Why Practice?

Why Practice is the topic of this post. In it I talk about how the practices that have long been a part of my life supported me during the last eight months. I write it in celebration that my brother, who was diagnosed with leukemia eight months ago. On Oct. 3 he comes home with new, healthy stem cells after a successful bone marrow transplant. [Read more...]

Got Drama?

Got Drama? introduces the Spiritual Intelligence Assessment created by Cindy Wigglesworth whose new book, SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, is coming out in October. Barbara is certified to administer and interpret the assessment. Her upcoming virtual workshop, Discover Your Unique Spiritual Intelligence, is outlined as well. [Read more...]

To Where and Back?

Reviewing Dr. Mary Neal’s book To Heaven and Back, this post addresses the interpretative lenses through which her experience is described. A Hindu, and the writer of this post for that matter, would not describe the experience in the same way! [Read more...]

Gotta Love Sam Harris!

Sam Harris’ defense of the word spiritual prompts me to write about Ken Wilber’s pre/trans fallacy. It’s another look at how atheists’ criticism of all things spiritual is really a shot at one particular level of development’s theological perspective. [Read more...]

The Paradox of Progress

Goethe once wrote, “Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.” We live with a clear paradox . . . compelling evidence of human evolution and equally compelling and often horrific evidence of what appears to be our lack thereof. In order [Read More...]

Humanity Is Evolving . . . Really?!

  “Evolution is best thought of as Spirit-in-action, God-in-the making, where Spirit unfolds itself at every stage of development, thus manifesting more of itself, and realizing more of itself, at every unfolding. Spirit is not some particular stage, or some favorite ideology, or some specific god or goddess, but rather the entire process of unfolding [Read More...]

The God You Don’t Believe in Doesn’t Exist

One of the useful bits about levels of development, which I’ve been talking about in the last few posts, is that spiritual traditions are very different at each level. In my practice many people have rejected the tradition in which they were raised because they cannot agree with the theology. My first question is always, [Read More...]

Widening Circles of Compassion

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa One of the best ways to describe the movement of through levels of development is to see the progression as widening circles of compassion. Merriam-Webster defines compassion as a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with [Read More...]

Which Is It?

Why is it that religion is such a complex, confusing and polarizing force in the world? How could something that, on the one hand, teaches so much love and life be, on the other hand, the cause of so much destruction? Integral Vision pp.. 105-108 This quote begins the Spiritual but Not Religious section of [Read More...]

How Theory Comes Alive

This week I want to share a poem written by my friend, Vanessa Fisher. Vanessa is an artist, activist and global nomad who shares my love of Integral Theory and expresses her hope for its impact this way  . . . The Art of Theory Let this theory be living imagination an artist’s communication an [Read More...]


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