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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Integral Inquiry

INQUIRY - a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge; study, scrutiny, exploration.  [Inquiry week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

I mentioned at the beginning of the week that I would be spending some time with Ken Wilber. It turns out it was the perfect week to do so as Ken has just launched a new website/community all about his integral approach to living. There is some VERY fascinating stuff there and I can see that I will be spending a lot of my free (insert laughter here... how much time will that really be???) internet inquiry time over there.  The site is called Integral Life and if you click the link you will get a very nice introduction to what the whole thing is about. Ken Wilber say's this about it in his blog:

I’m truly excited by this organization and its development, because for the first time in history, although there are hundreds of projects and organizations and websites inspired by my work, this is the first one that has my personal seal of approval. The projects, partner organizations, academic journals and books, blogs and forums all have a quality checked by me to personally guarantee that my Integral model is being used accurately. That’s the problem with these hundreds of other applications of my work. As much as I truly appreciate the inspired use of my model by them, there are often misinterpretations of its leading ideas, resulting in less than truly Integral results. But no more.
(View his entire blog post here.) 

There is a quote attributed to Ken Wilber that I think sums up his entire world view. "Nobody is 100% wrong." He believes this entirely and his work shows how even completely disparate beliefs/facts can have space in the whole continuim of life. It is truly inspirational to me and helps to answer some of the big questions (sometimes creating even bigger ones!)

When I first read about Holons in his A Brief History of Everything about 1000 light bulbs went off for me and I became incredibly sorry I didn't study more physics.  I found this one page explanation of Ken's Theory of Everything complete with a couple of the maps that I spent hours trying to grok after reading the book. It would be worth clicking on the link if you want some more detail on the maps below.

Bryan, a member of the new Integral Life site says this. I think there are many ready to hear about Integral Theory, but just have yet to.  So much so that all it would take is a hyperlink in a comment section somewhere on the web which would point to something visually stunning and Integrally loaded.  Such visual representations can instantly convey the elegance and wonderment of AQAL. It's images like these that have hooked my attention, leading to hours of wonderment--seeing finally the Integral 'space' in which all things tetra-arise.  

Next Post: Inquiry week comes to a close

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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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