Polarization, Being Woke, the Universal Agenda, Mindfulness Going Bad, and the Integral Vision

Jeff SalzmanAudio, Cognitive, Deep Transformation, Ethical, Free, Politics, Spiritual

Culture wars, polarization, discernment versus condemnation, how our psychological development determines political attitudes and values, and how Integral perspectives help us understand them all. A candid conversation, ranging from global current events to personal spiritual turning points, with endearing, brilliant, and optimistic Integral pundit Jeff Salzman.

Recorded on September 2, 2021.

Topics & Timestamps – Part 1

  • Bringing Integral theory, big-picture, deep-picture, multiple perspectives to current events: that’s Jeff! (03:59)
  • Stages of development and how culture wars & our current polarization is necessary for our evolution (09:00)
  • Our individual cosmic address, integrating stages of consciousness, the mythic self, and the new tier emerging from post-modernity (10:55)
  • Jeff’s own life stages — the tribal stage, the red f*** you phase, modern Jeff vs. traditional Jeff vs. postmodern Jeff and how Integral can make all of it work for all of us (13:58)
  • MAGAstan vs. Woke-astan (21:39)
  • Traditionalists, modernists, and postmodernists dysfunctional sides: welcome to evolution (28:35)
  • The agenda of the universe (40:55)

Topics & Timestamps – Part 2

  • Afghanistan best case scenario and Integral fundamentalism (00:52)
  • All fear drops in the new developmental tier (03:38)
  • On integrating multiple perspectives; cultivating discernment and fostering acceptance simultaneously (05:32)
  • How mindfulness practice can go bad (10:52)
  • Peter Levine and somatic releasing: spiritual practice alone doesn’t do it (13:04)
  • Finding God, faith, a don’t know space, 2nd person practice (13:47)
  • On being in the zone and Ken Wilber’s early flow days (24:21)
  • The practice of remembering God (27:12)
  • Making friends with death (31:36)
  • How Ken Wilber’s Integral illuminates reality (33:17)
  • Current metatheories and the developmental lens (39:08)
  • One’s own suffering becomes a portal into the suffering of others: the Bodhisattva aspiration (46:51)
  • Physical body, energetic body, spiritual body (51:11)

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Jeff Salzman

About Jeff Salzman

Jeff Salzman worked with Ken Wilber for several years in building the Integral Institute. He is a co-founder of Boulder Integral, the first bricks-and-mortar venue dedicated to the development of integral consciousness. These days Jeff provides integrally-inspired commentary on politics and culture on Integral Life and The Daily Evolver.

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About John Dupuy

John Dupuy is co-founder and CEO of iAwake Technologies, a company that creates cutting-edge, high-tech brainwave entrainment soundtracks that support the healing of emotional/shadow issues, deepen meditation, mental focus, creativity, and flow states, and enhance a daily integral transformative practice. John has been working personally and professionally with brainwave entrainment technology since 2004, and travels internationally to teach and inspire on the subjects of Integral Transformative Practice and Integral Recovery®. John is also the author of Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction (SUNY Press, 2013), winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Award, and co-host of the popular Journey of Integral Recovery podcast. John also hosts the online series Spiritual Tech Talks 2.0, in which he converses with leaders, pioneers, and inventors on the current wave of emerging spiritual technologies.

Roger Walsh

About Roger Walsh

Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., has spent nearly a quarter century researching and practicing in the world's great spiritual traditions. His critically acclaimed book, Essential Spirituality, is a summary of that wisdom, outlining the seven spiritual practices common to the world's major religions.