The Akasha Paradigm

“Science is not technology, not even discovery. It is understanding.

“When our understanding of the world matches the nature of the world, we will discover more and more of the world and will have more and more ability to cope with it.”

—Ervin László,
 The Akasha Paradigm

Overview

The question of whether there is an underlying field that unites and informs all reality is a question that has challenged scientists and mystics for millennia. The answer has been as elusive as the question has been fascinating. We are privileged to have with us for this course a number of leading thinkers who have delved deeply into this issue and come up with different and complementary perspectives regarding the cosmic memory field.

Ervin László is a leading evolutionary systems thinker who has spent much time contemplating this “holy grail” of both mysticism and science. He has published about 90 books and over 400 papers and is editor of World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. He underscores the importance of developing a holistic perspective on the world and human affairs, an outlook he refers to as “quantum consciousness.” László's 2004 book, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything posits a field of information as the substance of the universe. Using the Sanskrit and Vedic term for “space”— Akasha—he calls this information field the “Akashic field” or “A-field.” He posits that the “quantum vacuum” is the fundamental energy and information—carrying an A-field that informs not just the current universe, but all universes past and present (collectively something he calls the “multiverse”).

Faculty and Course Schedule

Facilitating Faculty: Will Taegel, Ph.D. Dr. Taegel will provide a thematic context for the seminar with his seminal work in integrating the science of fields with ancient wisdom. He will engage the other faculty in dialogue about their significant perspectives regarding the A-field and guide student questions in a manifestation of a field of learning and exploration.

September 19: Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. will begin our journey in our inquiry into the A-Field. Dr. Schlitz provides us a with the gold standard in field-based research in the areas of consciousness, culture, and wholeness. She is the author of 200 research studies in access to the domain of fields and how these nonlocal accesses influence the health of individuals, culture, and Nature herself. Thus, in our seminar we will start with an Akasha-field hypothesis and look immediately at the data supporting that hypothesis

September 26: Duane Elgin, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized author and social visionary. His book, The Living Universe, provides us with another step in transcending the reductionistic view of the universe so important in our inquiry. With Dr. Elgin we will address how the electronic media may be an aspect of Earth’s voice, or how the A-field may manifest in our current world.

October 3: Ervin László, Ph.D. Having looked at two very specific relationships between the A-field and our manifest Universe, we now will proceed into an in-depth inquiry as to the nature of Akasha as a cosmic memory field. We will address the experience of the Akasha and explore anomalies plaguing modern science and for bringing newer science developments into a coherent paradigm. Stan Grof, who will follow Ervin in our faculty guidance in this seminar, urges us to play close attention to this paradigm because László is arguably the world’s most important system scientist and interdisciplinary philosopher of science. Dr. László describes how the informational field can explain why our universe appears to be ordered naturally as to form galaxies and conscious life forms and why evolution is an informed, not random, process. He believes that this hypothesis solves several problems that emerge from quantum physics, especially the issue of nonlocality and quantum entanglement.

October 10: Ervin László, Ph.D. With this second session with Ervin, we will explore more dimensions of the Akasha, including the Akasha experience and the dawning of the Akashic Age.

October 17: Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Grof is well known as a principal fountain head of transpersonal psychology. He will guide us in exploring further evidence for the Akashic Field from the perspective of modern consciousness research. We will delve deeply into Grof’s research notes from his clinical experience in Akashic experiences, including ancestral memory through holographic breathing and foundational LSD research.

October 24: Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. and Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D. Dr. Borysenko is a Harvard-trained medical scientist whose research into cutting-edge science, psychology, and ancient wisdom is well known. Her spouse, Gordon Dveirin, is President of a consulting firm and, with his spouse, Joan, co-author of The Soul’s Compass and a well-known teacher in the interface of business and deeper spiritual moorings. This concluding session of our seminar will look at the broad view of resources available to us from the underlying and overarching fields with particular attention to tuning devices into the field. Since Joan and Gordon bring a long term intimate relationship to the discussion, we will address intimate relationships and community as a primary access into the field. We will pay close attention to mind/body interface with regard to how A-field in-formation shapes both. Finally, we will entertain the impact of human return to the cycle of life as being a crucial moment in the Akashic Age.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the universe as a coherent, interconnected whole;
  • To grasp the integral nature of reality and its scientific support;
  • To understand the coherence of evolutionary forces;
  • To discern evidence of coherence in the physical universe and living systems;
  • To know evidence for the interconnectivity of consciousness;
  • To understand the concept of Akasha in modern context;
  • To grasp the relationship between Akashic and other fundamental fields;
  • To understand the world as a living organism;
  • To understand relationships between mystical insights and scientific understanding.
Required Reading

Ervin László, Science and Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything

Supportive Reading

Ervin László, Dawn of the Akashic Age: New Conciousness, Quantum Resonance, and the Future of the World

Rupert Sheldrake, The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Memory of Nature

Duane Elgin, The Living Universe

Will Taegel, The Mother Tongue

Pre-Paper

Write a 3–5 page paper in which you take one personal experience where you sense you connected into informational field larger than yourself and came away with an expanded perspective. Write at least one paragraph in the paper suggesting a scientific or philosophic reflection on the experience.

Post-Paper

Describe two or more maps of the presenters in the course and show their differences and similarities in terms of the underlying, overarching field(s). Then, write about your own paradigm that has been shaped in this course and how it shapes your view of your world.

6-Week Teleseries: Thursdays

Dates: September 19 through October 24

Time: noon–1:30pm Pacific Time

Faculty: Prof. Dr. Ervin László, Ph.D., Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D., Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D., Duane Elgin, Ph.D.

Facilitator: Will Taegel, Ph.D.

Credit: 2 credits
This course meets requirements for the newer sciences and mystical portals.

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Faculty Bios

Dr. Ervin Laszlo

Dr. Ervin László, Ph.D. is Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Chancellor of the Giordano Bruno University, Founder and Executive Director of the Ervin László Center for Advanced Study, Founder and Director of the General Evolution Research Group, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, Founding Father of WorldShift, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. He is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into as many as twenty-two languages, and the editor of another thirty volumes including a four-volume encyclopedia.

László has a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne and is the recipient of four honorary Ph.D.’s (from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary). He received the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award in Tokyo in 2002, and the International Mandir of Peace Prize in Assisi in 2005. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and was re-nominated in 2005.

Formerly Professor of Philosophy, Systems Science, and Futures Studies in various universities in the US, Europe, and the Far East, László lectures worldwide. He presently lives in a three hundred year-old converted farmhouse in Tuscany.

Marilyn Schlitz

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist, researcher, writer, and charismatic public speaker. She is currently the President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she has also served as President and CEO. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing, and board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more than three decades, Marilyn has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders. She is currently producing a feature film with Deepak Chopra.

Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. ia distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing.

After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. She later returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.

Gordon Dveirin

Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D. is an organization and human development consultant, spiritual educator, and co-author of two books: Saying Yes to Change and Your Soul’s Compass: What is Spiritual Guidance. Co-founder and co-director of The Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry, he is a founding and active board member of the Passageworks Institute dedicated to the social, emotional, and spiritual learning of children and youth in our schools. He is also co-host of the Hay House radio network’s show The Spirit of the Future: Voices of Vision and Hope.

Stan Grof

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Dr. Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist with more than 50 years of experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness. In 1967, Dr. Grof was invited by Johns Hopkins University to be a clinical and research fellow. After completing his fellowship, Stan remained in the United States and continued his research as chief of psychiatric research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and as assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Stan then developed Holotropic Breathwork, an innovative form of experiential psychotherapy, with his wife, Christina. Currently, he is professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Among his publications are more than 130 articles in professional journals and the books Realms of the Human Unconscious; LSD Psychotherapy; Beyond the Brain; The Adventure of Self-Discovery; Beyond Death; The Stormy Search for the Self; The Holotropic Mind; Books of the Dead; The Cosmic Game; The Transpersonal Vision; The Consciousness Revolution; Psychology of the Future; When the Impossible Happens: and The Ultimate Journey.

Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary. He has an MBA from the Wharton Business School, an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA. His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (2010, 1993 and 1981), and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993). With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man (1982). In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to twenty-two books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blogs.

Will Taegel

Will Taegel, Ph.D. brings an integral approach to his work as Dean of The Wisdom School of Graduate Studies. He weds his Native American background and traditional training in shamanic circles with his 30-year practice of psychotherapy, including a stint as Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners in Psychotherapy. He balances his academic interest in evolution and trauma with the spiritual practice of rainwater collection, solar and wind energy, and environmental restoration. Will Taegel is the author of 8 books and numerous professional articles. He was among the first researchers to connect clinical and cultural disturbance with human estrangement from the sacred core of Nature and, in that regard, to build a number of ongoing eco-spiritual communities and is the co-founder, with Judith Yost, of an eco-spiritual, integral practice community called the Earthtribe.