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The Atman Project [Paperback]

Ken Wilber
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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books,U.S.; New edition edition (18 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835607305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835607308
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overview into which so much can be slotted 22 Feb 2005
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Drawing on a large number of psychologists, both inside and outside the mainstream, Wilber describes a transpersonal developmental psychology. He outlines a series of developmental stages and shows that each can be seen as the human's failed attempt to complete the Atman project, the Atman project being the project to be the universe, to be God, Atman.
Wilber shows that, at each stage, the seeds of failure inhere in the nature of the stage itself and that the human resolves this by raising itself one level higher thereby integrating the problematic elements of the current stage. However, the new stage has an essentially similar, flawed structure and so the process goes on and on until the project is completed and the human achieves total integration i.e. he does, in fact, become God.
Ken regards the process as having an outward swing, which is the ground covered by Western psychology and an inward swing, which is the ground covered by Eastern religion. The achievement of this book is to make a sensible whole out of the two. In the course of this Ken lays out his own ideas about the nature of developmental failure and argues strongly and persuasively that the desires seen in some people for further self-integration by such techniques as mediation are not, in general, desires to regress to earlier, more satisfying, states as many psychologists believe, but are the engines of further developmental progress.
After we have been taken along this somewhat controversial route the position is rounded out by describing what happened *before* we were born. I don't mean what happened to us in the womb, I mean he describes the developmental nature of the interlife(!) and he does this by reference to the Tibetan book of the Dead(!
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This is a book about human evolution and spirit involution. Wilber painstakenly reviews the stages of growth from the Pleromatic stages up through the Subtle, Causal then finally Non-dual. The Atman Project is regarded as one of the core which upon which Wilber's later and more complex books are based. This is an outstanding work and now my second favorite Wilber book after Eye to Eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Na, Na, Na, Na, Atman!!!! 16 Aug 2004
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This is a great piece of work and it's value to the developing child in an educative, youth or play(work) context of study should not be ignored. Rich in content, it is like a continual lucky dip, the more you go back the more surprises that come out. Although the terminology takes time to assimilate, the table at the back of the book demonstrates the scope of this work by comparing the Atman project stages to those stages identified by Piaget, Eriksson etc, and uniting the East and the West. Take this book to your parents and their parents and ask them if they have attained Atman! Read and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 1 Aug 2014
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I needed to go back and unearth some of Ken's earlier ideas. This book is great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 27 Mar 2002
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This is not an easy read and although it contains extensive footnotes, it assumes a certain familiarity with cosmogony and basic comparative religion. It's a scholarly work and certainly worth reading and possibly re-reading it.
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