Jeremy D Johnson is creating book editing, book writing, philosophy & consciousness learning
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"I think of myself as someone who thinks largely through writing." – Samuel Delany

"Truth is a matter of the imagination." — Ursula K Le Guin

About Me:


Welcome! First. A few words about me: I am a writer. As Delany states so well, I find that my best ideas come "largely through writing." Or outlining. Or reading. The text, in all its facets, is the terroir from which the finest, fermented spirits are produced.

At the outset, I could share with you some words about what I do.

First of all, writing for me is a vocation, like contemplative practice — these days, it is difficult to separate these two. Write, breathe, be. Blank page, open sky.

But I write, and have written, for many publications, such Evolve Magazine, Kosmos Journal, Evolve and AscendConscious Lifestyle, and Disinformation.

In 2016, I helped co-found METAPSY journal, and since 2013 I've written for Reality Sandwich magazine as a contributing editor. 

Last year, in 2017, I joined Revelore Press as an editor — "Curator of Philosophies." These are "books that open the future," a series on integral philosophy, art, metaphysics, aesthetics and new modes of thinking, i.e. a sort of "integral futurism." 

✍︎


Forthcoming Titles


Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser, Integrality, and the Diaphanous Present (Revelore Press 2018) is my forthcoming volume on Jean Gebser's integral philosophy. This book serves as a reintroduction to the central concepts of The Ever-Present Origin to contemporary readers. Functioning both as an aid to newcomers grappling with the difficult insights on the structures of consciousness and the spiritual import of the text, as well as a response to these same insights in the contemporary era where the crisis of consciousness has only intensified, Seeing Through the World hopes to address the urgent need to cognize the past while leaning into and listening to the future.

Mutations: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene
(Revelore Press 2019) is an anthology project inspired by the term coined by Jean Gebser, implicating consciousness transformation as a series of discontinuous leaps into new modes of thinking and being in the world. 

✍︎


Creating Learning Spaces


With my background in online learning and my passion for studies, I've founded an online learning platform dedicated to exploring consciousness, self-transformation, "integral pedagogy," and empowering artists to deepen their practices and "make good art" that could help move culture, explore the imagination, and retrieve an "integral culture" that incorporates both ancient wisdom and innovative leaps in consciousness: Nura Learning.

Some classes I have helped to produce this year (2018), for example, were "Astrology Rocks!" with Dr Jenn Zahrt, "Journey to the Imaginal Realm: Reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" with Dr Becca S Tarnas, "The Miracle Club" series with Mitch Horowitz, and Gary Lachman's forthcoming "The Lost Knowledge of the Imagination" course (Nov 2018).

✍︎

Two more things at the outset.


I'm the current president of the Jean Gebser Society — an academic society exploring the work of the integral philosopher — and have served as their conference convener for the past few years. There is a tremendous wealth of intelligence, heart, and spirit in this community of integral practitioners, and I encourage you to join us for the next conference

My own writing, in this respect, is to study the "reveries of now," to attune our cultural instruments to those better tomorrows. In the spirit of the 20th century luminaries, from which I count my greatest inspiration, like Jean Gebser, Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa, and many others I could list here, but won't for brevity's sake, I wish to encounter our world with an inquiry into what is possible. With the fundamental sense that what we are is a doing — "I seem to be a verb" — and that doing is always transformation. "The exercise of imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the way things are" writes Le Guin, "because it has the power to show that the way things are is not permanent, not universal, not necessary." Here, at the edge of the world, where capitalism buckles, the Anthropocene crawls up with the rising tide, and we gaze upon our collective reflection, mirrored in the oceanic scrying glass of the Earth from space, what do we see? Who do we see? What we were, can no longer be. What we are seems to escape definition. What we become is like an answer on the tip of our tongues — not quite here, but our whole being wells up with a hidden word that announces it.

✍︎


What is the Patreon about?


I'll try to be short, and offer you some points...

1) Writing - I'd like to share my writing process with you in my book writing and publishing projects. As I've likely overstated, imagination and aesthetic are potent, inextricable dimensions of this question. It is perhaps the greatest of all questions—"Who am I?"—so I hope to produce literature that readers can participate in, and with, in coming to understand ourselves in the great long now.

2) Producing Literature - In the vein of "consciousness culture," which is always very interested in this question, I hope to assemble and curate some of today's artists, philosophers and writers.This is not merely a material question, or a scientific one, but an occult inquiry. It extends itself to the visible and invisible. The inquiry is spiritual, poetic, scientific, philosophical. It is narratological, mythopoetic, and sociological.

In the 1970s, the human potential movement asked what was possible in the future human; today, the Anthropocene answers us with Rilke's mandate: "You must change your life." I am interested in new metaphysical movements and modalities, new philosophies of tomorrow that, in a sense, already live in the future, that spring forth from tomorrow's latent answers and reveal to us what we always were. These are the "evolutionary mysticisms" of the aforementioned scholars like Teilhard, these are modes of thinking that must come to wrestle with the struggles and complexities of the present.

I hope to create and curate literature and build a consciousness culture that is not satisfied to remain a niche market but to speak to our present spiritual crisis—much like some of the most pressing 20th century scholars of the occulture, integral philosophy, and spirituality did in the human potential movement. To say, "we must leap into new ways of thinking and being, new shapes of thought." New mutations. 

I am here to help build towards that culture with the firm knowing that any new turnings, any new aesthetic movements, must be permeable and transparent. Not lost in the echo chamber but, like Thomas Merton reminds us of through contemplative life, is at the heart of the world.

3) Building a community - My patreon project is intended to help support book writing, book editing, and culture building. Many of the individuals and scholars I work with will be invited onto my Patreon livestream - "Mutations" - to discuss their work and build a culture of conversations. These especially pertain to the writers I will be working with for Revelore, and also interviewing for my book. 

Your feedback, involvement, and participation are helping to build this iteration of "consciousness culture" and support the publication of new literature, research, anthologies, and ultimately community. 

It's my hope that the community we're building will offer you tools for self-exploration, aesthetic renewal and inspiration, and more rigorous and critical unions (yogas) of scholarship and esoteric praxis. 

You are right in sensing that there is a utopian ring to all this; I am trying to imagine a consciousness culture (or "Visionary Culture" or "Transformational Culture") that has a revived sense of intensity — in the Teilhardian sense — of truly being present in the world and building modes of thinking and relating that can help bring a better reality.

✍︎


How Your Funding Helps


It gives me more time, energy, and focus on the anthology projects at hand, on speaking with teachers, organizing conversations for the public discussion ("Mutations"),my own book writing and book research (funds for purchasing research books, etc.).

Now, here is the fun part.

  • Donations of $1 (Mutant) get you access to Patron-only content, like sneak peaks at unpublished writing, first cuts of Mutations podcast episodes, and early announcements for upcoming Nura courses.
  • $5 and up (Super Mutant) get you a special Thank You note in my book, plus access to a monthly, private live Zoom meeting with me. A kind of virtual salon with a different theme each month. 
  • $10 (Super Team) and up gets you all the previous perks plus the ability to vote on the topic for the next salon. 
  • Lastly, $20 (Cosmic Beneficiary) gets you a Thank You in my books plus a one-on-one private Skype call to talk about anything. Pick my brain. Get my editorial advice. Network about what you're creating—building the culture is what this is about.

✍︎

Do you want to help foster a literary, re-invigorated consciousness culture with new research and a community hardwired into the "Geist" of a complex, planetary age?

Let us lean into the concept of "mutation," and inhabiting "mutants" in the best sense of that word (beyond its science fiction connotation) as a creative leap from origin (ursprung). 

Let's build the future in the present.


Tiers
Mutant
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
You threw down a dollar for me — thank you! 


For this, I name you a conspiring mutant and you receive special, Patron-only early access updates from about upcoming upcoming publications, upcoming classes, and new literary projects via Revelore Press!


You also get updates and early access to fresh writing (plus some extras) from my forthcoming book.

Super Mutant [BOOK CLUB]
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
In addition to receiving Mutant updates, your name will appear in all print of my publications under "Super Mutants". 


You will also get access my Patron-only livestream discussion on Zoom hosted every month. Think of it as a kind of literary consciousness culture book club. We select either one book or one essay (or collection of essays) every month.


Topics are voted on by Patrons or curated by me (integral philosophy, cultural studies, metaphysics, etc.)


Super Team
$10 or more per month 1 patron
You're on the Super Team! You can begin making cunning plans with me. No, really. At this level you get all the previous perks plus you get to vote on the topic for the next virtual salon.


What do you want to explore?


Your name will also be listed under Super Team in my forthcoming book publication.

Cosmic Beneficiary
$20 or more per month 7 patrons
Wow! You're practically my "library angel." This level of donation easily helps me pay for books and other nourishment that a writer needs to grow. 


In addition to all previous perks, you receive a special note in my forthcoming book publication under Cosmic Beneficiaries.


You also receive a one-on-one session with me to talk about your own projects, get editorial feedback, or work out a philosophical question. I'm your philosopher-for-hire. ;-) 


Last but not least, you'll receive a discount code for all Nura Learning classes.

Ultra Cosmic Patron
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Patreon says "Unicorns" are the ultimate tier, but I disagree. You're a cosmic patron, so get all the previous perks, plus a free Nura class of your choice, and finally access to virtually meeting with me 2+ times per cycle (schedule allowing).
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"I think of myself as someone who thinks largely through writing." – Samuel Delany

"Truth is a matter of the imagination." — Ursula K Le Guin

About Me:


Welcome! First. A few words about me: I am a writer. As Delany states so well, I find that my best ideas come "largely through writing." Or outlining. Or reading. The text, in all its facets, is the terroir from which the finest, fermented spirits are produced.

At the outset, I could share with you some words about what I do.

First of all, writing for me is a vocation, like contemplative practice — these days, it is difficult to separate these two. Write, breathe, be. Blank page, open sky.

But I write, and have written, for many publications, such Evolve Magazine, Kosmos Journal, Evolve and AscendConscious Lifestyle, and Disinformation.

In 2016, I helped co-found METAPSY journal, and since 2013 I've written for Reality Sandwich magazine as a contributing editor. 

Last year, in 2017, I joined Revelore Press as an editor — "Curator of Philosophies." These are "books that open the future," a series on integral philosophy, art, metaphysics, aesthetics and new modes of thinking, i.e. a sort of "integral futurism." 

✍︎


Forthcoming Titles


Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser, Integrality, and the Diaphanous Present (Revelore Press 2018) is my forthcoming volume on Jean Gebser's integral philosophy. This book serves as a reintroduction to the central concepts of The Ever-Present Origin to contemporary readers. Functioning both as an aid to newcomers grappling with the difficult insights on the structures of consciousness and the spiritual import of the text, as well as a response to these same insights in the contemporary era where the crisis of consciousness has only intensified, Seeing Through the World hopes to address the urgent need to cognize the past while leaning into and listening to the future.

Mutations: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene
(Revelore Press 2019) is an anthology project inspired by the term coined by Jean Gebser, implicating consciousness transformation as a series of discontinuous leaps into new modes of thinking and being in the world. 

✍︎


Creating Learning Spaces


With my background in online learning and my passion for studies, I've founded an online learning platform dedicated to exploring consciousness, self-transformation, "integral pedagogy," and empowering artists to deepen their practices and "make good art" that could help move culture, explore the imagination, and retrieve an "integral culture" that incorporates both ancient wisdom and innovative leaps in consciousness: Nura Learning.

Some classes I have helped to produce this year (2018), for example, were "Astrology Rocks!" with Dr Jenn Zahrt, "Journey to the Imaginal Realm: Reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" with Dr Becca S Tarnas, "The Miracle Club" series with Mitch Horowitz, and Gary Lachman's forthcoming "The Lost Knowledge of the Imagination" course (Nov 2018).

✍︎

Two more things at the outset.


I'm the current president of the Jean Gebser Society — an academic society exploring the work of the integral philosopher — and have served as their conference convener for the past few years. There is a tremendous wealth of intelligence, heart, and spirit in this community of integral practitioners, and I encourage you to join us for the next conference

My own writing, in this respect, is to study the "reveries of now," to attune our cultural instruments to those better tomorrows. In the spirit of the 20th century luminaries, from which I count my greatest inspiration, like Jean Gebser, Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa, and many others I could list here, but won't for brevity's sake, I wish to encounter our world with an inquiry into what is possible. With the fundamental sense that what we are is a doing — "I seem to be a verb" — and that doing is always transformation. "The exercise of imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the way things are" writes Le Guin, "because it has the power to show that the way things are is not permanent, not universal, not necessary." Here, at the edge of the world, where capitalism buckles, the Anthropocene crawls up with the rising tide, and we gaze upon our collective reflection, mirrored in the oceanic scrying glass of the Earth from space, what do we see? Who do we see? What we were, can no longer be. What we are seems to escape definition. What we become is like an answer on the tip of our tongues — not quite here, but our whole being wells up with a hidden word that announces it.

✍︎


What is the Patreon about?


I'll try to be short, and offer you some points...

1) Writing - I'd like to share my writing process with you in my book writing and publishing projects. As I've likely overstated, imagination and aesthetic are potent, inextricable dimensions of this question. It is perhaps the greatest of all questions—"Who am I?"—so I hope to produce literature that readers can participate in, and with, in coming to understand ourselves in the great long now.

2) Producing Literature - In the vein of "consciousness culture," which is always very interested in this question, I hope to assemble and curate some of today's artists, philosophers and writers.This is not merely a material question, or a scientific one, but an occult inquiry. It extends itself to the visible and invisible. The inquiry is spiritual, poetic, scientific, philosophical. It is narratological, mythopoetic, and sociological.

In the 1970s, the human potential movement asked what was possible in the future human; today, the Anthropocene answers us with Rilke's mandate: "You must change your life." I am interested in new metaphysical movements and modalities, new philosophies of tomorrow that, in a sense, already live in the future, that spring forth from tomorrow's latent answers and reveal to us what we always were. These are the "evolutionary mysticisms" of the aforementioned scholars like Teilhard, these are modes of thinking that must come to wrestle with the struggles and complexities of the present.

I hope to create and curate literature and build a consciousness culture that is not satisfied to remain a niche market but to speak to our present spiritual crisis—much like some of the most pressing 20th century scholars of the occulture, integral philosophy, and spirituality did in the human potential movement. To say, "we must leap into new ways of thinking and being, new shapes of thought." New mutations. 

I am here to help build towards that culture with the firm knowing that any new turnings, any new aesthetic movements, must be permeable and transparent. Not lost in the echo chamber but, like Thomas Merton reminds us of through contemplative life, is at the heart of the world.

3) Building a community - My patreon project is intended to help support book writing, book editing, and culture building. Many of the individuals and scholars I work with will be invited onto my Patreon livestream - "Mutations" - to discuss their work and build a culture of conversations. These especially pertain to the writers I will be working with for Revelore, and also interviewing for my book. 

Your feedback, involvement, and participation are helping to build this iteration of "consciousness culture" and support the publication of new literature, research, anthologies, and ultimately community. 

It's my hope that the community we're building will offer you tools for self-exploration, aesthetic renewal and inspiration, and more rigorous and critical unions (yogas) of scholarship and esoteric praxis. 

You are right in sensing that there is a utopian ring to all this; I am trying to imagine a consciousness culture (or "Visionary Culture" or "Transformational Culture") that has a revived sense of intensity — in the Teilhardian sense — of truly being present in the world and building modes of thinking and relating that can help bring a better reality.

✍︎


How Your Funding Helps


It gives me more time, energy, and focus on the anthology projects at hand, on speaking with teachers, organizing conversations for the public discussion ("Mutations"),my own book writing and book research (funds for purchasing research books, etc.).

Now, here is the fun part.

  • Donations of $1 (Mutant) get you access to Patron-only content, like sneak peaks at unpublished writing, first cuts of Mutations podcast episodes, and early announcements for upcoming Nura courses.
  • $5 and up (Super Mutant) get you a special Thank You note in my book, plus access to a monthly, private live Zoom meeting with me. A kind of virtual salon with a different theme each month. 
  • $10 (Super Team) and up gets you all the previous perks plus the ability to vote on the topic for the next salon. 
  • Lastly, $20 (Cosmic Beneficiary) gets you a Thank You in my books plus a one-on-one private Skype call to talk about anything. Pick my brain. Get my editorial advice. Network about what you're creating—building the culture is what this is about.

✍︎

Do you want to help foster a literary, re-invigorated consciousness culture with new research and a community hardwired into the "Geist" of a complex, planetary age?

Let us lean into the concept of "mutation," and inhabiting "mutants" in the best sense of that word (beyond its science fiction connotation) as a creative leap from origin (ursprung). 

Let's build the future in the present.


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Tiers
Mutant
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
You threw down a dollar for me — thank you! 


For this, I name you a conspiring mutant and you receive special, Patron-only early access updates from about upcoming upcoming publications, upcoming classes, and new literary projects via Revelore Press!


You also get updates and early access to fresh writing (plus some extras) from my forthcoming book.

Super Mutant [BOOK CLUB]
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
In addition to receiving Mutant updates, your name will appear in all print of my publications under "Super Mutants". 


You will also get access my Patron-only livestream discussion on Zoom hosted every month. Think of it as a kind of literary consciousness culture book club. We select either one book or one essay (or collection of essays) every month.


Topics are voted on by Patrons or curated by me (integral philosophy, cultural studies, metaphysics, etc.)


Super Team
$10 or more per month 1 patron
You're on the Super Team! You can begin making cunning plans with me. No, really. At this level you get all the previous perks plus you get to vote on the topic for the next virtual salon.


What do you want to explore?


Your name will also be listed under Super Team in my forthcoming book publication.

Cosmic Beneficiary
$20 or more per month 7 patrons
Wow! You're practically my "library angel." This level of donation easily helps me pay for books and other nourishment that a writer needs to grow. 


In addition to all previous perks, you receive a special note in my forthcoming book publication under Cosmic Beneficiaries.


You also receive a one-on-one session with me to talk about your own projects, get editorial feedback, or work out a philosophical question. I'm your philosopher-for-hire. ;-) 


Last but not least, you'll receive a discount code for all Nura Learning classes.

Ultra Cosmic Patron
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Patreon says "Unicorns" are the ultimate tier, but I disagree. You're a cosmic patron, so get all the previous perks, plus a free Nura class of your choice, and finally access to virtually meeting with me 2+ times per cycle (schedule allowing).