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Further To Time: Gebser Lesson-12

Further To Time: Gebser Lesson-12

There are two other things you should know about Gebser’s “aperspectival” time: it is non-exclusionary, and it is purposive. Linear or perspectival time, the ...

Four Ideals Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Four Ideals Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Preliminary to the Four Ideals Exercise The Four Ideals Exercise is complex and demanding. It will draw on all the practices you’ve been working ...

The Web Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

The Web Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

1. Preliminary Remarks I had not originally planned to include this exercise among those under consideration in this very introductory sampling and still have ...

The Atmosphere Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

The Atmosphere Exercise: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

“Keep within! And when they say, ‘Look here’ or ‘look there’ is Christ, go not forth….” This beautiful gem of Quaker wisdom, set to ...

Make Strong Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Make Strong Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Make Strong! Not Easy Thing.” I was first introduced to this exercise by my dear colleagues Amy Silver and Deborah Rose Longo at Claymont. ...

Lord Have Mercy Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Lord Have Mercy Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

PART A Let me begin today’s commentary with a pithy reminder by my dear friend A.H. Almaas as to the fundamental importance of all ...

Clear Impressions Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

Clear Impressions Commentary: Azize Exercises Recommended by Cynthia

The clear Impressions exercise is perhaps the most accessible of these five exercises for those of you starting from known reference points in Centering ...

The Faces of Time: Gebser-Lesson 11

The Faces of Time: Gebser-Lesson 11

Whatever you may take Gebser’s Integral structure of consciousness to be, its most striking characteristic is that it entails a radically different approach to ...

The Horse, The Carriage, and the Driver: A Gurdjieffian Slant on a Gebserian Conundrum, Gebser – Lesson 10

The Horse, The Carriage, and the Driver: A Gurdjieffian Slant on a Gebserian Conundrum, Gebser – Lesson 10

In my last post I invited us all to begin thinking more specifically in terms of the gifts and strengths contributed to the whole ...

The Baton Has Been Passed. Can We Now Run With It? Gebser – Lesson 9

The Baton Has Been Passed. Can We Now Run With It? Gebser – Lesson 9

No, dear friends, I didn’t send you off on a wild goose chase to immerse yourself in 450 pages of some of the most ...

Integral as Theotokos: A Western Take on Origin, Gebser – Lesson 8

Integral as Theotokos: A Western Take on Origin, Gebser – Lesson 8

Gebser names his book The Ever Present Origin, and Origin is indeed the center point around which everything else in his in his magisterial ...

What Integral is Not: Gebser – Lesson 7

What Integral is Not: Gebser – Lesson 7

“You Can’t Go Home Again…” Sometimes I wish we could all just declare a temporary moratorium on the term “Integral!!!” What Gebser intended when ...

The Mythic and Magic Structures: Gebser – Lesson 6

The Mythic and Magic Structures: Gebser – Lesson 6

“You Can’t Go Home Again…” Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebster and Integral Consciousness, by Jeremy Johnson, is available from the publisher, here at ...

The Deficient Mental Structure: Gebser – Lesson 5

The Deficient Mental Structure: Gebser – Lesson 5

Structures of consciousness have their own life cycles. When a new structure bursts definitively onto the stage of history, it is typically at its ...

The Perspectival Mainspring: Gebser – Lesson 4

The Perspectival Mainspring: Gebser – Lesson 4

All structures of consciousness have their center of gravity, a core value or “moral mainspring” around which all else is ordered. Often unstated and ...

The View from the Periscope: Gebser – Lesson 3

The View from the Periscope: Gebser – Lesson 3

Gebser’s brilliant unpacking of the structures of consciousness in terms of PERSPECTIVE (as it is understood in the art world rather than in philosophy) ...

Unperspectival, Perspectival, Aperspectival: Gebser – Lesson 2

Unperspectival, Perspectival, Aperspectival: Gebser – Lesson 2

Gebser’s cultural home base was the world of art. He was a personal friend of Pablo Picasso’s, and examples culled from art history dot ...

Stages versus structures: Exploring Jean Gebser – Lesson 1

Stages versus structures: Exploring Jean Gebser – Lesson 1

If you’ve cut your teeth on the Ken Wilber roadmaps, the Gebser terrain will at first look reassuringly familiar. The familiar levels of consciousness ...

An invitation to begin the healing work

An invitation to begin the healing work

Well, the oasis of grace miraculously opened, and now it’s time to roll up our collective sleeves and get on with the healing work! ...

Cynthia Illuminates the Imaginal on Recent Podcasts

Cynthia Illuminates the Imaginal on Recent Podcasts

Recent podcasts and videos with Cynthia speaking on the Imaginal and her new book EYE OF THE HEART

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