A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and Everything
By Ken Wilber
Paperback original / Shambhala Publications / 232 pages / 5 1/2 x 7
ISBN 978-1-59030-475-4 / August 2007
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Reviews of The Integral Vision
“Philosopher, psychologist, and mystic Wilber delivers on the subtitle’s far-reaching promise. . . . Chock full of handsome illustrations and spare, Zen-like diagrams and tables, Wilber’s work here is still accessible and at times surprisingly practical. Some language spirals up majestically, recalling great Eastern texts. Reminiscent in spirit and watershed import of Ram Dass’s Be Here Now, Wilber may well have created a popular classic for explorers on the frontiers of humanity.”—Publishers Weekly
Description of The Integral Vision
At last, an accessible book for anyone who wants an easy introduction to Ken Wilber’s thought and its practical applications, both personal and global. The key components of his Integral Approach—a tool for “making sense of everything”—are distilled here into a simple and elegant full-color presentation.
What is the Integral Approach? Suppose we took everything that all the various cultures have to tell us about human potential—about psychological, spiritual, and social growth—and tried to identify the critically essential patterns that connect these pieces of knowledge. What if we attempted, based on this extensive cross-cultural study, to create an all-inclusive map that includes the best elements from all of the world’s great traditions?
The Integral Approach provides just such a map. Using all the known systems and models of human growth—from the ancient shamans and sages to the latest breakthroughs in cognitive science—it distills their major components into five simple factors that readers can verify in their own consciousness right now.
In any field of interest—such as business, law, science, psychology, health, or everyday living and learning—the Integral Approach ensures that we are utilizing the full range of resources for the situation, leading to a greater likelihood of success. By providing easily understood explanations, exercises, and familiar examples, The Integral Vision shows how we can accelerate personal growth and development to higher, wider, deeper ways of being, and achieve greater excellence in private and professional life.