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Divine In-Dwelling: Invitation to a Trinitarian Theology of Religions

Divine In-Dwelling: Invitation to a Trinitarian Theology of Religions

by Bruce Alderman

Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell have written a very accessible and engaging book on a topic typically…


Added by Balder on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

To Self Or Not To Self, that is a question.

Since my favorite topic seems to have to do with my self, and with my selving, and it turns out even selving process more generally, I explicitly create a blog for related musings, immersions, obsessings, and curiosities.

By placing it as a Blog, I sort of give my self permission to hang a lot out there without obvious identification for integral, post-metaphysical, or spirituality. Hah.

Other people, you, may respond or place your own musings that may be stimulated in… Continue

Added by Ambo Suno on August 11, 2016 at 11:57am — 7 Comments

a peeled grape in the mouth please

Confessions of a dubious mind.

I want to start this thread to present my confession(s). I'm not sure where it will go or even if it will go.

The confessions start with an unreliable mind, in many ways. I feel an inclination to confess, admit, acknowledge, apologize for, occasionally brag on, primarily, to start with, in self-deprecating adjectives and adverbs. Hell, I don't even know what "post-metaphysical" means.

Unfortunately, as dubious and unreliable, this…


Added by Ambo Suno on October 12, 2014 at 6:02am — 6 Comments

Three Nows, the Future Infinitive, and Triple-Loop Awareness

Recently, a Buddhist teacher and friend of mine named Hokai posted a blog on stages and states of time awareness that invites us to take an integral perspective on what we mean by “the power of Now.”  Here is what he says:

    You know about present, right? While there are quite a few perspectives on present, including past present and…


Added by Balder on May 12, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

PatternDynamics: Following The Way Nature Organizes Itself to Deal with Complexity

I posted a blog entry about PatternDynamics on my site on Dec. 22nd, and it has since been reposted at,, and a couple of Permaculture sites.  I thought I might repost it here as well...

The natural world is staggeringly complex, and yet amazingly elegant in how it manages the multitude of interconnected parts into organized, unified wholes that thrive.  What is the secret for harnessing this elegance for use in human systems? Tim Winton found that…


Added by DavidM58 on January 5, 2014 at 4:18pm — 4 Comments

Progress not Perfection

Yesterday I saw that individuals in dialogue here mentioned the Mereon Matrix and provided links to the Mereon Institute's website and my personal site. Thank you for this and for understanding that Elsevier 'getting' the possibilities about what this work is about --an understanding of a bio-mimicry model with complex unity that is generating a remarkable simplicity-- is in and of itself, amazing. That it was written during a most difficult year, health challenges of every ilk, I…


Added by Lynnclaire Dennis on October 13, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Inner Landscapes - Eva Fidjeland & Jane Walker


       Art Exhibition

     15/9  - 27/10, 2013



Added by Eva Fidjeland on September 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

An Integral Tropology of Saturation: The Interplay of Shownness and Givenness

Final%20Paper.docHere was my foray into including something Integral in an academic paper.  (Please forgive the typos I noticed when I re-read it just now.)

Since then I've added Marion's re-interpretation of Aquinas's analogy of being, which re-interpretation builds on Heidegger's critique of Aquinas as enmeshing God in metaphysics by building an onto-theo-logy.  Applying…


Added by David Miller on August 19, 2012 at 8:52pm — 10 Comments

Saying Hello

Hi, I'm a United Methodist clergyperson, currently serving as chaplain and instructor at a United Methodist college.  I self-identify as a progressive Christian, largely because that is the most well known label referring to post-traditional Christianity. I also might describe myself around campus as a Christian, but not exclusively.  Less frequently, and primarily to those who would already understand what I mean or to those who might almost understand, I echo Derrida's claim that I could…


Added by David Miller on August 18, 2012 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

The Metaphysics of Adjacency or: ALMOST IS GOOD ENOUGH




(in a world of thresholds, membranes, touches, links, networks, approximations, teams, relativities, relationships, connections, interludes, partials & plurals, meetings,…


Added by Layman Pascal on July 29, 2012 at 10:44am — 8 Comments

Simplexity; anthropocentric representational model.

This concept map describes the arising of conscious agency and that which it is able to apprehend, as well as best case scenario for how it may interact with the world, and what this may give rise to. It is an 'individual' in relation to 'collective' agency map. As with all maps in this project the aim is to transcend the limitations of linear text by…


Added by Glistening Deepwater on May 6, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Magellan Courses

I started an online learning circle that is really getting hot!

I thought this group might like to check this out by going straight to here

and begin a lively discussion over here about what is happening over there!


Added by bonnitta roy on January 16, 2012 at 8:55am — 11 Comments

"Talking School" and "Practising School" in Adi Da's Spiritual Rhetoric

The discourses of contemporary Western appropriations of Indian spirituality can be said to be characterized by a series of rhetorical dichotomies. These oppositions or "dualities" (dvandvas) define these "new" expressions of Indian spirituality by rhetorically demarcating appropriate and "authentic" forms of spirituality from inappropriate and "inauthentic" forms.

The duality between the "pundit" and the "sage," and between "talking school" and "practising school" are among two of…


Added by kelamuni on January 31, 2011 at 8:01pm — No Comments

A Brief Geneology of the "Three Realms/Three States"

The teaching of the "three states" of consciousness makes its first appearance in the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. This work is considered to be the authoritative basis of the teaching. However, in its second appearance in the Chandogya Upanishad the teaching has undergone a change. Chan Up 8.11.1 marks the change and is an interesting passage. There, Indra, who is being instructed by Prajapati on the three states, notes a fault in a particular teaching, a teaching that can only be that of the…


Added by kelamuni on January 31, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

On the Term "Sahaj Samadhi"

Wilber's description of enlightenment as "sahaj samadhi" derives primarly from Da, who in turn appropriates the term from the writings of Ramana Maharshi. For Da, "sahaj samadhi" denotes a non-exclusory samadhi, i.e., a samadhi that does not "discriminate" the contents of consciousness from consciousness itself. Rather, in "sahaj samadhi" the contents of consciousness are seen as manifestations - "arisings," as he calls them - of consciousness itself. Compare Wilber's description of…


Added by kelamuni on January 31, 2011 at 7:58pm — No Comments

A Brief Note on Inclusivism

The Indian context for "inclusivism" is actually quite broad, and covers a number of different but related contexts. It takes inter-traditional forms as well as intra-traditional. Intra-traditionally, it includes the Buddhist idea of skillful means (upaya-kaushalya) and the Vedantic notion of "differences in qualification" (adhikarana-bheda) both of which refer to the idea that specific teachings are to be assigned to specific students in accordance with their needs and abilities; the idea…


Added by kelamuni on January 31, 2011 at 7:55pm — 7 Comments

On Experience and Intuition in Mystical Empiricism

In Eye to Eye, first published in 1983, Wilber says that "transcendental methodology constitutes an experimental, verifiable, repeatable proof for the existence of Godhead, as a fact..." (italics in orginal)."

No doubt, various traditions have claimed a special mode of knowing particular to their "practice," a kind of "metaphysical intuition" (yogi-pratyaksha; sakshatkara; anubhava; nirvikalpa-jnana; prajna; bodhi; viveka-khyati, etc.) that transcends the "worldly"…


Added by kelamuni on January 31, 2011 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Clash of the Advaitins

The article belongs to a set of articles in which various authors debate the veracity of "neo-advaita" as opposed to "traditional advaita."

One curious feature of this debate is how some followers of Ramana have classified themselves as "traditional advaitins."  This is curious, because in many articles I've read concerning "neo-advaita," it is typically the followers of Ramana and Nisargdatta who are called "neo-advaitins." And indeed, when we compare the advaita of Ramana with…


Added by kelamuni on January 31, 2011 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Wallace on Calm and Insight

The earliest Buddhist texts state that the Buddha's enlightenment occured in the 4th jhana. It is the later tradition that begins to emphasize vipassana, prajna, and so on. It is this "knowledge" stream that ultimately won out in the Buddhist tradition. This only makes sense, since it is insight that ultimately gives release in Buddhism. But usually, the two -- absorption and knowledge -- were corrodinated. This coordination is associated with the "argument from…


Added by kelamuni on January 31, 2011 at 7:51pm — No Comments

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