It has also been described as post-modern and the most advanced spirituality to have evolved to date. People who are in this ‘advanced station of life’ are ‘able to better understand, navigate and participate with all different kinds of perspective', allowing them to truly see themselves, each other and their world with 'more wisdom, openness and inquisitiveness than ever before.'
It appears that integral consciousness is theorising that there is a spiritual distribution out there and every one of us lies somewhere on it, akin to the income distribution, intelligence distribution or educational attainment distribution. Those people who are at the far right tail are those who follow and practice integral, evolutionary spirituality. Therefore, everyone else (80% of the world’s population) falls somewhere to the left of the spiritual elite. Wilber says, ‘every field of human inquiry continues to move through wave upon wave of increasing accuracy, fidelity, and applicability’ so that to be behind the integral curve, as it were, would place one in a less sophisticated spiritual position.
Many people aspire to be on the inner ring of their career and among their peers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the danger is when this strategy is applied to spirituality. It sounds as though many new age gurus appeal to the aspiration of exclusivity that the new age/integral/evolutionary consciousness promises. The difficulty is that often when people believe they have entered that privileged club, they can move from a sense of spiritual growth to spiritual arrogance, looking down on the rest of the spectrum.