The Nine Elements diagram illustrates a core foundation of the Integral Universal Framework. Each Element is correlated to one of the Kalendar’s nine months as well as the Nine Stations of Lingua-U.
The Element of Space
Vowel: E as in BANG
Station: One (1st Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 8
A primordial energy which is initiatory, active, and near-high. It breaks, separates, grates, divides. Brahman, the principle of Ultimate Reality, is rooted at this Element. It is linked to the experiences of symbiotic consciousness, perspective-taking, and vying for survival. The quest for personal power including the creation and manipulation of polarity is rooted at this station. Prana appears at its height at the Throne of Agency, pouring power into restrained, proper channels to produce presence, prayer, and prajna (inner knowledge). Volving — a magical and mysterious process at the root of the evolution of nature and the involution of the divine — is the ultimate agenda.
The Elements of Wind & Fire
Vowel: I as in WITHIN
Station: Two (2nd Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 1
An elementary aspect of the Universe’s own interiority ranging from the proto-consciousness of physical matter, thunder and lightening, to the thinking power of a philosopher. This element is founded on friction and transmutation of fear into forceful energy. The satisfaction of inner needs for food and friendship and overcoming illness are foregrounded. Wind and Fire are linked to faith, fundamental-focused thoughts, and introspection. They begin with a magical unity of Fire and Ice and proceed in the ways of Form to arrive at a powerful form of Illumination which is one of the hidden faces of the divine.
The Element of Wood
Vowel: OO as in SHOULD
Station: Three (3rd Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 6
An energy arising as consciousness begins to settle in sentient forms which become aware of the dignities, detriments, and duties of their nature. Its impulse is to differentiate and develop into unique directions, grounded in a dyadic relationship to the divine (which may appear as deities, devas, devils, demons, daemons, and so forth). Its essence is firstly moral — seeking decency and deliverance from debts (sins or karma) through Dharma (right-action). Secondly, the essence of Wood is to tend or cultivate the natural world, giving rise to techniques of agriculture, tools, and technology.
The Element of Air
Vowel: EH as in ENERGY
Station: Four (4th Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 3
The element’s tasks are Eros-driven, especially intellectual and sexual pursuits. This element seeks success and satisfaction, but not by gaining control over the natural world. Instead, its focus is firstly on self-cutivation; secondly, on deconstructing and shunting the shadows and shame that arise in social sources such as the ethos of a land. When these two things are accomplished, the result is the opening of Air to shambhala, the spiritual warrior, and the discovery of blissful emptiness. Emptiness is followed by the evolutionary drive to enfold the social and self-related structures of being back into the self and outer world.
The Element of Earth
Vowel: UH as in SUN
Station: Five (5th Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 5
The Yin-Yin element is the ultimate connector and communicator between all the other elements in the Kosmos. At its core is the Throne of Communion itself, the centerpoint in which the Earth’s ecology and human economics drive the collective activities of the world’s cultures and communities. Calendars organize the attention of humankind and specify obligations to the powers of the Universe. All activities are ruled by concerns of the world’s governments, entities which focus human striving in goal-oriented directions. The invisible powers of Gunas (subtle energies) and God or Gods are foregrounded at this station. They ground, guide, guard, and serve as gurus for the growth of Goodness. The Earth’s deepest activity of all is the task of qualifying the competing demands for resources, alleviating suffering, and producing quality.
The Element of Ocean
Vowel: O as in OPEN
Station: Six (6th Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 7
The energy of the Ocean extends the project of the Earth to produce exceptional individuals and species which can advance the overall quality of life for all beings who flourish under Evolution’s auspices. It is ruled by dark and hidden processes that defy common sense and conventional views: extrasensory perceptions, extraordinary voyages in astral dimensions, spiritual communications and exorcisms, cultivation of ch’i energy, healing and maximizing the chakras, contact with jinn (angels and demons), and communing with omphalos and oracles. As the work of extraordinary spiritual realizers comes into conflict with the jurisprudence of societies, jeopardy may arise for mystics at this station. The work of this element culminates in a quest for justice, Goddess-like consciousness, and for celebration of Olympian caliber talent in the community.
The Element of Galaxy
Vowel: AE as in ACTIVE
Station: Seven (7th Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 4
Galaxy is an active, expansive, and near-open energy. In its initiatory phase, it is mixing, combining, and melding individual objects into mosaics and meshworks. If sufficiently complex, Galaxy creates maps and atlases of potential arrangements of mental and physical happenings. On a ground scale, Yung-Yang energy infuses meta-theoretical constructions of astonishing complexity. In its negative phase, this energy negates previous efforts at making meaning in favor of awareness of the always-new, always-now, always-active flux of nature. Gnosis is rooted at this station as an expression of the Divine Light. As this energy begins to transform, its negativity is combines with a return to the Ground of Nature. This is accomplished through embracing sacred meanings rooted in cross-cultural symbols, especially awareness of linguistic signs and usages.
The Element of Vowel
Vowel: AU as in MOUTH
Station: Eight (8th Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 9
The energy of Yung-Yin starts active and outward-bound and terminates with a closing, deepening motion. It is rooted in the Way (Tao), the so-called “causal floor” which initiates the phenomena of witnessing, worship, and perceptions of oneness. Powerful and outgoing, Yung-Yin manifests with a warrior’s consciousness and an ambition that can stretch across the world. In its negative phase, it begins to ascend hiearchically or holarchically to new heights from which it can apprehend a greater wholeness than it has ever before realized. Hubris and humility are the twin pillars describing these realizations. At last, the bewildering journey reaches the point of whirling into ethereal heighs which give perceptions of past, present, and future — here, heaven, and hell — as a complex, wheel-like unity.
The Element of Stars
Vowel: AA as in GOD
Station: Nine (9th Person Perspective)
Lo Shu Number: 2
In a sense, Stars respond to all the other energy waves of the Nine Elements and complete them. That which is missing is added; that which needs attunement is attuned; that which requires realignment is realigned. Its initiatory phase is regressive: returning within itself and other elements to find what needs to be done to restore harmony, beauty, and righteousness. The ethereal heights of Vowel are surrendered abruptly to harsh realities and the compromises necessitated by religion. Worldly success is by no means assured, but the Atman with its nondual realization is grounded here. Emanating from Atman is the negative phase of this element: Light, Love, and Law. As Atman and Law reach a splendid unified perception, nonduality itself fades away. Rising at last is a mode of being grounded in ternary Unitive principles of Yang, Yin, and Yung … put into being through a Yoga which is “nonternary”, spinning like a Yo-Yo into a virtually tetratic consciousness. Art is rooted at this near-final phase of the element, merging with Archetypes to generate the preconditions for the perpetuation of new life. Ultimately, Allah-consciousness crowns the Seat of Outwardness in this element’s climax. The penultimate sense is a sort of marriage of Universe, Yaga (goddess), and Yahweh (god) as the year slips into the Yule.
Art Credit: Joe Perez