As you may know by now, although most integral thinkers focus on stages or structures or levels, I have increasingly focused on Stations instead. (The capital letter is meant to indicate that I use this term in a unique way, as a component of the Integral Magic (IM) system, to protect against misunderstandings.)
In IM, the Station may be viewed as either a stage/structure or a type. For example, Station Five corresponds to both the 5th-person-perspective in the grammar of Lingua-U as well as AQAL Integral theory, AND it corresponds to Enneagram Type 5, depending on how you are looking at it.
I think Stations are real. Yes, they’re part of a constructed system as I have come to understand them, but they refer to real human phenomena. Much of their magic in IM comes from the clustering phenomena in phonosemantics, that process whereby words with similar connotations or sound-meanings associate together. Other semantical processes also contribute to their strange workings, which seem like magic when it’s studied at length.
I am deepening my understanding of HOW Stations are able to represent both structures and types. The obvious answer is that they are “energy centers” of some kind; this vague answer would be readily accepted by esoteric thinkers because it’s the way thinkers have usually talked about similar ideas. So pocket that answer for now and consider something more precise.
According to the Ngoongon (meta-mind fables), Stations are basically a Shuttering of Shakti (energy, especially feminine energy) into Stable forms through an Evolutionary process. The STEI- sound gives them a stable form and the -SHUN sound unifies the SHUT- and the SHUK- principles. The ST- phoneme at the start of Station is identical to the EV- phoneme of Evolution in the Gematria of Lingua-U. Thus, the concept of the Station describes ways that evolution produces stabilized posts which trap Shakti energy in predictable ways.
When the Shakti energy travels in predictable channels in the human personality, the result is the types observed by psychologists, stable forms of the personality with predictable features. From the IM perspective, there are 27 types (9 major types with 3 variations each), corresponding to the Enneagram types and wings. This is the “horizontal” view.
And from the “vertical” view, eventually the Shakti accumulates in a range of stable patterns of mind which organize the formation of identity, cognition, values, and spirituality. Developmental scientists who have studied this phenomenon usually look at only one area at a time, thus leading to the notion that there are multiple “lines” of intelligence which develop somewhat independently. There is some truth to this, but the broader pattern ought not be overlooked: structures form which help us to form our mental worldviews, and by knowing these structures we can better navigate our challenges in the world. (Some of you may want to read what I’ve just said as: “I’m talking about the Mind line now.”)
Integralists are familiar with this concept, so I won’t elaborate on it at this time. But I will describe the names that I am using for the nine primal structures of the Nine Stations of Lingua-U. These are:
- Protective-Mind (Infrared, Magenta, Red), including the Ei, B, P, and V
- Formal-Mind (Amber), including the I, F, Th, and Dh
- Diligent-Mind (Orange), including the Oo, D, T, and Z
- Systemic-Mind (Green, Teal) including the Eh, S, Sh, and Zh
- Global-Mind (Turquoise) including Uh, G, K, and Q
- Over-Mind (Indigo) including the O, X, Ch, and J
- Meta-Mind (Violet) including the Ae, M, N, and Ng
- Audi-Mind (Ultraviolet) including the Au, W, H, and Wh
- Uni-Mind (Clear Light) including the Aa, R, L, and Y
As you can see, the sound-symbols of these nine labels correspond to the letters at that Station. This is by design. This is important to the process by which the names of these nine structures, associated with the Nine Stations, begin to serve as mantras which help Integralists to access the Shakti at each of the Nine Stations in order to unlock its potential for healing, shadow work, growth, evolution, enlightenment, and reforming the world.
Because IM and AQAL use both color terms and structure labels in different and potentially confusing ways, it will be necessary to be careful in casual speech and written texts. Perhaps the greatest potential for confusion lies in the different ways the models use colors, for instance with AQAL’s Green and Teal both corresponding to IM’s Month of the Golden Egg. In IM, the Month of the Green Bowl actually refers to the para-mind or Indigo altitude. Additionally, AQAL uses Overmind (formerly causal) to describe the Ultraviolet altitude, but in IM the term Over-Mind will be used for Station Six, which is otherwise known as the para-mind (formerly psychic). I have tried to keep such oddities to the minimum, but overall I have had other concerns regarding the artistry of these names that took precedence over the benefit of matching to existing Integral models.
Henceforward, I will increasingly deprecate my use of the existing Spiral Dynamics vMEME labels and AQAL altitude labels to avoid confusion. Whenever possible, I will use these nine labels, with Systemic-Mind substituting for Green and Teal and Global-Mind substituting for Turquoise.
For comparison’s sake, you can see how these labels align (or don’t align) with the model of AQAL Integral theorist Ken Wilber (below):