AREA I: Divine Life
Isaac’s aspiration is to explore and co-create individual and collective models of divine life. This difficult but exciting task implies the serious consideration of mystical-spiritual experience as the foundation of human life, together with the study of all fields of knowledge applicable to the betterment of the human condition, the inclusion of the arts, and the application of divine principles, the combination of which produces harmonious living conditions for evolution in individual and group environments.
The path to ‘divine life conditions’ is not the mere individual return to Spirit of the sages of old, nor the arbitrary collection of extraordinary experiences of many spiritual seekers of today, but an adventure both individual and collective embedded in the divine presence, through which it is possible the advent of ecosystems closer to divine ideals, which must be lived with responsibility. Divine life models emerge according to the quality of being of the co-creators involved, their commitment, and the principles considered in each case. As responsibility and group-coherence increase, more joyful conditions arise where freedom becomes an inherent condition of being, the unique divinity of each person can be better recognized, silence can be shared with companionship, and the challenges of the path can be met with understanding, support and humour.
How to: divine life models are explored through retreats, study groups, and the individual’s long-term commitment to a path of responsibility, freedom and evolution.
AREA II: Philosophical and Scientific Enquiry
After years of experiential exploration of the major spiritual traditions, Isaac identified an important deficiency in the field of spirituality: the inexistence of independent philosophical and scientific enquiry into mystical-spiritual experience. Because of it, the many questions and inconsistencies arising when comparing spiritual traditions were solved either by asserting one’s own tradition (i.e., “my tradition is the true one, the others don’t matter”) or by universalizing traditions as if they were all fundamentally the same (i.e., “all traditions share the same principles and lead to the same goal”). Isaac felt there was a great loss if either of these approaches were taken, as important spiritual experiences and knowledge would become unavailable to those following one tradition or another, or just diluted in a complacent and agreed “sameness.”
Moreover, he realized how without clearly differentiating philosophical exploration (including methodological-scientific research) from spiritual teachings (and the teaching contexts), spirituality could not evolve, but just repeat the isolated truths and practices held in a single tradition and passed on from one individual to another. Thus, he set himself the task to begin an independent area of work (based on philosophical and scientific enquiry) which would “refurbish the credibility and profundity of spirituality in an age of untruth,” and which would eventually give birth to a “shielded modern science” through which spirituality could be seriously considered as the foundation of human life and society.
How to: the first outcome of this area of work is the book, The Possibilities of Spiritual Experience: An Autobiographical and Philosophical Exploration; through this book one can become familiar with the proposed path for the modernization of spirituality, and see its effective applications as many open questions and important conundrums of contemporary spirituality are solved in it; if you are a serious scholar or a scientifically-oriented mystic or spiritual teacher, and would like to propose a collaborative work on a certain topic, you can do so; if you use Isaac’s methodology (the Method of Spiritual Enquiry) or his framework (the Three Pillars Model) in your own research or in applied teaching contexts, please, reference it, and let us know how it went.
AREA III: Transmission and Teaching
Isaac advocates for a well-grounded path which embraces our humanity unconditionally; he is not interested in “head spirituality” nor in “mere transcendentalism,” but only in that divine spirituality which is based in the consistently accessible experiences of Peace, Harmony and Love as the core conditions of our being. Having received initiation in four spiritual lineages—Christian, Taoist, Buddhist and Indian Dharma—Isaac facilitates the experiential unfolding of those who resonate with his being and teaching, and are willing to take responsibility of their own individual experience and freedom. Transmission of Truth (the immanent Spirit), Glory (Light) and Energy (Force and Divine Love), occurs effortlessly, but needs to be cultivated through individual practices (e.g., contemplation and enquiry, internal meditation, practices involving divine energetics) throughout the spiritual path.
Isaac teaching presents a transformative and original cosmology based on his own mystical-spiritual experiences, backed-up by rigorous philosophical enquiry. He explains how most traditional paths have been partial in acknowledging the true potentiality of spirituality for the betterment of the human condition, as they mostly emphasize the return to the impersonal ‘Source’ and the emancipation from the world, while the recovery of the personal Light of being and spiritual evolution have been highly neglected or unrecognized, and the divinization of the totality of the human being has rarely been considered. Isaac has observed there is a collective trauma in relation with the Christian tradition in contemporary spirituality (“of which Christ is not responsible”), that has led to an excessive emphasis on non-dual transcendentalism (the common element among all traditions); to solve this problem he explains ‘Christ’s contribution’ with a higher complexity possible in the modern world, without diminishing the important input of the Eastern traditions. He also uses Integral Theory to design enquiry processes, so that we can comprehend why human beings do not understand each other and how we can evolve to a more cordial co-existence. He likes to explore not just the divine principles of existence but all areas of human life and behaviour, always from a spiritual perspective which frees us from inner conflict and contradiction.
How to: Isaac’s teaching can be explored through the available books, audios, transcriptions and writings, and received together with transmission through classes and retreats.
AREA IV: Practices (Program and Development)
Isaac does not work with a fixed step-by-step program of practices, but with a broad and flexible program which encompasses from classical to innovative practices, fitting the developmental needs of the individual or group. He encourages every person to understand the reason, mechanics and goals of each practice, so that one can evaluate his progress. Taking as the basis a robust framework (the Three Pillars Model) developed through scientific research and using tools for the design of personal programs, the practitioner can identify her needs and choose the practices which fit best her present conditions.
Because of the evolutionary conditions of humanity, in addition to the classical practices that he learned through his training in various spiritual traditions, Isaac has developed a wide variety of practices (some evolutionary reformulations of classical practices and some totally new) to fit the possibilities of spiritual experience available today. He has recognized how Christian and Western philosophy-influenced cultures lack spiritual practices, and, when adopting Eastern practices, they are not always aligned with the “personal orientation” of their own psycho-spiritual beliefs and thinking system; in this context, he explains how ego-dissolution approaches, isolated impersonal practices and only-ascending energetics are not well fitted for the personality-oriented and head-centred Western body-mind, which needs a more personality centred and descending approach. To fill this gap, he has developed a whole set of practices—contemplative, physical, meditative, static and dynamic—which are in accordance with a personal orientation, and favour descending (not just ascending) processes of Spirit, all of it without diminishing the value of Eastern practices and their philosophical views when properly framed within a broad and contrasted explanatory framework.
How to: Isaac’s practices can be learned in retreats, specialized workshops, and through qualified instructors; some of these practices are described in the available technical literature.