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on 14 May 1999
Wilbur is the Dennis Miller of philosophical enlightenment when it comes to obscure references. Rumi. Plotinus. Bodhidharma. Lady Tsogyal. Lao Tzu. Plato. Baal Shem Tov. And that's just from one sentence. Talk about name droppers. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether he's just showing off, or he really does believe his bibliographical stream of consciousness will help shortcut readers to understanding his intrepretations of everything meaningful. Fortunately, his "everything meaningful" is just that: the very essence of what everyone who is searching is looking for. It's simple truths, but for complicated minds. If Wilbur were only as good a writer or communicator as he is a thinker, these great insights might be more accessible. But then, I guess that's what the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series are all about. Some people need the labryinth to engage their intellect. Wilbur provides it here. Distilled down to digestible chunks that still challenge involvement. You WILL get involved. You might even find enlightenment. "... when you realize that ordinary life is just a dream... you become radical and wild, intense and vivid, shocking and silly. You let it all come pouring through, because it's all your dream." When Wilbur comes down to earth and out of the reference library, that's when he sings to us all.
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on 25 September 1998
With emphasis on Wilber's post-1990 works, this reader conveys the flavor of his current position. It lacks structure and background, though, and could have benefited from a biographical sketch. For a systematic treatment of Wilbers intellectual universe, see my forthcoming "Ken Wilber: Thought as Passion", to be published in Dutch Spring 1999 (English translation forthcoming soon afterwards).
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on 30 September 2013
This book is give an insight to self awareness and the Yoga that awakes the human life chakra. This book gives insight understanding our mind awakes from a deep sleep to stages of consciousness to self conscious. This is ware magic of rational reality awake in a person. The book is much based from Hindu Vadic culture and Buddhism of conscious awakening, However in the book it referrers how many of the Weston European psychologist have used much these theory within they work to psychology and understanding the human mind and behaviour to rationalise reality to the situation and life as we live in.
This book looks at Weston and Easton theory from past to present to psychology of life and others.
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on 14 November 2013
Not read it all yet but the ideas make sense to me. Intend to read more, all religious thought and meaning brought together.
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on 20 May 2013
Thank you for this wonderful book more people need to read this.
I prefer to read not talk so havent much to say here
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on 20 March 2003
As someone who has to present Wilber's complex and comprehensive persepctive on transpersonal psychology to third year psychology students at an English university I have always had a problem knowing where to start them off in their reading on Wilber. A Brief History of Everything is too chatty and breezy, whilst Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality is too verbose and is really something one needs to graduate towards when trying to get to grips with Wilber's thinking on the 'Kosmos'. This introductory reader is, I now feel, pitched at just the right level. It contains, as the title suggests, just the essence of Wilber's thinking, distilled down from his more complex and scholarly works (so it doesn't pull it punches intellectually, it just punches less frequently), and it also contains some useful excerpts which act as practical 'pointing-out' instructions to some key aspects of consciousness (for example, a chapter on how to realise in experience the Witness, or a chapter on experiencing the body-mind integration of the Centauric stage).
For anyone who has tried to teach students what terms like 'centauric' or 'the witness' mean (either conceptually or experientially) these practical pointers are very useful.
If however you are completely new to Wilber then I do not suggest buying this book. Go for A Brief History of Everything instead!
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on 2 June 1999
The more I see of Ken Wilber and his work, the more perplexed I am by those who regard him as a "genius". He is a poor writer, seeming self involved and self conscious at every turn of a phrase. He merely seems to report on what he has read and 'synthesized' from many great thinkers, but I fail to see his original contribution. In addition, his reference to the essential mystical experience as "One Taste" seems confusing, and I think this term is useless and misleading. Wilber really seems impressed with himself. I am not impressed with him at all.
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