The Integral Company Blog

  1. What are you pretending not to know?
  2. Consciousness in relationship - personal or professional - requires a delicate balancing. On the one hand, we are better off not assuming we know what is going on in the other person's head. On the other hand, it is both compassionate and wise to acknowledge what you do know about that other person, not acting as though you've never met.Avoiding the presumption that we know what is in the other's mind and heart is easier said than...
  3. The Kosmos likely will match your level of interest, energy, and ability with concomitant results, as it tends to do. With every step you take, you create your life, in a never-ending act of creation. Naturally, you don't do it alone -- you are enmeshed in infinite influences in the co-creation of your life. But you are the lead author of this book. Its general plot line is going along a path for which you are primarily responsible.May this...
  4. Our most fundamental life decisions, at their foundation, depend upon a knowledge of who we are:What will I do for a living?What kind of relationship(s) will I have? With whom shall I have them?Where will I live?And many, many more...Yet, most of us have received little or no training in how to answer this root question of who we are. Very often, we make these decisions about career, life partnership, geography, and much else, before we answer...
  5.  To "focus like a laser" is often thought to mean to focus narrowly. This misses the point of lasers, though. It is not the narrowness of the focus that distinguishes the light emanated in a laser beam. Rather, it is the coherence of the light. A coherent beam of light is easier to focus because the waves in the beam are less likely to bump into each other and create interference with each other. Coherent beams of light can be...
    Posted 6 years 1 week ago
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  6. One byproduct of consciousness is an awareness of the innumerable interconnections of the world we inhabit. This might manifest in such mundane acts as drinking coffee and being mindful of the farmers, truckers, and storekeepers who made that sip possible. Or, while delighting in the functioning of a new electronic device, I might feel a sense of gratitude to the myriad Silicon Valley engineers, Chinese factory workers, Japanese shippers, and...
  7. What if the whole experience of living were seen as gift, rather than some dicey combination of good things and bad things? What if an allegedly "bad" experience with a business partner led me to realize a greater sense of responsibility that utterly transformed the rest of my professional life? What if a failed relationship set off a series of events that resulted, ultimately, in a marriage that transformed my life and produced two...
    Posted 6 years 1 week ago
    Read more about "All is Gift"
  8. The Tantric term "tapas", is about resisting our unconscious impulses. Why would we do that? We might practice tapas both to become more conscious and to generate "spanda", a kind of universal vibrational energy associated with consciousness. "Spanda" literally means "to throb with life."
  9. Imagine a river of mud -- wet dirt -- flowing and churning along in every possible direction, day after day, year after year, millennium after millennium, for hundreds of millions of years. Many things are happening -- bubbles of all shapes and sizes appear and disappear, the currents flow in this direction and that -- and what remains constant is the flowing of the mud.One day a particular, unique bubble forms in the mud. What's interesting...
    Posted 6 years 2 weeks ago
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  10. One way to describe the stages of consciousness is this:We learn to be conscious.We become conscious of consciousness itself.We discover our true nature.
    Posted 6 years 2 weeks ago
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  11.  Who is my family? To a child, the answer to this question is simple -- Mommy, Daddy, Brother, Sister, and so on. As we develop, though, the answer becomes more complex. Certainly, the original answer of nuclear family remains true, but new truths emerge. Perhaps it starts to mean everybody who lives in my house, regardless of the absence or presence of blood relationship. Or how about my 3 best friends -- if they aren't in my family, who is...
    Posted 6 years 2 weeks ago
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  12. We often think of our practice as a purely private matter. On the contrary, it is not. Not only are we utterly connected with all that was, is, and will be, so too is our practice utterly connected.This means, therefore, that our practice is not merely for our own sake, but for the sake of the All. 
  13. A radical acceptance of what is does not constitute resignation. On the one hand, the person who is resigned says, "things are this way and will always be this way, so what's the point?" The unacknowledged and often unconscious assumption is that the future can be known. Radical acceptance, on the other hand, is a clear-eyed appraisal of what is, and only what is. Standing on the firm ground of this sane, conscious view of the...
  14. In your practice, whether it be yoga, meditation, or something else, you may find yourself agitated, distracted. You notice your thoughts flitting from topic to topic, or your heart fluttering with anxiety, or a general sense of unease.  You may conclude that this inability to focus on your breath, or your mantra, or your movement, is a failure in your practice. On the contrary, this is precisely what practice can be for -- to bring into...
  15. Sometimes, the best I can do is to be clear and honest about who I am in the world, be open to loving and being loved, and see what and who shows up. In this practice, the learning is to let go of my ideas about what and who should or will show up.