I've read many of Ken Wilber's books. I've written an essay critiquing Wilber's misrepresentations of Plotinus' teachings. So I'm pretty familiar with his Integral philosophy.
Intellectually, at least. I've pondered Wilber's quadrants until my head hurt. Which didn't take long.
That's the problem I have with Wilber's hyper-analytical approach to making sense of the cosmos (oops, should have written Kosmos – Wilber's preferred spelling).
It just seems like it reflects Wilber's mind a lot more than it reflects reality. I don't feel like I understand either the world or myself more when I read Wilber.
I'm impressed with his breadth of knowledge about all kinds of different disciplines (psychology, anthropology, history, science, sociology, mysticism, religion, and more). But depth often is lacking, as I pointed out in my critique of his understanding of a great mystic Greek philosopher.
Today I got an email from the folks at "What is Enlightenment?" – a magazine I subscribe to that is largely focused on plugging Wilber's Integral Vision.
They wanted me to take a look at his new offering, the Integral Life Practice Kit. This marvel, which does everything but floss your teeth and regrow hair, is priced at $199.
But you need to order in the next 48 hours to receive your seven bonus gifts , a free copy of Wilber's newest book, and a $50 discount.
Well, that's a great deal if you get enlightenment. However, it smells more like a scam than satori to me.
That said, the web site says a woman is happy with her purchase:
"Thanks to my work with ILP, I'm in a new groove. For the first time in my life, I look and feel at home in my body. Daily 3-Body practice is invaluable, giving me much needed discipline and rejuvenation... My family and friends are impressed with the results, and some of them are getting hooked, too. Meditation is my new best friend... Lately I've had bouts of joy so intense, it hurts!"
A new groove! Joy so intense, it hurts! She feels at home in her body!
Quick – what's the toll-free number? It's on the website, but I'm sure not going to help out with Wilber's marketing. You can find it on your own.
Here's a link to the free gifts, though. All I can say is, buyer beware.