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Fields of Transformation
Social and Cultural Transformation
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Fields of Transformation

On this page are two diagrams I drew for a presentation on Integral Theory. As it happened, these weren't able to be used there. So rather than wait until my book is ready, I decided to post them on my website, in order to illustrate these new pages I am putting up. The diagrams refer to two sets of fields of consciousness, evolution, reality, and transformation. The first is epistemological, referring to perspectives of consciousness, and I suppose metaphysical as well; the second is ethical, referring to spheres of empathic, and hence interaction and transformation. Both diagrams are dividied into two, the left half representing the Realisation of the Absolute Reality (whether nondual Self or personalistic Godhead), and the right the field of multiplicity and manifestation. Regarding multiplicity, both diagrams places the most limited consciousness in the middle, representing individual consciousness, with further circles symbolising greater expansion or extension.

Four Perspectives

Diagram by M. Alan Kazlev, 2009, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

The first integral diagram presents Four Perspectives of Consciousness and Being. Transformation involves three dimensions; Self, Collective, and Cosmic, or four, including the Absolute.

Self-TransformationSelf-Transformation - The smallest circle (or half-circle) is individual consciousness and subjectivity, which may be introvertive, the microcosm rather than the macrocosm. This is the field of Self-Transformation, the spiritual evolution of the individual (the spiritual path); athough difficult it is still the easiest to achieve (hence individual Liberation and Realization). In the old days, self-transformationw as all that was required, and the path of the mystic was one of renunciation. While this was ameliorated to some extent by ethics of charity (e.g. in Christianity), and even in esoteric teachings by Mahayana Buddhism (the boddhisattva ideal), in general the ultimate goal is one of individual transcendence (or in the New Age movement collective transcendence - ascension etc). Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga was a radical departure from this, in teaching the Divinisation of the world. Even today many of his admierers (who are not totally conversant with his teachings) still haven't gotten it; e.g. the Integral Movement under Wilber still teaches the world-negating monistic ideal of individual realisation. For me however transformation has to be fully integral, it has to involve not just the individual alone, or even just all sentient beings (Mahayana Buddhism) but the divinisation of the Earth and the cosmos (tikkun olam) as a whole.

Collective Transformation. Next there is the intersubjective, empathic, ethical, sphere. For one thing, any actions we take impinge on others, so even individual Self-Transformation does not mean we have no responsibility for the world, unless we wish to live in a cave. Secondly, even if one does become a hermit, there is still a spiritual responsibility for the world as a whole. So it is not enough to transform oneself. Self-Transformation may be a necessary prerequisate, but on its own it cannot change the world. Hence the need for intersubjective, Collective Transformation. Qualitatively, this means empathic spheres of influence, as shown by the following diagram.

Moral Spheres

Diagram by M. Alan Kazlev, 2009, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Here the smallest or inner circle represents egocentrism, which is the consciousness of the selfish narcissist, the base and untransformed individual. This is coloured darkest, to symbolise the obscurity and lack of spiritual light. It is only with the successive circles that there is actual transformation. Transformation can occur at anything from the Group, through Social and Cultural, to Global/Planetary scale, and involve successive degrees of empathy, from the most limited, ethnocentric (magical, tribal and traditional), through the humanitarian/humanistic/pluralistic/holistic (modern/rational and pluralistic/activist/New Age/holistic/secular integral), to the highest, which is sentientist awareness, and which is often not even found in many esoteric teachings. These represent the extent of qualitative empathy. Beyond sentientism are even more universal realisations, which nevertheless include sentientist consciousness. This is why the authentic Sage, who has transcended all ego, shows empathy and compassion for all beinsg equally.

Group TransformationGroup transformation is both the easiest and the most difficult. At their best such groups can be empowering and inspiring. At worst conservative, rigid, and bound to the dead letter of the past, or the personality and mental limitations of the Founder, whose intellectual, philosophical, ideological, and /or religious writings or pronouncements are followed to the letter. So it is very important to find the right group. If you can, you can work in wonderful synergy. If you can't, it's better off being on your pown, so you don't have to be always fighting against the group's dogmatic limitations along

Social and Cultural TransformationSocial and Cultural Transformation - the evolution and transformation of society, which will always lag behind individual transformation, because of the greater inertia and lesser consciousness in the collective. So far, the highest aspect of this is holistic/Postmaterialism.

RealisationRealisation - The left side of both the above diagram (although it could equally be shown as the right, I drew it on thr left to represent the subliminal) is the Absolute Reality, which represents Realisation. This stage marks a watershed in transformation. From this stage onwards, the fields of transformation are no longer separate and distinct, but characterised by what yogis call samatva, "equality", "sameness".

True Realisation includes both Divine Soul (immanent, Personal) and Transcendent Spirit (Suchness, Supreme Self) transformation. Realisation means true egolessness, and true sentientism.

Only once Realisation is attained, is there the option to continue to progress in this world to even greater states of realisation and transformation. Rather than simply enter into nirvana, one brings Realisation into this world.

Integral Transformation - It is necessary to progress beyond even Realisation and Liberation to Higher Realisation (which involves the synthesis and transmutation of both the individualised unmanifest (left of diagram) and the manifest (right of diagram)), Divinisation, and ultimately to Higher Divinisation in order to achieve the ultimate goal of global transformation. This requires not only individual, but also collective, global, and cosmic transformation.

Global/Planetary TransformationGlobal/Planetary Transformation - In our current global age, the social and cultural merges with the Global Transformation, pertaining to Gaia or the Earth as a whole. But the collective consciousness of humanity is very low, basically at the "Ethnocentric"/Dualistic stage, with those who hold the reigns of power at the Egocentric/Selfish or even delusional level, while those grass roots groups working for transformation and evolution are at the pluralistic and holistic level. Because of resistance by entrenched economic, political, conservative religious, and ethnocentric and specocieist intersts (all inspired by slefish and adverse dominated consciousness, Collective and Global transformation on even a basic level is much more difficult than Cosmic Transformation on an individual level. Ironically, The real resistance is not from inanimate matter, or from simple nature, but from the deliberate intransigence of human ignorance.

Cosmic TransformationCosmic Transformation - When Higher Divinisation (Supramentalisation) is not only individual, but collective and global as well, the result is Cosmic Transformation. This is the ultimate goal of global transformation and Divinization. It results in the transformation of the cosmos as a whole, including inanimate matter, and life on Earth and in the rest of the universe.

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