This page contains a selection of sites we have found that relate to the activities of the Paragonian University. The categories on this page are Educational establishments, Scientific organizations, Health, Scientists, psychologists, and philosophers, and Youth.
In Education and the Significance of Life, Krishnamurti wrote, “Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity, in oneself and in others, is education.” Such an endeavour is not easy within a fragmented education system that seeks to maintain the status quo, placing more emphasis on the intellect than the awakening of intelligence. This is tragic, for it is Intelligence, together with Love, which can free us of our scientific, religious, and economic conditioning, which causes us to behave more like our machines than the divine, cosmic beings we truly are, as the popular movie The Matrix illustrated all too well.
Nevertheless, a number of educational establishments have appeared during the twentieth century that are seeking a more liberated approach to education, absolutely necessary if we are to be free of the seven pillars of unwisdom that underpin Western civilization. Here is a short selection of them that we have found.
CIIS is an engaged—and engaging—community of people committed to transforming themselves and the world. Here you pursue your doctoral, master’s, or bachelor’s completion degree at a university that connects the spiritual and practical dimensions of intellectual life, in a stimulating environment that fosters rigorous scholarship and supportive community. The Institute offers an integral, interdisciplinary education—a unique intersection between theory and practice, passion and reason. CIIS advances its mission by offering courses of study that are on the frontiers of knowledge, taught by faculty members who are recognized scholars and student- centered teachers.
As the twenty-first century unfolds, there is a critical need for a new way of thinking and acting that applies ancient wisdom to contemporary challenges. In this spirit, the University of Creation Spirituality, founded in 1996 by Matthew Fox and now led by its new President Jim Garrison, has changed its name to Wisdom University. In an integrating world, wisdom, which the University understands as the integration of intelligence and compassion, needs to be globalized and creatively applied in the market place of ideas and events shaping the world in order for humanity to build a truly humane global civilization. A sustainable civilization will be a wisdom civilization.
When questioning the core beliefs that underlie scientific research today, it is generally easier to do this in community with like-minded people. Here is a short selection of such scientific organizations, mainly seeking to understand how consciousness relates to the material world, which has traditionally been the main focus of scientific attention.
The study of human consciousness is one of science's last great frontiers. After being neglected for many years (i.e. during a period of dominance by behaviorism in psychology), interest in the science of consciousness exploded in the last decades, with much progress in neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and other areas. The University of Arizona has been at the center of these developments. The 1994 Tucson conference on "Toward a Science of Consciousness" is widely regarded as a landmark event, and the subsequent series of biennial conferences in Tucson have attracted extraordinary interest.
The Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona was formed in 1998 with a seed grant from the Fetzer Institute. The Center is a unique institution whose aim is to bring together the perspectives of philosophy, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, the social sciences, medicine, and the physical sciences, the arts and humanities, to move toward an integrated understanding of human consciousness.
The purpose of the Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University is to provide an outlet for new inquiries and ideas at the frontiers of science. The Center carries out its mission through:
- The publication of its journal, Frontier Perspectives.
- Hosting international conferences where scientists share their thoughts on many frontier issues.
- An academic lecture series which is open to the public and audio taped.
- Internationally networking and exchanging information with scientists and students.
Founded in 1973, the Scientific and Medical Network is a leading international forum for people engaged in creating a new worldview for the 21st Century. It links like-minded individuals from more than fifty countries. The Network brings together scientists, doctors, psychologists, engineers, philosophers, complementary practitioners and other professionals.
The Network aims:
- To challenge the adequacy of scientific materialism as an exclusive basis for knowledge and values.
- To provide a safe forum for the critical and open minded discussion of ideas that go beyond the reductionist paradigm.
- To integrate intuitive insights with rational analysis.
- To encourage a respect for Earth and Community which emphasises a spiritual and holistic approach.
To be healthy, both as individuals and as a society, is to be whole, fully integrated in body, mind, and spirit. For the words health and whole, together with holy, have a common Germanic root: heil. Here is a selection of organizations with this focus in mind, many recognizing psychospiritual healing energies, whose existence is generally denied by the materialistic worldview of conventional medicine.
The Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) is a membership supported international coordinating organization for scientific, social, and clinical transpersonal work that serves the world community. The Association's mission is to promote eco-spiritual transformation through transpersonal inquiry and action. Recognizing the reciprocity inherent between our actions and our world, the Association is dedicated to encouraging and enhancing practices and perspectives that will lead to a conscious, sustainable, co-evolution of culture, nature, and society.
Caduceus is the health and healing magazine for the 21st century. It opens the door between healing, ecology, science and spirituality — exploring holistic medicine, spiritual evolution, environmental issues and personal growth. Caduceus gives a voice to the community of healers, seekers and 'world workers'. Described as 'a beacon of inspiration and information', it investigates critical issues ahead of mainstream media, searches out pioneers who are lighting the way for humanity, honours those who serve, and keeps readers up to date with developments worldwide.
Caduceus' logo is the symbol of the staff and twining serpents which symbolizes transformation and evolution. Found in many cultures and ages across the world, in the West it is used by most scientific and natural healing professions, and might represent a bridge between them. What does it mean? The eternal play of opposites, such as light and dark, masculine and feminine, activity and receptivity. Their interaction creates a spiraling process of transformation, into clarity, essence and realization, until a state is born beyond duality. At one level this play can be seen operating as sexuality, at another as political process, at another as the emerging of consciousness beyond polarity, time and space, when the divine awakens in the human heart.
The purpose of the International Erich Fromm Society is to maintain, research, develop further, and pass on the scholarly findings and ideas of Erich Fromm as the fitting continuation of his international work and in recognition of his worldwide significance.
Erich Fromm (1900-1980) showed in The Fear of Freedom (1942), that we do not live in a free society, as the politicians tell us, but that we are afraid of freedom. As a follow-up, in The Sane Society (1956) Fromm asked two simple questions, “Are we sane?” and “Can a society be sick? ”, answering them with a resounding ‘NO’ and ‘YES’, respectively. Then in his greatest masterpiece To Have or To Be? he drew on the teachings of the pre-eminent Christian mystic Meister Eckhart and Shakyamuni Buddha’s Four Noble Truths to outline the changes we need to make to our lives if we are to avoid psychological and economic catastrophe. He called for a radically new sceience of humanity to help bring these changes about.
Scientists, psychologists, and philosophers
It took nearly 150 years, from 1543 to 1687, for the heliocentric view of the solar system to become established, by just four leading thinkers, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton. Today, a heliocentric view of the Universe, which establishes the coherent light of Consciousness as the primary Reality, is emerging much faster as the result of many more scientists, psychologists, and philosophers. Here is a selection of them, who are questioning the limiting assumptions of modern science, thereby helping to develop a new worldview for the 21st century, one that recognizes that Consciousness is all there is.
Physicist and author of The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World (1993), which showed that the strange phenomena of quantum physics can only be fully understood when we regard Consciousness as the true foundation of all we know and perceive. As he said in What the Bleep Do We Know? this means that things are not things; there is no objective reality independent of a knowing being; everything in the Universe is a possibility of Consciousness, enabling evolution to give us the apparent choice to change our deluded sense of reality.
Ken Wilber is the author of over a dozen books, including Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; The Spectrum of Consciousness; Up from Eden; and Grace and Grit. The Spectrum of Consciousness, written when he was twenty-three years old, established him as perhaps the most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times. Credited with developing a unified field theory of consciousness—a synthesis and interpretation of the world's great psychological, philosophical, and spiritual traditions—Ken Wilber is the most cogent and penetrating voice in the recent emergence of a uniquely American wisdom.
Biologist and author of A New Science of Life (1981), which introduced the hypothesis of formative causation, morphic resonance, and morphogenetic fields, a siginficant contribution to panosophy, the unified relationships theory. John Maddox, then the editor of the scientific journal Nature wrote "This infuriating tract … is the best candidate for burning there has been for many years." This hypothesis was further developed in The Presence of the Past (1988), showing that memory is inherent in nature. Most of the so-called laws of nature are more like habits [until we learn to be free of the past, at the Omega point of evolution]. Rupert has since developed the idea that the mind extends beyond the brain in The Sense of Being Stared At (2003).
A leading transpersonal psychologist exploring the outer reaches of human consciousness. Author of Beyond the Brain (1985) and The Holotropic Mind (1992). Also the originator of Holotropic Breathwork, a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing that integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world.
The name Holotropic means literally ‘moving toward wholeness’ (from the Greek holos ‘whole’ and trepein ‘moving in the direction of something’ [like heliotropic]). But holotropic can also mean ‘transforming the Whole’. For the Greek word trepo ‘I turn’, from which these words were derived, along with entropy, had two meanings, as in English: ‘to change direction’ (as in ‘turn into a side-road’), and ‘to change form’ (as in ‘turn into a frog’). So in order to return home to Wholeness, to our divine Source, we need to transform the Whole.
In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn quoted Max Planck as saying, “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” So it is the youth of the world who will embody the principles of the Paragonian Society, not their parents or teachers.
Yet, as far as we can tell, there are very few youth organizations in the world today with the aim of discovering the truth of life on Earth. Young people are still being misled by their elders, who have not yet reached the Omega point of evolution. So if the younger generations are to be carried by evolution to its glorious culmination, it is vital that the young empower themselves, perhaps led by those we call Indigo children.