379. Rick Archer at Berkeley Open Circle Center

Rick ArcherI was hesitant to put this up because there’s more than enough of me on this site, but a few kind friends encouraged me to, so here it is. I gave this talk at the Open Circle Center in Berkeley, California on October 24, 2016. Points discussed include:

  • “Can knowledge of nonduality be scientifically understood, that is, systematically organized, tested, explained, and predicted? Science has not devised instruments capable of detecting the nondual nature of ultimate reality, but spiritual traditions discuss it extensively, and numerous followers of these traditions (and of no traditions) claim to have experienced it as their essential nature. This experience is commonly termed “awakening” or “enlightenment”.
  • Is there a “scientific” consensus among these people? Are they referring to the same thing? Is there just one awakening, or are there many degrees of it? Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian mystical traditions tend to assert the latter. If there are many degrees or stages of awakening, do they culminate in an ultimate stage we might term “enlightenment”, or is there no ultimate? When one’s essential nature has been clearly and abidingly realized, has one reached a terminus, or do refinement, clarification, and other facets of development continue?
  • If we see spiritual development as never-ending, will we be forever chasing the dangling carrot, or can we rest in our true nature, the seeking energy having dropped off, and yet acknowledge that compared with what might be possible, we are relative beginners?
  • Many spiritual teachers make statements such as “This is it. You are That which you are seeking. Realize this, and you are finished.” Is such advice helpful, or does it short-change spiritual aspirants?”
  • How might spirituality benefit from science, and vice versa?
  • The consequences of science meddling with Laws of Nature without understanding the field in which they reside.
  • The importance of understanding on the spiritual path.
  • The seeming epidemic of spontaneous awakenings.

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Transcript of this talk

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YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – My Role in the Spiritual Community
  • 00:03:46 – The Role of Spirituality in the Age of Science
  • 00:06:30 – The Ramifications of Meddling with Nature
  • 00:08:42 – The Potential of a Transcendent Society
  • 00:10:42 – The Possibility of Countless Advanced Civilizations
  • 00:13:03 – Science and Spirituality: Working Hypotheses
  • 00:15:36 – Distorted Teachings of Religion and the Importance of Understanding
  • 00:18:19 – Finding Inner Happiness
  • 00:21:10 – Clarifying the Meaning of Awakening and Spirituality
  • 00:23:31 – The True Nature of Identity and Awareness
  • 00:25:57 – The concept of “awakening”
  • 00:27:43 – Exploring the Unknown Territory
  • 00:29:51 – The Full Nature of Reality
  • 00:32:32 – The Variations of the Spiritual Realm
  • 00:35:06 – Spiritual Enlightenment and Historical Figures
  • 00:37:19 – The Threefold Paradox of Reality
  • 00:39:21 – The Full Range of Creation in Living
  • 00:42:32 – The Predominant Subjective Experience of Christ
  • 00:46:33 – The Endless Evolution of the Self
  • 00:51:04 – The Marvelous Creation and the Divine Intelligence
  • 00:55:25 – The All-Pervading Intelligence
  • 00:58:36 – The Universe’s Fine-Tuned Nature
  • 01:01:19 – The Evolution of the Universe and the Awakening of Humanity
  • 01:04:53 – The Awakening of Consciousness
  • 01:08:08 – The Purificatory Mechanism
  • 01:11:13 – The Natural Cycle of Imbalance and Balance
  • 01:13:42 – The Concept of Mistakes
  • 01:17:02 – Sharing a Unified Intelligence as a Species
  • 01:22:51 – Harmonizing with Subtle Realms and Collaborating with Beings
  • 01:26:07 – Embracing Corporations and Politics in Creating Change
  • 01:28:44 – The Unity of All Beings