Since one of the most common ways of talking about the spiritual movement that I am part of is to call ourselves “evolutionaries”, it seems fitting to at least briefly address the question of what makes us who we are. But first, I need to explain a bit of the artistic context of my remarks.
One of the artworks which gives Lingua-U its most beautiful expression is the Integral Nonagon (or just plain Nonagon), an update of the old Enneagram design to synergize with the underlying numerological and phonosemantics-aware worldview of the unitive metalanguage. Like the Enneagram, the Nonagon is a 9-pointed and 9-sided figure with each point corresponding to one major number with a description and additional auxiliary descriptions.
The Nonagon uses the term “Archetype”* to describe the following: each of the numbers 1-9; each of 9 descriptions for the numbers (called major archetypes); and each of three sub-descriptions pointing to the beginning, middle, and end of the area (called minor archetypes). For the time between April 22 and June 1, the Month of the Golden Egg, the corresponding number is 4 and the major archetype is The Evolutionary. The Evolutionary encompasses three minor archetypes: The Soulful One, The Polisher, and The Visionary.
Of course, the artworks themselves do not expound a particular philosophical position; however, they offer the essence of a cosmology which steer my reflections to particular philosophical and theological conclusions. Thus, when I speak of “The Evolutionary”, I am not really talking about a stage in human psychological development that has been defined and researched by scientists looking at empirical data. Such research has informed my cosmological reflections, but it has not constrained it.
My project is grounded in the belief that worldview-enacting art such as mine represents a post-dualistic spiritual perspective: it shapes how we look at The Real and thereby has the potential to disclose the evolving transcendent in the immanent, the emergent universal in the manifest. When I point to “The Evolutionary”, and say: “This is what I see”, take this as an artist’s effort to make the most compelling and truthful vision he can based on very subtle story-making techniques.
You are not compelled to accept my interpretation of the subtle phenomena as the final word, of course, nor are you encouraged to disregard empirical data. By combining visionary art and hard-nosed research into consciousness we can arrive at something beautiful as well as truthful. Good worldview-enacting art will not simply repeat what developmental psychologists or integral map-makers have already told you; it will disclose something surprising and wonderful.
Now, let us return to the topic: Who is The Evolutionary? In the Nonagon, the number 4 and the minor archetypes of The Soulful One (4w3), The Polisher (4m), and The Visionary (4w5). In the New Klock, 8 AM to 10:40 AM. In The Kalendar, The Evolutionary spans the first third of the Season of Yin; The Month of the Golden Egg ranging from the Throne of Evolution to the Throne of Eros. In Lingua-U, The Evolutionary spans the phoneme /eh/ as in “egg” as well as the consonants /s/ as in “sea”, /sh/ as in “shell”, and /zh/ as in “pleasure”. In AQAL, the 4th-person-perspective up to 5th person-perspective (corresponding to the Green and Teal altitudes).
Whoever The Evolutionary is, she or he is beginning a whole new season of change processes. As I have previously said, the Archetype may represent a new paradigm for human sapience and self-hood with the potential to rewrite the source code of everything prior in existence. It embodies the story of evolution’s rise to full consciousness of itself from a self-protective crouch at the start to an orgasmic leap into aesthetics and sexuality at the end.
The essence of The Evolutionary is the dialectical movement from each one of its minor archetypes to the others. Beginning at the archetype of The Soulful One, this type has a moody and soulful disposition, possibly saturnine or sad, stressed or sick, closely aware of samsara (suffering) and therefore inclined towards spirituality, seeking, and satori or salvation. At the same time, the type is deeply intellectual, possessing a bent towards scientific knowledge and evidence-seeking explorations (not quite yet a philosophical empiricist — that comes easily for The Visionary — but more of a straightener of the subtle/mental world through strength and sweat). Ultimately, The Soulful One’s journey through psychological awareness culminates either in solitude or solidarity, sorrow or suras (the discovery of transcendental, scriptural comfort).
The Soulful One’s sojourn is tracked by a parallel minor archetype, The Polisher. (This type doesn’t necessarily reflect a new chronological stage, but a co-arising dimension of The Evolutionary.) The Polisher makes the self and society “smooth and shiny” by rubbing it — that is, by creating stresses and movements that enact a transformation in a collective ethos and ethical sensibility based on the principle of equitability and sharing. Deconstruction is part of this process, but so is construction, depending on the needs that are arising. Shiva is known as The Destroyer of Worlds, it is true, but he is also recognized as a Benefactor (for his creative dissipation, clearing away what needs to be removed so growth can happen). Working with immanent spirituality — shakti energy or the goddess archetype (Shekinah in Hebrew) may play an important role in effecting transformations/shunting of energy. The Polisher shoulders the burden of rearranging the world so that the self and society are in harmony, not an easy task! The process culminates in either a shattered, shadowy and shanty-like world, impoverished and corrupted, or shocking shunyata (emptiness) and education, light from the inner mind reaching into the outer world. Smooth and shiny indeed!
The Polisher’s shrewd maneuvering having come to an end, the archetype of The Visionary appears at last. The shininess of shunyata erupts into a unifying emanation of empathy in the form of a zhoosh-filled emptiness. At ten o’clock precisely, enlight-ten-ment appears on The Klock. The ten o’clock hour continues with rising warmth and light, leading to conscious awareness of the delicate, enfolded nature of reality. Layers are seen folded into other layers so carefully that even the slightest sloppiness can ruin the master design. Visions point the way to treasures of the soul and spirit, their desires for luxuries/riches and pleasures coming at last to fruition, at least in the ethereal plane if not the material one. An ordinary egg will not do for The Visionary; the essence of life must be made gold with the brightness of the mind, spirit, and sex. Individual and society are interlinked in The Visionary’s consciousness to an extent not seen since the final days of The Brown Sword under the pantheon at the Throne of Zeus, but now the sights are fixed not only on the self and its communities, but to wide-open contexts and challenges that it never before considered. Time itself, once perceived strictly in a linear fashion, begins to be seen as both cyclical and evolutionary, an indispensable insight that eventually leads to the emergence of the arising of the 5th-person-perspective. The teal/duck brood swims in a row, with similar efficiency as it found in its earlier days, but now it is aware of the duck pond itself and the environment above, below, and all around. Evolution has chased Eros and caught it, and begins to see that they are One (for now)! And so in The Kalendar, The Evolutionary is the one who embodies and incorporates the archetypes of The Soulful One, The Polisher, and The Visionary together in one cohesive self, thereby bringing about self-awareness to evolutionary processes of nature, culture, and self.
How does the vision of The Kalendar compare to other definitions of “evolutionary” in the evolutionary spiritual movement? Consider this short description by Carter Phipps:
An evolutionary is a broad category for a new type of thinker and way of thinking about the world. An evolutionary is informed by the radical knowledge that we live in a dynamic changing, evolving universe instead of a static, fixed, unchanging one. In discipline after discipline stasis is giving way to change, fixity is giving way to flow, form is giving way to process, as a way to describe reality. That may sound abstract, but when it comes to thinking about things like human psychology and cultural development, this understanding is actually quite important. For example, it makes a differences when we begin to realize that this thing we call “human nature” is neither fixed in time nor fixed genetically in our evolutionary history, but is malleable, adaptable, evolvable (to use that term loosely). Too often we imagine life and reality to be fixed and unchanging. I call this the “spell of solidity.” Evolutionary thinking is breaking that spell. We’re learning so much about how things in nature develop—including us. We’re discovering that the future is more open than we had imagined and my book is an exploration of how this insight is transforming our understanding of what it means to be human.
Phipps speaks of the evolutionary’s drive to break the “spell of solidity”, which is not only a valid observation, it is also an interesting choice of sound symbols. Solidity and subtlety are intermixed as the yung and yang at the Seat of Concern at the Throne of the Self for the archetype of The Soulful One (appearing together with the yin of suchness). Finding a new relationship to solidity and subtlety is indeed a major project of this archetype as it begins to emerge into maturity. Overall, Phipps defines the evolutionary in a way that alludes to the radical breakthrough as it emerges into the Second Tier, breaking through first in early Systemic-Mind (Green) and winding its way to a more mature late Systemic-Mind (Teal), on the way to something new and a little bit time-transcending with the start of the Month of the White Horse.
* The term “Archetype” is used loosely and not strictly in the Jungian sense. Whereas Jung envisioned Archetypes as “original patterns”, in The Kalendar they may also be “emergent patterns” or “patterns from the past, present, and future”. The term Meta-Act is sometimes used instead of Archetype when it is important to emphasize the fact that the Archetypes so-described do not represent an idealized realization from the distant past.