If your familiar with the work of Steve McIntosh, then you’ve most likely read his ideas about philosophy (His work has been featured in EnlightenNext magazine). McIntosh, who is a Boulder, Colorado-based author and entrepreneur, is known as one of the leading proponents and cataloguers of a new strain in the the history of philosophy called “integral.” In fact, as a founding member of Ken Wilber’s integral institute and the author of the 2007 book Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution, he has established himself as one of the preeminent integral philosophers of our time. But even though he has been involved in many dimensions of the progressive and evolutionary spirituality movements, much less is known about his personal spiritual beliefs.
That’s why we’re so excited to be featuring a conversation between McIntosh and EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen on March 26th about his deep spiritual relationship to Jesus of Nazareth during the virtual celebration,“Awakening to Your Highest Self.”
In his book, Integral Consiousness, McIntosh explains, “I don’t profess belief in any specific religious tradition, but in general I’m most deeply moved by Jesus of Nazareth’s teaching about the love of God and the universal family.” Here’s a short excerpt from his website, describing his spiritual history:
Steve was baptized an Episcopalian, but his family was not religious. At the age of 12 he started seeking for spiritual answers on his own, and this began a quest that continues to this day. He has studied and practiced many of the world’s great wisdom traditions. His quest has included pilgrimages to some of the planet’s most revered natural and cultural sacred sites, and he has also made many inner journeys. Although he’s not a member of any organized religion, Steve considers the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth to be his primary inspiration.
In the clip below, McIntosh explains what he sees to be the essential elements of Integral Spirituality. Namely, it may help clarify the difference between that which is “fundamentally valuable” (such as the planet we live on) and that which is “significantly valuable” (such as we humans, who live on the planet). He argues that the planet is fundamentally valuable, but that we humans may be more significant.
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