Wilber Ken (1)


Ken Wilber was a major influence in the development of my SunWALK model, particularly in the inspiration for the I, WE and IT voices as Creativity, Caring and Creativity – dimensions of the human spirit.

Sources for information about Wilber


“The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience. The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation.” Grace and Grit

Meditation, then, is not so much a part of this or that particular religion, but rather part of the universal spiritual culture of all humankind–an effort to bring awareness to bear on all aspects of life. It is, in other words, part of what has been called the perennial philosophy.” Grace and Grit

“A language possesses utility only insofar as it can construct conventional boundaries. A language of no boundaries is no language at all, and thus the mystic who tries to speak logically and formally of unity consciousness is doomed to sound very paradoxical or contradictory. The problem is that the structure of any language cannot grasp the nature of unity consciousness, any more than a fork could grasp the ocean.” No Boundary

“The most striking feature of the perennial philosophy/psychology is that it presents being and consciousness as a hierarchy of dimensional levels, moving from the lowest, densest, and most fragmentary realms to the highest, subtlest, and most unitary ones.” Eye to Eye

“Putting there three dimensions (I, we, and it; or art, morals, and science; or Beauty, Goodness, and Truth) together with the major levels of existence (matter, body, mind, soul, and spirit) would give us a much more genuinely integral or holistic approach to reality.” One Taste

“In the Dzogchen tradition, if Spirit has any meaning, it must be omnipresent, or all-pervading and all-encompassing. There can’t be a place Spirit is not, or it wouldn’t be infinite. Therefore, Spirit has to be completely present, right here, right now, in your own awareness. That is, your own present awareness, precisely as it is, without changing it or altering it in any way, is perfectly and completely permeated by Spirit….You are looking directly at Spirit, with Spirit, in every act of awareness. There is nowhere Spirit is not.” Grace and Grit

“There are four major stages of spiritual unfolding: belief, faith, direct experience, and permanent adaptation: you can believe in Spirit, you can have faith in Spirit, you can directly experience Spirit, you can become Spirit….Meditation is not primarily uncovering the repressed unconscious, but allowing the emergence of higher domains–which usually leaves the lower, repressed domains still lower, and still repressed….Well, the point, of course, is to take up integral practice as the only sound and balanced way to proceed….If you are interested in genuine transformative spirituality, find an authentic spiritual teacher and begin practice. Without practice, you will never move beyond the phases of belief, faith, and random peak experiences. You will never evolve into plateau experiences, nor from there into permanent adaptation. You will remain, at best, a brief visitor in the territory of your own higher estate, a tourist of you own true Self.” One Taste

Critiques of Wilber

Ken Wilber and Sri Aurobindo: A Critical Perspective by Rod Hemsell


One thought on “Wilber Ken (1)

  1. Rod,

    I have just finished reading your 2002 article comparing Sri Aurobindo and Ken Wilber … I have read some of both of them, probably more of Wilber.

    I know from personal experience what the “spiritual” meanings amount to and I believe that Wilber has made his concept too complicated … at least in comparison to my own findings.

    I see the “outer” macrocosmic reality as that of the dissociative ego, a 5 sensory external objective picture based upon the physically manifested … the thinker is the unrecognised “link” between his a posteriori perceptions and their actual source, the a priori spirit of the “microcosm”.

    Where those two people see things as “originating” on high and descending to lower less “spiritual” levels of a more bipolar fashion of duality … I see all originating from the “Alpha” realm of “nothing” (such as like the Big Bang) where “God” (the Creative Force of Intelligence and Order) came from a relative NOthing expanding into a relative ALLthings (Potentially everything as well as nothing) …

    Key to this might be the idea of panentheism in that all things are but a part of God who would be
    “our” UNIverse (Unity/Oneness) …

    WithIN that Unity overall would be the potentials, both the positive of creativity as well as the negative of destruction … and fully withIN the complete range is the Spirit of God as the Karmic accounting Intelligence and Energy, symbolized as the equal sign “=” inbetween the potentials as (+=-) … that which I call the BET (Basic Equation of Truth), the Truth of how our Universe really operates ! A “Trinity” !

    The “normal” egotistical world view common among peoples is that of Duality (+/-) which has been foisted upon us by the western view of Christianity ever since Aristotle was mis-understood by Augustine, good VS evil, Christ VS Satan … claiming subjective spirituality but really objective religion.

    Duality of (+/-) comes from the divisive and separative view taught all of our children early on where (+=+) and (-=-), and like the East and West, they never meet … but they do in the transcendent mind related to the compassionate, cooperative, and unconditionally loving Spirit of God … the higher Self experience of the truly enlightened …

    So in the sense that we came from the Alpha God as “It” expanded into the Universe, we are still “headed” out into space and time, the macro units of “differentiation”, towards a reunification with the “Outer” God, the Omega that contains us … as we have the “momentum” of the genesis, we also have the attraction of the completion …

    In the meantime though, those of us that come to know the truth that sets us free via an “awakening”, have the opportunity to return and re-evaluate our next experience, maybe being able to choose an even higher calling … those that do not so wake-up will most likely have their next experience in a similar “realm” of physicality until they finally “get it” …

    Enough for now, but I have written a crude book about it all and offer it for purchase along with free downloads on my also crude website at: http://www.spiritcalls.us http://www.spiritcalls.us

    Thanks for reading … please check it out as I believe my BET is a truer theory of everything than Ken’s is.

    Peace, j.


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