Weekend in Boulder Prior to The Integral Incubator

Whenever I have visited Boulder I am always thrown into the dissonance of Boulder, the area is beautiful, Boulder sits in the Rocky Mountains, a mile above sea level, the town is beautiful, clean with lots of green space along with a creek that winds it’s way through the town, all the large shopping areas are at the bottom of the town, leaving Down Town Boulder free to offer small independent shops, bookshops, museum and of course the University of Colorado.

Boulder is also the home to Naropa University, Sounds True; it was the original home of the Integral Institute.

And all this can be visited on foot as long as you can get use to the air which for me coming from a mile down is a bit thin.

This afternoon – Saturday – I sat in Borders (yes they still have Borders) drinking a coffee and looking out to the Rocky Mountains, this is a much better view that the one offered by Borders at the Angel Islington, I thought to myself.

So the area is beautiful, the town is beautiful, the people are beautiful, the homeless and drug users are not just beautiful but can all play a musical instrument. The hoodies are beautiful in there carefully planned street clothes.

“There is calm about the place as if all the education, meditation, therapy and self-assurance has paid off.”

There is calm about the place as if all the education, meditation, therapy and self-assurance has paid off, everyone is happy, no one fights, the police hang about with very little to do, families work together.

At breakfast this morning I watch a father take care of baby while mum ordered all the food from the counter.

In this self assured town roles have become meaningless; the ego is beginning to be a thing of the past here in Boulder.

But boy is it boring, and this is my problem, for me Boulder is an assessment of my level of development, so Boulder is 2nd tier or it’s the most 2nd tier town I know.

But I would just not want to live here. I am sure that if I was here with Anne we would be doing more, seeing more – but I have been here three times now and seen everything at different times and it feels as if there is a bubble over the place where the outside world cannot get in.

“I want to go back and work in a world that is hard and sad and unaware, with people that are not able to see the other because they are still trying to see themselves, a world that needs help and support, a world that needs Integral people to help show them how to feel alive as they help others to feel alive.”

I get the place I really do, but it just does not feel real. Now if I am as I would like to think myself to be 2nd tier then surely I should be wanting to pack my and Anne’s bags and get over here ASAP, to the fully integral life, the place is built for Integral Life Practice. It was no small coincidence that Ken created AQAL here, all he needed to do was look out over the town to get the feel of AQAL.

Boulder is wonderful and to know that it is here and that I have friends here and that I can come back and dive into 2nd tier living is wonderful.

But I want to go back and work in a world that is hard and sad and unaware, with people that are not able to see the other because they are still trying to see themselves, a world that needs help and support, a world that needs Integral people to help show them how to feel alive as they help others to feel alive.

If one day the world becomes Boulder that will not be a bad thing, Boulder exists to show that it can be done, that 2nd tier is a reality and I want to help others experience that new greater, wider, deeper, and transcending reality.

When you look to the Rocky Mountains you realise that you are as big as them because you are them.

Now that would be a great world to live in, if we all realised that we were just all one.

Gary

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