Course in the Liberal Art of Grammatica: From Trauma to Transformation


Program Description

The Liberal Art of Grammatica: From Trauma to Transformation

Dates: July 5 – 11, 2020
Location: Chartres, France
Faculty: Ruth Cunningham, Jim Garrison, Andrew Harvey, Jim Hickman, Thomas Hubl, Calen Rayne, Banafsheh Sayyad, and Gyorgyi Szabo
Mentors for the Ubiquity Chartres Academy Next Gen: Lee Mason, Matt Robertson, and Nora Silini
Academic Credit: Masters and Doctoral – 4 credits

We are shaping Grammatica around two fundamental questions:

  • At this moment in history, what is the most fundamental and pervasive phenomenon in our contemporary world? What “Word” best describes our situation today?
  • What is the most fundamental phenomenon in the Universe, on the basis of and out of which Manifest Reality emerges and is shaped? What “Word” best describes the latest cosmological physics?

The answer we would propose to the first question is that the most fundamental reality being experienced in the world today, the most fundamental “Word,” is trauma. We are all victims of trauma at almost every level and it is not unique to our generation. We all suffer from transgenerational trauma. It permeates every aspect of human society and the natural ecosystem and has been building in the world psyche for generations since civilization began. All of us and all of nature are traumatized by human activity, so traumatized in fact that we may destroy the planetary ecology and lose civilization as a result. We need to examine this and heal from the trauma that infects our lives, our politics, our economics, our environment, our religions. To assist in this exploration, we have invited Thomas Hubl, a German spiritual teacher, and mystic, who has spent many years examining transgenerational trauma and how to heal it.

The second question involves the cosmic level – what is the most fundamental “word” we can say about Reality itself? The latest research from cosmology and physics is that it is not Matter but Space that is fundamental. It is out of Space that matters, including language and everything else in the manifest world, emerges. Space, not matter, is the fundamental basis of Reality. Consciousness is integral to Space. Conscious Space creates Reality as an integrated learning and information system, of which we are minute but important parts.

We will explore the relationship between our understanding of Cosmic Reality and our ability to transform trauma. Our perception of Reality shapes how we can transform our lives.

Going deeper, we will ask: Given the urgency of our time, is it enough simply to know? The world is awash with information and knowledge. We believe simply knowing is not enough in a world that is burning. We must act on what we know. We will thus actively explore how we can transform consciousness. We will explore the most fundamental nature of Reality and we will seek through practical exercises and devices that measure brain and heart waves to increase the coherence of our consciousness.

Increasing coherence is the key to healing. When the brain and the heart reach coherence, especially in a spirit of loving-kindness and gratitude, the entire chemistry of the body is transformed. Stress, anger, fear, guilt, and anxiety all affect the entire chemistry of the body negatively. Emotions like gratitude, appreciation, love, joy, and compassion affect us positively. Everything we think, say and do affects our body chemistry for good and for ill. We will focus on how to develop positive emotions and clear intentions about a positive future. The transformation of the body through coherence will be a central theme of Grammatica. Embodied Transformed Consciousness is the key to a coherent life and changing the world.

Devices to Measure Consciousness

To enable this exploration, we will have selected biofeedback and other devices that measure brain and heart waves and coherence. We will offer meditations that increase brain and heart coherence and we will measure results.

Ubiquity Chartres Academy Next-Gen

Beginning with Grammatica 2020, we want to welcome young people to participate in the Ubiquity Chartres Academy Next-Gen to learn the energetics of consciousness and how they can take greater control of their attitudes, behaviors, and destinies. We want our young people to learn how to access the invisible realms that shape our Reality. They are Ground Zero. If this next generation cannot solve our escalating global problems, human civilization will be forfeit. We all know this. In this spirit, we need to do everything we can to empower our young. They must do what we have failed to do — come together to solve global problems. To be able to do this will require the activation of their highest potential, which is what the Ubiquity Chartres Academy Next-Gen is being established to catalyze.


Jim Garrison, Ph.D., President of Ubiquity University, graduate of both Harvard and Cambridge Universities, and lifelong scholar of history, philosophy, and religion, will be the primary faculty for Grammatica. This year he will be taking the lead for the entire morning session each day, combining presentations with a variety of practices.

Faculty specific to the topic this year include Jim Hickman, Professor of Neuroscience at Ubiquity, who will offer daily practices for students in the afternoon, joined by Gyorgyi Szabo, Ph.D., author of several books on consciousness and Ubiquity Dean of Graduate Studies. Thomas Hubl, German scholar, and mystic who specializes in transformational trauma and its healing will also join virtually for dialogues with participants. Core faculty include Ruth Cunningham, classically trained musician and sound healer; Andrew Harvey, author and mystic; Calen Rayne, master of energetics and of the labyrinth; and Banafsheh Sayyad, sacred dancer and choreographer, and Creative Director of Ubiquity University, who will guide us to embody ideas explored during the week. Mentors for the Ubiquity Chartres Academy Next-Gen include Matt Robertson, Director of Operations for Ubiquity University, with Lee Mason, Self Mastery Director, Nora Silini, Program Officer, and other Millennials from the Ubiquity staff. All of them have deep spiritual practices and experience in teaching young people.

Our Lineage

Ubiquity Chartres Academy builds upon and reinterprets the original Chartres Academy founded by Fulbert in 1006 when he became bishop of Chartres. Fulbert called his school the Academy to indicate that he was in the lineage of Plato’s Academy founded in 387 B.C in Athens. We at Ubiquity University are privileged to be in this lineage and to count Fulbert and Plato among the giants upon whose shoulders we sit.

Our Chartres Academy is intended as a gathering point for a contemporary wisdom community to come together through the very same learning system that Fulbert and Plato used — the seven Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts were initially refined by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who organized the first four, called the Quadrivium, comprised of music, mathematics, geometry, and astronomy. Plato learned the Quadrivium from Pythagoras and Aristotle developed the Trivium of grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Together, they form the seven Liberal Arts.

The Liberal Arts were designed by these great thinkers as initiatory rites into the deepest truths about the universe, with each Liberal Art describing a certain essential elements of the larger whole and designed to prepare the students for both professional skills and spiritual awareness. The goal for both students and teachers was to participate in an alchemical process of transformation leading to a deeper understanding of the universe and how to live an active compassionate life in the community.

Building on this foundation, the Seven Liberal Arts were brought to their highest expression by the Chartres Academy during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The seven arts also shaped the education refined during the Renaissance and gave rise to our modern “liberal arts” education, although education today has long lost the deep spiritual aspects of the original liberal arts. This is what the academies of Plato, then Fulbert, sought to instill, and that now our Chartres Academy seeks to recover and utilize as a transformational tool for what Plato called “the enlargement of the soul.”

What makes the Chartres Academy such a powerful experience is that it convenes in one of the most sacred sites in the world — the place which the ancient Druids, coming to the region over 3,500 years ago, considered the most sacred site in all of Europe, full of feminine energy. Each year, the entire Celtic tribe would convene in Chartres, called their vatican, meaning “the seat.”

This is the site where the cathedral now stands. Chartres has been a focal point for the veneration of the Divine Feminine and a center for the mysteries of healing and birth for thousands of years and has been considered sacred from the earliest of times. This veneration was memorialized in stone and glass in the sweeping Gothic architecture of the cathedral, which the builders viewed as a form of sacred writing. Over 400 images of the feminine grace its walls and stained glass windows. The great mythologist Joseph Campbell called Chartres the ”womb of the world.“ It is also known as “queen of cathedrals,” such as the beauty and perfection of its form. It rivals the Taj Mahal as an architectural masterpiece designed and built in the spirit of love.

Fulbert and the Chartrian Masters who succeeded him, following Pythagoras and Plato, guided by the sacred feminine, understood that proportion and rhythm underlie the order of the cosmos. Their genius is that they were able to represent this perfection in the cathedral they built as a tribute to this truth.

Last updated Mar 2020

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