The author of nineteen books of philosophy and psychology, Ken Wilber is a pioneering thinker who has developed an integral "theory of everything" that embraces the truths of both Eastern spirituality and Western science. Yet while he is best known for his scholarly research into the world's contemplative traditions, Wilber is also an accomplished spiritual practitioner and mystic in his own right. In order to highlight the personal wisdom of this popular author, the editors of The Simple Feeling of Being have assembled a collection of inspirational, mystical, and instructional passages drawn from his publications. These heartfelt writings, born of Ken's own meditation practice and inner experiences, include:
• Poetic passages of contemplative insights and reflections
• Inspired descriptions of Spirit, Nondual Awareness, the Witness, One Taste, and other topics
• Commentary on the spiritual contributions of figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Saint Teresa of Ávila, Meister Eckhart, and Ramana Maharshi
• Anecdotes of personal experience and glimpses into Wilber's inner world
• Practical spiritual instructions and guided meditations
The Hegel of Eastern spirituality, philosopher-psychologist-spiritual practitioner Wilber is made accessible in this single-volume anthology drawn from his 19 works. The man who wrote A Brief History of Everything can be a formidable read given his strong theoretical bent, as selections illustrate ("the referents of the transcendental signifiers exist in a worldspace that is disclosed to those with the appropriate developmental signifieds"). But Wilber is essentially a mystic and interpreter of the mystic traditions of both the East and the West, as his wide-ranging references to spiritual masters make clear. He differs from many mystics, however, in ambitiously seeking the understanding as well as the experience of the non-dual consciousness of mysticism the most suitable words as well as what the words signify. Selections can be lyrical and downright simple ("The directions to finding God, which are printed on the box in which your heart came, are simple"). Especially concrete is the unsparing, loving witness he offers of the death of his wife, the subject of Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber. This taste of his work should earn new appreciation for the prolific author, offering a useful shortcut for those who have never been able to finish any of his frequently daunting volumes.