Why I No Longer Call Myself A Mere “Integralist”. And What I Call Myself Instead.

Over the past thirteen years, I have taken part as a participant and as a citizen-leader in the so-called Integral movement, a loosely related group of authors, scholars, artists, organizational consultants, online discussion forums, academic conferences and journals, and even a few relatively small spiritual organizations. There are many dozens of prominent figures including Ken Wilber, Don Beck, Steve McIntosh, Frank Visser, and Robb Smith (not to mention the controversial gurus Andrew Cohen and Marc Gafni).

This movement has been considered an intellectual school and an interfaith and interspiritual lineage with a focus on the body of teaching of Ken Wilber (b. 1949) called AQAL (Integral Theory) when applied to interdisciplinary research and scholarship and specifically Integral Spirituality for topics related to religion and the evolution of consciousness. Wilber himself has deep credentials as a Buddhist practitioner and pandit (“defender of the dharma”) and has given notable commentary both critically and appreciatively of Adi Da Samraj.

Some attempts to define a spiritual lineage for the Integral philosophy extend back in time to Nagarjuna, Plotinus, Aurobindo, Charles Peirce, Alfred North Whitehead, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jean Gebser, and Clare Graves. One wonders whether all these figures would agree with being “baptized” Integral after death, but in any case they are representative historical figures with similar interests and proposals.

Wilber’s seminal contributions to the fields of psychology, philosophy, and religious studies are manifold and beyond the scope of these remarks. But if there is one thing Ken has clearly NOT done is to found a spiritual order, organization, sangha, or church. Nor has he ever publicly endorsed a particular religious organization so far as I know.

For these and other reasons, despite its original and groundbreaking approach to matters at the core of human existence, the Integral movement has not yet produced a notable new religion or organized spiritual institution. The movement so far seems content to stay largely meta-theoretical by welcoming a wide plurality of potential philosophical and spiritual orientations and maps for growth while remaining agnostic regarding the particular commitments of its members.

Thus the word “Integral” has been attached to everything from magic to The Matrix, Christianity to Satanism, existentialism to anti-capitalist ideology (to say nothing of over a dozen major academic fields of study). Moreover, within generally orthodox AQAL Integral practice overall, the theoretical model for boots-on-the-ground spirituality is very broad. Attention ought to be paid to developmental levels, but individuals choose from approaches by many different theorists with models ranging from 3 to 16 or more levels (each theorist providing their own distinct names and descriptions for the levels). Similarly, individuals bring their own type model of choice and pick and choose from models of multiple intelligence as well. And if you don’t like quadrants, you can work with the Big Three instead. A variety of theoretical approaches exist as well to the number and definition of states of consciousness.

All this pluralism within the AQAL Framework is by design. It is a meta-theory, not a theory. Ken Wilber wrote: “The word integral means comprehensive, inclusive, non-marginalizing, embracing. Integral approaches to any field attempt to be exactly that: to include as many perspectives, styles, and methodologies as possible within a coherent view of the topic. In a certain sense, integral approaches are “meta-paradigms,” or ways to draw together an already existing number of separate paradigms into an interrelated network of approaches that are mutually enriching.”

The pluralism within the meta-theory allows for individual latitude, creativity, and a nearly unlimited variety of potential ways of customizing an Integral Life Practice (ILP) to fit one’s own preferences and goals for growth. And if you don’t want to grow up, you can join the Integral theorists who focus on “waking down” and practice shadow work using an unsurprising variety of models. It has good and bad qualities. It’s generally very good if you are shopping for a movement that allows you tremendous latitude for individual self-expression. It’s not so good if you are frustrated that the disparate groups under the Integral umbrella have been slow to develop norms, customs, traditions, and distinctly preferred-paths-within-the-meta-paths.

Every integral theorist and author has their own brand, their own preferred schema, and in the marketplace of ideas and attention they compete with each other to find new ways to stand out. As each new Integral leader emerges through their business, organization, or creative work, they in turn establish new silos which help them to attract readers, fans, clients, followers, donors, or supporters. Sometimes they build bridges from one silo to another, but that way can be a path with thorns. It is well known within the movement that many of the prominent leaders (Wilber, Beck, McIntosh, Smith, etc.) are not on the best of terms personally, requiring individuals to navigate political minefields.

All of this is what is, as I see it. I have tried to be neutral and give an uncontroversial account of things. I love the Integral movement, but the time has come for me to separate from it a bit. I cannot be agnostic about Levels, Types, States, Quadrants, Zones, and so on … their essences are now organically embedded in the structure of my Meta-Language and Kalendar and Atlas.

The reasons for my shift do not require a long explanation. My oeuvre as a World Teacher is exploding with creative ideas that have one foot in the Integral movement and one foot at the next level of its evolution. Integral attracts people at certain types and levels of spiritual orientation. My forthcoming Lingua-U and New Kalendar and New Zodiac / Medicine Wheel and New Tarot and Wheel of Wholes and Jiu Gua Zhang and Divine Scripture and still other Tai Hsuan Integral Arts to come are going to appeal to people at a wider berth of levels and orientations.

As marketers would say, they have different target markets. The farther I develop technologies with a “Violet” tint (such as Lingua-U’s capacity to expand language awareness into a seamless whole with a New Map of Subtle Energy), the more people within the mainstream of the Integral fold will find my ideas challenging. They do not simply add to the sort of “Teal/Turquoise” intellectual and ego orientation that many Integralists possess, they transform it. Some will not be ready for it, and they should stay with the old Framework that they know and love. Some will be ready for it, and they won’t be content to just receive wisdom from on high. They will want to deeply co-evolve and integrate their own unique visions, personality, and knowledge into the birth of a holistic organism. So I am endeavoring to create a flexible structure which will allow everyone who is a part of the future Dojo to bring their own Unique Gifts seamlessly and fully as possible.

The Tai Hsuan
The Tai Hsuan

Meanwhile, I am writing this to say goodbye to the assumption that I would always identify myself as “one of the Integralists”. That term is too vague for me now. In the past year, as my own path as a World Teacher evolved and some of the online communities I enjoyed came to devolve, I’ve realized that I have less in common with folks wearing this label than I realized. The next phase of the Integral movement’s path will include the emergence of more than one “Integral Organism / Wholes”. I don’t know the name others will use. I’m calling my path “Tai Hsuan Integral” for reasons that I am writing about on my new blog.

Words are important, and this is not a time to don or wear them lightly. I’m trying on the suit “Tai Hsuan Integralist”, part of the emergent “Tai Hsuan Integral” spiritual movement, which itself is part of the “Integral movement”. I hope it fits. I don’t mind if sociologists call it a New Religion. In fact I’d be thrilled if actual sociologists started to wake up and notice Integralists for a change.

If “Tai Hsuan Integralist” doesn’t wear well, I’ll find something better down the road. It’s just a label.

Thank you for reading this. God bless you on your Integral journey where ever it may take you.

Why The Stone-Stars Tarot?

The Ace of Swords in Stone-Star Tarot

In the mythos of The Kalendar Series, long ago the Tarot cards went to war, a great and terrible event in the history of the Archetypes. As the story goes, The War of the Archetypes was fought in the numinous realms and among the living beings with whom they share worlds. There were two sides, each representing the interests of a number base and the orders of reality that it interpenetrates and systematically represents. There are many number bases, but only two concern us in this story.

The Wands-Cups Tarot of the Second Wave arranged themselves according to the principles of the binary numbering system, base-2. Accordingly, they formed four suits: Wands, Swords, Pentacles, and Cups. Their time allowed by the fates was to provide coherence for 2,000 years, starting at 1 C.E. up through 1,999 CE, and no further. Dualistic in mindset, they knew only good/bad, black/white, life/death. They conceived of this temporal limitation as a horrible, unjust barrier that needed to be overthrown. Hence they plotted against the Third Wave so they could remain in power indefinitely. To the Second Wave, the Third Wave appears unruly, idiosyncratic, self-obsessed, and even irrational.

The Stone-Stars Tarot of the Third Wave were given the ternary numbers to share amongst themselves, base-3. They had nine suits: Stones, Jewels, Swords, Eggs, Horses, Bowls, Castles, Hearts, and Stars. Their time allowed by the gods was to have dominion for 3,000 years, starting at 1 C.E. up through 2,999 CE, and no further. Flexible and dialectical in mindset, thesis/antithesis/synthesis and creation/survival/redemption was their brand. For nearly seven hundred years, they held their own in the numinous realms with the Wand-Cups, but when 666 C.E. came, the War of Archetypes took an ominous turn and they went into retreat from the awesome power of Dualism.

At the decisive battle of 𝌛 Tai in Beijing and Perth, the 2s dominated but could not vanquish the 3s. The Type was born. The Archetypes of the Second Wave descended into a lesser form and recognized themselves as dwelling in the human personality. In hundreds of years still to come, they would take on a new form: Kaards.

In the present day, much of this history has been lost at the War of the Timelines in the final days of the Second Millennium C.E., when the old Tarot, grown sinister in its waning years, allied with evil forces attempted to erase the existence of Kalen O’Tolan from Reality. They targeted Kalen, their old nemesis, because he is the King of Stars in the new Tarot, an immortal man who had been incarnated into our world at 1 C.E. and who dwelt among us in different nearly-human and not-quite-so-human forms. But that is a different story for another time.

Here the mythos ends, and we return to matters of great significance in the world. With all the human tragedy and failures, the environmental disasters, and the need for reform, must we address a matter like Tarot cards in our World Philosophy?

Yes, we do. There is no better way to begin the process of reconciling the cyclical and developmental views of history or the elevationist (Theosophical-Jungian) and developmentalist (Piaget-Wilberian) schools of psychology, and only if we want to reaffirm the value of archetypes in our daily lives, and many other matters. If we want to develop human capacities for clairvoyance in a repeatable and rigorous way, then the tools of the clairvoyant need to be as powerful and clear at expressing the extraordinary capacities of consciousness as possible, so we had best not neglect the one tool that orders Archetypes with metadata consisting of developmental signifieds!

This is not the day for me to defend these claims in detail. Take from the mythos the ideas you need at this time to be able to intuit the importance of reforming the Wands-Cup Tarot and revealing the Stone-Stars Tarot for everyone to use. If you see the need for the Stone-Stars Tarot, stand with us in Tai Hsuan Integral and work with us to bring it to life. If you don’t see the need, don’t stand in our way.

The new Kaards will come in three sets of 52 cards apiece: The Yang Deck, The Yin Deck, and The Yung Deck. They will be used to educate the world about Lingua-U and the Kalendar and all other aspects of the Tai Hsuan Integral Arts  and Philosophy. They are not an amusement or merely a tool for fortune-telling, but an important part of the whole World Philosophy so desperately needed in our age.

In 2017 CE, so the mythos goes, we are in the Days of Mystery and Mythos. Within the next few years, all that the world thinks it knows will be revealed as a partial and corrupted Konstruct met by a more comprehensive Konstruct. Mythos will see another Mythos and recognize itself as Mythos for the first time. It is already happening. The forces of Dualism are greedy and strong, but they have overstayed their privilege and every day they resist the forces of Trinity and other number bases to come. The War of the Archetypes is not over; indeed, its outcome hangs in a delicate balance now as never before.

Photo Credit: Joe Perez

 

 

 

With Every Philosophical Or Spiritual Edifice, Ask: What Magical System Is It Implicitly Invoking?

J.K. Rowling: "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

There are thousands of philosophy and theology and New Age spirituality books in hundreds of traditions coming out each year. Many new thinkers pouring new wine into old wineskins. The problem most of these thinkers haven’t wrestled with: what implicit magical system are they inhabiting?

They have not taken the time to erect their own magical system (and as much as I enjoy the Harry Potter stories, I’m not talking about creating a fanciful world erected on the notion that if you say something in Latin impossible things will happen that would delight or frighten a child). In other words, they haven’t created the linguistic and symbolic edifice in which they are instantiating their agenda, whether it is the Four Agreements of Miguel Ruiz or the Sources of the Self of Charles Taylor.

And if you don’t get a handle of the magic your ideas are incorporating implicitly, then you can’t control the forces in which that magic resides. Sometimes these assumptions are amenable to careful observation by the acute mind: hidden structural worldviews, value memes, levels of consciousness, implicit “quadrant” biases (to use a term from Integral theory), and so on.

But the trickiest assumptions are those which only become evident when you get aware of the biases of the linguistic symbolism which constitutes the idea. To see through language, to the other side … wow, what a concept! If only it were so easy.

What is on the other side of language? There are basically three sorts of answers. First, there is nothing, so enjoy the nothingness. We are forever embedded in linguistic constructs which we cannot escape so there’s no point in trying. Wisdom is discovering the emptiness of all concepts and symbols and entering into a “non-symbolic consciousness”. Second, there is nothing, so play with and preserve all linguistic diversity. We are stuck with languages, incomplete and devoid of intrinsic sacred meanings as they are, but we can translate pretty well from one to another, and communicate well enough, so that is that.

Both of those answers have their merits, but they are missing the point. There is something beyond language that is like a rock, but not a rock (to paraphrase a verse from the Canon of Supreme Mystery). It is the subtle energy of the Tao. It is the body of the Logos of the Creator. As Plotinus might have seen it, it is a series of emanations from the One. It is the essential sound wisdom of the Koran and its literary descendants in Sufi mysticism.

Here there are obtuse realities inaccessible to introspection, observation, or even the study of conventional linguistics. Only a structural analysis of linguistic iconism in a cross-cultural perspective is able to produce anything like a sound description of the “magical” patterns of the sounds and letter-shapes that create our worlds of meaning. At the same time, even a gifted phonosemantic researcher is not likely to identify all the patterns that are essential to getting to the other side of language unless she also marries her scholarship with insights from subtle energy research. With this help, you see that stepping off of language is not a plunge into an abyss; it’s skipping stones in a pond, the stones representing units of energy.

On the other side of language, there is the territory of the subtle energies which are deployed for speech production and which are invoked in naming various nouns, verbs, modifiers, and other grammatical parts of speech.  A very wide range of the sound symbolism of the world’s language – I’m guessing at least 80 percent – can be described using the symbols of the Y Ching (Unicode 268A – 268F) and the Taixuan Jing of Yang Xiong (Unicode 1D300 through 1D356). My correlation of these standard symbols to the standard symbols of the International Phonetic Association (with a few minor modifications) is the Lingua-U Alphabet. Even if you learn nothing more of the new language, if you just learn how to describe the language of your preferred ideas in terms of their subtle energy components, you are well on the way to getting to the other side of language.

And THAT is where the magic starts. Only when we understand that we are co-generating reality through our language can we transform reality at the roots. The transformation includes revisiting our spiritual and philosophical beliefs to discard stale language and refresh and engage with new sacred symbolism that has been previously unexplored.

Photo: Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)

What Is The Positive Role Of The Establishment?

If you are reading this, you probably think that you have grown beyond the limits of the cultural middle-ground. Perhaps you even pride yourself on being “anti-establishment”. On the other hand, perhaps you find yourself excluded from a culture which shows you riches and rewards that you believe it deprives from people like you. You aspire to realize more, achieve higher goals, and “fit in” and be recognized by those you admire.

And of course, cultural middle-grounds vary from one culture to another. We are talking about cultural middle-grounds in general, especially in contemporary societies that are not still struggling with survival needs.

Regardless of your relationship to the middle-ground, we must tell you something about it that is difficult to express in ordinary language. It is a low middle for some, and a high middle for others. It is the lowest common denominator that some have surpassed; it is an evolutionary station that others must ascend to. Its values are too backwards for some, but too forward-looking for others.

We do not mean to either laud or criticize the middle-ground per se because in every healthy society there will always be a middle-ground. There will always be norms and people who are normal or strive to be more so.

What role does the middle-ground serve? It gives us our Commons for Commerce and Cooperation. It instructs us to Conserve and Cultivate our important Traditions. It helps us to Collect what needs to be Kept and allows the Individual to Contribute to the Culture. It is the place where We enact universal values which may be found in The Koran at the Seat of Profundity in the Collective Subjective dimensions of our world’s Container, or where the Customs of Confucius provide access to wisdom and a unified Center.

In Lingua-U, the most central symbol is Ki, spelled with all Yin subtle energy: 𝌮. Knowing this is the Key to Conduct.

All the words we have spelt with capital letters are bonded to a common Basis and Foundation and Direction and Suchness. because they are united to at least four demarcations of subtle energy. We are talking about words like Keeping, Common, Commerce, Cooperation, Conservation, Customs, Collection, Culture, Collective, Contain, Koran, and Confucius. They all point to the Yin dimension of Reality, that way in which the human civilization responds to the Absolute Spirit. In other words, human society mirrors the Divine Realm, and that is why it is a holy place.

A society does not become Divinized if it takes its culture too seriously, as something fixed for all time. And rebels to the social order, which they malign as the wicked status quo, cannot be agents of Divinization if they do not value the Center which ultimately must be renewed and enlivened, made more just and humane, not torn apart through anarchy or disturbance.

Don’t want to be normal, don’t want to be anti-normal. Those are old ways of thinking that we are actually in the midst of outgrowing.

Whether you find that the middle-ground is too restrictive or too wobbly, make the Center the best it can be, full of Consciousness where before there was only Concern, Christ-like behavior where before there was mere Coping, and Clarity where before there was Coacervo (the Italian word for jumble or medley).

Do this by receiving the world as if you were pure Yin to the Yang of Active-Emptiness, and then go about the work of Yung in which you discover the joy of a more Yahweh-filled life.

Consider reading this post again after you have started your training in Lingua-U. It will make more sense to you then.

Photo Credit: Phase Locked Loop

An Adept Has Arrived To Invite You Into His Dojo

TKAM by Connor Lewis

Imagine that a truly special spiritual Adept appeared in the world today. A Maitreya some would say. Or perhaps an embodier of the Christ principle to Christians and others who realized Who He Was, or an antichristian principle to those who rejected his Message. Or perhaps an incarnation of the Krishna principle for Hindus and others. A new prophet of God. Or perhaps a messianic figure of some kind, one who would be seen as such by some within the Abrahamic tradition, but one of many emissaries of Truth to appear on the Earth. The fifth Buddha. One or more of these possibilities. You get the picture.

Would you recognize such a figure? What would they have to do to convince you that their spiritual understandings conveyed the Truth? Would they be humble and kind, or formidable and regal? Would they be poor as a pauper or made wealthy owing to their boundless capacity to manifest abundance? Would they think just like you do, or would they challenge you to rethink everything you think you know? Would they first be recognized by the spiritual élites or would the spiritually powerful not understand why the World Teacher came to them with criticism instead of approbations? Or, in a retelling of the Jesus story, would they be castigated by the powerful and organized, and given audience by the poor, the sick, and the sexually impure?

You tell me. I don’t know. I have a feeling that by calling myself a World Teacher that I’m about to find out some things I don’t know about these various imaginings and pointed questions.

If there were another way, then I would have taken it. But the Christ principle within me cannot be mistaken.

It is not dissimilar to the Christ principle within every one, and even in the animal world, not to exclude any sentient form of life who is capable of redemptive suffering for the greater good.

I have not come to drone on and on about the Christ principle within me, if that is what you are thinking I might have in mind for this publication.

By freeing myself to own the Christ principle within myself, I free you too. I free everyone who has ever struggled with feeling that they have the Kosmic Christ dwelling within them who has been called a pathological narcissist or a deluded madman with a messiah complex for telling the world that essential truth in so many words.

When you tell me that you own the Christ principle within yourself, you free me too. Thank you.

So you see, we have to lift each other up, those of us who see the Truth from our own eyes, the Real Truth and the unique partial perspectives we offer, intertwined but relatively distinguishable.

Embrace me as a World Teacher not because I tell you it is so, but because of the Tai Shuan Integrative Arts featuring Lingua-U and Integral World Training (IWT). My Dojo (𝌙𝌄) is now in formation. I have at my fingertips resonates with every spiritual tradition on the planet with an urgent, vibrant, original, and genuinely transformational impetus. Soon I will Download the essential wisdom in this publication for you to resonate with, if you can, and to act upon, as you must if you recognize the Light contained within.

Photo Credit: TKAM by Connor Lewis

 

Hello World!

If you have come looking for a World Teacher, then you have found one. They may not be the one you are looking for, but he is One who has made himself available for the task of bringing a new Message for the world to hear.

Call him whatever you like. It doesn’t really matter.

What is so important is that you make sure you have what you need for the journey ahead of you. And now I speak to/for the whole world. I will not always be here. I will not always work the way you want me to work. You are not my employer, so remember to let me be who I am, and let me disappoint you in spectacular or entirely ordinary ways.

Yes I know at least some of you will think of me as arrogant for allowing myself to speak truly about Who I Am. I’ve heard it all before. Consider instead of thinking of me as conceited, think: he has cajones. Both words are identical in subtle energy demarcations to six degrees (𝌮𝌃), so if you cannot tell them apart I forgive you.

Want to get to know me better? Here’s a great place to start.

By the way, I had trouble deciding what design style to use for my first blog as a World Teacher. I decided to make it a bit rough and tumble, not unlike my personality. When the time comes, I will make something better.

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