There are very few prerequisites for identifying as an Integralist, and they are as follows:
• One must affirm the reality of a singular infinite and eternal principle, one that is ultimately responsible for all manifestation, while also being unaffected by that manifestation. It has been known by many different names. Integralists call it Divinity.
• One must affirm the existence of a single Divine Essence, derived from said Divinity. This Essence is both transcendent of all manifestation, and simultaneously present within it. It is Divinity limited only by the quality of “being” or “existing” (Essence; from esse “to be”).
• One must affirm that no relative manifestation may come into being on any basis other than a binary basis, wherein Essence is modulated in relation to itself.
• One must affirm that Nature is the engine of manifestation derived from varying degrees of juxtapositional relationship between two complementary, yet opposing principles: “Presence” and “Absence”.
• One must affirm the Essential Aspects (principles derived from the primary combinations of Presence and Absence) as the fundamental elements of Nature. These Aspects have been described in countless different ways throughout history.
• One must affirm that the purpose of existence is for Divinity to experience itself subjectively, and that it does this through the medium of Awareness.
• One must affirm that a Soul consists of an intimate functional relationship with Divine Essence, and that a Soul must be manifested and realized through the formation of this relationship.
Many other realizations follow from the internalization of these affirmations, but, in comparison, they are of lesser importance. It is from the understanding of these truths that the basis of Integralism is revealed.