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Wilber’s Integral View: My Introduction

It was in a course at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) during my doctoral studies that I first read Ken Wilber, considered by some to be the premier philosopher to emerge in the late 20th Century. The introduction to his “Integral Theory” on worldviews, outlined in his book, The Marriage of Sense and Soul, was profoundly freeing for me. Continue reading

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The Integral Map: States and Stages of Consciousness

In this post, I want to begin to explore more deeply Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, beginning to walk its terrain of quadrants, states, levels, lines, and types. It has been extremely helpful to me on my life journey to encounter Wilber’s theory, illustrated by the Integral Map. Continue reading

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The Integral Map: Lines of Development

In addition to our built-in capacity to individually move sequentially through different stages of consciousness (see post “The Integral Map: States and Stages of Consciousness”), we also are capable of moving through a complex array of what Ken Wilber calls “lines” of development. You already may be familiar with some of these lines. Continue reading

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The Integral Map: Types of Development

The fifth element of Ken Wilber’s Integral Map addresses the reality that we humans exhibit a variety of different “types” in our existence. Individually, we exhibit different personality types or differ in whether we are extroverted or introverted (Upper Left). Continue reading

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Spiritual Transformation Is Integral To Being Human

I have been studying the relationship between human spiritual development and leadership for nearly 20 years now. Many of us have people in our lives we would call “spiritual leaders” or “spiritual mentors”; people who we might identify as “spiritually mature.” Who are yours? What makes them so? Continue reading

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Integral Transformation: Part I – Diving Deep

Toward the end of my work on a doctor of ministry degree, one of my professors introduced me to the work of Victor Turner. His insights provide a significant contribution to understanding the actual processes that lead to human and societal transformation. Continue reading

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Integral Transformation: Part II – The Role of the Ritual Elder

During my graduate studies, I had the good fortune to study with Robert L. Moore, a professor of psychoanalysis, culture, and spirituality at Chicago Theological Seminary. Moore, in his book, The Archetype of Initiation: Sacred Space, Ritual Process, and Personal Transformation builds upon the work of Viktor Turner on the rites of passage involved in individual and social transformation by drawing upon his own experience as a Jungian analyst. Continue reading

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