“Humankindness Overflowing:
Path of True Power”
A Gathering for These Times of Cultural Shift
By Barbara Fields Bernstein



The Leadership Council of the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) warmly welcomes your participation in their sixth annual conference: Humankindness Overflowing: Path of True Power, to be held at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, California from October 27-31, 2004.

This gathering is renowned for its magical blend of discourse among leading-edge social prophets, elegant staging, the finest musicians and artistry that the spiritual and entertainment communities of Los Angeles have to offer, and unending opportunities for meaningful creative interactions among participants.

In planning for Conference 2004, AGNT looked carefully into the biggest question of all — what would be most useful and inspiring for people at this time in their lives, and for the world community as a whole? As spiritually-motivated planetary citizens, a shift has been felt by all of us in our own way. We have worked long and hard for this transition, yet the road is steep and strewn with surprises; many of us seek support at this time of creativity and covenant in order to interpret the inter-dependent tapestry of civilization that reveals to us an urgency to heal and be healed.

Somehow we know whether it manifests in our most private relationships or in the global village, humankindness overflowing is the path of our true power.

At this year’s gathering, participants will work deeply with teachers whose messages focus on how we can explore our social and personal lives through a consciousness of profound spiritual practice, sustainable social maturity, mysticism, and lovingkindness. This concept is not only intrinsic to religion and spirituality, as has been traditionally held, but as a way of participating in all aspects of society more deeply, more contemplatively, and more peacefully.

Presenters include:
Dr. David Hawkins, Institute for Spiritual Research; Brian Swimme and Pamela Eakins on cosmology and love; poet and author, David Whyte; Chungliang Al Huang, Tai Chi Master of the Living Tao Foundation; Hindu teacher, Chalanda Sai Ma Lakshmi Devi; Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo, Native American elder; Rabbi Marc Gafni, visionary, scholar and founder of the progressive Bayit Chadash community in Jerusalem; Barbara Marx Hubbard of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and Margaret Starbird, author of “Woman with the Alabaster Jar,” exploring the myths and masteries of sacred union in the Gospels of Christianity.

The AGNT Leadership Council, representing some of the most innovative New Thought communities in the United States, will facilitate and present. Full day pre-conference intensives are offered with a select number of conference presenters.

Conference Philosophy
We believe that humanity stands at the threshold of its next great leap. However, our success in making this transition depends on our willingness to develop a greater vision and a clearer sense of responsibility for one another.

Understanding and articulating the nature and dynamics of consciousness is key to achieving this new vision. Consciousness, as we use the term, refers to the field of infinite, universal Intelligence — the pure potential from which all creation is initiated and within which all form abides.

It is from this inner wellspring of consciousness that creation not only expresses but evolves, giving birth to mystical advances from every arena of culture. Consciousness infuses all fields of human activity and knowledge, and therefore is properly the study of religion, science, social architecture, and the creative arts, each of which contributes its own essential perspective. No single discipline can claim exclusive dominion over its understanding.

The intention of this conference is to provide an opportunity for a diverse community of visionaries to take the next step in their own maturation as evolutionary leaders. The complexity of the modern world is energizing our new vision; the challenge of the contemplative as well as the spiritual activist is to re-integrate the fragments of the inner and outer realms, restoring a sense of wholeness to our collective human experience.

Our conversations are designed to address the relationship between the esoteric _expression of the world’s religions and a more universal spirituality as it underscores the evolution of our societies. It is probable that we will encounter the light and shadows dancing amongst questions of religion and governance, the development of personal practice and accountability, the “understory” of economic sustainability, and the principles  by which global politics  may be shaped to empower a culture of nonviolence instead of war.

The Association for Global New Thought feels privileged to facilitate this gathering, and celebrates the life path of commitment of those who feel called to participate. In the gathering of this spiritual family, our common goal is no less than to demonstrate and witness the magnificent creativity and lovingkind-ness of the human spirit.
Projects of the Association for

Global New Thought
• The Annual Gandhi King Sea-son for Nonviolence - 205 U.S. cities and 10 countries, 1998-2005

Working as a co-founder with Arun Gandhi of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, AGNT is the official Convener of the Gandhi & King: A Season for Nonviolence. The 64-day period between January 30, and April 4, 1998 commemorated the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of these legendary peacemakers. Launched and closed at the United Nations each year, the Season empowers the formation of task forces that have implemented over 300 programs and projects in nonviolence in 205 cities since inception. Now institutionalized on a grassroots level, the Season has become an annual event. Visit www.agnt.org (click on Season for Nonviolence).

• The Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet - Dharamsala, India, 1999; Trent, Italy, 2001; Rome, Italy, 2004

With His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet acting as guide and moderator, a very special assignment of AGNT is to serve as organizers of the Synthesis Dialogues, an interdisciplinary symposium among a small group of globally- renowned leaders, in all fields of knowledge and social action. The third Synthesis Dialogues were recently completed in June of 2004 at the Focolare International Retreat Center, Castegandolfo, summer residence of the Pope.

• Parliament of the World’s Religions - Capetown, South Africa, 1999

AGNT convened distinguished panels to represent New Thought at the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Capetown, South Africa, and again in Barcelona, Spain, 2004.

• UNESCO Seminar on Religion and Peace - Granada, Spain, 1998

AGNT attended the third seminar of world religious leaders. The primary objective of this ongoing seminar is to draft a series of joint declarations — to be disseminated worldwide by UNESCO — on the Contribution by Religions to a Culture of Peace.

For more information, or to register for “Humankindenss Overflowing: Path of True Power,” go to www.agnt.org or call AGNT Registrar at (847) 587-9397.

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