In the new issue of Kosmos Journal, American writer and philosopher, Ken Wilber explores the new spirituality….
“…That brings us to the second major type of spirituality generally available in today’s world, namely the spirituality of waking up. This is not a series of belief systems. Rather, it is a psycho-technology of consciousness transformation, a series of actual practices. These lead from the small, narrow, finite, skin-encapsulated ego to what is said to be a oneness with the ground of all being, what the Sufis call a supreme identity, a union of the individual with this all-pervading ground, a state known variously as enlightenment, awakening, metamorphosis, moksha, satori, emancipation, salvation, the great liberation.
“…this was the province of the world’s great meditative or contemplative traditions, the paths of the great liberation, the paths of waking up. Just as there is a great deal of similarity around the world in the major stages of growing up, research demonstrates a strong general agreement as to the four to five major stages of waking up. These include Evelyn Underhill’s stages that all Western mystics are said to go through, what she called gross purification, subtle illumination, infinite abyss or dark night, and ultimate nondual unity consciousness or what the Sufi’s called the supreme identity.”
Read the full excerpt from the Fall|Winter 2015 edition of Kosmos Journal….