Comparisons/Contrasts

11 Jan

Trickle-Down Spirituality

  Joseph Dillard joseph.dillard@Gmail.Com In this chapter from a forthcoming book, “Integral Ethics,” trickle-down spirituality is explained using an analogy to trickle-down economics, to delineate common forces within spiritual elites that unintentionally generate inequality and injustice. If these processes are not understood and addressed, even the best spiritual elites, including Integral, eventually collapse.  What does trickle-down economics have to do with spirituality? First, we need a bit of background regarding what trickle-down economics is. Trickle-down economics is an economic theory that advocates reducing taxes...

27 Sep

Jungian Psychology and Integral Deep Listening

Jungian Psychology Integral Deep Listening Therapy is necessary Practitioners do not diagnose or treat; they support access to emerging potentials, the application of their recommendations and teach tools for waking up. The goal of treatment is individuation, the integration of opposites Goal is a life directed by the priorities of life, not God, Self or ego Integration of opposites generates the Self, which is individuation No self; non-dual awareness; identity as a tool of life Synthesis, via the integration of opposites the goal Honoring and balancing of all three...

27 Sep

A Review of Ken Wilber’s Integral Life Practice

Ken Wilber and friends Terry Patten, Adam Leonard, and Marco Morelli have written a ground-breaking, powerful, and important guide to self-development. Subtitled, “A 21st Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spritual Awakening, Integral Life Practice answers the age-old question: “How do I know what to focus on in the limited time I have in my busy life to make the most progress in becoming the person I know I am meant to be?” After reviewing the...

27 Sep

Integral and the Myth of Progress

One of the alternative news sites I regularly visit is called ZeroHedge. It is geared toward an audience of financial gamblers, that is brokers, Wall Street financiers, bankers and other people who make obscene profits, essentially by leveraging other people’s money without adding any goods, services or creative contributions to society.[1] Made up of highly intelligent, motivated and competitive people, I call them the “parasitic class” because they essentially make a living off the societal contributions of others....

27 Sep

“Aperspectival Madness:” Why and How AQAL Grossly Overestimates Your Level of Development

In his treatise, Trump and a Post-Truth World: An Evolutionary Self-Correction, Wilber frames the election of Trump and the explosive reaction to it that continues to this day as fallout from “aperspectival madness.” “Beginning over two decades ago, with the book Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, I summarized this postmodern disaster with the term “aperspectival madness”, because the belief that there is no truth — that no perspective has universal validity (the “aperspectival” part) — when pushed to extremes, as postmodernism was...

27 Sep

Review of Wilber’s “Integral Spirituality”

This is yet another important book by Ken Wilber, but one that many people will put down somewhere in the first chapter, if they make it through the introduction. That’s because the first chapter is probably the most conceptually challenging work he’s written to date. If they give up, however, they will be missing out on a terrific education by one of the greatest minds of our age, as Wilber grapples with what to do with fundamentalist elements, such as...

27 Sep

Theories of Art Criticism and Dream Interpretation

Much of what Ken Wilber says regarding the meaning of art, whether visual or literary, can be applied to dreams and dream interpretation. (Wilber, 1996) This is because dreams are innately an artistic production, an expression by dream consciousness of man’s inherent creativity. In art we find an easily accessible bridge between the waking delusion of dreaming and the dreamlike nature of waking life. Approaches to dreamwork basically fall into the same categories that Wilber delineates in art criticism, and...

27 Sep

Wilber’s Integral AQAL

    From Dream Yogas, Joseph Dillard. “What does Ken Wilber’s Integral AQAL say about dream yoga? How does it compare and contrast with Integral Deep Listening (IDL), in particular, one form of dream yoga?” What does “AQAL” mean? It is short for “all quadrants, all lines, all levels, states, and all types.” “Types” refer to the style in which you develop. For example, developmental “levels,” alternate between male and female developmental emphasis or styles. Levels build on each other dialectically. What do you mean “dialectically? Thesis at some point is replaced...

27 Sep

Transactional Analysis

TA emphasizes intentionality and choice rather than emotional catharsis and psychic archaeology. In his education as a psychotherapist, Joseph Dillard was influenced much more powerfully by Transactional Analysis and cognitive therapy, including Ellis’ Rational Emotive Therapy, than he was by Gestalt or Moreno’s psychodrama, although he was trained in all four. The adaptation of the Drama Triangle by IDL came in the early 2000’s, and was expanded to cognition and dreaming in addition to interpersonal relationships. ...

26 Sep

Freudian Psychoanalysis and IDL

What Do Freud and Psychology Have to Do With Dream Yoga?What do Freud and his offshoots in modern psychology, counseling, and coaching have to do with dream yoga? On the surface, relatively nothing at all. Most know nothing about yoga and are completely unaware of its empirical nature. Nor do they share the traditional goal of yogas: liberation from samsara. Regarding Wilber’s integral AQAL, which IDL regards as a potent and effective re-definition of dream yoga, most of...