Applying his highly acclaimed integral approach, Ken Wilber formulates a theory of spirituality that honors the truths of modernity and postmodernity—including the revolutions in science and culture—while inc
It was only in my second reading of this book that I began to feel that I was coming to grips with its depth and complexity. I have heard Ken Wilber described as the world’s greatest modern philosopher. The pioneer of the Integral Approach, he has come up with a way of thinking that includes every aspect of knowledge. It does not add to them so much as reorganizes ...more
Understanding all quadrants and all levels is required if we want to have a map of human development. This framework integrates individual and collective parts of life, ...more
To sort things out he divided everything up for discussion into two groups of either singular or collective things, and then divides those into two groups of either interior or exterior. This is his quadrant system, but within ea ...more
This book is WIlber's latest thinking on spirituality. It has some really mind blowing concepts.
Well-documented scientific approach to spirituality, once you get through the first eight chapters of scientific analysis and hypothesis, then the main point is clearly spelled out in the Chapter 9 – The Conveyor Belt ☺
Over all for me there is too much of a “plug” – for The Institute, however it is worth reading it.
Advancing in spiritual development requires becoming aware of the Integral Spiritual approach – enjoy it if you dare.
The problems with this book that made it impossible to go on:
* pseudo-intellectual jargon. Wilber creates a whole new language for the whole of reality, then writes a whole book in it, expecting readers who are smart enough and enlightened enough to 'get it and appreciate it'. (This is like taking a crash course in a foreign language then trying to read ...more
Wilber had some interesting points but I really struggled to follow what he was talking about, the graphs he kept referring to for various stages and levels, etc. To be honest I was also unsure how to relate to the these theories because I don't have a context for who the author is and how these findings compare to other research or theories in this field. That may not be fair criticism of the book, but it certainly held me b ...more
Truly, am interested in theories of levels of consciousness and how people (and cultures, in the aggregate) move up the continuum, but this was difficult sailing as I had to reread sections and then, still, some parts left me glazed over.
The source material is fascinating, but I am not certain that the author (Ken Wilber) has the authoritative take on the matter and I need to explore further (which I have already t ...more
Wilber's forte is integrating knowledge from across the board, never excluding knowledge. His motto is "no one is dumb enough to be wrong about everything." A brilliant thinker with an encyc ...more
He can loom a thread that spans hundreds, sometimes thousands of years and hold together a spectacular image of human knowledge and meaning, all within a chapter. Sometimes within a paragraph.
He can do so in a way that is elegant and shuns technicality only when absolutely necessary. For the task of his writing, the levity and accessibility of his prose is simply inspiring.
This is the second time I have read this boo ...more
Ken Wilber's seminars are attended by the Elite. Wilber’s books are vital for understanding where our society is headed. A Theory of Everything should be the first Wilber book read for a general understanding of his perspective. Integral Spirituality goes much more in-depth and shows Wilber's depth of knowledge. By 4 stars I mean it's an important book maybe not that I "loved" it. Some good, some lies. I think Wilber has a lot right but has dangerous perspectives on ...more
Why do fundamentalist christians think they're seeing Jesus in church? Why do radical Islamists kill themselves in the name of Allah? Why does a Buddhist monk spend years in a cave alone? The answers are in this book, and Wilbers chapter on religion being the great conveyor belt made me realize how important religion is in this world.
Just as dry and dense as most of Wilber's books, but doesn't make it any less important. There is a lot of new material for even well informed integralistas - including dividing the quadrants into eight zones and a bit on integral calculus.
Definitely worth reading. I'm excited for the appendixes as well.