Introductory comments: The following description of one of the Spiral Dynamics stages of development of consciousness, considered first tier in the Beck and Wilber models (Beck's former co-worker Cowan now rejects the idea of tiers), is taken from a page that is no longer on the Web. It quotes material that is in Beck & Cowan's book on Spiral Dynamics, some of which has been quoted in Wilber's book on Integral Psychology (pp.47ff). I've added my own comments at the end. In my opinion, these are not sequential stages that consciousness is railroaded through in its evolution, but psycho-social archetypes that can be variously explored and developed, in any combination. In this context, the Spiral Dynamics "v-memes" are like Mimi Lobell's spatial archetypes, and there is a lot of overlap between the two. (In this particular context (name) corresponds to (link). A connection can also be made with theNew Age chakras and equivalent typology. So (name) is the same as (chakra). Note that the colours match. This isn't the same with Wilber's spectrum, which would seme to indicate that his interpretation is inaccurate.
"BLUE 'Purposeful' MEME 4th AwakeningGraves Code: D-Q
Basic Theme: Life has meaning, direction, and purposes with predetermined outcomes
Characteristic beliefs and actions:
- One sacrifices self to the transcendent Cause, Truth, or righteous Pathway
- The Order enforces a code of conduct based on eternal, absolute principles
- Righteous living produces stability now and guarantees future reward
- Impulsivity is controlled through guilt; everybody has their proper place
- Laws, regulations, and discipline build character and moral fiber
Where seen: Rev. Billy Graham, Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life,' Puritan America, Confucian China, Hasidic Judaism, Dickensian England, Singapore discipline, codes of chivalry and honor, charitable good deeds, the Salvation Army, Islamic fundamentalism, Garrison Keillor's 'Lake Wobegon,' Boy and Girl Scouts, patriotism." (Beck & Cowan, p. 46)
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