What Is the Integral Movement?
Something amazing is happening right now.
All around the world, a new culture is beginning to emerge.
It's a culture of people like you—people who are bringing more beauty into the world, more love to our human family, and more wholeness to lives. People who understand that we are all still evolving, and that growth and self-discovery is a life-long journey.
It's a culture of people who are creating an entirely new vision of who we are and where we are going—a positive, inspiring, radically hopeful vision of the future.
Integral Life is ground zero for this emerging culture.
At Integral Life you will discover everything you need to unlock your own deepest potentials, and will gain access to the most powerful tools, practices, and perspectives on the planet—all designed to help you to upgrade your own health, happiness, and work in the world.
Integral Life is home to the most provocative and insightful conversations on the planet. Here we feature some the world's most prominent teachers, leaders, artists, and visionaries—all of whom are part of the emerging Integral Renaissance that is already sweeping across the globe, and transforming every known field of human activity.
From art to sexuality, to psychology and spirituality, to politics, business, and leadership, to education, medicine, and personal development, to literally every other corner of the human experience—there is an integral revolution occurring in every single dimension of our lives.
And it's growing fast.
We know that problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. As our problems become ever more complex, more interconnected, and more global, it becomes increasingly clear that we need to find a whole new level of thinking and problem solving in order to meet the great challenges of our time.
This is the next level. The next major stage of human evolution.
This is Humanity 2.0.
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In this free 20-minute clip, Ken Wilber chronicles the emergence of integral consciousness and culture in recent decades. Ken describes this emergence as the latest in a historic series of transformations stretching all the way back to the birth of humanity, bringing humanity through several distinct stages of consciousness—namely archaic, magic, mythic, rational, pluralistic, and integral stages. These major transformations have successively redefined our understanding of the human condition each and every step of the way. bringing more consciousness, more complexity, and more compassion to just about every dimension of human knowledge and activity. And this one is no different....
In this exhilarating dialogue, Roger Walsh offers one of the finest overviews of the integral movement that we have ever seen—where we're at, where we've been, and where we're going. Now more than ever, the integral movement is poised to make a tremendous impact upon the world. Listen as Roger describes the current status of the movement, identifies some potential traps that we may fall into, and suggests some of the key ideas that the integral approach has to offer the rest of the world. Most importantly, you will learn what you can do in your own life, work, and play to help bring integral perspectives and solutions to a world that so desperately needs them.
Although integral ideas are spreading rapidly, the integral vision remains the province of what sociologists deem a “cognitive minority.” Extending and optimizing Integral Theory’s impact will require many things from practitioners, especially high-quality work and becoming “gnostic intermediaries.” Ways in which integral ideas can enhance practitioners’ own lives are surveyed, and the article then turns to potential traps that await both individuals and integral groups (e.g., egocentric misuse of integral ideas, developmental complacency, spiritual materialism, metapathologies and metadefenses, and failure to engage the mainstream). Antidotes to these traps are suggested so they may be transformed from stopping points into stepping stones.
What is the point of using this Integral Map or Model? First, whether you are working in business, medicine, psychotherapy, law, ecology, or simply everyday living and learning, the Integral Map helps make sure that you are “touching all the bases.” If you are trying to fly over the Rocky Mountains, the more accurate a map you have, the less likely you will crash. An Integral Approach insures that you are utilizing the full range of resources for any situation, with the greater likelihood of success. In the following article, Ken Wilber shares a basic overview of this map: The Integral Operating System.
Corey W. deVos is the Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com, and is responsible for editing and producing most of the writing and media you see on IntegralLife.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. While in Boulder, a lifetime obsession with all forms of music culminated in the birth of Corey's alter-ego, dj rekluse, whose "trans-genre hip hop beats" can be heard pulsing in the background of the Rocky Mountain integral scene.