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I have been following Wilber's integral paradigm for a while. If you have too, I believe the single-most important contribution of this book is outlining the integral mindfulness practice for each stage in each quadrant, mostly UL and LL. This unto itself is worth the 💰. The rest will be a reiteration of what you've heard and read many times already, but in one of the most accessible languages I've seen it—even easier than in A Brief History....
If you're not familiar with Wilber's work, interpret the rating as all 5s, purchase this book, and listen on, as you're in for quite a ride...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I've read Wilberforce before, and, this was the first time I found the practical application of both the "waking up" and "growing up" to be clear and coherent. This likely has more to do with me than the writing, Ken is always brilliant. I'm am leaving the first reading if this book with a sense that I know I can be living at the forefront of humanity, and have a map to know what that looks like ad where I am in the process .
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Whatever I state here will be massively incomplete because a more adequate response was take to or three hours to write. Ken W ilbur has been described by many prominent figures as a total genius. As with many of the proponents of integral teachings, Ken describes the way societies at various levels of development have grasped new truths, some of which are made to last, some of which are made to lessen in significance, or be entirely replaced, over time.
There is much wisdom in this. The challenge comes in understanding not the history, of social development, for that's something we can see clearly, but the validity of trending developments and where they are to lead us now. Along these lines, Ken makes a number of enormously sweeping statements throughout this material which show his bias and essentially provide him with a degree of self-elevation from which he can dismiss aspects of teaching from all the masters of the past.
Those who feel they must be free to define their own truth will love Ken and all he stands for. Those who understand that absolutes, on some level, actually exist and are there to provide boundaries across physical, psychological and spiritual realms, will find Ken's conclusions rather presumptuous, even arrogant.
Whilst I'm glad I've heard the viewpoints, following his way to become 'more evolved' is not something I'll be taking on board any lifetime soon.
thanks Ken. made sense of a lot of different experiences and teachings I've encountered on my spiritual path.