Nota bene: Getting in touch with an experience of sorrow—sorrow that transcends the limits of my current life, sorrow of millions of people who died on some human-made and natural disasters over the course of history—brings forth tears of mercy which relax and melt down all contractions.
Too often I encounter the criticism that Ken Wilber’s work is from mind alone and it doesn’t include heart. These assumptions are incorrect. Just recently Wilber spoke about the Heart intelligence (his speech was aired during the Integral Living Room concall). Integral Life Practice includes the understanding that development of Big Heart & Big Mind awareness is an important foundation for furthering Integral awareness both individually and collectively.
There is also a critique that Wilber speaks about the Absolute as peak experiences and not about access to the Absolute in the ordinary day-to-day life. This is an astonishingly false critique. Wilber speaks about accessing the Absolute in day-to-day life in many, if not all, his works when he writes about moksha or permanent and stable spiritual realization. In Integral Spirituality and his later works (partly published, partly in print) he introduces the term dual center of gravity—vertical structure-stages and horizontal states-stages.
• Full horizontal growth through states of consciousness and awareness into the nondual (that is, horizontal, or classical, enlightenment) ideally means 24-hour ceaseless awareness (the vehicle of stable manifestation of such awareness in the traditions of, say, Buddhist Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana is the being which mastered the integral practice of perfections, or paramitas).
• Full (so far) vertical growth through structures of consciousness (that is, vertical, or structural, enlightenment) means development into and through transpersonal or transmental levels of consciousness. In the cognitive intelligence it is stages beyond vision-logic; in the ego development line it is various emergent stages beyond construct-aware etc. This means descending of the structures of higher mind, illumined mind, overmind, and supermind. Transpersonal structures of consciousness are characterized by the integration of components of spiritual states as permanent and stable structural realizations in daily “ordinary” life.
Full enlightenment, therefore, involves full access to ever-present nondual awareness from the structures of overmind and supermind. This is an enormously difficult achievement which at this stage in human evolution can be tackled primarily by people of heroic inclinations or those whose fate led them to manifestations of grace (it is thought that the probability of such grace is increased with accumulation of beneficial merit). However, the way to these potentials is open to all people who feel the call from within their depth.
It is also claimed that Integral theory, as a “head knowledge,” is too abstract and doesn’t help in daily life. Integral theory helps in the situations of daily and ordinary life by giving a navigation map and a comprehensive View, by pointing towards the necessity to integrate the mind and the heart and to develop virtues and the capacity to hold and transmit greater wisdom and compassion. It also helps to choose various practices of reality enactment according to the relevant range of the spectrum of consciousness-and-being.