Involuntary Simplicity: From Survival to Thrival

Dear Friends and Co-Hearts:

More than a year ago, Trudy and I dismantled our home of 12 years in Santa Rosa and became “home free” as we traded our real estate for wheel estate.  The result has been an amazing adventure of synchronicity and grace.  We began to call our journey “involuntary simplicity” (with all due respect to Duane Elgin’s insightful book, “Voluntary Simplicity”) because it seemed as if we had no choice but to release everything that wasn’t required for us to thrive right now.

As the adventure unfolded, we had another insight.  The “spontaneous evolution” Bruce Lipton and I wrote about as a noun in the future has now become a verb in the present.

What was breaking through (in the disguise of breakdown) was evolution itself shattering the structures that no longer served us.  Perhaps you’ve noticed this in your own life as well.  There is an area – or areas – ripe for evolution, as an old way of being, thinking, or doing is begging to give way to whatever is next.

As Bruce and I wrote in Spontaneous Evolution, every stage of evolution involves two things – expanded awareness, and expanded community.  It also involves something else … simplicity.

By simplicity, we don’t mean “austerity” but rather a new, more efficient, effective and workable structure to hold the ever-increasing complexity we find in our world.  Things have become awfully complex … no wonder so many people are suffering from complexes!

Over the past four months, Trudy and I have given several presentations on “Involuntary Simplicity” – in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Austin, and Fort Worth – and in every one of the cases and places, people were profoundly effected for the better.  Many were relieved to come “out of the closet” with their financial issues, and everyone was grateful to have a helpful context for issues that would have otherwise made them feel “helpless.”

About a month ago, I got an idea.

Robin Johnson of Great Mystery, along with Evolver magazine had approached me last year about doing a teleclass related to Spontaneous Evolution, but the time wasn’t right.  In July, I emailed Robin about a new teleclass idea – Involuntary Simplicity:  Spontaneous Evolution From the Inside Out, and she immediately said YES!

And so we proudly present a new teleclass series that is on video so you can SEE the presenters!  And … you will be able to interact and ask questions.  The series will be on successive Tuesdays from September 11th through October 16th.

In addition to Trudy and I sharing our own “tale of whoa” (where we just said “whoa” to an unworkable situation, and launched ourselves into orbit around the country), guest presenters will include my Spontaneous Evolution co-author Bruce Lipton, Michael Dowd (Thank God for Evolution) , Charles Eisenstein (Sacred Economics), Richard Flyer (Connect the Good, Reno, Nevada), and David Gruder (The New IQ: How Integrity Intelligence Serves You, Your Relationships, and Our World).

Each of these presenters bring a wise and simple perspective to evolution, spirituality, economics, politics and personal integrity.  Not only will you be entertained by lively, provocative and productive discussions, you will also be inspired and encouraged.  Whatever it is you do in daily life will be imbued with greater meaning, and perhaps you will even take that leap of faith into whatever it is you know is next for you.

Here is a brief summary of what we will be presenting:

Steve & TrudyIn Session 1, Steve and his wife and “co-heart” Trudy frankly share their own evolutionary journey – where they drastically downscaled their footprint, and upscaled their life.  After leaving their beautiful home of 12 years in what they call “triumphant surrender,” they experienced wave after wave of amazing grace as they let go of what was no longer needed, and received all they required to thrive.

In Session 2, Steve is joined by his Spontaneous Evolution co-author Bruce Lipton (author of Biology of Belief) as they discuss what science has to say about our current evolutionary stage, and the simple truths that will guide us through this passage.


In Session 3, Michael Dowd, evangelical minister and author of Thank God for Evolution, offers a truly integral view of spirituality that includes and transcends both religion and non-religion – exactly what is needed to overgrow the current divide between science and spirituality.


Then, in Session 4, Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, offers us a glimpse of the economics of the future – and how it is already being lived in the present.  What are the simple laws of a truly-generative economics?  Tune in and find out!


In Session 5, Steve is joined by Richard Flyer, founder of the Conscious Community Network and Connect the Good, both in Reno, Nevada.  As a volunteer community activist, Richard has developed systems for non-confrontational discourse that has helped his community “weave a web of mass-construction.”

In the finale, Session 6, David Gruder, author of Integrity IQ, will outline some simple guidelines for living in integrity in an evolving world.



Each session will be a lively, interactive dialogue between Steve and the guest … and there will be ample opportunity for questions … and answers!

By the end of this series, you will see how the emerging evolution is impacting your life, your world, your relationships, your work … AND you will have both the context and the tools to turn crisis into opportunity.  And, you will be entertained.  You’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh.

And … you will become part of a “heartland community” that is consciously seeking to live from the heart … with feet firmly planted on the ground.

Click here to learn more.

The early bird cost is just $99 for six 90 minute sessions, and you can register right here.

We hope you will join our community to move the evolutionary upwising forward!

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