There’s a saying in integral circles: “It’s lonely at the top”. That doesn’t mean we arrogantly consider ourselves better than others. The point is that at each step up in the levels of personal development, fewer people have jumped up there. Therefore, the more you develop yourself, the fewer people you find to connect with, and talk about the things which are of deepest interest to you.
“Integral” is the 7th stage of development. Even in our Western societies, the majority of people are somewhere in the previous stages.
What a joy to talk with people you connect with as your peers, who see the world from a broader perspective, who are able to discuss controversial things without needing to protect or defend themselves against “offenders”, as so many people do. How enlivening when people are able to jump over their own shadow, at least to some extent, and can take a meta-perspective on themselves and their being in the world!
Thanks to Integral Life, a number of us have found each other and started a discussion group. One of the interesting members who showed up there is Karen Voorhees. I immediately wanted to bring her into our Conscious Ageing series. It was so interesting for me to talk with her – and hopefully for you to listen to us!