List of integral thinkers and supporters

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This list of contemporary scholars, writers, academics, politicians, and pop culture figures who are known to have contributed to or been influenced specifically by Integral theory, the philosophy of Ken Wilber.

Academic faculty[edit]

Scholars with appointments at universities who have been influenced by or who use Integral Theory:

Writers, spiritual teachers, and independent scholars[edit]

Writers, spiritual teachers, independent scholars, and others who are regarded as Integral thinkers:

  • Andrew Cohen — an American guru, spiritual teacher, and proponent of Evolutionary Enlightenment. He is founder and editor in chief of the now-defunct quarterly magazine EnlightenNext (formerly called What is Enlightenment?), devoted to spirituality, culture, and the integral movement.
  • David Deida — a spiritual teacher and best-selling author of books such as The Way of the Superior Man.[4]
  • Dan Millman — the best-selling author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (which also has a major motion-picture starring Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz, and Amy Smart) and 12 other books, published in up to 29 languages.[5]
  • Michael Murphy — author of The Future of the Body, and with George Burr Leonard the co-founders of the Human Potential Movement and of Integral Transformative Practice, and co-authors of The Life We Are Given. Murphy also co-founded the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, with Richard Price.[citation needed]
  • Steve McIntosh — an independent scholar and integral theorist. He is author of Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution (2007), and is a past member of the Integral Art branch and the Integral Business branch of Integral Institute.
  • Caroline Myss — an American medical intuitive and mystic as well as the author of four New York Times Best Sellers: Anatomy of the Spirit (1996), Why People Don't Heal and How They Can (1998), Sacred Contracts (2002), Entering The Castle (2007), and Defy Gravity (20101).[6]
  • Joe Perez — a Seattle-based American writer in the field of spirituality. He is author of Soulfully Gay (2007), published by Integral Books/Shambhala, a memoir that traces the impact of integral philosophy in his spiritual development as a gay man.
  • Rolf Sattler — a plant morphologist, holistic scientist, philosopher and meditator. He emphasizes perspectivism and complementarity, and has contributed to the development of theory in dialectics, holism, Yin-Yang, continuum and network views.[7]
  • Brother David Steindl-Rast — a founding member of the Spirituality branch of Integral Institute, personal friend of the Dalai Lama, author of books including Deeper Than Words: Living the Apostles' Creed (2010), winner of the Martin Buber Award and recognized leader in contemplative spirituality.[8]
  • Brother Wayne Teasdale — a consecrated layman for the Archdiocese of Chicago, one of the first Vatican-sanctioned participants in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and author of books, including "A Monk in the World" (2002).[9]
  • Michael Crichton — an American best-selling author, and author of Jurassic Park (novel) and State of Fear (Crichton died in 2008 and no references of Ken from Crichton exist but Ken has mentioned[10] being friends with Crichton).


Visual, musical, and other artists who have been influenced by Integral spirituality or have been associated with the Integral movement:

Pop culture figures[edit]

Well-known public figures and celebrities known to have been influenced by Integral thought:

  • Darren Aronofsky — the writer/director of award-winning films such as The Fountain, Requiem For a Dream and Pi.[11]
  • Deepak Chopra — a spiritual teacher and best-selling author of books that have sold over 10 million copies in 30 languages, friend and advisor to numerous celebrities.[12] He has called Wilber a "mentor".[13]
  • Alanis Morissette — the seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, has been influenced by integral principles to translate "jagged fragments" into a "playful entanglement with all of life".[14]
  • Sharon Stone — the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominated actor, has cited an "integral impulse" that has shaped her life.[15]
  • Lana and Lilly Wachowski — the writers and directors of The Matrix films, have cited the philosophy of Ken Wilber as an important influence in their own screenwriting, and asked Wilber (and philosopher Cornel West) to do the director's commentary on the DVD edition of the films.[16]


  1. ^ Editors. "Announcing the Formation of Integral Institute" Archived 2010-05-07 at the Wayback Machine, Ken Wilber Online. Retrieved on 2010-1-8.
  2. ^ Michel Nguyen The, Integral University in Paris Archived 2010-02-05 at the Wayback Machine, Integral Leadership Review, vol 10, No. 1, January 2010
  3. ^ Université Intégrale
  4. ^ "David Deida", Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  5. ^ "Dan Millman", Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  6. ^ Editors. "Caroline Myss", Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  7. ^ Sattler, R. 2008. Wilber’s AQAL Map and Beyond
  8. ^ "Brother David Steindl-Rast" Archived 2009-12-02 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  9. ^ "Brother Wayne Teasdale", Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
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  11. ^ Editors. "Darren Aronofsky", Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  12. ^ "Deepak Chopra", Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  13. ^ "Ken Wilber comes to Boulder Integral!" Archived 2010-01-10 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  14. ^ Editors. "Integral Naked Presents From Jagged Little Pill to Flavors of Entanglement", Integral Naked. Retrieved on 2010-1-8.
  15. ^ Editors. "Integral Naked Presents Sharon Stone: Like a Fine Diamond, This Stone Shines in All Dimensions", Integral Naked. Retrieved on 2010-1-8.
  16. ^ Editors. "Integral Naked Presents Larry Wachowski: The Many Meanings of the Matrix", Integral Naked, 2007. Retrieved on 2010-1-8.