The Breakthrough Intensive Lecture Series
Explore some of the most exciting paradigm shifting books of our time and examine what it means to articulate a new reality
Jeff Carreira
with Jeff Carreira

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Paradigm shifts occur when we face persistent problems that we are incapable of solving, or when things happen that should not be possible.

Many of us have experienced both of these. And many of us have discovered some piece of the puzzle that can open up new possibilities for the world.

Historically the work of shifting paradigms has never been supported from inside the existing paradigm. The dominant paradigm doesn’t see the one that is coming even if some of the people inside it do.

Paradigm shifts are generated by circles of pioneers who start to see the same possibility together. These groups incubate new possibilities, develop them, and ultimately share them with the wider world.

A new paradigm is being developed on this planet and it has been for many years.

In this series of recorded lectures you will explore some of the most original contemporary voices of the new paradigm.

These presentations were recorded over one year as part of a program that I ran for visionary thinkers and paradigm shifters. The program was called The Breakthrough Intensive and I wanted that program to be intellectually rigorous enough to challenge us to think deeply and creatively about some of the foundational ideas of the paradigm that is emerging.

The program was an unparalleled success and the lectures that emerged from it have all been gathered together here with summary notes that support your learning and contemplation.

Many of us have graduated to a place where a new kind of course offering is needed – you can think of this lecture series as a graduate level course for the soul.

Over years of study I have found that what many are calling ‘The New Paradigm’ has a long history. At the very least it is a few hundred years old.

A different understanding of reality had already begun to shine through the poetry, art and philosophy of 18th and 19th century Romantics.

These creative spirits understood that we are participants in an inherently creative process. They embraced the mysterious and the unknowable aspects of reality as well as rational and comprehensible parts.

New visions of life also emerged in Charles Darwin’s recognition of the continuity of species, in the spiritual systems of Theosophy and Anthroposophy, in the work of William James and the American Pragmatists, and more recently in the new physics of Relativity and Quantum Theory.

The work of Carl Jung, Alfred North Whitehead, Peirre Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo and many others offer unique expressions of a new reality.

And new paradigm thinking inspired the birth of the literary movement of the American Transcendentalists that included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller.

In Paris in the 1920’s artists and writers including: Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Salvador Dali continued the revolution in thought.

New York City in the 1940’s and 50’s produced another circle of poets and artists like William Carlos Williams, Barbara Guest, Jackson Pollock, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg who fueled the counterculture of the 1960’s and beyond.

Those of us who are inspired to give birth to a new paradigm today are continuing this work.

This lecture series is an invitation to explore some of the most exciting ideas currently being developed so that you are better able to take part in writing the next chapter of the story of a New Paradigm.

The psychospiritual educational model that inspires me is the Mystery Schools of ancient Greece. Plato had an Academy. Aristotle started the Lyceum. Plotinus, Zeno, Epicurus, and many others all had their own schools.

These schools offered much more than knowledge. They were inspired by visions of reality and possibility, and they were dedicated to giving people a lived experience of those visions.

In these lectures you will certainly find new ideas, but you will also engage with those ideas in practices and inquiries that explore new perspectives and new perceptions of reality.

Like the participants in the great Mystery Schools of Ancient Greece you will learn to think, feel and act differently. The intention for this lecture series is to support you to move into a different reality and explore what life can be from there.

The new paradigm needs ambassadors.

To develop and expand a paradigm we must be able to articulate and express it effectively. This means that some of us need to become deeply fluent in a new way of being so that we can express it and share it with others.

Take a Journey of Discovery...

Over a number of years I have identified some of the most exciting contemporary books that illuminate different aspects of the New Paradigm. In this lecture series you will be taken through these books, each one opening a new window of possibility in your heart, mind and soul. You will move into the ideas found in each book and explore them from the inside out so you will not only understand them, you will also see the profound implications for human life that they contain.

I am very excited to invite you to join me on this journey.

Jeff Carreira
Co-Founder & Director of Education, Emergence Education
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
Foundations of a New Paradigm
Below are three foundational perspective shifts that we will focus on during this lectures series. Each of these will undoubtedly figure prominently in the Paradigm to come and they can all be found articulated in unique and exciting ways in the books we will explore.


We live in a continuous reality without gaps or breaks. We see a world of separate things, but nothing is separate in either space or time. Everything is connected. In our current human form we have a limited range of conscious perception. Within that range of perception things appear separate and isolated, but as your perception expands you begin to see the connections that have always been there just below the surface. In Utah there is a grove of trees that on the surface looks like a forest of 40,000 separate trees. If you look beneath the surface of the ground you discover that all those trees are part of one plant that shares a single root system. If we could see beyond our current dimensions of time and space we would discover the unity that lies behind the appearance of separation.
The ability to think, feel and act spontaneously is crucial to the New Paradigm. Our conventional perception of reality emerges directly out of the structure of the current paradigm. That is what makes living from a new paradigm so challenging. All of the normal ways that we think, feel and act occur inside of a set of assumptions about what is possible and what is not that defines the existing paradigm. Trying to move into a New Paradigm from inside the existing one is like trying to pick a rowboat up out of the water while standing inside it. Spontaneity opens up the space for something truly novel to emerge through us. Only when we can put aside our ‘already knowing’ mind and open up to our true creative potential will we gain access to a completely different field of possibility.
Our capacity to be conscious and aware is the most fundamental aspect of our experience. Without it we would not have any idea about existence. We would continue to be, but we would have no way of knowing it. Conscious awareness is the unfathomable mystery and miracle that we all participate in every single instant of every day. The key to entering into a new paradigm is found in liberating our awareness. Our current experience of awareness is shaped by ideas and attitudes that keep us bound inside of a particular perception of reality. If we want to move beyond conventional reality we must explore the nature of consciousness until we open up to a living recognition that consciousness is everywhere. We are not conscious beings living in an unconscious universe. We are organs of perception intimately united with the totality of a living conscious universe.
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecture Series One

Whats Included:

Lecture Series One studies and explores ideas from the books below. This lecture series comes with:

  • Seven x 90min lectures (one per book, plus a closing);
  • 'Philosophical Fragments' for each of the six books (These are my interpretation of some of the key points explored in each book, and which each lecture explores);
  • A protected online portal containing the lectures in audio form, and philosophical fragments included in the series.
* Copies of the books are not included, but the lecture audios and the summary notes will provide you with a comprehensive survey of the main ideas in each book. *
The Seven Lectures Include:
  • Lecture One: A Vision Of Cultural Change based on the book
    All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
    by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly
  • Lecture Two: The Nature Of Paradigm Shifts based on the book
    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    by Thomas S. Kuhn
  • Lecture Three The Art of Questioning Reality based on the book:
    Radical Inclusivity: Expanding Our Minds Beyond Dualistic Thinking
    by Jeff Carreira
  • Lecture Four Expanding The Human Mind based on the book:
    Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness
    by Alva Noe
  • Lecture Five Communicating The Ineffable based on the book:
    Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred
    by Jeffrey J. Kripal
  • Lecture Six Participating in a Culture Shift based on the book:
    The Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America
    by Daniel Belgrad
  • Lecture Seven Closing
    with Jeff Carreira
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Lecture Series One
Lecture Series Two

Whats Included:

Lecture Series Two studies and explores ideas from the books below. This lecture series comes with:

  • Chapter summaries for each of the four books;
  • Eight x 75min - 90min lectures (two per book);
  • A protected online portal containing the lectures in audio form, and philosophical fragments included in the series.
* Copies of the books are not included, but the lecture audios and the summary notes will provide you with a comprehensive survey of the main ideas in each book. *
The Eight Lectures Include:
  • Lecture One and Two: Exploring The Relationship Between World and Self based on the book
    The Soul of a New Self: Embracing the Future of Being Human
    by Jeff Carreira
  • Lecture Three and Four: Understanding The Transformative Power Of Art based on the book
    Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature
    by Alva Noe
  • Lecture Five and Six: Awakening To The Aesthetic Dimension Of Reality based on the book
    The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
    by David Abram
  • Lecture Seven and Eight: Expanding Our Relationship To The Ecology Of Living (and Non-Living) Things based on the book
    Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence
    by Dr. Timothy Morton
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Lecture Series Two
Lecture Series Three

Whats Included:

Lecture Series Three studies and explores ideas from the books below. This lecture series comes with:

  • Chapter summaries for each of the five books;
  • Eight x 75min - 90min lectures (two per book);
  • A protected online portal containing the lectures in audio form, and philosophical fragments included in the series.
* Copies of the books are not included, but the lecture audios and the summary notes will provide you with a comprehensive survey of the main ideas in each book. *
The Eight Lectures Include:
  • Lecture One: Paradigm Shifting based on the book
    Paradigm Shifting: Guiding Evolution From The Inside Out
    by Jeff Carreira
  • Lecture Two: Contingency, Irony and Solidarity based on the book
    Contingency, Irony and Solidarity
    by Richard Rorty
  • Lecture Three and Four: Small Arcs Of Larger Circles based on the book
    Small Arcs Of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns
    by Nora Bateson
  • Lecture Five and Six: Beyond Biocentrism based on the book
    Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death
    by Robert Lanza, MD
  • Lecture Seven and Eight: Becoming Animal based on the book
    Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology
    by David Abram
The Breakthrough Intensive
Lecture Series Three
The Breakthrough Intensive
Complete Set
  • Lecture Series One
  • Lecture Series Two
  • Lecture Series Three
Jeff Carreira
Jeff Carreira is an author, mystical philosopher, artist and meditation teacher. Thirty years ago he dedicated himself entirely to the focused pursuit of spiritual awakening. He began teaching meditation and awakening fifteen years ago, and today supports people from around the world to share the fruits and blessings of their own spiritual path. He is aware that many people today have established their own deep connection to the spiritual source of life and the unlimited creative potential it holds. He calls these people Artists of Possibility because they have so much to share with the world. He remains completely committed to teaching meditation and awakening, and in addition has dedicated himself to helping others gather their own tribe and share their own deepest realization. He wants to support you to create a platform to share from. That means deepening your awakening, learning to articulate it effectively, and setting up the means to reach people all over the world.
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