Authors Bio


[BS Physics  MIT, MS Math, PhC Computer Science University of Washington]

Carter designed robots at MIT with Claude Shannon and tried to coax early computers at the University of Washington to learn like Piaget’s children.

Christmas in Moscow

Christmas in Moscow

As a technology, business, and banking consultant, Carter has increased the effectiveness, teamwork and profitability of scores  of organizations.  He pioneered computer modeling of nuclear war at Boeing, credit scoring at CitiBank, and quality circles at First Interstate Bank.

Currently, Carter is working on the theory and  integrating sitting meditation techniques-views-experiences in order to help people awaken to our essential spiritual nature and have a ball in our daily human adventure on planet earth.

In his spare time Carter skis, surfs, hikes, travels with his stage designer wife, Franny, and plays with their six children and nine grandchildren.




CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION.   Carter’s interest and concern for the world’s people began as a child at the dinner table. His father was an immigrant’s son who surpassed his dream of captaining a ferry boat to become a much decorated US Navy Admiral who fought in three wars.  His mother escaped from Macon Georgia to marry his father in Shanghai in a romance memorialized in the epic film “Sand Pebbles”.  His uncle,  a China expert, ambassador  and contender for Secretary of State,  was a frequent visitor, even after his career was tragically sacrificed to the McCarthy era communist witch hunts.

Free in Hawaii

Carter was raised on both coasts.   His magical time in Hawaii ended by the bombing of Pearl Harbor (he survived it  hiding under a bed).  Later he graduated from Lakeside in Seattle (a nerdy kid like a later graduate – Bill Gates). With scholarships to MIT and Harvard, Carter chose MIT, hoping to save the world with quantum physics.

However, at MIT, he faltered, shaken by not being the most brilliant mind there – and still in adolescent rebellion against authority.  Dropping out briefly, he became one of IBM’s first computer programmers (1957)  and then returned to MIT to do pioneering robotic research with Claude Shannon (the father of modern digital communications and information theory).

M.A.D. Mutually Assured Destruction

After graduation, Carter developed computer models at Boeing that maximized hypothetical millions of Russians killed for various (MAD) nuclear strategies  and thousands of pigs-in-overcoats killed by depleted uranium warheads. His disgust at the latter caused a switch to commercial aircraft where his computer models led to Boeing’s expansion in the commercial market place and to resolving a strike of 50,000 machinists.

Boeing awarded Carter a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to the University of Washington where he received a MS in Math and a PhC in Computer Science – doing early research in Artificial Intelligence (but failing to train an early 1970’s era computer to learn in stages like a Piaget child).


BUSINESS CAREER.  Later as an national and international consultant in information technology and financial operations, Carter developed work and profitability models that saved client’s millions and doubled Citibank’s Credit Card profits.  A grievous assignment for a corrupt Mexico City stockbrokerage led him back to the states.As head of IT research and planning for a Japanese owned bank, Carter was responsible for managing a project portfolio of over $100m. Following a successful on-budget $25m Y2K effort, he championed the bank’s move into the web era.   Currently, Carter is the Chief Information Officer and a founding partner of LSI Outsourcing.Throughout his career Carter has shown a unique ability to understand the crux of a business process, to utilize the best of technology and management techniques, to obtain consensus, to quantify the project’s costs and benefits, to obtain funding by preparing a clear business proposal, and to minimize risk by putting together successful implementation teams.


THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY.   But that is only the business side of the story. Carter’s spiritual journey started, like everyone’s, with the magical egoless oneness of childhood.  That was shattered by the Pearl Harbor bombs, frequent moves and self-centered shyness.  Then came his ego-smashing problems at MIT. His difficulties and self perception led to such “existential angst” (a classmate compared him to Camus’ “The Stranger”) that even marriage and children did not help – eventually leading to depression and alcoholism.

Reluctantly choosing a recovery program over suicide in 1974 cracked Carter’s lifelong agnosticism – and opened him up to spiritual power or God — “the Great Reality found deep down within us”.

In the 30 plus years since then, Carter has:

• Spoken to thousands and personally helped hundreds of recovering addicts/alcoholics live happily in this world without chemical assistance (he is still very active).

• Taught (with a small staff he hired and obtained bank funding for) a thousand uptight banker–technologists to stretch their human potential (as trained by Bob Mowab).  Pioneered Quality Circles in western banking.

Fire Walking

• Was one of the very first American fire walkers – in the backyard of a Beverly hills mansion – in 1983 with Tony Robbins (scared to death – but repeated it five more times.)

• Facilitated Sheri Carter Scott’s workshops, supported Marshal Thurber at “Money and You”, learned to trust his own power tramping the desert with Castaneda, did 50 rebirths, the Christ Training, and the rigorous Six Month Training with the World Healing Organization.

• Took his whole family to est and hired one of their trainers to teach human effectiveness at his bank.

• Relived a dozen past lives under the guidance of Dick Sutphen and the lovely Chris Griscom in Galisco New Mexico, intensively studied the clarity and vision of the metaphysics of Seth, and received personal interviews and guidance from the powerful channeled entities Dr. Peebles and Bashar, leaned deeply into the rollercoaster of emotions surrounding the dying, death and near death experience.

• Utilized his training as a shamanic counselor by Michael Harner to guide terminal AIDS patients and others on healing journeys to the upper and lower shamanic worlds.

• Was an intensive 15 year student of the non-dual mystic Christianity expressed by “A Course in Miracles” – meeting most of the founders and practicing the precepts daily

With the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala

• Trained for last dozen years as a Buddhist meditator — extensive retreats/ teachings/ initiations in Rockies, Nova Scotia, Himalayas, Nepal and Dharmsala — by Geshe Gelson, the Dalai Lama, Garchen Rinpoche, Ruth Gilbert, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodren, Chogyam Trungpa, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Allyn Lyon — including teacher training, refuge and bodhisattva vows, dathun,  sutrayanna and vajrayana seminary. (His Buddhist name is SengGe NgagGi – Lion of Speech..) Teaches/ instructs regularly as a certified Shambhala Meditation Instructor.

• Trained 30 days in the intense body scanning Vipassana techniques of S.N. Goenka, trained as an Evolutionary Enlightenment Practitioner by Andrew Cohen.  . Is an enthusiastic and ongoing student and facilitator of the elegant and precise five-way Vipassana meditation techniques of the Buddhist Shingon monk and Zen teacher Shinzen Young (over twelve retreats)

• Inspired by  an intense study of the works of Ken Wilber — considered the “most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times”,  Carter researched many other sources and utilized his first hand experience with the positive and negative impacts of globalization — from impoverished beggars to the stressed out wealthy — in order to develop the Twelve Stage model of human development that provides insight into our accelerating evolution of consciousness.  He is continuing to expand and develop the model.

• Teaches/leads a “three-way mindful meditation” workshop focused on reducing the impact of habitual negative egoic reactions in life situations” — with recovering alcoholics, Buddhists,  Terminal Island prisoners, students and others.

Motivated by his experiences and many teachers  — including all the above ones plus others such as Abraham-Hicks (Law of Attraction),  Douglas Harding (Headless Way), Craig Hamilton (Integral Enlightenment), Genpo Roshi (Big Mind), and Non-dual Advaita Vedanta — he is researching and integrating practices, experiences, and world views to help people realize their essential spiritual nature and really enjoy their human adventure on planet earth.

Carter is an avid skier, surfer, and hiker – has practiced Tai Chi, Yoga, and survived the  black belt test in Tai Kwan Do (he suggests doing this at 16, not 60).

Church of The Spilled Blood. (of the Tsar who freed 20 million serfs)

Pokolehniy Theater in St. Peterburg

In his spare time Carter travels and helps his artistic and stage designer wife, Franny, or visits their six children and ten grandchildren. They recently spent four months in Russia helping develop a new theater for the frantic frigid fantasy city of St. Petersburg.






Sunset at a Mojave desert solo retreat.

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Living life as an adventure, not as a trial — one breath at a time.

WELCOME.   This website and blog is dedicated to exploring ways and views that can help us better remember or awaken to our essential spiritual nature — and to really appreciate and enjoy our human surfchildpinkadventure on planet earth — to thrive rather than survive each precious day. The site has several parts:

My bio or story describes some of my personal adventures and explorations on planet earth — how to live life with a sense of fun and curiosity.  The best view I have found so far starts with a deep sense that I am actually an infinite spiritual being that is having a creative human experience — an extension of Source energy. In growing up I become so embedded/ fascinated/ frightened with this physical world I totally forgot my connection with my True Self;  I became convinced I was this vulnerable separate mind and body called Carter.  This website is dedicated to discovering views and practices that help us reestablish or remember our True Selves and the true joy it can bring to every moment of our lives.

Accelerating Evolution describes one of those explorations. The integral theories of Ken Wilber freed me from the idea that to connect with spirituality I had to drop my rationality – to regress to medieval or tribal times.  Instead, I discovered that our desire for a better world and life has led not only to higher technology and economics but to higher stages of morality and spirituality. The Accelerating Evolution model I developed predicts that by the last half of this century these powerful creative forces will open us to the mature rational or integral stage and even spiritual levels of consciousness — and soon racism, sexism and even violence will become as morally repugnant as the infanticide, cannibalism and slavery of our earlier stages. [But the process getting there, like most changes,  may be bumpy!]

Russia Blogs. In the fall and winter of 2010, my wife Franny and I went to Germany and Russia to help build out a new theater in St. Petersburg. I wrote a series of blogs on that adventure.

Current Blogs will deal with my ongoing explorations and adventures. The first one will be based on an email I sent to a friend who was struggling with the spiraling doom of depressive thinking — it recommends, among other things, some of the tools of positive psychology

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