recommended reading

integral theory

ken wilber has a ton (almost literally!) of written material; i’m not going to provide a list here of everything he’s done. the books listed here by him are good places to get a feel for his take on integral theory. if you start out with these works by him (and others listed), you’re bound to want to know more, and in the process of reading these items you will be lead to other, deeper reading material.

Beck, Don and Christopher Cowan. Spiral dynamics: Mastering values, leadership and change. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005.

Combs, Allan. The radiance of being: Understanding the grand integral vision; living the integral life. New York: Paragon House, 2002.

McIntosh, Steve. Integral consciousness and the future of evolution. New York: Paragon House, 2007.

Quinn, Mick. The uncommon path of awakening authentic joy. Alresford: O Books, 2009.

Wilber,Ken. Boomeritis: A novel that will set you free. Boston: Shambhala, 2003. (this is a really shitty novel as far as plot, character development [which may have been intentional], etc., but this book actually helped me to *get* integral theory initially, at least the parts of integral that deal with the development of consciousness. after finishing this i was able to go back and read brief history in its entirety, and move on from there.)

Wilber, Ken.  A brief history of everything, 2nd edition. Boston: Shambhala, 2001.

Wilber, Ken. The integral vision: a very short introduction to the revolutionary integral approach to life, God, the universe, and everything. Boston: Shambhala, 2007.

Wilber, Ken. One taste: Daily reflections on integral spirituality. Boston: Shambhala, 2000.

Wilber,Ken. Up from Eden: A transpersonal view of human evolution, 2nd editionWheaton: Quest Books, 1996.

Wilber, Ken, Terry Patten, Adam Leonard, and Marco Morelli. Integral life practice: A 21st-century blueprint for physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity, and spiritual awakening. Boston: Integral Books, 2008.


Sisson, Mark. The primal blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy. Primal Nutrition, Inc., 2009.

Sisson, Mark and Jennifer Meier. The primal blueprint cookbook: Primal, low-carb, paleo, grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. Primal Nutrition, Inc., 2010.

Wolf, Robb. The paleo solution: The original human diet. Victory Belt Publishing, 2010.

Amsterdam, Elana. The gluten-free almond flour cookbook. Celestial Arts, 2009.

Gedgaudas, Nora. Primal body – primal mind: Empower your total health the way evolution intended (and didn’t). Primal Body-Primal Mind Publishing, 2009.

Enig, Mary and Sally Fallon. Eat fat, lose fat: The healthy alternative to trans fats. Plume, 2006.

Taubes, Gary. Good calories, bad calories: Fats, carbs, and the controversial science of diet and health. Anchor, 2008.

Taubes, Gary. Why we get fat: And what to do about it. Knopf, 2010.


C.G. Jung and Anthony Storr, The essential Jung

Michael Wombacher, 11 days at the edge: One man’s spiritual journey into evolutionary enlightenment

Michael Dowd, Thank God for evolution: How the marriage of science and religion will transform your life and our world

Jim Marion, The death of the mythic God: The rise of evolutionary spirituality

John Lamb Lash, Not in his image: Gnostic vision, sacred ecology, and the future of belief 

John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity must change or die: A bishop speaks to believers in exile 

Daniel Pinchbeck, Breaking open the head: A journey into the heart of contemporary shamanism

Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, The Jesus mysteries: Was the “original Jesus” a pagan god? 

Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, The laughing Jesus: Religious lies and Gnostic wisdom

Stephen A. Hoeller, Freedom: Alchemy for a voluntary society

Jed McKenna, Spiritual enlightenment: The damndest thing

Jed McKenna, Spiritually incorrect enlightenment

Jed McKenna, Spiritual warfare

Robert Augustus Masters, Spiritual bypassing: When spirituality disconnects us from what really matters

Adam Elenbaas, Fishers of men: The gospel of an ayahuasca vision quest

collapse of civilization

similarly to wilber, derrick jensen has a number of excellent books available. and like wilber, his books tend to be rather lengthy. here are a few to get started with, along with some other authors.

Derrick Jensen, A language older than words

Derrick Jensen, The culture of make-believe

Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, What we leave behind

Derrick Jensen, Dreams

Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The problem of civilization and Endgame, Vol.2: Resistance

Spencer Wells, Pandora’s seed: The unforeseen cost of civilization

Lierre Keith, The vegetarian myth: Food, justice, and sustainability

Chellis Glendenning, My name is Chellis and I’m in recovery from western civilization

Carolyn Baker, Sacred demise: Walking the spiritual path of industrial civilization’s collapse

Sharon Astyk, Depletion and abundance: Life on the new home front

Jared Diamond, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race,” Discover Magazine, May 1987, pp. 64-66

sustainability issues

Shannon Hayes, Radical homemakers: Reclaiming domesticity from a consumer culture

William Powers, Twelve by twelve: A one-room cabin off the grid and beyond the American dream

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, The urban homestead: Your guide to self-sufficient living in the heart of the city

Deborah Eden Tull, The natural kitchen: Your guide to the sustainable food revolution

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, Making it: Radical home ec for a post-consumer world


this is whatever doesn’t fit into the above categories but has made an impression on l’il ol’ me. it can be fiction, nonfiction, a cookbook, or whatever else…

Tom Robbins, Skinny legs and all

Tom Robbins, Jitterbug perfume

Andrei Codrescu, Wakefield

Jalaja Bonheim, The hunger for ecstasy: Fulfilling the soul’s need for passion and intimacy


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