INTEGRAL WORLD: EXPLORING THEORIES OF EVERYTHING
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The Goals of an
Integrative and Integral
At Integrative Spirituality (IntegrativeSpirituality.org) we practice open
source, integral spirituality. We hope that the vision of Integral Spirituality
that has evolved in our organization will assist others in developing their
personal integral spiritual practices.
In the last 3 years on line our membership has grown to almost 4,000 members.
We have refined a clear set of goals that we believe are natural and essential
to being an authentic integral spirituality. Those goals listed below fall
into four main areas, spiritual, social, library and knowledge base and
organizational. We have provided links in the document to specific definitions
and related materials wherever necessary to enhance clarity.
Our Spiritual Teaching Goals:
Re-integrate the life-affirming values and wisdom of spirituality/religion
with the facts of science and the beauty of philosophical inquiry.
Integrating art and beauty back into its vital role within spirituality and
Re-integrate and re-balance the qualities of feminine spirituality with
masculine spirituality by both including both the Divine Feminine and the
Divine Masculine in our new integral spirituality and then also transcending
both of these Divinity genderizations in a new appreciation of the Divine
Provide integrally-informed deeper, broader and more universal answers to the
ultimate spiritual questions of life, such as:
Who and what is the Divine and what are his/her/its purposes?
How is the Divine experienced and realized in our individual and collective
What is the true origin and essence of the individual, humanity, the planet
and the living and non living systems of life?
What is the highest purpose and destiny for the existence of the individual,
humanity, the planet, the living and non living systems of life and the
What is the best way to devote ourselves to forwarding those purposes and
How do we best live our lives with nature and our fellow beings?
What is our spiritual responsibility in co-creating a better world in the here
How do we understand our relationships in relation to the dualities of life
that so often seem to cause relational conflict?
Is there an afterlife, and if so, how do we prepare for it and seek a greater
understanding of all the spiritually classic, scientific and yet unknown
aspects of the afterlife?
Create integrally-informed spiritual metaphors, rituals, ceremonies and
sacraments, and a new genesis story that embraces all humankind and life.
Offer new integrally-informed perspectives on spiritualized ethics and
Help unify eastern, western and scientific based spiritualities by integrating
the highest spiritual wisdom of the West and East with the facts of science to
expand the individual's direct spiritual experience(s) with each and all of the
Divine co-absolutes of the Oneness. This tripartite of Divine co-absolutes
within the Oneness are sometimes called the "I" the "We" and the "It"
co-absolutes of Divinity.
They are also known as:
The Personal Absolute (an actual personal God/Goddess absolute being. This
would also include our direct personal relation to this absolute personal being)
The Evolutionary Absolute (God/Goddess evolving through and in the universe
with us as partners. This form of Deity is both science-revealed and humanly
co-evolved in time. This co-absolute form contains both personal and impersonal
The Impersonal Absolute (concepts such as the non-personal Buddhist Emptiness,
Brahman, the Tao or the “I am witness” as offered by many forms of eastern
For one's spiritual life to grow to its fullest heights and the world to
flourish in the most life-affirming ways, one's spiritual path is most
optimally served by regular and balanced evolutionary and panentheistic direct
spiritual experiences with each and all of the co-absolutes of Divine Oneness
(Personal, Impersonal and Evolutionary).
Honor relationship as an end in itself achievable in each now moment.
Promote the critical importance of doing spiritual growth work along with
psychological shadow-work. The effectiveness of this combination can be
demonstrated through the classic spiritual community validity test for
authentic spiritual practice, which is demonstrated by a balanced living of the
Teach that there is no wrong form of spirituality or religion because every
human being must grow perspective by perspective from birth through the entire
spiral of developmental perspectives of consciousness. Authentic Divinity and
spiritual expression will always look significantly different from each human
developmental perspective. Additionally, everyone has a right to be and remain
at any developmental perspective for as long as they wish. No personal or
cultural developmental perspective holds an intrinsic or naturally inherent
authority or superiority over any other.
Teach and integrate the spiritual wisdom found within humankind's developmental
perspectives of consciousness (archaic, magic, mythic, rational, pluralistic,
integral, and super-integral) and then being an effective spiraling platform
for educational and experiential evolution through those developmental
Teach that our perceptions of any given spiritual reality are also conceptions
that are at least partially constructed and created by us. At a particular time
they can be good and useful interpretations or metaphors, but as we evolve, and
as deeper and broader structure is uncovered, those perceptions will or could
Doing everything possible to educate our members about the many pathologies and
abuses of past religions and the necessary critical spiritual safeguards
(community validly tests) to prevent them from occurring in a new open source
integral spirituality and integral religion. Some, but by no means all of the
pathologies of institutionalized religion have been:
fixation of beliefs;
establishment of oppressive ecclesiastical authority;
tendency to standardize and fossilize truth;
diversion of religion from the service of God to the service of the church;
fund raising focus in place of a humble spiritual service focus;
creating discriminatory religious castes;
becoming an intolerant judge of orthodoxy;
creation of the aristocratic "chosen-people" attitude;
sexual and financial abuse of members or diversion of donations;
undue psycho/spiritual influence or coercive influence over members negating
or debilitating their ability to exercise spiritual free will;
fostering of false and exaggerated ideas of sacredness;
routinizing of religion;
accepting or foisting religious symbols, ritual and ceremonies in place of
authentic direct spiritual experience of and with the Divine;
using blind or absolutist faith to override proper faith balance with
rationality or scientific facts;
preventing or slowing members progressing spiritually through Fowler's natural
stages of spiritual growth;
tendency to form sects and competitive divisions;
petrification of meditation/worship;
venerating the past while ignoring present demands;
failure to make up-to-date interpretations of religion's messages;
entanglement with functions of secular institutions;
inclination of leaders to become administrators instead of ministers;
accumulation of vested interests toward increased secularization;
failing to hold the interest of adventurous youth;
losing the hope renewing wisdom derived from ongoing personal direct spiritual
experience with the Divine.
Click here to learn more about our spiritual safeguards against other religious
pathologies and abuses.
Our Spiritual Social Goals:
Promote social service to community and society that is informed by the
integral spirituality worldview.
Be a fertile spiritual incubator for the emergence of enlightened, service
motivated leaders informed by an integral spiritual perspective --- leaders who
will inspire by example and lead the world toward a more life-affirming and
sustainable evolution in all areas and walks of life. We intend to do this in
part by creating ongoing educational programs to educate and train these
enlightened new leaders. To more realistically achieve this mission goal we
will also create educational programs to provide ongoing spiritual and
leadership training for children, teens and young adults--the next generation
of enlightened leaders.
Grow integral open source, spiritual communities globally.
Use open source integral spirituality to assist other religions in
integralizing their faiths, i.e., assisting in the evolution of a more integral
Judaism, integral Christianity, integral Islam, integral Buddhism, integral
Hinduism, etc. We can thus facilitate the spiritual growth of billions of
individuals through the spiraling developmental perspectives of consciousness
to create a more tolerant and life-affirming world for all.
Expand the global spiritual commons (that is the integral worldview and
movement as a whole, which will also help spread the ideas of a
(r)evolutionary, open source integral spirituality.
Our Spiritual Knowledge Base and Library and Knowledge Base Goals:
Collect and provide all of the most universally applicable spiritual wisdom
and processes from humankind's vast spiritual heritage to help individuals
direct spiritual experience(s) of the Divine
successful spiritual lives
co-creation of a better world.
Present the collected spiritual wisdom of humankind in such a way that it is
coherent and internally consistent.
Present the collected spiritual wisdom and processes of humankind in such a
way that it can easily be assimilated at every meme perspective of
consciousness by any personality type, learning style, culture, race or
ethnicity in every culture through…
Our Organizational Goals:
Be a spiritual organization evolving and envisioning administrative systems to
what the next optimal spiritual system will be to support how Highest Divinity
is now spiritually appearing to partner with us to resolve the most serious
challenges of our times.
how we can best show up in spiritual partnership with Highest Divinity and in
relationship and community with our brothers and sisters to do the same.
How We Intend To Reach Our Integral Spirituality Goals:
While many religious orthodoxies proclaim that they are the only way and
complete truth, we intend to be a gracious organization. Our educational
attitude is, “Yes, you're currently right and that is always true, but it is
partial rightness in an evolving universe. And, there is more wisdom available
to increase the current wisdom rightness of your life or orgaqnization.”
Be a both/and unity and solution-creating organization versus an either/or
duality creating organization.
Stay humble by not forgetting that our perceptions of any given spiritual
reality are also conceptions that are at least partially constructed and
created by us. At a particular time they can be good and useful interpretations
or metaphors, but as we evolve, and as deeper and broader structure is
uncovered, those perceptions will evolve too.
Have most of our spiritual education materials, organizational policy and
operational direction be co-created by a spiritually mature community of
self-organizing individuals operating from an integral informed worldview to
the best of our ability.
We will always function as a non profit religious organization rather than as
any type of organization.
For details about our spiritual and administrative principles for how we
intend on reaching our Integral Spirituality goals above click here.