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Integral theory is a meta-theory pioneered by philosopher Ken Wilber. It is an attempt at a "theory of everything" that draws across all major disciplines, including religion, psychology, philosophy, and the sciences. Integral Spirituality serves as a central part of the teachings of many contemplative Christians, such as Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating, and Cynthia Bourgeault. Contemplative Light employs Integral Theory in hopes that its framework can facilitate a greater connection to God for every spiritual seeker. Below, we have made some introductory outlines of Integral thought.
Structure-Stages of Psycho-spiritual development.
Introduction to Ken Wilber, Integral Theory, and Stages of Mysticism.
The Rumi Hour
Praise to the emptiness that blanks out existence. Existence:
This place made from our love for that emptiness!
Yet somehow comes emptiness,
this existence goes.
Suffering, the flame of Spirit, the one and the many, dissolution, union. The poem for this episode of the Rumi Hour is In The Center Of The Fire.
Themes of Leonard Cohen
Leonard doesn't have the freedom to refuse God's will in the opening track of Old Ideas, and according to the teachings of Ramesh Balsekar, none of us do.
According to Leonard, the demographic of people who like his songs could be called "the broken-hearted." This is about a classic song of brokenness.
It had been over three years since I left the monastery. To avoid the holiday frenzy that carries with it an all-infecting germ of anxiety, I decided to return to the monastery to visit and spend Christmas in silence. Stepping through the doors, it was indeed the power of Sacred Silence that wrapped around me, enveloping me again in Infinite Safety.
Of all the profound and sacred dirges of Leonard Cohen's song catalog, "Undertow," from the album Dear Heather, has been overlooked more than most. It has, at times, assured me that emotional valleys - particularly my own unexpected ones - are actually the most beautiful blessings of life.
A look at the legendary Leonard Cohen song, line by line.....