False Self, Actual Self, True Self

December 23, 2009

False Self, Actual Self, True Self

with Ken Wilber

Ken continues his discussion of the three kinds of self: the False Self (the broken or illusory self image), the Actual Self (the “authentic” or healthily-integrated self at any particular stage of development), and the Real Self (the timeless Self behind and beyond all manifestation).  He also talks about the two different vectors of growth, which he calls transformation (the vertical ascent through different stages of consciousness) versus translation (making sense of the world from whatever stage you happen to be at, in the healthiest way possible.)  This is a crucial distinction, especially for idealists who consider the goal of the Integral movement to be to “raise consciousness” and transform the world.  But forcing individual or cultural transformation is not only impossible, it’s really not very compassionate, as everyone has the right to plateau at whatever stage works for them and the circumstances of their lives.  Integral practitioners should not be focusing on transforming the world, but rather helping people better translate the world from wherever they might be—after all, the best way to foster and support people’s growth in the long run is to make them as healthy as possible in the short run.


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