Into an Integral Embrace

Joe Perez is the featured guest on Integral Naked this week. Joe is one of the bloggers I admire most —intellectual and soulful impact like his is seldom found—, and it was a great pleasure to walk through the dusk this evening while his dialog with Ken Wilber played. Joe’s story is a brilliant example of the value of an integral stance in living our lives, and it’s also deeply touching just as a human struggle.

Soulfully Gay is sitting at the top of my pile of books to read when academic demands allow, and I’m even more enthusiastic about sinking into it after hearing some more pieces of Joe’s story. There’s much to be inspired by and to learn from just on the surface of what will be within, and he has shown ample evidence of a great depth in the writings I have read. I highly recommend Joe’s blog at Until for a taste of his writings and contribution to integral understanding, especially as applied in integral Christianity.

The author of one of the most searing, courageous personal memoirs of our time shares how an Integral Approach helped him reconcile a life of fierce inner struggles with what it means to be a gay man in today’s culture, the difference between genuine spiritual experiences and psychotic episodes, and the thorny intersection of homosexuality and Christianity.

In the foreword to Soulfully Gay, Ken Wilber writes: “Joe Perez’s book is perhaps the most astonishing, brilliant, and courageous look at the interface between individual belief and cultural values that has been written in our time. By a homosexual, or a heterosexual, or any other sexual I am aware of.” Ken wrote this foreword without even having met Joe—probably one of the strongest complements one writer can give to another—and Soulfully Gay is the second offering from our Integral Books imprint at Shambhala Publications.

As Ken so beautifully summarizes, “Joe’s life is being artfully lived in the very fact of its truthfulness, its deep embrace, shadows and warts and worms and all, woven unhesitatingly into the tapestry of a lustrous display, a deep peace, an abiding love… and therein, surely, a lesson for us all….”

You can find a free sample of Ken Wilber and Joe Perez in dialog at Soulfully Gay. Part 1. Out of the Closet, Into an Integral Embrace and sign up to hear the full transmission and many other brilliant conversations.

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