State Pathologies and the Three Kinds of Self

October 7, 2009

State Pathologies and the Three Kinds of Self
with Ken Wilber

Here Ken deepens his exploration into states of consciousness. He discusses some of the crucial distinctions between states and stages, most notably the fact that while stages of development are inclusive (each new stage building upon the last), states of consciousness are not—they are exclusive in the literal sense of the word, meaning you cannot be happy and sad, drunk and sober, or liberated and contracted at the same time. Furthermore, while we cannot skip stages of development (you must grow through stage 3 before you can hit stage 4), states of consciousness are much more fluid, and any state can be experienced at just about any time….

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