How was Jesus Integral? Integral Theory

 

Below is a quote about Integral Theory by President Bill Clinton.

“If ordinary people don’t perceive that our grand ideas are working in their lives then they can’t develop the higher level of consciousness, to use a term that American philosopher Ken Wilber wrote a whole book about. He said, you know, the problem is the world needs to be more integrated, but it requires a consciousness that’s way up here, and an ability to see beyond the differences among us.” — President Bill Clinton

 

The purpose of this blog is to briefly sum up how Jesus is Integral

 

This is not a bible thumper blog to be clear.  This is a consciousness blog that is examining Integral Theory and How Jesus is Integral?   I am neither Christian nor am I not Christian.  I consider myself a conscious scientist.  I am a yogi who has meditated more than 10,000 hours.

I am not going to write an essay attempting to convince anyone Jesus is Integral.  If someone is versed well enough in Integral Theory, you will likely understand these three quotes and their relation to each other and Integral Theory quite quickly.

 

1st Quote- “Eye for an eye”  Old testament

Exodus 21 – 24

22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely[e] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

 

2nd quote  “Turn the other cheek” New Testament

Matthew (5:38-42)  “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

 

3rd quote  “Follow all laws” New Testament

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Matthew 5:17)

 

To sum up these 3 quotes

1st quote is an “eye for an eye”

2nd quote is “turn the other cheek”

3rd quote is to follow all laws including these 1st two laws that seem to contradict each other

 

The first two laws on surface contradict each other.

So, how do you follow both?

You don’t.

 

You figure out which law is appropriate to the moment and then,

be that.   You do what is

most stage appropriate

with relation to yourself and to that of the other(s).

This is how to follow all law.

This is how Jesus is Integral.

 

1st  quote refers to mythic stage also called pre-modern stage of consciousness an “eye for an eye”

2nd quote refers to the combination of 2 stages modern and post-modern stage of consciousness, “turn the other cheek”

3rd quote is a Integral Stage of Consciousness, “follow all law”

This is how Jesus is Integral

 

“If ordinary people don’t perceive that our grand ideas are working in their lives then they can’t develop the higher level of consciousness, to use a term that American philosopher Ken Wilber wrote a whole book about. He said, you know, the problem is the world needs to be more integrated, but it requires a consciousness that’s way up here, and an ability to see beyond the differences among us.” — President Bill Clinton

 

 

If you do not have much background in Integral Theory, in short, it is an meta-encompassing theory that allows for vision logic.     Read the--whole page below.

 

Here are some links to Integral, Integral Stages, Integral States

1) Who Is Ken Wilber? (And Why You Should    Know) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-grosso/who-the-hell-is-ken-wilbe_b_4673036.html?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

 

2) Video- great talk!  Jeff Salzman’s interview of Steve McIntosh

 

4) More involved description.  Stages, States!  Ken Wilber

 

The bible has a lot of laws that are actually against legal law now in USA, Canada and the UK…western society, but in certain places of the world these laws are still practiced. Why? Because just like individuals are at different stages of conscious growth so are different countries and cultures. Just as a teenager has to grow up and make mistakes so do nations, cultures and sects of religions. A mother has different rules for a 4 year old than she does for a thirteen year old, or a 15 year old or 25 year old. Just as there are age appropriate rules for kids so is there age appropriate laws for stages of consciousness.

 

Integral Theory allows vision logic to find a meta-narrative and meta-vantage point(s) that allows for competing laws and competing stages to coexist not necessarily conflict free but optimally free of conflict as much as a system can be.

 

 

Below are a few quotes of laws in the bible that break western law of human rights today and individual rights of this 21st century, but many 3rd world countries and religions adhere to such laws today.

 

Women

“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. ” (NIV) — Timothy 2:11-12

Homosexuality

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them.” (NRSV) — Leviticus 20:13

Slavery

Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. (NIV) — Leviticus 25:44

Women

“If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and detests her, and charges her with shameful conduct, and brings a bad name on her, and says, ‘I took this woman, and when I came to her I found she was not a virgin,’ … and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones … (NKJV) — Deuteronomy 22:13-14,20-21
Working On Sunday

You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. Anyone who works on that day must be put to death. (NLT) — Exodus 35:2

Mum and dad

“Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense.” (NLT) — Leviticus 20:9

Sex

“If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. (NIV) — Leviticus 20:10

Disrespecting God

“One who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death; the whole congregation shall stone the blasphemer. Aliens as well as citizens, when they blaspheme the Name, shall be put to death. (NRSV) — Leviticus 24:16

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Integral Theory allows vision logic to find a meta-narrative and meta-vantage point(s) that allows for competing laws and competing stages to coexist not necessarily conflict free but optimally free of conflict as much as a system can be.

 

When optimally free of conflict is experienced with vision logic as reality, an individual system, a me, is conflict free,  enlightened?

 

When is it optimally free of conflict?  All the time

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