When I was a child, staring at the starry night skies, I was filled with awe and wonder, about the mysteries of the Universe, Life, Time, the Human and its place in the Cosmos...
I don't think I can remember a time when I wasn't asking, Why am I here? Or wondering, What is the purpose of life? Seeking not so much to simply solve the mystery, but...
I seem always to have been on a journey - as a student of life. It is my experience and belief that there now are new capabilities, faculties, and perceptions that are activating...
A seeker of the special places. Early on I used to enjoy sitting in certain churches after the service had ended and sensing what felt like fine, special atmospheres. Something...
She has been moved by music from childhood. A musician who discovers the possibilities of the voice, and the instrument she has been educated in, the cello, and who is on...
I find it strange that after all these centuries of exceptional progress and accomplishment, we still do not know how we got here, whether it is for anything, and is there something higher...
DAVID PRICE FRANCIS
David Price Francis helps individuals, couples, and groups understand and improve the quality of energy in their personal lives and relationships using techniques and...
At home, we were always encouraged to ask the more enigmatic questions of life. Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where will I go at the end of my life? And the biggest question...
I started playing piano at 5, having been enticed into practicing by my parents. Throughout my life I’ve been passionately interested and engaged with the domain...
JEFF VANDER CLUTE
DR. KEITH WITT
DR. JULIE KRULL
CHRISTOPHER M. BACHE
SUS FRIIS JORGENSEN
DIEGO GARCIA SCHOBER
RIVKA ZEHAVI ZACK
DR. ALAN LITCHFIELD
Christopher M. Bache is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 33 years. A Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Chris is the author of The Living Classroom: Teaching and Collective Consciousness, and of Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, and his third book: LSD and the Mind of the Universe: Diamonds from Heaven.
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Alexander is a writer, podcaster and entrepreneur. He is the author of the upcoming book 'The Bigger Picture: How psychedelics can help us make sense of the world', one of the founders of Rebel Wisdom, and an executive director of Breaking Convention, Europe's longest-running conference on psychedelic medicine and culture. I have a particular interest in cultural transformation, sensemaking and new approaches in systems change.
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I’ve always been driven to look beneath the surface, to question how things work. This led me to be a scientist in my early years. I loved how, by observation and reflection, I could come to understand the underlying laws and see the simplicity that gives rise to life’s multiplicity of expression.
I came to know that whilst we cannot see life directly, that there was a stable platform of natural order through which all life expresses itself. Further, I realized that we humans are not completely bound by the network of established law. What is the meaning and significance of finding oneself to be human with faculties of consciousness and choice? We humans are each unique, but how can we embrace the power of difference in harmonic pursuit of becoming fit for purpose?
Rufus Pollock is a Founder of Open Knowledge, an award-winning international digital non-profit. Formerly a Shuttleworth Fellow, the Mead Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University.
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Robbie Bach is best known for founding and leading the team that created the Xbox. Today he is an entertaining storyteller and catalyzing voice who writes books and speaks to audiences on leadership, creativity, strategy, and civic issues. Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. He guest lectures extensively at a variety of colleges and universities and speaks to corporate, civic, and trade association audiences. In 2015, he published his first book, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal. Published in 2021, The Wilkes Insurrection is his first novel.
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Holly Woods, PhD, Founder of Emergence Institute, author, coach and consultant, is a visionary who sees deeply into peoples’ souls. She activates and catalyzes what wants to come alive in people and guides them to manifest their visions through products, business and career transitions. She is the author of the bestseller The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose in the Stages of Your Life.
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Sylvie Barbier is a French-Taiwanese performance artist, entrepreneur and educator. She co-founded Life Itself to build a wiser future through culture, space and community.
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Jenn Reilly, founder of Raising Wholeness, is a wholeness coach, workshop facilitator and mother of an inspiring tiny buddha. Jenn creates frameworks to help support restoring wholeness and shifting the paradigm of raising future generations. In addition, she curates healing communities and movements that are creating a way of being in the world. Her projects are Emerging Being, a community and ecosystem of people playing in emergence, she is the founder of Mystics Rising a podcast and community honoring the rising spiritual renaissance, and an associate coach and facilitator for Bridge Partnerships.
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Lonny Jarrett is recognized worldwide as a leading practitioner, author, scholar, and teacher of East Asian medicine. He has been practicing Acupuncture and Herbology and been teaching about the inner traditions of Chinese medicine for more than 40 years. He is the author of three books on Chinese medicine.
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Twenty years ago, my father was murdered. This thrust me into a journey of exploring the heart of human suffering and how it is that you and I heal. I wondered, does pain have a purpose? And if so, what is it?
Over the last two decades, I have held this question while working with individuals and groups as a developmental coach, shadow resolution practitioner and acupuncturist. I have found time and time again that pain does indeed have a purpose. It is the brilliant treasure which allows fragmentation to discover its wholeness. Through embracing pain, human beings step through a doorway into deep fulfillment, purpose and meaning.
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DR. KEITH WITT
I’m a licensed clinical psychologist, lecturer and author dedicated to studying, teaching, and creating transformative healing systems. I’ve been practicing psychotherapy in Santa Barbara, California for over 40 years.
I decided to become a psychotherapist at the early age of 15, when I entered therapy myself and realized it was, in many ways, a natural language––a native tongue––to me. I knew immediately that I wanted to participate and contribute, not just as a client but also as therapist and teacher. I’ve been exploring and following that instinct ever since.
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Perhaps, then, one can become part of the living process, which sets one free to go out into the world and discover what is new, what is needed, and ask the question: How can I help?
Kim conducts workshops internationally on human development and the evolution of consciousness. He focuses on practical, embedded, experiential, embodied exercises that make a real difference in people's lives, bringing the mystical to the ordinary for everyday bliss
RIVKA ZEHAVI ZACK
DR. JULIE KRULL
To be in charge of the sensitive machinery that can feel, think, listen, absorb, know, and create. To come to know Life more intimately. To offer response - perhaps with music or poetry - to what is being felt and witnessed. How to best tune oneself to accurately translate and be with all of this without shrinking it? To offer it one’s best, with great trust in the senses and by practicing often - alone, and with others - to give voice to Life as it moves in and through and between us all.
Many small offerings, so more beauty, more truth and more goodness can land and grow.
Thus, the quest for its purpose, meaning and fulfillment became a central theme of my life.
Shared with fellow pilgrims in exploring the human potential, and with gratitude and care towards Mother Earth, the well being of her many dwellers and the future.
It drove me to set my feet on a path to find out how things work, what caused them, how are they connected…
How did they happen, what does it mean for the human being, how did we get to where we are today - and where exactly are we today?
…… a delightful pathway of discovery that does not end.
Here we are, on this incredible blue ball, floating in space, in a vast universe, and yet we spend so much of our time tied up with small and fleeting matters.
I love asking the big questions and exploring them with others. There is so much to understand, to feel, to know, to imagine, to wonder about.
In my personal reflections I like to frame this sometimes elusive quality of being human in terms of being ever more conscious of becoming a spiritual resource, for one thing has become very clear to me which is that human work is a work in progress.
Creativity has always been integral, with an endeavour to create visual interpretations of concepts as practical activities. The intention behind a current project is to broaden the paths of relevance and meaning for others to access and explore.
And now it is to feel useful, to share experience, to have good conversation, to explore what provides life and how that works, my relationship and partnership with myself, the planet, and beyond, being in the quest of being in the place that enables truths to be perceived, connections to be made, remaining open to the requirements of these times in which for me, attitude and sentiment are core elements.
DR. ALAN LITCHFIELD
Also, being born of Māori (Ngāti Whatua, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Tainui) descent provides approaches and constructs that differ from the typically accepted western world view. This includes how a person relates to their environment, family, their past, present, and future, and the interrelationships that exist through all levels of self.
There was so much beauty and softness yet so much cruelty and pain.
Since then, I am still researching this unique gift of being human, working towards establishing life- aligned- education for children, and for all…
I believe that within the search of what our human existence is about, are the answers to how we should best proceed in these times of great possibility sided by the breakdown and crisis that we are experiencing all over the world.
I also began to sense what might be called the special places within, the inner lives and capabilities that can help us perceive and connect to finer sources of light and healing and knowledge all around us. Across the planet and into the universe; we’re all connected.
So many journeys of discovery. Shall we proceed?
For me Portals is a home for a variety of resources which are essential for understanding our possibilities and potentials as a race. I look forward to meeting you somewhere, somehow.
This taught me a very deep lesson: a human's life is not to be lived for only one purpose, but can fulfill many purposes. And ever-refining new purpose can reveal itself - if one is open. We, after all, are a multi-faceted assembly of many lives.
I started exploring religion and developing my search for truth and meaning during my teen years when I first attended Catholic Mass. My inquiries have since taken two pivotal turns: when a former colleague introduced me to the Unity movement and when I discovered the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the precepts of Buddhism.
Another level of this passion has been a lifelong quest to find the way of the natural human. I found that there is a tendency to want to go back to the earth, or to the ways of the ancients. While there is certainly wisdom to be carried forward, it isn’t really possible to go back, and it isn’t really the answer.
We need new ways for new times and I believe we as humans are equipped to discover the ways that will allow us to live authentically, in harmony, with purpose and hope in today’s world.
Stéphane is a sportsman and team player at the core. He trained and facilitated within Integral communities in the U.S., Paris, & finally Amsterdam.
Utilizing collective intelligence in his community, he distilled a unique transformative modality called We-Flow. It is a next-generation conscious technology to give each person access to their unique genius and support them to apply it in the world, in real-time.
DIEGO GARCIA SCHOBER
There are many of us, spread all around the planet, who have been waiting for this time, a bit like sleeping agents from the future, alertly waiting for an activation signal that calls those who are ready to step into service in small and large ways. For me, that signal now beckons. I am ready for a new emergent future.
Being a parent, having real friends, searching through psychology, behavioral sciences, exploring sacred body movements, trying to unlock creative dynamics in every impediment helped me craft my way.
Today, I know what I don't want to have, to do, to be. Promising myself to be diligent, agile, buoyant, and keen to discover the flow of reasonings that will lead me to join a universal consciousness.
Waiting for people of kind to enrich our collective intelligence with their talent and uniqueness.
Grace holds advanced degrees in public policy and physical therapy (neuroscience specialty), is a certified executive and systems coach and professional mediator, and has advanced training in energy work, subtle perception, and the development of consciousness.
The longer I live the more I have come to understand how powerful a question can be to change the way humans think and thus how we proceed in the world.
Life's journey has led me to the profession of software development and this parallels my own personal development journey. I constantly strive to understand, in an ever refining manner, why I do what I do and what its impact is internally as well as externally.
SUS FRIIS JORGENSEN
Now, I find myself at the point of starting all over, so.. changes.
It is still a complete enigma to me what being alive is all about. I am still writing “my own ticket” in life to become a self-chosen, best-version of being me, being human.
I'm beginning to love all that I have yet to know about, to discover... from the moment we're born we've been pushing back space for ourselves: our thoughts, feelings, God, Creation, the Universe. We're in a crowded world, living crowded lives, and we're making space for moments.
Some years down the line, I still do. I am seeking to be in conversation with others in search for keys, for tools of understanding and application and for the real questions, the ones that become portals to contemplative journeys, leading to uncharted territories that feel like home.
I believe we are on a trajectory of multiple and unpredictable changes; it is up to each one of us to rise to the challenge of our times. Now, more than ever before, is the time to be true to ourselves and fulfill our potential.
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I'm dedicated towards cultivating new kinds of mutual aid community. I also write books and articles, record podcasts and host conversational forums that explore similar themes. I'm hugely inspired by the emergence of a truly regenerative planetary culture and I'm fascinated by the inner journey of transformation that seems to be required for each of us to fully show up for this system wide metamorphosis.
As a marine scientist and concerned human, I realized it would be best if we could let Nature be our teacher and not interfere but revere her. As a trainer and facilitator, I realized that the real frontier of human discovery lies within. Now as a lecturer in Higher Education, I realize the elevation that needs to occur for knowledge to transmute into wisdom. Unless what we are learning furthers our humanity and enhances life, can we really call it ‘Higher Education’? What will help this beautiful planet to repair and future generations to thrive? As an educator, I continue to challenge myself with these questions in the hope of what is still yet possible...
As an editor, poet, and painter, I often teeter between creation and critique—with the risk of stifling creation by prematurely attempting to interpret or refine it. But when I find my balance and trust what is emerging, something with a life and agency of its own seems to enter the world. What happens next depends on those it touches.
In recent years much of his public writing focuses on the development of a new political and business philosophy based on his ideas about "The Century of How," and "The End of the Age of Politics," in order to create a vivid ethos to societies and companies in this broken time of the technological revolution.
After 13 years in the industry, I struggled to maintain my sense of self. I had lost sight of who I was. On a tearful flight back to Toronto from another round of layoffs, I decided to quit it all.
My recovery was long. I then spent seven years researching motivation and organizations, leading to Radical Purpose Dynamic, and co-authoring Radical Companies.
Movements are emerging due to the gap between humanity's current consciousness and what society affords us. I am working to make sense of what is arising and guiding individuals and movements towards interdependent living.
It was there I found my mission: to reinvent the legal system. I experimented with innovative, peacemaking models of law practice. I studied organizational development, personal growth, and consciousness. I became a leader - author, consultant, and trainer - in a new paradigm of conscious law practice. Since 2008, I have been a global digital nomad.
After practicing law for ten years he took his Resolutionary skills into workplaces
where he made a difference. Over the last few years he has turned his attention
to the global challenges humans face as a species. He is a best-selling
author and poet. Pilgrims Path: Morning Practice for Seekers his first poetry
collection will be published this year.
The thought has never left me. What is the nature of awareness? How do we find joy that transcends circumstance?
I grew up in a devout Christian family, but organized religion never spoke to me. Determined to find a way, I began a thirty-year journey, reading, studying, and journaling.
Ultimately, I found the road to peace, by way of intellect, was impassable. I began a contemplative practice that is integral to my life. I reflect on this life-long journey in a blog titled, “Towards A Life Well-Lived” at Tim-Coats.com
JEFF VANDER CLUTE
Jeff Vander Clute coaches and consults, teaches, writes, and leads travel journeys.
He is a co-founder of Sourcing The Way, Enlightening Journeys and Expeditions, and The Consciousness of Money.
Jeff is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle and he serves on the board of directors for Alliance for the Earth and Source of Synergy Foundation (previous chair).
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Following my passion for facilitating processes that empower people, I specialised in economics, comparative law and public policy. Applying these skills, I try to be in a continuous exploration process, both professionally and personally, to unlock ever more humane wonders.
My work (www.hsdinstitute.org) offers me opportunities to walk with people as they deal with complex changes and challenges. Working at the intersection between physical and social sciences, the field of human systems dynamics (HSD) offers simple and straightforward tools, models, and methods for seeing and making sense of the emergent, transformational world around us.
I am also an author and poet. Having published six books of poetry and co-authored seven non-fiction books about applications of HSD, my writing describes, explains, and explores life's complexities from multiple angles and perspectives. I look forward to learning from others here in the portal, fueling a next round of hunting, gathering, and sharing.
She is increasingly focused on helping leaders and change agents create non-linear change through inner work (i.e. intention, perception, intuition and consciousness), tapping the latent capacity of groups for collective intelligence, co-creation and flow.
Kate is co-founder of EmergeCollab and was co-founding faculty and executive coach for THNK School of Creative Leadership, and Simon Fraser University’s Certificates in Social Innovation and in Evaluation for Social Impact. Her third book, We Can Do This! makes accessible ten frameworks used by professional facilitators and consultants.
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Since then, I’ve worked with humans in different capacities (teaching philosophy, and now in working as a counselor). I’ve learned a lot about the mind and the heart. I now know that while good reasoning is essential, the heart has its reasons, which reason does not know (Blaise Pascal)! Life’s mysteries still fascinate and astound me… while I continue to ask, why are we here?!
And so my life wrapped itself around the path that those questions created. I found myself living in the desert in the south of Israel, looking for some of the answers in nature, and later on as a nurse and midwife – living the beautiful-amazing-sometimes-harsh reality of the beginning of life, of the end of life.
My journey took me to many places, external and internal, and the more I go on, I know I am only scratching the surface.
Visual art, movement and music have been recurring cyclic themes in my life over the years, on a journey of living in several countries practicing a variety of occupations in aspects of arts, crafts and
Life can be an ever-moving adventure of "shedding skins" that have become outdated and constrictive, and growing new ones that are – hopefully – refining to be more resilient, fluid yet strong, better serving the purpose of this ongoing journey of discovery.
So – what next….?
Five years of independent travel expanded horizons. Connection to the purposes of life was awakened and a knowing that an elevating epoch change was coming. Growth began into the process of sharing and integration that allows everything to work together.
Moved by what the Human is and can become. Grateful for the guided journey made with companions into these realms.
Currently contributing to the growth of webs of perception, intelligence and consciousness; connective-conductivity mutuality; and the mission of evolution.
Having travelled whilst a student, I recognised that one of the powers of humanity is that together we make the world we choose, whether we consciously realise that or not. And what life turns out like starts in the mind - with a question, an insight, an appreciation, a vision.
I believe that inside everyone lives genius, whether active or yet to appear; and that it is a great service to try to foster it in oneself and in others. When people feel safe enough to exchange freely and honestly, with respect for each other and their differences, exciting things happen. That's why I'm here.
The excitement however is that in the 21st century we now know so much that, if we can put conventional thinking and established beliefs to one side, we are in a great place to explore this enigma. This mystery is ripe for, maybe not solving, but opening up through not only intelligence, but also feelings and some of the exceptional experiences that we are now able to share with each other that was not possible before.
DAVID PRICE FRANCIS
David Price Francis helps individuals, couples, and groups understand and improve the quality of energy in their personal lives and relationships using techniques and strategies that he has successfully developed in private practice working with clients for over forty years. He is the author of Go With The Glow: From Psychological Pain to Spiritual Happiness; Partners in Passion: How To Positively Transform the Energies in all Your Relationships; The Tales of Dr. Woo: A Journey into Truth; and a 10-part online course, “The Human Aura: A Practical Introduction To Your Personal Energy Field.”
I believe that music, and other art forms as well, can offer translation and transference of refined essences and qualities. Helping to create ecologies or atmospheres where a special kind of nourishment, healing, and enlivenment can be experienced. This is the background and context for appreciating my experiments with creating and playing Essence Music. My engagement and endeavor quicken and deepen. I know that there are others similarly compelled and called to these regenerative realms, where everyone involved is enhanced and elevated. I hope our paths may cross!
Since I was a small child, I have always been searching for what's real and irrefutable. Not prepared to settle for the answers that others chose to give me, I set out to find out for myself why I'm here and what I'm here to do; what I'm part of and how I can honour my part in it.
I believe every life has a song to sing, and we can each discover our unique combination of notes from the talents, skills, perceptions and passions that each life is gifted with.
At home, we were always encouraged to ask the more enigmatic questions of life. Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where will I go at the end of my life? And the biggest question of all, What is my part to play in the great canvas of life?
Enchanted by the many different cultures and peoples from around the world, during my youth I traveled through my trusty Encyclopedia Britannica. Then came the wondrous day that I was able to travel by airplane. Committed to being a "Champion of Warmth," I continue my travels and interactions with others from all around the world, as together we create a "bouquet of humanity;" one that connects and offers companionship as we step into the future.