The Varieties of Integral Spiritual Experience — 02 — Magic Mushrooms and the Politics of Consciousness (with Ken Wilber and Corey deVos)

Ken Wilber Podcast

In his excerpt from the forthcoming Volume II of the Kosmos Trilogy, Ken defines the politics of consciousness as “the study of the types and levels of awareness that are legitimated by a group’s nexus-agency, and, conversely, the types and levels of awareness that are de-legitimated, excluded, banished, marginalized, scapegoated.” In other words, a given society tends to recognize certain kinds of states of and methods of state-change, while outlawing many other kinds.

In recent years, we have seen things like the decriminalization and even legalization of marijuana in many states across America for both medical and recreational purposes, and Denver Colorado was the very first city in the country to do so. And then, just a couple weeks ago, Denver once again found itself at the vanguard of the politics of consciousness when it became the first city in the nation to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms.

One thing seems very clear — the politics of consciousness are changing in this country, and changing fast. Is America slowly stumbling toward becoming a truly “united states of consciousness”?

Watch as Ken and Corey reflect on our changing politics of consciousness, the value of psilocybin mushrooms, and the rise of “microdosing culture” in recent years.

Ken Wilber

About 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. Ken is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative world philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is the proverbial "man behind the curtain". He is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996.