Referring to the original question from @rossedwards, I decided to share some personal experiences simply as data for others to consider in light of Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics, or any other framework of interest.
The most specific thing that led me to this community was a work-related problem that came up for me last summer. We were hiring a technical specialist needing a generally orangish skill set, but the organization as a whole is burning with social justice passion, making it culturally a shade I would like to designate as “flaming green”. Not really mean. No one is mean. Just a very single-pointed focus on equity and the historically marginalized. So we are out to decolonize various STEM fields, among other things.
Several decades ago, I took two history degrees. In my heart of hearts, I’m probably a modernist, longing for a master narrative I can really believe in. Or maybe pre-modernist, wanting a myth I can celebrate literally. Too bad. Wrong time period. I turned away from human sciences back when Derrida was on the rise, because I saw no future in it, not for me anyway. But then last summer it all came rushing back. You can run to a technical organization to get away from postmodernism, but in the end postmodernism is knocking on the door anyway, because to paraphrase Trotsky, you may not be interested in the Culture Wars, but the Culture Wars are interested in you.
So anyway, I did a deep dive into anti-racism, decolonization, CRT, gender studies, critical theory, etc. in the vain hope I might rationally resolve the tension between decolonization activism and the scientific/technical culture I would prefer to keep living in. Turns out, that problem is in effect, a koan, because on the level of pure reason, there really are no answers. (But I like that Habermas is at least trying!)
Over several months of intellectually wrestling with this modern-postmodern tension I also started to spiritually seek a bit, realizing that mind alone was not going to give me answers and a more wholistic approach might help. Like @corey-devos my first encounter with the works of KW was twenty years ago in the New Age section of a store like Borders. That placement is probably what kept me away from Integral for a long time. I’ve been drawn to East-West cultural fusion for half a century now, but in my limited lifeworld horizon, there are not a lot of credible representatives of Eastern perspectives. So for me, it’s been about reading, not so much about doing.
Long story short, I experienced a bit of a spiritual breakthrough. No angelic visions or anything. Just the sudden removal of writer’s block, lots of primary process gushing into essays, and the realization that I was entering a new stage of life, with a new mission I don’t quite understand, and that I’m fine with not understanding it.
Feel free to color that what you will!