About the Author
Terry Patten

Terry Patten

Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of integral evolutionary leadership and spirituality. In his cutting-edge writings, talks, and teachings, he not only inspires transcendental awakening, love, and freedom, but also calls us to accept and incarnate our full humanity. This expresses itself in a profound sense of purpose, spiritual inspiration, and evolutionary activism.

He worked with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute to develop Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent contemporary transformational lifestyle.

He hosts the acclaimed teleseminar series, Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice, http://beyondawakeningseries.com, which has spawned a large international community. There, he has held a series of groundbreaking conversations with leading edge spiritual teachers ranging from Ken Wilber to Ram Dass, from Andrew Cohen to Adyashanti, and from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev to Steve McIntosh on how spiritual practice is evolving to help conscious individuals rise to the evolutionary challenges of our global crises.

Terry is a faculty member in the Integral Executive Leadership programs at Notre Dame University, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and serves on the board of the Wellsprings Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and John F. Kennedy University.

Earlier, for 15 years, he lived immersed in a life of intensive spiritual practice in the monastic setting of Vision Mound Seminary with the great spiritual master Adi Da Samraj. There, he was a founding editor of the award-winning Laughing Man magazine. Upon leaving that ashram he founded the catalog company Tools For Exploration, which defined the field of consciousness technologies. While at the helm of Tools, he co-developed a series of biofeedback devices and psychoacoustic recordings, including the Institute of HeartMath's original widely-used heart-rate variability monitor.

Terry is also a social entrepreneur involved in supporting restorative redwood forestry. As an entrepreneur and consultant he has worked for almost thirty years to help leaders bring higher consciousness into practical actions that transform complex human systems. He is also a teacher, coach and consultant who travels widely, challenging and connecting leading-edge individuals and organizations worldwide.

An Integral coach, consultant, teacher, and author of four books, Terry lives in Marin County near San Francisco, CA. He is the senior writer and co-author, with Ken Wilber, Adam Leonard, and Marco Morelli, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.  His personal web site is www.terrypatten.com.


An Ethos for Revolutionaries: Terry Patten on Activism at the Integral Stage


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Terry is pioneering a robust and dynamic new form of activism that fuses the “inner work” of personal transformation and awakening with the “outer work” of service and commitment to social justice. In this episode Jeff and Terry explore how we can deploy it to bring about the profound transformation of self and world that our era requires.


The Acceleration of Crazy


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Terry touches on what he calls the “acceleration of crazy” as our current reality show unfolds. He also has some interesting insights on how he is navigating the chaos, while noting that major stage transitions like the one we are currently living in are, by their very nature, revolutionary, calling us to a higher, richer, and more sustainable human commons.