Integral Men’s Movement

In Numen, Old Men I dedicate a chapter to how Ken Wilber’s brand of integral spirituality resonates with much of the men’s movement of the 1990s: both mythopoetic and Christian. It seems the connections just keep on coming, as this week Integral Life plays host to Fr. Richard Rohr: the archetypal Christian mythopoet.

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It’s easy to see why Rohr would do well in integral circles. His “classic” book The Wild Man’s Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality echoes much of Wilber’s understanding of gender, namely feminine receptiveness and masculine assertiveness. Just as pedestrian gender commentators like Warren Farrell and John Gray have been welcomed into the integral fold, now we have gems of wisdom from Rohr, such as the opening of The Wild Man’s Journey, “This book is not for women. Nor is it for softies, wimps or nerds who intend to stay that way for the rest of their lives” (p. i). Don’t you just love the highly evolved nature of integral consciousness?