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Integral World: Exploring Theories of Everything
An independent forum for a critical discussion of the integral philosophy of Ken Wilber
Brad Reynolds did graduate work at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) before leaving to study under Ken Wilber for a decade, and published two books reviewing Wilber's work: Embracing Reality: The Integral Vision of Ken Wilber (Tarcher, 2004), Where's Wilber At?: Ken Wilber's Integral Vision in the New Millennium (Paragon House, 2006) and God's Great Tradition of Global Wisdom: Guru Yoga-Satsang in the Integral Age (Bright Alliance, 2021). Visit: http://integralartandstudies.com
Video for World Peace
As 2023 draws to a close, a very difficult year with the two terrible wars of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, and the horrendous Israel-Gaza War, that could both lead to a possible World War (or war among many nations)—let alone the endless minor wars going on throughout the world—and with the upcoming new year of 2024, and the all-important pending US Presidential election among many other vital issues, I want to offer this narrated essay I edited into a YouTube video offering a better Integral Vision of hope and peace.
I posted this essay earlier this year as “Last Night I Had The Most Beautiful Dream Beyond War” as a visionary “dream” based around Ed McCurdy's 1950 anti-war song “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream” but now I have made it into a video—please watch on as large as screen as possible and with headphones!
Importantly, this video is made with the help of A.I.—I used ElevenLabs to generate the narration, and MidJourney to prompt many of the images. In other words, I would not have been able to make this video before 2023! Even the last essay I posted about “Integral Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” I used, for the first time to assist my essay-writing, ChatGPT for information and found it to be very helpful and saved me a lot of time in research. So A.I. is here, folks, so we might as well use it to our advantage (as Frank Visser too has been showing us). Nevertheless, the content still must come from our human mind and hearts, which reflects our degree of development in the evolution of consciousness… so we must still put in the work, spend time learning and studying, doing the yogas, spending hours sitting on the cushion and meditating… and actually practicing real spiritual life. We MUST engage in the actual evolution of consciousness: this is a primary message of BEING Integral.
But here and now, all you have to do, is take a half hour and watch my video — like watching a TV program — and may I recommend watching it on a large screen and to even use headphones. And yes, it is a “dream” or a vision for a better world…. given with help from John Lennon, MLK, JFK, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, and mostly inspired by my beloved Guru Adi Da Samraj, as well as by the Global Wisdom given to everyone by the Great Adepts of humankind.
As I often state, I feel that seeing with the Eye of Spirit, as well as with the Eye of the Flesh and the Eye of the Mind, is crucial to BEING Integral—thus including the prepersonal, personal and transpersonal dimensions of existence—and to being a whole human accessing the full-spectrum of consciousness in unleashing all of our human potentials. Thank you for sharing the ride with me during this lifetime, my friends, my sisters and brothers, my integral compatriots… KEEP ON EVOLVING! May we all know peace and happiness in 2024!
gratefully, in brightness,