A Note from the Authors:
Integral Life Practice is not a quick fix. We can’t promise you the most unbelievable, revolutionary, life-tranforming experience of all time, just by reading our book. We don’t want to insult your intelligence by claiming that just by thinking about it, all the great things you want in your life will magically manifest for you. Beyond the hype and wishful thinking, the real secret is practice. Our approach is grounded and realistic, but it will deliver important results (both tangible and intangible) over time.
Integral Life Practice is not your typical personal development system. It’s aligned with the wisdom of the ages, yet radically open to our evolutionary future. It’s like a great experiment in human potential and awareness. If you’re interested in learning how to make real, lasting, and profound changes in your life, please read on….
The Great Experiment
Preface to Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening
For thousands of years, in almost all parts of the globe, human beings have engaged in practices to transform and balance their lives. From the magical rituals of ancient shamans, to the contemplative science of the mystical traditions, to the latest scientific breakthroughs in health, nutrition, and physical exercise—we have always sought a way to connect with deeper truths, to achieve well-being and harmony, and to realize our highest potentials.
Now, in the information age, this incredible wealth of knowledge, teachings, and techniques—our evolutionary human legacy—is available to us like never before. The question is, how can we best use it? How can we put it all together? How can we make sense of the myriad approaches, from such diverse places and times, in a way that’s relevant to our individual and collective lives?
Our answer to these questions amounts to an experiment in the deepest sense—an amazing and humbling and life-long adventure in consciousness itself, in humanity itself—a trek into the future of our own bodies, minds, and spirit. That’s not to say this book presents an “experimental” or unproven approach—far from it. Rather, it means that in order to see the “data” (and taste the fruits) of practice, you must be willing to try the experiment yourself. This is, we believe, one of the most exciting and rewarding of all possible endeavors.
Integral Life Practice is a way of organizing the many practices handed down through the centuries—along with those developed at the cutting edge of psychology, consciousness studies, and other leading fields using a framework optimized for life in the 21st century. It is, at once, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, speculative and scientific, and yet also something beyond those dichotomies. Integral Life Practice (or ILP) is Integral—which means “comprehensive, whole, and balanced.” It’s a synthesis of the “best of the best” that our traditions have to offer, combined with the most state-of-the-art transformational techniques. ILP is a free and fearless exploration of the terrain of your own being and awareness.
The authors, along with a handful of other explorers, have been developing ILP for over thirty years, researching the most essential keys to human growth. We’re proud to present the results in this book. To get started, all you need is the willingness to give it a try—to carry on the Great Experiment in your own life.
Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced practitioner seeking a more integrated approach to practice, we hope this book will be exceptionally useful to you. We look forward to helping you reach your highest aspirations, as we grow together toward a brighter here and now.