Integral: to integrate, to bring together, to join, to link, to embrace. Not in the sense of uniformity, but in the sense of unity-in-diversity.
An integral approach acknowledges and addresses mind, body, soul and spirit; the individual and the collective; as well as the interior and exterior aspects of Life. It includes approaching any subject matter from biological, neurological, societal, cultural, psychological, and spiritual fields of study, research, and wisdom. More »
“The nature of consciousness is in knowing and thinking. The virtue of consciousness is in love. Knowing, thinking, and love are the fundamental functions of human consciousness, the full realization of which constitutes the fulfillment of humanity, of what it means to be human.” (Yasuhiko Genku Kimura)
“The functions of consciousness include perceiving, desiring, willing and acting. The structures of consciousness, some facets of which can be unconscious, include body, mind, soul, and spirit. The states of consciousness include normal (e.g., waking, dreaming, sleeping) and altered (e.g., nonordinary, meditative). The modes of consciousness include aesthetic, moral and scientific. The development of consciousness spans the entire spectrum from prepersonal to personal to transpersonal, subconscious to self-conscious to superconscious, id to ego to Spirit. The relational and behavioral aspects of consciousness refer to its mutual interaction with the objective, exterior world and the sociocultural world of shared values and perceptions.” (Ken Wilber)
And from the dictionary….
con·scious·ness ( kÅn’shÉ™s-nÄs) n.
1. The state or condition of being conscious.
2. A sense of one’s personal or collective identity, including the attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or group: Love of freedom runs deep in the national consciousness.
3. a)Special awareness or sensitivity: class consciousness; race consciousness.
b) Alertness to or concern for a particular issue or situation: a movement aimed at raising the general public’s consciousness of social injustice.
4. In psychoanalysis, the conscious.
The Good, the True and the Beautiful are equally honored forms of truth, as formulated by Plato:
- intersubjective or cultural truth = the Good
- objective or behavioral truth and interobjective or social truth = the True
- subjective or intentional truth = the Beautiful
Integral Life Practice (ILP) is a spiritual practice that makes use of the full range of human transformational wisdom and insight. It therefore consists of lighting up and developing in healthy ways all relevant aspects of reality both within ourselves and within any context we find ourselves in. More »