Fear will hold you back from greatness. Collective fear of things we don’t yet understand holds us all back at once.
Today on the show, a conversation with Mitch Horowitz on why so many people seem so scared of all things new and certainly all things esoteric…even the nice stuff like the power of positive thinking.
Mitch Horowitz is an author, publisher, and lecturer who “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised voice discussions.” (Washington Post)
I’ve owned his first book, “Occult America,” for several years and it’s one of my favorite works of non-fiction to come around in a long while. In a world rather unevenly divided between a “mainstream” and “not-mainstream,” Mitch Horowitz has been a champion of occult and esoteric ideas, and their place in our history, bringing important but neglected ideas from the edges and the shadows, into the light of everyday conversation where they probably should have been all along.
Everything moves in cycles. Today, Mitch Horowitz and I have a conversation about some ideas who’s time may be coming around at last… or maybe again.
Today’s show is an Integral Chat with Jeff Salzman of the Daily Evolver and the second of a three part series about finding the “gold” in each of the three major levels of human consciousness (as delineated in Integral Theory). Part 1 discussed “Traditional Values We Can’t Evolve Without” and today we highlight the optimism, self-determinism, and the courage to explore that arose with Modernism in “We choose the Moon.”
Everything is evolving. The same force that allowed physical evolution from single cells to complex organisms, from fish to mammals, is also at work in the subtle realms like consciousness and perhaps spirit (whatever those things really are).
So… Human consciousness is, and always has been, in the process of evolving.
At the heart of Integral Theory is the idea that, as human beings develop new capacities in consciousness – how we are capable of understanding the world and our place in it – we integrate all the positives of the previous levels, while discarding the negatives. So… laws and morality: Yes. Burning people at the stake for seeing things a little differently: No.
This chart breaks down the estimated timeline of how that evolution of conscious happened, how it’s happening right now, and theorizes about where it’s going.
A Very Special Star Trek addition of the Integral Chat (with video!*) – wherein Jeff Salzman makes the glorious mistake of asking me to talk about Star Trek.I’m still in the midst of a move and a house-hunt in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Much of my stuff remains in storage so my podcasting schedule has suffered a bit. To bridge the gap, It’s time to bust out the Special Star Trek Episode of the Integral Chat with Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com!
In my experience, people who are interested in the same kinds of things I’m interested in often have a soft spot for Star Trek. I know I sure do. This is an exchange Jeff and I had a few months ago on a different podcast. Long story short, Jeff has never watched Star Trek before. He saw the “Integral” thinking in something I said about it, and wanted to learn more. Star Trek is clearly a story with lasting cultural impact (50 years and counting worth of TV shows, feature films, novels, comic books, and video games), but beyond the obvious… What’s it all about? Why does it mean so much to so many people?
So I assigned “City on the Edge of Forever” from the original series and “The Inner Light” from TNG as homework, then we came back and talked Star Trek for an hour. If you are a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, or of awesome nerdy things in general, you might really enjoy this. I certainly did.