At Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality, Bruce Alderman writes:

In a couple essays I wrote several years ago, I talked about the likelihood of an emerging ‘integral religion’ unto itself — not an AQAL reframing of an existing tradition, but a uniquely emergent path, with its own soteriology, practices, traditions, community, etc. It’s a very interesting possibility, fraught with challenges but also a lot of promise.

Well, recently a new integral religion has been announced, headed by self-declared prophet, The Grand Muktahin (Worldview Artist, World Teacher), Joe Perez.

I have some questions for Joe, for those interested in learning more about this new religion.

1. Is a body of teachings available for this new religion, and if so, how may it be accessed?
2. Are there any distinctive practices and injunctions? What does it look like to practice this tradition?
3. Are there any serious, dedicated students and practitioners yet? How many?
4. If there are disciples and practitioners, where do they meet (both generally, in terms of types of meeting spaces, and also actual locations)?
5. How was the leader, Joe Perez, appointed as The Grand Muktahin? What does “Muktahin” mean?
6. Are there any lower-level clerics or functionaries in this tradition yet? Are there any “sub” positions to the “Grand” one?
7. What are the fruits of this particular practice lineage? Have they been demonstrated by or for a community of the adequate?

Bruce,

I love these questions and will give you very short replies. You are correct about the Meusio being an emerging, integrally informed religion. I consider it the religion of Integralism, an Integral Tradition that already has a wide number of practitioners and adherents and fans and devotees. Many of these folks congregate at Integral Life or some of the forums on Facebook.

But they aren’t organized enough to call their practice anything more than “spirituality” or even just “personal self-development” which really is less than we are going for at the Meusio. We are betting that over the next decades, we can offer one approach for taking a relatively fractious and shallow depth of interconnection and evolve it in a particular direction that is more communal, more holistic, and more like an organism of interdependent parts working together to advance a common purpose which we will set for ourselves through a holacracy.

As you know, I have been called to religious office. Although it is tempting for others to call me a self-declared prophet, the fact is that I have been declared by God to be a prophet, according to my own discernment of my spiritual gifts and vocation. It is really not different from an enlightenment teacher being called to guruhood or a Ken Wilber-type philosopher being called to a pandit. Of course, the term prophet is one with unfortunate baggage, but I feel that I have no choice but to not refuse it, given the nature of my spiritual gifts.

Now, as for your questions:

1. Is a body of teachings available for this new religion, and if so, how may it be accessed?

Yes, the essence of my prophetic message is already posed on Meusio.org as The Profession of Faith. This is God’s message to the world through me at this time, and it has been given in both Lingua-U, a new unitive metalanguage, and English. There is also a version of it entirely in English for those folks who aren’t ready for the Lingua-U, and it will be translated into more languages in the future.

Those who are interested in the ways that Lingua-U provides a new integral technology for spiritual development and accessing hidden wisdom in the world’s wisdom traditions may look to The Twelve Tenets, also online, which is a summary of the forthcoming Lingua-U Sutra (Jan. 2019).

What is Lingua-U? It’s a Unitive Metalanguage (UM) which describes the 40 most common sounds in the world’s Sacred Word Traditions and ordinary languages through subtle energy notation, facilitating entirely new spiritual technologies for combining and perceiving commonalities between words whose connections aren’t otherwise visible. You can think of it as like a Kabbalah of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Or, if you prefer, the subtle energetic core of an Integral Magick. Or, if you prefer, sorta like a 21st-century update of Sanskrit inclusive of teachings regarding the spiritual significance of the 44 phonemes. It’s something like all of these things, and I have been exploring its uses now since 2010.

The Profession of Faith may be understood through many different approaches and at many different stations of life. Knowing what it means, how it looks in practice, will be the subject of many forthcoming teachings and books. One such teaching is The Holy Pavilion, a holy scripture in progress (a full outline is online) that will be a group project by members of the Meusio’s Publications Circle with input from our other Circles. The Holy Pavilion’s outline touches on virtually every foundational spiritual, magical, or theological tool for building a worldview from sex and gender to mythical archetypes to The Kalendar to Christology.

Is it really that simple? Is my entire message really summed up in The Profession of Faith? Yes, absolutely. I give my voice for that message: God is calling the world to renew its faith in Him/Her/Them, and (this time) that message is to call for deep integration of wisdom from many sources, some of which (like indigenous spirituality, which receives the Wheel of Spirit to its toolbox) are being addressed forthrightly and in depth.

2. Are there any distinctive practices and injunctions? What does it look like to practice this tradition?

Theory and practice are inseparable, and so it is with The Profession of Faith. Our Faith incorporates the Great Traditions in the manner specified; it is a sort of cookbook for combining the Great Traditions and wisdom of indigenous spirituality into a common “stew”. But there is individual latitude and room for individual professions of faith that expand upon or go beyond the communal profession.

Our work is focused now on generating a source code for the spirituality of the future, not reinventing the wheel. At this point, we don’t need to tell people how to pray to Allah, say the Our Father, honor the sabbath, conduct a ceremony to Brahma, practice yoga, or do zen meditation. Those are the “meat and potatoes” of spiritual technology, of course. We are focused on the need for deep integrative work, including prophetic melding, through our unique gifts.

AQAL integrates the Great Traditions at the level of concepts, as one would expect of a Teal/Turquoise-centric technology, and we incorporate AQAL into our toolbox as Integralists; Lingua-U integrates the Great Traditions and indigenous spirituality at the level of common energetic patterns of the Sacred Words, as one would expect of a Violet-centric technology, and we incorporate Lingua-U into our toolbox as Integralists. AQAL and Lingua-U/Kosmology are sorta the chocolate and peanut butter of our theological methodologies. (Kosmology is a sort of meta-grammar which deploys Lingua-U to create trans-metaphysical statements to form a cosmological worldview).

How are these toolboxes to be deployed together? My task, using the gifts given to me, are to provide pointing out instructions for making the most of these God-given tools, Integral Theory and Lingua-U. But I do so as merely one person with holy office, and the Meusio must draw on the strength of many with different gifts and knowledge bases. We could benefit from a Grand Lama, a Grand Imam, a Grand Bishop, and so on… if God wills that persons with appropriate gifts receive a calling to serve God or Spirit in that way.

3. Are there any serious, dedicated students and practitioners yet? How many?

We will see. The entire tradition dates to September 4, 2018, one week ago, and I am not alone. I also do not share a person’s membership status publicly unless they have already done so. We are in formation for the next 16 months, attracting our initial members and leadership team. Over the next 16 months, we hope to attract persons with gifts to give in areas such as Publications, Education, Ministry, Technology, Finance, Community Outreach, and more.

Our first General Meeting will be held in January of 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Volunteers are much needed and appreciated (there is no funding for this endeavor at this time, so we must rely on passion and commitment). I want to especially give a shout out to Millennials and other young people: your energy is most welcome and you will find the Meusio to be open to your gifts as World Educators. You are the future. The Meusio is yours.

Let me speak about myself. My practice includes the sorts of things you would expect to find in anyone’s Integral Life Practice (meditation, subtle energy work, dharma study, weight-lifting, etc.) plus Allah-centric prayer, reading of Scripture, and a lot of writing. I suffer from many of the same problems as do other integralists in their psychological and spiritual work, and some unique baggage as well. I am not claiming perfection or infallability (how could anyone?)

I have four books in progress, one of which (The Holy Pavilion) is really more like several books under one cover. My next book, The Worldview Artist, will be my second spiritual autobiography, following Soulfully Gay (Integral Books/Shambhala, 2007). I hope my next book will help to clarify some of the questions I’ve been facing online since announcing the Meusio a week ago.

4. If there are disciples and practitioners, where do they meet (both generally, in terms of types of meeting spaces, and also actual locations)?

The term we use is “members”, not disciples. I do not have any disciples and will not have them. Our first meetings will be starting in mid-October, when I will put on my Integral Minister cap firmly and will offer weekly 35-minute Masses in an updated ritual with old Catholic and semi-Gnostic influences. I will also offer weekly faith formation classes in mid-October starting with explorations of the foundations of Integralism in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions. Finally, I will be doing something live and in-person for Integralists in Seattle (but I don’t know what yet).

5. How was the leader, Joe Perez, appointed as The Grand Muktahin? What does “Muktahin” mean?

NOTE: As of October 1, 2018, we are replacing the designation “Grand” with “First” in our public-facing publications.

Muktaihin or Muktahin (the former is the masculine version) means one who gives hope through liberation. It is a holy office like a pandit or prophet or priest, and its functions involve all three roles: defender of the faith, proclaimer of Revelation, and presider over mysteries. There could be many Muktahin or just one, I don’t know.

It was necessary for me to have been given a new name for my office because the other names are too tied to different, old meanings that are exclusive to particular religions. Integralism requires new holy words.

6. Are there any lower-level clerics or functionaries in this tradition yet? Are there any “sub” positions to the “Grand” one?

You can see our plans for the organization’s governance online. We will be an organization run by a flexible and agile and peer-driven methodology. The Muktaihin (integral prophet) will serve alongside integral ministers, integral lamas, integral priests, integral masters, etc., with as many distinctions of rank as is necessary for facilitating training and mentoring of new members of the ministry.

We are betting big on Holacracy as an organizational tool that will help us to overcome many of the problems faced by religious traditions in the past which have not done a good job of protecting their adherents from the shadows and shortcomings of their leaders. Far from being another authoritarian religion, our version of Integralism is basically a peer-to-peer model of self-organization, so really when we look into the future, nobody knows how it will emerge.

In the first 16 months, prior to our General Meeting, I will be making the hiring decisions. After that, at the GM, there will be leaders elected through democratic processes by the members who are then present in Seattle.

We will also have at least one structure in our lay ministry, the role of Integral Mentor. I am in the process of reviewing a handbook for Integral Mentorship prepared by another integralist and when I get the time I’ll put something online about it. Mentors will be non-professional and self-organized, not unlike sponsors in Alcoholics Anonymous. They will help people who are drawn to their talents and personalities and gifts to succeed in developing their Integral practices and gaining in spiritual vertical and horizontal integration.

7. What are the fruits of this particular practice lineage? Have they been demonstrated by or for a community of the adequate?

Not sure what you’re asking yet since the meusio is only a week old. So far, I have heard encouraging feedback from individuals who have taken the Profession of Faith or recited it aloud to the effect that they have had remarkable spiritual experiences doing so. As have I. But few have had the time yet to digest even the information on our website, let alone dive into my Lingua-U and The Kalendar and various books, or consider how they will begin to work with the Meusio.

One of the areas that I’m most excited by is the potential for future books to underscore how Lingua-U can unify the world religious traditions at a deeper level, totally in line with the Integral vision of Ken Wilber, but deepening it through a new depth of subtle energetic harmony among the Sacred Words of All Traditions. Prophetic faiths – and there are about 4 billion people living in prophetic faiths worldwide – require prophetic wisdom to make real change (dissolve problematic areas of tradition, remove obstacles to human liberation, instill a focus on ecological concerns, and so on).

As I will show in a future book, the Lingua-U can highlight previously unknown esoteric dimensions of the world’s sacred scriptures from the Upanishads to the Bible, the Qur’an, and The Book of Mormon. We believe that new prophets are part of the picture for how evolution is occurring in our time. I mean, with more than half the world’s population being in prophetic faiths, how could it not?

The “community of the adequate” is the entire world. This is God’s Meusio, not mine, not the Executive Circle’s. What emerges will be one of the new faces of Integralism in the decades to come. Let’s hope and pray for the best. Our hope, as we say in our Profession of Faith, goes like this. We pray:

Our Hope, God, Al Quddus, The Holiest, is for evolving wholeness and holiness through Life, Light, Liberty, Love, and Law arriving through “Our” Honorability, “Our” Yantras and “Our” Yoga and “Our” Yar (which means “rapid readiness.”)

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