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What is Integral Theory?

Developed by Ken Wilber over the past 30 years, Integral theory has emerged as a truly 21st century world philosophy. Its core theoretical framework - called the AQAL (ah-qwul) framework - integrates the fundamental truths of nearly every human endeavor - from science to spirituality and developmental studies to systems theory - into a cohesive and actionable model of human understanding and growth.

While it may seem daunting and complex, the beauty of Integral theory is its simplicity. The theory identifies a handful of fundamental distinctions about human development and about reality itself. These distinctions can be located in your direct experience. So, what at first seems to be overly theoretical turns out to be a new way of looking at your world. The result is a radical shift in the way you relate to your self, others, and the world - and an increase in your effectiveness, understanding, and happiness. In essence, learning Integral Theory, or what’s often called the Integral Approach propels you onto a path of integration. How can I find more balance in my busy life? How can I better understand and relate to other people? How can I make sense of all the issues facing our world? Why do I do the things that I do? Learning the Integral Approach can help you answer all of these questions and many more. 

How is Integral Applied?

Integral theory began with modest roots in a few texts published by Ken in his early 20’s. Currently, he has 25 volumes published in over 32 languages, each of which are still in print.

Ken is considered one of the most influential philosophers alive today, and has been called the “Einstein of Consciousness.” Over the last few decades, the theory and its application have expanded in both reach and applicability. Ken’s book sales, in excess of several hundred thousand copies, have led to a community of global Integral practitioners who have applied the Integral approach to over 30 distinct fields at doctoral and post-doctoral levels. These include: business, leadership, science, politics, ecology, sustainability, criminology, architecture, feminist studies, future studies, climate change, economics, addiction recovery, spirituality, personal growth, and many more. 

Who is Using Integral Theory?

Demand for the Integral approach has kept pace with the expanding foundation of its applied knowledge domains. It is being actively utilized by businesses, universities, and over one hundred thousand individuals in several dozen countries. Some of the more notable leaders using the Integral approach include: spiritual leaders such as Father Thomas Keating, Hollywood producers such as Larry Wachowski of The Matrix Trilogy fame, business leaders like Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey, personal growth gurus such as Tony Robbins and even world leaders such as Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

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