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Transpersonal perspectives

Books by Ken Wilber - who writes on psychology, philosophy, mysticism, ecology, and spiritual evolution. He has been described as New Age, although his writings are critical of much of the New Age Movement. His work formulates what he calls an "integral theory of consciousness". He is a leading proponent of the integral movement and founded the Integral Institute in 1998.

However, he has severe critics. For instance:

...the reality is that if you simply pay proper attention to details and to elementary research, you cannot be "integral," by Wilber's use of the term. Because it is exactly that attention to detail and broad knowledge-base which proves that things do not fit together—and most probably never will—in anything resembling the fashion which kw pretends they do.

The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader - Introduction to transpersonal psychology

A great place to start to get introduced to the work of Ken Wilber.

The Integral Vision: - A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and Everything

Ken Wilber's own summary of his work.

The Pocket Ken Wilber (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

Excerpts from Ken Wilber's writings that lovers of his work just love. In other words: want to take Ken Wilber's insights wherever you go? This is the book for you.

The excerpts are chosen from the theme practical wisdom, so this book is great for anyone interested in personal and spiritual growth.

A Brief History of Everything

One of Ken Wilber's most famous books. It is another summary of Ken Wilber's cosmology - this time of his book 'Sex Ecology, Spirituality'. The Question and Answer format makes it a relatively easy read, but since he tackles his most abstract concepts here, this does not make a book for everyone.

Get to know the four quadrants - and everything else in life - from the perspective of Ken Wilber's system.

Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution (Second Edition)

THE book by Wilber everyone keeps coming back to. Many of his books after this one have been described as summaries, introductions or even rewrites of this one. It's not an easy book, but if you're smart enough - it's a great read.

I read this myself and feel he makes many important points. He continues with the themes from this book in Integral Spirituality - A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World. This book integrates postmodern philosophy in the insights of 'Sex Ecology, Spirituality'.

No Boundary: spiritual growth explored - Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth

Personal development is one of the main underlying themes in Ken Wilber's work. In this book he takes the subject head on uniting insights from East and West - Buddhism, Yoga and current insights from Psychology combined.

Karen Teeters writes on a previous version of this page:

In No Boundary, Ken Wilber states,"In unity consciousness, in no boundary awareness, the sense of self expands to totally include everything once thought to be not self." Ken Wilber does a wonderful job of bringing together eastern and western understandings of life. I wouldn't say he writes for the beginner spiritual explorer but when you get to the point of appreciating the similarities and differences of eastern and western thought, you will enjoy this deep exploration.

Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy

A reviewer on Amazon gives the following summary of this book:

The history of psychology, the perennial philosophy, the nature of holons and holarchies, the types of mysticism (psychic, subtle, causal, nondual), the types of spirituality (translative and transformative), the types of spiritual experience (peak, plateau, and permanent adaptation), the meme scheme of _Spiral Dynamics_ and ample discussions of other research, the pathologies that can be encountered on each level of development, a brief history of sociocultural evolution, the relation of transitory states of consciousness and stable structures of consciousness, the distinction between cultural-specific surface structures and universal deep structures, the fallacies of scientific materialism, the relations of the ego, the soul, and the Witness (or Spirit), and plenty of charts and figures to help make sense of it all.

And concludes: Surprisingly, this book holds together extremely well, and it isn't nearly as complicated as the above summary might lead one to suspect.

Grace and Grit: Ken Wilber's diary in loosing his wife to cancer - Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber

Very moving book which will help you deal with sorrow and loss in your own life. Ken Wilber's thoughts and feelings intertwined with his late wife's diary entries.

As one reviewer says:

This book woke me up. It reminded me about Love. (Saying that, the words seem so inadequate) The truth is, I can't come close to conveying the Love which comes through in this book. It's personal love directed toward a wife, a husband, a family. It's universal Love which calls to you to find your way home. It beckons "Promise you will find me again."

I just finished reading the last chapter, and I cried and cried. I remembered what it was like when my mom died. Dannion Brinkley said that when someone dies, the doors to Heaven open up, and energy flows in both directions. I'll second that. My mothers death was one of the most sacred experiences of my life.

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