The Center for Integral Wisdom supports leaders, developers, theorists, and students who are working to apply Integral theory and practice together with the Unique Self Dharma in the world. The approaches to Integral knowledge are diverse, but each cuts vital “grooves in consciousness” which makes advancing knowledge easier for all who follow. Whether the application is part of the world of art, business, medicine, politics, or another domain, CIW helps to call attention to Integral thinkers and artists and facilitates real world problem-solving.
Some Applications of Integral Theory & Practice
Integral Business seeks to apply the potential of Integral Theory to making Conscious Entrepreneurs drivers of the evolutionary impulses at work in our economy. Businesses participate in a complex ecosystem and shape every dimension of our lives, making it necessary to harness their power to move beyond profit and capital acquisition to conscious co-creation and the creation of generative change. Sometimes considered a part of the movement for “conscious capitalism,” Integral business is all about bringing more levels of awareness into the world where you probably didn’t expect them.
Integral Economics seeks to bring together the discipline of economics with the meta-discipline of Integral theory, offering a structural framework for reframing and resolving problems in capitalism and society. Integral economists attempt to model the dynamic processes whereby higher-order development proceeds in methods of value exchange. In contrast to positivistic economics, it includes culture and subjectivity which are difficult to quantify and model–not only in behavioral psychology and systems theory, but also in interiors and interpretation. Conscious Capitalism is one of those applications.
Integral Leadership is a field of theory and practice aiming to identify ways of creating independent and generative people, systems, and environment through trans-disciplinary approaches. It seeks to cultivate an Integral “style” of leadership which involves identifying the worldviews and values involved in a situation and interacting in ways that are skillful, appropriate, and flexible. Integral leadership bridges seemingly contradictory approaches to the theory and practice of leadership and puts leadership in the service of the multitude of global challenges faced today. Unique Self Coaching is designed to help you become the leader you are.
Integral Education initiatives have been tried in virtually all levels–primary, secondary, university, and adult education. Integral educational theory incorporates different theories for every developmental perspective. It sees individuals as being in the process of growing up, and in that place, the educator’s path affects the students. It incorporates perspectives on meaning and purpose into the classroom, allowing discussion of matters of ultimate concern. It provides a non-dogmatic, humanistic, values-based orientation with the potential to shape education for generations to come. Unique Self adds an important dimension to it.
Integral Medicine attempts to find a path beyond the prevalent objectivist models of medicine emphasizing systems along with subjectivist methodologies which emphasize psychological, spiritual, and humanistic aspects. It attempts to honors medicine both as a science and as an art. Board Members of CIW and physicians Venodhar Rao Julapalli, M.D. and Vinay Rao Julapalli, M.D., F.A.C.C. have spoken in their CIW White Paper of “True Self medicine,” which is contrasted to separate self or false self medicine, and then evolves into Unique Self Medicine which reconceives the self’s health within the context of the cosmos at large.
Integral Politics is developing an inclusive, balanced, and comprehensive approach to politics which is inspiring a new generation of political theorists and politicians. It typically eschews exclusive adherence to ideologies of the left and right in favor of trans-partisan systems of thought able to encompass multiple ideological perspectives. Theorists such as Steve McIntosh have developed visionary applications such as a proposal for a world federal constitution which is able to meet the challenges of our time and ameliorate poverty and war.
Integral Ecology is a multi-disciplinary methodology which applies aspects of Integral theory to over eighty schools of ecology, seeking deeper, more inclusive approaches to addressing the planet’s core needs. In an influential formulation by Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, who also serves as Academic Chair for CIW, it employs a framework of eight ecological worldviews, eight methodologies, and four terrains. It is not merely an approach for academics, however. Anyone who wants to include more in their experience and perception of nature can benefit from taking Integral perspectives.
Integral Psychology seeks to honor and include virtually every aspect of human consciousness. It offers comprehensive models of consciousness drawing on ancient and modern schools of philosophy, psychology, and therapy. Integral psychological includes developmental perspectives which identify stages or waves of consciousness from subconscious to self-conscious to superconscious or pre-personal, personal, and trans-personal. Another hallmark of integral psychology is the attempt to synthesize wisdom from the East and the West into a new conceptual order.
Integral Art seeks to transform art theory and practice by allowing artists to embrace the fullness of who they are and facilitating wide and generous critical appreciation. It has been defined as art which transcends any one “quadrant” or “level” to include and make beautiful multiple perspectives. A variety of artists have been influenced by the Integral worldview in literature, visual art, poetry, music, and cinema. The question of “what constitutes Integral Art?” is an ongoing inquiry.