Lynn Fuentes


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The Koan of Illness: Five Questions

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The Koan of Illness: Five Questions

We will investigate the role of chronic Illness in human life using spiritual principles, poetry, and the models of integral theory, with a focus on the following questions:

  • How can integral values of multiple perspectives, wholeness, and evolutionary growth help us to better understand and manage chronic illness?
  • How do quadrant reductionism and first tier beliefs, particularly Orange Rational and Green Postmodern, create problems for people with chronic illness?
  • Might the yin/yang principle and the value of integral wholeness demand a different framing of illness?  Can we embrace illness as part of our lives and people with chronic illness as full partners in our humanity?
  • Does chronic illness serve as an accelerant to waking up and growing up – for people with chronic illness and for all of us?
  • What universal virtues can we learn from chronic illness?

About Lynn Fuentes

Lynn Fuentes, CEO of Transformation Teaching, created The Koan of Illness, a program applies integral theory to working with illness and reframes illness as an inseparable part of our humanity and a valid personal and spiritual growth path.

Lynn has a BA, MA, JD, and PhD, and training with several methods of personal growth. She and her husband, José, leaders of the Hispanoamerican Integral Conference, host an integral salon and offer online courses in English and Spanish.

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