[gha] Yes, many books... "the more the merrier", as they say

  • From: Kurt Johnson <kurtjohnsonisd@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:27:22 -0700 (PDT)

Yes, there will be many books that will be useful as all this evolves.  And 
they will, as Leo said, tend to complement each other along the lines that Leo 
suggests re: TCIA and The ABC.  In integral theory-- from philosopher Ken 
Wilber (currently the most translated philosopher in the world), Wilber would 
say that Leo has immediately recognized that a vision like TCIA (or Teasdale's 
Mystic Heart) cannot exist without companion visions like ABC (or like Integral 
Spirituality [2006] by Ken Wilber as a 2nd example).  

This is because a book like TCIA represents the "formless Heart" of the matter 
(much like Teasdale's Mystic Heart) while ABC (or Integral Spirituality by 
Wilber) represents the "skillful means" to achieve, in the world of form, that 
which is aspired to in the formless.   So, it is a marvelous Yin and Yang, or 
what Wilber calls "zone 1" and "zone 2".  As in Bell's Theorem in quantum 
mechanics, the "opposites" or "complements" (formless and form; intention and 
skillful means) are not only both "OK", they are co-essential.  Similarly, the 
Heart Sutra is formed in the same way-- first a statement about truth 
("formlessness is form; form is formlessness..." etc.) and then a statement 
about "skillful means" ["the perfection of Wisdom etc."].....  the ideal, and 
achievement of the ideal through skillful means.  

So we have what Wilber calls "zone 1" books (formless Heart intention) and 
"zone 2" books (the ABC's of how to "achieve it" etc.).  So this is part of the 
cosmic unfolding.

Similarly, I have had a number of comments to make about "tetra's".. Indeed 
they are SO skillful and I find it interesting that several places in the 
recent "esoteric" literature have suggested their usefulness as well.  In TCIA 
we us a "tetra" for our examples about skillfull means as well, like in the 
model we present for multiplying transformational work in the form of a 
"rhombus" of "diamond" etc.  But that is another discussion....

I just wanted to point out that Leo's comment reflects the same "sense of 
balance" that Wilber (Integral Theory) and Beck (Spiral Dynamics) also point 
out re: their  "zone 1", "zone 2" which are like a yin/yang or wave/particle 
complementarity!   Or as Yasuiko Kimura says "action without vision is blind; 
vision without action is lame" etc.

good stuff!

Dr. Kurt Johnson

 From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Kurt Johnson <kurtjohnsonisd@xxxxxxxxx> 
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Subject: Re: A link that will interest you, and an invitation to blog + ABC of 
Harmony = common philosophy and vision

Re: A link that will interest you, and an invitation to blog + ABC of Harmony = 
common philosophy and vision 
Dear Kurt,

Many thanks for your new and excellent blog very useful to form the spiritual 
culture of harmonious civilization in the 21st century. 

This culture can not exist without the TCIA as its 'major "interfaith book" in 
your words. But this culture can not exist without the scientific components of 
harmony, without a scientific dimension of social harmony, which is represented 
in the main scientific "harmony book" - in the ABC of Harmony 

These two books constitute the two inseparable dimensions of spiritual culture 
for harmonious civilization: interfaith/interspiritual/religious and scientific 
which both are united, coincided and inseparable in the harmony as them common 
denominator. Only on the basis of harmony can grow harmonious unity of religion 
and science in culture of a new civilization. They can and will reinforce each 
other and work with each other in their harmonious unity through mutual 
harmonious education. It is presented in detail in the GHA Project of 
Interfaith Harmonious Education (CIHE: 
www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=561) on the basis of its two "main" 
books - TCIA and the ABC of Harmony. 

A new culture of harmonious civilization is a culture not a spiritual sections, 
divisions and them confrontation as in industrial civilization and the culture 
of spiritual unity and cooperation on the basis of common universal and global 

This also is applied to combining disparate social sciences. New research 
project GHA - CSSS (www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=579) gives the 
example of combining and joint development of global sociology and global 
statistics. Without them unity, they are weak and helpless in many ways. Their 
union on a common (spheral) basis of global social structure of harmonious 
(spheral) classes including all population makes them a powerful tool for 
global peace, sustainable development and prosperity of all nations, excluding 
the social pathologies of war, terror, hunger, poverty, financial tyranny, 
global crises, etc. 

Of course, the culture of harmonious civilization, unlike the culture of 
outgoing industrial civilization, can be only the result of conscious (with 
common knowledge of social and spiritual harmony) and equitable cooperation of 
all its members. Such a pattern of a harmonious collaboration builds GHA more 
than 8 years in joint 46 projects and 7 books. Of course, it's a pioneer, and 
therefore a very complex way that can not be absolutely perfect and smooth. On 
it there are natural conflicts, the overcoming of which makes us all wiser in 
harmony. This is our common philosophy and vision in GHA. 

Salute to all of us! Salute to GHA in honor of the fourth anniversary of Global 
Harmony Day on June 21! 

With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA);
Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org
World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base:
GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony:
P/Web page: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253;
Address: 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia
Phone: 7 (812) 597-65-71; Skype: leo.semahko
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leo.semashko?ref=tn_tnmn

----- Original Message -----
  From: Kurt Johnson, kurtjohnsonisd@xxxxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 15 июня 2013 г., 8:04:42
  Subject: A link that will interest you, and an invitation to blog

GHA, CIHE colleagues-- 

 You'll be interested in the link below and the invitation there to blog.  

With the backing of a coalition of Progressive Christian, Advaita Vedanta and 
Humanist groups, TheSpeakEasy media has taken on THE COMING INTERSPIRITUAL AGE 
(TCIA) book for a media and educational campaign.  You will recognize many of 
the historical figures at:


It will be very interesting to see what happens now as a major "interfaith 
book" like TCIA is introduced to progressive audiences within and across the 
traditions.  This is such an interesting time in our global and multicultural 
melding!  And we are all part of it thanks to those who have pulled GHA 
together!  A salute to them!

Dr. Kurt Johnson
GHA-USA Vice President
and a Director, CIHE

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