Eye of Spirit: An Integral Vision for a World Gone Slightly Mad

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In this groundbreaking book, Ken Wilber uses his widely acknowledged "spectrum of consciousness" model to completely rewrite our approach to such important fields as psychology, spirituality, anthropology, cultural studies, art and literary theory, ecology, feminism, and planetary transformation. What would each of those fields look like if we wholeheartedly accepted the existence of not just body and mind but also soul and spirit?

In a stunning display of integrative embrace, ...

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Overview

In this groundbreaking book, Ken Wilber uses his widely acknowledged "spectrum of consciousness" model to completely rewrite our approach to such important fields as psychology, spirituality, anthropology, cultural studies, art and literary theory, ecology, feminism, and planetary transformation. What would each of those fields look like if we wholeheartedly accepted the existence of not just body and mind but also soul and spirit?

In a stunning display of integrative embrace, Wilber weaves these various fragments together into a coherent and compelling vision for the modern and postmodern world.

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"This intellectually demanding yet engagingly written collection of essays explores a number of timely and important issues, such as the relationship between psychological and spiritual growth and the political implications of where we locate Spirit (God? Gaia?). Along the way, the author revisits his earlier books, revealing how his thought has developed and, in the process, introducing his central ideas to the first time reader."—Keith Thompson, San Francisco Chronicle
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Wilber (Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, Shambhala, 1995) takes on a tremendous task: attempting to derive from the tenets of the world's wisdom traditions, both religious and nonreligious, and from many academic fields one unifying vision of the modern and postmodern world. He calls his approach the "spectrum of consciousness," i.e., reducing aphorisms from various sources until they "agree" with each other, and using these as building blocks for his conclusions. Unfortunately, the long and difficult road Wilber takes us along leads to no grand religious or philosophical epiphany. The conclusions are a wash of poetic statements about an "ever-present awareness" or "a pure and simple witness," beliefs that are popular with New Age philosophies that require little of the deep discussions that preceded. Of interest mainly to theology students.-Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570628719
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/11/2001
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,439,511
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Wilber is the author of over twenty books. He is the founder of Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying integral theory and practice, with outreach through local and online communities such as Integral Education Network, Integral Training, and Integral Spiritual Center.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: What Is the Meaning of "Integral"?
A Note to the Reader: On God and Politics
Introduction: The Integral Vision: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful 1
1 The Spectrum of Consciousness: Integral Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy 37
2 In a Modern Light: Integral Anthropology and the Evolution of Cultures 58
3 Eye to Eye: Integral Philosophy and the Quest for the Real 80
4 Integral Art and Literary Theory: Part 1 96
5 Integral Art and Literary Theory: Part 2 114
6 The Recaptured God: The Retro-Romantic Agenda and Its Fatal Flaws 139
7 Born Again: Stan Grof and the Holotropic Mind 165
8 Integral Feminism: Sex and Gender on the Moral and Spiritual Path 186
9 How Straight Is the Spiritual Path?: The Relation of Psychological and Spiritual Growth 203
10 The Effects of Meditation: Speeding Up the Ascent to God and the Descent of the Goddess 232
11 Heading toward Omega?: Where Exactly Is the Ground of Being? 260
12 Always Already: The Brilliant Clarity of Ever-Present Awareness 281
Notes 303
Bibliography 385
Index 395
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