jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2012


I want to share with you the article I have just written about the wonderful visit Colin Bigelow (Personal Assistant to Ken Wilber) did at the beginning of December 2012,  requested by Russ Volkman for publishing at the Integral Leadership Review, the prestigious Internet Magazine on Integral Leadership consciousness that is a clear Integral reference. The publication will be done in 2013.
(Colin Bigelow in Spain)

My name is Raquel Torrent, a Spanish woman that has been introducing and developing Integral Consciousness in Spain since 2003, thanks to my work as a psychologist, Integral counselor and teacher.  On top of that I am a clear example of a dream come true.

To explain such a statement, I have already shared part of my story with the readers of the Integral Leadership Review in previous issues, but for those that have not read it, I will just give you a short summary.  After having been touched by the grace of Ken Wilber’s books, I wanted to know him in person –as many other people in the world – to just thank him, embrace him and honor his clarity of mind, depth of heart and broad intuitive consciousness.  After many years of trials and efforts, I finally did it in 2005 and what is was a dream, became a reality, moreover so than what I would have ever thought possible.  And I say this for two main reasons, one being that the relationship with Ken developed to be stronger and nicer each year and also because during that trip I met Colin Bigelow, his personal assistant that has shared with us his own view of what it means to meet Ken Wilber:

“Often, people have an extraordinarily positive experience when first encountering Ken’s work.  It truly is an “awakening” to an authentically holistic, integrative, and integral way of understanding the Kosmos, and many people experience tremendous joy at this discovery and realization.  The natural impulse is to then go try and transform every aspect of your life to fit this stunning Integral Vision!  At some point, most people then run into “the real world,” and when they cannot make their job, their family, their education, their government, expand into more integral ways of being, it is easy to become discouraged and even depressed.  Because Integral thought is so wonderfully comprehensive in nature, you can all of a sudden feel utterly overwhelmed by just how clearly you can see the partial, fractured, broken aspects of life all around you.  Where the Integral Vision first revealed  glorious wholeness everywhere you looked, that same Integral lens can then reveal a world of fragmentation and discord in all directions!  How am I supposed to be excited about Integral ideas when my actual worldly reality is economic agony, political vitriol, and environmental disaster?”

For those of you who do not know Colin’s story, he was just 15 years old, when his mother gave him a book from someone named Ken Wilber to finally pacify his on-going mind over so deep philosophical and spiritual matters.   His mother could not give him the so many responses that he was demanding and thought that such an author will calm him down, give him answers and help him place the so many questions he had in a comprehensive map within his reality. And she was right¡   In fact, when Colin became 19 years old, he was ready for the biggest and deepest encounter of his life. He met Ken Wilber himself and became his own right hand.  Since then, he has learnt tremendously in all senses as Ken has been like a master, a friend, a mentor, even a father, and therefore the greatest inspiration for his already developed soul. He’s a member of the Integral Institute Board of Directors since 2005, and was centrally involved in the creation of Integral Naked, Integral Spiritual Center, the I-I Multiplex, and Integral University.  

When Ken became so ill, with his first seizure, several years ago, Colin entered in a terrible shock, as the love for Ken was so grand and the illness so grave that he was devastated. He then prayed God for help and Ken became better.  But the following year he had his second seizure even worse than the first.  He lost his faith, he felt separate from spirituality and he was broken as the doctors feared for his life. On his own words:  

“After Ken suffered several life-threatening medical events in 2006/2007, I experienced four years of constant, debilitating physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering.  I wanted many things to be different than they were, and I suffered intensely as a result.  Every single effort I made to “make things better,” made things much, much worse.  I had been familiar with non-dual “Great Perfection” teachings up to that point, but that was in no way what I was experiencing.  The only thing I could do was give up, surrender, and have absolute faith in Reality itself.  Because of the extraordinary support I received from my partner Andrea, my fellow assistants Brian and Mike, and of course Ken himself, the fruit of this transformation is now shining brightly”  

When I met Colin, just one year before this, he touched my mother’s heart like if it would be my own spiritual son.  A beautiful relationship grew among us.  Since that “special encounter”, I offered Colin to come to Spain, firstly just for visiting and afterwards for teaching, as I was seeing him over the years become fuller and wiser.  Those invitations kept on being presented to him during 8 straight years until again the dream became true at the beginning of December 2012.

With the occasion of the course created by Ken Wilber “The five reasons why you’re not enlightened”, and taking the advantage that he was going to come to Europe to teach it, I invited him over to hit Spain first.  I wanted to offer him some “rehearsal ground” before his teaching in Moscow and it ended up being a real full seminar in Madrid with 33 people from the Integral Community.

Colin was tender, direct and clear, authentic and deeply spiritual in his first teaching ever.  He was very content that it was in Madrid and with me.  We really found this such a great opportunity and also meaningful as Madrid could be understood as  “madre” (mother). He was surely giving birth to something new in his life and in the experience of all of us.  He introduced Ken’s ideas about the reasons why we are not enlightened and also gave us one more reason (the 6th), as follows:

1)     Conceptualization (As we try to classify the experience of God. Put attributes)

2)     Objectivity (Experience of being separated – Duality. Seeing things as objects)

3)     Differentiation (Non recognition of sameness – Lack of Unity)

4)     Looking for the Spirit (We think we don’t have it, if we look for It)

5)     Conditional Love (We are unable to love unconditionally. I chose who to love)

6)     Faith/Trust (We contract with fear and lack of faith to act freely, full of trust)

Everyone loved him and was very touched by his capacity of maintaining the flowing energy of the room in a clear third tier space. He said that he didn’t want to give us technical teachings about Integral Theory as we could see details of that in Ken’s books. Instead, he was coming to share his own experience of having been with Ken Wilber for more than 10 years now.  In many occasions he showed examples of his own personal life and was transparent and blunt with his shadow.  This showed the people in the room that enlightenment does not have to do with absence of shadow but with the knowledge, relationship and management of it.  His almost permanent smile (not only in his mouth but in his heart) made easier to fly over the 12 hours of the course, leaving an “I want more” experiences in the hearts of all the attendees. One thing is for sure, his teaching was from and for the heart and soul. The presence of body and mind were more for astonishment and amazement than for intellectual or physical exercises. As he puts it: 

“In my life and in my teaching, I focus on cultivating a state in which “nothing need be done.”  There is nothing to do within the Great Perfection, because there is nothing that need be accomplished.  Supreme Enlightened awareness is always-already entirely complete, achieved, ensured, and spontaneously present.  This is the context in which we will explore Ken’s extraordinary AQAL Integral model together.  This is the state in which every activity of Integral awareness is the perfect expression of Awakened identity.  Just because nothing need be done, doesn’t mean you don’t do anything.  Just the opposite.  You are finally Free to meet the needs and challenges of life, because you are no longer trapped within it.  Action, activity, connection, and responsibility flow naturally from that infinite Source that cannot be exhausted”

For me, personally the experience of being with Colin has been very rewarding in all senses of the word.  I could not ask for anything better. It was perfect. Every minute of it. I have really had the experience of LOVE with capital letters, as I would say that Colin is the manifestation of individual and collective act of love for the mere fact of being there:  His presence is uplifting and enlightened. What it doesn’t mean that his shadow doesn’t ever appear.  It does.  What I love is that it is an enlightened shadow, if Ken permits to call it so. Embodied Integral Spirituality has landed in Spain, as the book was published in 2007 and Ken unfortunately cannot travel.  Thank you, Colin.

To end, I live you with Colin’s own words as a farewell:

“As Ken often says, “It’s better to light one Integral candle than to curse the darkness.”  Yes indeed.  What Ken also says, just as often, is that one should endeavor to discover one’s own True Nature as radiant, eternal, infinite Spirit—and then, with wisdom and compassion, dignity and grace, work to transform this suffering world with the power of Integral awareness”

Raquel Torrent

Integral Psychologist and Teacher

sábado, 22 de diciembre de 2012


Colin Bigelow y Raquel Torrent con los asistentes al curso
Después del gran éxito personal y profesional que el primer curso de COLIN BIGELOW (asistente personal de Ken Wilber, desde hace 10 años) tuvo, con sus 32 personas ávidas de Espiritualdad directa, pues eso es lo que Colin nos compartió, aparte de las Cinco Razones (según Wilber) por las que no estamos iluminados:
1) Conceptualización
2) Diferenciación
3) Objetivación
4) Búsqueda
5) Incapacidad para amar incondicionalmente
6) Añadida por Colin:  La falta de Fé/Confianza
...  se nos ha echado la Navidad encima y ahora y sin más dilación deseo felicitar a todos los que seguís mi blog, muy especialmente, por aquello de  fidelidad  y lealtad.  Y también para todos los que caigais por aquí de vez en cuando.

viernes, 9 de noviembre de 2012

Curso de KEN WILBER, impartido por COLIN BIGELOW

                                            Raquel Torrent y Colin Bigelow

CURSO de KEN WILBER impartido por COLIN BIGELOW en Madrid 8 y 9 de Diciembre

Tuve el gran honor de conocer a COLIN BIGELOW, cuando fuí a conocer a KEN WILBER en el año 2005, que fué mi primera visita. Las otras tres veces, siempre me he abrazado con Colin,  como si nos conociésemos de toda la vida.  Se trata de esas conexiones que van más allá de las palabras y del tiempo.  Es un hombre/niño, tan dulce como un ángel y con una espiritualidad auténtica y vivida en cada uno de los sufrimientos de su vida y de las iluminaciones de su contínuo deseo por evolucionar. 

Ahora, después de varios años de pruebas y preparación por parte de Ken para que, ya que él no puede ir por ahí enseñando, por su grave enfermedad, envía a Colin, AHORA, por el mundo para que imparta su primer curso pautado de Espiritualidad Integral, al que da un nombre curioso "Las V Razones por las que aún no estás iluminad@" .  Colin acepta ese reto y como un fiel testigo del hacer y sentir de Ken, encarna las enseñanzas desde hace muchos años para ahora transmitirlas al mundo.

lunes, 22 de octubre de 2012

Después del X cumpleaños de las JORNADAS INTEGRALES

Para vuestra información, las JORNADAS INTEGRALES, han sido posibles debido al empuje, pasión, entusiasmo y convicción de muchas personas que han colaborado en su desarrollo, incluidos los asistentes (los más importantes), los ponentes y las instituciones que nos han prestado, amablemente sus salas O PATROCINIOS para poder celebrar los eventos.  Aunque al principio, los dos primeros años, las Jornadas fueron generadas desde mi propio bolsillo, a partir del año 2005 cuando fundé (acompañada por otras personas) la ASOCIACION INTEGRAL ESPAÑOLA (AIE), las Jornadas fueron financiadas por la AIE, cuyo principal objetivo, después de tener la misión de representar y aunar a las personas interesadas por la Teoría Integral, el movimiento Integral y la Conciencia Integral, fue, precisamente generar y patrocinar estas Jornadas cada año.

miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2012


Estimados amigos y amigas:

Os recuerdo el comienzo de la FORMACION INTEGRAL/TRANSPERSONAL que comenzará el  27 y 28 de Octubre por si es de vuestro agrado o del de alguna persona de vuestro entorno.  Se trata de una de las mejores formas de conocer la obra de Ken Wilber y otros autores que tanto han apoyado el desarrollo de la Conciencia y la mejora personal.


domingo, 14 de octubre de 2012


We are celebrating the X year in a row of Integral Conferences in Spain.  It is a real achievement to have made them all in a row, without stopping one single year.  And I can assure you that I created them in 2003, that it hasn't been easy.  And yet, here we are having DON BECK , the promoter of Spiral Dynamics from Clare Graves,  as a speaker and also KEN WILBER  himself making a Q&A session during one hour and a half.

The Conference is free of charge, and I will be giving a one hour lecture, making a little bit of history of this decade, bits and pieces of a wonderful adventure with more than 115 speakers, 1.500 attendees and many many hours of inspiration and good Integral Consciousness.

Now I leave you here with the Pre-Conference Interview that Ken, so generously gave me to attract people to this year's Integral Conference. ¡¡¡ Enjoy it¡¡¡



Cunplimos una década en las JORNADAS INTEGRALES, antes llamadas Jornadas Ken Wilber.  Tenemos muchos ponentes interesantes y prácticas también como el World-Café y el Streching, la Meditación y, por supuesto la venta de libros de Kairós, que siempre nos trae las últimas novedades, y los clásiclos, como "La Conciencia sin Fronteras" o "Breve historia de todas las cosas", que son de los libros más vendidos de Ken.

¡¡¡ Este año, espero que compreis el libro que edité y que me propuso Agustín Paniker de  Kairós:  EVOLUCION INTEGRAL ¡¡¡ Se trata de 33 estupendos autores (casi todos ponentes de las primeras seis Jornadas Integrales), que hablan y encarnan los cuatro cuadrantes de la realidad, escribiendo sobre ellos.  También están los integrales latinoamericanos escribiéndo en él, con mucha belleza.

Aquí os envío la estupenda entrevista que nos ha regalado Ken, cuando le pedí que sería bueno hacer una entrevista Pre-Conferencia, para atraer a la gente a las Jornadas,  y, él, como siempre, con su proverbial generosidad, dijo que sí., y aquí está, jugosa y llena de datos interesantes. ¡Disfrútala¡

sábado, 29 de septiembre de 2012


Aquí os dejo los bellos y profundos párrafos que nos regala Ken Wilber, en su infinita bondad y generosidad (porque siempre, siempre que le pido algo, me lo entrega) para dar la bienvenidad a la celebración de las X Jornadas Integrales que este año están de cumpleaños de década, ya que las organicé por primera vez en el 2003 en la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid con una asistencia de más de 250 personas, 13 ponentes y una sóla persona de apoyo en la venta de libros.

Este año las Jornadas, organizadas, magníficamente, desde el año 2008 por la Junta Directiva de la Asociación Integral Española (que también fundé en el año 2005 y dejé como Presidenta en el 2008), estarán dedicadas al "Pluralismo Metodológico Integral" y su aportación a la situación presente de crisis en el mundo y en nuestro país. Se celebran en Madrid y Don Beck (divulgador de la Espiral Dinámica y creador de la Espiral Dinámica Integral) dará una ponencia, así como Ken Wilber una sesión de preguntas y respuestas de hora y media. Mi ponencia versará,  precisamente, sobre el desarrollo de estos 10 años. 

La entrada a las Jornadas es gratuita y habrá una fiesta después para celebrar la década y el Lunes se celebrará un curso de dos días con Don Beck, sobre la Dinámica Espiral Integral.

Para más información visitad el siguiente enlace:


Os doy la bienvenida a todos a estas décima Jornadas Integrales y  ¡quiero felicitar a mis colegas españoles por hacer este encuentro durante 10 años seguidos ¡ Es toda una proeza. Y encaja con lo que percibo como una de las corrientes principales en el movimiento Integral, que, por lo que se ve,  se ha desarrollado a una velocidad de transmisión acelerada alrededor del mundo.  La Conferencia Europea Integral recién celebrada, a la que asistieron 21 países, es otro ejemplo magnífico.

La corriente Integral, que comenzó en los Estados Unidos, es ahora un verdadero movimiento de alcance mundial, que refleja una de las corrientes globales más importantes;  a saber, la emergencia y descenso de la Mente Integral (la visión-lógica, el centauro, lo post-post convencional, post-autónomo, integral-aperspectivista, segundo grado, etc.).

Nos encontramos frente a una emergencia monumental, bien especial y única en la historia. Todos los niveles previos,  u ondas de conciencia hasta ahora han sido de 1er grado, lo que significa que cada uno de esos niveles creyó que ellos y sólo ellos tenían la única verdad y los únicos valores válidos.  Este ha sido el germen de todo,  desde las guerras, desde las guerras culturales, hasta la opresión; desde el colonialismo hasta las auténticas guerras. Pero las olas Integrales comprenden intuitivamente que todas las otras olas “son verdaderas, aunque parciales” – lo que quiere decir, que cada nivel de conciencia tiene algún grado de verdad, de bondad y belleza, y por lo tanto,  necesita ser integrado e incluido en una visión del mundo verdaderamente comprensiva y abarcante.  Esta visión del mundo más inclusiva (que lo incluye todo) promete cambiar el mundo, literalmente, puesto que es la primera vez,  en toda la historia de la humanidad, que la principal pregunta de la cultura, la filosofía y la espiritualidad dominante NO es ¿qué punto de vista es el correcto?, sino ¿cómo podemos tener todos un poco de razón y aún así estar todos incluidos?    

Todos nosotros estamos, en cierto sentido, cabalgando la emergencia de esta ola Integral, y por ello todos nosotros estamos avocados a una situación frustrante – estamos algo así como la mitad allí y la mitad no allí.  Lo Integral ha comenzado a emerger, pero sólo un pequeño porcentaje de la población lo ha alcanzado, dejándolos en un sentimiento de aislamiento y soledad – una conciencia mayor, aunque muy poca gente con la que poderla compartir – una mayor conciencia, y en cambio, muy poca gente con la que compartirla.  Esa es la razón por la que los encuentros como éstas Jornadas, son tan importantes, puesto que personas del mismo pensamiento, sentimiento y espíritu, que están integralmente informados, pueden unirse con almas similares para compartir este excitante Espacio del Nosotros; resonando los unos con los otros en los aspectos más profundos de su propio Ser integral y,   compartiendo esa toma de conciencia con los demás; vitalizándose y regenerándose, mutuamente, en el proceso.

Estoy ahí con todos vosotros en corazón, mente y espíritu, deseándoos lo mejor para estos días que vais a pasar juntos. Os envío mi amor y mi luz y me mejor voluntad para cada uno de vosotros.  Soy vuestro amigo. 

Ken Wilber.


I herewith leave you the wonderful parragraphs that my dear friend Ken Wilber agreed (with his always awesome generosity) to create for the celebration of the X birthday of the Spanish Integral International Conferences that I firstly organized in 2003 at the Psychology Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid, with the attendance of around 250 people,  with just one person helping me, selling books and with 13 speakers. Please check the following site for Program and information of the venue. 

This year, the Conference will be dedicated to the "Integral Methodological Pluralism" and the contribution that such a consciousness may have in the present crisis.

Don Beck will be present as a speaker (among others, including myself) and Ken Wilber will share one hour and a half of his time to respond questions of the attendees. We will be having a party to celebrate afterwards.

The Conference is free and everybody is welcome to come. It is being organized by the Directive Board of the Spanish Integral Association (that I also founded in 2005 and left its presidency in 2008).  On Monday starts a two days seminar with Don Beck on the Spiral Dynamic Integral consciouesness.

Welcoming Words from Ken Wilber to the Celebration of the
X Spanish Integral Conference (2012)

I want to welcome everybody to this 10th year Integral Conference, and congratulate my Spanish colleagues for doing this now for 10 years in a row!  That is quite a feat.  And it fits with what I see one of the main currents in Integral that has developed, namely, its accelerate speed in transmission around the world.  The recent European Integral Conference—attended by some 21 countries—is another wonderful example.  The Integral current, getting its initial start in the States, is now truly a world-wide movement, and reflects one of the most important world-wide movements now occurring: namely, the emergence and descent of the Integral Mind (vision-logic, centaur, post-postconventional, post-autonomous, integral-aperspectival, 2nd tier, etc.). 

This is a monumental emergence, and quite unique in all of history.  All of the earlier stages or waves of consciousness were 1st tier, meaning that each of them thought that they, and they alone, had the only true and valid values.  This lead to everything from culture wars, to oppression, to colonialism, to real wars.  But the Integral waves intuitively understand that all the waves are “true but partial”—that is, each level of consciousness has some degree of truth, goodness, and beauty, and needs to be integrated and included in a truly comprehensive and embracing worldview.  This all-inclusive worldview promises to change the world, literally, since for the first time in all of history, the predominant cultural, philosophical, and spiritual question becomes, NOT “which view is right?,” but “How can all of them be partially right and hence included?”

All of us are, in a sense, riding the emergence of this Integral wave, and thus all of us are opened to a frustrating situation—we are sort of half there, half not there.  Integral has started to emerge, but only a small percentage of the population has reached it, leaving those who have done so feeling isolated and alone—a bigger consciousness, but fewer people to share it with.  That is why gatherings like this one are so important, as like-minded, like-hearted, like-spirited people, all integrally-informed, can come together with similar souls and share an  exhilarating We-space together, resonating with each other in the deepest aspects of their own integral Being, and sharing that awareness with each other, vitalizing and regenerating each other in the process.

I am there with all of you in heart and mind and spirit, and wishing you the very best of days together that you could possibly have.  Sending all my love and light and good will to each and every one of you, I remain your friend,

Ken Wilber

lunes, 3 de septiembre de 2012


                Abierta la Matrícula para el Curso Anual (2012-13)

Decídete este año a ver la Realidad desde la mayor cantidad de perspectivas posibles, y vente con nosotros en este viaje hacia el interior y exterior de la existencia. Podrás, después, elegir con Conciencia cuál es el siguiente paso para tu plenitud y libertad.

Espiritualidad y Psicoterapia, Ciencia e Investigación, Cultura y Sociedad;  todo ello en un curso de dos años en uno,  que llevo preparando para ti desde hace 22 años. Los muchos testimonios positivos de otras promociones avalan que este curso puede cambiar tu forma de ver la vida, aprendiendo a elegir.

Siguiendo las enseñanzas de Ken Wilber y otros sabios pensadores y científicos, nos adentramos durante un año (De Octubre a Junio) en el mundo de la Cosmología, la Antropología, Sociología, Psicología, Espiritualidad, Física, Medicina, Política y otras disciplinas para conocer al ser humano, su evolución y trascendencia, a como su relación con otras especies, el planeta y el Cosmos.

Aprendemos   mediante   la   reflexión   y   la   experimentación   (con   ejercicios   prácticos individuales,  por  parejas  y  grupales)  cómo  interiorizar  lo  colectivo  y  externalizar  lo individual.  La realidad diaria se convierte, así,  en un perpetuo estado de gracia en el que las cosas, las personas y las situaciones sirven como oportunidades de crecer, evolucionar y seguir avanzando. Todo cobra sentido.

                           Aprovecha esta ocasión de mejorar tu vida
    Los tiempos están prestos y tu momento puede ser AHORA

FORMADORA: Raquel Torrent. Psicóloga. Terapeuta Integral y Consultora Transpersonal, Coach
LUGAR: Centro LUA. C/Goya, 83-1ºIzda. – MADRID
INVERSION: 200 E /mes + 50 E Matrícula

Diploma final avalado” y con horas lectivas

miércoles, 8 de agosto de 2012


Se acaba de publicar el nuevo libro del CITES (Universidad de la Mística) perteneciente a las jornadas místicas organizadas por la Directora de la Cátedra Edith Stein, mi querida amiga Maribel Rodríguez.  En el libro se reflejan las ponencias de todos los participantes en ese segundo encuentro abulense que tuvo lugar en el mes de Septiembre pasado y que llevó por título el mimso que ahora lleva el libro.
Mi ponencia y capítulo versaron sobre "La Jerarquía Evolutiva y el sentido de la vida desde el problema hasta el conflicto y la crisis".  En él trato de explicar el proceso evolutivo que representa el reconocimiento de un problema para no entrar, entonces en un conflicto que resulte aún más diícil de resolver y cómo si ya hemos entrado en el conflicto, y en vez de encontrarle el sentido de aprendizaje y crecimiento, nos seguimos enredando en él, llegaremos, indefectiblemente a la Crisis, que o nos lleva a la muerte o a la resolución e integración, aún a pesar de un alto costo y muchas pérdidas en el camino. El libro es de recomendada lectura, pues las ponencias tuvieron un altisimo nivel, como todo lo que propone esta joven y brillante psiquiatra.


I have just came accross an excerpt of a conversation between Ken Wilber & Corey de Vos in 2005 about the very extended habit among New Agers of mixing God and Quantum Physics trying to explain the Greatness of Existance, Empiteness or the Deepest Spirituality through the smallest of the smallest on this side of the manifested world... subatomic particles and the magic world of their behaviour. I find it is worth to share it here. 
Does quantum physics prove God? This question has to do directly with the relation of modern quantum physics and spirituality. In effect, does modern physics prove God? Does the Tao find proof in quantum realities?
Ken Wilber's answer: "Categorically not. I don't know more confusion in the last thirty years than has come from quantum physics...."
Ken goes on to outline the three major confusions that have dominated the popular (mis)understanding of the relationship of physics and mysticism.
#1: Your consciousness does not create electrons. Unlike Newtonian physics, which can predict the location of large objects moving at slow speeds, quantum physics only offers a probability wave in which a given particle, like an electron, should show up. But here's the funny thing: it is only at the moment that one makes the measurement that the electron actually does "show up." Certain writers and theorists have thus suggested that human intentionality actually creates reality on a quantum level. The most popular version of this idea can be found in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know?!, in which we "qwaff" reality into existence.
Ken suggests this is both bad physics and bad mysticism. As for the former, in his book, Quantum Questions, Ken compiled the original writings of the 13 most important founders of modern quantum and relativistic physics, to explore their understanding of the relationship of physics and mysticism. Without exception, each one of them believed that modern physics does NOT prove spiritual realities in any fashion. And yet each of them was a mystic, not because of physics, but in spite of it. By pushing to the outer limits of their discipline, a feat which requires true genius, they found themselves face to face with those realities that physics categorically could not explain.
Likewise, none of those founders of modern physics believed that the act of consciousness was responsible for creating particles at the quantum level. David Bohm did not believe that, Schroedinger did not believe that, Heisenberg did not believe that. That belief requires the enormous self-infatuation and narcissism, or "boomeritis," of the post-modern ego, and Ken goes into the possible psychology behind all of that.
#2: Quantum vacuum potentials are not unmanifest Spirit. The immediate problem with the notion that certain "unmanifest" or "vacuum" quantum realities give rise to the manifest world, and that the quantum vacuum is Spirit, is that it immediately presupposes a radically divided Spirit or Ultimate. There is Spirit "over here," manifestation "over there," and it's only through these quantum vacuum potentials that Spirit actualizes manifestation—with Spirit set apart from manifestation.
"In terms of actual real physics or actual real mysticism, they were incorrect on both counts. And the marriage of bad physics and sloppy mysticism has been a nightmare...."As the great contemplative traditions agree, true nondual Spirit is the suchness, emptiness, or isness of all manifestation, and as such leaves everything exactly where it finds it. Nondual Spirit is no more set apart from manifestation than the wetness of the ocean is set apart from waves. Wetness is the suchness or isness of all waves. By identifying Spirit with quantum potential, you are actually qualifying the Unqualifiable, giving it characteristics—"and right there," Ken says, "things start to go horribly wrong, and they never recover. These folks are trying to give characteristics to Emptiness. They therefore make it dualistic. And then things get worse from there...."
#3: Just because you understand quantum mechanics doesn't mean you're enlightened. Physics is an explicitly 3rd-person approach to reality, whereas meditative, contemplative, or mystical disciplines are explicitly 1st-person approaches to reality. Neither perspective is more real than the other, but each perspective does disclose different truths, and you cannot use the truth disclosed in one domain to "colonize" another. The study of physics, as a 3rd-person discipline, will not get you enlightenment; and meditation, as a 1st-person discipline, will not disclose the location of an asteroid (or an electron). The "content" of enlightenment is the realization of that which is timeless, formless, and eternally unchanging. The content of physics is the understanding of the movement of form within time, i.e. that which is constantly changing. And if you hook Buddha's enlightenment to a theory of physics that gets disproved tomorrow, does that mean Buddha loses his enlightenment?
Ken goes on to suggest that what might be influencing quantum realities is not Suchness per se, but bio-energy or prana, which may be the source of the crackling, buzzing, electric creativity that so many theorists have tried to explain at the quantum level. Of course, it remains to be seen exactly what further research does and does not support.

domingo, 22 de julio de 2012


Picture from Andrew Cohen web page
Evolutionary Enlightenment is the name 
of the new book from Andrew Cohen, the guru that has moved the western world 
into a new consciousness of spirituallity. 

During two decades he's been teaching various concepts out from his own experience and meditation, integral consciousness included.  He has written several books and has been the founder and editor of What's Enlightenment magazine and now Enlightment Next.  

He also did the series with Ken Wilber named "The Guru and the Pandit" that for some reason are not yet released into a book form. Only in June they have been presented as some Internet format series for initiates.   In Spain Wilber's  translator, David Gonzále-Raga reports that has the translations of the converstaions among Andrew Cohen (the guru) and Ken Wilber (the pandit) since a long time but says that  there is some kind of set back from the editors or Andrew himself (because when I asked Ken Wilber , he said that he has given his permission for publication a long time ago). The spanish editor of all Ken Wilber's publications (23 books in spanish):  Editorial Kairós, is ready for publishing these extraordinary talks that for the spiritual and integral community and also for every one that is interested in evolutionary conciousness are a real gift. 

Meanwhile for the english speaking community, this new release from Andrew will clarify theis new approach to spirituality and integral development (vertical and horizontal).