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Integral Spirituality: A Deeper Cut

These are some of the most important and insightful conversations Ken Wilber has ever recorded. Featuring the most cutting-edge theory, the most intimate stories, and the most meaningful applications of Integral thought to our lives and to our world, you will not find spiritual conversations as intelligent and as sophisticated anywhere else in the world.

“This Integral Spirituality series stands out as one of my favorite conference series that I’ve ever been involved in. Not only did it give us a chance to really dive into Integral theory and practice with people who know my work so well, but it allowed me to connect with our members and listen to some of the most extraordinary stories that I’ve ever heard, which has been very gratifying for me personally. If you really want to see how deep the integral spiritual vision goes, you won’t want to miss this.” – Ken Wilber

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Course Overview

Some of the most important and insightful conversations in the world.

In 2006 Ken Wilber published his seminal book Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World. This book represents the culmination of more than three decades of Integral theory and practice, suggesting a theory of spirituality that honors the truths of modernity and postmodernity—including the revolutions in science and culture, while incorporating the essential insights of the world’s religious traditions. Integral Spirituality demonstrates how today’s spirituality must combine the insights of the East with the discoveries of the West, paving the way for a radical new role for the world’s religions.

Nobody is more passionate about Ken Wilber’s work than you. Which is why we invited you to ask Ken your own questions about Integral Spirituality, resulting in more than 40 hours of groundbreaking dialogue that explores the book in remarkable chapter-by-chapter detail. Integral Spirituality: A Deeper Cut is your personal guide through the ins and outs of Integral theory and practice, and makes an essential companion to Ken’s critically-acclaimed book.

What You'll Learn

Discover the answers to some of today’s greatest spiritual questions:

  • What is the difference between “religion” and “spirituality”?
  • What is the real relationship between God and evolution, or between science and spirituality?
  • Why does the universe exist? Why is there something instead of nothing?
  • What is the meaning of “enlightenment” in today’s world?
  • How can spiritual practitioners be so evolved in some aspects of their lives, and so self-involved in others?
  • What are the very best practices to help us accelerate our growth and awakening?
  • What’s the difference between masculine and feminine paths to spiritual awakening?
  • What is the relationship between spirituality and creativity?
  • How can art be used to portray and transmit spiritual experiences?
  • In what ways do we “create our own realities?”
  • How can we overcome the rampant narcissism that seems to be so prevalent in today’s spiritual communities?
  • What is the nature of “synchronicity,” or the meaningful coincidences that often seem to accompany spiritual experiences?
  • How can I make sense of the culture wars that often beleaguer meaningful social progress in the world?
  • What is subtle energy, and what is its relationship with consciousness?
  • How can we talk about spirituality in a way that can actually survive modern and postmodern criticism?
  • What is the meaning of “post-metaphysical” spirituality?
  • What are 4th, 5th, and 6th-person perspectives?
  • Is there any real evidence for involution?

About Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life.

If you haven’t already heard of him, Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today.  He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages.  Ken Wilber currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and is still active as a philosopher, author, and teacher, with all of his major publications still in print. 

What makes Ken Wilber especially relevant in today’s world is that he is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.  As Wilber himself puts it: “I'd like to think of it as one of the first believable world philosophies...” Incorporating cultural studies, anthropology, systems theory, developmental psychology, biology, and spirituality, it has been applied in fields as diverse as ecology, sustainability, psychotherapy, psychiatry, education, business, medicine, politics, sports, and art.

"If ordinary people don't perceive that our grand ideas are working in their lives then they can't develop the higher level of consciousness, to use a term that American philosopher Ken Wilber wrote a whole book about... The problem is the world needs to be more integrated, but it requires a consciousness that's way up here, and an ability to see beyond the differences among us."
-President Bill Clinton

Wilber explains the need for an Integral Approach in the following way: In our current post-modern world, we possess an abundance of methodologies and practices belonging to a multitude of fields and knowledge traditions. What is utterly lacking however, is a coherent organization, and coordination, of all these various practices, as well as their respective data-sets. What is needed is an approach that moves beyond this indiscriminate eclectic-pluralism, to an “Integral Methodological Pluralism” — driving toward a genuine “theory of everything” that helps to enrich and deepen every field through an understanding of exactly how and where each one fits in relation to all the others. Through the Integral approach, we reveal the previously unseen possibilities for a better, more compassionate, and more sustainable future for all of us.

In short, the Integral Approach is the coherent organization, coordination, and  harmonization of all of the relevant practices, methodologies, and experiences, available to human beings.  Ken Wilber states “You can’t [realistically] honor various methods and fields, without showing how they fit together. That is how to make a genuine world philosophy.”

The twenty-first century literally has three choices: Aristotle, Nietzsche, or Ken Wilber.”
– Jack Crittenden Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism

Ken Wilber is also the founder of the Integral Institute, which is the first organization fully dedicated to advancement and application of the Integral Approach in relation to contemporary global issues. It was formed in collaboration with over 200 scholars and experts, specializing in education, politics, business, medicine, psychology, spirituality, as well as, law and criminal justice. The Integral Institute is currently partnered with Fielding Graduate University.

In 2007 Wilber co-founded Integral Life, a social media-hub dedicated to sharing the integral vision with the world wide community, as well as documenting and catalyzing the progress of the integral movement.

“The most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times.”
–Tony Schwartz, the president, founder, and CEO of The Energy Project, and the author of What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America

Course Curriculum

Module 1 Introduction: The Integral Approach
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Markers of Development
Unit 3 Full Enlightenment
Unit 4 Uniting Multiple Disciplines
Unit 5 Misinterpreting States and Stages
Module 2 Integral Methodological Pluralism
Unit 1 Quadrants and the "Big Three"
Unit 2 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-Person Perspectives
Unit 3 Kosmic Address and the Pauli Exclusion Principle
Unit 4 Spiritual Practice and Cultural Embedment
Module 3 Stages of Consciousness
Unit 1 Ken's Introduction
Unit 2 Privileging Those Without Privilege
Unit 3 Moving Multiple Lines
Unit 4 The Role of Will
Unit 5 Spheres of Existence
Module 4 States of Consciousness
Unit 1 Masculine and Feminine Paths to Nonduality
Unit 2 Structuralist and Hermeneutical Approaches to Meaning
Unit 3 Taking Perspectives on Perspectives
Unit 4 The Mysterious Presence
Module 5 States and Stages
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Skillful Communication
Unit 3 The Relationship Between States and Stages
Unit 4 Peak and Plateau Experiences
Unit 5 The Darth Vader Move
Module 6 Boomeritis Buddhism
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 The Integrity of Emptiness
Unit 3 Worldcentric Buddhism
Unit 4 Gauging Development
Unit 5 Buddhism and Postmodernity
Module 7 The Shadow and the Disowned Self
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Shadows and Dissociation
Unit 3 Practicing Ethics
Unit 4 Shadow Hugging
Unit 5 Approaching the Authentic Self
Unit 6 Is 3-2-1 Too Superficial?
Unit 7 The Shadows of Shadow-Work
Unit 8 The Collective Shadow
Module 8 A Miracle Called “We”
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Relating With Amber
Unit 3 A "We" in Time
Unit 4 Creating Intentional Communities
Unit 5 Skillful Means and Mixed Altitudes
Unit 6 Zones of Emergence
Module 9 The World of the Terribly Obvious
Unit 1 Ken's Introduction
Unit 2 The Mirror of Nature
Unit 3 Evolution and the Bodhisattva Vow
Unit 4 Mental Perspectives vs. Soul Perspectives
Unit 5 Art and the Terribly Obvious
Module 10 The Conveyor Belt
Unit 1 Kenʼs Introduction
Unit 2 Integral Sunday School
Unit 3 Gaps in the Conveyor Belt
Unit 4 The Energetics of Awakening
Unit 5 How to Self-Assess?
Unit 6 What About Race and Racism?
Unit 7 Applying the Conveyor Belt to Organizational Development
Module 11 Integral Life Practice
Unit 1 The Difference Between ITP and ILP
Unit 2 Bringing ILP to Walmart
Unit 3 Selfless Service as Practice
Unit 4 Personal Will, Unique Will, and Enlightenment
Module 12 Appendix I: From the Great Chain of Being to Postmodernism in 3 Easy Steps
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 The Cutting Edge of Physical Evolution
Unit 3 What’s the Evidence for Involution?
Unit 4 Involution and Practice
Unit 5 The Future of Consciousness, Energy, and Eco-systems
Module 13 Appendix II: Integral Post-Metaphysics
Unit 1 Why Is Enlightenment Important?
Unit 2 Why the Kosmos?
Unit 3 Metaphysical Baggage
Unit 4 The Integral Daemon
Unit 5 The Evolution of Perspective
Unit 6 Constructing Reality
Unit 7 State-Stages and Kosmic Grooves
Unit 8 Integral Calculus, Integral Perspectives
Unit 9 The Science of Spirit
Unit 10 Meaning, Enactment, and God
Unit 11 Quadrants and the Myth of the Given
Unit 12 A Post-Metaphysical Approach to Synchronicity
Module 14 Appendix III: The Myth of the Given Lives On
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction: Reverse-Engineering the Kosmos
Unit 2 New Thought, New Age, and Beyond
Unit 3 Technology and Consciousness
Unit 4 Ancient Practice, New Understanding
Unit 5 Is the Future Spinning Out of Control?
Unit 6 After Enlightenment, What’s the Point?
Unit 7 The Finger Pointing to the Moon
Unit 8 Beyond the Fourth
Unit 9 Involution, as Never Before Seen
Unit 10 Arhats and Bodhisattvas
Unit 11 Eternity in Love
Unit 12 The Self-Liberating Nature of Reality
Unit 13 Perspectives and Practice
Unit 14 The Three Faces, From Altitude
Unit 15 Three Truths
Unit 16 To Get a Universe Going

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