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The Spectrum of Consciousness (Quest Books) Paperback – October 1, 1993
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About the Author
Ken Wilber is one of the most influential and widely read American philosophers of our time. His writing has been translated into more than 20 languages. Ken Wilber is the author of many books, including "The Spectrum of Consciousness; The Eye of Spirit; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; A Brief History of Everything; Boomeritis;" and "The Marriage of Sense and Soul". Ken Wilber lives in Denver, Colorado.
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There are several reasons for this and the first is that it is very clearly and lucidly written from a psychological/spiritual worldview that remains quite widespread and even dominant in the culture of serious spiritual aspirants (as well as sensitive psychologists, ecologists and people from all walks of life). From that standpoint alone, if I had read this book 20 years ago, nearly all of 20 years of confusion over the seemingly conflicting subjects the book deals with would not have occurred. (The confusion being the bridge between modern psychology and traditional spirituality, or if there even was one to be found.) For that reason alone, this book remains highly significant.
The second reason is that, as explained in the new (brief) introduction, the model this book presents is from the spiritual standpoint of involution - as opposed to evolution, the direction Wilber's later work would primarily take. Though, yes, indeed, after actually looking deeply into the evidence in later years Wilber (an innovator now for the second time) discovered that there was quite a bit missing (and/or somewhat flawed) to this overall worldview and model, involution still remains an ever present reality and a central tenet of the perennial philosophy of the world's great religions and mystics. (It may also disclose itself to you as such at the right level of spiritual experience either in mediation or a sudden "peak experience.Read more ›
Wilber makes a convincing set of perfectly secular and rational arguments for the value of nondual perception and although the connections he draws between Eastern mysticism and modern physics are somewhat strained, they are obviously better informed than the majority of analogies that crop up in New Age writings. At times one gets the feeling that Wilber is simply quoting authors for the sake of using their authority, or increasing the length of his book.
As far as comparative works of mysticism go, Huxley's Perennial Philosophy is head and shoulders above the rest, but Wilber's exposition on psychology make his works considerably more engrossing to modern readers. Western civilization is fertile ground for neuroses. Here Wilber covers some of the most common neuroses and some of the simplest techniques to treating them (drawn mostly from Gestalt therapy). It is absurd to expect a modern Westerner to suddenly enter samadhi without any period of self-analysis preceding it. Wilber recognizes this and he recognizes the overwhelming complexity of consciousness, which, no one, including Wilber, has yet fully captured.
Well worth reading - it will challenge your view of the world, especially if you have been raised in a dualistic world.
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A must read. Great source for some of the greatest minds including his Amazing he wrote this at the age of 23Published 9 months ago by Santino
This is a very heady book. It is a comparison study of several belief systems and practices. It also gives understanding to the philosophies, psychologies of consciousness.Published 12 months ago by Ellen M. Jent
Very well detailed and equally as well sourced which adds a great deal of credibility. I can only speak for myself but I think reading this book should be preceded by reading... Read morePublished 13 months ago by lyonl
One of the most informative books I have ever read. I love the way he weaves religion and psychology together for - after all- we could say that psychology itself is an esoteric... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jbug
I consider Ken Wilber the Plato of this strange post-modern age. This tome has forced the further deconstruction of all my be(lie)f systems. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark A. Talbot
This is another re-purchase. Wilbur so clearly explains why the conflict between different modalities. T
Each model is correct for the consciousness level they are working on. Read more