Question: Integral groups focus on a person attempting to go beyond his ego, to rise above it, to be integrated with the other participants in the group. Along with this, it is recommended to turn away from regular life, to leave everything behind at the door of the group.
Answer: No, people do not isolate themselves from external society. This is not asceticism; this is not entry into a closed cell, rather it is work on our nature.
A person continues to participate in the life of society in a regular way. He has a family, children, work; in other words , he is a regular member of society. But together with this, a new direction in life, philosophy of life, appears within him that rises in value and overrides his regular way of life.
He can change his work so that it will be easier for him to study, he can change his residence to be closer to a group, but he doesn’t leave society; he doesn’t forego anything. On the contrary, at some stage, when he learns a bit about the integral method, a person begins to turn to wider circles of society. When he completely masters the method, he goes out to the society and begins to actively implement it there.
From Kab TV’s “An Integral World” 10/26/13