In spiral dynamics, the term vmeme refers to a core value system, acting as an organizing principle, which expresses itself through memes (self-propagating ideas, habits, or cultural practices). The superscript letter v indicates these are not basic memes but value systems which include them. The colors act as reminders for the life conditions and mind capacities of each system and alternate between cool and warm colors as a part of the model. Within the model, individuals and cultures do not fall clearly in any single category (color). Each person/culture embodies a mixture of the value patterns, with varying degrees of intensity in each. Spiral Dynamics claims not to be a linear or hierarchical model. According to Spiral Dynamics, there are infinite stages of progress and regression over time, dependent upon the life circumstances of the person or culture, which are constantly in flux. vMEMEs THE FIRST TIER VALUE SYSTEMS; The Levels of Subsistence Beige Purple
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Center for Psychological DevelopmentTranspersonalism: Ego Meets Soul by James E. Strohl, Ed.D.Journal of Counseling & Development, Fall 1998, Vol. 76, pp. 397-403. Over the last few decades, the transpersonal approach has emerged from mainstream psychology to address the effects of spirituality and consciousness on personal transformation and health and to explore the optimal levels of human functioning. Despite its increasing popularity, many mental health professionals lack basic knowledge of the transpersonal approach. For more than 25 years, increasing numbers of mental health practitioners have been using a therapeutic approach associated with a school of psychology known as transpersonal psychology. The term transpersonal means beyond (trans) the personal, ego or self. Transpersonal psychology Is concerned with the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness.
An Overview of Integral Theory"The word integral means comprehensive, inclusive, non-marginalizing, embracing. Integral approaches to any field attempt to be exactly that: to include as many perspectives, styles, and methodologies as possible within a coherent view of the topic. In a certain sense, integral approaches are “meta-paradigms,” or ways to draw together an already existing number of separate paradigms into an interrelated network of approaches that are mutually enriching."1 – Ken Wilber The world has never been so complex as it is right now—it is mind boggling and at times emotionally overwhelming. Not to mention, the world only seems to get more complex and cacophonous as we confront the major problems of our day: extreme religious fundamentalism, environmental degradation, failing education systems, existential alienation, and volatile financial markets. Never have there been so many disciplines and worldviews to consider and consult in addressing these issues: a cornucopia of perspectives. Figure 1.
Jean GebserJean Gebser (German: [ˈɡeːpsɐ]; August 20, 1905 – May 14, 1973) was a philosopher, a linguist, and a poet, who described the structures of human consciousness. Biography Born Hans Gebser in Posen in Imperial Germany (now Poland), he left Germany in 1929, living for a time in Italy and then in France. He then moved to Spain, mastered the Spanish language in a few months and entered the Spanish Civil Service where he rose to become a senior official in the Spanish Ministry of Education. When the Spanish Civil War began, he moved to Paris. Late in life, Gebser travelled widely in India, the Far East, and the Americas, and wrote half a dozen more books. Gebser died in Wabern bei Bern on May 14, 1973 "with a soft and knowing smile." His personal letters and publications are held at the Gebser Archives at the University of Oklahoma History of Science Collections, Norman, Oklahoma, Bizzel Libraries. Consciousness in transition Consciousness is "presence", or "being present": New Age
Home « CREAXOur Return to Interconnectedness, Oneness, and Harmony.What is interconnectedness? Interconnectedness is a concept that has been known to humans throughout history, in one form or another. Interconnectedness is a network of things that depend on each other for their existence. When things are interconnected they lack a true separation from each other, and any distinction between parts is merely for convenience of description, not an accurate representation of the truth. Where can we see interconnectedness? Oneness is nearly a synonymous concept to interconnectedness. Human beings have progressively lost their sense of oneness and interconnectedness with each other and the Earth over the last few centuries. I would argue that lack of harmony is the cause of every major problem everywhere on the Earth. Following this analogy, nature comprises the majority of the global biological orchestra of being. All this was once known to our ancestors.
Eight Perspectives On Integral Trans-Partisan PoliticsBeams and Struts employs commenting guidelines that we expect all readers to bear in mind when commenting at the site. Please take a moment to read them before posting - if you already have one. Comment Link Monday, 26 November 2012 18:32 posted by Lincoln Merchant This is awesome!!! @Kaine: You said "The solution, he seems to imply, is a structural change not only within the two-party system (which he seems to equate with democracy in this video) but into changing the legislature into more of a parliamentary system. Have you seen these short videos explaining how the winner-take-all rules of our elections systemically leads to a two-party system. This one explains a better system of voting for representative democracy: @ Kerstin: This is beautiful: Comment Link Monday, 26 November 2012 21:20 posted by Kaine DeBoer Also, both are still democracy; which Ken states is, in some fashion, part of the problem. Some thoughts on this: Win!
Sri AurobindoSri Aurobindo (Sri Ôrobindo), (15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950), born Aurobindo Ghosh, was an Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet. He joined the Indian movement for freedom from British rule, for a while became one of its influential leaders and then turned into a spiritual reformer, introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolution. During his stay in Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo evolved a new method of spiritual practice, which he called Integral Yoga. The central theme of his vision was the evolution of human life into a life divine. He believed in a spiritual realisation that not only liberated man but also transformed his nature, enabling a divine life on earth. Aurobindo was the first Indian to create a major literary corpus in English. Biography Early life Sri Aurobindo with his father Dr. Sri Aurobindo Acroyd Ghose was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal Presidency, India on 15 August 1872. England (1879–1893)
Video of Dr. Russell Ackoff Discussing Systems and PiecesOn weekends, I like to share videos or fun stuff that gets us thinking. Today, I’m sharing a video with the legendary Dr. Russell Ackoff where he’s speaking at a session moderated by Clare Crawford-Mason, the producer of the outstanding video Good News…How Hospitals Heal Themselves on Lean and systems thinking. Ackoff makes important points in the video, but he starts with one of the funnier (and unexpected) speaker openings I’ve seen: Since Ackoff was speaking at the end of a list of distinguished speakers, he said: “I feel like a pornographic movie that’s being shown to people who just engaged in sex… in short, anti-climax.” Here is the video: Some of the notes I took while watching (I’ll leave them unedited): Failures in improvement programs – comes from not making systemic improvements. If a system is taken apart, it loses its inherent properties. If you take the parts separately, the system as a whole will not be improved. Continuous improvement or dis-continuous improvement?