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A Tribute to Ken Wilber

KenColor2_20The Integral Chicks are back from the What Next Integral Conference, where Ken Wilber was presented with the first-ever Integral Lifetime Achievement Award. It was an amazing evening of love, tenderness, laughter and tears as 400 people honored our dear teacher. We were fortunate enough to offer Ken our personal thanks too.

So without further ado, we present our tribute to Ken Wilber…


The Integral Chicks are here to love…you up!

Ken, we love you so much and we’ve been struck over the years by your immense generosity, and we wanted to thank you for opening your heart and your home, and always having time for us.

As we reflected on our memories of all the incredible individual miracles we’ve witnessed and felt over the years as we supported people on their growth paths through the seminars and events we held through Integral Institute – literally thousands of people. We thought that if we could just bring you the memories of a few of those moments, that you might more fully feel the extent of the impact that you’ve made in people’s lives.

So, from every caring gesture we’ve witnessed…

To every tear shed…And every personal illumination made possible…

For everyone who spoke their truth for the very first time…

Who felt accepted in a whole new way…Like they’d found their tribe, and finally come home…

Maybe if we could just put you between one of the countless back-dances or in the space between two eye-gazing expressions of God.

If you could have been a fly on the wall when someone jumped off the lifeboat.

Or heard us swearing under our breath in that yoga squat.

If you had felt the understanding shared in the countless mediations and the thoughts arising as empty in maybe a couple meditations.

If you had seen every perspective shift or been smack dab in the fire of the brawls. (And trust us, there were many.)

If you could have been in the nervous excitement and dreamlike quality of meeting you for the very first time.

Or in the love bliss held in every room…Or in the elation of a whole new feeling of freedom and fullness…

If you could only have seen those moments when quadrants, levels, lines, states and types were understood just a little more clearly…damn!

And then we realized, that actually, you were there. And not just because you are one with everything, but because you were the reason that any of those moments happened in the first place. You were the attractor, the seed, the glue, the spark, the exemplar, the great sage who went before and began a new path for all these other folks to follow.

So, thank you, on behalf of all those people. Deep bows.

All the ladies in the house, if you love Ken Wilber, let me hear you make some noise!

34668_1535064214521_1612909_nNicole Fegley, MA is the Co-Founder of Integral Chicks. She is a Certified Integral Coach through Integral Coaching Canada, and has coached with Integral Life and the Integral Incubator. Nicole is the Co-founder, with her partner Clint Fuhs, of Core Integral Inc, a company dedicated to expanding access to the Integral approach and ensuring the integrity of its comprehension. Core Integral offers cutting-edge multi-media learning products developed with Ken Wilber. A former restaurant owner, she worked for Integral Institute and Integral Life from 2005-2012, and has produced over 40 personal, professional, and spiritual events for the Integral community. Nicole is a senior student of Ken Wilber, studies Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Daniel Brown and Hatha Yoga and Feminine Embodiment with Sofia Diaz.

Kelly Sosan Bearer is the Co-founder of Integral Chicks. She was ordained in 2007 as a Zen monk in both the Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen Buddhism and is a senior student of Ken Wilber. Kelly also studies Hatha Yoga and Feminine Embodiment with Sofia Diaz. She is a published author in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice and completed her graduate studies at Naropa University with a MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. In addition, Kelly is also the Conference Producer and Creative Director at Buddhist Geeks. Follow her on Twitter @KellyBearer.

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4 Responses to “A Tribute to Ken Wilber”

  1. Cindy
    January 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Brilliant tribute, ladies.  It was great to see it live! hugs…

  2. suzanne
    January 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    So glad you shared this and I could enjoy it again! I was one of the lucky 53 people webstreaming the conference, and so grateful to be “there” with you to celebrate and thank Ken. 

  3. Kelly Sosan Bearer
    January 6, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Thanks Suzanne! And how cool that you were on the live stream. Hope you enjoyed the conference. Did you have any favorite moments? 😉

  4. Kelly Sosan Bearer
    January 6, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    What a fun and tender night! It was awesome to see you again Cindy as always. Next time we are together, we must hang out more. I think you are amazing! 😉

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