The Varieties of Integral Spiritual Experience

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fter taking an in-depth look at the path of Growing Up in previous episodes, exploring how our multiple intelligences, talents, and capacities grow over time through increasingly conscious stages of development, we now turn our attention to the path of Waking Up — taking a guided tour through these temporary states of consciousness that include everything from emotional states to chemically-induced states to the direct, immediate experience of timeless reality.

Watch as Ken and Corey explore these states of consciousness in detail, revealing an infinitely renewable source of energy, resilience, and creative inspiration that rests at the very center of you.

“So what you’re doing here is, you’re actually undertaking a type of interior scientific experiment where you are engaging in the exercise of your own awareness, exploring its deeper and deeper and deeper dimensions. Most of the great traditions maintain that if you do that adequately, you’ll eventually run in to basically mystical states of experience that are direct, immediate 1st-person experiences with something like an ultimate ground of being.

And this presents itself with such certainty and such undeniability that they’re easily the most certain types of experiences that human beings have. Of course we can question them, but for people who have had those types of experiences — and they’re known as enlightenment or awakening metamorphosis, satori, moksha, and so on — people who’ve actually had those experiences will say, “yes, it’s the most certain experience I’ve ever had.” Can I question it? I suppose so, but it’s the item that I would least question of anything else in my experience. This is more real than the table I’m looking at right now, for example. So that’s the type of reality that come with these experiences.”

—Ken Wilber

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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 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. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.

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  1. A pleasure to listen to.

  2. I think I am on the right page here. Figuratively and otherwise. I just wanted to comment on an aspect of this group of “transmissions” that struck me. As Ken was laying out and building up the embodiment map per say- I remembered a vivid experience I had on a LSD trip many decades ago. I was listening and able to follow closely what Ken was saying. Probably with the help of that drug so long ago. From awareness to joy of being to the crashing through into one is everything. There was for me an inexperience I would guess that led to a very unpleasant (bad trip) of controlling that all inclusive feeling. And dare I say embodiment which is more or less foisted on one with the aide of pharmaceuticals. This, condition of the ego taking “credit” for the wholeness of everything is known more broadly I believe as the original sin of the devil. The interesting thing then for me is how evil is taken up just before the embodiment segment here on the Ken Live show. It probably would have helped that rough experience I had. At that young age my sense of evil was not developed, except from the external perspective. As in when something bad happens to you. And even then it seemed, how would you know it was actually evil, not happenstance. Confronting evil internally as a left quadrant thing was dumbfounding as it were. Thank you for the whole discussion itself, liberating in oh so many ways.

  3. Genuinely appreciate the Ken Show; a belated ‘thank you’ for another great episode.

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