CSIIE: Zachary Seibert: Ethnographer Statement of Intent

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by Zachary Seibert - Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 07:23 PM
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Ethnographer of Spiritual Arts & Technologies
Statement of Intent

Zachary Seibert
June 2011

I have spent the majority of my life, eighteen years of it, engaged in an ongoing inquiry into the nature of Spiritual Arts & Technologies in use by humanity. This has lead me on a wide-ranging tour of esoteric philosophy, magical theory, metaphysics, energetic healing, hypnotherapy and transpersonal psychology, and shamanic practices. As I have explored these topics, I have been fascinated by the endless potentials for application as humanity reaches toward an increasingly sophisticated future.

My intention now is to begin extensively documenting the experience and process of practitioners in these far-flung fields of healing and consciousness expansion. As a scientific understanding of consciousness and bio-energetics begins to emerge, it is inevitable that these Spiritual Arts & Technologies will be integrated in some fashion into the canon of mainstream science. Building on that assertion, it is imperative that we, as practitioners of these modalities, begin to build a body of research and theory that can be presented to the scientific community as grounds for collaboration and integration of our respective works.

With the ultimate aim of creating legitimate integral methodologies which can be used to overcome the challenges common to all Spiritual Practitioners, I propose a new kind of documentary research project, one which mirrors the process-orientation of the practices being documented. To begin, I will video-record classes and workshops taught by myself and other instructors, conversations and interviews with researchers and practitioners in these fields, and demonstrations of the Spiritual Arts & Technologies themselves. This documentary footage will be available online to all, and will be backed up with supporting research, articles, and reactions in both text and video from participants and third parties. I will be collecting and organizing research notes, accounts, anecdotes, and commentary from researchers and practitioners in as wide a variety of fields as possible.

The intention of this extensive and ongoing documentation is to build an understanding of the commonalities in the process, research, and development of these valuable yet under-researched practices. As those commonalities begin to emerge, we can then begin collaborating on the creation of an integral methodology that facilitates systematic education and problem solving processes around Spiritual Arts & Technologies. That methodology will also open up channels to other researchers on the frontiers of human potential, providing a structure that we as practitioners can use to build bridges between the empirical and mystical realms of inquiry.

The process-orientation of this project means that participants will be able to interact with the documentary and research in close to real time on the web, presenting their own text and video reactions to the research community. It also means that the documentary will be an ever-unfolding experience, reaching constantly into new areas of inquiry and exploring new techniques, theories, and modalities as I gain access to them. As a Documentarian of Spiritual Arts & Technologies, I will be constantly seeking new theorists and practitioners to document and interview, casting a lens over the processes and developments within these communities. As I explore the world of Spiritual Arts & Technologies, more and more practitioners will be able to bring their own perspective to bear on the greater inquiry at work. Every new modality and perspective that is documented more fully informs the emerging methodologies.

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