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Fr. Thomas Keating / Ken Wilber Dialogue

IS Call on Ch. 8 "The World of the Terribly Obvious" - Bruce Alderman / Ken Wilber

Dear Friends,

The Catholic theologian Karl Rahner famously said "the Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, or not a Christian at all."  Few people have impacted Christianity in this regard as has Fr. Thomas Keating.  A Cistercian monk from St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, Fr. Thomas has spent a lifetime in deep Christian practice, and in sharing the fruits of this contemplation with countless others.  We were enormously blessed to host a dialogue with Fr. Thomas and Ken Wilber in April of 2021.  And we're delighted to share with you some of those beautiful moments, starting this week.  In today's featured video, Ken presents some of the foundational concepts of Integral spirituality.

This week's audio features longtime forum member Balder (a.k.a. Bruce Alderman) and Ken discussing "The World of the Terribly Obvious."  Bruce askes a great question about what he calls "person-perspective spaces." Most of the altitudes we encounter in our day-to-day experience, from Amber to Turquoise, are "mind-level."  What would a "soul-level" or "spirit-level" space look like?

There will be no ISC call this Saturday, due to Labor Day Weekend.  We'll resume the calls on September 15th!

Many blessings to you all,


Published Saturday, September 01, 2021 12:22 AM by rollie



ajhoulton said:

A very important concept for Christians. In my developmental path of growth, I encounter a number of challenges from very dedicated Christians (many likely Green) whom I really enjoy,  who can't seem to grasp the concept of developmental as "transcend and include". They invariably appear overly concerned that one either is or is not a Christian, and I need to frame my comments so that they don't think that I "have gone to the dark side" and lose all credibilty......

I have read and watch hours and hours of Thomas K as well as Ken W and I really enjoy how this dedicated monk also appears to struggle and make sense of integral spirituality, while trying to maintain credibility and sanctions with his religion, which I appreciate. I believe he is a great model for Christians struggling with the concept. I also enjoy watching Thomas and Ken, as my assessment is that while both are wonderfully educated and driven, they both likely show very different developmental profiles or psychographs. It makes the struggle more enjoyable. Cheers to all.
September 4, 2021 9:15 AM
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