I gave them my documents and told them about Integral Institute and the Integral Spiritual Center. "Have you heard of philosopher, Ken Wilber?"
No, not really, but he had browsed them. He thought Ken's writings (particularly Wilber 2-3 on the levels) would be of great interest to many seminary students.
Why? I probed.
Because Wilber reflects a sophisticated understanding of Western philosophy, psychology, and individual development. And he pays attention to the special importance of spiritual understanding.
Is that of interest?
So you think psychology students will be especially interested in Wilber?
Yes, there's a tremendous thirst here for this kind of material. And he offers to pass the Wilber material on to others there.
So I shared my hunch that Integral consciousness offers an important new opportunity—a trans-rational bridge connecting the discriminating mind of post / modernism (high structures) with the sacred sensibilities of traditional mystical Islam (high states.)
Back to that, I thought. Okay.
Perhaps we do need deep shared silence. Daring to be visibly heart-open before the "other."
Maybe that's the only way to create a safe intersubjective circle inside of which it is possible to have a genuine meeting.
Maybe that's the only way that sincere, inquiring, courageous Iranians and Americans can meet as whole persons and learn how to generate sacred, high-level, consequential conversations.
Maybe that's the only way to have a cultural conversation that can be counted on, one that can grow to include all parties' heads, hearts, and feet, one that can still make sense in billions of ordinary human moments of loss, fear, sorrow, and anger.