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Integral Spirituality: From Belief to Liberation (Ken Wilber)

With so many currents of religion available to us today, the need to understand these varying types of religious orientations becomes increasingly important if we are to successfully navigate our own spiritual development. Ken Wilber describes the differences between esoteric and exoteric religion and offers an experiment to show us the face of God, our own original face, and the need for an Integral Spirituality.

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Comment by Michael Grove on March 19, 2011 at 14:08

I would absolutely concur with Jon Freeman's statement that ...

 

"I have a profound desire for the whole world to begin seeing itself differently. I want us to end the habit of seeing ourselves through material eyes against the background of a material world so that we know ourselves afresh as beings of creative, world-forming information. This is way beyond the fluffy new-age notion of “we are all energy”. For me, this is where Integral Consciousness truly lies, in recognising how the interior and the exterior realities connect, both individually and collectively. All four quadrants are aspects of the universal “mind” – choices about our perspective, and which parts of the information we are engaging with."

 

"Knowing that, we have more chance of aligning ourselves with the world & with each other."

 

"It is the beginning of a new level of empowerment and responsibility for our existence."

 

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Comment by Michael Grove on February 2, 2012 at 14:55
Comment by Michael Grove on June 27, 2012 at 23:07

God or Spirit in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Person

These three perspectives can also be seen in the worlds’ great religious traditions, as perspectives we can take on God or Spirit. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam understand and experience God primarily in 2nd person, as a great “Thou” or other. Buddhism understands and experiences the Divine as the great “I,” or my True Self. And Pantheistic traditions experience God or Spirit as Nature or the great “Web of Life.” In the integral model this doesn’t mean that there are three different “Gods.” It means there are three different understandings and experiences we can have of the One God or Spirit.

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