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Polarity Lab: In A World Of Turmoil, Is Integral Too Darned Positive?

December 7, 2023 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am PST

This Integral Life Experience is only available to the supporting members

Integral Theory and its practitioners have often faced criticism for seemingly “explaining away” the complexities of a tumultuous world merely through their use of maps and models. By doing that, some contend that there’s a tendency for Integral Theory to offer an overly optimistic perspective, perpetually framing every situation in a positive light. While our minds may intellectually align with that sentiment–and also truly appreciate the “good news” when there is so much “bad news” in the world–our hearts may grapple with the challenge of truly embracing this optimism. Join this session to examine these dynamics through the lens of Polarity Management for valuable insights into the delicate balance required when navigating the intricate tapestry of humanity and evolution (and involution). We will also challenge some of the habitual ways in which certain Integral teachings are often used within the Integral community.


The Polarity Lab is hosted by Nomali Perera to learn how to spot and work with polarities in your personal and professional lives, relationships and the hyper-polarized world around us nationally and globally.

Through small experiments, discussion, and small groups, let’s explore this beautiful practice that builds complexity-resilience and synthesis of interdependent and competing values. Our work in the Polarity Lab is inspired by the work of Barry Johnson, the author of And: Making a Difference by Leveraging Polarity, Paradox or Dilemma.

These Polarity Lab sessions have thus far examined hot-button topics that polarize us such as abortion, the pandemic, Critical Race Theory, immigration, culture wars, “wokism,” the future of the Integral movement, as well as issues that are personal and unique to attendees. If you have a polarizing issue that interests you, please contact Nomali through www.practicalintegral.com. She may consider hosting a Polarity Lab on that issue!

Optional: Join up to 10 minutes early to chat, meditate or engage in some music together. Please note that the Zoom link will appear on this page 15 minutes prior to start time.

Meet Your Practice Leader

Nomali Perera, MA, PCC, has been in the field of leadership development coaching, facilitation and teaching since 2007. Nomali is a certified Polarity Practitioner through Polarity Parterships, and a certified Integral Master Coach through Integral Coaching Canada. Learn more about Nomali at www.practicalintegral.com.


December 7, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am PST
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