Radical Inclusivity Audio Course

Radical Inclusivity Audio Course

A Welcome Message from Jeff Carreira


A Few Quotes offered for preparatory contemplation

“The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist, and that those other worlds must contain experiences which have a meaning for our life also; and that although in the main their experiences and those of this world keep discrete, yet the two become continuous at certain points, and higher energies filter in.”
― William James

“One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions.”
― Thomas Henry Huxley

“Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word ‘understanding.”
― Werner Heisenberg


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AUDIO COURSE Session 1
Introduction

This introductory session sets the stage for the remainder of the inquiry. Expanding on the quotation from William James that begins the book’s introduction, the idea of just how little we actually know about reality is developed. Having some sense of the vast uncertainty in our knowledge about the nature of reality opens our minds to possibilities that we simply would not have considered before. The purpose of this opening session is simply to open your mind for the profound inquiry to come.


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The quote that I read from William James comes from a lecture he gave called Pragmatism and Religion that was included as a chapter in his book called “Pragmatism.” It contains James’s fundamental argument in defense of spiritual belief in a scientific world. You can find the chapter here. CLICK HERE



AUDIO COURSE Session 2
Chapter 1 – The Experience of Radical Inclusivity

The second session of the course begins the adventure of Chapter 1 of the book. Radical Inclusivity is a term meant to describe the experience of spiritual awakening in terms that are tangible and vivid. As the commentary on the chapter develops we explore the nature of shifts into higher realms of consciousness. These shifts never happen through a process of time. They occur instantaneously and always result in the discovery of that which you already knew.


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The concept of Radical Inclusivity is similar to a notion that spiritual teacher Richard Rose referred to as “between-ness”. I reference this concept frequently and you can find a description of it excerpted from a book called “After The Absolute” written by a close student of Rose’s and a good friend of mine David Gold. CLICK HERE



AUDIO COURSE Session 3
Chapter 2- The Art of Staying on the Inside

We begin this session by pointing again toward the vastness of reality in comparison to our very limited and finite sense of it. The quality that is described in the book as “always already-ness” and “absolute immediacy” is then described in detail before turning our attention to the metaphor of a wormhole to more fully explain the mechanism by which spiritual practices can bring us to a recognition of radical inclusivity, which means the recognition that the experience we are having is already the experience of radical inclusivity. The session closes with a discussion about the remarkable fact that we can experience levels of consciousness that lie beyond the experience of our mind.


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In this Session I mentioned that the philosopher Graham Harman uses the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft to explore the philosophical perspective of Speculative Realism in his book “Weird Realism.” We will be exploring this perspective later on in the course, but a fun introduction to at least some of Harman’s thinking can be found in this book Review. CLICK HERE



AUDIO COURSE Session 4
Chapter 3 – The Expansion of Mind

The fourth session of the course brings us to the completion of the purpose of the first half of the book. The first two chapters are building toward the point of Chapter 3. In order for us to embrace a more vast experience of reality we must expand our understanding of – and relationship to – our minds. Our spiritual breakthroughs and realizations are all point toward the possibility of living with a profoundly expand perception of reality.


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At the start of this session I read a few paragraphs from Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby Dick.” Melville was part of the early nineteenth century intellectual circle known as The Transcendentalists. With such geniuses as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne, it is no wonder that the novel is so rich with spiritual metaphor. There is a lecture available on YouTube by the philosopher Hubert Dreyfus on Melville in his great novel. To listen to the lecture CLICK HERE.



AUDIO COURSE Session 5
Chapter 4 – Things In Space Consciousness

In this session we explore the consciousness that we have all inherited from the time period known as the Enlightenment. As the Western World emerged out of the Middle Ages a new conception formed that would eventually become the foundation of the way you and I still fundamentally view and understand reality today.


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This session opened with a letter from Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Priestly. We used the letter to exemplify the progressive and optimistic spirit of the Enlightenment. To read the letter CLICK HERE. You can find a fascinating account of the time period in the book “The Invention of Air” by Steven Johnson.



AUDIO COURSE Session 6
Chapter 5 – Beyond Human Perspectives

In this session we step into the somewhat bizarre, fascinating and ultimately awe-inspiring possibility of expanding beyond the limitations of our experience of being an embodied human. Our embodied experience has habituated us to certain fixed views about the nature of reality. In this chapter we talk about how we can expand our perception to give us a more fully encompassing connection to the cosmos.


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I read from Dr. Timothy Morton’s book “The Ecological Thought” to begin this session. Dr. Morton’s thinking has captivated me for the past few years. His iTunes lectures on Romanticism are wonderful. The best place to find out more about Dr. Morton and his work is at his website www.ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com.



AUDIO COURSE Session 7
Chapter 6 – The Reality of Experience

In this session we explore the nature of experience. The American philosopher William James thought that experience was the ultimate ‘stuff’ that the universe is made of. If we think about it, we quickly discover that we live in a world made up entirely of experience. In this session we contemplate and alternative explanation of the nature of reality that opens up our minds.


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A Rustle of Wind is a short article written by William James and published in a book called “Sciousness” by Jonathan Bricklin. The article is a breezy (forgive the pun) articulation of James’ philosophy of a world made of pure experience. The philosophical outlive of that view is captured in two of James’ papers, Does Consciousness Exist? and A World of Pure Experience.



AUDIO COURSE Session 8
Five Insights About the Nature of Reality Gained through the Experience of Radical Inclusivity

The final session is based on a paper that I wrote after writing Radical Inclusivity that contains further thoughts about the alternative view of reality that is suggested by the experience of Radical Inclusivity. The paper is called “Five Insights About the Nature of Reality Gained Through the Experience of Radical Inclusivity” and you can download a PDF copy by clicking on the icon below.



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In this session I mentioned a book called “Metaphors We Live By.” This is a fascinating book by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson that describes how metaphors shape our perception of reality.