Prophecy is a gift of the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit), and if you are blessed with it, you probably know it already. Some folks with the gift of prophecy are called by God to respond to situations in the world that demand being spoken to, especially when the religious authorities of the day fail to do so adequately. Persons possessing the gift of prophecy are called Prophets.
Prophet is another term for an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God, in contrast to a sage or saint or guru or other similar religious titles. In Christian use, there were Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the twelve minor prophets. Wikipedia says:
In religion, a prophet is an individual regarded as being in contact with a divine being and said to speak on that entity’s behalf, serving as an intermediary with humanity by delivering messages or teachings from the supernatural source to other people. The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy.
Integral Theory doesn’t really talk much about prophets; it is more interested in Eastern enlightenment traditions and gurus who claim formless (causal) or nondual realization (but there is a place for it within AQAL). Prophecy is different from channeling, but to the extent that prophets are listening to the voice of God and angels, hearing the voice of God, and perceiving God’s will in a direct fashion, they are experiencing psychic, subtle, and causal phenomena.
The basic practice of being in contact with a supernatural being is psychic (for natural phenomena), subtle (for linguistically-mediated or symbolically-mediated phenomena), or causal (for direct experience of God or Reality or Spirit). Integral Theory maps these sorts of phenomena as states of consciousness that can be experienced by persons at any stage of development. Integral Theory is very interested in development, so that’s what it pays attention to.
When persons capable of at least meta-systemic, cross-paradigmatic cognition (i.e., Turquoise) realize the gifts of prophecy (for example) as a stable, permanent achievement they may be said to enter the Third Tier of consciousness. A stable realization of a developmentally and systemically aware mind which is competent at communicating with natural phenomena is Indigo (X-Mind or para-mind); one competent at communicating with language to supernatural beings is Violet (Meta-Mind); one competent at communicating with the Lingua-U metalanguage with supernatural beings is dancing at the borderline between Violet (Meta-Mind) and Ultraviolet (Audi-Mind or Overmind); one competent at communicating with supernatural being(s) through causal processes is at Ultraviolet (Audi-Mind or Overmind); and so on…
It seems odd for someone outside of Islam or prophetic Christianity (including Mormonism) to claim to be a prophet, but that’s my own experience and vocation and I am owning it. I have written books, published and not-yet-published to document some of my experiences. But still the word “Prophet” doesn’t really resonate with secular-minded folks.
There’s something a bit off-the-mark with ALL religious terms from centuries past: sage, mystic, prophet, seer, guru, sadhi, saint, avatar, and so on. The reasons for this aren’t difficult to understand. These terms and the realities they point to are *religious* and therefore have come under fire from modernity and postmodernity extensively. As religious people have become more modern and postmodern themselves, they have even become less likely to be accepting of folks with spiritual gifts or realizations or special attainments.
There’s no reason the role of Prophet cannot be held with honor and dignity and functional fit in our modern world. It needs to be modernized* a bit, but it can be done. Whether the “integral” talking heads on Facebook will respond positively is not the point (a large number are infected with a modernist bias and anti-religious sentiment). They comprise about 0.000000001% of the human population. But there are more than 4 billion Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the world … and the role of Prophet is one that can speak to many of them.
In fact, it’s the only thing that can speak to some of them. Because why would a Tradition based on wisdom from individuals who have claimed to have spoken to God change unless they have received confirmation of the validity of those changes from persons with the spiritual authority to validate the change? And such spiritual authority comes from Prophets.
One sort of Prophet is a Muktaihin, one of the new spiritual words introduced by the Integral Meusio. In Lingua-U, Muktaihin connotes a Sacred Word involving Avataric Consciousness, Mukti (Liberation), Tai (Greatness), and Hope (Hin). All persons who are Muktahin** are gifted with prophecy and, if they are members of the Meusio, are involved in doing certain sorts of writing and work which requires prophetic wisdom (e.g., writing scriptures, writing official meusio proclamations, formulating meusio social teachings, etc.) There are orders of Muktahin, and some (such as the First Muktaihin) are involved in mentoring, coaching, and training other Muktahin.
* modernized, postmodernized, and post-postmodernized
** Muktahin is gender neutral. Muktaihin is the masculine version of the word.