Integral European Conference

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”

Superb online Integral art exhibition

My wife, Jo Gosling, is showing some of her beautiful fibre art (www.jogoslingfibreart.com) as part of a superb exhibition of Integral art which was launched within the IEC 2020 online conference, and is available to view until the end of August 2020 at this website.

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‘).

IEC 2018

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 2020. They are life changing events, and you will meet wonderful, creative people from all around the world. 

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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 Oratorio, by clicking on this link.

Support for completing and performing ‘Blue Pearl: A One World Oratorio‘.

I am looking for people to support the process of finishing this ground-breaking Oratorio and taking it through to its first performances. If you want to be part of this little piece of history, please get in touch. This is, as far as I know, the first major choral work conveying Integral Spirituality, and the ‘Integral’ approach in general. As well as general support, I am hoping to find individuals or organisations who are inspired by the project, and would like to support it financially (to go alongside applications for grant funding).