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Top 20 Audio Dialogues on Integral Life
February 06, 2009 16:12

Here are the 20 highest-rated audio dialogues on IntegralLife.com. 

Note that anything labeled "free" can be accessed by anyone, while premium content can only be viewed by logged-in Premium members....

 

The Sacred Heart of Christianity. Part 1: Sitting on Top of the World
Rollie Stanich and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 37/37

Rollie Stanich, the Chief Facilitator of Integral Spiritual Center and longtime student of Father Thomas Keating, shares his remarkable path into the heart of contemplative Christianity.  He and Ken explore the esoteric contours at the core of the world's largest religion, while offering new ways to interpret, practice, and enliven this rich tradition in the 21st century.
 

 

Where is Integral Islam?
Ken Wilber and Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 33/33

Here Ken is asked why there has been an apparent lack of Islamic perspectives within the Integral community, and how much the world would benefit from such an Integral approach to the Islamic tradition.  He discusses several Moslim scholars who have had a profound impact upon his own life and work, talks about some of the major obstacles Islam as a whole is currently experiencing in the modern and postmodern worlds—obstacles which are shared to some degree by all the world's major religions, and others which seem unique to this fascinating tradition....
 

Exploring the Technium. Part 1: Technology, Evolution, and God
Kevin Kelly and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 32/32

Wired magazine's own "Senior Maverick" talks with Ken Wilber about some of the ideas behind Kevin's blog The Technium, which explores the various ways humanity defines and redefines itself through the interface of science, technology, culture, and consciousness.  Kevin also shares some of his own thoughts about the role of spirituality in the 21st century, going into considerable depth around his own spiritual awakening several decades ago.

 

Integral Zen. Part 2: Perspectives and Practice
Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 30/30

Diane and Ken discuss the ways the Integral vision has helped enliven and enrich Zen practice by taking a multi-perspectival approach to spirituality, culminating in the “1-2-3” of Spirit and the “3-2-1” shadow process.

 

 

Integral Zen. Part 3: The Shadow of Evolution
Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 30/33

Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Ken Wilber discuss the potential dark side of evolutionary spirituality—most notably the threat of “spiritual fascism”—as well as the dangerous collapse of hierarchical thinking and the rampant anti-intellectualism that can be found in today’s modern and postmodern spiritual practices.
 

 

Exploring the Technium. Part 2: Spiritual Machines
Kevin Kelly and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 27/27

In the second installation of this extraordinary dialogue, Kevin Kelly and Ken Wilber discuss the nature of evolutionary emergence - the mysterious process by which new wholes manifest in the universe, each greater than the sum of their parts. They speak about humanity's role in this evolutionary process, especially in the creation of new types of intelligences: living, breathing, thinking machines.

 

Waking Down. Part 1: Introducing Saniel Bonder
Saniel Bonder and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 26/28

In this dialogue Saniel Bonder shares the story of his own spiritual journey, including his time spent with the always-controversial Adi Da. Saniel explains how this relationship has helped transform his relationship with spirituality itself, having shifted from a devotional-based practice, to one anchored in intimate mutuality between teacher and student.

 

The Sacred Heart of Christianity. Part 2: Simply Love
Rollie Stanich and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 23/23

Rollie Stanich and Ken Wilber discuss Christ's most fundamental teaching: to simply love. They explore the many ways we have interpreted this most elementary message throughout history, interpretations that have produced almost as much suffering in the world as they have liberation....

 

 

 

Integral Zen. Part 4: Coming Home
Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 22/23

Diane Musho Hamilton and Ken Wilber conclude their fascinating discussion about Integral Zen, which attempts to cultivate a clear and unobstructed awareness that fully penetrates the heart of emptiness, while fully illuminating the entire world of form....

 

 

Idiot Savant, or Just an Idiot?
Ken Wilber
Usefulness: 20/21

For anyone who has ever wondered how Ken does the work he does—work that has been compared with that of the true geniuses of humanity— this is a gem of a conversation. With a degree of humility that some might find surprising, Ken explains that his skill at pattern recognition and information synthesis is akin to that of an “idiot savant”: no one knows how it works, it’s not something one can take personal credit for, and all one can do is their utmost to communicate the truths of this gift as best as he or she can—with humor, and lightness, and freedom. As Ken jokes, “Is he special, or is he just weird? History will tell….” Truly, this is one of the most fascinating and revealing segments on Integral Naked, and we invite you listen in….

 

Big Mind + Evolution = The New Bodhisattva Vow
Ken Wilber
Usefulness: 20/22

What is the relationship of evolutionary consciousness in relationship to the bodhisattva vow? Ken responds that, traditionally, the bodhisattva vow is a vow to “liberate all sentient beings” so that they may recognize their own ever-present Big Mind and True Self. What evolutionary awareness does is reveal a second dimension of the Enlightenment process that must now be a part of how a bodhisattva functions in the world, because although pure nondual Emptiness does not evolve or change, sentient beings do. With each new structure of consciousness, Spirit has a new way to understand itself, which is not simply recycled samsara dressed up to look like something new, but a stunning and grand act of emergent creativity on a Kosmic scale—one which you are invited to participate in, if you really want it. Only an Integral Approach understands that the higher you progress up structures of consciousness, the longer you will be able to rest in the recognition of your own Big Mind and True Self, and thus have the chance to co-create, in earnest, Spirit’s moment-to-moment manifestation of the evolving Great Perfection we call home.
 

The Origins of the Integral Vision
Ken Wilber
Usefulness: 18/18

In this introduction to the Integral Vision, Ken is asked, "How would you define what you do?" As the leader in the field of Integral studies and application, Ken goes all the way back to the beginning: a medical student at Duke University who couldn't get any of the important questions answered from a traditional educational setting. What's the meaning of life? Why am I here? What's the good life? What is the Good, the True, the Beautiful? Fundamentally, what is important in human life? And so he set out on his own. Are these questions that you are asking yourself too?
 

The Sacred Heart of Christianity. Part 3: Fully Human, Fully Divine
Rollie Stanich and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 17/17

Rollie Stanich and Ken Wilber offer a theoretical framework to make sense of Christ's timeless teaching to be at once "fully human" and "fully divine." They explore two fairly simple concepts that lie at the core of any discussion around religion, spirituality, and mystical experience: the notion of "vertical development" through the major stages of consciousness, and of "horizontal development" through the major states of consciousness. These are the two axes of personal and spiritual development, two vectors of human potential that intersect deep in our hearts, tracing an outline of Christianity’s most sacred symbol with each and every breath....

 

An Integral Approach to Judaism. Part 1: The Tip of the Dreidel
Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 17/18

Rabbi David Ingber and Ken Wilber explore the implications of taking an Integral approach to Judaism, one which promises to include all the important insights of previous approaches, without ever privileging one perspective or interpretation of this ancient religion to the exclusion of the others. They then go on to discuss an impossibly painful chapter of human history, during which the unimaginable suffering European Jews endured was eclipsed only by the immeasurable wealth of knowledge, tradition, and insight that was forever lost to the Holocaust….

 

The World in Balance: Transformation and Translation
Ken Wilber
Usefulness: 15/15

This paradox is clear: we desperately need to begin finding truly worldcentric solutions to global sustainability; otherwise we are certainly committing a slow collective suicide—yet 70% of humanity remains at ethnocentric or egocentric stages of development, incapable of even caring about such solutions. The need for massive world-wide transformation has never been more urgent, and yet we still don't even understand what makes people transform in the first place! So how, from an integral perspective, can we help people grow into these higher stages? Ken makes it clear that the priority of the integral movement is really not to attempt to transform people, but instead to help them best translate the world from whatever level they are at. This might be visualized as taking a horizontal approach, rather than a vertical one, in which the goal is to help balance all four quadrants, to the very best that they can be balanced at a particular level. Integral consciousness, after all, allows for all levels of development, without forcing its values upon anyone else—and while we might hope for the most amount of vertical transformation possible within a given lifetime, we all have the right to remain at any stage for any amount of time. How can we begin to establish "stations of life" that offer healthy translation for each stage of development, truly serving the most depth for the most span, and through which the natural transformation of humanity can move most fluidly?
 

Sex, Gender, Trans-Gender
Ken Wilber
Usefulness: 15/15

Along with Quadrants, Levels, Lines, and States, Types is one of the five fundamental elements of the AQAL Integral Model. Types has been explored in approaches such as the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs, but the simplest typology is that of masculine and feminine. Here the student questions whether gender identity is not simply a matter of types, but perhaps also a developmental line. As Ken explains, yes, looked at certain way, gender identity is most definitely a line of development. At an egocentric level of development, gender identity is closely tied to one’s biological sex as a male or female human organism. At an ethnocentric level of development, those biological differences between men and women are then cemented in gender roles as “God’s way.” At a worldcentric level of development, one is finally free to critique and reject the socially-constructed gender roles of one’s culture, and then create one’s gender identity as one wishes. At an integral and Kosmocentric level of development, one actually becomes in a sense “trans-gender,” as one’s locus of identity is found in all that is arising, of which the body-mind is one small part. Ken goes on to comment on the four-quadrant nature of sex and gender identity, and the importance of a truly integral feminism….
 

Musing on the Mechanics of Reincarnation
Ken Wilber
Usefulness: 15/15

What is this ‘subtle body’ that we keep hearing about, and what does it have to do with reincarnation? Ken explains that, as proposed by the great Wisdom Traditions, such as Vedanta and Vajrayana, human consciousness has at least three primary components: states, structures, and bodies. The three major states are waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, a simple version of structures is the chakra system (when looked at in their developmental aspects), and bodies are necessary to support both states and structures. Put simply, for every mind there is a body—they are the supporting structures of consciousness, giving us at least a gross bodymind a subtle bodymind and a causal bodymind. The claim of reincarnation theories—generally speaking—is that the subtle and casual bodyminds can separate from the gross bodymind at death, enter an intermediary subtle-dream plane (such as the bardo), and then proceed to reincarnate in another gross bodymind from there.

Traditional conceptions of between-life realms and reincarnation often rely heavily on metaphysical schemes such as the Great Chain of Being. The problem is, traditional metaphysics, even without going into the issue of reincarnation, cannot adequately respond to postmodern criticism—which is why an Integral Post-Metaphysics is needed, and that is just what you will find suggested here....

 

Exploring the Architecture of Happiness
Alain de Botton and Stuart Davis
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 15/15

Alain de Botton and Stuart Davis discuss the many ways architecture affects our moods, minds, and identities, shaping our experiences and bending our will according to the patterns of society. Together they help us recognize all the ways we are influenced by our surroundings, allowing us to deepen our relationship with history and more consciously engage our environment in the present moment.

 

 

Video Games and the Future of Entertainment. Part 1: Trojan Horses
Moses Silbiger and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 15/15

From the monochromatic minimalism of Atari's iconic Pong, to the rotund gluttony of the pill-popping Pac Man, to the world's most famous mustache hanging beneath Super Mario's pepperoni-sniffing proboscis, all the way to the adrenaline-soaked frag-fest of today's grizzled Halo warriors—video games have come a very long way in the past thirty years, redefining entertainment for an entire generation. It is therefore fairly surprising that, almost a full decade into the 21st century, video games as a whole continue to be somewhat marginalized in American culture, often perceived as a frivolous distraction at best, a menace to society at worst. Here Ken and Moses discuss the artistic, educational, and transformational potential within the medium of video games, and how they can act as "trojan horses" of human development.

 

Video Games and the Future of Entertainment. Part 2: The Singularity—Rupture or Rapture?
Moses Silbiger and Ken Wilber
Written by Corey W. deVos
Usefulness: 15/16

According to Moore's Law, computational power is doubling every 18 months. Which means that the year 2000 marked 32 consecutive doublings since the invention of the transistor, while 2006 marked 32 doublings since the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958. We are now living on the second half of the chessboard—and from here on out, things get really crazy. Turing-approved artificial intelligence, cyborg brain/computer interfaces, nanotechnology, even the possibility of uploading consciousness to digital substrate—all of this "post-human" technology is now becoming increasingly feasible, and there is a very good chance we could see this (and more) achieved within most of our lifetimes. Moses and Ken talk about this approaching technological Singularity, as popularized by Ray Kurzweil, discussing the need for an equivalent Singularity in both consciousness and culture….

 

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