The International Center for Contemplative Inquiry is dedicated to supporting a revolution in human consciousness necessary to live with greater
wisdom, compassion, creativity, and courage in today's complex and rapidly changing world.|
Our mission is to support individuals & communities in realizing their true nature and highest potentials through deepening their understanding of
the rich and diverse wisdom traditions of our world and the profound inner technologies and contemplative practices that they bring to life.
Contemplative inquiry offers a wealth of inspiration for sourcing the mindful presence, personal and collective wisdom, compassion, creativity, and
courage needed to live in greater health, harmony, wholeness, and dynamic balance amidst the myriad changes and challenges of these complex and
rapidly changing times.
Our goals are:
- To promote the health, vitality, dynamic balance, personal and collective wisdom, compassion, creativity, and courage needed in thrive in today's world
- To inspire contemplative dialogue, practice, research, and education, and
- To help people appreciate the profoundly practical value of meditation & contemplative practice in every arena of daily life, work, and relationships.
Drawing inspiration from wisdom traditions that have empirically tested and refined the disciplines of meditation and contemplative inquiry for
thousands of years with profoundly inspiring results in the lives of millions of practitioners, we offer a variety of programs and services to
the individuals, organizations, and communities that we serve:
Books & recordings on meditation & contemplative practice
Instruction in a variety of contemplative traditions and meditation practices.
Mentoring & teacher training (face to face and "tele-mentoring")
Design and facilitation of meditation workshops, guided and silent contemplative retreats.
Educational workshops on contemplative practices.
Facilitation of collective wisdom and collective intelligence sessions for groups, teams, or communities seeking breakthroughs solutions to
Participation & facilitation of inter-faith dialogues and gatherings.
Design, facilitation, & hosting of conferences and retreats related to meditation, mind-sciences, contemplative inquiry & dialogue.
ICCI is based in Hawaii and Seattle, Washington and offers programs and services to individuals, communities, and organizations around the
globe. We sponsor teachers, workshops, retreats, contemplative dialogues, research colloquiums, and multidisciplinary conferences that address
a variety of contemporary contemplative themes including:
Appreciating the Gifts of Diverse Contemplative Traditions
Meditation & Prayer
Special seminars for MD's and medical students on Meditation & Integrative Medicine
Deep Spirited Leadership, Consciousness, and Culture
Collective wisdom and intelligence
Mindfulness Based Practices for Enhanced Health, Performance, & Resilience
Mastery, Mystery, & Meditation
Meditation & the Noetic Sciences
Deep Ecology & Sustainable Ways of Life
Radical Altruism, Tikkun Olam, and the Bodhisattva Way of Life
Retreats and conferences with leading mind scientists, noetic researchers, contemplative teachers, social scientists, and health care providers
Transforming Destructive Emotions & Developing EQ Emotional Intelligence
Cultivating the Power of Peace
Befriending Our "Inner Enemies" & Stopping the War Inside
Ethics, Psychophysiology, & the Sacred
Sacred Dimensions of Social Justice & Activism
Over the past 30 years, a wide diversity of communities and organizations around the globe have sponsored and supported our work including: Menninger
Foundation, Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, India); MIT; Stanford Research Institute; Institute of Noetic Science; The World Business
Academy; Washburn University; University of Arkansas; Esalen Institute; Whidbey Institute; Bastyr University; University of Washington; NASA; West
Point Academy; The World Bank; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and the Cross Cultural Studies Institute. We also receive funding from
individuals who have been inspired by our work.
The work of Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, founders of the International Center for Contemplative Inquiry spans numerous disciplines including:
integrative & mindbody medicine; psychophysiological research of meditation, human consciousness, extraordinary human potential and peak performance;
noetic & mind sciences; cyberphysiology, neurofeedback & clinical biofeedback training; leadership development & resilience; and developing healthy
high performing organizational teams and culture.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has blessed and encouraged the Leveys in their work in contemplative inquiry and teaching, saying: "You are presently
engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the Dharma (the inner sciences and technologies of human development and transformation) to a
very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings."
The Institute of Noetic Sciences recognized the Leveys as leading "teachers of transformation" for their pioneering contributions to education and
research on meditation, consciousness, and extraordinary human performance.
Over the past 35 years Joel & Michelle have been fortunate to "ground" their work, research, and teaching in the fertile soil of actual practice and
have devote a number of years of their lives to intensive silent contemplative retreat, including a one-year silent meditation retreat and have been
blessed to study closely under the guidance of many of the most respected contemplative teachers of our times.
For more information:
To learn more, please contact:
Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey
Founders, International Center for Contemplative Inquiry
Tel: Island of Hawaii 808-889-0056
"The more and more you listen,
the more and more you will hear.
The more you hear,
the more and more deeply
you will understand."
"Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness,
nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans,
and the catastrophe towards which this world is headed - be it ecological, social, demographic or a general breakdown of civilization - will
be unavoidable. . .
The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart,
in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility."
President of Czech Republic in his address to the U.S. Congress
"The greatest thing, then, in all education,
is to make the nervous system our ally,
instead of our enemy."
"Our discovery of God is, in a way, God's discovery of us.
We know Him in so far as we are known by Him,
and our contemplation of Him is a participation of his contemplation of Himself.
We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us.
At that moment, the point of our contact with Him opens out
and we pass through the center of our souls
and enter eternity."
Father Thomas Merton
"Meditation opens the mind to the greatest mystery that takes place daily and hourly; it widens the heart so that it may feel the eternity
of time and infinity of space in every throb; it gives us a life within the world as if we were moving about in paradise; and all these
spiritual deeds take place without any refuge into a doctrine, but by the simple and direct holding fast to the truth which dwells in our
"And I have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused, whose
dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air, and the blue sky, and in the mind of man; emotion and a spirit,
that impels all thinking things, all objects of all thought, and rolls through all things."
"In this era, to become a spiritual inquirer without social consciousness is a luxury that we can ill afford, and to be a social activist
without a scientific understanding of the workings of the mind is the worst folly.
There is no question now that an inquirer will have to make an effort to be socially conscious or that an activist will have to be persuaded
of the moral crisis in the human psyche."
"This pure Mind, which is the source of all things,
shines forever with the radiance of its own perfection.
But most people are not aware of it
and think that the Mind is just the faculty
that sees, hears, feels, and knows.
Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling, and knowing
they do not perceive the radiance of the source."
Zen Master Huang-po
"When you eventually see through the veils
to how things really are,
you will keep saying again and again,
this is certainly not like we thought it was!"
-Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi