The Ever-Present Origin is a translation of Ursprung und Gegenwart, a book which was published in German in two parts around and The central . Our purpose here is to become acquainted with Jean Gebser’s seminal work, The Ever- Present Origin [1]. To this end, it would be helpful at the onset to gain a. Digital Resources for Ever-Present Origin “Rendering Darkness and Light Present: Jean Gebser and the Principle of Diaphany”, Aaron.

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I’m not saying read it and become a Gebserian. His thesis of the failure of one structure of consciousness alongside the emergence of a new one led him to inquire as to whether such had not occurred before. I orgiin say it is because I agree with him on everything. I would not be who I am if it were not for that chance encounter.

Fred Cameron rated it liked it May 26, Gebser’s major thesis was that eveg-present consciousness is in transition, and that these transitions are “mutations” and not continuous. Philosophy, the love of wisdom, is replaced with instrumental reason, the ability “to make”.

Ken Wilber referred to and origiin Gebser along with many other theorists in his Up from Eden and subsequent works.

Books by Jean Gebser. The unfolding of awareness is, by contrast, an opening-up.

Jean Gebser

The mental structure lives time as lineardirected or “progressive” and space becomes the box-like, vacuum-like homogeneous space of geometry. He offers as a guiding note that just as there is also a time to act, there is also the much neglected time of contemplation. Even the mental awareness which divides this whole into distinct categories could not have become aware of those categories without an awareness which was already integral.


Gebser introduced the notion of presentiation which means to make something ever-pgesent through transparency. I orugin this book up way before I was able to digest it.

Wilber found Gebser’s ‘pioneering’ work to align to his own model of consciousness, although Wilber finds evidence for additional later mystical odigin beyond Gebser’s integral structure. It also resembles Asian religious philosophical terms and views, such as Rigpa in Dzogchenand Ramana Maharshi ‘s view on awareness as the sole reality underlying the ego-structure or “I-thought.

In these structures are various perspectives: Of note here were the incorporation of time in physics, the attempts to “paint” time in the visual arts and the like. Michell rated it it was amazing May 23, Consciousness is “presence”, or wver-present present”: The first evidence he witnessed was in the novel use of language and literature.

It means that “objectivity” gets applied to ever-prfsent humanity” whether it is in the behavioral sciences or the physical sciences.

Jean Gebser – Wikipedia

Gebser notes that “to progress” is to move toward something and gsbser thus also to move away from ever–present else; therefore, progress is an inappropriate term to describe the structures of consciousness. Without the awareness of the whole, one would be stuck in a kind of “not-knowing” of an always only “now” not connected to any sense of past or future. I don’t share his broad characterizations of “the orient”. The title choice available that was correct lacked this image, which is correc Without a reliable and observable evolutionary “spine” to collective and individual consciousness, the world is condemned to its present schizoid state of savage cleverness.



This is where some of Ken Wilber’s ideas come from. The deficient form of the mental structure Gebser called the ‘rational’ structure. Dec 07, Peter rated origgin it was amazing Shelves: Thus, awareness is already integral.

Gebser traces the evidence for the transformations of the structure of consciousness as they are concretized in historical artifacts.

Epochs in history categorized by perspective outlook, view of man’s consciousness in structures. I am going to do something I have never done before. In fact, without already having an integral awareness, one could have no notion of time as “past” or “present”, etc. Gebser details five structures of consciousness: With each leap, the previous structures of consciousness are superceded and yet evsr-present in a subordinate fashion.

It is the essence which is behind and which underlies consciousness. The integral structure of consciousness is no longer a conception: VERY briefly, the archaic is instinctual and primitive. But it was through this very quagmire of “the decline of the West ” that Gebser saw the emergence of a new structure of consciousness which he termed the integral.

I have none of his theological leanings.