Web Talk

Robert Atkinson Webinar Series: From Duality to Oneness

Nov 05, 2017

From Duality to Oneness: A Bahá’í Perspective on Humanity’s Conscious Evolution

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The public discourse on the nature of the global transformation of consciousness currently underway is growing and spreading rapidly. We live in a time of change and recurring crises, and people everywhere are seeking answers. The Bahá’í principles and teachings provide the missing link in these meaningful conversations, offer the greatest hope, and enable a clearer recognition of the parallel path along which the spiritual forces and social movements guiding a process of profound transformation are taking us. This also helps us visualize how humanity is shifting away from multiple communities with a consciousness of duality toward an awareness of the inherent interconnectedness of all things, and ultimately toward a global community with a consciousness of oneness.

We will explore a range of Bahá’í principles and teachings that help clarify and frame humanity’s conscious evolution and this current transformational process, such as:


The Dark Night of the Collective Soul: A Bahá’í Perspective on the Role and Purpose of Transformation in Society

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View/Download: How The Consciousness Continuum Can Lead to Opposite Outcomes (PDF)

The world is being reformed and transformed before our very eyes. Each new change, each step taken, makes the entire progression seem more and more at risk. Yet, this entire process of transformation has a parallel in the ritual process and the developmental process, and is also clearly explained in the Bahá’í writings. A close look at the nature of transformation allows us to see that we are in the adolescent phase of our collective development, trying to overcome childhood tendencies while also struggling toward a more mature outlook and actions. We, collectively, are experiencing a symbolic death leading to a rebirth, higher levels of consciousness, and a whole new way of seeing the world.

Exploring the Bahá’í teachings on this topic, we will reflect on:


Reality Is One, and Global Harmony Is Inevitable: Building a Culture of Oneness

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The nature of reality reveals a grand organic whole, with everything in it connected to every other thing. As our conscious evolution leads us closer and closer to this understanding of reality as an indivisible oneness, we come to better understand how we, too, have been heading toward oneness and are now on the verge of realizing world unity. This leap of consciousness enables us to take a holistic view of the Creator, re-vision religion as a unified, ever-evolving, divinely-inspired knowledge system, and in the process move closer to the mysteries of creation, though they will never be fully known.

Beyond the dualities of this world – those causing separation and finding expression as bias, inequality, prejudice, racism and much more – there is a oneness that embraces all. This exploration of the global movement of our time – building a culture of oneness – looks at the spiritual forces guiding us toward unity, and helps us reflect on:

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Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., an internationally acknowledged authority on life story interviewing, personal mythmaking, and soul-making, is the author of nine books, including The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness (2017), which was called “… a must read by the widest of global audiences…” by Michael Bernard Beckwith, and from which this web talk series is adapted. Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story (2012), was called “an exquisite exploration of the spiritual craft of soul-making” by Jean Houston. Of his memoir, Remembering 1969: Searching for the Eternal in Changing Times (2008), Thomas Moore said it was “profound, friendly, inspiring, and nostalgic... I loved it.” Dr. Atkinson's BA is in Philosophy and American Studies from LIU, Southampton, and his MA degrees are in American Folk Culture from SUNY, Cooperstown, and in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire. His Ph.D. is in Cross-Cultural Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania; he was also a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago. At the University of Southern Maine, he was the first Diversity Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development, and a co-founding faculty of the Russell Scholars Program and the Religious Studies minor. He was also a faculty member on the fall 2002 Semester at Sea voyage around the world. He is professor emeritus at USM, and director of Story Commons. www.robertatkinson.net

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