The separate self is the major problem,
not the shadow self which only takes deeper forms of disguise.
Many people presume that the job of religion is to eliminate evil; however, how we eliminate evil is much more important! Violence, injustice, and greed only increase when they are denied in ourselves and projected onto others—this is the “shadow” self.
Most immature religion has attacked the shadow directly, focusing on the symptom while missing the actual source of evil. This leaves self-righteous and high-minded people feeling like they are in control, when in reality they are ignoring the core problem—the mistaken belief that we are separate from God and each other.
We have always been one in Love.
Richard Rohr, angel Kyodo williams, Mirabai Starr, and Ken Wilber explore our misguided attempts to overcome evil. They help us rediscover all beings’ inherent unity and belovedness. Conversion demands immense humility and honesty rather than zeal or purity. The autonomous, egocentric, and separate self must give way to our True Self.
Facing our shadow is a breakthrough to grace and mercy. Embracing the parts of ourselves we’ve denied also reveals a “golden shadow”—our goodness, giftedness, and generosity!
The integrated, whole individual is a powerful force for oneing.
Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters. —angel Kyodo williams
Maybe the most difficult stranger to welcome is the one who lives inside us. —Mirabai Starr
We must die before we die. Suffering—whenever we are not in control—is the most effective way to destabilize and reveal our arrogance, our separateness, and our lack of compassion. If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. —Richard Rohr
If a culture treats a particular illness with compassion and enlightened understanding, then sickness can be seen as a challenge, as a healing crisis and opportunity. Being sick is then not a condemnation or a moral judgment, but a movement in a larger process of healing and restoration. —Ken Wilber
Join these masterful teachers for a transformative experience!
- Standard conference rate: $375
- Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available. Please apply for financial assistance prior to registering by completing this form.*
- Student rate: $100 — Currently enrolled students, prior to registering, click here to request the discounted rate.*
- Watch keynote presentations via live webcast from anywhere in the world. (High-speed internet connection required.) View the event live and/or watch the replay online any time through Sunday, August 13, 2017.
- Register: $59/connection (Each registration allows an unlimited number of people to view the webcast from a single access point. Scholarships are available; please apply prior to registering.*)
*Thanks to the generosity of our donors, CAC is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for the in-person and webcast conference as well as a student registration rate for the in-person conference. Please apply for financial assistance prior to registering. Note that CAC is unable to assist with travel, lodging, or meal expenses. The student rate and scholarships apply only to registration.
Conference Details (subject to change):
This is the fifth conference in CAC’s CONSPIRE series, based on Richard Rohr’s Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy. Whether or not you’ve participated previously, you are welcome! CAC events draw over 1,000 individuals who are compassionate, caring, engaged, and share a common desire to grow spiritually. Conferences offer a combination of exceptional teaching and opportunities for practice and reflection, grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition.
- Conference begins: Friday, July 7, 1:00 p.m. (US MDT)
- Conference ends: Sunday, July 9, 12:00 noon (US MDT)
- Woven throughout the conference are contemplative practices and opportunities for group and individual reflection.
- Presenters: Learn more about the CONSPIRE 2017 presenters here. Ken Wilber will join the conference via pre-arranged video recordings. All other presenters are joining in person.
- Venue: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Accommodations: You are responsible for making your own lodging arrangements. More information regarding nearby hotels and special rates is available here.
- Meals: A single banquet meal is included in your registration. All other meals are on your own. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the venue in Old Town.
- Conference recording: You will receive access to the edited, downloadable videos when they become available (included with registration for both the in-person and webcast conference).
- Travel: You will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from the venue and your lodging. For more information, visit hotelabq.com/location-maps.