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by Zachary Seibert - Sunday, July 17, 2011, 10:24 PM
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More thoughts on ethnography as a polarity practice:


In order to shift the perspective on this ethnography from that of empirical research to one of spiritual inquiry, I intend to treat the process of documentation and ethnography as a Polarity Therapy practice. Polarity Therapy is elemental in structure, meaning that it incorporates the five elements of the human energetic/awareness system into each aspect of it’s practice. Earth (structure/foundation), Water (fluidity/resource), Fire (assertion/motivation), Air (thought/communication), and Ether (space/stillness) all energetically combine in the human being to create a complete pattern in constant communication with itself. Following this model, the Polarity practitioner starts each and every one of their practices with the assertion that the client is already in possession of every resource which they require to further their own process of healing or completion. As the client is accepted from the first moment as already complete, the practitioner proceeds with a concentrated neutrality in their own awareness, facilitating and allowing for the client to access and repattern their own potency and health.

Applying these fundamental Polarity principles to the process of ethnography is part of my core research agenda. In approaching ethnographic research through this lens, I believe that I may help to open a space for constructive dialogue between practitioners. Rather than prying into the community of spiritual practitioners filled with expectations about the way in which my inquiries may be met, my intention is to open a nurturing and supportive space in which the subject may freely and openly discuss and elaborate upon the processes which they have moved through to become the practitioners that they are. Working with a community built upon deeply personal and spiritual beliefs and methodologies, I believe that it is imperative that they be treated with the utmost sensitivity, reverence, and neutral awareness. My goal is to participate in a dialogue of potentials, and to allow those potentials to breathe, unfold, and be expressed in new ways.

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by Zachary Seibert - Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 07:30 PM
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Department of Spiritual Arts & Technologies

Research Proposal

Zachary Seibert
June 2011

DSAT Core Research Problems

1: Establish disciplines and methodologies for the pursuit of spiritual arts & technologies.

1.1: Detail baseline commonalities in spiritual practice. Outline the process of cultivation common to most/all spiritual disciplines. Generate systematized and educationally viable methodologies for these pursuits.
1.2: Document process and progress for the emerging methodology and pedagogy in both written documents and video. Make this material available to the public via CSIIE.org and collect reactions from scholars, practitioners, and other parties.
1.3: Draw on Multiple Intelligence Theory, Integral Methodological Pluralism, AQAL Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics, etc to create mesh-works of academic validity for DSAT work and methodology.

2: Establish interdisciplinary connections between DSAT methodology and various other fields of research.

2.1: Collect research notes, interviews, and practitioner write-ups from people working in various fields that connect to spiritual arts & technologies.
2.1.1: Initial focus: alternative therapy practitioners, integral researchers, transhumanist theorists and researchers, magical theorists and practitioners, cutting edge or theoretical scientists, philosophers, and artists.
2.2: Determine which fields of research most align with DSAT research goals. Establish interdisciplinary research goals with organizations or individuals within those fields.

6 Month Research Goals

1: Magic in the 21st Century: Spiritual Technology for a World in Transition (3 Modules)

1.1: Document all three modules on video, including my own personal reactions and research notes.
1.2: Collect text and video reactions and interviews from students.
1.3: Compile all documentation into a research presentation.

2: Establish web presence for CSIIE & DSAT as an online learning community.

2.1: Document and upload specific workshops, classes and meetings from CSIIE instructors.

2.2: Document and upload conversations relevant to DSAT research goals, including reactions from and interviews with individual parties involved.

2.3: Collect reactions, interviews, and critiques from other practitioners and scholars in relevant fields.

3: Collect and compile notes and write-ups from practitioners and researchers in fields of spiritual technology and alternative therapies.

3.1: Establish areas of inquiry and research problems common to practitioners in these fields.

3.2: Compile this data for use by future research teams within DSAT.

4: Establish correspondence with scholars, practitioners, and researchers in various fields relevant to DSAT methodologies and research goals

4.1: SWIHA Educators
4.2: Integral Theorists & Organizations

5: Compile notes from all of the above for use in upcoming book proposal.

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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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