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If you don’t know something exists you won’t go looking for it. If you don’t fully understand the human condition, you can never fully understand the real dilemma you face. And most importantly you will have no way to truly understand how you can overcome what’s really in your way.
The AQAL map (All Quadrants All Lines) was developed by the philosopher Ken Wilber over 30+ years. It shows us the dimensions and features of our own being at this point in our evolutionary history. The AQAL map is the best map we have so far of the complete human being, and is inclusive of all facets of human knowledge, from hard science to depth psychology, from cultural studies to economic theory, from stoic atheism to unity consciousness.
Integral theory is complicated, yes. But so are we. It honors the most complex thing we have yet discovered in the entire cosmos: ourselves. Integral theory parses knowledge into 4 Quadrants (Interior-individual, External-individual, Interior-Collective, External-collective) to help us not impose our preferred view on the rest of the world (in what’s called “Quadrant Absolutism”).
It includes and honors 1st 2nd and 3rd person spiritual perspectives (or Buddhism, theism, and pantheism), so we can meet our fellow practitioners and wisdom holders in a place of mutual understanding and trust, rather than secret bias and judgment.
Lines of development and multiple intelligences help to explain why we have such a hard time understanding each other, because we are unable to fully see the person in front of us, and so we project, distort, and manipulate.
Shadow states and shadow selves help to explain why we have such a hard time understanding ourselves, because we can only see that which is conscious. The rest remains hidden in shadow, influencing behavior, creating reactive patterns, and distorting reality.
States of consciousness help us understand the meditative traditions, from shamanic journeying to visions to unity with the entire cosmos. It allows us something very rare: to place ourselves, with the help of an experienced guide, on the map of our own evolutionary unfolding. This allows us to understand the kinds of practices, both relative and absolute, we need to fully awaken from our dream of a separate self.