What is driving us as we look towards the future? Is it fear of disaster or is it a spiritually inspired motivation to create a better world? For those of us who feel responsible, this is a burning question. If we are to work together to create the next steps that so urgently need to be taken, it is essential that we begin to articulate and agree upon the values and principles that will guide us.
Spiritual pioneers Deepak Chopra and Andrew Cohen, moderated by syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, will engage in an afternoon of inquiry into the key questions that can help us navigate this challenging and rewarding terrain. In particular, they will focus on the place of spirit in today’s secular culture, and examine the role of spiritual development in forging the future.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join two contemporary spiritual luminaries in thinking out loud about the direction of spiritual and social evolution.
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.
Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet–prophet of alternative medicine."
Andrew Cohen is a spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and its award-winning publication EnlightenNext magazine. Since 1986, Cohen has been traveling the world giving public lectures and intensive retreats. Through his writings, his in-depth work with individuals, his ongoing dialogues with philosophers, scientists, mystics, and religious leaders, and, perhaps most significantly, through his original spiritual and philosophical path Evolutionary Enlightenment, he has become known as one of the defining voices of the new evolutionary spirituality.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Donna Karan is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971. When Anne Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house.
In 1984 Donna Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Mark Karan and Takihyo Corporation, she started her own business "to design modern clothes for modern people." She showed her first Donna Karan women's collection in 1985.
Spiritual guru Andrew Cohen argues today's culture of hypersexuality is a byproduct of society's misguided attempts at obtaining spiritual awareness. "Postmodernity is a culture of secular materialism and narcissism, so for many people sex has replaced, or takes the place, of spirit," he says. "Almost as beggars we look to the sexual experience for some kind of experience of salvation."
Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra lists four levels of human consciousness: being, feeling, thinking, and doing. "We are the evolutionary impulse of the universe that is becoming aware through this privileged organ that we call the human nervous system," says Chopra. "And if you can just be, than the universe will play itself out through you."