The Coronavirus, Interdependent Evolution, and the Awakening of Time-free Consciousness With Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen
A tiny virus did what climate scientists and the Paris accords could not do. It shut everything down. Mother Earth took a breath. The air and water became clearer and cleaner. More people planted gardens. We had time to think. And most importantly, to reset our thinking.
What is the human relationship with the microbial world? How did we get to the brink of environmental destruction in the first place; what are zoonotic diseases and why are they emerging now; how does this crisis end? Can we get back to normal, and do we want to?
In the md-twentieth century, a German philosopher Jean Gebser forecast a time like this, when our normal sense of time and space itself would be turned upside down in preparation for the emergence of a new, integral sense of awareness — a mutational, evolutionary leap that transcends our illusory, limited view of our own evolution while transforming and integrating past structures of consciousness into a time-free originary presence – or everpresent origin.
What lessons do ancient viruses and bacteria hold for us in understanding evolution and this exciting new emergent mutation of consciousness?
Join us as we explore the coronavirus, interdependent evolution, and the awakening of time-free consciousness with guests Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen.
Jeremy Johnson is a philosopher, editor at Integral Leadership Review, publisher at Integral Imprint, and Senior Research Associate at Perspectiva. His academic research, writing, and publishing advocates new forays into integrative thinking and praxis—aligning the scholastic, poetic, and spiritual—as existentially crucial work for pathfinding in a time of planetary crisis. He is the author of Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness, editor of Mutations: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene (2020) and host of the Mutations podcast. Jeremy currently serves as president for the International Jean Gebser Society and is working on his second book, Fragments of an Integral Futurism (2021). You can read more on his Patreon. You can find Jeremy on Twitter @jdj_writes
Barbara Karlsen, PhD, is a Continuum movement teacher, nurse, and somatic psychotherapist trained in birth psychology. She earned an MA in somatic psychology from Naropa and a PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies. She maintains a private practice in Marin County, California, where she teaches and practices the shamanic art of Continuum and re-birthing. Her special area of interest is in Earth-based spirituality and ancient Buddhist psychology. She contributed a book chapter to The Corona Transmissions: Alternatives for Engaging with Covid-19, and is the author of a forthcoming book called Becoming Terrestrial: Embodying the Intelligence of Nature (to be published by Inner Traditions).