Embracing complexity, finding the leverage points . . .
The philosopher Ken Wilber began to develop Integral Theory in the early 1990s, when he went on a three-year retreat to map how all the truths of the world coexist—a philosopher’s peace mission of sorts. He emerged with a map and a theory that enables us to develop human potential in a more complete and groundbreaking way. As an integral practitioner, I am continually amazed at how Integral Coaching's elegant application of Integral Theory allows me to help people make significant and lasting change in their lives. Ken Wilber has been described as “one of the most important pioneers in the field of consciousness” by Deepak Chopra. He is recognized as one of the greatest philosophers of this century, and described as a “national treasure” by Harvard’s preeminent scholar, Robert Kegan.
Ken describes Integral Theory as “an all-inclusive framework that draws on the key insights of the world’s greatest knowledge traditions. The awareness gained from drawing on all truths and perspectives allows the Integral thinker to bring new depth, clarity and compassion to every level of human endeavor—from unlocking individual potential to finding new approaches to global-scale problems.”
If you are interested in learning more about Integral Theory here are some resources to get you started on what for many of us has become an adventure:
Sean Esbjörn-Hagens has written a very accessible overview of Integral Theory that is available at Integral Life.
Ken Wilber published a short introduction to the theory in 2007 called The Integral Vision.
The Simple Feeling of Being is a delightful collection of Ken Wilber’s writing that really gives a feel for the theory and the heart of the man who developed it.