Growing Up and Waking Up

Gesendet: Freitag, 23. Oktober 2015 um 16:09 Uhr
Von: “Ken Wilber” <>
Betreff: Are you ready to awaken every level of your being?

It is often said in the great wisdom Traditions that typical, conventional life is like a dream, an illusion, a mistaken reality. And what it’s mistaken for is the real Reality, an ultimate unity, oneness, infinite harmony and interconnectedness with the entire universe—the discovery of our real Self, Big Mind, the groundless Ground of all Being, the Supreme Identity, the Great Liberation in infinite Spirit. Mindfulness meditation, for example, was created as a practice that will help us experience this Enlightenment, Awakening, ultimate Transformation. This is the profound path of Waking Up, and it is found in the great Traditions around the world.

On the other hand, according to these Traditions, the typical, conventional, orthodox Western psychologies only deal with the illusory self—the finite, conventional, skin-encapsulated ego. Its typical developmental processes are altogether called the path of Growing Up.

So we have the path of Waking Up—which deals with ultimate Reality, with the Ground of all Being, with the divine Self and infinite Spirit—and we have the path of Growing Up—which deals with the finite self, the ordinary, conventional, typical small self and its changes, the path of Growing Up.

But even the great Traditions acknowledge that both of these realities, both of these paths, are important—one being relatively real (Growing Up), and one being ultimately real (Waking Up)—or relative and ultimate truth. But as profound as the Great Traditions are, their major limitation is that they don’t deal with the path of Growing Up in any detailed fashion; they point to the absolute Self, but don’t know how to help the relative self function and thrive. Western psychologies, on the other hand, have mapped out upwards of a dozen major stages that the relative self goes through on its way to maturity, and even somebody who is Enlightened will go through these stages (even if they aren’t exclusively identified with them, as the typical person is). The relative self is, in fact, the vehicle or vessel through which the absolute Self will express itself, manifest itself, communicate itself. The more mature the relative self of an Enlightened person is, then the more impressive, coherent, and inspiring the Enlightened person’s absolute Self and its message will be.

My new web course, Full Spectrum Mindfulness, brings together the best of Western ways to Grow Up and the Eastern ways of Waking Up. That is, it combines the best of developmental psychologies with the best of the mindfulness traditions, to produce a whole, integrated, harmonious practice of Waking Up to the highest reality and then expressing that through the highest and most mature self of Growing Up. This is actually the first time that these two paths have been comprehensively brought together, and its results can be applied across almost any activity desired—helping to increase success, presence, and authenticity from work to relationships to family to heightened self-realization.

The result of such practice is to experience the fundamental wellbeing of Waking Up through and from the highest stages of Growing Up. This combines a genuine Awakening to nondual unity consciousness (or Waking Up) with a fully grown, bright, and integrated individual self. We will go through many experiential exercises designed to do exactly that. This gives us an awakening to our deepest Ground and Being, expressed through our highest self and development—and this, again, gives us a direct and extremely positive relationship to our work, our relationships, our thoughts and actions, our total being in the world. Please come and join us in this extraordinary awareness. I’m very much looking forward to being with you in this amazing adventure of Growing Up and Waking Up!

To your deepest awakening,
Ken Wilber

PS: Näheres

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Hausarzt, i.R., seit 1976 im der Umweltorganisation BUND, schon lange in der Umweltwerkstatt, seit 1983 in der ärztlichen Friedensorganisation IPPNW ( und, seit 1995 im Friedenszentrum, seit 2000 in der Dachorganisation Friedensbündnis Braunschweig, und ich bin seit etwa 15 Jahren in der Linkspartei// Family doctor, retired, since 1976 in the environmental organization BUND, for a long time in the environmental workshop, since 1983 in the medical peace organization IPPNW ( and, since 1995 in the peace center, since 2000 in the umbrella organization Friedensbündnis Braunschweig, and I am since about 15 years in the Left Party//
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