The Integral Warrior Game (IWG) is best described as an advanced awareness practice in perspective taking. The game has applications for working through conflicts of numerous sorts and would serve well, for example, in couple’s arguments, social justice debates, or in integrating polarities. Once mastered, it can be played solo with emerging shadow material or archnemeses of your own making!
IWG is practiced on a platform of equality between opponents and often results in goodwill, forgiveness and surprising resolutions within the following 72 hours of playing. Defeating one’s partner requires serving them better than you have been served!
Here’s a description of the game excerpted from a presentation Chad recently gave to a group of Integral psychotherapists. Click on the 11 minute “Integral Warrior Game” audio file.
No particular experience or theoretical frameworks are needed to play the IWG. But it’s decidedly an adult game so we’re presupposing participants can manage themselves, their emotions, and roll with the unknown while playing the game with a partner. Please arrive sincere with a conflict, personal or interpersonal, that you are not able to resolve.
MEET YOUR HOST:
Chad Bennett is a Rinzai Zen priest and integral psychotherapist. He has been facilitating groups for 30 years, has spent over 100 weeks in Buddhist retreats and 12 years in private practice. He brings the Integral Warrior Game as a small example of a second-tier Rinzai Zen practice. See integralsomaticawakening.com for more.