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The Spectrum of Consciousness

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Wilber's groundbreaking synthesis of religion, philosophy, physics, and psychology started a revolution in transpersonal psychology. He was the first to suggest in a systematic way that the great psychological systems of the West could be integrated with the noble contemplative traditions of the East. Spectrum of Consciousness, first released by Quest in 1977, has been the ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Quest Books (first published 1977)
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Arash Aghevli
Have no idea where to begin when discussing this book. In the first few chapters, Wilbur summarizes everything I had ever read about psychology and philosophy. In the next section, he creates one of the most comprehensive frameworks for understanding how almost every school of philosophy, psychology and metaphysical understandings of the universe fit together. Finally, he lays out his vision of how all of these forms of understanding evolve outward from one end of the spectrum to another through ...more
Thom Foolery
"It is on the question of interpretation of internal experiences that Wilber's system falters. Wilber fails to defend the validity of his practice of interpreting these internal experiences as epistemologically sound means of gaining access to valid knowledge about the true nature of extra-pyschic reality. Similarly, he fails to provide convincing arguments to explain why his interpretation of those experiences should be considered more valid than the theist's quite different interpretations of ...more
The single most influential book of my life. It unites eastern and western traditions in an easy to understand, quote-filled journey through the most interesting and important spectrum of the universe ..if not the only one that exists.
Scott Blevins
When I first picked up this book (about 15 years ago) I didn't understand it. It just didn't click. Then about 4 years later I picked it up again from my bookshelf and it absolutely blew me away. This book, maybe more than any other, caused a paradigm shift in my mind while simultaneously articulating something I felt I already knew intuitively.

For me this book was a profound revelation and put a dent in my mental construct of the world.
Ricardo Acuña
Es un libro que me pareció excelente, con muchos conceptos profundos de psicología y desarrollo de conciencia. Sin duda de mis favoritos. Presenta un análisis comparativo de las diferentes escuelas de oriente y occidente que concilia los modelos del desarrollo psicológico y de la conciencia. Y por si fuera poco, concilia también las diferentes escuelas psicológicas occidentales, poniendo muy claro el enfoque terapéutico de cada una en el modelo del espectro de la conciencia. En lo personal uno d ...more
Giovanni Gigliozzi Bianco
O Espectro da Consciência é um clássico do pensamento transpessoal. Apesar de Wilber, primeiramente, ter se desligado do carácter retrorromâtico da obra e, depois, desligado-se do próprio campo da transpessoal, o livro ainda é cheio de insights profundos e já demonstra o brilhantismo integrador do autor, manifestado desde muito jovem.
this is the book which put ken wilber at the forefront of the transpersonal movement. a book which lays the groundwork for his more specialized books which have been written since. wilber does not look at the universe through any specific lens but rather offers the first glimpse of his integral approach.
May 04, 2008 Carla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for more than the daily grind in this life of my favorite books. This book changed my life. It answers a lot of questions about life's mysteries in this universe. It is truly fascinating, and encourages personal growth. Based in science, transpersonal psychology is a beautiful subject combining science, religions, and the metaphysical.
The book that started it all. This is the Ken Wilber that predates the cultish figurehead that now exists. Bring your dictionary.
Paz Luz
A book for awakening...
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Ken Wilber is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages, and is the first philosopher-psychologist to have his Collected Works published while still alive. Wilber is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development, which continues to gather momentum around the world. Hi ...more
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