Integration can mean a temporary inspired state that unifies our energies, like the Buddhist dhyana (jhana). However, this should not be taken as a final achievement or a revelation, nor confused with long-term integration that actually changes our beliefs. This is a tributary video to no.6 in the series, on integration.
This is the 25th video in the Middle Way Philosophy introductory course.
Some suggested reflection questions:
1. Have you had any experiences of temporary integration? These might have been in the context of meditation, prayer, appreciation of the arts or of the environment, or creative activity, or they may have just arisen spontaneously.
2. How did you feel after your experiences of temporary integration, and how long did those feelings last?
3. Did you invest those experiences into longer-term integration? If not, how do you think you could do so if similar experiences arise in future?
Suggested further reading
Middle Way Philosophy 2: The Integration of Desire, section 5.c
Middle Way Philosophy 3: The Integration of Meaning, section 7.a