The Religion of Tomorrow

And How to Practice It Today

Taught by Ken Wilber
 - Online Course
Description What would the scriptures and practices of the world’s major religions look like if they were developed today, fully integrating the major discoveries we have made in the past 2,000 years, including advances in science and psychology and human development? In this exciting new course, based on his first synoptic book in over a decade, Ken Wilber lays out the path for a religion of tomorrow that incorporates both Waking Up (meditative states) and Growing Up (human developmental stages), as well as Cleaning Up (shadow work) and Showing Up (working with quadrants), and explores how we can practice the religion of tomorrow today, expanding our potential for growth and realization.
Course Materials

Over 10 hours of video by Ken Wilber—16 talks—with transcripts and audio versions available

Selected readings from The Religion of Tomorrow and Integral Meditation by Ken Wilber

Practices and reflections to help you integrate the teachings into your daily life 

Unlimited access on your computer, mobile device, or tablet—learn at your own pace wherever and whenever works best for you


This course will help you:

  • Reflect on what is of ultimate concern to you and understand how this relates to spiritual intelligence
  • Consider your own shadow material and apply 3-2-1 practice to work with it
  • Experience Full-Spectrum Mindfulness practices, including Witnessing and One-Taste Awareness, for yourself
  • Practice Integral Tantra and understand its importance in a religion of tomorrow
  • Deepen your understanding and practice of Integral teachings
  • Integrate Waking Up, Cleaning Up, Growing Up, and Showing Up into your own religion of tomorrow
What You Will Learn in Each Lesson

Lesson 1
What Is a Religion of Tomorrow?

In the past 2,000 years, have we learned anything new about how human consciousness transforms? As it turns out, that is a big yes. And this is especially important, because the central thing that we have learned about transformation is that there are actually two very different, but equally important, ways that the human mind transforms. One is called Waking Up, and one is called Growing Up.

Taking the core insights of the great religions as they were created and introduced in past millennia—and combining those insights with some of the major discoveries we have made in the past 2,000 years, including Waking Up and Growing Up—gives us the most likely structure of any spirituality that will be able to survive as a bona fide religion of tomorrow.

This lesson will help you . . .

  • Explain how a “religion of tomorrow,” as described by Ken Wilber, will be distinct from traditional religions
  • Identify the major stages of Waking Up
  • Identify the major levels of Growing Up

Lesson 2
Spiritual Intelligence and the Stages of Development

Spiritual intelligence is one of around a dozen multiple intelligences—or lines of development—all human beings possess. Each of these intelligences addresses a major, fundamental question life throws at us. Over the hundreds of thousands of years that we evolved, these multiple intelligences evolved with us to address these central questions and issues.

In this lesson, Ken will look closely at spiritual intelligence, which addresses the central question, “What is it that is of ultimate concern to me?” He will present the evidence for how we know that the stages of Growing Up exist. And he will clearly sketch out these stages through the line of spiritual intelligence.

Although the stages of Growing Up will sound familiar to those who know Ken’s recent work, the spiritual intelligence perspective of the stages is especially relevant and valuable in the greater narrative arc of this course, and it’s highly recommended that you not skip this section even if you are familiar with the Growing Up stages.

This lesson will help you . . .

  • Define spiritual intelligence and distinguish it from spiritual experience
  • Explain why a Waking Up experience will be interpreted through the lens of a given stage of Growing Up
  • Describe the stages of Growing Up through the line of spiritual intelligence

Lesson 3
Cleaning Up

One of the most historically profound and significant discoveries about the human mind made during the modern era is the discovery of the nature of the psychodynamic unconscious (the nature of repression, the nature of shadow)—and the various approaches or therapies to address and even heal those dysfunctions.

It’s generally acknowledged that Freud and his colleagues dramatically and profoundly changed the way we look at human nature itself. Along with discoveries by Darwin and Copernicus, it’s credited with being one of the three most profound changes in how we view human nature that have ever occurred. And this is a process that we call, not Waking Up and not Growing Up, but Cleaning Up.

This lesson will help you . . .

  • Understand why Cleaning Up is an essential element in any religion of tomorrow
  • Describe how the shadow is created and how projection works
  • Consider your own shadow material and what you might be shadow-hugging or shadow-boxing

Lesson 4
Working with Shadow

Each stage of development—both in Waking Up and Growing Up—is supposed to transcend and include the stage that comes before it. If something goes wrong in either of those aspects—transcending or including—it can bring development (of either Growing Up or Waking Up) to a crashing halt and pathological development arrest sets in. This is why it’s so important to include Cleaning Up in any viable religion of tomorrow. And in this lesson, Ken will show you how to do just that with a therapeutic process for working with shadow material.

This lesson will help you . . .

  • Describe the “transcend and include” process that each stage of development goes through
  • Explain how addictions and allergies are created when the process of “transcend and include” goes wrong
  • Understand the mechanism that underlies the formation of shadow material
  • Practice the 3-2-1 process for working with your shadow material

Lesson 5
Full-Spectrum Mindfulness

Once we have discovered the stages of Growing Up and know what they are, we can bring a meditative awareness (or mindfulness) to bear on each of them. By making these subjects object, we accelerate our development through them, thus accelerating our evolution. This combination of bringing a Waking-Up Awareness to bear on the stages of Growing Up is what we call “Full-Spectrum Mindfulness”—and it’s a version of overall Integral Meditation. 

This lesson will help you . . .

  • Understand how Full-Spectrum Mindfulness differs from non-Integral forms of mindfulness practice
  • Explain the difference between Witnessing Awareness and One-Taste Awareness
  • Experience Witness and One-Taste practices for yourself

Lesson 6
Integral Tantra

Integral Tantra is directly connected to Big Love and Big Bliss. It is generally agreed that the very highest schools of Tantra (such as those manifested in the highest reaches of Vajrayana) are perhaps the most sophisticated and profound of all the world’s Great Wisdom Traditions. But Tantra itself is not confined to Buddhism; in fact, variations on the major themes of Tantra can be found to some degree in the upper reaches of the majority of the Great Traditions. As we will see in the talk and practice in this lesson, Integral Tantra is a profound culmination of the defining drive of evolution itself: to transcend and include.

This lesson will help you . . .

  • Place tantric practice in a historical context
  • Understand the connection between Integral Tantra, Big Love, and Big Bliss
  • Experience Integral Tantra practice for yourself

Lesson 7
Showing Up

What you find with all the Great Traditions is that when something like the Great Chain of Being is presented, what we call “matter” is always in the very bottom rung. But what an Integral analysis demonstrates is that matter is not the lower level of reality—it is rather the exterior dimension of all levels of reality. What the traditions thought of as beyond nature or supernatural and beyond the physical is really intra-physical. It’s not beyond matter—it’s the view from within matter or the interior consciousness that is always correlated with an exterior form or material dimension.

This is a major change in how we see the relationship of consciousness and nature, or spirit and matter, and Showing Up allows for this perspective. Showing Up simply means to fully acknowledge, and totally inhabit, all four quadrants of existence—to not try to deny or ignore or reduce any of them, but to see all of them as equally real and equally important. And with this final addition, you have the four key elements of a religion of tomorrow: Waking Up, Growing Up, Cleaning Up, and Showing Up.

This lesson will help you . . .

  • Understand the influence that the four quadrants have on how we view and articulate our experiences
  • Distinguish among the four quadrants and describe each of them
  • Consider your own relationships through the lens of Showing Up, with a four-quadrant awareness
Praise for Ken Wilber

"Ken Wilber is today’s greatest philosopher and both critic and friend to authentic religion, a true postmodern Thomas Aquinas."—Father Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation

"Ken Wilber is a national treasure. No one is working at the integration of Eastern and Western wisdom literature with such depth or breadth of mind and heart as he." —Robert Kegan, Professor of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and author of In Over Our Heads

"When Ken Wilber’s thought walks through your mind, the door to the next higher level becomes visible. Anyone seeking to update the wisdom traditions of their lineage needs his reality and consciousness maps. The kabbalah of the future will lean on Ken’s work." —Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"Wilber explains in detail how integrating the knowledge and spirituality that humans have developed over the millennia—in fields as diverse as science, psychology, and religion—creates what he calls a Fourth Turning that can lead humans to a new wholeness. As this wholeness expands, he writes, society will achieve new levels of compassion, peace, and inclusion.”Publishers Weekly

"The religion of tomorrow, according to Ken Wilber, will not be one religion, but all religions guiding their respective constituents toward oneness with Ultimate Reality. The recent discoveries of science, especially in the areas of developmental psychology and historical criticism, as well as mystical experience, have enabled him to bring together contemporary science, the wisdom of the world religions, and an integral presentation of the human condition with all its potential."—Thomas Keating, author of Open Mind, Open Heart

About the Instructor

Ken Wilber round

Ken Wilber is a philosopher and founder of the Integral Approach and has authored over twenty books, including A Brief History of Everything, Integral Meditation, and Sex, Ecology, Spirituality. He is the co-founder of Integral Life, a media company engaged in creating an Integral learning community.

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