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90-min Workshop with Jeremy Lent: Attuning to the Web of Meaning – An Introduction to the Practice of Liology
March 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
As we face the potential threat of escalating global conflict compounding our ever-present socio-economic and environmental challenges, with Jeremy Lent we will also have the opportunity to recognise and transform our own response patterns. We can still commit to weave new meaning towards a regenerative civilisation.
Events in Ukraine raise yet another spectre alongside climate emergency, global Covid pandemic, sixth extinction event, the unsustainability of our economic paradigm, and a whole host of other ongoing atrocities against life on our planet. In this context, it is such a pleasure to be able to warmly invite you to another generative opportunity to explore the holistic perspective.
As a follow up to Jeremy Lent’s exquisite Holos Lecture on 17th February (see here for a link to the recording), we are pleased to be able to offer an experiential and interactive workshop led by Jeremy entitled Attuning to the Web of Meaning.
In this experiential and interactive workshop we will explore correlations of the notion of Liology (Chinese ‘Li’ as organising principles) to Holism as the overarching organising principle of creative evolution.
Following Jeremy Lent’s talk last month on the themes of his book, The Web of Meaning, this workshop explores an integrative framework that attunes to the meaning that arises from our intrinsic connectedness within ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world. Liology (pronounced lee‐ology) comes from the Chinese word li that means “the organizing principles.” This interactive workshop introduces Liology as an embodied investigation into the organizing principles of the dynamic patterns that make up our universe––what traditional Chinese sages called the Tao. It shows how core principles of love, harmony, and kindness can form the bedrock of an integrative worldview that could foster sustainable flourishing on a regenerated Earth.
This workshop offers a combination of didactic explanation, guided meditation, qigong, video clips, breakout groups, and general group discussion. The practices are intended to help integrate different domains of experience that are usually considered separate—mind and body, science and traditional wisdom, material and spiritual, inner subjectivity and social/political engagement—and show how meaning itself emerges as a function of their integration.
Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. His recent book, The Web of Meaning:
Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe (Profile Books | UK & Commonwealth; New Society Publishers | USA/Canada), offers a solid foundation for a worldview based on connectedness that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. He is founder of the non-profit Liology Institute and writes topical articles exploring the deeper patterns of political and cultural
developments at Patterns of Meaning.