About the Author
Greg Thomas has over 25 years of experience as a writer, producer, broadcaster and educator, and has been featured in publications as various as The Root, All About Jazz, Salon, London's Guardian Observer, the Village Voice, Africana, American Legacy, Savoy, New York's Daily News, as well as the scholarly journal Callaloo. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Harlem World magazine from 2003-2006.
After graduating from Hamilton College in 1985, where he majored in Public Policy and minored in Music, Greg began pursuing study of religions and models of spiritual development beyond his Christian upbringing. In addition to study of Taoism and Yoga, he began to investigate the mythological cosmology of ancient Egypt (Kamit).
In 1990 Greg edited Metu Neter: The Great Oracle of Tehuti and the Egyptian System of Spiritual Cultivation, a book by Ra Un Nefer Amen which posed a syncretism among the spiritual systems of the East (especially Indus Valley civilizations), Africa (including ancient Kamit), and the Tree of Life cosmogram of the Kabala, as a guide to evolutionary stages of human development, and to map states of consciousness achieved via meditation.
Greg has devoted several decades of deep study and research into the intersubjective dimensions of American culture, particularly as viewed through the interpretive prism of his own native cultural group, black Americans. In this light, the arts have been a primary focus, especially jazz. He has developed expertise in the work of two of the most sophisticated thinkers on jazz, literature, American and black American culture: Ralph Ellison (author of the mid-century literary classic, Invisible Man) and Albert Murray, author of over a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, and has shared insights from these two pillars of 20th century U.S. cultural writing here at Integral Life.
In June 2010 the University of Alabama Press published Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation. Greg's essay in the volume, "Greg Thomas and the Professor," elaborates my interpersonal relationship with Murray and touches upon the profound effect of Murray's cultural, intellectual, aesthetic and philosophical worldview—Cosmos Murray—on the course of his intellectual development.
Greg views his increasingly deep engagement with the Integral approach of Ken Wilber as what Murray would call an "extension, elaboration and refinement" of his earlier studies.