“Manifestation, incarnation, is the great Game of the One playing at being the Many, for the sheer sport and fun of it. The manifest world is a world of opposites — of pleasure versus pain, up versus down, good versus evil, subject versus object, light versus shadow. But if you are going to play the great cosmic Game, that is what you yourself set into motion. How else can you do it? If there are no parts and no players and no suffering and no Many, then you simply remain as the One and Only, Alone and Aloof. But it’s no fun having dinner alone.”Ken WilberI
n this continuation of our “integral media” series, Ryan and Corey take another look at the major stages of human development, this time using a series of 33 video games in order to illustrate the qualities and characteristics of each stage.
All of this allows you to not only observe these stages within you, but to actively inhabit, engage, and play with them as well.
If you are new to the Integral Approach, this episode and the preceding Inhabit: Your Inner Theatre episode are a great place to start, since they use well-known cultural reference points in order to explore each of the major stages of the Growing Up process.
If you are already familiar with the mechanics of integral thought, this will be a great opportunity to practice applying the model to the world around us, deepening our appreciation of our world and the intricate strata of our cultural inheritance.
And if you don’t know very much about video games, this episode will introduce you to an entirely new genre of interactive media, as it features some of the very best and most popular games in history!
A few fun facts about video games
- The average video game player is 35-44 years old.
- About 59% of gamers are male, and around 41% are female.
- 70% of kids under the age of 18 are gamers. 64% of adults over 18 are also gamers.
- 75% of households have at least gamer in the house.
- The global video game industry is now larger and more profitable than the global film industry and sports industry combined.
- The video game industry represents one of the most complex and multi-disciplinary ongoing creative endeavors in the world.
Considering just how prevalent video games have become in our culture, it’s surprising that it took us this long to do an episode like this! We hope you enjoy.
Previous Episodes of Inhabit
Ryan Oelke and Corey deVos
Corey and Ryan take you on a cinematic journey through the stages of human development, a tour of your own inner theatre, using a series of 21 carefully-curated film clips to illustrate some of the most important qualities of each stage.
Ken Wilber and Corey deVos
In this episode of The Ken Show we explore one of the most central elements of integral metatheory: growing up through multiple stages of developmental maturity. Watch as Ken and Corey offer a guided tour through each of the major stages on the Path of Growing Up — an exploration of your own greatest, deepest potentials — and offer some simple practices to help you actualize those potentials.
The soul of Star Trek isn’t optimism or idealism or a roadmap to utopia. All of those are byproducts of the actual moral core of the series: exploring post-conventional morality, and owning the consequences of decisions made from that stage.
In recent years, much of my creativity has been focused around my woodworking. It has become an all-consuming passion for me, and over the last year or so I have created a number of custom-designed carvings that try to bring integral ideas and iconography out of the abstract and into solid material form.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.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. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.
About Ryan Oelke
Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, he is a Buddhist Geeks teacher, and is a fully certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC with his partner Alyssa and stepdaughter Fiona.