Ken Wilber

A Quote by Ken Wilber on ego, spirit, transcend and include, integral, and development

"Transcending the ego" thus actually means to transcend but include the ego in a deeper and higher embrace, first in the soul or deeper psychic, then with the Witness or primordial Self, then with each previous stage taken up, enfolded, included, and embraced in the radiance of One Taste. And that means we do not "get rid" of the small ego, but rahter, we inhabit it fully, live it with verve, use it as the necessary vehicle through which higher truths are communicated. Soul and Spirit include body, emotions, and mind; they do not erase them.

Ken Wilber

Source: The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader., Pages: 33

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on ego, exuberance, integral, and spirit

Put bluntly, the ego is not an obstruction to Spirit, but a radiant manifestation of Spirit. All Forms are not other than Emptiness, including the form of the ego. It is not necessary to get rid of the ego, but simply to live with it a certain exuberance.

Ken Wilber

Source: The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader., Pages: 33

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A Quote by Ken Wilber

"For what we don't realize today is just what the typical self of every previous stage failed likewise to comprehend: this is not the highest and greatest mode of consciousness which can be attained - there lie ahead the realms of the superconscious and the pitiful ego, by comparison, is as a speck of nothingness."

Ken Wilber

Source: Up from Eden, New Edition : A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution

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A Quote by Ken Wilber

 

In the following pages I will try to suggest the one location of Spirit that damages none, embraces all, and announces itself with the simplest of clarity, which leaves no places left untouched by care nor cuts its embrace for a chosen few; neither does it hide its face in the shadows of true belivers, nor take up residence on a chosen piece of real estate, but rather looks out from the very personnow reading these words, too obvious to ignore, too simple to discribe, too easy to believe. In the Eye of Spirit we will all meet, and I will find you there, and you me, and the miracle is that we will find each other at all. Adn the fact that we do is one o f the simplest proofs, no doubt, of God's insistent existence. Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber

Source: The Eye of Spirit

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on dream states, three bodies, and integral theory

In the dream state, the mind and soul are set free to create as they please, to imagine vast worlds not tied to gross sensory realities but reaching out, almost magically, to touch other souls, other people and far-off places, wild and radiant images cascading to the rhythm of the heart's desire.

Ken Wilber

Source: Integral Spirituality : A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World, Pages: 25-26

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on criticism, ken wilber, shadow, projecting, controlling, never met me, borderline psychotic, borderline, ad hominen, and ad hominem

Shambhala:  [Laughing]  Actually, the most common ad hominen criticism as of late is that you are a very controlling person.  You have tried to build a huge and encompassing system because psychologically you want to control everything and everybody.

KW:  Yes, I've heard that, but only from critics who have never met me, which suggests to me that these critics are simply projecting their own shadow onto me.  Because the people who know me don't say that I am competitive or controlling.

Shambhala:  What do they say that you are?

KW:  Borderline psychotic.

Ken Wilber

Source: http://wilber.shambhala.com/html/interviews/interview1220_2.cfm

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on ken wilber, fred koffman, healthy, communion, agency, eros, pathological, repression, agape, regression, holon, self-transcendence, self-dissolution, self-immanence, phobos, and thanatos

KW:  Fred's first criticism had to do with the four drives of any holon.  In SES, I listed these as agency (horizontal individuation) and communion (horizontal linking), and self-transcendence (vertically moving up) and self-dissolution (vertically moving down).  Fred pointed out that the first three drives were, correctly, the healthy version of those drives; but for the fourth drive, I had incorrectly given the pathological version of the descending drive.  The healthy downward drive -- the drive of the higher to embrace and enfold the lower, which I call agape or compassion, or what might be called self-immanence (the dialectical opposite of self-transcendence) -- I actually gave as thanatos, which is not the embrace of the lower by the higher but the dissolution or regression of the higher to the lower.  When it came to vertically moving upward, I had correctly given that as Eros or self-transcendence, seeking out higher and wider wholeness.  The pathological version of Eros is phobos, which is not the transcendence of the lower but the repression of the lower.  But when it came to vertically moving downward, instead of giving the healthy agape -- where the higher embraces, enfolds, and "loves" the lower, as a molecule embraces its atoms -- I inadvertantly gave the pathological thanatos, where the higher merely dissolves into the lower, dies or decomposes (e.g., the molecules dissipate into their constitutive atoms).  So the four drives should be agency and communion, and self-transcendence and self-immanence (not self-dissolution).

This is a brilliant criticism, and of the hundreds of thousands of people who went over those ideas, only Fred spotted it.  (Incidentally, I still sometimes list the fourth drive as self-dissolution, simply because that is so much easier to understand in an introductory statement.  But my actual position should now be clear, thanks to Fred...

Ken Wilber

Source: http://wilber.shambhala.com/html/interviews/interview1220_2.cfm

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on awareness, experience, mind, wilber, and one taste

You can indeed be aware of your body, but you can also be aware of your mind - you can right now notice all the thoughts and ideas and images floating in front of the mind's inward eye. You can, in other words, experience your mind, be aware of your mind. And it's very important to experience your mind directly, cleanly, intensely, because only by bringing awareness to the mind can you begin to transcend the mind and be free of its limitations.

Ken Wilber

Source: One Taste, Pages: 177

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on spirit, enlightenment, enlightened, aware, awareness, cognition, recognition, beginning, always already, timeless, eternal, omnipresent, all-encompassing, all-pervading, permeated, perfectly, completely, and present dzogchen

If Spirit has any meaning, it must be omnipresent, or all-pervading and all-encompassing. There can't be a place where 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.

Furthermore, it is not that Spirit is present but you need to be enlightened in order to see it. It is not that you are one with Spirit but just don't know it yet. Because that would also imply that there is some place Spirit is not. No, according to Dzogchen, you are always already one with Spirit, and that awareness is always already fully present, right now. You are looking directly at Spirit, with Spirit, in every act of awareness. There is nowhere Spirit is not.

Further, if Spirit has any meaning at all, then it must be eternal, or without beginning or end. If Spirit had a beginning in time, then it would be strictly temporal, it would not be timeless and eternal. And this means, as regards your own awareness, that you cannot become enlightened. You cannot attain enlightenment. If you could attain enlightenment, then that state would have a beginning in time, and so it would not be true enlightenment.
  
Rather, Spirit, and enlightement, has to be something that you are fully aware of right now. Something you are already looking at right now... We are all already looking directly at Spirit, we just don't recognize it. We have all the necessary cognition, but not the recognition.

Ken Wilber

Source: Grace and Grit : Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber, Pages: 370

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on divine, consciousness, and union

there are only two general stances you can have in relation to the Divine Ground:  since all things are one with Ground, you can either be aware of that oneness, or you can be unaware of that oneness.  That is, you can be conscious or unconscious of your union with the Divine Ground:  those are the only two choices you have.

Ken Wilber

Source: The Eye of Spirit : An Integral Vision for a World Gone Slightly Mad, Pages: 53

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