Within the history of Integral thought, the Integral Community springs from the voluminous writings of Ken Wilber, although there is disagreement over whether the Movement itself is identical with his belief system, and those of his supporters and coworkers, like Don Beck (Spiral Dynamics) and Andrew Cohen (Evolutionary Enlightenment), or whether "the Integral movement is bigger than Ken" as someone who posted on one of the forums said.
At it's narrowest (although this is a common and perhaps the official position; need to find ref in What is Enlightenment) "integral", "turquois" (Spiral Dynamics), and "second tier" (ditto) are all synonms, and in turn are equivalent to Wilber IV / AQAL/Wilber V "Postmetaphysical" AQAL. This is the position that "Integral = Ken Wilber". It constitutes a new philosophical school or memeset, in the tradition of charismatic spiritual teachers of all ages, in which an articulate, brilliant, and popular figure would arise, and gather a following around him or herself. After the teacher passes on, their teaching remains through books and organisations dedicated to perpetuating that teaching; although without the brilliant light of the Founder, things generally become pretty stultifying, and there is often little or no original development. Even so, the books themselves continue to inspire, and many people benefit greatly from these tecahings, and can contact the original Light of the founders to be inspired by them on the subtle planes. Some late 19th, 20th, and early 21st century examples of such teachers, known and less wellknown, are Blavatsky, Theon, Steiner, Aurobindo, Gurdjieff, Crowley, Alice Bailey, Carl Jung, Ann Ree Colton, and now Ken Wilber. Also, many popular gurus belong in this category. It could plausibly be suggested that the founders of the great world religions started out no different, but their teaching really caught on n a big way.
A serious concern that has been raised regarding the current Integral movement is the commercialisation and charging of exhorbiant rates. For example, Integral Life Practice, for a five day workshop: $2595. This does not include transportation, accomodation, and meals. Limited to 50 places. Assuming all are taken, this means 50 x $2595 = $129,750, a tidy amount for a single workshop. This was being promoted on Integral Naked. (For more on Integral Institute and Integral Naked see the links section below). Similar examples of gross commercialism can be found in the retreats given by Genpo Roshi (Big Mind) who charges $50,000 for an exclusive five days retreat (that's ten thousand dollars per day per person. Amazingly, this is justified by at least some people in the Integral Community. This shows a disturbing and ugly influence of tehw orst of American capitalism, combined with a naivity and willingness to be conned by seekers who lack sufficient discrimination (and self esteem?). For me, this is just another example of guru abuse (i.e. financial exploitation)
In contrast, compare http://www.agniyoga.org/, where all their books are free online. Or http://www.kabbalah.info/ where again all their books are available for free download, and more too. All the Theosophical writings of Blavatsky are available online for free as well.
Michel Bauwens comments on the deleterious effect of money in the integral movement in his critique of Wilber.
Can the Integral Community go beyond doctrinalism and commercialism, and provide something broader, that can contribute to a new and future emerging, ecologically and spiritually sane society? I believe that it can, but one has to distinguish then between "Wilberism" (the current integral movement) and Integralism in the broad sense, which would include both wilberian, postwilberian, and nonwilberian perspectives (see the links section below for a definition of these terms, and associated websites and projects).
At its broadest then, the Integral Community includes not only Wilber but those he cites as his influences and hold universal and evolutionary views or teachings, as well as those who, while influenced by him also differ somewhat, and even those like Arthur M Young that Wilber has apparently never heard of. Nevertheless, all share a common, evolutionary, "theory of everything" position, and, whilst they may differ on many details and even on many major points, taken together they could be considered a wave front for a new paradigm, a memetic revolution. I use the term Daimon of the Integral Movement to refer to the spiritual being or personality of light that is behind and working through this broader movement.
Now, this doesn't mean that this daimon is necessarily a negative entity. I see a lot of promise, a lot of potential, in the Integral Approach. From what I feel at the moment, the Integral Deva is a force and power of good.
But, as with any new spiritual or evolutionary development, there is duality, in that there are forces that hinder and oppose and distort, as well as forces that help and aid in the evolution and ultimate divinisation of the Earth and the cosmos. Thus even where a guru does give in the dark side (as very often happens with many gurus today) there still remains an element of Mixed Light that remains (one finds this ambiguity with Sai Baba, with Da Free John, and with Rajneesh); and we find this same ambiguity with the Integral Community regarding what seems to me a certain offputting devotional attitude towards Wilber himself. The light will find its way, regardless. However, an Intregral Movement that is caught up in worship of and obedience to an authority figure, will not be able to achieve what a movement unfettered by such shackles could.
By "Orthodox Wilberian" I mean the indentification of Ken Wilber's and Don Beck's teachings with the Integral Community, and generally seeing Ken as the greatest philosopher of our time (if you think I am being sarcastic there, check out some of the statements on the Integral Naked forum).
Ken Wilber Online  Wilber's home page, lists his books and has some online essays.
Spiral Dynamics Integral  website of Wilber's coworker Don Beck, whose ideas have been incoporated into Wilberian orthodoxy (and vice versa). Beck and his former coworker Chris Cowan have fallen out over Wilber, and the original meaning of Spiral Dynamics
Integral Institute  a thinktank Wilber founded, wiki page. See also Integral University  Wilber's university; the curriculum all revolves around his own writings and philosophy, especially AQAL.
Andrew Cohen  home page  although based around the teachings and personality of Andrew Cohen, Cohen himself follows the orthodox Wilberian line. See also What Is Enlightenment? Magazine (now EnlightenNext), which Cohen edits. This includes a lot of excellent material. Established in the 1990s Andrew Cohen and associates, it began including articles related to integral philsophy around 2000. The magazine itself is not specifically Orthodox Wilberian, although you won't find any criticism of Wilber there either, and every issue includes a CohenWilber interview.
By "PostWilberian" I mean that at one time these individuals and websites were associated with Wilber, but have since broken with him out of disillusionment with his personality or the limitations of his teachings. They still identify with the term Integral. Thus the PostWilberians continue the lineage that began with Da Free John. It goes as follows: From Da to Wilber and Sanuel Bonder, from Wilber and Beck (Orthodox Wilberian) to the postWilberians.
Integral World  website maintained by Wilber biographer, now critic Frank Visser includes wellwritten essays by both supporters and critics, originally mainstream Wilberian, but also includes a more diverse range of essays and interprations of Integral thought.
Integral Options Cafe  William Harryman's blog offers a place to discuss things related to an integral worldview. Posts will deal with Buddhism, Ken Wilber, Spiral Dynamics, psychology, poetry, and Integral Theory. Bill invites comments, different points of view, and anything that can add to a civil discussion of Buddhist and integral ideas.
The Integral Research Group PostWilberian blogs  Integral Praxis and Integral Flow  PostWilberian explorations of Integral. The multiauthored Integral Flow didn't last long, but continues to provides a diverse range of essays and links to all apsects of the Wilberian/PostWilberian Integral Movement.
Integral Theory Conference  about the biennial (every two years) Integral Theory Conference held at JFK University; the first one was held in 2008. Mostly base don Wilberian premises, but may be open to alternatives
Following a brief flurry of activity, these seem to have all died down. It happened to Integral Naked, to Integrative Spirituality, to Open Integral, and Open Source Integral; basically the mainstream Integral Community, with its cultic Wilberian elements, is limited to Wilber worship, Wilber commentary, and Wilber crioticosm, and a few postwilberian musings. Once these are exausted, there is nowhere to go and nothing to do.
Integral Naked  funky web site, features multimedia interviews, discussion forum, etc. Very "New Paradigm" Californian :) While you won't find interviews with people who disagree with Wilber. The majority of the people on the discussion forums seem to be pretty uncritical in their devotion to Wilber, with only occasional voices of dissent (i.e. a religious site). After a period of activity, the ciommunity seems to have died
Integral Visioning  while this website includes a lot of Wilberian material, the emphasis as shifted from the supportive to the critical; it can therefore be considerd postWilberian rather than Wilberian. Included here are some essays that have also been posted on Integral World, and an early version of my original New Integral Paradigm essay. There is also a wiki, which a number of people including myself have contributed to.
Integrative & Integral Spirituality  while not officially associated with the Wilberian mainstream, this portal website nevertheless follows an orthodox and hierarchical WilberBeck paradigm. More mainstream than my own work, but still interesting. However the website is cluttered and the online community didn't develop, unlike Zaadz, a similar project that likewise began from a Wilberian origin but has become very successful, and also intellectually freer
Gaia formerly known as Zaadz, online community originally affiliated with the Integral Institute, but much more diverse than just Wilbersupporters alone. Following the takeover by Gaia com, the integralist impetus has dissappeared and it is pretty much standard New Age. Sure that is Integral in the broad sense, but I can no longer get interested. Although the forum is still going strong, the peopel I communicated in the past have for the most part moved elsewhere.
Open Integral Blog  at one time (in late 2006) it was hoped that this would be a postWilberian Blog for the Integral Community; as the impetus for this was actually Wilber's antagonistic behaviour to his critics; but the impetus faltered, other posters went elsewhere, and the blog now serves as Edward Berge's forum, basically Wilber + Derrida + Nagarjuna. Very academic, I find it dry, and notr in the slightest intersting. Indeed, I don't know why it is called "Integral" at all.
Open Source Integral is an online forum and community, established by the Integral Research Group. Features a wide range of topics and discussion in relation to Integral thought, although mostly limited to the Wilberian approach. After some activity the energy seems to have disappated; very little happens on the forum now.
Includes a wide range of positions
Integral Diagrams  very cool collection of diagrams, by Slark. Mostly WilberSpiral Dynamics (hence many variations on a few specific themes like AQAL and the Spiral Dynamics stages), but there are also a few others, including some of my own. If a picture's worth a thousand words, this has to be multivolume work. Or maybe it's just because I've always loved cosmic diagrams that I love all this stuff
Integral movement  a wide range of "integral" perspectives, on Wikipedia. This page follows the "Integral is bigger than Ken" position. Many thinkers listed on this page are not traditionally considered Integral. However if one assumes that "Integral = Aurobindo, Wilber, and everything that is shares elements in common with either or both" than they can indeed all be thought of in that manner



