Our Essentials

Evolutionary & Integral
Glocal & In Solidarity
Deep Ecology
Dialogical
Freedom & Human Rights
Transsecular
Universal Spirituality
Unity

Evolutionary & Integral

Physical evolution and psychological development can be described, but there is also spiritual evolution. This is central to the project’s approach. We see the need for growth in consciousness, not only individually but also collectively

Glocal & In Solidarity

We strive to be free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments and to feel at home all over the world, while at the same time respecting and honoring our roots and the diversity of regions, cultures, religions and nations in Europe. We feel the obligation to exercise solidarity.

Deep Ecology

Today’s environmental issues call for a renewed relationship with the earth. Seeing the sacred in the creation and the interdependence in all ecosystems is the foundation and drive to strive for sustainable and ecological solutions.

Dialogical

The diversity of perspectives, cultures, and lifestyles is not a weakness but a strength of Europe. However, we can only really bring this strength to fruition if we succeed in developing a new democratic culture of dialogue

Freedom & Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

Transsecular

European societies have a strong tendency towards secularism.  The secular reasoning of modernity however only represents the empirical dimension of existence and leaves out the more existential, spiritual aspects of life. But not being religious does not mean not being spiritual. A transsecular attitude includes and transcends a modernist secular outlook.

Universal Spirituality

True Spirituality is universal. Love is universal. A new Europe capable of incorporating the transcendent will operate through the dynamics of Love. Love is the highest dynamic force in the universe. It is the engine of evolution. Its power of attraction is irresistible.

Prior Unity

We can transcend what separates us and build on the deep foundation we all share, which is our prior, or already-existing unity.

Essentials

Our world is constantly changing and becoming more and more complex. In order to give ourselves orientation and shape this world we need a good compass – one that is as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. We can only overcome the global challenges for our life on the planet if we change our consciousness and our actions.

The new view of the world must take into account as many fundamental aspects of reality as possible: our own inner life and our external abilities, our interaction with other people and all living beings, and the various systems in which we are integrated. Not to forget: considering all levels of our development, from body to soul to spirit.

Comprehensive answers to complex problems require the exchange and dialogue and the consideration of as many perspectives as possible. At the same time they need freedom from all perspectives. Such a seemingly paradoxical, integral-evolutionary view of the world can be based on a long tradition of early integral thinkers and philosophers such as Jean Gebser, Sri Aurobindo, Teihard de Chardin or contemporary approaches such as Ken Wilber.

Because the world is an evolving living cosmos, our knowledge is never complete. In addition to an enlightened and fearless mind, scientific clarity and discourse, we need an open attitude, the willingness and humility to awesome wonder at the infinite but ever changing mystery of our being and becoming.

Knowledge and wonder complement each other in this way. But what it need s in addition to really make a difference is our own will to change. Cause every real change begins with ourselves, our own awareness and compassion.

Integral understanding and acting is a way of life: It concerns the way we shape our daily lives, how we deal with children, family and friends, how we meet strangers. It concerns our work, the politics in our community, in the country, in Europe and in the world. We need to ask ourselves: Which values do we follow? Is our own ego at the centre, our own ethnicity, religion, class or nation or the welfare of the whole world? In the sustainable process of expanding our minds, our hearts and our spheres of action, we work together with others to create the new.

Sonja Student

Essentials

Glocal* & in Solidarity:

Many of us feel especially connected to a place or a region and at the same time we are cosmopolitans on several levels. We live in a globalized world where the current challenges facing humanity can no longer be solved on a regional or national level. At the same time we are convinced of a deeper, timeless interconnectedness of all living beings. Through both arises the necessity not to separate, but to think and act together and across all borders.

This approach does not mean forcibly levelling out differences but emphasises diversity as an expression of a global commonality, which must not, however, be exaggerated as an end in itself. In order to create sustainable solutions, local and global perspectives must be reconciled in dialogue.

By these signs we understand solidarity as an attitude that must manifest itself without borders and that is by no means merely of a financial nature. It means an individual and collective commitment to one another at all levels. It includes securing basic needs, working for legal certainty and self-determination, as well as caring for internal and external growth and access to education. It also extends to the care for individual and collective traumas and their healing processes. To achieve this, culturally immanent and historical knowledge is just as essential as global perspectives.

 It is unmistakable that the distributive power of the property owning groups and the prevailing primacy of economic usability have not yet led to a distribution of wealth and a consciousness that enables all living beings to live in dignity, satisfying their basic needs and preserving the foundations of life. Here there is an acute need for action on many levels for which each individual bears joint responsibility. Without distributive justice no common growth is possible. The individual contributions to common growth will be different, indeed obviously different according to talent, efficiency and environmental conditions. But no contribution is worthless in terms of joint development and problem-solving.

Stephan Ley & Julian Baller

*Glocal= Global + Local

Essentials

Today’s environmental issues, as well as the need for sustainability and ecological renewal call for a more mindful relationship with our planet, which affectionately can be called Mother Earth, as she bears and sustains all life.

Challenging materialism and the unrestrained pursuit of growth and profit, as well as becoming aware of the interdependence of all ecosystems is the foundation and impetus to strive for sustainable and ecological solutions.

The awareness of the intimate connection between humanity and nature has got lost over the past centuries. Christianity as the mainstream religion in Europe has contributed to this, as the focus was put on transcendence. Worldliness and embodiment were criticised and rejected. Thus the feminine wisdom that cherishes immanence and supports that which is life-supporting has been neglected.

Religious and spiritual individuals and groups can contribute to a healthier future by recognising creation as being sacred, as well as by developing and modelling news ways of living that honour that sacredness. Spiritual ecology as being in a conscious relationship with nature then becomes a matter of awareness leading to an attitude of respect, responsibility and mutual care.

One simple way of maintaining and honouring our connection with our sacred Mother is through conscious walks in Nature. The walks can take many forms; alone or in groups, short or long, in silence, conversation or song, but they all give us a chance to connect with our roots as a means of connecting with our higher calling and purpose  Through walks, we can also experience Europe not just as a conglomerate of nations but in the diversity of its countries, regions and history. One of the biggest achievements of the European unification process is that we can walk over Innereuropean boarders as it pleases us.

In our network we have started arranging walks in Europe to manifest these traits. We walk underneath the open sky where everyone walks in connection with his or her own inner purpose, and while doing so realising we are all on the same path, manifesting our oneness in all our diversity. 

Griet Hellinckx & Anders Nyberg

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Europe is dialogue

The diversity of perspectives, cultures, and lifestyles is not a weakness but a strength of Europe. However, we can only really bring this strength to fruition if we succeed in developing a new democratic culture of dialogue to hold and go beyond conflict.

The foundation for a culture of dialogue in an open society is a shared commitment to basic democratic process, to the inviolability of human rights and the rights of Nature, and the collective intention to meet one another with openness and respect. Unfortunately, this is far from evident today in Europe. 

Social media, in particular, despite all the achievements of networking, confront us with an historical wave of contempt and degradation of those who think and live differently. 

In response to this dehumanization in public discourse, we need to find our way to a conscious, democratic culture of dialogue where we learn, despite all our differences and disagreements, to meet each other as human beings, who above all deserve respect – even in the face of serious conflict.

The capacity for democratic dialogue is a basic value of any open society. Without it, the open society disintegrates, with it, the open society finds its true creative strength and power. In this light, any authoritarian ideology is revealed in its weakness. A creative strength unfolds from human to human in dialogue that is simultaneously the strength of European democracy.

Thomas Steiniger & Elizabeth Debold

Essentials

Human dignity and human rights are an essential basis for our peaceful and solidary coexistence in Europe and worldwide. Human rights combine freedom and responsibility – for ourselves, our fellow human beings and our natural resources. With the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on 10 December 1948, the dignity and rights of all human beings,  regardless of their social or ethnic origin, gender or religion were declared asbinding for the first time worldwide. This declaration is an important step in civlisazion. Yet human rights are not Western values, but universal. They belong to the cultural heritage and treasure of all mankind.

Human rights have been recognised as common values by all states of the Council of Europe and the EU. Trough that, Europe is more than just an economic area. Despite all its diversity, its citizens, regions and states are united by these fundamental values and fundamental rights. These fundamental values are accessible to every individual human being and are therefore deeply democratic.

The universality of human rights opens Europe at the same time to an open, solidarity based world. This world is the home for the whole human family. We are convinced that every human being is unique and connected with everything and everyone – unity in diversity. In this spiritual awareness of the comprehensive connectedness, human rights become the expression of a deeper truth. We want to preserve and further develop the culture of the dignity of each individual and the dignity of the Open Society in Europe and worldwide. And we want to oppose all violations of dignity and rights of each individual or individual group with commitment and courage.

Sonja Student &  Julian Baller

Essentials

Secularism is the liberation of enlightened, scientific thought from the dogmatic guardianship of religious institutions. Kant described the positive effects when he described the Enlightenment as the liberation from self-inflicted immaturity. People no longer had to see themselves as subjects of a godly rule, but could meet as citizens, in freedom, equality and under rational consideration of their interests. Under these conditions, the values of the French Revolution; freedom, equality and brotherhood, could establish themselves as political demands and the conditions of modern experimental science as the basis of our material prosperity could manifest. However, it is also a way of thinking that only recognizes as reality what confronts us as separate and predictable objects. This modern reduction of reality to the objectifiable left us in a world in which mystery had no longer a positive meaning.

The loss of the unpredictable, the major quality of the mystery also brought our culture a strong focus on the useful. Everything that shows no calculable benefit no longer finds deep appreciation. With this orientation a loss of meaning for the sacred occured. The modern perception of the world is increasingly characterized by a sense of transcendental carelessness, since the world was increasingly understood as functional but not as meaningful.

Secular dogmatic regimes like fascism, communism and capitalism tried to close this gap without success. But the “sense and taste for the absolute”, as the German Enlightenment philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher already formulated it, does not have to be identical with the longing for the old dogmatic and mythical certainties, as it shows itself today in many fundamentalist movements with new strength. On the contrary. Especially in the plurality of an open society, this sense for the spiritual dimension of life can be lived in a completely new way. Neither the neo-authoritarian movements of our time nor the scientific taboo of the sacred allows us to develop together in all dimensions of humanity.

Julian Baller & Thomas Steiniger

Essentials

Universal Spirituality

 

Universal Spirituality is a way of living. In essence it`s about the transformation of the heart, which is an universal call for humanity in our time. It is mainly the one step from ego to essence, or from „I am this and that“ to „I AM“. This transformation process leads through the 4 alchemical stages of separation, conjunction oppositorum, unio mystica and the marketplace. Or can be described in another way with the five „up`s“:

  • To wake up: to be present from moment to moment, loving unconditionally all that exists.
  • To clean up: to do shadow-work on all levels, understanding at the same time how projections work.
  • To grow up: to be fully responsible for one’s own life, living an integrated, (at least) worldcentric life.
  • To bloom (up): to understand the Unique Self and living it as a gift for the wellbeing of everybody all at once.
  • To stand up: to have the courage, to stand up for the sacredness of all that exists in deep compassion, using collective wisdom, science and co-creative empowerment that units us as One Humanity, One World in Prior Unity.

Today many spiritual paths are at our disposal, which is wonderful. Which way, path or non-path is chosen is finally secondary. Whatever serves the process of transformation, that is in resonance with the innerst being is fine. Universal Spirituality unifies differences in Prior Unity. It includes a cosmocentric, evolutionary perspective. Its fundament is the homo universalis as a new identity for humanity. Homo universalis is able to live a life in freedom, taking universal responsability for all that is out of free will. At the core of Universal Spirituality is  the understanding and realization of:

 

„Wisdom says, I am nothing

Love says, I am all

Between the two my live is flowing“

                                            (Nisargadatta Maharaj)

In the presence from moment to moment, that loves inherently all that is, emerges naturally compassion and wisdom, co-creating peace on our earth and ultimately a New Earth. Being and becoming are Not-Two, vibrating in Prior Unity in inseparable Oneness.

 

Universal Spirituality is inclusive, integrating the gift of discernment. Universal Spirituality is for every human being a natural step into complete self-realization in service of the totality.

 

Annette Kaiser, July 2019

Prior Unity

There are two basic principles touching Reality as such:

The first is, that Reality is inseparabel one.

The second is, that it’s nature is egoless.

What is meant here with Reality? It is THAT, which has no name, including all names and forms as their modification in Oneness. Simply put it means that life itself is undividable one. Prior to all appearing differences in our world, in our culture, in our way of living is Unity. Prior to all the different nations, religions and expressions of live, there is Oneness. All the appearing differences can be looked at as waves of the sea. In Reality, the wave is the sea. In Reality all the differences allow the «play» of all existence to be recognized as that wha it really is: Not-Two.

This is a fundamental shift in consciousness, transcending the myth of separation, that causes still so much suffering in our world. Rooted in Prior Unity from moment to moment – now! – love and compassion emerge naturally. In the presence from moment to moment vibrates inherently the most tender «feeling» of love that is inclusive, deeply healing and full of light.

In it is the highest intelligent power of selforgansiation, selfcorrection and selfrenewance alive. In presence we align ourselves to the evolutionary flow of becoming, co-creating as everybody-all-at-once a next step towards peace, abundance and a life in dignity for all living beings.

Europe is invited and prepared to embody Oneness, that celebrates diversity in peace, beauty, freedom, equinamity and fundamental justice.

Annette Kaiser