No Boundary, Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
by Ken Wilbur
All at once I saw that the Universe is a living Presence; I became conscious in myself of eternal life. The most fascinating aspect of such awareness is that the individual comes to feel, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that he is fundamentally one with the entire universe. The experience of supreme identity is called The Perennial Philosophy and is central to every major religion.
The theme of this book is that this type of awareness, this unity consciousness or supreme identity, is the nature and condition of all sentient beings; but that we progressively limit our world and turn from our true nature in order to embrace boundaries.
We draw mental boundaries and close ourselves off from our nature. An identity crisis occurs. Who am I? Could also be said – Where did I draw boundaries.
At the location of a boundary there is a war – inside.
Different therapies/approaches work at different boundaries. So it’s important to know at which psychological level you are functioning.
1. At the Persona Level there is a boundary, a split, between the persona (constructed self) and the shadow (un-owned parts of self).
2. At the Ego Level there is a split between the ego (mind) and the physical body.
3. At the Transpersonal Level there is a split between “me” and the rest of the world.
4. At the Unity Consciousness level we know we are one with all.
We can “work” at all the levels except Unity Consciousness. We prepare ourselves so that we will be aware and awake when it finds us.