Integralists like to talk about first-tier, second-tier, and third-tier and place themselves and other people into these categories, but how many of them can tell you what Column they fall into? (I’m referring to the three vertical columns in the above diagram of the Nine Elements). Now I’m just teasing you integralists a little bit, since nobody has published instructions yet for categorizing people into different Columns. Let this note suggest a few of the basics. I am assuming you know something about Integral metatheory in this note, or you will be lost (sorry).
First, if you are a postmodern (Green) or basic integralist (SD Yellow, AQAL Teal) thinker, then you are Column 1. You share this distinction with folks at Infrared (Beige), Magenta (Purple), and Red. You also share this distinction with folks at Violet (Meta-Mind) in the Third Tier. What do you all have in common? Literally, there’s a Yang symbol at the second mark of your Station’s Element. An Element is a Lingua-U symbol that is two marks long. A new Tier of consciousness is emerging through YOU, immaturely and yet full of potential. It may be Yang (for the First Tier), Yin (for the Second Tier), or Yung (for the Third Tier), but don’t pride yourself on having worked out all the details of this Tier. You’re just getting off the ground, and for that you need Yang at the second mark to give you lift-off.
Second, if you are a traditionalist (Amber) or mature integralist (SD or AQAL Turquoise), then you are Column 2. Don’t laugh, it’s true! You have a lot in common. You also share this distinction with folks at Ultraviolet (Overmind or Audi-Mind) in the Third Tier. What do you all have in common? For starters, there’s a Yin symbol at the second mark of your Station’s Element. A Tier of consciousness is maturing through YOU, wisely and robustly manifesting its essential nature. It may be Yang (for the First Tier), Yin (for the Second Tier), or Yung (for the Third Tier), a station receptive to its influences and capable of parenting or nurturing another evolutionary development. The Yin energy helps you to stabilize, conserve, and embrace what’s working at this Tier.
Third, if you are a modernist (Orange) or advanced integralist (Indigo), then you are Column 3. The essence of a New Tier of consciousness is beginning to appear through you, distorting and disrupting all your previous achievements and delivering you into a new way of being in the world which is unprecedented in your experience. You also have this in common with folks at Clear Light (Supermind or Uni-Mind) in the Third Tier. As you have probably guessed by now, there’s a Yung symbol at the second mark of your Station’s Element. An entire Tier of consciousness is collapsing through YOU, closing a season of coherency with more than a bit of chaos or radical openness and excitement. It brings all the potential of the Tier to its fruition and starts a new way of organizing human life and consciousness. The Yung energy balances Yin and Yang, bringing all that has come before it into a new Unity.
Whether you are a First Column, Second Column, or Third Column thinker may be interesting and useful information, that’s why I’m telling you the way I look at these things. This isn’t simply a mainstream integral opinion; it’s a super-integral perspective derived from Third Tier insights.
I won’t tell you that your Column doesn’t matter, that they’re all the same, none better or worse than another… that would be ridiculous. I won’t tell you that Third Column is the best and First Column is the worst; that would be wrong and offensive. I believe it’s just as important as knowing your Tier, and yet no one is talking about it. What importance you give this information is up to you, given your unique View (non-integral, Integral View, or Super-Integral View). Hopefully, you are encouraged to study a bit of Integral Magic to figure out how to discern the relevance of these distinctions for yourself.