Into the Shadow [PODCAST #689]


An Introduction To Integral Spirituality, With Wes Bertrand

We know there are some tough topics here. Today we ask you to listen with an awareness of something that feels unsolved, unhealed, or with access to a painful memory that had great impact.

* Nathaniel Branden - raising the level of your consciousness to reality
* practical and grounded (Jeff Brown)
* transcending, not bypassing
* Inhabiting the wound

So what is the wound?

Panel with Alanis, Peter Levine, Gabor Maté, Richard Schwartz and Dan Siegel.

WHAT IS Trauma?
* Alanis - keeps us from living from our essential selves
* Richard - impact, not event, vulnerable parts get hurt and locked away
* Peter - when we can't return to our previous state, breech in our protective barrier
* Gabor - physical manifestations
* Dan - sustained attacks on the capacity to integrate
* unsolved trauma leads to impaired integration
* chaos and rigidity in the body, in relationships
* epistemic trust breaks down


"The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it, we can never alter it. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings manipulated, and conceptions confused, and our body tricked with medication. But someday our body will present its bill, for it is as incorruptible as a child, who, still whole in spirit, will accept no compromises or excuses, and it will not stop tormenting us until we stop evading the truth.” ― Alice Miller

Somatic Experiencing: When people are willing to learn from the body, they can use this to prevent further outbreaks


Alanis - therapy, movement, empathetic listener, creation,

Richard - honoring protective parts, listening to them, parts frozen in time, dealing withe abuser for the child and taking the child to a comfortable place

Gabor - healing is integration. Healing is wholeness. healing is softening that compassion can bring

Dan - path to healing is integrative


- primary cause of our anxiety is not our thoughts, not the monkey mind; that's just the symptom
- shifting out of unhappiness is not a cerebral process. It's full body
- spirituality means reality

"Acka Raga" Shocking Blue
"I'm Not Alone" Widespread Panic
"What's It Like" Sure Sure

Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over 100 separate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, philosophy and sociology.

In this series we'll explain the Integral approach to:
* An Integral Approach to Politics
* Evolution and the 4 Quadrants of reality
* The Stages of Development
* The Lines of Development
* The States of Consciousness (discussed today)
* Types of Personality (discussed today)

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On Integral Theory:
What is Integral Theory?
The Good, the True, and the Beautiful

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