From Jagged Little Pill to Flavors of Entanglement. Part 2. Healing the Ruptures.
One of the most dynamic and live-out-loud artists of our time shares how, over the course of a lifetime and 11 albums, she has come to a deeply integral—and deeply personal—understanding of why "touching on all the bases" is by far the most rewarding way to engage spirituality, relationships, and self-expression.
Alanis Morissette is a glorious example of what it means to talk about living an Integral Life in a way that is fun, accessible, and quite simply the most natural thing in the world. Why would you want to do anything less than touch in on all the bases of one’s life? Actually, it’s a little spooky how spot-on she is, apparently without even really trying. Alanis has this uncanny ability to talk about a certain dimension of her life, and how she has, over a lifetime, come to a place of inner peace and integration in that particular dimension. The uncanny part is that Ken will then mirror back to her the fact that she just walked us through all the important elements of that part of one’s life, exactly as the Integral Approach would do, but without any unfamiliar technical wording. It’s pretty amazing.
It’s hard to describe Alanis’s presence in this dialogue as anything other than "delicious." You get the sense that she doesn’t stop smiling for half an hour straight, and her laughs punctuate and liberate almost every other sentence. If for no other reason than to imbibe the joyous nectar of this brilliant soul, we invite you to listen in, and drink deeply of an Integral Life lived full-to-overflowing….
Here Ken offers a wonderful synopsis of the difference between structures of consciousness and states of consciousness, and some of the theoretical obstacles he's encountered along the way toward developing this theory. Any of the great spiritual and visionary states of consciousness can be accessed by nearly anyone at any stage of consciousness. How a person will interpret any state experience, transcendent or mundane, will vary enormously depending on his or her level of development. Thus, there are actually “two kinds of higher,” both higher states and higher structures of consciousness. Fail to take either into account, and your ability to accurately understand and resonate with the full spectrum of reality will be severely compromised....
On April 14th, 2005 at the Boulder Theatre, Saul Williams headlined a sold-out night of spoken-word and live music, as a fund-raiser to support the shutdown of existing world slavery. Presented here is Saul's deeply personal "Black Stacey," originally from his self-titled 2004 release, performed a capella.
Saul's new album has arrived! Produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, it is a breathtaking piece of art that you really shouldn't miss, and is only available online. You can download the whole abum for free, or donate $5 to support the artists, by visiting www.niggytardust.com today. Please donate!
Part lament for the current condition of music culture, part battle cry for a new generation of visionary artists, Telegram is Saul's message to Hip Hop. Originally featured on his 2004 self-titled album, Saul digs beneath the scabs of greed, sex, and violence often associated with rap culture, revealing the true essence of Hip Hop in just a few transcendent minutes.