Ken Wilber is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books on psychology, philosophy, mysticism and consciousness translated into some 30 foreign languages, and is the first philosopher-psychologist to have his Collected Works published while still alive. Wilber is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development which continues to gather momentum around the world. He lives in Denver (CO), is the founder of Integral Institute, Inc., the co-founder of Integral Life, Inc., and the Senior Fellow of Integral Life Spiritual Center.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he contributed to the Celebrate Life Festival via video-conference and 2012 also to the Timeless Wisdom Training 2. He met with Thomas Hübl during the 2011 and 2012 US tour - for an in-depth exchange. For more see here
Eckhart Tolle has expressed in his first book 'The Power of Now' in an incomparably powerful and simple clarity like no one before that there is only this moment of presence. All live is now - there is no past and no future.
'You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You find yourself by coming into the present. Only the present can free you of the past.'
Eckhart Tolle sees in human beings the possibility for development towards a state called 'enlightenment' in the East. He himself reached it by accident - neither he had followed a spiritual practice nor he intendet it.
In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.
Eckhart Tolle contributed to the Celebrate Life Festival 2010. See more
'I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that.
I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.'
After years of deep depression Byron Katie fell all of a sudden into a live changing state of awakening. Then she created 'The Work' - a method to question oneself in order to become aware of painbuilding ideas and thoughts.
Byron Katie participated at the Celebrate Life Festival 2010. See more
Integral Spirituality teacher Diane Musho Hamilton stands for a hands-on Integral opening. Through her warmth, humor, and clarity, you will experience firsthand how the doorway of Integral Theory leads straight to the heart.
She teaches: How psychological development equals wider and wider circles of care. How fearlessness is a direct result of development. How spiritual practice and engagement with the world can be one gesture. How compassion is at the heart of Integral Theory.
Her workshop was one of the highlights of Celebrate Life Festival 2011. 2012 she participated by conference call. With Thomas Hübl she shares '... the passion to be in the shit of life' - Shadow work is for both essential on the spiritual path. See more
In spring 2011 she held together with Thomas Hübl a workshop in Tel Aviv/ Israel of several days' duration. She is referent in the third Timeless Wisdom Training starting in November 2012.
Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of Integral Spirituality and Evolutionary Leadership. He worked with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute to develop Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent contemporary transformational lifestyle. As certified integral coach, consultant, teacher, and author of four books, he has worked for thirty years to integrate ancient and modern practices for higher consciousness - and to apply that higher consciousness in the work of evolutionary leadership.
Terry Patten was speaker at the Celebrate Life Festival 2010. See more
Thomas Hübl works together with him during his tours through USA.
In September 2012 the year-long US-Training "Birthing a new WE" has started with 100 participants. See here
'Bring things in order before they exist'
Lao Tse is a legendary chinese philosopher and wise man.
He lived in 6th century BC and is regarded as founder of taoism.
Famous is his work Tao Te Ching - verse of timeless wisdom and profound knowledge that have survived the milennia.
Thomas Hübl often reads extracts from the Tao Te Ching as an introduction to the morning meditation in his workshops. He prefers the translation by Stephen Mitchell.
You can also find the complete text on the internet, for example here
Ramana Maharshi was a silent Teacher, if there was one. It would be more appropriate to call him the Silent One, for teaching denotes duality, the teacher and the taught. Ramana was, as a devotee wrote, 'the Pure Non-dual Essence.' His most direct and profound teaching was transmitted in silence.
Maharshi taught the exploration of the self with the question 'Who am I?' (Atma Vichara). He is considered one of the most famous wise and representatives of Advaita Vedanta in 20th century. Many Western spiritual teachers today rely on him and see him as their predecessor.
Ramana Maharshi died 1950. In that place, the ashram Sri Ramanasraman at Tiruvannamalai in South India, at the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala, there are today still many teachers and wisdom seekers. His 'Samadhi' (tomb of a saint) is a pilgrimage site for thousands.
Krishnamurti was an indian philosopher, author, theosophist and spiritual teacher.
'It is becoming increasingly clearer that not environmental problems, death of hunger and poverty or the general injustice are the actual concern, but the fact that the people themselves become more and more the terror of this world. It is people who are destroying each other. They divide themselves with destructive, separating processes into classes and nationalities.(....) We have started to become dangerous for each other, as organised religions, professions of faith, and dogmata with their rituals are separating us, all this absurdity. War, preparation of war and atomic weapons - You all know the horror of this world. (….)
Why are we, after millions of years of evolution, in which we have acquired a huge scope of knowledge and know-how, still the same? Why do we still suffer, stilll hate each other, live in personal illusions? Why are we bonded in clans, campaign for nationalities? What is the cause of this?'
Sri Aurobindo lived in India. He was a freedom fighter against the english colonial rule and became enlightend in prison.
'He became one of the greatest philosophers, yogis and evolutionary thinkers which has ever lived.' (Marc Gafni).
He founded the Integral Yoga and is together with his female spiritual companion 'the Mother', Mira Alfassa, initiator of Auroville.
That is an international spiritual community with more than 2.000 members in Southern India near Pondicherry. The idea of a 'universal town', based on the devices of Sri Aurobindo is lived here. 'Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.'