Descriptions of the ArcheStations are almost all are unpublished. It’s taken me 8 years to figure out how to put this project together and it seems to go through an overhaul every year or two, but I’ve settled on a plan now and just need to set it down. I have some descriptions of second-tier on my blog though. But The Kalendar is a big part of the Lingua-U project and every label with preliminary art is already online at my website under The Kalendar tab.
I’ll just add that I’m fashioning a metalanguage (Lingua-U) and language (Jai’ai) that sound like they are an expression of integral philosophy, but they’re not a philosophy in itself. Philosophy deals with Formal-Mind stuff whereas Worldview Artistry is somewhere else in the mandala of consciousness and is really about everything we associate with art, literature, social revolution, and so on. I’m philosophy-agnostic in a way, but obviously I have a great deal of affection for Integral philosophy as it comes the closest to helping people to make sense of the metalang/language coming through me.
Sources: Ken Wilber’s Integral Spirituality, Terri O’Fallon and Kim Barta’s STAGES theory (with labels from Jeff Salzman’s Daily Evolver), and Joe Perez’s Worldview Artistry. Note that STAGES is presented in black-and-white owing to the removal of color labels (and preference for numbers) from STAGES theory.
Note – reply on IPS forum:
Well Lingua-U postulates that the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier are equally spacious and vast, each correlated to the 243 hexagrams of Yang, 243 hexagrams of Yin, and 243 hexagrams of Yung respectively in the metalanguage. The patterns of the first tier iterate in the 2nd tier as a yin/yang correspondence, and then the patterns of the third tier complete the earlier process with a unitive/reconciling response to both.
Thus, as you can see in my diagram, the 2nd tier really includes both Green and Indigo, from Wilber’s nomenclature. It’s not “truncated”. As for why Wilber should have come up with that theoretical position, I think one should ask him. Personally, I blame his adoption of Spiral Dynamics and its confusion about the start of the second tier being between Green/Yellow, along with exaggerated hype about the second tier being “beyond fear” and so forth, a monumental leap in consciousness. Perhaps these views helped to sell Beck’s and Wilber’s books for a number of years, and helped them to sell various workshops and seminars, but it doesn’t seem to be the most elegant way of looking at the second tier.
My Worldview Artistry model (based on iterating 3.333s) resonates with STAGES (based on iterating 0.5s) in two relevant respects: Firstly, that the biggest tier leap related to the Integral community is between Strategist and Context-Aware (4.5 to 5.0 in STAGES or 4.999 and 5.0 in Lingua-U); secondly, that the leap to the third tier is not before Indigo but between Indigo and Violet (6.5 to 7.0 in STAGES and 6.999 and 7.0 in Lingua-U). That’s an interesting parallel that’s worth pausing to note. STAGES and Lingua-U are based on iterating patterns (1/2s v. 1/3s) and when one pays attention to these iterations, either of them, one finds no basis for the hyped-up marketing claims of Spiral Dynamics/Wilber for the leap to 2nd tier.
Personally, I find it impossible to be skeptical of the Third Stage construct because it’s inherent in my triadic / trinitarian model of reality. When I hear people saying they don’t believe in the Third Tier, it sounds as ridiculous to me as them saying that they want one-third of a pie, and maybe (because Wilber said so) the second one-third of a pie, but the other third of the pie doesn’t exist. It’s insanity.
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I think what I’m doing is very much in the spirit of theology or metaphysics of the past, or the work of esotericists like Aleister Crowley with his 777 and Thoth Tarot, to the extent that it is a quest for truth and helpfulness: I’m creating visions of the landscape of human nature as it appears to me, articulated in a fashion that can be used by people at all the stages of that nature. Aurobindo is one of these thinkers, and his maps have shaped my understanding of the third tier. So is Wilber, who mixes insights from his own realization with Aurobindo’s and many others to offer maps of the third tier.
But there are important differences as well. Whereas some theologians or metaphysicians thought of themselves as recorders or finders of truth, I am self-consciously creating a map in the form of the vowels, consonants, and grammar of a constructed metalanguage (Lingua-U) and language (Jai’ai). The stage that O’Fallon calls Strategist and Wilber describes as the teal altitude is 4.7-9, The Enfolder, because it is aligned with ?⚋, which is the phoneme EN in Lingua-U. I am creating a scaffolding on which are arrayed all the Sacred Words that I can find. If there’s anything meaningful to them at all — and there is, in spades, in manifold ways — it can be found and correlated through work along the lines of my approach.
P.S.: One of the books in the Lingua-U book series *is*, in fact, a survey of developmental scientific literature on the stages of development (including O’Fallon, Wilber, and Aurobindo). However, it’s one of my low priority items and hasn’t been fleshed out substantially. The right way to get this book written is for someone with a doctorate in psychology to write it, not me, but I don’t have the funding. I’m hoping that if I wait long enough the funding for that particular book will materialize and the Meusio can hire someone to write it.
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I’m writing a Sutra in the first book (“The Lingua-U Sutra”) and the world hasn’t seen one of those (or had the need for it, really) in thousands of years! ha ha. (A Sutra is a foundational religious text concerned with ultimate reality and the words, mantras, and rituals that are aligned to them in an orderly way. Religion being the nondual opportunity to create harmony.) When meaning and language have eroded to the catastrophic point that they have in our times, it is uncertain whether even a Sutra can help us to survive and thrive. But if it can, then we will have one.
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Bruce Alderman, when you say “There’s all kinds of differentiation and development that might happen still” … surely you don’t mean that the possibilities are infinite, do you? Are the possibilities for emergence not limited by yantras and mandalas of potentiality, and natural laws? Are they not constrained by the finite mathematical models that are possible to construct to contain their numerological coordinates? Are they not constrained by the limited phonemes with which language-users can use to describe their contents?
One can postulate a zillion, bazillion gazillion possibilities, but they are unimaginable, undescribable, and realistically unattainable. In fact, when the constraints of mathematics and linguistics are factored in to the equation, I am confident in predicting that Lingua-U — from its hexagrams to its linguistic mantras to its crude ArcheStation-label names — is a very good representation of all the significant possibilities we have to take into consideration for decades if not centuries to come.
The human mouth simply is not sufficiently evolved to pronounce zillions of different names for possible coordinates. It *is* precisely calibrated to articulate every phoneme of Lingua-U (all 40 of them), which encapsulates all the major phonemes of the world’s 7,000 languages. Don’t worry about your pluralism of possibilities extending out into infinity; just look at what is describable and pronounceable and you’ll find that Lingua-U gets the job done, and it exactly describes 3 tiers and 27 stages. Without excluding the possibility of other near-term models based on 4-to-the-fourth or 5-to-the-fifth, there’s nothing worth waiting for prior to adopting a schema like Lingua-U’s, in coordination with what is already on the table from Wilber, O’Fallon, and so on.