Inhabit: Your Awakening

Perspective Shift:

  1. Awakening is possible in this lifetime.
  2. Awakening experiences are interpreted by our own Kosmic Address, surrounding contexts, and social conditions, which is why descriptions can vary greatly from individual to individual, culture to culture.
  3. While Integral Metatheory offers a universal and comprehensive framework for understanding the variety of spiritual experiences, the experience itself remains profoundly personal.


In this rich and wide-ranging dialogue, Corey deVos and Ryan Oelke explore the nature of integral awakening, drawing on their own experiences and the insights of integral theory. They discuss how awakening is a universal human potential, but one that is profoundly shaped by the unique “Kosmic address” of each individual - their particular stage of development, state of consciousness, typologies, cultural contexts, social conditions, and so forth.

Corey and Ryan share how their own journeys of awakening have been both deeply personal and intimately connected with the larger integral community. They highlight the importance of having a supportive framework and community of practice to help navigate the often challenging and destabilizing terrain of spiritual growth. Integral theory, they suggest, provides a vital map for understanding the many dimensions of awakening, from the individual to the collective, from the psychological to the spiritual.

The discussion also explores the potential pitfalls and shadow sides of the spiritual path, such as spiritual bypassing, narcissism, and the temptation to use spirituality as a way to avoid the messiness of everyday life. Corey shares a powerful story of how a family health crisis forced him to confront and let go of certain spiritual attachments and identities, leading to a deeper, simpler, and more grounded way of being.

This conversation is a beautiful example of what Ryan calls “Integral Dharma” - an elegant synthesis of Buddhist wisdom and integral theory that he explores in depth in his groundbreaking new web course. Integral Dharma offers a unique path to spiritual awakening, personal transformation, and purposeful engagement with the world, one that is both rooted in ancient wisdom and responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of our time. As Ryan explains, this approach goes beyond conceptual understanding to foster a profound shift in how we perceive and embody the spiritual path in every aspect of our lives.

Throughout the conversation, Corey and Ryan emphasize the importance of engaging spiritual awakening as an ongoing, embodied, and participatory process. Rather than a one-time event or final destination, integral awakening is seen as a continual unfolding, a deepening into the mystery of being that embraces both the timeless ground of pure awareness and the dynamic, evolving world of form. They invite listeners to bring curiosity, humility, and a willingness to engage the full-spectrum of human experience as they navigate their own unique paths of integral awakening.

Key Questions:

Here are some questions you can contemplate while listening to this discussion. We suggest you take some time to use these as journaling prompts.
  • Mapping Your Awakening: What has been your own experience of spiritual awakening? How has it unfolded in your life, and what have been some of the key turning points or catalysts for growth and transformation?
  • Through the Looking Glass: How has your cultural context, stage of development, and unique life experiences shaped the way you interpret and engage with spiritual practices and experiences? What are some of the lenses or filters you bring to the path?
  • Breakdowns into Breakthroughs: Have you ever experienced a "dark night of the soul" or a period of spiritual crisis where your existing identities, beliefs, or practices were challenged or deconstructed? What was that like for you, and what new insights or capacities emerged from that experience?
  • Awakening in Community: What role has community played in your spiritual journey? Have you had the experience of "waking up together" with others on the path? What are the benefits and challenges of engaging in a collective or relational field of practice?
  • The Bodhisattva's Call: How do you understand the relationship between personal awakening and collective transformation? In what ways do you feel called to bring your spiritual insights and capacities into service of the larger world?
  • The Embodied Way: What does it mean to you to "inhabit" your spiritual experiences and insights? How do you practice embodying and enacting your realizations in your daily life, your relationships, your work, and your engagement with the world?
  • Dancing with Polarities: How do you navigate the many paradoxes and polarities on the spiritual path, such as emptiness and form, transcendence and immanence, being and becoming, known and unknown? What practices or perspectives help you to hold and integrate these tensions?
  • Shedding Light on Integral Shadows: What are the potential shadow sides or pitfalls of the integral approach to spirituality? How can we engage this framework in a way that is grounded, humble, and open to ongoing inquiry and evolution?
  • The Next Frontier: What is your growing edge or next step on the integral awakening path? What are you being called to explore, embody, or offer in this current stage of your journey?
  • Full Spectrum Awakening: How can the integral map of awakening support you in navigating the full spectrum of your human experience with greater awareness, compassion, and skillful means? What new possibilities or potentials does this perspective open up for you?

Thank you for this video! The poem gave me chills and the polarities really resonated.