It’s always a little difficult breaking through to a new level of consciousness; it’s even more difficult when it has to happen because of Ken Wilber. But if you want new levels of consciousness… if there’s a desire or a notion in you that says, ‘what I know is not enough’. Ken, may be the way forward… read on
I am about half way through his book, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, which is amazing but for some reason, I wonder why did it have to be him. I have seen Ken Wilber on you tube videos and heard his talks with Andrew Cohen and somehow I don’t like him.
Perhaps, it’s some deep shadow hidden inside me, some reaction to either inadequacy or the past that creates the tension, but never-the-less, I am reading the book, enjoying it on many levels and yet unable to get over my basic dislike of the man. Perhaps, I sense in him a air of elitism, superior intellectualism and pretension.
I am absolutely sure that Ken, wouldn’t give a crap about that ! The purpose of me telling you the above is because of what I do have to say next.
The book is fantastic. It is as deep as it is wide and yet it is only an introduction to the whole topic. It opens up a vast area inside your cranium that says, ‘YES!”
Although, I do feel that Ken Wilber spends far too long gunning down his opponents than on positive points.
Perhaps I am entirely wrong on that and that he purposefully guides you to ‘what is not‘ in order for you to see ‘what is‘.
Well enough code…
So what is the book about?
It’s subject can be broadly categorized as ‘Integralism’, and Integralism is an ‘ism’ that tries to be the big daddy of all ‘isms’.
Rephrased, it is a theory, a system of thought, an awareness that Integrates all levels of thought/experience/trans-experience while acknowledging the essences and limitations of each of them in an encompassing Holarchy (read hierarchy).
Still doesn’t make sense?
Ok, it is about the evolutionary development of the Universe in three realms, the physical, the biological, and the mental. What is magical about the book is that you start to realise that perhaps it has different meanings to people who are in different levels of mental ‘evolution’. In fact you start realising that is must be so on all levels, with all books and even with all experiences.
Ah ha… what at once seems magical becomes obvious. You feel that this is how you must have always thought but didn’t realise.
And again that leads you to realisation that this IS transcendence!
You have transcended in thought, your one rung up the ladder. And you must thank, Ken Wilber!