No amount of political wrangling, armed or unarmed struggle, social programs, religious or moral initiatives will aid our survival in any significant way unless we can also cultivate Awareness.
This is not to say that the various forms of social organization
fail entirely. Obviously, groups of like-minded people often produce
good works. However, the machinery of “social justice” can just
as easily become a device engendering evil and suffering, as has
happened time and time again throughout history.
Existing social institutions are largely mechanisms of
enslavement. To once again suggest and implement an alternative
social program within the existing paradigm, as has happened
countless times throughout history, will not solve the fundamental
dilemma at the heart of social ills. Such suggestions may be
potentially valuable, but they are simply band-aids that are
attempting to heal a serious wound.
It is only when social structures are devised by truly Conscious
individuals that they can truly achieve their purpose. Only a
revolution of Awareness can get us out of this mess: a true
revolution of personal responsibility, identity, and organization.
We need to become immunized to propaganda and manipulation. We
need to be Aware of just who and what we are, what we are capable of,
and how we got here. We need to be both idealistic in our adherence
to truth, and realistic in applying that truth to our current
The lowest common denominator of Awareness among us must be
raised. Only the expansion of Awareness can save us from destruction.
The concerns of philosophers and metaphysicians are not simply idle
pursuits, but rather are crucial endeavors to enable the salvation of
our species and the preservation of life on this planet.
we live in a constantly changing world, where tradition has been
abandoned. The foundation (if there can even be said to be one)
shifts from hour to hour. Myriad forms of the corruption of truth and
beauty run rampant.
With the advent of the information age, human beings are becoming
increasingly bombarded with a torrent of information, one that grows
with every moment, containing an astonishing amount of information
entirely irrelevant to any significant purpose.
We must persistently navigate through this vast sea of
information, where myriad ideas constantly compete for our attention.
The useful content in this “sea of information” is diluted with
irrelevancy, deception, meaninglessness, outdated information,
misdirection, and profit-mongering.
At any given moment, we may be subjected to advertisements,
political overtures, scientific discoveries, the latest
entertainment, religious claims, celebrity gossip, food and fashion
fads, rumors of disaster and crisis. Everyone appears to either have
something to sell, or something that they must convince you to
This chaos, when combined with social and economic pressures,
often leads to a life mired in illusion, addiction, alienation,
equivocation, debt, and a general detachment from the genuine.
Understanding our relationship to the Cosmos, and to each other, is
essential for extricating ourselves from this situation.
Instructions NOT Included
We come into this world without guidance. We have no instruction manual, nor map and compass.
Those elders who are
meant to teach us the ways of the world often lack wisdom and
direction. They are also groping in the dark in order to orient
themselves, without any significant purpose to guide them.
situation, our existence is not without meaning or purpose. It is
only that this purpose is obscured. This obscurity is, in itself, not
without purpose. Sometimes we must forget in order to learn, we must
make mistakes in order to find the best way.
Human beings manufacture their own meaning, and this meaning is relative to the experience of the individual. The concordance of meaning and purpose is the vision of the individual, and is not meant to be homogenized or centralized, but to be employed in a synergy of personal aims and group benefit.
Connection & Discrimination
Separation and distinction in relative manifestation exist in order for Divinity to explore unique perspectives. As expressions of Divine Essence, individual entities serve the purpose of diverse expression. While taking into account the fundamental unity of all beings, we must avoid blindly discarding critical or discriminatory attitudes.
A key purpose of Integralism is to awaken the individual Will, thus engendering a corresponding emergence of higher Consciousness. This Consciousness is an experience of the energetic realities of the Cosmos, undiluted by the fixation of mere Cognition.
consequence of this experience is the recognition of the
interdependence of all life, yet it also reveals the necessity of
honest evaluation and discrimination.
This is what is
required: both Power and Love, as twin manifestations of
genuine intention. To set out on the Integral path is to instigate an
inner revolution, one of personal power and freedom, combined with
responsibility and interconnectedness.
Integralism is for the individual, yet it is not a selfish
pursuit, for the wellspring of truth is universal. When one draws
from this well, this amplifies the reservoir held within. Each
individual then may share the water, leading others to the well,
perpetuating its limitless bounty.
The principles of Integralism are an antidote to the poison of a
society founded on ignorance, confusion, and strife. These principles
can bridge the ideological rifts of the past, and provide a basis for
the culture of the future.
Nature discriminates, but also aids. Therefore, Integralism
incorporates both tolerance and exclusion; it is not fundamentally a
practice of strict exclusion or dogmatic equality.
The Lexicon of the Soul
Integralism does not offer false hope and convenient deceptions. It does not offer an easy way out. Such lies prevent you from doing the necessary work for the development of the self and of communities.
Integralism does not offer a “belief system”. It provides a new means of describing your experience, a new way of organizing society, and a means of genuinely orienting yourself to the world. If anything, Integralism is an anti-belief, a belief system antidote, intending to aid you in discarding the unnecessary.
The basis of
Integralism is entirely Natural, therefore its truths are already in
your grasp. Integralism simply offers a method and framework for
revealing what you already possess. In order to communicate, a common
language is required.
situation is akin to the result of the shattered Tower of Babel. We
require a “lexicon of the Soul”: a common parlance, a foundation
that allows for both individual freedom and communal sharing. This is
an understanding, that, when internalized, heals wounds, dissolves
bonds, inspires, and strengthens purpose.
“It is in Awareness that all questions arise and it is in
Awareness that the answers are discovered. No matter what questions
are posed and answers sought, the ultimate mystery is the mystery of
If you are reading this (assuming
that the reading is not taking place in some far distant time from
when these words were written), you most likely are a human
being, a complex lifeform conceived on the planet known as Earth
through the fusion of egg and sperm cells belonging to a pair of
human beings that became your parents, causing a chain reaction of
embryonic cell division and replication that led to the formation of
a human child.
Now it is not actually correct to say
that you “are” a human being. This is actually quite far from the
truth. But it is correct to say that you identify with and employ the
body through which you are able to perceive the world in which this
reading is taking place, although you already may have some inkling
of your greater potential.
After being “born” in this world,
you were not immediately able to perceive this world in the terms
that are now familiar to you. This method of perception had to be
learned, and, in fact, your Awareness had to be gradually attuned to
the perceptual mechanisms of the human body in order to operate it
The body grows, and simultaneously, the
associated Awareness becomes accustomed to it. Your parents teach
both directly and indirectly – for a child soaks in every
perception, and every action observed is a lesson, even if it is not
intended to be.
The affinity with this body increases
rapidly until the basic functions become essentially automatic. Then
a miracle occurs. This is the miracle of language and speech, of
communication and confusion.
You are told that you have a certain
name and identity, and that this body that you are learning to
embrace is “you”. There is no one to contradict this assertion,
and eventually you accept it as true. The moment you accept this
so-called “truth” is when the confusion begins.
Learning to operate the
image-and-meaning making function that results from the affinity of
your Awareness to the human body, you associate symbols and sounds
with meanings. You begin to reflect, to anticipate and to remember,
and you eventually accept these functions as “your” mind.
This acceptance seals your fate, From
then on, you are “this body”, “this person”, and nothing
more. But, what else could have happened? This is entirely Natural,
and practically inevitable. However, this identification is only a
phase, a phase that we rarely outgrow before this life comes to an
Having accepted the body as yourself,
you learn, grow, accrue experiences, and eventually reach
adolescence. If you are old enough to reflect on adolescence, you may
recognize the inexorable movement of one’s life from childhood to
The biology has a mind of its own,
different strengths and weaknesses, different basic parameters. In
puberty, the parameters shift, inducing the transformation of the
child into the teenager, with different concerns and undeniable
urges. This is all designed to insure the survival and genetic
diversity of the species, and the majority of human beings mate, have
children and form family bonds.
Part of this process consists of the
displacement of identity during adolescence, the biological changes
corresponding to a shift in attitude, expression and beliefs. These
changes eventually settle, leaving the individual with a relatively
fixed personality that is called an “adult” personality.
But this so-called adulthood, what is its drive, where is its genetic imperative? Firstly it is to teach the young, to insure their safety and to allow them to continue the cycle. However, for the individual, this is simply a dead end. Surely this is a worthy cause, but is it all there is to adulthood? Is it any wonder that depression, despair, nihilism, familial strife, and suicide are commonplace?
Set aside, for a moment, the influence
of the functional integrity or decrepitude of the associated society,
that is certainly a large issue, but it is not what we are discussing
Even if human society was a perfect
utopia, these problems would appear, because they are symptoms of
failing to reach adulthood. They point to the potential furtherance
of the evolution of the individual human being into something more.
The sorrow and longing of the
individual who seems to have reached a “dead end” in life,
despite the fulfilling parts of the life experience, are symptoms of
adulthood, just as much as the emergence of sexual urges are symptoms
Why is this? Because the individual who
has reached what is called “adulthood” has either fulfilled their
biological imperative, or has not fulfilled it. Either way, that part
of their life is essentially over. However, human beings often spend
the rest of their lives either recapitulating or attempting to
recapture the spark of adolescence.
We stay concerned with the same
adolescent concerns, and spin the wheel over and over again, all the
while getting older. The degenerate society at large, of course,
heavily supports this type of activity. The engines of commerce
practically run on this alone, entrapping us in endless material
desires, all serving to prop up the adolescent ego. Those who define
and propagate our culture are either simply unwitting participants in
this vicious cycle, or, much worse, they employ it as a means of
Many societies recognized another stage
of life, a true adulthood, and this is why the elder members of our
race were treated with respect and were venerated in those cultures.
It is not simply the recognition of knowledge and experience that
brought about this respect for the aged, it is something more, a
recognition of what is called wisdom.
Wisdom is adulthood, and few of us find
it. Instead we have nursing and retirement homes, places where
overgrown adolescents can end their lives, never reaching this state
of wisdom, or we have viagra and plastic surgery, scientific means to
extend the adolescent state.
What is adulthood? It is moving beyond
adolescence, not prolonging it. The deep self-absorption and
self-identification that naturally comes from childhood and
adolescence supports the perpetuation of the species and it defines
the individual in necessary ways. After this, it is no longer
valuable, and is in fact nothing more than a skin to be shed.
The adult is one who discovers what
they truly are and lives that truth. Human beings rarely reach
adulthood, and those phenomenal individuals in the past who have done
so tend to loom large on the canvas of history, being known as
leaders, prophets, saints, gurus, and even as infamous scoundrels and
Integralism can be defined as the
deliberate activity of seeking adulthood, both in the individual and
Of course, there is no conflict
whatsoever between Integralism and family life. Humanity could
certainly use more Integralist parents, for children benefit greatly
from this. Integralists simply reject the notion that adulthood is
nothing more than the aftermath of adolescence.
The trick is that adulthood is a
particular state of being, one based in a new Consciousness beyond
the adolescent experience. There is no “obvious” biological
trigger for achieving this condition as there is for moving from
childhood to adulthood.
However, there is one condition that
induces the individual to seek adulthood. This is the recognition
that one’s life will eventually come to an end: the Awareness of
death. Our bodies sense this, the body knows that it will one day
cease to function. The melancholy common to middle age is simply a
symptom of this recognition, whether conscious or not.
Furthermore, there is recognition of
one’s achievements and mistakes, one’s flaws and strengths, as well
as desire to improve. Everyone feels this desire, even if they do not
act on it. We are simply caught between desire and pleasure, fear and
pain, those salient principles of adolescence, and cannot find a way
to move beyond them.
This is one of the key purposes of
Integralism, to take the individual that is willing to move beyond
what they were, and to help them to become what they truly are, to
break the mold that has hardened around their Awareness.
For, as mentioned before, it is not
true to say that you are “so-and-so” from “such-and-such”
birthplace, this is far from correct, but it was, for a time, a
convenient and necessary fiction, being at times pleasant, and at
times horrific, but, either way, simply a part of the process of
life. The Integralist celebrates their origin, while also achieving a
The key factor of existing is to be
aware that one exists. What we are is aware. But what is Awareness?
Why does it exist? Who are we really? These questions lead us into
Addressing this question has generally
been the practice of a select few, and this is no accident, for there
is nothing worse than fending off hordes of overgrown adolescents who
avoid anything that may threaten their deeply ingrained sense of
identity. Society is a mob, a mob of irrational teenagers, and those
who seek to move beyond this and reach the state of adulthood are
usually a vast minority.
The mystery schools of antiquity, the
genuine practices of religion, as well as the spiritual and
metaphysical practices of the present day, are simply diverse means
of facilitating the search for adulthood.
The practice of Integral Initiation is
a particular method of breaking free from the blind fixation of
Cognition that is characteristic of the human condition, in order to
achieve a greater form of understanding through the consequent
expansion of Awareness.
As the teenager is latent within the
child, the true adult is latent in the teenager, and what you are is
what you have always been, it needs only be made manifest.
The only security against imminent mortality is to become mature, to be what you are in full Awareness and confidence. This is the security that comes from finding and knowing oneself beyond all doubt or opinion, of reaching the totality of oneself, the full spectrum of what you are capable of being, and what you truly are. For what you are is beyond the limits of the world you think you know.
Are you afraid, or uncertain? Then you are moving in the right direction.
Sections with an opposite preference begin with the same letter (M for Manipulation vs Mediation, and O for Operation vs Observation). Additionally, Divisions with an opposite preference begin with the same letter (R for Regulation vs Reconciliation, C for Correction vs Conservation). This is helpful for memorizing the relationships between the Functions.
The Integral Roles
Each role is composed of four preferences, those also being a combination of one of the four Sections and one of the four Divisions. Roles, when grouped by and within a specific Division, begin with the same letter: A for Regulators, P for Conservators, I for Correctors, and M for Reconcilers.
sixteen roles are listed here, organized by Division:
today’s world, meaning itself is generally treated as an irrelevant
anachronism. Social engineers of every stripe claim to pursue unity
or peace, while simultaneously undermining the very principles that
could potentially create unity or peace through their actions.
and degrading signals from the society at large undermine the
individual Will at virtually every turn. Falsity has been enshrined
in human society as normal and desirable, and there are countless
pitfalls hidden in the social world to ensnare the genuine
strive for a fundamental understanding of Nature and its origins. In
the modern world, applying oneself to the such a meaningful quest is
tantamount to rebellion against the system and its prevailing
crucial aim of Integralism is to abolish “belief” entirely,
replacing it with sure, accurate knowledge, or “faith”.
Integralism challenges nearly every cherished concept of modern
social “consensus”: the post-modern viewpoint of functional
materialism, as well as the dogmas of “scientism”, politics, and
religion. Established patterns of behavior and belief in all sectors
of the social order are disrupted by its tenets.
Integralist is a revolutionary, and field of battle is, first and
foremost, an internal one. This strife consists of the struggle
between the authentic being within and the false identity provided
through the signals in the social environment. One must first realize
that the extant system uses every trick at its disposal in order to
obscure the authentic being that is its prisoner.
inauthentic persona; that “person” who was infused with
contradictory beliefs and attitudes, is the true adversary in this
struggle. By engaging in this “war within”, we may undermine the
corruption of the social order through the very act of reclaiming a
genuine identity. For it is the regenerated faculty of Will
(Consciousness as the expression of an activated Soul) that is
necessary for preservation of what is valuable, both in general and
renunciation of the Integralist is not asceticism (a rejection of the
world), but a disavowal of illusion. The false images projected by
the system, and internalized as “personality”, must be defeated.
an unbiased acceptance of truth, however uncomfortable that truth may
be, allows for a more immediate embracing of what was previously
rejected, and a more passionate avowal of held principles that
resonate with truth.
authentic Conscious beings, we can more readily maintain ourselves,
our people, and our environment. The means of the expression of this
new-found Awareness is, of course, unique to the predilection of the
only through the expansion of Awareness that the problems we face may
be understood correctly, and eventually solved. We must endeavor to
reject false ideas and comforting illusions, while affirming that
which is beneficial and true.
In recent history, western society has excessively emphasized the principles of inclusiveness and accommodation. This preference has manifested a cultural environment where tolerance is the keystone of social acceptance.
It is currently considered more worthwhile to be sympathetic than it is to be accurate. Critical thinking is devalued, and tolerance is given extreme consideration. This pervasive tendency is hindering scientific education and genuine progress, while also casting its dark shadow over the socio-political landscape.
Utilizing political correctness as a general mechanism for managing society as a whole ultimately fails to address countless important issues. The social emphasis placed upon tolerance is easily exploited by politicians and pundits, who often employ it as a means of influence, control, and misdirection.
As a society, we often say “yes”, when we should be saying “no”. Such an attitude inherently implies rejecting unpleasant facts, as well as fostering a general avoidance of the negative – an unwillingness to “feel bad”, coupled with a crippling inability to bear unpleasant realities.
Excessive reliance on tolerance fosters the insidious belief that the only requirement for integrity is an easygoing, sympathetic, and shameless attitude. However, objective critical evaluation is an absolute requirement to any sort of genuine integrity – the very integrity that is a minimum requirement for truly solving the problems faced by our tribes, communities, nations, and the world itself.
The false integrity of superficial tolerance can only avoid difficult truths, because it would be too uncomfortable to address them directly. Subjective valuation must be applied in synergy with objective evaluation, where neither approach is neglected or overemphasized.
We cannot simply discard that which we do not prefer, without examination, if we wish to have any legitimate understanding of the world. Nature is both nurturing and cruel; allowing personal preference to be expressed, while also balancing such preference with the objective realm of fact and necessity.
There are many individuals who believe that embracing leniency grants them a measure of moral superiority. However, this surface openness very often conceals a covert intolerance towards criticality, towards “no” itself! These individuals affirm themselves and others, but are not willing to accept the need to reject, to forbid, to exclude, and to evaluate the world objectively.