The Integral worldview has inspired groups that have no doctrine or creeds, generally proclaim an openness to spiritual persons regardless of their religion, and aspire to a sort of universalism of spirit. So, in comparison to such groups, why are we offering the Integral Meusio with its attachment to the Abrahamic Traditions? And isn’t this some sort of step backwards? Isn’t it even perhaps, gasp, nativist?
Let’s answer the second question first. Yes and no! Yes, the Meusio is a narrower focus than some other Integral groups, and to the extent that some people believe “narrower is backwards, universalizing is forwards”, then we are moving backwards. If this is a step backwards, perhaps it was a necessary move for retrieving some important truths that were “spiritually bypassed” by a premature attempt at universalism.
And no, it’s only a step backwards if we assume that narrower is worse than wider. Reaching down to embrace the narrow (Agape) can be just as “integral” as reaching up to embrace the expansive (Eros). We don’t think that the Meusio is a step “backwards” or “forwards”; it’s about acting appropriately given the demands of the hour.
The truth is, for some time I have felt there was something missing in my experience of various Ken Wilber meetups, local Integral salons, and Integral facebook groups. That “something” was actually many somethings. The truth is, there was a great deal about my Roman Catholic upbringing that I felt missing in the Integral scene.
Of course this was so! The Integral scene was never intended to replace a religious community with its deep, rich heritage of values. The Integral scene is largely based on a philosophy that offers a “meta-view” of perspectives on individual spirituality with very little to say about the structure of communal spiritual experiences.
My soul and spirit required more than I could find in the Integral scene, but it could not simply return to the Roman Catholic Church without sacrificing a great deal of interfaith and interspiritual wisdom that could get no toe hold there. And so, about eight years ago, after having written two Integral spirituality books, I arrived at a road block. The road ahead looked unappealing but the road behind was also unattractive.
Fortunately, the block was dissolved through my discovery over the past eight years that God was speaking to me verbatim and had a purpose in mind for me to fulfill. God was moving in my spirit through saintly and angelic communicants and giving me an education in a unitive metalanguage that could be used to help heal the divisions among God’s people.
Once I accepted my calling as a prophet, I knew that my prophetic vocation superseded all other concerns about finding a meaningful spiritual community. God was speaking to me to heal the breaches between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam … and to make the case (apologize) for the Abrahamic Faiths in a way that could gain reasonable assent from persons of indigenous faith and the religions of the East. I had only one real choice: I would have to follow God, even if it meant a step back from a premature universalism.
Once I returned to the Integral community to communicate my spiritual vocation and the sort of institution with which it is supported (as of yesterday and today), I started to realize that my approach to Integralism could easily perceived as nativistic. Many integralists started out as Christians and later converted to Buddhism before finding Ken Wilber’s Integral Spirituality to be a happy middle ground.
They have a perspective on Christianity that may make them reluctant to embrace the Meusio if they aren’t willing to give it a fresh look as a prophetic spirituality with diverse roots in multiple, neglected faith sources (Islam, Confucianism, Mesoamerican spirituality, etc.) I hope not, but we will see.
The Meusio does favor insights and wisdom from some faiths more so than others, but not out of ethnocentrism or nativistic prejudice. It is dipping into some deep pools of spiritual wisdom regardless or whether they are part of my own faith upbringing or not, simply because those were the pools that God revealed to me as his prophet to emphasize at this particular time for this particular situation.
Only a prophetic faith, and only a prophetic organization such as the Integral Meusio, can do the work in the world that God is calling us to perform at this time. Many people have tried to reform one of the Abrahamic faiths by writing theology dissertations, authoring New Age spirituality books, or writing blogs about their faith … but they are trying to crack a block of ice with a needle. It takes a Prophet to change the course of a Prophetic Faith.
If the Abrahamic Faiths will ever move in a more Integral direction, then they will need the guidance of an Integral Prophet who can make the case that God has allowed to be made. That is why the Meusio is necessary. And if it is a step backwards for some Integralists who prefer a human-made theory that proclaims Emptiness is supreme and holds that only negative or “ironic/sarcastic” paths of spiritual knowledge are valid, then so be it.
Following the wisdom of the Abrahamic Faiths, I have established a creedal requirement for membership in the Meusio. It is basically a simple, one-page document that establishes a common cosmology (a.k.a Kosmology) and grounds it in a subtle energetic expression that moves the needle. It isn’t an Amber statement of faith, it’s a statement of faith that is compatible with Turquoise (Second Tier) because it is derived from Violet wisdom (Third Tier).
People at any station of life can give assent with no knowledge of Integral Philosophy. But if you’re an Integralist, you may very well find it to be a difficult koan. If you’ve been stuck at a Teal altitude (pre-Construct-Aware) for decades, maybe you should try making the Profession as a profound act of Construct-Awareness and Construct-Aliveness. You could try to navigate the Abyss of Construct-Aware consciousness without a mooring, but why when there’s a way “Past the Gate”?
The passage from Teal to Turquoise is a narrow Gate, and for some of us, that Gate may be the Profession of Faith. I’ve had eight years to get comfortable with the idea of being, well, an Integral Prophet of God. I don’t expect other Integralists or other Christians, Jews, and Muslims to get comfortable with the idea over night. But as of tonight, that work is beginning.