Questions for Ken Wilber


Background: I have recently been talking with Casper on this forum about my most deepest thoughts (communication from my highest self). It stirred up some questions about integral thinking. These are sincere questions (for yourself and Ken).


  1. fact checking and communal validation are important, as are curation and filtering (via values/perspective)
  2. “technostalgia” (Michel Bauwens) is a term that highlights the desire to stay with old tech rather than move into new technologies (ontology, epsitemology, axilogy etc - int semiotics)
  3. communal witnessing and validation can impact tone (e.g. tone of voice)
  4. Tone of voice is the new technology for deciding on truth (the unconscious carier wave for content - like your finger print - it is hard to fake it… it can carry the key signifier with regards to the ref Truth – has what this person is saying been communally verified and witnessed" aka - is this good Mana?)

Question for Ken…
How does the future look for Integral in terms of communal verification (see above premises) in terms of a) a ‘post ken’ world (vision-logic) and b) Vatican II revolution(s) that might involve the masses also holding the “ken within” - the integral within and finally c) like religions - do we need to self identify as Integrals and preach (apologetics) - and/or is it more about our “tone” (communally verified spiritual truth/truthfulness"…


/Tim (:pray:)



Dear Ken

My name is Matthew David Bowron, 35 from Perth, Western Australia. I’m currently unemployed, living off disability benefits for several mental illnesses (ADD, Asperger’s/Autism, OCD, GAD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety) due to being severely physically and emotionally bullied from primary to high school. However since a young age I’ve wanted to become an author, and from my bullying experiences I began to wonder why is there bullying and this grew to why does conflict exist between ideologies and different worldviews, which I later found out were the present day “Culture Wars”.

Basically I have an idea for a book that I’ve always wanted to write, combining fiction and non-fiction, linking the story of an ordinary human life to the life of the universe. What I feel today is that people are trying to figure out where they fit in this world, and one idea I thought of was of creating a choose-your-own-adventure, where the reader could not only choose which historical period in the past, present and potential future of the universe, but also choose what age worldview they’d like to view the world through, and choose also whether that view supports (hero) or doesn’t support (anti-hero) that current era’s dominant worldview.

What I think is that Big History (which I believe is the Integral or Metamodern version of history), matches with the Four Quadrants model, or AQAL model. That the different time periods, ranging from trillions to tens of billions to hundreds of millions to millions, to tens of thousands and hundreds of years not only in the past but in the future, as well as today, match up to different worldviews, like sensorimotor, through to non-dual. What I imagine is that Integral is going to become a major worldview which I believe will lead to a cyberpunk/star trek (depending on perspective) future, followed by nature mysticism/psychic where terraforming not only of Earth but also Mars and Venus and other planets, subtle where we have post-biological existence like that in History Channel’s Year Million) where we control matter (or positive energy according to Stephen Hawking), causal where we have a post-physical existence where we control dark matter and dark energy and space (which I all sum together as Stephen Hawking’s negative energy), and nondual where we transcend the duality of the universe and move into the multiverse, before leaving the new incarnation of the universe (as I prefer the Turok-Steindhart cyclical model) to the new inhabitants following the next Big Bang (according to M-theory and superstring theory brane models).

I was thinking of writing this myself, and presenting you with a draft, and with hope permission to publish this novel. It can either be written first by me as a draft, and then added with new or other people’s advice if I haven’t got the predictions or perspectives correct, and even give ownership of the book to you Ken personally, if you wish, or Integral Life community, or whichever you see fit. But I didn’t want to go forth with this book without your blessing or permission, so if you could reply to this I’d very much appreciate it. And if anyone in the community wants to give their opinions or comments to this, I’m all eager to listen.

Thanks for reading this, and I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely

Matthew David Bowron.


Hi @timgreenwood ,
Sorry for late response. You posted on 5th of May.
As for premises: it is absorbing combination. I would set it this way. Fact checking + communal validation + being aware of people witnessing (or Witness within the witness). Then I see the problem of ‘tone’ (I had to look it up at online dictionary, wide term). The ‘tone’ is the greatest obstacle and I would do a short story here.
Take me as a role playing character. I invent e.g. new tool to shave the dishes in 5 minutes. Tool is exceptional and works anywhere + it is cheap. I earn for that 10’000 zillions and live the life for the next 20 years as greatest inventor of 5-min-do-the-crap-job-tool. After 20 years a reporter asks me if I am proud of it. I respond with words like this: ‘Worst happening of my life. I am a person, who has one face for any human in the world. To hell with this shit. Take this 10 zillions and gtfo.’ Reporter is gone, I continue whatever I have to continue. People, who watched the interview are kinda puzzled.
My point is: you cannot stop being a human being, even if you invented a silent revolution. At the market of creation/thinking/work/solution/theory. That might be a great pain of KW. Or not, I hope so. Or a pain of any person, who is sure and can ‘objectively’ judge his/her art/career/skill or range of skills.

I like the 4th point.

That is not exact quote, but it should be quoted this way I think. Carier or carrier?

I am not Ken Wilber, but I will give it a go.
I did not read one more time revolutions of Vatican II. I read that years ago, so take some margin of fault or smthing like that. The only first thought after seeing wiki is: priests without a family is tradition with no future.

I don’t really think there is a need to mark anything beyond vision-logic. I could quote here a great Polish, traditional thought: “Wyżej dupy nie podskoczysz.” => “You won’t jump above your arse.” (literal translation)
As far as I remember there is a sense of unity above visionary aspects of a person and yourself. Visions are heard, visions are comprehended, visions are contemplated of some sort. I have no better way to put this right now. So ‘above vision-logic’ or ‘post ken’ is a sense of unity with no general clue how to unite those people with their visions. The core of ‘visiounous’ part of you and others is recognized or sensed or perceived, depends on the person I guess.
Myself, I am a bit of a guy with conceptual thinking and that’s that.
Combining ‘post ken’ and Vatican II? Bro, get them to know Ken for starters :wink:

Identify yourself however you like. I have never heard someone talking he/she is Integral. Too much to explain. I tried that a bit, but I can only write about this. Period.
‘Tone’ is another new aspect I guess. Most wise decision, when you want to exist something and this is personally yours, do not talk about it, do it and let people comment. You will know it is yours and this attachment is another inner story of yours. Will not be explained anyhow to anyone. If the outcome is different - bravo and the luck is on your side this time. :slight_smile:

Hi @MattDaveBowron ,
There are many facts to absorb here. First time I pressed ‘false button’, when I read ‘schizophrenia’. You write too understandably to have some sort of disfunctions that come along with that one. That may seem harsh, but if your country can afford your illnesses - do something of passion and fck the illnesses. I am pretty sure (I remember at least 1 story and have some experience) that people with multiple diagnosis are simply undefinable and must be under care. It is shame to have illnesses, but if you write and you are understood by a guy from Europe - there are no obstacles to pursue writing. Brother of Kazimierz Kutz was schizophreniac and wrote ‘a story of the World and science’ or anything similar, and KK preserved that book and went to some profs, but they kinda disapproved with thesis of this book. Lol. He went to the wrong people. He needed readers.
Ken Wilber is either responding here with different nickname or is too tired of supporting and teaching.
Continue writing and ask people for judgment during writing and afterwards. During is very importent.
I had some other thoughts, but I would rather read your book than think about precisely write in English myself. Lol.



I dont have a question, i would just like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for giving me a road map on my journey. Thank you Ken


I have been on medication since 2010, and I’ve had a yearning to write my own stories since I was six years old. When I have psychosis attacks, my sympathetic nervous system gets activated, and I suffer from hallucinations and delusions audio and visual, where I believe that I’m a monster of sorts, probably from being conditioned by the bullies in the past. I feel like I literally go through hell, and will never escape it, and even feel like commiting suicide when they happen. Usually if I take my emergency meds and talk to someone for a while I eventually switch from the sympathetic nervous system to the para-sympathetic nervous system and basically get back to normal. These can be triggered even by small events where I made a mistake and give myself hell for it. I know that these beliefs are basically lies that my mind believes, and that I’ll need further therapy to unpick the lie and be able to deal with it not just via medication.

I do however use these mental illness experiences as a way of connecting with those who do have mental illnesses. I’ve been able to use my imagination and understanding of the different viewpoints to be able to shift from seeing the world through sensorimotor to non-dual by modelling and sheer will. I believe that not only do the transpersonal or waking up moments are seen in spiritual models, but are also reflective of scientific models, going down the inner holons from life to matter to non-matter to both, as a way of integrating with the psychic, subtle, causal and non-dual stages. Thanks for your advice regard the writing. I just believe that Ken’s model of prepersonal to transpersonal can be a way of predicting the history of the universe. I know he does view the growing up stages and waking up stages as separate now, but I still think that his earlier model is relevant, along with some other models of Integral thinkers, like Peter Collins for example, whose model of holistic mathematics seems to correlate with the different altitudes of consciousness of Ken’s with his Lower Middle Higher and Radial models of Peters. Basically as we differentiate in the first half we align ourselves to certain poles of pairs of opposites, and when we integrate in the second half we align to the other pole of opposites in reverse order.

Basically: Heritage - Parental Precursor (many), Gestation - Primary Matrix (individual), Infancy - Sensorimotor (form), Toddler - Emotional-phantasmic (part), Young Child -Preoperational (interior), Older Child - ConOp(objective), Adolescence - FormOp (separation), Young Adult - vision/logic (subjective), Middle Adult - Psychic (exterior), Mature Adult - Subtle (whole), Elderhood - Causal (formless), Senescence - Non/dual (community) and Legacy - Unity with Divine (one)

What do you think of these ideas?