Integral Vision

Ken Wilber’s AQAL Constellation™  - all quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states and all types - in brief, is composed by: 

 

  • States of consciousness - element of a subjective reality, brings to our awareness the different states in which we can be or tap to, such as waking, dreaming, deep sleeping, meditative, contemplative, altered states (due to breathing work or drug-induced), etc. Those states can be even of minor relevance or be responsible for a great aha moment, trigging some capacities that would certainly contribute in any transformational process. Thus, must not be ignored in a coaching process;

 

  • Levels or stages of development - besides states, that are temporary conditions, Ken Wilber includes stages or levels of development, that are capacities we develop and that is permanent. Stages or levels give an idea of mobility, something that evolves. In the Integral Approach of coaching, we use three stages of development that help you envision your development process, accessing where you are in relation to where you want to be. They are:
     

    • egocentric - centered in me as a body and its needs

    • ethnocentric - includes me as a mind and a being that relates to others - it is an expansion from me to us approach

    • world-centric (or universe-centric) - it is an expansion of the identity to include “all of us”, in a more spiritual approach, in the sense of the recognition that despite the differences, that are things that are common to all sentient beings

 

  • Lines of development - are the various multiple kinds of intelligence, such as cognitive, interpersonal, moral, emotional and aesthetic. We all are good in some of them and not so good in others. We all find ourselves in certain “stages” of development in each of those lines. 

 

  • Types -  are the horizontal aspect of the lines. For example,  there can be a masculine or a feminine, or an introvert or extrovert way of developing the various kinds of intelligence, neither one is better (in the sense of being more evolved) then the other, but different. 

 

  • Quadrants - it is a framework in which all states, all levels, all lines and all types relate to each other. It is the 4 fundamental perspectives or ways of looking at anything. They are:
     

    • 1st person perspective - refers to the “I” the feels and express “and the Beauty that is in the eye (or the “I”) of the beholder.”

    • 2nd person perspective - refers to the ways or the Goodness with which we treat each other, the “we” dimension;

    • 3rd person perspective - or “it” refers to the objective reality or the Truth outside the individual. This perspective can be individual or collective, so the fourth one is a division of the 3rd person, “it”, which is outside of the individual and is called “its” which is the objective outside perspective of the collective whole.

 

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