The Evolution of the Integral "We-Space"

Terry Patten and Ken Wilber
July 31st, 2013
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In preparation for this call, Ken read Terry's paper for the Integral Theory Conference, Enacting an Integral Revolution, which focuses on how we can have truly radical conversations and includes a short history of we-space practices in the integral community. The call begins with Ken offering a rich, insightful analysis of the nature of higher intersubjectivity and we-space practices. He said many things that we’ve never heard him say before.

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(This call is one of a series of free community calls in advance of The Integral Living Room, a gathering of evolutionaries being held in Boulder Colorado, Oct 31 - Nov 3. For more on The Integral Living Room event, click here.)

This was an extremely rich conversation. Here are a few of the ideas you'll find when you listen:

  • A "We" is how Spirit experiences itself. As each "I" experiences the other, it sees True Self looking back.

  • We-space exercises can help individuals move beyond the invisible limitations of their personal subjectivity.

  • We-space practice can serve individual meditative awakening beyond turiya into turyatita.

  • The we-space has its own network of nexus-agency, and when we feel into all those nexuses, the shared field functions as a mirror that reflects True Self to us all.

  • Every we-space practice is shaped by its unique injunctions and intentions:

    • Injunctions: e.g., "Pay attention to the we-space", "Stay radically present", "Surrender into witnessing", "Suspend judgment", "Be honest and transparent", "Build on what others say", etc.

    • Intentions: e.g., transpersonal intimacy, high states of consciousness, voicing the impulse of evolution, evolving culture amidst the global crisis, awakening higher intuitive faculties, etc.

  • Every participant in a “We” will straddle an experience that's shared with everyone else, and also his own unique experience and perspective

  • There is surrendering into witnessing; there is also surrendering beyond witnessing, in which the detatched looker gives way to nondual awareness

  • There are numerous intersubjective we-fields in which we are participating, and each expresses different levels of development

  • One of the reasons we-space practice is so popular is that we can feel the Eros, the creative advance into novelty, as we co-explore the new evolutionary territory of higher intersubjectivity

  • There is special significance to the sequence 3-1-2

  • Shared states of consciousness and shared stages of consciousness are both important

    • States are more readily transmissive than stages which must be co-enacted

    • Most we-space practices begin with state practices, therefore

    • However, intersubjective triple-loop learning is possible, leading to higher intersubjective stages

...and much more!

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