A Wisdom Course with The Power of Integral Wisdom

“The power of integral wisdom is that, in my experience, integral always seems to trump everything.” – James Blacker, Author, Wisdom The Course

The Wisdom Course is powered by Integral Wisdom.  What does this mean?

Integral philosophy means ‘all inclusive’ thinking.  The more truths we include in our approach to anything, the greater the chances of success.

In my wisdom course, I teach my own view that positive thinking is truth-based thinking.  So as an Integral Philosopher, I aim to include all truths in my assessment of any situation, rather than just one or some of them.

This is a step up from what most of society usually does, which is Absolutistic Thinking, which is to see that one fact is indeed true and relevant to a situation, but to then NOT see that another or other fact(s) may also be true.

This is typically what happens when couples argue.

…One sees his fact or truth, the other sees her fact or truth. But more often than not, BOTH are true.

“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

Example: The Power of Integral Wisdom

“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

President Bill Clinton is among many who have seen the importance of Integral Wisdom in today’s world.

I’ll give you an example of how this Integral thinking is crucial.

This example relates to weight management, which is relevant as I am now currently launching my new brand, The Wisdom Diet, my teaching and philosophy approach for weight management.

There is a mis-perception in spiritual and personal development circles about the principle of acceptance – which in itself is a correct principle, but people often take it and mis-apply it so that it means to them that they must pretend they like what they don’t.

Perhaps in response to this misunderstanding, my friend, the great teacher, Peter Ragnar, once published an observation about the commonly held notion that we are meant to ‘like’ the fact that we (may) have a bunch of unattractive fat around our waists.

He said something to the effect of, “are we really supposed to kid ourselves that we like having this fat around our waists..?”

He also recently posted on his Facebook page, that; “The secret to happiness lies in knowing that you cannot go forward until you accept the world as it is. Full acceptance frees us from the past and fully opens up the present.”

…accepting the world as it is also includes accepting your waistline as it is, fat or not.

To the untrained mind, these two pieces of advice may seem contradictory.

Or worse is more likely to happen, the untrained personal development seeker will hear each piece of advice at different times, and only consider them in isolation to each other, assuming that they rule out the opposite possibilities of their message – assuming them as pieces of absolutistic thinking; acceptance means you don’t want to change, and wanting to change means you don’t accept.  (Incorrect interpretation.)

From my perspective of Integral, all-inclusive thinking, these two immediately caught my mind’s eye when I read the second and remembered the first, and I saw that they were indeed intended to be used as complementary – Peter simply hadn’t put them together at the same time – but then that’s kind of my job – that’s what Integral Philosophers do – put the patterns together so that you can see what’s going on more clearly.

The fully effective way to see these two pieces of advice is together; Accept yourself as you are – and then also accept the fact that you don’t like, or rather don’t wish to have fat around your waist, and so also accept then that you have a true desire that you wish to change it.

I have just written a video blog also covering this issue on the new Wisdom Diet website which you might like to see…

Kind regards, and if you choose to, have fun powering your life – and success – with Integral thinking!

James

Added: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014