Talking About Blue Magic

integralMagic-logo-smallThe Secret Fourth Step of Initiation into the Integral Identity and Worldview

In various discussions that we have, it’s hard enough to talk about things, do we really need to take a meta-perspective in which we talk about the hidden structures of consciousness which govern the ways that we talk about things?

Not at all, if you are not inclined towards such talk and the requisite homework it entails in Integral Theory and the domains of knowledge (structuralism, psychology, systems theory, etc.) which fall into your reading list if you start taking an Integral approach.

But let’s say you really have no choice. This means that you have found that your former worldview is Green (a.k.a. postmodern or First-Tier) and you have outgrown it. In order for you to maintain some semblance of psychological equilibrium, you must discover the new identity which is emerging within you. You have read some books or followed online discussions or spoken to friends and learned a secret: you are probably Teal (a.k.a. Yellow vMEME, Integral consciousness, Strategist ego-maturity, etc.) You’re pretty sure that’s not just wishful thinking or your worst nightmare coming true.

What do you do about it? You create a To Do List. Continue reading “Talking About Blue Magic”

Hardcore Quadrant Absolutism

Zen teacher and blogger Brad Warner is generating lively discussion on his post “Racism Isn’t the Problem” published on Hardcore Zen. But does he succeed in shedding light on racism?

The post’s headline is intentionally provocative and doesn’t reveal the author’s actual beliefs, which he later says to be “Racism is real. Racism is a problem. It’s just not the root problem.”

Warner traces the crux of the problem to human nature, specifically its “pack” mentality owing to our social nature. He was brought up to be anything but racist, and even so deeply held prejudices and fears arose in him when he sat on the zen cushion.

“I wanted to deny the garbage was in there,” he writes, “but the harder I tried, the fiercer it fought back.”

He concludes, “If you want to really eradicate racism, you have to disappear completely… Racism is not the root problem. You are the root problem.”

Some commenters on the post reminded Brad that racism “refers to systemic and institutional power structures not individual prejudices. And by that definition, racism IS the problem.” (This is partly true. Good point.)

Justlui says “What’s tough about what I think Brad is saying here is that almost nobody on the planet can actually approach ending racism through emptiness. So unfortunately, Brad probably sounds crazy to most people.” (This too is partly true.)

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Meet Ken Wilber at Success 3.0

Ken-WilberAs you may know, I will soon be visiting Boulder, Colorado to attend the Success 3.0 Summit which is bringing together key thought leaders together to explore the impact that can be made by collaborating together and redefining success.

Among the folks who I am most looking forward to seeing is my friend Ken Wilber.  Owing to his health, I’m not sure whether he will appear by video or in-person, but either way is good. His bio as it appears on the site:

According to Jack Crittenden Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism, “the twenty-first century literally has three choices: Aristotle, Nietzsche, or Ken Wilber.” If you haven’t already heard of him, Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today. He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages. Ken Wilber currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and is still active as a philosopher, author, and teacher, with all of his major publications still in print.

Tony Schwartz, the president, founder, and CEO of The Energy Project, and the author of What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America, has referred to Wilber as “the most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times.” Roger Walsh M.D., Ph.D., the well-known professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy and Anthropology at UCI’s College of Medicine, believes “Ken Wilber is one of the greatest philosophers of this century and arguably the greatest theoretical psychologist of all time.” And in commenting on the scope and impact of Ken Wilber’s philosophy Mitchell Kapor, founder of Lotus Development, and the co-founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation, mentions that “After reading Wilber, it is impossible to imagine looking at the world the same way again”.

What makes Ken Wilber especially relevant in today’s world is that he is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”. As Wilber himself puts it: “I’d like to think of it as one of the first believable world philosophies…” Incorporating cultural studies, anthropology, systems theory, developmental psychology, biology, and spirituality — it has been applied in fields as diverse as ecology, sustainability, psychotherapy, psychiatry, education, business, medicine, politics, sports and art.

Wilber explains the need for an Integral Approach in the following way: In our current post-modern world, we possess an abundance of methodologies and practices belonging to a multitude of fields and knowledge traditions. What is utterly lacking however, is a coherent organization, and coordination, of all these various practices, as well as, their respective data-sets. What is needed is an approach that moves beyond this indiscriminate eclectic-pluralism, to an “Integral Methodological Pluralism”, aimed at enriching and deepening every field through an understanding of exactly how and where each one fits in relation to all the others.

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What is an authentic World Politics?

 

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In truth, there is no division between spirituality and politics that can be found in The Way Things Are. If you believe, as I do, that there is only one True Self and that every unique individual is a completely whole and infinitely valuable Unique Self which is one and the same as that Ultimate Identity, then how can there be a separation?

In an Integral view of ethics, care and justice evolve in ever expanding reach from egocentric to ethnocentric to worldcentric to kosmocentric levels. Ultimately, there is a sense of self-identification with responsibility and empathy for all sentient beings in all times and places. Thus, politics — which I define broadly as the expansion of our circle of concern to ever wider levels of embrace — is deeply wedded to our sense of self and our understanding of the nature of reality.

Spirituality and politics are distinct aspects of our human existence, but not separate ways of being. In other words, every spiritual act is also a political act, and every political act is also spiritual. But if spirituality is related as Paul Tillich formulated to our “ultimate concern,” then politics relates to concerns that individuals share with other individuals in their community.

There are family and tribal/organizational politics, there are national and international politics. And as plans in recent decades for human colonization of other worlds has demonstrated, there is even a politics of the relationship between the inhabitants of Earth and everything extraterrestrial. Politics is inescapable, no matter how apolitical one’s views.

If you scan articles written about politics by members of the World Spirituality, Integral Spirituality, or Evolutionary Spirituality communities, you may come away with the impression that most people are progressive. After all, among those in the U.S. you will frequently hear praise of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Barack Obama — all Democrats. You will hear support for remedying income inequality, addressing climate change, and legalizing same-sex marriage.

But read more closely and you will find a more complex picture.

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Mitt Romney, poor people, and creating an authentic World Politics

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Mitt Romney, American candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, always seems to be trying hard to say the right thing to get elected and inadvertently saying what he really thinks. People will be talking for months about Mitt Romney’s many flubs, including his latest remarks about poor people in a CNN interview:

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Romney told CNN. “If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.” Host Soledad O’Brien pointed out that the very poor are probably struggling too. “The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor,” Romney responded, after repeating that he would fix any holes in the safety net. “And there’s no question it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor .?.?. My focus is on middle income Americans … we have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”

via The Washington Post. This is shocking, isn’t it?

He’s concerned with the American middle class because they are struggling, but he’s not concerned with the poor because…aren’t they struggling too? Does their having a safety net mean they’re not struggling whereas the middle class is? He seems to be admitting in a backhanded sort of way that he has written poor people off as hopeless, and put them beyond the scope of government. Who can really believe that he wants to “fix” the safety net, when his policies propose cuts that would force massive cutbacks?

This is really not cool. Democrats know it’s not cool, and they also hope it’s bad politics in a post-Occupy election year. That may be true, though more Americans than they might think don’t care about the very poor either and don’t mind a politician who they can like because he who won’t give them a liberal guilt trip. But really Democrats too have sold the very poor out, if not always in policy then in messaging, aiming their sights squarely at the middle class and trying to avoid giving swing voters the impression that they are coddling welfare recipients.

I don’t think Americans actually want our politicians talk honestly about their real views of the poor, because they would rather not think about a subject that they can comfortably avoid. We want Republicans to talk about the importance of poor people lifting themselves up by their boot straps and Democrats to talk about the importance of the safety net, and maybe to give a little bit to charity, but that’s about it.

Americans want self-empowerment rhetoric from conservative and progressive alike, and what minimum safety net that can maintain the status quo without them having to take too much notice of the very poor. Where a more integral approach begins to look different is when it talks about the chief aim of ethics as protecting the health and well-being of all levels of the world’s Spiral of Life — in plain speech, ensuing that nobody gets left out of the opportunity for living healthfully and having their best chance at education and higher development.

We do this not simply because it’s a good thing, but because who we are is a We — a We that includes all beings, a We that exists in a world that denies this unity in a multitude of crazy, painful ways. Ultimately, We are concerned about the very poor because We are concerned about Us.

Read my reviews of Ken Wilber’s The Integral Vision and “Integral Politics” (from The Many Faces of Terrorism)

The Integral Vision-(Credit: InnerSelf)

As an expression of my desire to build bridges between an often insular Integral community and mainstream discourse, I’ve contributed nearly a dozen articles to the OpEdNews.com progressive website over the past three years.

If you want to express your support for this effort to bring Integral perspectives into wider circulation, visit my author page and become a fan.

One of the articles I published to OpEdNews.com in 2007 exclusively appears on the site, a review of two works by Ken Wilber. Here’s an excerpt:

Review: Ken Wilber. The Integral Vision: A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and Everything. Shambhala. August 2007.

Review: Ken Wilber. “Integral Politics: A Summary of Its Essential Ingredients”, excerpt from Book Two of the forthcoming Many Faces of Terrorism trilogy. www.kenwilber.com. April 2007.

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” — Winston Churchill

Ken Wilber would probably agree with Churchill’s famous dictum. He would catalog the failures of anarchism, monarchy, republicanism, aristocracy, socialism, communism, and all other forms of government. Then he would add to them the failures of liberalism, conservativism, and democracy. All these political movements create a “fragmented, broken, partial, tortured mess of political chaos.” None are integral enough.

What does it mean to say that every political system and movement in history is tortured? What alternative is there, if even democracy is a sorry mess? What does integral mean? And who is this Ken Wilber, anyways?

The last question is the easiest answered. Wilber is a prolific author of more than twenty books of psychological theory and philosophy. He’s one of the most widely translated authors in the world today, and his influence extends from leading mystics and teachers of Enlightenment to the world of former presidents and vice presidents (Bill Clinton and Al Gore have praised his books).

Now Wilber is writing a treatise on politics called The Many Faces of Terrorism. According to kenwilber.com, the treatise “is actually a trilogy of books … with each book, to be published separately, being around 450 pages long.” The excerpt “Integral Politics” outlines an Integral Political Theory and has already been made available in draft form through Wilber’s blog.

The terrorism trilogy is premised on a political theory that gives prominence to four major scales, not all of which are included in mainstream politics. The four: the tension between externalist and internalist views of the causes of human suffering; translative or transformative approaches to the nature of change; the role given to individual versus community or collective; and something called altitude. The first three scales are fairly self-explanatory and familiar to most students of political theory; however, Wilber’s theory may be the first in history to accommodate the relative altitude in which various political movements are grounded.

Altitude refers to a stage of human development, either individual or collective. Basically Wilber is arguing that the reason there is so much wrong about politics is that current thinking is too partial and limited. He points out that various political movements are based on a spectrum of developmental stages. Lower rungs on the ladder are fraught with pathologies of egocentrism. Middle rungs succumb to pathologies of ethnocentrism. And — yes — even the higher rungs are cursed with pathologies of their own. Any political theory that wants to connect to reality will need to pay attention to the different stages of development that support all political movements, according to Wilber.

In the Integral Political Theory, the fundamental conflict in American politics today is not between Democrats and Republicans or progressives and conservatives (those categories blur critical distinctions and can’t account for the diversity of actual political thought). Instead, Wilber sees the most central conflict as that between internalists and externalists. Internalists see the cause of suffering in the self’s motivations, values, and human nature whereas externalists see the cause of problems in forces external to the self. The Right blames you for your own misery, whereas the Left blames other people.

Integral Politics rejects the partial distinctions of Right and Left in favor of a more complex analysis. The first step in such an analysis is to index or catalog very political system in history, and then identify its ingredients according to a comprehensive map of consciousness: the integral map. And what, pray tell, is the integral map?

It’s a model called AQAL (short for “all quadrants, all levels”). As Wilber envisions AQAL, it is the most revolutionary philosophy today because it’s probably the first in human history to take advantage of all known cross-cultural research into human evolution in personal, cultural, and social domains.

The Integral Vision (Shambhala, 2007) is Wilber’s most recent effort at presenting the AQAL model to a fresh audience in relatively simple (but not overly simplistic) terms. In just over 200 pages of a 7 by 5.7 inch, full color book filled with beautiful art and helpful illustrations. The AQAL model is introduced in five short chapters, with a sixth discussing a practical application called “integral life practice”. A seventh chapter is a guided tour through a spiritual practice called a “Witnessing meditation”. …

The rest of my review of these two works by Ken Wilber can be found in “Beyond Liberal, Left, and Progressive: An Inclusive and Revolutionary Politics for Tomorrow” published on OpEdNews.com on August 2, 2007.

How do you explain “Integral” in 90 words or less? Here’s my best effort so far.

From this blog’s new “What is Integral?” page:

Integral is an approach to life which seeks a full-hearted embrace of existence and unconditional surrender to the passionate reality behind the reconciliation of all polarities, however we conceive that reality. An Integral worldview values the development of human potential in all dimensions, individually and in communities. We embrace vocations of playful creativity, enlightened authenticity, deep inner healing, and engaged service to others and the planet. Our ultimate goal is the liberation of all sentient beings into the most richly enlivened and radically illumined possibilities for being in the world.

I’d love to hear from you. How would you put it differently? Any suggestions? Go to the “What is Integral?” page to leave your views in the comment boxes.

6 ways to make blogging into a labor of love

Nowadays there is so much information about how to write a blog and establish a personal brand, do’s and don’ts and clever tips and tricks. Much of the advice is focused on technique: how to optimize your posts with keywords for search engines, how to use RTs on Twitter, how to improve your Google PageRank, and so on. But there’s less attention given to what it is that blogging is and can be: a life practice of love in action.

The truth about blogging is that unless you do it professionally it’s going to be largely a labor of love. Don’t do it because you think it’s an easy road to riches or fame. And be careful what you wish for: many successful bloggers find themselves “chained to a beast” that must constantly be fed with human blood.

So let the guidelines of love itself be principles upon which you establish your writing practice. How would you feel if you were in an intimate relationship with someone who was present only inconsistently, someone who was just “too much” to be around for very long, someone who was bitter and cynical, or lost and confused all the time? When you’re writing a blog or reading a blog, you’re in a relationship for better or worse.

Because you bring the pitfalls and rewards of relationship into the game with you, you best bring your best and fullest self forward. Here are six ideas for starters:

1. Blog consistently

Find a routine that works for you, just so long as it helps you to establish a pattern of expectations for your readers. Most of the time, the more is better. If consistency is difficult for you — as it inevitably will be from time to time — let the blogging be a practice of love. Show up, even when it isn’t pretty.

2. Stop blogging when it gets in the way

If you’re on a creative streak and find it difficult to stop writing, remember the first rule about consistency. Don’t overwhelm your readers with more than they can chew. Don’t send out a deluge of tweets right in a row (space them out over time). Post or publish just enough to keep to a consistent level, and hold on to the rest. You can publish it later, and giving yourself time to reflect on it further will probably improve your writing.

3. It’s okay to take time off

If you’ve got more important things to do than write, by all means take a break. You might discover that you need a break if your writing gets crass, cranky, or crappy. But not if you’re just making excuses to avoid writing through a creative blockage (then the situation will probably not get any better). If you’ve got a blog with regular readers, tell them what you’re up to. They’ll understand.

4. Keep your highest purpose in mind

It’s easy to get distracted by the minutiae of building a personal brand or professional identity: blogs, Facebook, Twitter, commenting on other blogs, speaking engagements, networking meeetings, and so on. It can feel overwhelming at times unless you remember that you’re not doing something artificial. Everything you do ought to flow naturally from your core purpose and established identity at the highest level of your awareness.

5. Learn from how you’ve evolved

I’ve been spending time every day going through the archives of this blog to tag and categorize posts. When the work isn’t a librarian’s nightmare, it’s genuinely therapeutic. Seeing your diary entries from 3, 5, or 7 years ago is rough! Sometimes I’ve laughed and sometimes I’ve cried. Mostly I’ve just taken a deep breath, accepted my path of evolution as a masterpiece in its own way, and moved on. I can take what I’ve learned about my past to make my future work more dynamic, interesting, and original.

6. It’s about relationships

Nobody is interested in people who are constantly promoting themselves and selling something. The point of paying attention to personal branding is in communicating authentically and allowing the magic of love and compassion and the mysterious forces of the universe do their thing. Give away as much as you can, help as many people as you can, show interest in others and pay favors forward, because that’s an expression of who you are.

What is blogging integrally?

Blogging integrally is about more than marketing your products, expressing your feelings, or ranting about things you hate. It’s about more than sharing links and excerpts from bloggers and journalists who you project to be more brilliant than you. It’s about being yourself together with others, and bringing more of yourself into your writing all the time.

“Integral” means “whole” and “complete.” It’s about not leaving integral parts of yourself out of the picture. It’s about not leaving integral parts of the world out of sight. And it’s about bringing a perspective that’s a bit wider and more comprehensive than you’re comfortable with, because that’s how you stay at your personal edge.

This is what I think an integral approach to blogging looks like, and how I’ll be guiding Awake, Alive & Aware once it gets fully off the ground. I’m learning more all the time. What do you think integral blogging is?

Changing dysfunctional economies and dysfunctional careers

Joe Biden recently said, “I’ve never seen an economy this dysfunctional.”

National and state unemployment figures show some signs of stabilizing, but holding steady at an alarmingly high level is not encouraging news. Some career professionals believe that they have to avoid frank talk of facts and figures about the job market, unemployment rates, and the “r” word. Many coaches won’t discuss the realities “out there,” because they think individuals are powerless to change the recession. But what if they’re wrong?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, looking truthfully at the macro-economic environment can be empowering in multiple ways… if one understands that by working together individuals can create changes that have ripple effects in direct ways that change lives.

For example, an unemployed factory worker who understands the dynamics of the changing economy and believes that she can make a difference will get retrained with skills in a thriving industry and demand political action from Washington to create the sort of economically stimulating and progressive policies that can allow that to happen. But a cynic in the same boat could lash out indiscriminately towards political incumbents, reaching for a convenient scapegoat. Or they might join a reactionary political movement. They might even tell pollsters that they have given up on hope.

A dysfunctional economy creates dysfunctional careers and dysfunctions in the human spirit. A truly empowering and integral approach to career coaching begins by embracing the possibilities for transformation in all areas: self, culture, and society.

The Integral Christian and the Four Quadrants

 

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Note: Re-post from my now-defunct blog, Until, on April 21, 2007. Updated final paragraphs on the Quadrants and sacred time.

Whether we are talking about the vicissitudes of our emotional life, the history of our country, words in the Bible, sacraments at the altar, or any other thing, there are four fundamental perspectives we can take. They encompass everything we want to talk about.

Four Prime Perspectives

The integral Christian embraces four primary angles, called the Four Quadrants, as primordial or foundational. These angles are the “A” in the acronym “STEAM”, which is useful for remembering the essential ingredients of an integral approach (S = structures, T = types, E = experiences, A = angles, M = modes).

As Christians, we can choose to symbolize the quadrants as the sections of a whole divided by the Cross. This way of looking gives our traditional religious symbol a new spin. The symbol of the brokenness of the world, the location upon which God’s ambassador is crucified, also denotes the brokenness of ordinary reality into fragmented perspective. Nothing in the world as we commonly know it is wholly whole.

Of course, there are many more perspectives we could take, not just four–an infinite number! (Not to mention that taking a perspective is just part of recognizing what it means to be a human being. It is not a specifically Christian affair.) But the four perspectives that are called the upper-left, upper-right, lower-left, and lower-right describe human nature and destiny in a satisfyingly comprehensive quadratic embrace that resonates with our Christian symbolism.

The integral Christian strives to take into account, at the very least, four fundamental perspectives, in order to better operate in the world and understand God’s will. These points of view do not need to always be consciously recognized in every act (that would be absurd). But over the course of time, we can’t afford to leave any of these vantage points out.

The upper-left quadrant: our physiological sensations, emotional states, the sense of who we are, our memories, and states of spiritual awareness. This is the perspective in which the person encounters the soul, and through the soul, our personal relationship with God.

We look inward and ask, “Who am I in body, mind, soul, and spirit?” The answer is found through the discoveries of our conscious awareness, the preconscious shadow, and that which is beyond any individual person’s awareness.

Introspection, meditation such as centering prayer, and individual prayer and shadow work is useful for exploring this territory. Freud’s dreamwork, Teresa of Avila’s mysticism, and Saint Augustine’s confessions do not share the same understanding of sex and spirituality! But each of these persons, and many more, have navigated the inner domains of knowing and being.

The upper-right quadrant: look at detached, objective data about yourself, the brain, and the entire organism. This is the perspective in which the person looks for objective information about the individual self or any other individual thing.

We look at the world and ask, “What facts do I know about the nature of a human being?” The answer is found through objectivity, especially the scientific method by means of the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Also included in the answer are data found by expanding the reach of the senses with microscopes, telescopes, and such.

Biology (including the neurosciences) is one useful methodology for exploring this territory about human beings. Cognitive science and neuropsychology take two different roads into researching consciousness. But their investigations into subjectivity each offer an approach to the territory of without.

The lower-left quadrant: look at the impact on others and how the boundaries of your decision are determined by interpersonal and cultural contexts beyond your control; cultural constructs; theologies, philosophies, and world views that we are not entirely aware of.

We look at the world and ask, “How do I know anything at all about myself, the world, and God? How shall I live?” The answer is encountered via intersubjective inquiries and responses (that is, relationships to others and our art, literature, and worldviews). Ultimately, the question is answered by our I-Thou relationship with God.

Hermeneutics (the science of interpretation), structuralism, poststructuralism, philosophy, and theology, are the major disciplines of knowledge used for investigating this domain. In Carl Jung’s psychology, for example, his understanding of mythic archetypes in the collective unconscious is probably best located in this area. Another view of the lower-left is Michel Foucault’s understanding that culture dictates power relationships through a complex system of controls for defining “normal” and “abnormal”.

The lower-right quadrant: look at your functioning as an agent in a wider system of concrete interlocking, social forces, economic structures, police and military institutions.

We look at the world and ask, “How do we all relate to each other objectively and to nature?” The answer is encountered via social scientific research into human societies, religions, and economic forces that attempts to be grounded in an objective science.

Anthropology and sociology are the major ways of investigating problems in this area. Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Talcott Parsons take widely divergent looks into religion and society, but each were making maps of this domain. More contemporary sociological researchers including Peter Berger and Robert Bellah have also looked at this part of life.

Within each quadrant, there are fascinating and sometimes radical and disturbing differences of opinion. But the main point remains unobscured: there are four fundamental perspectives for traversing the roads to everywhere, and integral philosophers seek to map the terrain.

Philosopher and psychological theorist Ken Wilber has made a profound contribution to the theoretical study of the four quadrants in his many books such as Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World (Integral Books/Shambhala, 2006).

Thinkers and researchers in a wide variety of disciplines have applied the four quadrants to their areas of expertise. Many of these thinkers (and their essays and books) can be found at Integral Institute, Integrative Spirituality, or ARINA.

The integral Christian is committed to the outlook that all four quadrants offer important insights into human nature and destiny. We cannot understand ourselves adequately without taking, at least, these four basic perspectives. At the very least, our worldviews are enriched and made more comprehensive by including perspectives that we would otherwise ignore. And our view of God must also accomodate each of these domains.

God and the Four Quadrants

Where is God in the four quadrants? God is everywhere; God includes and transcends each of the domains. In Jesus Christ’s proclamation of the Kingdom of God (or the Reign of Heaven), we can also find the gospel message includes each of the four perspectives. According to The New Testament, the Reign of Heaven…

• Liberates eternally the renews the body, mind, soul, and spirit of every person who accepts the gospel. Salvation is offered for the whole person, not only one aspect of a person’s identity (upper-left and upper-right quadrants)

• Enfranchises and heals the poor, the meek, and the oppressed. All who suffer will find redemption from their suffering. In the end of days, God will create a new Heaven and a new Earth (lower-left and lower-right quadrants)

The integral Christian is committed to the gospel teaching of hope for the soul’s eternal realization, healing of body and mind for every member of the Body of Christ. Salvation is for the whole person; the whole world; the whole kosmos; or it is for nothing at all.

The integral Christian is committed to evangelizing the gospel in all four prime domains of human nature, and we take other perspectives as well. It’s true that there are many different ways of looking at the good news of the gospel proclamation, but the word of Christ is always good.

The Quadrants and The Kalendar

Each of the four quadrants are represented as days on the Kalendar, an integral map in which the Kosmic coordinates of spiritual evolution are described as sacred time. The first day of every week is Half Sun, representing the upper-left quadrant (subjective individual); the second day, Full Sun, representing the upper-right (objective individual); the fourth day, Half Moon, representing the lower-right (objective collective); the fifth day, Full Moon, representing the lower-left (subjective collective).

Sun Moon, third day of each week, is the holiest day of the week from an intrinsic perspective. This day represents the aspiration, possibility, and experience of aperspecitval nonduality: the view from nowhere and everywhere.