Jean Gebser’s essay on “The Integral Consciousness”, posted previously, is a summary of his views expressed in the lengthier book The Ever-Present Origin. The essay relies for its fuller meaning and interpretation on the material presented in the book. Yet it is possible to provide a context for this fuller meaning of the essay, and of Gebser’s sense of urgency in writing it, by reference to just a couple of passages from the opening pages of his book.
Continuing with the series examining Jean Gebser’s posthumously published essay “The Integral Consciousness” (which is a brief summary of his much lengthier book The Ever-Present Origin), I find the following to be the most significant and important statement from the essay,
“Our conception of what we call reality depends upon our mode of consciousness.”
Although there are many events presently that practically cry out to be recognised and commented upon, I want to stick with Gebser’s essay on “The Integral Consciousness” posted a couple of sessions back. Hopefully you printed it off, read it carefully, and are prepared to follow along with the commentary.