A second KW book to read is: A
Theory of Everything : An Integral Vision for Business, Politics,
Science and Spirituality
The spiritual intellectual Ken Wilber takes on the hottest theory
in modern physics, known as the "M Theory," or the "The Theory of
Everything." As Wilber explains, it is "a model that would unite
all the known laws of the universe into one all-embracing theory
that would literally explain everything in existence." Of course
this new "M Theory" opens up a can of wormy, slippery questions,
which Wilber addresses: "What does 'everything' actually mean? Would
this new theory in physics explain, say, the meaning of human poetry?
Or how economics work? Or the stages of psychosexual development?"
Being Ken Wilber, he couldn't resist answering these questions
by folding the "Theory of Everything" into some of his own personal
visions and theories. This overlay is presented in his signature
straightforward, clearly written style. The upshot is that common
readers can easily follow Wilber on a quantum journey and wind up
with a lasting souvenir--a scientific and spiritual understanding
of how the mind, body, soul, and universe all work together like
a never-ending symphony. And that's just in the first four chapters.
From there he shows readers the practical applications of this vision--explaining
how it could lead to more integrative styles of business, education,
medicine, ecology, and even how we address world conflicts. Wilber
admits that this "holistic quest is an ever-receding dream, a horizon
that constantly retreats as we approach it." Nonetheless, he can
still take readers on an incredible journey--one that's well worth
the price of the ticket. --Gail Hudson
Tony Schwartz, Fast Company, October 2000
"...a genuinely new school of thought, creating an original formulation
out of ideas that had long seemed irreconcilable."
SUMMARY OF THE BOOK, A Theory of Everything: An
Integral vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality
Summary written by Ember, Mystery School initiate.
In his book, Ken Wilber, places before us his research and a brief
overview of a Theory of Everything. He attempts to include everything,
body, mind, soul, and spirit as they appear in self, culture, nature
and etc.. T.O.E. embraces science, art, morals, physics, spirituality,
biology, aesthetics, medicine, and business.
Chapter 1-The Amazing Spiral
Briefly, psychology of the mature human being is an unfolding,
emergent, oscillating spiralling process marked by progressive subordination
of older, lower-order behaviour
Systems to newer, higher-order systems as an individuals
existential problems change.
Spiral Dynamics sees human development proceeding through 8 general
stages or memes.
1. Beige: Archaic-Instinctual, basic survival
2. Purple: Magical-Animistic- Ethnic tribes, magic spirits, good
3. Red: Power Gods, Archetypal gods and goddesses
4. Blue: Mythic Order- Life has meaning, direction, and purpose,
right and wrong.
5. Orange: Scientific Achievement, seeks truth and meaning.
6. Green: The Sensitive Self: Feelings and caring supersede cold
7. Yellows: Integrative. Flexibility, spontaneity, and functionality
have the highest priority.
8. Turquoise: Holistic, Universal holistic system, T.O.E. theory.
Development involves decreasing narcissism and increasing consciousness.
The ability to take other people, places, and things into account,
such as me, us, and all of us. Boomers, critics agree, they have
been a notoriously rebellious generation. An aggressive ant hierarch
stance is usually an unmistakable hallmark of the green meme. Each
successive wave in spiral dynamics transcends and includes
the previous memes. There is a price to be paid for each increase
Chapter 3 An Integral Vision
The green meme must break down in order to free energy for the
jump into second-tier . The level or stage of consciousness is determined
by interior factors, and not merely by exterior structures, no matter
how planetary or global. Good news, a person does not have to perfectly
master a given level or stage, but simply function adequately enough
to move forward. Bad news, we all have to start at stage 1. One
has to be willing to let go of-or die to- present level. Each succeeding
stage incorporated its predecessors and then added some new capacity.
Each stage, consists of 4 quadrants and many levels in each quadrant.
The four quadrants, simply refer to four of the most important dimensions
of the Kosmos, namely, the interior and the exterior of the individual
and the collective.
Integral map of human possibilities, page 43 of the book, briefly
Four quadrants and four levels of human development.
1st quadrant- I -upper left-interior, self and consciousness (also
2nd quadrant- We -lower left -interior, culture and worldview
3rd quadrant- It-upper right- exterior, brain and organism
4th quadrant- Its-lower right- exterior, social system and environment.
Men and women both proceed through the same general waves of development,
but men tend to do so with an emphasis on agency, women with an
emphasis on communion.
Reality is composed of neither wholes nor parts, but whole/parts,
or holons. A growth hierarchy is actually a holarchy, since it is
composed of holons, (such as atoms to molecules to cells to organisms).
Each holons or whole part being an integral part of the holarchy,
without which it could not exist.
This is one version of an integral overview- one attempt at a
T.O.E. -useful only to the degree that it helps you to envision
your own integral possibilities. (T.O.E. pg. 42,1st paragraph).
One of the main conclusions of an all-quadrant, all-level approach
is that each meme-each level of consciousness and wave of existence-is,
in its healthy form, an absolutely necessary and desirable element
of the overall spiral, of the overall spectrum of consciousness.
Chapter 4- Science and Religion:
The relation of science and religion generally fall in one of
1.Conflict, at war with one another
2. Independence, both are true but separate realms
3. Dialogue, both benefit through sharing
4. Integration, both part of the big picture
Chapter 5- The Real World:
Each senior level transcends but includes its juniors, The Great
chain of Being is the Great Holarchy of Being. (4 quadrants of I,
We, It, Its) . In this chapter of the book, Wilbur, takes religion,
science, politics, medicine, education, consciousness studies, integral
ecology and etc. and attempts to give them an Integral approach.
Attempts to understand the process of change, transformation, or
development without an understanding of the nature the evolution
or unfolding of human consciousness have little prospect for success.
An all-quadrants, All-levels, all-lines approach needs to be taken
and carefully and uniquely tailored to each specific situation in
order to ensure that actions we attempt or programs, ideas and metaphors
we propose have any chance of being part of a sustainable, directional,
transformative change process. One of humanitys constant nightmares
has been that technological growth in th right-Hand quadrants has
always run ahead of the Left-Hand growth in wisdom, care, and compassionate
use of that technology.
Chapter 6-Maps of the Kosmos
Each level of reality has a correct view of a fundamentally important
level of reality, and development allows us to recognize nested
truths. Every person around the world, starts existence at stage
1, not all individuals desire to move very far up the spiral. This
means that the bulk of the worlds population is at the early
or foundational waves. The prime directive is thus to act in ways
that, to the best of our judgment, will protect and promote the
health of the entire spiral of development, and not to unduly privilege
a favourite wave. Western civilization can not impose their belief
and value systems on people who are not at the same level of development,
(green in some cases) because each level of development is critical
and can not be skipped. Lord knows they try, green has introduced
more harm in the last thirty years than any other meme.
Chapter 7 One Taste
An all level all quadrant practice means exercising physical,
emotional, mental and spiritual waves in self, culture, and nature.
In the Theory of Everything, Everybody is right, each has an important
piece of the truth, and all of those pieces need to be honoured,
cherished and included in a more gracious, spacious and compassionate
embrace, a genuine T.O.E.
Ken Wilber's Theory of Everything has a great deal of merit.
I truly like the thought of there being a clear cut picture of the
development of human consciousness as well as everything else. A
nice neat package of developmental growth of just about everything.
I wish I could say my life was a living proof of his theory, but
it doesnt appear to be. A lot of days I seem to be going nowhere
fast, and the big picture eludes me. Things are not so neat and
orderly in my world, or the world around me. Currently, the hurricane
has hit New Orleans and has thrown the survivors of that devastation
into survival mode, no matter what level they were at before the
hurricane. I believe that it might take a very long time to move
up the spiral once more for these people as it would any person
that has suffered major disasters in their lives. Does it not permanently
alter ones consciousness especially when expected help is
Ecology & Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution
is Wilber's "watershed book." Click on title at left
to read reviews and see inside.
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