Hello Integral Friends, This meetup is for people who are interested in Integral theory, practice and enactment. Right now the group is related to www.meetup.com/Conscious-Dating-Relating-LA/ with bi-weekly meetings in Sherman Oaks.
The Integral model provides a comprehensive and essential map of human growth and potentials as articulated by American philosopher and writer Ken Wilber and other Integral thinkers and practitioners.
Integral Theory and practice is now applied to improve the human condition in such fields as personal growth and development, spirituality, coaching, psychology/therapy, business, education, politics, relationships, religion, medicine, education, art, etc..
Ken Wilber explains the need for an Integral approach in the following way:
"In our current post-modern world, we possess an abundance of methodologies and practices belonging to a multitude of fields and knowledge traditions. What is utterly lacking however, is a coherent organization, and coordination, of all these various practices, as well as their respective data-sets. What is needed is an approach that moves beyond this indiscriminate eclectic-pluralism, to an “Integral Methodological Pluralism”—driving toward a genuine “theory of everything” that helps to enrich and deepen every field through an understanding of exactly how and where each one fits in relation to all the others. Through the Integral approach, we reveal the previously unseen possibilities for a better, more compassionate, and more sustainable future for all of us."
In short, the Integral Approach is the coherent organization, coordination, and harmonization of all of the relevant practices, methodologies, and experiences, available to human beings. Ken Wilber states “You can’t [realistically] honor various methods and fields, without showing how they fit together. That is how to make a genuine world philosophy”
"If ordinary people don't perceive that our grand ideas are working in their lives then they can't develop the higher level of consciousness, to use a term that American philosopher Ken Wilber wrote a whole book about. He said, you know, the problem is the world needs to be more integrated, but it requires a consciousness that's way up here, and an ability to see beyond the differences among us."