A Word about Integral Theory

{Integral’s insights begin with  noting its essential elements as a “map” of all the evolved  parts of human consciousness, our very Being, from the cosmological Big Bang origin to today’s world of increasing complexity. The Five chief elements of the “Map” are perspective windows, levels, lines, states, types and shadows.  You and I are the “Territory” the map describes.  Each of these elements have plenty of nuances.

Integral theory has a way of understanding and perceiving.  The Map is a structure to comprehend all human perspectives, be they psychological, spiritual/religious, philosophical, historical, cultural, ethnic, governmental, etc. I discoveres it  in an Awakening event and a transformational journey in 2009-10.  It incorporated my 50 year old meditation practice and my Hatha Ashtanga Yoga 16-year practice immediately.  And so it informed my Coach training me and then my work with my clients. It helps me hear and listen to them, to comprehend and motivate them, to lead or coach out of them THEIR ANSWERS FOR THEIR LIVES … never mine. To accomplish that I help walk each client’s personal map of consciousness and history, their twists and turns of life, their meaning, values, questions and answers – never mine.

That defines the integrity of my service.

The goal is transformation, either small or large scale changes in your life, your consciousness, your way of doing and being. Whether it is healing old wounds, jettisoning outdated or negative beliefs, defeating or enlarging the ego (hah – paradox there), or expanding any religious or spiritual traditions’ wisdom and utility and value — we do it including it (your “stuff”) in the biggest possible worldview or spirituality possible. If you do not believe me , come see.

Believe it or not, that is what Integral Theory offers and accomplishes for those who study and imbue themselves with its knowledge and lifestyle practices. Or work with a a Integral coach/counselor therapist, one who has themselves integrated their own deep “stuff,” their career, work, purpose, spirituality, philosophy, etc holistically! And more. Integral Theory is not merely a intellectual set of exercises, while it’s language and learning curve, the scale of its knowledge, while fairly simple, is rather prodigious.. It is a transformation map one uses to traverse, change and grow from within one’s spirituality or worldview to date. The best I can describe it, it integrates all traditions of philosophy, psychology and spirituality, and the Truth in each of them, into one unified or cohesive integrating structure that operates on the postmodern idea, “as you think, so you Become.” (In actuality its a bit more complex than that because we humans are rather complex creatures in an always-evolving complex world. We are Eco-Beings) So changing one’s thinking truly is never quick and easy. It always involves Context, yours or mine, every nuanced relevance and implication of your life. Time, real effort or commitment, focus, consistency or working with a ‘professional’ guide can make all the difference in expediting the matter of mindful change and making sure the life changes desired are made in self-awareness and with clarity of purpose. That’s what I do; that’s my work goal, to ensure my clients that outcome. Thus this “vocational” shift has come upon me. The idea presents itself that a further focus to my work “niche” is now incumbent upon me to see, recognize and implement. I work with only a handful of clients at a time at what I think are very reasonable fees or rates, beginning at $75.00 per hour. Call it what you will, .. “new beginning,” “reinventing oneself,” “personal empowerment,” “overcoming adversity,” “transformation,” or “meditation for growth,” .. that is what my counsel, coaching and consultation niche is about, now newly focused. While it induces or creates space, time and motivation for all those things, it amounts to advanced spiritual work. It is”the “gift that keeps on giving,” .. the best ROI ever, because it is your payoff, your reward for first assessing and then changing or advancing your unique ‘spirituality,’ your System and Source of life meaning, change,and purpose from whatever tradition or worldview, cult or business background, education or training, culture or upbringing,you ever had. We include all of that, … and then we transcend it… consciously and purposefully, according to what means he most to you as an evolving human being. Viola’!

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