Dec 252010
 

Integral Worldview Highlights

Integral consciousness exists in a hierarchy of worldviews:

  • · SurvivalSense / Instinctive —beige
  • · KinSpirits / Clannish / Tribal—purple
  • · PowerGods / Egocentric / Warrior—red
  • · TruthForce / Purposeful / Traditional—blue
  • · StriveDrive / Strategic / Modernist—orange
  • · HumanBond / Relativistic / Postmodern—green
  • · FlexFlow / Systemic / Integral—yellow
  • · GlobalView / Holistic—Turquoise

Integral consciousness exhibits typical characteristics:

  • · Perceived life conditions:
    • o Conflict between at least three previous stages
    • o Looming global problems
    • o Failure of postmodernism to offer realistic solutions
  • · Worldview and values:
    • o New insight into the “internal universe”
    • o Confidence in potential of evolutionary philosophy
    • o Personal responsibility for the problems of the world
    • o Renewed appreciation of previous stages’ values
    • o Appreciation of conflicting truth and dialectical evaluation
    • o Aspiration for the harmonization of science and religion
  • · Contribution to the spiral:
    • o Practical worldcentric morality
    • o Compassion for all worldviews
    • o Revival of philosophy
    • o Seeing spirituality in evolution
    • o Overcoming the culture war
    • o Insistence on achieving results
  • · Pathology:
    • o Elitist
    • o Insensitive
    • o Aloof
    • o Lack of patience
  • · Contemporary examples:
  • · Organizational structures:
    • o World Federalism
    • o Any structure appropriate for given life conditions (organizations from any of the previous levels)
  • · Exemplary leaders:
    • o Albert Einstein
    • o Teilhard de Chardin
    • o Process philosophy/thought/studies
    • § Alfred North Whitehead
    • § David Ray Griffin
    • o Ken Wilber
  • · Estimated percent of the world population:
    • o Less than 1%
  • · Estimated per cent of wealth & political power:
    • o Less than 1%
  • · Techno-economic mode of production:
    • o Global systems economy
  • · Key technologies:
    • o Dialectical evaluation
    • o Spiral analysis
    • o Systems science
    • o Spiritual practice
  • · Type of medicine:
    • o Integral—scientific
    • o Holistic
    • o Emerging spiritual and subtle energy medicine
  • · The true:
    • o Harmonization of science and spirituality
    • o The evolutionary significance of values
  • · The beautiful:
    • o Nature
    • o The arts of each level in their emergent phase
    • o The unification of extreme contrasts
  • · The good:
    • o Evolution
    • o The prime directive
  • · Average neurological activation:
    • o Increasing integration of right and left brain hemispheres
  • · Transition triggers:
    • o Need for a greater sense of community
    • o Spiritual experience
    • o Allures of postintegral culture
  • · Other names for this stage:
    • · FlexFlow
    • · Systemic
    • · Systems thinking
    • · Integral
    • · Authentic consciousness
    • · Autonomous
    • · Self-actualized
    • · Yellow meme

Resources:
Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview is Transforming Politics, Culture and Spirituality, Steve McIntosh, Paragon House, 2007

Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change, Don Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan, Blackwell Publishing, 1996

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