Welcome to Joe-Perez.com, Home of “Integral Spirituality in Real Life”
In April of 2018, I relaunched my homepage to set it in alignment with my broadest sense of identity, purpose, and communication style. The new site is called “Integral Spirituality in Real Life”, a new series of articles, medicinal talismans, and poetry that reflect my worldview artistry. It will also include guest contributions by talented writers, artists, and contemplatives who share a common orientation to looking at the world in ways that are inclusive, non-marginalizing, and synchronized.
My own blog includes a series of entries called The Kalendar, a new vision of sacred time loosely inspired by The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung, the earliest attempt to synthesize all the strands of classic Chinese thought, and the Sabian Symbols of the noted 20th-century American clairvoyant Elsie Wheeler. In my reimagination of Master Yang’s esoteric divination text and the clairvoyant’s enigmatic oeuvre, I explore connections between change processes and the hidden patterns of language only made visible by taking a “meta” view of the overlapping patterns in the phonosemantic iconism among many different languages.
Naturally, I am curious to see what will happen when I swim in the subtle energies of this sacred calendar and allow them to suggest the shape of my writing on all sorts of topics. I have glimpsed the possibilities in my unpublished books and journals; we can be sure that there are exciting discoveries ahead for us. Perhaps what may witness is the emergence of a sort of “real magic”, an up-leveled application of methodologies rescued from forgotten primordial roots and sprawled out into a new mandala-like edifice to enrich a genuine World Philosophy of the 21st Century.
What is emerging through this project, I think, is one manifestation of what integralists call the “Third Tier of consciousness”. When it comes to the question, “What does the Third Tier look like?”, there is no one answer. In general, it shows up in people who are intellectually vibrant, permanently plugged-in to a Source with which they identify moreso than their personal self, and they are empathetically extended to include vast scopes of reality (including psychic, subtle, causal, and post-dual).
There are as many possibilities for the Third Tier as there are for any other category of development, so please do not mistake me as in any way suggesting that my life or work represents THE way of doing it. And frankly, it must be emphasized that “higher” is not necessarily better; that development often proceeds unevenly along different modes simultaneously; and that shadow exists throughout all phases of our development processes and may trigger relapses into behavior stemming from unresolved issues at earlier levels.
Guest Contributions at Joe-Perez.com
This website welcomes guest contributions of articles, blogs, art, poetry, and music on the theme of “Integral Spirituality in Real Life”. Stories of your personal growth, holistic healing, or spiritual development from an Integrally informed perspective are especially encouraged. We seek to give expression to a diversity of viewpoints and life experiences including developmental and typological diversity. The length of articles may vary, though as a rule of thumb you may want to keep your reflections between 700 and 1,200 words. Submit your query letter or submission to our Contact Page.
In the spirit of Letters to the Editor in general and especially a blog feature called “Dissent of the Day” that I enjoyed seeing from another blogger, I will also publish selected criticism of my articles from both within and outside of the Integral community. Submit your dissent or appreciative commentary as a “Letter to the Editor” to our Contact Page.
If your item is selected for publication, you agree to allow your piece to be edited and designed in a way that fits our site. At this time, we do not offer payment for contributions. However, you may include a reasonable amount of links to your own publications, products, or services in the article body plus your author’s box.
You keep the copyright on your submission. In the event that selected articles published on this website are anthologized for a book, you or your literary agent will negotiate the terms of the deal.
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About Joe-Perez.com’s Archives (Did You Get a 404 Error?)
To make way for this new blog, I have removed 1,600+ past posts that used to live at this address. Evergreen content will probably reappear at the right time. When it does, I will not note that it was previously published (because each post will be edited before re-posting, it reflects my present outlook, not the old one). I intend to mine my older stuff as “first drafts” and will be actively revisiting their themes, bringing a new vision to them.
If you see a headline on this site and think you’ve read the article or poem before on one of my old blogs, be warned. The title may be the same, but the contents have almost certainly changed in small ways or large. And speaking of editing contents after something has been written, I am not shy about revising my work after its first publication date. When citing this work in printed publications, always use the full citation that includes the date “retrieved on”.
If you want access to my older writings for scholarly research or another noble purpose, you are welcome to request password-protected access to the site’s archives.
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