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.
- Step #1. Like a patient confronting a perplexing diagnosis you must identify all the competing strands of your identity — labeling them with their proper evolutionary coordinates within your psyche — and correlate them with the competing strands of the socio-cultural milieu in which you find yourself.
- Step #2. Now you must re-tell your life story in a way which does justice to your growing realization that nature follows certain holarchies of existence which enfold each other in a spiralling fashion. (This author literally wrote an autobiography. Your mileage may vary.) You must own what you have disowned within you, lift it up to the light, and figure out what you believe and know to be true. You look at your home, your neighborhood, your city, and your nation as having greater depth and interiority than you ever knew possible.
- Step #3. You are now aware of developmental levels which you haven’t experienced (these may go by the names of Turquoise, Indigo, Violet, Ultraviolet, and even Clear Light), so you must find a new orientation to the future. The world too progresses through somewhat predictable patterns or stages of evolution, so naturally you begin to look into our collective future with new vision.
As if all this weren’t enough, I am now going to ask you to take one additional step. I’ll take the liberty as the author to call this Step #4, though in reality it hasn’t been taught this way in the past. But there’s always the future to consider, so as of today there is a Step #4 in my vision.
- Step #4. You are now aware that the previous three steps in your journey are all part of a process of the emergence of Blue Magic. Something has magically transformed your sense of self, your worldview, your relations with everything around you, even your relationship with time and space. Your old worldview hit a wall it could not pass, but you nevertheless climbed over it to a new spaciousness. A landscape of Teal, Turquoise, and Indigo are arrayed before you in glorious mysteriousness as beckoning adventure yards.
Blue Magic isn’t voodoo. It’s a discovery of wonderment and wholeness and evolution all bundled together in a neat package. It’s complexity wrapped up as a birthday present for your Self and it doesn’t look so scary. It’s an opening to new friendships and relationships. It’s an opening of new books and retreats and workshops and communities … even a global collective of somewhat like-minded individuals.
You may wonder how Blue Magic works and how it is similar to other notions of magic, but somehow you sense that the time is not right to pull back the veil on that topic. There’s a whole world of new things to explore when you have left a postmodern identity for a post-postmodern one, and you don’t need to move so quickly.
You have passed the initiation. You have the right to call yourself “Integral” or “Post-Postmodern” or “Meta-Modern”. Stick to one or more of those three labels, and don’t try to be preciously different. Don’t worry if that feels arrogant or pompous or weird or rigid at first. It’s supposed to. You have to inhabit these labels before you can shirk them off. Buy the T-shirt and wear it until you outgrow it.
You hear a suggestion from a Magician in a Violet robe that it’s not the best time to peel back every layer of the onion. You intuitively sense that there’s both a reality and a non-reality to your new identity, and that Magician has encountered that non-reality and overcome it somehow. You don’t care how at the moment, you’re just a wee bit happy to know you have permission to be “magical”.
You read some Integral books and scan the indexes for the word “magic”. It’s hardly ever found. Huh, weird, right? But then you find it! OMG. It’s right there in the Integral dictionary defined as superstition, animism, associated with pre-scientific thinking and the pre- in the pre-trans fallacy. You start to wonder if these authors have lost touch with their childhood in some unfortunate way. You start to wonder if maybe they are excluding Indigenous spirituality in some painful and twisted way that isn’t good. You learn that Blue Magic tells us that Magic is both a Science and an Art, and so it can’t possibly be merely pre-rational. That doesn’t make any sense at all.
You are told that Aleister Crowley, a famous/notorious Violet Magician said, “Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one’s conditions. It is the Art of applying that understanding in action.” That sounds reasonable enough for now.
Now you know it’s okay to work Blue Magic, dressing your life story and the world around you in a holarchical schema of colors and developmental labels, dividing realities into quadrants and zones and types and lines and much more. You know now it’s not oppressive to do so, it’s very much healthy and appropriate for you. The world needs the magic you have to bring.
It’s your time to be the best Blue Magician you can be, mastering the Integral Theory and Practice that is necessary for this awesome task. Enjoy yourself.