Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ken Wilber Quotes

Ken Wilber (b. January 31, 1949, Oklahoma City, U.S.), is an American author who writes on psychology, philosophy, mysticism, ecology, and spiritual evolution. His work formulates what he calls an "integral theory of consciousness." He is a leading proponent of the integral movement and founded the Integral Institute in 1998. While Wilber has practiced Buddhist meditation methods and the teachings of Madhyamika Buddhism, those teachings articulated in the philosophy of Nagarjuna particularly underpin his work, Wilber does not self-identify as a Buddhist.

"The integral approach is committed to the full spectrum of consciousness as it manifests in all its extraordinary diversity. This allows the integral approach to recognize and honor the Great Holarchy of Being first elucidated by the perennial philosophy and the great wisdom traditions in general... The integral vision embodies an attempt to take the best of both worlds, ancient and modern. But that demands a critical stance willing to reject unflinchingly the worst of both as well."

"In fact, at this point in history, the most radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation would occur simply if everybody truly evolved to a mature, rational, and responsible ego, capable of freely participating in the open exchange of mutual self-esteem. There is the 'edge of history.' There would be a real New Age."

"In other words, the real problem is not exterior. The real problem is interior. The real problem is how to get people to internally transform, from egocentric to sociocentric to worldcentric consciousness, which is the only stance that can grasp the global dimensions of the problem in the first place, and thus the only stance that can freely, even eagerly, embrace global solutions."

"Global consciousness is not an objective belief that can be taught to anybody and everybody, but a subjective transformation in the interior structures that can hold belief in the first place, which itself is the product of a long line of inner consciousness development."

"The more we emphasize teaching a merely Right-Hand map of systems theory or a Gaia Web of Life, instead of equally emphasizing the importance of interior development from egocentric to sociocentric to worldcentric, then the more we are contributing to Gaia's demise."

"Saving the biosphere depends first and foremost on human beings reaching mutual understanding and unforced agreement as to common ends. And that intersubjective accord occurs only in the noosphere. Anything short of that noospheric accord will continue to destroy the biosphere."

"In other words, all of my books are lies. They are simply maps of a territory, shadows of a reality, gray symbols dragging their bellies across the dead page, suffocated signs full of muffled sound and faded glory, signifying absolutely nothing. And it is the nothing, the Mystery, the Emptiness alone that needs to be realized: not known but felt, not thought but breathed, not an object but an atmosphere, not a lesson but a life."

"We move from part to whole and back again, and in that dance of comprehension, in that amazing circle of understanding, we come alive to meaning, to value, and to vision: the very circle of understanding guides our way, weaving together the pieces, healing the fractures, mending the torn and tortured fragments, lighting the way ahead - this extraordinary movement from part to whole and back again, with healing the hallmark of each and every step, and grace the tender reward."

"There is arguably no more important and pressing topic than the relation of science and religion in the modern world. Science is clearly one of the most profound methods that humans have yet devised for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning. Truth and meaning, science and religion; but we still cannot figure out how to get the two of them together in a fashion that both find acceptable."

"The Realization of the Nondual traditions is uncompromising: There is only Spirit, there is only God, there is only Emptiness in all its radiant wonder. All the good and all the evil, the very best and the very worst, the upright and the degenerate— each and all are radically perfect manifestations of Spirit precisely as they are. There is nothing but God, nothing but the Goddess, nothing but Spirit in all directions, and not a grain of sand, not a speck of dust, is more or less Spirit than any other."

"Prana is implicate to matter but explicate to mind; mind is implicate to prana but explicate to soul; soul is implicate to mind but explicate to spirit; and the spirit is the source and suchness of the entire sequence."

"The single greatest world transformation would simply be the embrace of global reasonableness and pluralistic tolerance - the global embrace of egoic-rationality (on the way to centauric vision-logic)."

"Gaia's main problems are not industrialization, ozone depletion, overpopulation, or resource depletion. Gaia's main problem is the lack of mutual understanding and mutual agreement in the noosphere about how to proceed with those problems. We cannot rein in industry if we cannot reach mutual understanding and mutual agreement based on a worldcentric moral perspective concerning the global commons. And we reach the worldcentric moral perspective through a difficult and laborious process of interior growth and transcendence."

"There is intersubjectivity woven into the very fabric of the Kosmos at all levels."

more Ken Wilber quotes

Think for Yourself; Question Authority

Think for Yourself;
Question Authority

The development of Timothy Leary's theories and his impact on the psychedelic-cybernetic counterculture.

Read it here.

Three Lectures on Alchemy

In a lecture that Terence McKenna gave at Wetlands Preserve in 1998, he said that he was "very grateful to the people who type up my talks and then post them at their websites." In that spirit, we are presenting a few of his talks on alchemy transcribed from the raw notes of those who attended them.

"Gnosticism is the idea that somehow the pure, holy, real light of being was scattered through a universe of darkness and of Saturnine power and that the goal is that by a process which we can call yogic or alchemical or meditative or moral/ethical, the light must be gathered and concentrated in the body and then somehow released and redeemed. All esoteric traditions, East and West, talk about the creation of this body of light and we will not, in this weekend, talk very much about alchemy, non-western alchemy, Taoist and Vedic alchemy, but in those systems too the notion is about the creation of this vehicle of light. This is one metaphor for the externalization of the soul."

"Imagination. I think this is the first time I've used this word this evening. The imagination is central to the alchemical opus because it is literally a process that goes on the realm of the imagination taken to be a physical dimension. And I think that we cannot understand the history that lies ahead of us unless we think in terms of a journey into the imagination. We have exhausted the world of three dimensional space. We are polluting it. We are overpopulating it. We are using it up. Somehow the redemption of the human enterprise lies in the dimension of the imagination. And to do that we have to transcend the categories that we inherit from a thousand years of science and Christianity and rationalism and we have to re-empower and re-encounter the mind and we can do this psychedelically, we can do this yogically, or we can do it alchemically and hermetically."

Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites: Places of Peace and Power

Alex Grey Explains a Mystical Experience

Alex Grey Explains a Mystical Experience

McCain, NeoCons, the Israel Lobby Ron Paul Weekly Standard

McCain, NeoCons, the Israel Lobby Ron Paul Weekly Standard

Ron Paul on Neo-Cons

Evil Disney?

Some interesting things you might not know about Disney here.

Horton hears a Who?

Meet Katie

Horton hears a Who is some great entrainment, but pretty much sucks in the entertainment section. The first half hour was a wreck, the rest not much better and none of the voice actors involved could make it really funny. It feels very rushed too. Though here we have a cgi movie telling kids that just because we can't see, hear or feel something, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist! That there could be an infinite number of worlds out there, and that an elephant in the sky who remembers everything is coming to save them from something they didn't even know was coming! Hmmm. Here are some interesting and some funny lines:

Horton: There. Whoever you are, all your troubles are over. I'll-I'll put you down safe on this comfortable clover. (another interdimensional Cloverfield - maybe related to cloverleaf interchanges, the luck aspect or whatever else)

Horton: Even though you can't hear or see them at all. A person is a person, that is my code.

Narrator, Horton, Dr. Hoovey: A person's a person, no matter how small.

Horton: This entire jungle is a house of death!

Horton: C'mon guys, we're all mammals! (To the monkeys attacking him with bananas)

Horton: We must become invisible, travel silently, for there are forces that would seek to destroy us.

Morton: Dude, you are a warrior poet.

The Mayor of Who-ville: [after being told no one believes him] Horton believes me.

The Mayor of Who-ville: Dr Larue, if our world was say a tiny speck. How would we know?
Dr. Larue: Well we would have unexplicable tremors, tramatic changes in the weather, and if we didn't achieve stability our world is headed for disaster.
*lightbalb pops* Mayor: Oh we're doomed.

Sour Kangaroo: If you can't see, hear or feel something it doesn't exist. And believing in "tiny imaginary people" is just not something we do — or tolerate around here.

Sour Kangaroo: That Horton is a menace. He has the kids using their imagination. It's sick.

Sour Kangaroo: What is happening to the Jungle of Nool?! There once was a time when people were people and specks were specks. Well, I say if you can't see it, hear it, or feel it, it DOESN'T EXIST!! Our way of life is under attack! And who's leading that attack? Horton! Are we going to let troublemakers like Horton poison the minds of our children?! If Horton tells the children about worlds beyond the jungle, he makes them question authority! Which leads to defiance, Which leads to anarchy!! Are we going to let him get away with this?!

Rudy: Mom, Mom! Please, you are so weird, don't do this to me.

Wickersham brothers: He's going to be roped; he's going to be caged. Horton the elephant's going to be caged!

Heather: We've all got our own clovers with worlds on them!

Katie: In my world everyone is a pony, and they all eat rainbows, and poop butterflies.

Daily Dedroidify: Vedic Boom

Daily Dedroidify: Vedic Boom

The Vedas collectively refers to a collection of ancient Indo Aryan religious literature that are considered by adherents of Hinduism to be revealed knowledge. Many Hindus believe the Vedas existed since the beginning of creation. The oldest text found, the RigVeda is now dated to around 1,500 BC, but most Indologists agree that a long oral tradition possibly existed before it was written down.

Robert Oppenheimer quoted the Bhagavad Gita of the Vedas after the world's first atomic bomb test. But was it really the first? Let's remind ourselves of what we have done to each other in our own past as described in the Vedas and hope it doesn't happen again:

"The valiant Adwatthaman, then staying resolutely on his vimana (flying machine!) touched water and invoked the Agneya weapon, incapable of being resisted by the very Gods. Aiming at all his visible and invisible foes, the preceptor's son, that Slayer of hostile heroes, inspired with mantras a blazing shaft of the effulgence of a smokeless fire and let it off on all sides, filled with rage. Dense showers of arrows then issued from it in the welkin. Endued with fiery flames those arrows encompassed Parthie on all sides. Meteors flashed down from the firmament. A thick gloom suddenly shrouded the (Pandava) host. All points of the compass also were enveloped by that darkness... Inauspicious winds began to blow. The Sun himself no longer gave any heat... The very elements seemed to be perturbed... The Universe scorched with heats seemed to be in a fever. The elephants and other creatures of the land scorched by the energy of that weapon, ran in fright, breathing heavily and desirous of protection against that terrible force. The very water being heated, the creatures residing in that element, O Bharata, became exceedingly uneasy and seemed to burn...

Huge elephants burnt by that weapon, fell down on the Earth all around, uttering fierce cries loud as those of the clouds. Other huge elephants, scorched by that fire, ran hither and thither, roared aloud in fear, as if in the midst of a forest conflagration. The steeds, O King, and the cars also burnt by that weapon looked, O Sire, like the tops of trees burnt in a forest fire."
From page 677 of the transcription of the ancient Drona Parva text

Vedic literature - especially the Bhagavad-gita - was studied and praised by personalities like Einstein, Schopenhauer, Kant, Hegel, Emerson, Thoreau, Schweizer,... and many other scientists and scholars.