The fourth Integral European Conference was online for the first time, 27-31 May 2020. It was a fantastic experience. For me, the IEC conferences are a tangible, and very inspiring experience of the unity-in-diversity that is the Earth. I really experience people transcending and including their national identities. With this online conference, I found myself entering a heightened state of consciousness, just as I did at IEC 2018. I really recommend coming to IEC 2021, which will be in Hungary, 19-23 May 2021.
At IEC 2020 I gave a presentation on ‘The Power of Integral Music‘, which included participants talking about a piece of music that they thought was integral, or was very inspiring for them. Here is the ‘playlist’ of those inspiring pieces of music:
Tavener/Bjork Prayer of the Heart. *** Edde wedder nusrat : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b33vOZKcS0. *** Mike Scott – The Waterboys *** Zazie-Zen (song) *** “Midnight Moonlight” by The Firm *** Allegri’s Misereri, Jimi Hendrix Turn the Tides, Lisa Gerrard – everything she does *** The Brandenburg Concertos – Bach *** Enzo Enzo- Juste quelqu’un de bien *** Edde wedder nusrat : Nusrat fateh ali Khan & Eddie Vedder – The Long Road *** Leonard Cohen *** Nessun Dorma from the Opera Turandot *** Air on the G String – by J S Bach *** Illumination by Jennifer Thomas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEw629Bp7vU *** BTS – Epiphany *** Eric Whitacre – Lux Aurumque *** Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet *** Beethoven violin concerto in D major *** Olafur Arnalds *** Edde wedder nusrat : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b33vOZKcS0 *** Goldberg Variations… Bach – Glenn Gould second recording *** Within you without you – the Beatles *** “Memphis Soul Stew”
Previous IEC conferences
The IEC conferences are the foremost global gathering of Integral practitioners. I had a wonderful time at the 2018 conference, running a workshop (‘Demystifying Mysticism‘) and giving two short presentations (one on Integral Music, and one titled ‘Integral Hearth: Towards A Collective Integral Practice‘).
I also took part in the IEC ReGathering on the outskirts of Vienna in May 2019, with my wife, Jo Gosling.
If you are at all interested in Integral – whether you know anything about it yet or not – do consider attending the online IEC Conference in May 2021. They are life changing events, and you will meet wonderful, creative people from all around the world.
Here is a song, ‘Be Still‘, which I wrote some years ago, which I have orchestrated very simply to be one movement in the Oratorio. It is a paraphrase of a simple three part description of meditation I heard from a well-known Tibetan Buddhist teacher. This is the original version. The lyrics are below.
Be Still (© Steve Banks 2018)
Be still, feel your body come to rest / Gentle movement of your breath / Thoughts and feelings coming back home
Your fears – just the habit of the years / Melting into silent tears / Now your heart is open at home
The space in the oceans of your mind / All your need, there you find / All in place at home
You can listen to the whole of the Blue Pearl Oratorio, by clicking on this link.
Support for the world premiere of ‘Blue Pearl: A One World Oratorio‘.
I am looking for support for the world premiere of Blue Pearl, which is going to be on 14.5.2022. ‘Support’ includes financial, and helping me spread the word about the world premiere concert.
This is, I believe, the first major choral work conveying Integral Spirituality, and the ‘Integral’ approach in general. The world premiere is going to be an historic occasion.