Behind the Integral Theory

The Integral Theory is a meta-theory that combines insights from as many theories and fields of knowledge as possible. The aim is to create the most integrative and comprehensive picture possible of reality, but without claiming that everything has already been figured out. The Integral Theory is dynamic and intends to be altered and updated with time. Because we are talking about a meta-theory that integrates many different perspectives it has not just one founder but many, the main originator being Ken Wilber. This website is based on his research and publications as well as the works of researchers and scientists referred to in his books.

Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers of our time. He is a bestselling author with 25 Books that have been translated into 30 different languages. Form a young age he focused on the study of consciousness and its interplay with reality. He became known as the main originator of the Integral Theory,  which many claim to be the most integrative theory to date. He is the founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life.

He was born in 1949 in Oklahoma and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he is still working on new publications. In his teachings he aims at bringing people to integral stages of human development by growing their level of consciousness through integral life practice.

Kens Wikipedia

Behind the Website

Dominik Delgado

Hey, my name is Dominik! I am a passionate philosophy addict and long-term meditator from Germany and Spain. I have a huge interest in psychology, sociology, mysticism and spirituality. That´s why I fell in love with studying the Integral Theory. I love integrating deep and complex thoughts into a big comprehensive picture of life.

I am currently 23 years old and studying „Philosophy, Arts and Social Entrepreneurship“ at the Alanus University in Bonn (Germany). In 2019, I graduated from my design studies in Hamburg as a communication-designer. Besides building passion-projects like this website together with my best friend Simon, I have been working as a freelance designer and artist for over 3 years now. As a passionate supporter of other artists I founded an „Art Coworking Space“ in the heart of Bonn to provide emerging artists with a supportive community. Also, I am working at the Institute of Education and Social Innovation in Bonn where I am focusing on bringing integral approaches into our education-system, such as teaching Spiral Dynamics and self-reflection techniques for personal development.

Dominiks Website

Simon Ester

Hi, I’m Simon. I would consider myself an entrepreneur and personal development enthusiast. When I came across the Integral Theory I immediately felt the need to study this topic in depth. I love theories that focus on big-picture-thinking and deal with meta-structures that exist behind material phenomena. Combining different approaches from different perspectives and integrating them into a greater whole is extremely satisfying to me.

I’m 23 and live in Hamburg (Germany). During the time I graduated from high-school I ran my first online-business that built the foundation for my future sustainable business ideas and projects. I’ve founded two sustainable clothing brands and an audio-book publishing-service. Through my self-learned experience in design and brand-building I became a freelance web-designer in early 2021. The Integral Map website is a passion project for me because it combines my interest in philosophy with the art of making websites.

Simons Website

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  • Wilber, K. (2000): Integral Psychology – Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy, 1. edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Wilber, K. (2001): Sex, Ecology, Spirituality – The Spirit of Evolution, 2. edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Wilber, K. (2000): A Theory Of Everything – An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality, 1. edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Wilber, K. (1984, 2001): Quantum Questions – Mystical Writings of the World’s Greatest Physicists, 1. edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Wilber, K. (2000): One Taste – Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality, 1. edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Wilber, K. (2017): The Religion of Tomorrow – A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions, 1. edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Wilber, K. (2017): A Brief History of Everything, 20th Anniversary Edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Holecek, A. (2016): Dream Yoga – Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep, 1. edition, Boulder/ Colorado, Sounds True
  • Beck, D. & Cowan, C. (2006): Spiral Dynamics – mastering values, leadership, and change, 2. edition, Malden/USA, Oxford/ UK, Carlton/Australia: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Beck, D. & Larsen, T. & Solonin, S. & Viljioen, R. (2018): Spiral Dynamics in Action – Humanity´s Master Code, 1. edition, Chichester/UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Cook-Greuter, S. (2013): Nine Levels Of Increasing Embrace In Ego Development: A Full-Spectrum Theory Of Vertical Growth And Meaning Making, prepublication version, Wayland, independent publication
  • Halfwassen, J. (2004): Plotin – und der Neuplatonismus, 1. edition, München, Verlag C. H. Beck oHG
  • Rentschler, M. (2006): AQAL Glossary, Vol. 1, No. 3, Integral Institute

Special thanks goes to the people who helped make this website a reality!

Leon Schneider

For his great technical support.

Jonas Ester

For his expert feedback on the user experience.

Emily Kreusch

For her careful review of the website.