An Update on Ken Wilber's Health

Ken Wilber
April 14th, 2013
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Over the past few years there has been a tremendous outpouring of compassion and concern from the integral community for Ken Wilber's wellbeing. As many people know, Ken has been dealing with some health-related challenges in recent years that have impacted his ability to show up for public appearances, and worse, has forced him to take a brief sabbatical from his writing. In this clip from his 2012 What Next keynote address, Ken offers us a brief update about his health and makes an incredibly exciting announcement:

Ken is writing again!

Watch this free video from the 2012 What Next Media Collection to learn what Ken is up to these days....

This clip is excerpted from the 2012 What Next Media Collection, and is part of Ken's full 2 hour 15 minute keynote address. What kind of future we are imagining for ourselves? For the integral movement? For the impact of the integral vision on our shared future? These are precisely the sorts of questions that prompted us to hold the What Next Conference this past New Years. After almost 10 years of the online integral movement, we wanted to see what the integral vision can really offer to the world and to our rapidly evolving cultural conversation, and wanted to create a space where we could come together as a community and look forward to all the wonderful possibilities waiting for us to enact.

Here you can find the full media collection for the 2012 What Next Conference. We were able to capture some of the greatest moments from this extraordinary event—moments you can now enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

The collection includes:

  • Introduction and Intention Setting with Jeff Salzman and Terry Patten (2 videos)
  • The Poetry of Ken Wilber performed by Jeff Salzman, Arni Karlsson, and Ed Sarath (1 video)
  • The Future is Calling with Roger Walsh, Diane Musho Hamilton, and Terry Patten (3 videos)
  • Ken Wilber Keynote: Why We Matter to the Future (6 videos)
  • Imagining the Future Through Your Enneagram Type with Helen Palmer (2 videos)
  • A Tribute to Ken Wilber (1 video)
  • Reflections with Jeff Salzman, Diane Musho Hamilton, and Ken Wilber (1 video)
  • BONUS: The Future of Politics—What Now? (audio panel discussion)
  • Total: 16 videos, 1 audio, over 10 hours of material!

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I am delighted to hear that Ken Wilber’s health is much improved and that he is back to where he can write in a sustained way. I assume that writing gives him a sense of happiness and fulfillment. I know that his books give many of us precious knowledge, insight, inspiration, and pleasure. While we are waiting for the book he is presently writing to be published would it be possible to begin publishing some of his unpublished works such as his text book on psychology?

It seems that the more I learn of this great man the more I am encouraged by him. He tries to play off two long years of personal suffering as a mere “flare up”. With all that he has gone through his main consideration seems to be that he could not live with himself if he gave that disease to anyone. When I become ready to begin growing up I pray I could become half  the man he is.

Thanks Ken.

May you be well.  

Ken; please write about this! Wow, I'm completely astounded. I had no idea - and especially not that Ken suffers from one of the most terrible chronic illnesses around at the present day - A TRUE CHALLENGE. He didn't say what condition it is but my research confirmed that it's CFS, or ME as it's called nowadays, i.e. chronic fatigue syndrome (the colloquial term). I'm especially touched as it's very close to what I suffer from myself, (secondary fibromyalgia, a byproduct from a buggered spine). It's a constant struggle to deal with - not least the insomnia. All those feelings that I'm a lesser person for not fitting in with society, and a spiritual failure because it's hard to manage life AND a spiritual practice, occur and must be dealt with. A wee bit comforting that even Ken has trouble dealing with it sometimes! 

As an artist, I'm interested in the idea of fatigue and have been trying to express it, as it usually marginalises a person socially, apart from all the other things it does to their psyche. Not only do I want to show what it's like, but I'd like to offer solutions as well.

I know loads of people with ME, in fact the amount is staggering and totally out of proportion compared to the size of my (general) social circles. I would so love to see Ken write something about all this, not least how one can manage better through spiritual practice. Ken says he does actively manage the condition inpspite of the flare ups and I would love to hear how. All this "managing" so easily takes over as one's main concern in life, and many of us simply cannot function in any ways that are pretedetermined by society or various philosophical systems. One truly has to invent one's own life - that in itself becomes a spiritual challenge.

Ken; please please write about the relationship between illness and spirituality and how we can overcome these new forms of spiritual challenges, i.e. all these terrible and weird illnesses that cause so much suffering in the form of debilitating fatigue and low self-esteem, among other things.

I stand for the possibility of Ken being kick ass healthy .

Blessings, Love and thank You

I fear (am sensitive to) trivializing my concern for Ken's well-being by expressing a sentiment that is already well-covered by a thousand other voices and hearts. He deserves my spontaneous outpouring of grateful emotion from the upper torso. He deserves it both for his mortal well-being and for that other part which I pray will die well and continue strangely. May there be robust, satisfying and maximally functional coherence in all cases -- from my heart to yours and alongside all of ours.

So great to hear Ken say he is feeling better and may many more blessings and graces be with him and all he serves.


So happy to hear he is/ you are feeling better. Thanks for all you do Ken. Keep on with your keeping on. :)      <3

Joy is what is moving through my being hearing Ken's voice describing that he is Better.

His unique contribution to all of us, besides his volumes of writing and the Integral Model, is that whatever life puts in our path....the good, the beautiful and the true....and even the very ugly, is that we still get to choose to live life with love, light and gratitude.

What a great teaching, teacher and scholar.

Mary Linda