Terry Patten is one of the world’s leading proponents of integral spirituality. In the following excerpt from an EnlightenNext interview about his 2009 book Integral Life Practice, he describes the unique ability of the integral perspective to synthesize practices from the world’s many religious traditions and express the universal essence of the spiritual path:
Integral is the first full religio-spiritual path that cannot be called a “faith.” It’s beyond believing in anything. It’s about living and practicing consciously in ways that produce results. This is a form of spirituality that can stand up to the critiques of rational agnostics, atheists, and the deconstructive critiques of postmodernists. I think integral spirituality offers a skeleton key that can cut through the barriers that tend to divide the balkanized communities of practice. That’s why we emphasize integral approaches to all paths, as well as a stand-alone integral path. The fact that it can cross all those boundaries is just as important as the fact that it represents a brand new tradition all by itself.
You can hear Terry Patten in dialogue with EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen and other spiritual teachers by registering for his free upcoming teleseminar series, Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice, which begins on Sunday, September 12th, 2010.