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When I was writing this section I did a google image search to see if I could find a nice graphic to go on the front page. There wasn't anything suitable, which shows that my definition is quite original. So I drew up the above simple icon. One half is blue, the other red; these two colours being at the opposite end of the spectrum, and can also be taken to represent two different psychological and cosmological polarities. Red is outgoing, physical, extraverted, active, confident, iconoclastic; blue is withdrawn, introverted, passive, contemplative, traditional. The center where they meet and overlap (in this Wikipedia link Vesica Piscis is shown as mauve or violet, this represnts the world of intersubjectivity, the overlap between two different subjects or individualities, which on the pone hand is the field of activity of each, but on the other is neither one nor the other, but a third emergent property.

I first encountered the idea of Intersubjectivity in the work of Ken Wilber, although it seems it originally developed in psychology and phenomenology. The concept has however been developed in much greater detail by Transpersonal Psychologist Christian de Quincey (who is also critical of Wilber's interpretations)

As I further developed my own Integral Philosophy (inspired in part by Wilber;'s work, but also realising the deficiencies of his methodology), I began to realise that Intersubjectivity (by which is meant Intersubjectivity-2 and 3 in the above definitions) was actually something quite important. For example, I realised its connection with Martin Buber's I-Thou relationship and with sentientism and constructing a universal ethical system that goes beyond anthropocentricism to include not just eco-spirituality but love of animals (and indeed of all sentient beings) as well.

It also occured to me that every interaction we have with the world, whether on the gross physical or the subtle/auric level, and whether with inanimate (inconscient) objects, nature, non-human animals, humans, devas, or any other being, is intersubjective and participatory in some way, and ideally can aid in transforming the world

Intersubjectivity, occurs whenever the individual consciousness interacts with or contacts other subjective or objective persons, beings or things beyond its own boundaries. There is then the option of dualistic ego/shadow-projection, in which case the Other is interpreted only through the distorting veils of one's own lower-astral generated delusion, or else egoic and narcissism is transcended in favour of degrees of empathic expansion, including selfless identification and sympathetic joy and compassion with other human beings, non-human animals, the environment, or physical and non-physical sentient beings as a whole.

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