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Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World Paperback – November 13, 2007
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"A satisfying and thought-provoking read."—Elephant
“Ken Wilber’s Integral Spirituality is possibly the most important spiritual book in postmodern times. Step by step, with luminous clarity, he unites all spiritual traditions without diluting the potency of any one lineage or tradition. I think this book is an antidote to the religious animosity of our times. Anyone serious about raising the level of consciousness on this planet should read this masterpiece.”—Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi
“A work of inspired genius. Integral Spirituality is a seminal text for 21st-century spiritual studies.”—Jim Marion, author of Putting on the Mind of Christ
“One of the most important books on spirituality written in the postmodern era. The Kabbalah of the future will rest on Ken’s work.”—Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, coauthor of Jewish with Feeling and Credo of a Modern Kabbalist
“Getting acquainted with Wilber’s Integral Approach can be as thrilling as seeing the first photograph of Earthrise over the moon’s horizon. A crucial task of our time is reconciliation between the wisdom of the world’s religious traditions and the best in contemporary thought. Integral Spirituality offers a new and promising framework for tackling this task and renews my hope.” —Brother David Steindl-Rast, cofounder of www.gratefulness.org
“Integral Spirituality is a book that literally shatters spiritual confusion. Eloquent, compassionate, and deeply helpful, it should be read by every practitioner and lover of Spirit.”—Sally Kempton, author of The Heart of Meditation
“Vast in scope, profound in depth, and far reaching in its implications, Integral Spirituality is, quite simply, the most encompassing account of religion and spirituality available in our time."—Roger Walsh, PhD, University of California, author of Essential Spirituality
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Despite the ponderous weight of "Sex, Ecology and Spirit", there were major holes in his exposition, and "Integral Spirituality" was written, I suspect, to plug some of those holes. I believe that there are 2 major problems that Wilber addresses in "Integral Psychology". The first problem is that, although Wilber spent the bulk of "Sex, Ecology and Spirit" savagely critiquing the limits of a menagerie of postmodernist thinking, he did not incorporate the insights of postmodernism into his AQAL model. The second problem is that, in "Sex, Ecology and Spirit", even though he divides the world into four irreducible quadrants in his AQAL model (the individual interior, the individual exterior, the social interior, and the social exterior), he reads the history of the Enlightenment as the differentiation of only three spheres of values (aesthetics, morals and science). Clearly, one sphere of value missing.
Scholars of Wilber might find then, that the first 5 chapters of "Integral Spirituality" are a tedious re-tread of the AQAL model found in previous books. But this particular presentation of the AQAL model offers something fundamentally different. It embraces postmodern insights into its core, by providing a much more nuanced discussion of inter-subjectivity.Read more ›
There are many reviews that criticize this book for repeating material that is repeated in other books. I agree with these criticisms and I think there is a bit too much of a commercial focus on the website as well. I was expecting less repetition and more editorial discipline, but I still think the book justifies a 4 star rating based on its other merits. Hopefully, Ken will get away from doing this in future publications.
What I enjoyed specifically about this book was the material on Integral Methodological Pluralism (although this appears in other places) and the somewhat different focus on an Integral Post-Metaphysics. The material on the shadow and disowned self was also interesting and I'm also glad he included a chapter on an Integral Life Practice. Integral Life practices involve engaging every level of being such as body, emotion, mind, soul and spirit to bring about transformation of consciousness.
While this book does indeed contain a lot of recycled material, it is worth purchasing for the new material and some of the new ways that old ideas are presented. Going forward, however, I hope Ken Wilber works more closely with his editors, gets clear on the audience for a particular book and avoids unnecessary repetition and rambling.
Ken is certainly a very important philosopher with a useful point of view.Read more ›
Overall, Wilber's analysis is incredibly valuable, and if this is the first of his books you read, you will learn much. However, it is less clear that INTEGRAL SPIRITUALITY adds much to what he has already said. I still recommend THE MARRIAGE OF SENSE AND SOUL as the best introduction to his work.
I will limit my substantive comments to a few points of critique: 1) The topic promised by the subtitle is only covered in Chapter Nine, "The Conveyor Belt," and is not examined with the depth or with the respect that it deserves. 2) One of the most fascinating aspects of the book, for anyone who has been following Wilber's project over time, is that he has stopped bashing the "Mean Green Meme" (bad writing exemplified!) and incorporated postmodernism into his AQAL system. Now he's taken to bashing all spiritual authors and teachers who have NOT incorporated postmodernism! 3) As a sociologist and long-time political activist, it is by turns amusing and annoying to me how superficially Wilber treats his lower-left and lower-right collective quadrants (cultural and social).Read more ›
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It is somewhat difficult to understand, but if read with patience, it gives an interesting way to understand where spirituality is going in the future.Published 1 month ago by james glos
Rather complicated at first, but eventually interesting and quite useful.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Ken Wilbur is truly amazing. Although this book was written a while ago, some time before the current psychological trends, or whatever new mystical fad is now occurring, even so,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loi Eberle
Spirituality is important to me, more so as I grow older, so this integral looking in this direction is a welcomed joy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike Ginn