50 Ken Wilber Quotes and Sayings on Spirituality

Ken Wilber is an author from the United States who has produced books on mysticism, philosophy, ecology, and developmental psychology.


Best Ken Wilber Quotes


Religion is just coded spirituality. ~ Ken Wilber.


What’s my philosophy? In a word, integral. ~ Ken Wilber.


Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question any one point. ~ Ken Wilber.

Few of us have lost our minds, but most of us have long ago lost our bodies. ~ Ken Wilber.

Love is a time-honored way to transcend the separate-self sense and leap into the sublime; Treya and I held hands, closed our eyes, and jumped. ~ Ken Wilber.


Increasing consciousness = increasing complexity. ~ Ken Wilber.

I don’t talk about consciousness. I talk about interiority. ~ Ken Wilber.

I was slowly learning that love did not mean holding on, which I had always thought, but rather letting go. ~ Ken Wilber.

Spirit slumbers in nature, awakens in mind, and finally recognizes itself as Spirit in the transpersonal domains. ~ Ken Wilber.

If you really want to change the world, you must first understand it adequately, or all you will do is reproduce in larger numbers your own ignorance. ~ Ken Wilber.

The truth will not necessarily set you free, but truthfulness will. ~ Ken Wilber.

The Enlightenment was an attempt to liberate myth and base truth claims on evidence, not just dogma. But when science threw out the church, they threw out the baby with the bath water. ~ Ken Wilber.


Becoming a leader is the same as becoming a fully integrated human being. ~ Ken Wilber

In the dream state, the mind and soul are set free to create as they please, to imagine vast worlds not tied to gross sensory realities but reaching out, almost magically, to touch other souls, other people and far-off places, wild and radiant images cascading to the rhythm of the heart’s desire. ~ Ken Wilber.

Famous Ken Wilber Quotes

Like a famous Zen Master said when he got his enlightenment, “When I heard the bell ring, suddenly there was no ‘I’ and no ‘bell,’ just the ringing.” ~ Ken Wilber.

Freedom is an endless meeting. ~ Ken Wilber.


One’s sanctions for truth and goodness are established largely by individual preferences. ~ Ken Wilber.

I have one major rule: everybody is right. more specifically, everybody, including me, has some important pieces of the truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace. ~ Ken Wilber.

Evolution goes beyond what went before, but because it must embrace what went before, then its very nature is to transcend and include, and thus it has an inherent directionality, a secret impulse, toward increasing depth, increasing intrinsic value, increasing consciousness. ~ Ken Wilber.


Real love will take you far beyond yourself; and therefore real love will devastate you. ~ Ken Wilber.

The Self doesn’t live forever in time, it lives in the timeless present prior to time, prior to history, change, succession. The Self is present as Pure Presence, not as everlasting duration, a rather horrible notion. ~ Ken Wilber.

Popular Ken Wilber Quotes

What is it in you that brings you to a spiritual teacher in the first place? It’s not the spirit in you, since that is already enlightened, and has no need to seek. No, it is the ego in you that brings you to a teacher. ~ Ken Wilber.

The Witness is a huge step forward, and it is a necessary and important step in meditation, but it is not ultimate. When the Witness or the soul is finally undone, then the Witness dissolves into everything that is witnessed. The subject/object duality collapses and there is only pure nondual awareness, which is very simple, very obvious. ~ Ken Wilber.

I believe that evidence shows that there is a real spirit, a real Beach, but it is beneath no pavement whatsoever, for all pavements arise within it: Spirit is all-encompassing. It transcends everything, it includes everything. ~ Ken Wilber.


There is a way out, but the way out is really a way within. ~ Ken Wilber.

“Integrative” simply means that this approach attempts to include as many important truths from as many disciplines as possible–from East as well as the West, from premodern and modern and postmodern, from the hard sciences of physics to the tender sciences of spirituality. ~ Ken Wilber.

Top Ken Wilber Quotes


The truth is an arbitrary, shifting, culturally relative, and historically molded phenomenon. ~ Ken Wilber.

The understanding of “evolutionary consciousness” is perhaps the most important thing lacking in spiritual practices today. Evolution means growth and development. This means that there are aspects of reality that have not yet arisen in our consciousness. But they will arise if we grow. ~ Ken Wilber.

I think I was a born scientist. ~ Ken Wilber.


There is intersubjectivity woven into the very fabric of the Kosmos at all levels. ~ Ken Wilber.

I went to Duke University in the medical track. And then I decided I wanted to do something more creative, so I switched to biochemistry at Nebraska. ~ Ken Wilber.

Evolution does not isolate us from the rest of the Kosmos, it unites us with the rest of the Kosmos: the same currents that produced birds from dust and poetry from rocks produce egos from ids and sages from egos. ~ Ken Wilber.

To understand the whole it is necessary to understand the parts. To understand the parts, it is necessary to understand the whole. Such is the circle of understanding. ~ Ken Wilber.

In Democracy, man exploits man; in Communism, it’s the other way round. ~ Ken Wilber.

Be the most ethical, the most responsible, the most authentic you can be with every breath you take, because you are cutting a path into tomorrow that others will follow. ~ Ken Wilber.


Most of us, I suspect, prefer our teachers to be of the Nice Guy variety. ~ Ken Wilber.

The integral sage, the nondual sage, is here to show us otherwise. Known generally as “Tantric,” these sages insist on transcending life by living it. They insist on finding release by engagement, finding nirvana in the midst of samsara, finding total liberation by complete immersion. ~ Ken Wilber.

Meaningful Ken Wilber Quotes

We must forgive each other our arising, for our existence always torments others. The golden rule in the midst of this mutual misery has always been, not to do no harm, but as little as possible; and not to love one another, but as much as you can. ~ Ken Wilber.

Love is a time-honored way to transcend the separate-self sense and leap into the sublime; Treya and I held hands, closed our eyes, and jumped. ~ Ken Wilber.

Unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life are not signs of mental illness, but of growing intelligence. ~ Ken Wilber.


The adventure of awakening is among the most universal of human dramas. ~ Ken Wilber.

To be “integrally developed” does not mean that you have to excel in all the known intelligences, or that all of your lines have to be at level 3. But it does mean that you develop a very good sense of what your own psychograph is actually like, so that with a much more Integral self-image you can plan your future development. ~ Ken Wilber.

You can indeed be aware of your body, but you can also be aware of your mind – you can right now notice all the thoughts and ideas and images floating in front of the mind’s inward eye. You can, in other words, experience your mind, be aware of your mind. And it’s very important to experience your mind directly, cleanly, intensely, because only by bringing awareness to the mind can you begin to transcend the mind and be free of its limitations. ~ Ken Wilber.


I rise to taste the dawn, and find that love alone will shine today. ~ Ken Wilber.

You cannot have exterior development without interior development to hold it in place. ~ Ken Wilber.

Divinity has one ultimate secret, which it will also whisper in your ear if your mind becomes quieter than the fog at sunset: the God of this world is found within, and you know it is found within: in those hushed silent times when the mind becomes still, the body relaxes into infinity, the senses expand to become one with the world- in those glistening times, a subtle luminosity, a serene radiance, a brilliantly transparent clarity shimmers as the true nature of all manifestation, erupting every now and then in a compassionate Radiance before whom all idols retreat, a love so fierce it adoringly embraces both light and dark, both good and evil, both pleasure and pain equally…. ~ Ken Wilber.


Nobody is smart enough to be wrong all the time. ~ Ken Wilber.

The ultimate metaphysical secret, if we dare state it so simply, is that there are no boundaries in the universe. Boundaries are illusions, products not of reality but of the way we map and edit reality. And while it is fine to map out the territory, it is fatal to confuse the two. ~ Ken Wilber.

Science is clearly one of the most profound methods that humans have yet devised for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning. ~ Ken Wilber.

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