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Oleg LinetskyOleg Linetsky is 34 and lives in Odessa, Ukraine. He's got two high degrees in mathematics and psychology from Odessa State University where he has learned and worked. He's currently employed in high technologies and communications. For over the last 20 years he has studied and practiced mysticism. For a certain period of time he has traveled in India, Nepal, Tibet where he studied Buddhism and Advaita-Vedanta. He is founder and co-editor of the portal www.integralportal.ru

Open letter to Ken Wilber and integral teachers

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On boundaries, mechanism of conscious evolution, perennial philosophy and experiential approach to integralism

Oleg Linetsky

Dear Ken,

First of all I would like to express my deep love and gratitude for the light of wisdom you bring and your incomparable contribution for the good of sentient beings. Your works had a great impact on my own life, for which I am very grateful to you. On my journey through the pages of your books I experienced a true divine joy.

In this letter I would like to illuminate a side of the Integral Approach (IA) which up until now remained in the darkness, i.e. boundaries. Just like any other objects inside the quadrants, boundaries are objects that can be felt and realized, so they cannot be ignored and left outside the integral map. There are boundaries, even though also illusory for the non-dual witness.

In the natural state of non-dual oneness it becomes clear that all forms arise from the light of primordial ground, and even boundaries are a concentrated light of clarity of the nature of the mind and the final barriers on the way to the inexpressible. They are the very core of our feeling of aliveness and awake. They let us feel joy and suffering of life and make life meaningful. The message about boundaries (as five elements, fivefold mahabhuta or five skandhas) came to us from ancient traditions dating back thousands of years. This message is as valuable for humanity as The Great Chain of Being. There is a special method which lets us study boundaries today even in our usual waking state. Boundaries are the missing link between the absolute and the relative, emptiness and form, spirituality and religion, IA and its popularity.

Today we see that the message about boundaries actually describes the mechanism of conscious evolution, understanding of which can promote a progress of humanity towards 2nd tier and simply help us living from the deepest part of us that you and Marc Gafni call the Unique Self. Five boundaries described here are right about how to live in resonance with our Unique Self and how to resolve the problem of wise choice in everyday life using integral approach.

I want to share my view of boundaries which arose from combining pure non-dual vision (when all boundaries are seen but seen as illusory) and integral vision. Five types of boundaries initialize the format of our evolutionary Game. Here I speak of a timeless, but not of an absolute wisdom that is also called diamond or vajra wisdom in Buddhist tradition. As you know, the state of oneness is paradoxical: everything is "I am", but "I" remains above everything. But living in this state brings another paradox: although everything is "I am", "I" is not the only source of game novelty, so "I" constantly has to face challenges from a nameless source. Each of us is simultaneously the great Creator and an ordinary player on the common playground structured in a certain way.

The text below is composed as a very brief set of theses which are written in terms of IT and still have to be discussed and elaborated. I talk in detail about the message of boundaries in my book "The Game. User's guide". This message can be called "the integral approach to experiencing" as well. It is astonishing that today the wisdom of vajra is being revealed to the world again, largely through the integral approach. This letter is the expression of gratitude to you and all the pioneers of evolutionary spirituality and the integral approach. I would appreciate your feedback and hope there's a possibility of a broad dialogue about boundaries with you and integrally oriented spiritual teachers like Sally Kempton, Marc Gafni, Terry Patten, Roger Walsh and others.

Love, light and wishes of good health,

Table of Contents

  1. ĞIğ, which recognizes the quadrants, is outside the quadrants and is the basis of them
  2. True ĞIğ sees objects using instruments of seeing in all four quadrants
  3. ĞIğ also recognizes states and bodies that organize experience in different realms
  4. There are five objects directly experienced by ĞIğ, bypassing cognitive structures
  5. The five boundaries call forth five feelings and basic aspiration for wholeness
  6. We experience the reality through regaining the wholeness of the stream of perception
  7. In the process of experiencing we explore our resistance to wholeness
  8. NOT/NOT + AND/AND is a formula of wise integration in the process of experience
  9. Boundaries are primary classical elements or mystical archetypes
  10. The boundaries reflect five components of cosmic evolutionary impulse
  11. One may need special keys for wise expression of impulses
  12. Using the keys for integration and energy liberation
  13. Five boundaries form the basis of mystical maps of pure lands
  14. Five boundaries give rise to five types of mysticism and five classes of spiritual practices
  15. Integral philosophy of life based on use of the five boundaries
  16. When experiencing we teach the Mind that organizes Game reality through our choices
  17. All-including approach takes into account tensions and pairs of interpretations
  18. Five boundaries give rise to five archetypical scenarios of figure/background
  19. Wisdom of five boundaries is non-historical and appears in the light of non-dual vision
  20. Five boundaries can be used for aligning our Self-sense with integral vision of Unique Self
  21. Conclusion

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Oleg Linetsky

Oleg.linetsky @ gmail.com




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