination: Speculations on the Antiquity of Consciousness – Dennis McKenna takes us on a tour through the orthodox view of human evolution and asks if ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms was the difference-maker in human imagination becoming what it is today. Then, after the formal talk is done, Dennis takes off the scientist mask and reveals his true feelings about the limits of knowledge and our place in the universe.
2:40PM EST/11:40AM PST
The Superhumanities – Jeff Kripal gives an informal version of his scholarly lecture that completely changed my mind about philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. I don’t want to give away too much here, but this one tackles the problem of visions and wisdom in a flatland, materialistic world in terms of how visionaries are received and mistranslated by scholars. Where does deep knowledge come from? A person pondering real hard, or somewhere else speaking through them?
3:50PM EST/12:50PM PST
Mysterious Consciousness of the Interconnecting Kind – Okay, I’ll just say it: In my opinion, this is the best Whitley Strieber talk I have ever seen. This is like when your favorite musician performs their greatest hits unplugged–Intimate, beautiful, touching, brilliant, and the right amount of humor that comes with being this honest about your life.
All of that plus a little kundalini demonstration by yours truly, hiding in the second intermission on Saturday.
4PM EST/1PM PST
Live Roundtable Chat – All of the speakers will be there taking your questions and talking to each other about what they’ve learned from each other. This ought to be A.MAZ.ING!
If you’d like to ask questions of our speakers, you may do so by either typing them into the chat box of whichever platform you’re watching on or writing to me directly at, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line just put the name of the person your question is for.
That’s it! That’s everything but my babble in between speakers. I’m giving you their times on Saturday so that you may plan around your favorite speakers, but I urge you to watch everyone if you have the time. Branch out. Take a chance. So many of us are attracted to the idea that established views of reality are actually blinding us. Our systems are broken. We’re dysfunctional.
All of that? True. But then we often make the mistake of stumbling into the open arms of worse views promoting worse dysfunction. I think it’s because we’ve never been taught–or allowed might be the right word–to just be alone with ourselves in a way that lets truth break through all of the neuroses we’ve built up in and as ourselves. We’ve certainly been steered away from paying attention to those who have genuinely broken through and those who never built up such a sense of self in the first place.
This weekend, all you have to pay to hear from some of these people who cut through the establishment noise is attention. And then you sit with this. Relax with this. Reclaim your smile and wonder about the diverse consciousness we all are and are in. That, too, is free.