Tired of the same old left /right arguments? Want to throw your shoe at the shouting heads on cable news? Then join Jeff for a look at current events and culture from an integral perspective. Each week he explores emerging trends in politics, economics, science and spirituality, all with an eye toward spotting the evolution and up-flow of human consciousness and culture.
When the Left Goes Right - Conspiracies and Trump-love among spiritual progressives. Guests: Jason Lange and Nomali Perera
A couple weeks ago I received an email from my old pal Jason Lange with the question: “What’s your pulse on all the ‘conspirituality’ out there?”
I’d never heard the term “conspirituality”, but I understood what he meant when he described “the weird convergence I’m seeing of ‘spiritual’ friends going hard right, Trump, even QAnon.”
What an interesting phenomenon! I’ve seen some of it myself, even in the integral world. Is it a reaction against the recent eruptions of mean green? An evolutionary regression brought on by stressful life conditions? Or perhaps a strange integration, as is the way of evolution, of the split-off fragments of earlier stages? Or … do they see something true that the rest of us are missing?
I wanted to know more, so I invited Jason and our colleague Nomali Perera, who has a keen cultural eye, to a conversation. I learned a lot (what a world!) and trust you will too. – Jeff Salzman
* 1:00 Conspirituality, what a great word!
* 16:13 Can we even know what’s true?
* 20:00 Trump, the mind-blower
* 20:58 Vaccines and the DNA of the USA
* 40:58 Who or what has authority in the face of conspirituality?
* 42:21 Healthy American nationalism and Biden
* 45:16 The emerging Integral political right
* 52:52 So, what now? Some ideas to move forward
Nomali Perera is an integral coach and consultant, and can be found at Practical Integral. Jason Lange is a filmmaker and evolutionary guide and producer of the podcast, Do the Evolution.
Integral Life Practice Comes to Life! - Live sessions with leading teachers. Guest: Corey DeVos
I recently checked in with Corey DeVos, Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, about their long-awaited debut of Integral Life Practice (ILP), a “personal-evolution” program that integrates the best practices of spiritual, psychological, interpersonal and cognitive development. Integral Life has brought together dozens of deeply-experienced Practice Leaders to provide live, daily guided ILP practice sessions that you can experience from the privacy of your own living room. Check it out here.
But being integralists and old pals, Corey and I couldn’t stop our conversation there, so we also took on our mostly-concurring integral interpretations of today’s news in politics and culture, as well as the evolution of the integral community. And Corey’s new integral hobby which you can also purchase! We hope you enjoy. – Jeff Salzman
1:51 – Introducing Integral Life Practice: the new online community practice platform on IntegralLife.com
11:44 – What’s going on in the Integral community regarding politics, culture and news
55:34 – Corey’s amazing AQAL woodwork!
The Autocrat and the Democrat - Trump loses his breath while Biden pulls ahead
With less than a month left in the campaign, Trump, knocked back with Covid, stokes his base with new cries about “the Russia hoax”. Meanwhile Joe Biden, up in the polls, goes to Gettysburg to talk about faith in “One America.” In this episode I share my observations on another week in the evolution of American politics.
The First Presidential Debate: Nutty And Fruitful
The first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is over – and I didn’t start drinking! In this episode, I show how an integral view helps us see the debate for what it is instead of a defective version of “what it should be”. Then I look at some of the issues the candidates addressed, and how together they moved the ball.
By the way, I hope you’ll join me for my live show every Wednesday at 1pm US Mountain Time. The Daily Evolver Live is hosted by IntegralLife – and now simulcast to my Facebook page! As always, I love hearing what’s on your minds and hearts, so keep your comments, questions and critiques coming! You can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave me a voicemail (which I may play on the show). And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter…
“What’s Up With These Trump People?” - And other questions from listeners . . .
Hey Folks! In this episode, I respond to provocative comments from my very smart listeners, and share some photos from my trip to Trumplandia! See topics and timestamps below.
I love hearing what’s on your minds and hearts, so keep your comments, questions and critiques coming! You can write me at email@example.com, or leave me a voicemail (which I may play on the show). And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter…
* 0:45 – “What’s up with these Trump people?” Trump supporters seen through the lens of Piaget’s developmental theory.
* 13:06 – The devilish details in the political integration of left and right.
* 24:16 – Rapper J Cole’s “vulnerable rap with a sword” displays integral consciousness.
* 30:52 – “Isn’t woke culture really warrior red, and critical theory amber fundamentalist?”
* 39:30 – Peak Barbra: a 24-year-old Barbra Streisand transmits early green consciousness in her signature song.
Breath and Body Vitality - Dr. Keith and I rage against the dying of the light
In this episode of “Shrink and the Pundit,” Keith and I explore breathing practices described in a powerful new book, Breath, the New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor, as well as a muscle conditioning program developed by Dr. Zach Bush in his 4-Minute Workout.
Both systems promised – and delivered – big results from easy effort, enabling both Keith, a master practitioner, and I, a serial dilettante, to tap into new vitality from rethinking some basic biological functions. I hope it inspires you too!
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Down to Earth Integral Wisdom
In this podcast, Jeff examines current events through the lense of integral theory, relying most heavily on developmental stages (often using the language of Spiral Dynamics) and the four quadrants. I read many of Ken Wilber's books before I began listening to The Daily Evolver, and while they were illuminating in many ways, they didn't do a great job of helping me understand how the concpets of integral theory actually apply to on-the-ground, real life events, which is where The Daily Evolver excels. It has personally helped me to get a better felt-sense of the various developmenal stages as they manifest through political figures, public discourse/debate, social movements, etc. The podcast has also given me a more hopeful sense of the "beautiful but not pretty" arc of history, which Jeff frames as moving, overall, towards greater complexity, truth, goodness, and beauty, and does so in a convincing way. The Shrink and the Pundit series with Dr. Keith Witt is also superb, and has helped me to get a much better sense of how integral theory can be effectively applied to psychology, relationships, and therapy. Some of the episodes, such as the one on regulating anxiety, have been very helpful to me personally. And they're just so fun to listen to! A frend of mine said they are like the Click and Clack of psychology.
Perspective on world events
Jeff is great at using world events to help apply and understand integral theory. The clarity I have gained his greatly reduced my anxiety about what is happening in the world. It is also help to guide my interactions with those I may not agree with.
Very well done!
A hidden gem. Please keep em coming, Jeff! Recommending to friends.