September 24, 2021

Reaching the Next Generation of Integral Leaders – Michael Richardson, Dustin DiPerna, Kelly Sosan Bearer, Mikyö Clark, and Gavriel Strauss


From the Integral Leadership Collaborative

Description: There’s a new generation of Integral Leaders coming to town. They’re calling themselves the Second Wave. San Francisco is the home of one of the fastest growing Second Wave communities — and they are making plenty of noise!  At the epicenter of this socio-cultural rumbling is a group of visionary spiritualists-artists-musicians-producers-renegades-activists. They will be discussing how and why “integral” is or isn’t relevant to Gen Y (Millennials) and how we can reach them! The projects this posse is pulling together is truly mind bending!

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The Global Rite of Passage Project — Sept. 17, 2011

The Global Rite of Passage Project

A Crowning Moment of Integrating Practice, Perspectives and Poetics


Saturday, September 17, 2011

518 Valencia Street
Near the 16th Street BART in San Francisco’s Mission District (map)

1PM – 6:30PM  &  8PM -11PM
(Metaphor*phosis! Embodied Poetics)


The Integral Living and Leadership Institute (ILALI) invites all those compelled to serve our evolutionary good to The Global Rite of Passage Project. This trans-generational endeavor, which includes Second Wave Integral, aligns integral practice and design while uncovering our next collective story. As structures around and within us begin to die, we come to see, know and enact the next iteration of Integral as it births. Specifically, attendees will:

* Embrace what is emerging within and between us through intersubjective and transgenerational exploration, a form of integral practice that ILALI calls Evolutionary Cross-Training.

* Explore Integral Design and learn about the tools used to cultivate optimal conditions for community, organizational and societal change from experts in the field, including Dr. Don Beck (via Skype), one of the main architects behind South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a multi-party democracy.

* Entertain the inquiries: What is emerging as humanity’s next story? How do we co-author and help tell it?

*Participate in the inspiration, new metaphors and novel forms of artistic expression of this emerging second wave fervor through Metaphor*phosis!.

A powerful performance space, Metaphor*phosis! offers an open mic (bring a poem!), music, and will feature Oakland Poetry Slam Champion, Sam Sax and World Beatboxing Champion and America’s Got Talent finalist, Butterscotch. Join us and enact our unique part of the cosmic puzzle as on-the-ground visionaries and integral players! If you register online by September 10th, The Global Rite of Passage Project is $100 ($80 for students). After September 10th, the rate will be $120 ($100 for students). Scholarships are available – please contact us to request one.

In Partnership with…




The Global Rite of Passage Project – Facilitators and Entertainers

Mark Fabionar – Mark is a university instructor, consultant with Inflection Point Technologies, and founding director of ILALI. Alicia Stammer – Alicia is principal of Mikaena Consulting, co-founder of Integral Sacramento and part of ILALI’s leadership team.

Dustin DiPerna – Dustin is Director of Education for the Center for World Spirituality, co-founder of the WEpractice Community and part of ILALI’s leadership team.

Dr. Don Beck (via Skype) – Don is CEO of the Spiral Dynamics Group, founder of the Global Center for Human Emergence (CHE) and an advising partner of ILALI.

Michael Richardson-Borne – Michael is a writer, transmedia artist and founding director of the Creativity Camera (C-Cam) Collective.

Carmen Leilani DeJesus – Carmen is a voice and performance coach. She played the role of Kim in the original Canadian production of Miss Saigon.

Kelly Sosan Bearer  (DJ Sosan) – Kelly serves as the Executive Producer for the Center for World Spirituality, Curator & DJ of Integral Spiritual Experience and Founder/Host of Integral Chicks Podcast.

Sam Sax – Sam is Oakland’s 2011 Poetry Slam Champion.

Butterscotch – Butterscotch was the 2005 World Hip-Hop Women’s Beatboxing Champion and a finalist on season two of America’s Got Talent.

The Teal Shadow – Integral Expert, First-Tier Allergy (By Kelly Sosan Bearer)

by Kelly Sosan Bearer

The Integral Expert

We all  have shadows, or disowned, repressed, dissociated parts of ourselves, and as we grow and develop from one stage to the next, and even as we grow into higher stages of development, a simple fact remains — the shadow does not go away, but rather follows us as we ascend into the higher reaches of self. Is it possible that certain types of shadow qualities are more probable to arise at certain levels of development? When we apply this question to the integral or teal level of development, what types of shadow material will we generally encounter in both ourselves and others? When we have the courage to take an honest view of ourselves, and as we learn more about and live an integral life, what shadow tendencies do we see? Let’s explore, with a light heart and hand, the general flavors of shadow material that we may be grappling with specifically once we acquire an Integral awareness. Two specific shadow manifestations that can potentially arise with Integral awareness, at the teal level of development, can be called the “integral expert” and the “1st tier allergy.”

We do not necessarily need to understand the Integral approach for our center of gravity to be stationed at teal. With that said, once we learn the Integral model, in all of its dimensions, we can often come away feeling like we now fully understand everything. Comprehending the Integral model helps us feel as though we can find a place for everything and anything we come across, both within and without, which is truly wonderful — but it can easily begin to eclipse our relationship with the Mystery, with the Great Unknown. Here, it is possible for the “integral expert” shadow to manifest. This shadow quality can actually inhibit our growth and development. For instance, if we feel that we know everything, why would we continue to explore how the Integral model manifests in real time? How is it possible to approach the mystery of existence from beginner’s mind? How can we let the grace of Spirit fall into us if we are closed to new possibilities arising? We want to be aware that the potential for this “integral expert” shadow to arise is very real and to notice how it manifests. This is no fault of the Integral approach, but an issue of translation on the part of the practitioner. Once we are integrally informed, there seems to be a tendency to feel like we know everything, while Integral wisdom simply suggests a few parameters to help honor everything we CANNOT know…

While it is true that “cognition is necessary but not sufficient” to grow into higher stages of consciousness, many of us tend to step off the developmental ladder once the mind is properly satiated. And what can satiate a thirsty mind more than Integral theory? Again, this is not a fault of the theory. For many, understanding cognitively the Integral approach seems to replace the need for true state training. We cognitively grasp the existence and importance of states. We are even cognizant of how they unfold in a stage-like progression, moving from gross to subtle to causal to nondual. What occurs is that we truly and rather innocently mistake the map for the territory. We can often find ourselves and others more interested in talking about practice, rather than actually engaging practice on a regular basis. We can be quick to judge without actually experiencing, first hand, these topics that so fascinate and intrigue us. There is a tendency to fall victim to the “talking school” or become “armchair” philosophers — meaning, we have a conceptual understanding, a cognitive understanding, but this understanding is not grounded in any real world experience, not grounded emotionally, experientially, socially, or relationally. This can be applied to much more than state training of course, and this is used as only one of many examples of how this “integral expert” shadow quality may arise.

In extreme cases, the “integral expert” shadow can actually manifest itself in a way where people begin to misuse the Integral model to disengage from the world, to hide from life, negating all responsibility. For example, if we are approached by someone who has feedback about our behavior, or how we have shown up in a meeting, or during an exchange, one response that seems to reflect this “integral expert” shadow quality is “you should 3-2-1 that”. We may not necessarily say this out loud, but there is a tendency to internally experience this and so we brush off feedback — justifying ourselves by thinking “this person is just projecting onto me.” Instead of actually receiving, what could be very helpful feedback, we actually push it away. What is ironic here is that we actually push feedback away by using the 3-2-1 process instead of using the 3-2-1 process to go deeper into the feedback that was so graciously offered. What the Integral model invites, encourages and almost demands from us to do is actually participate in the world more, for the simple fact that we do have a greater understanding and awareness — not to use the tools of the model to hide or turn away from manifest reality.  Learn it, live it, apply it… That is what the Integral approach calls us to do in every moment.

First-Tier Allergy 

Another shadow quality that may arise at the teal level of development can be called the “first tier allergy”, which is the general resistance to participating with all structures prior to teal.  This often shows up as mistaking the idea that people can be color coded according to the developmental models we use in Integral theory. We are all probability waves, as Kohlberg points out — the probability of finding a particular behavior at a particular time tends to follow the 25-50-25 rule. But often too many of us walk around dismissing people as being “so totally green” or “way too orange”. With these strong judgements, we tend to cut ourselves off from 95% of the world. Elitism is fine — because everyone is invited, snobbery is not. All too often we come off as Integral snobs when we use developmental schemes as a way to judge others and ultimately ignore them simply because they are not inhabiting the same developmental space that we are. One of the major benefits of Integral awareness is that we can act as developmental wizards, understanding that each and every level of development is utterly needed and appropriate, that we can locate within ourselves all of the levels of first tier, and realize that everyone has the right to be at any stage they are stationed at. This is a Upaya, or a skillful means of the model — one that could potentially help the world tremendously in a number of areas from politics to spirituality, education to business, ecology to healthcare. The importance of understanding where someone is stationed developmentally is not to judge them and write them off completely, but rather to inform us so that we can then choose the best way to interact with this person to have the best possible outcome. This outcome is understanding. And an understanding that then translates into action in the world on the part of the person we were just engaging. Imagine if we were to touch one person a day with the implications of the Integral approach? The possibilities are endless.

Of course the “expert” and “allergy” can manifest at each developmental stage and these are generally a part of the growth process. As we grow from one stage to the next we tend to dis-identify with the stage we previously inhabited. Another way to say this is that we make our previous subject, object — we turn our 1st-person experience into a 3rd- person experience. During that process, it is almost certain that we can acquire an “allergy” (or an addiction, but that’s another post) to our previous level of development. Once we grow into a higher stage, it is also possible that with a deeper and wider understanding of self, we can feel as “expert” to our previous self. The difference at the integral or teal level of development is that the “expert” and “allergy” of the growth process in first tier, has the potential to actually turn into shadow qualities.  We now have greater vision and responsibility to recognize the “integral expert” and “1st tier allergy” shadows and to work with these repressed aspects of self. Fortunately, the Integral model not only includes, but encourages us to work with our shadow traits. The 3-2-1 process is a great place to start.

Kelly Sosan Bearer
Kelly Sosan Bearer serves as the Executive Producer for iEvolve: Center for World Spirituality. She is the Curator of Integral Spiritual Experience. Kelly also serves as the Executive Producer, Host, and Founder of Integral Chicks Podcast. Since 2003, Kelly has produced over 60 live and virtual practice events. Previously, Kelly worked for Integral Institute & Integral Life from 2003-2008 and has been a student of Integral theory and practice for over twelve years. Kelly is an ordained Zen Monk in both the Soto and Rinzai schools. She is a published author in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. She completed her graduate studies at Naropa University with Master’s in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Follow Kelly on Twitter | Join Kelly on Facebook.

What is Integral? (By Kelly Sosan Bearer)

by Kelly Sosan Bearer

The Integral map is a comprehensive approach to human growth and development, developed by philosopher Ken Wilber, that lays out all that the various world cultures have to tell us about human potential- spiritual growth, psychological growth, social and cultural growth. The Integral map uses all the known systems and models of human growth and distills their major components into five simple factors that are essential elements or keys to unlocking and facilitating human evolution.

So, why learn this map? By learning the Integral map, we are not merely learning a set of theoretical concepts, but rather aspects available in our very own awareness right now. And by exercising these elements, we can accelerate our growth and development to higher, wider, and deeper ways of being and serving in the world.

The Integral map can be applied to everything in our lives, from our professional careers, to our relationships, to our health and well being, as well as to any and all disciplines, such as, business, technology, psychology, education, politics, art, spirituality, sexuality, and the environment.

The Integral approach is the unification of contrasts. It helps us to see with our minds and hearts, deeply feeling interiors while steadily observing exteriors. The Integral approach provides us with the opportunity for fullness and freedom with greater capacities to express compassion and love. Integral is the practice of living fully, in a seamless and passionate integration of mind, body and spirit. From this embodied integration, we are able to transform our lives.

But more than just a map, the Integral approach is an invitation to directly experience our own reality, right here, right now. The call is to integrate, to take a panoramic view of self, culture and nature, and to embrace the insights and tools that serve the highest potential of All.

In short, the Integral Approach helps us to better understand ourselves, others, and the world by providing a framework that embraces seemingly opposing worldviews and perspectives in a way that mends wounds, includes the marginalized, heals the personal and rejoins the systemic in an integrated embrace of greater care, wisdom, and discernment.

Kelly Sosan Bearer is the Executive Producer, Host, and Co-Founder of Integral Chicks Podcast. Kelly is the Curator for Integral Spiritual Experience. She also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for iEvolve: Global Practice Community. Follow her on Twitter @KellyBearer.

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Integral Chicks: The Welcome Show with Sofia Diaz

We launched Integral Chicks podcast smack dab in the middle of the 2nd Integral Theory Conference, aka the gathering of the Integral Geeks (including us!), we are so pleased to rock our kick-off show with our very special guest, Sofia Diaz, Integral Hatha Yoga and Sacred Arts Teacher extraordinaire.

In our interview segment, 15 Minutes of Fame, Sofia shares with us that her deal is getting people to feel. She tells us why this is so critical at this particular point in human history, and how it helps balance the next generation’s intimate and often cerebral relationship with technology. No one can marry feeling and technology quite like Sofia, and she shows us how by walking us through a practice experience of her newest gift to the Kosmos, Cyber-Yoga.

Follow that incredible embodied wisdom up with:

  • Our tasty and simple Integral McNugget of the Week, Uno, Dos, Tres, Juggle…with the 3 basic perspectives, that is!
  • That’s So Boomer, Aww! Sharing with Boomers how very much we need each other, and yet how we can rub each other the wrong way…technologically speaking.
  • Our Customer Service segment, offering one of our listeners a little help with ILP (Integral Life Practice) overload.

We are so grateful for all the support we’ve received so far, and hope that you enjoy our Welcome show. As good Integral Chicks, we’ll be flexing and flowing, innovating and refining, as we produce future shows and would love to hear your reflections, questions and ideas. Holla back for more in the future!

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