The term Ontogony was coined to represent a multi-faceted inquiry which brings together scientific research and spiritual traditions, modern techniques and ancient teachings with this ultimate goal: to practice in the Divine Grace and to consciously experience the true nature of the Self. Dr. Carlos de León, Ontogony’s founder, derived the term from the Greek roots for Self-Realization or the Becoming of the Self.
Beyond an approach to psychology and spirituality, today Ontogony also identifies several centres for learning – the newest in Vancouver – and an international community of students and seekers wanting to explore and develop their human potential, thus fostering a culture of enlightened consciousness.
Because the work embraces the depth, differences, and multi-cultural aspects of a great many traditions, Ontogony offers a variety of paths to anyone on a journey of multi-dimensional discovery.
Decades of research and practice have led Dr. de León to conclude that it does not so much matter which path one is on, or which tradition one is following. Here, according to Dr. de León, is what matters:
“For the development of our full potential, we need to cultivate, in our practices for evolution and growth, three important areas: Energy, Clarity, and Awareness. To create transformation, we need Energy. Chi Kung and Shamanism are excellent for developing and managing Energy. Therapy and Psychotherapy are effective ways to expand Clarity and transform neurosis (which is a great consumer of energy!) Without Awareness, it is impossible to create any change in our lives, and meditation is a royal path to awareness and consciousness.
“As a psychologist, I realized that the Body-Mind approach was an excellent field to focus my interests: the Body, the Energy, the Emotions, the Mind, Spirituality…everything could be placed in a beautiful Gestalt.
“I saw how many ancient traditions within minor lineages were disappearing because they have not been able to re-interpret their teachings and adapt them to a modern-day mentality. I saw others working to preserve their teachings and transmit the knowledge of the tradition, but in ways that are not well suited to the global cultures of today.
“Many of the living traditions are really not interested in a universal model of reality; they respect other points of view, but they are not willing to transform or create a new experience relevant for humanity in the present-day world.
“These were among the observations that inspired Ontogony – a desire to rescue of some of the disappearing wisdom lineages around the globe, and to create new models, new explanations, sometime re-interpretations of more traditional teachings…an effort, alas, not always appreciated by some of our great spiritual Teachers!
“I joke at times saying that Ontogony’s mission is ‘spiritual hacking’ because we openly teach many ‘secret teachings’ without anyone having to ‘belong’ to any particular tradition. From our point of view, all models and their explanations should be required to improve, to evolve, to transform, to become more inclusive and unified paradigms. If a model cannot be improved, it should be discarded…this is the basis for evolution. The time is now for us to strive to find the universal models of spirituality!”
—Carlos de León, Ph.D.
Energy Development ~ In the Ontogonic approach we recognize that we are an open energy system that sustains and contributes to our well-being. In order to grow, transform, and evolve, however, we need to increase our level of energy to support that process. The practice of Chi Kung, a system of postures, meditations, and breathing techniques help to build and manage energy with significant results, as well as, improve our life force energy.
Clarity Techniques ~ In Ontogony, we understand clarity as the ability to create and interpret reality. When there is a lack of clarity, we engage in life from a place of ego and self-importance, often trapped by our own projections and karmic patterns. Ontogony offers Body-Mind and Transpersonal approaches, which support any spiritual path of development.
Conscious Observance ~ Developing our observer is essential in any spiritual practice. It is how the higher mind becomes aware of the Self, from the perspective of the personal to the collective. Ontogony offers many meditation practices from various spiritual traditions to evolve and expand the purity of our observer, and to increase our level of awareness and clarity.